Heart of Texas, soul of California

Zac has moved to Texas. He has bought a piece of land just outside Houston. He is telling everyone he just neede a change of scenery. That it is essential for him to be in LA. But he isn't telling the truth. Zac is running trying to put his mistake behind him.
He has done something really bad, that luckily no one knows about.
He meets Kate, a spunky Texan girl and they fall in love head over heels. Zac thinks that he is finally going to have his happily ever after.
But can he escape the mistakes of his past ? And does he get his happily ever after with Kate ?

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12. Rules

 

 *Madison*

 I arrive at the house again the next morning. I brought my suitcase with my clothes and a couple of boxes with small stuff for now. I am excited to start this new chapter of my life.

 As I ring the door Shekinah opens the door to me. She sends me a smile. "Hi again Maddie. Come on in. My brother is in the living-room. Just a warning, he has had some hard years, he can come of a bit.. well he isn't the man he used to be.. bear with him he really is a great guy. You can see it when he is with Bella".

 "That is fine. I totally understand if he isn't a big bundle of cheer". I say. I wonder who he is, if I know him. I have never really followed movie stars. But I know the big stars, so maybe I know him.

 We walk into the living-room to hear excited squeals and giggles from Bella. She is sitting with a man on the floor. I don't recognise him and he looks nothing like I expected. He has a big thick dark beard with little streaks of grey in it. He has the same curls as Bella. His hair tied back in a ponytail, hanging to the middle of his back. He has intense hazel eyes.

 He has a Rapunzel doll in his hand and Bella has a Flynn Rider one. He is making a high pitched voice. "Oh my brave prince. You saved me from the dragon. Let me pay you with a kiss".

 "Daddy. He not a prince, Eugee is handsome thief. And we don't like kisses. Pay in candy". Bella says very seriously, making everyone chuckle.

 Her father grabs her. Pulling her into his arms and kissing her face as she squeals again. "Oh so you don't like kisses don't you. And you are absolutely right about Eugene".

 

 *Zac*

 Bella squeals and squirm while I kiss her. I love hearing har happy. Her laugther is the best sound in the world. Her smile is like soothing lotion on my soul. Without her I wouldn't be here, she is the one thing that has held me up through the pain.

 "Zac ? If you have time, come say hi to Maddie". Shekinah says. And I turn to look at them, seeing Bella's new nanni for the first time. She is small and quite curvy but definately not fat. She has wavy chocolate brown hair and warm brown eyes. She has a pretty face and a nice smile.

 I put down Bella and get up from the floor. Extending my hand to her. "Welcome Maddie. I hope you are going to be happy here".

 "Well thank you Zac. I am sure I will. Bella is such a sweetheart". She says smiling softly at me. I hadn't really been happy about the idea of leaving my little girl with someone else. But I need to get back out in the world. But this woman gives me a good feeling.

 "Thank you. She is my pride and joy". I say looking at my daugther. "Shekinah if you look after Bella, I am just going to help Maddie get her thing inside".

My sister nods and I motion for Maddie to lead the way. She turns and we walk outside. She don't have much and we can easy carry it inside in one go. I put the boxes down in her room. "Well it ain't much. But it got everything you need. And of course you are free to use the rest of the house".

 "It is perfect. Very pretty and cosy. Thank you". She says smiling and me. I nod and move towards the door. "Well I will leave you to unpack. Just come into the living-room when you are done and we can talk rules".

 I walk back into the living-room and sit down. Bella is playing a game on my ipad and my sister is getting up to leave. "Well I better get going. But what do you think ? I think I picked the right one".

 "She seems like a nice girl. And I am sure she will take good care of of Bella". I tell her. I don't like the way my sister is eyeing me. I feel she has some diabolical plan here. "She isn't a girl Zac. She is a woman, a really pretty one".

"Shekinah I've told you a million times. Don't try and set me up okay ? There will never be anyone but Kate for me. No one can ever replace her". I say.

 She sighs. "Not replacing Zac. But you deserve love in your life. I loved Kate like a sister and I know she was special. But she would want you to be happy. To find love again. For Bella to have a mother".

 "Bella has a mother. Stop now Shekinah. I don't want to have this talk with you". I say snapping at her. She just nod and grabs her bag. "See you Zac".

 When she is gone I rest my head in my hands. I know Kate would want me to be happy. To find love. But I just can't. I measure every woman up against her and they all fall short. I haven't been on a date or had a woman since I lost her and I am not sure I ever will.

 

*Madison*

 I unpack my things before walking back into the living-room. I am sure I will like living here. It is a nice house and my room is just gorgeous. My mind has been running a hundred miles an hour, trying to figure out who Zac is. I feel a bit bad I don't remember him. But if he haven't worked for more than 3 years and well he probably looked different back then. Oh well it doesn't really matter as long as he is easy to work for.

 As I walk into the living-room he sits watching Bella. He has a small smile on his lips, but his eyes has the saddest expression I ever saw and I just wish I could put him back together.

 It is hard to see right now with the big scraggly beard and the long hair. But I have a feeling he is actually quite handsome underneath that. I guess he kind of need to be as an actor.

 He looks up and sees me stand there and he kinds of closes down. He doesn't seem unfriendly. Just distant. "Do you want anything to drink ? Before we go to the rules". I just shakes my head and he points to the chair. 

 I sit down and he starts. "Well, it isn't like there is a lot of rules and such. Later when I might be away for longer periods your job will be taking care of Bella and the house. When I am working here in town as now, your job is Bella. When I have time of, you will mostly have time of too, I prefer to take care of her as much as possible myself. That is why being flexible was so important".

 "No problem at all". I say smiling and he continues. "It isn't really a secret that I have Bella, but I have tried keeping her away from the news and tabloids. Their was a bit of.. interest back when we lost her mother. But as I retired from the limelight they have left us pretty much alone. I don't know yet how big the interest will be. But if there is interest you are not to talk to any journalist or paps. I want Bella to grow up without all that. Understood ?"

 "Sure, no problem at all. I wouldn't have done it even if you hadn't mentioned it". I say truthfully. I wonder if I should tell him how sorry I am for his loss. But I have a strong feeling he don't want to talk about it.

 He actually sends me a small smile. "Well then I am sure we will have no problems them".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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