With the truth being said, Claire and Cole were finally able to have a healthy relationship.
Brooklyn was also growing up steadily, her personality coming through boldly. “Brooklyn look sweetie, I got you a brand new doll for your doll house!” She played with the new toy for a maximum of ten minutes, then went back to playing with her plastic car. “Mama, me like car.”
“But look at the doll! Look at her dress! You know she was once a princess?” Claire tried convincing her daughter to play with her Barbie figurine, but nothing seemed to work. She watched hopelessly at her daughter, when Cole interrupted her stare, “Why do you care so much about the doll?”
“I just don’t understand why she wants that car so much. You know, it’s not just the car! She likes playing with sports balls, and rolling around in mud, and cleaning the barn.”
“So what? We have a healthy toddler and you’re complaining?”
“It’s just at that age all I cared about was playing doll house, and dress-up, and watching Cinderella movies.” There was a long pause before Cole spoke up, reassuring her, “Don’t worry about it. She’s three; she picks up whatever’s in her way. Isn’t that right?” He said turning his attention to the little figure sitting on the floor. He picked her up, tossing her in the air. “Look at how little Brooke is so tall! You can fly!” Cole waved his daughter in the air, her screams and laughter filling the room.
“What!? You can’t leave me here!” Claire was yelling at Rose, after she was announcing her departure.
“Calm down Claire! I just need to get out of this nutshell! I need to travel a little more ya know. Go for an adventure!”
“But…but you can’t Rosy, you just can’t.”
“Claire, Hun, I’ll keep in touch!”
“That’s not the problem. I need to tell you something.”
“Oh golly, what have you gotten yourself into this time around?”
Rosy packed the rest of her bags into the cab and came to say her goodbyes to the family she grew so close to.
“Cole you better take care of your woman and child, or I’ll come all the way back here just to beat you!” She hugged him tightly, laughing.
“As for you Missy, you’re going to be a good girl right? When I’m going to come back I want you to be able to tie your shoes all by yourself, so start practicing!” She hugged Brooklyn tightly, giving her wet kisses on each cheek.
“And as for you? I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss you. You’ve been a great friend to me and I could never ask for anything better. All the laughs we’ve had together, I’ll never forget them. I’ll write to you and send pictures. I love you, gal.”
Tears running down their cheeks, the two woman hugged each other goodbye. Rosy sat in the backseat of the cab and as it drove away she looked back at the family of three as they waved their goodbyes. More tears forming in her eyes, she was devastated knowing she would never see their second child.
Cole woke up early, the sun only rising outside. He made himself a coffee and read the morning paper. Soon the cries of Brooklyn filled the house’s silence. Taking her out of the crib, he went to wake up Claire. “Claire, Hun, I have to go to work, Brooke’s playing in her room.” He kissed her goodbye and headed out to his run-down car.
He was still sleepy, his eyes barely able to stay open. Putting the keys into the ignition, the car roared to life and he backed out of the dirt driveway. There was a sudden thud and Cole’s foot smashed onto the brake pedal. Reflexively, he looked in his rear-view mirror and in a split second, he saw the figure of someone falling. He had hit someone. But this wasn’t just anyone; this was his sister.
– I know this was a rather short chapter, but I really wanted it to end on a bit of a cliffhanger! Cole’s sister has now made her reappearance.
– I Also tried getting Brooklyn’s personality through. Just short sequences of her, this way once she’s older you’ll be able to understand why she is the way she is.
– If it wasn’t clearly mentioned in the chapter, I’d like to restate that yes, Claire IS pregnant once again! I’m super excited about this pregnancy, and I can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or girl. Also, the part where Rosy says to herself, “I will never see their second child,” is rather an important phrase that will come back later in the story.
– Thank you to everyone who’s been leaving such supportive comments! I appreciate all of them. So happy to see that we’ve passed the 4,000 mark as well! If you’re interested, I updated the Blogroll page too, so if you want more great stories to read, just check it out!