One day Keith asked me to come with him some where. He didn’t say where cause it was a surprise. He had a gentle smile when he made his request, I figure maybe it was a nice surprise judging by his smile. I followed him to his car and we took a short trip just a few blocks ahead. We made a stop at some creepy looking building. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get out of the car but Keith insure me it was okay. It was a toy shop, the owner is from *Moonlight Hallow, a town between Moonlight Falls and *Aurora Springs. The town is a bit dark and edgy, the owner wanted to bring a piece of home with him. “He’s a nice guy. This place is harmless, trust me” Keith said to me with a warm smile. I nodded my head, unbuckled my seat belt and followed him into the shop.
The toy shop was an interesting place I must admit. The toys were colorful and cheerful that any child would want. I figure the place would have a bunch of creepy toys but to my surprise there wasn’t except for the few doll display. They looked a tad creepy for my taste. I looked around for a bit, wasn’t sure why he brought me here in the first place. I waited quietly for Keith to give his reason but he remained quiet himself as he looked around.
Keith soon broke his silence and came my way.
“Why don’t you look around for a bit. If there’s something you want for the baby, I’ll buy it. There’s something that I need to do.”
“Oh okay, what do you need to do?”
“That’s the surprise. You’ll see it soon enough.”
“Um okay. I guess I could look around for a bit.”
I wasn’t sure what Keith was up to but he enter into another room and left me alone in the room. I took another look around and found a couple of things that I would like to put in the nursery.
Keith’s surprise was his attempt to build a doll house for my daughter to play with. During my last ultrasound it shown that I was having a baby girl. I think Keith was more excited than I was. I called my dad and told him the news, for a while I didn’t tell him that I was pregnant. He took the news well when I told him the news about my pregnancy. I made another call to tell him that the baby was a girl. First first he sounded a bit disappointed but made a little joke saying he might treat her as a boy cause he was hoping for a grandson. But my dad will still love her as he does with my 3 nieces. I need to make a trip to see him after I have the baby so he could meet her.
Afterwards we took a trip to the beach. It was a nice day and figure it would be fun to hang out there for a bit. It wasn’t like I needed to do anything. Besides, I kinda like hanging out with Keith. He’s a good friend to have during this time. But again, I found myself thinking about Kai as I stared into the ocean. I wonder if he’ll stay with Kailyn for good this time.
“Hey Phoenix.. Are you okay? You seem down. Is it cause I suck at building doll houses? I’ll try again soon, I promise.”
“No Keith, ha ha. It’s not that. I just have a lot on my mind ya know. I’m bringing in a new life all alone.”
“You’re not really alone. You got me, were friends right?”
“Yeah but you know what I mean, without a father.”
“I wouldn’t mind being her dad. I don’t have much experience with kids but I’m learning. I’ve been taking parenting classes and helping out at a daycare so I can be ready for when she comes.”
“Ha ha. Really? That’s very sweet Keith. I could use all the help I can get but I know I’ll do fine. My dad had a bunch babies so I was always around babies. It’s nice to know I can count on you though. You really want to be her father figure?”
“Yeah.. If it’s okay with you. I can be just Uncle Keith if you prefer that in case the real dad comes back in your life. But I figure you want a male role model in your child’s life.”
“I wouldn’t mind it at all. Uncle Keith has a nice ring to it.”
“I was also thinking.. Maybe I could be a little more than “Uncle Keith”…”
“What do you-“
Keith caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting this at all. He was always so nice to me, he was such a good friend but I had no clue that he was into me. Probably cause I was always so busy thinking about his brother and how I’m going to tell Kai about the baby…that if I could. Keith is sweet but I don’t about this.
“Keith! What are you doing?”
“I like you. I like you a lot and I was wondering if maybe-“
“Keith.. I can’t. Not right now at least..”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to lead you on if I did.. I’m sorry.”
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that… Honestly I couldn’t help myself. There’s just something about you..”
“It’s the whole love genie thing, it happens. I’m sorry.. Sometimes I forget about it..”
“I don’t think it’s the irresistible thing. I really do like you.”
“I know.. You can’t. I guess I can understand.”
“I’m sure there is a more deserving girl for you than me.”
“Maybe but I’m hoping it was you.”
“I’m not in the right place right now.”
“So are you saying there’s a chance.”
“I’m not sure if there is but can we still be friends?”
“Yeah, sure. We can be friends.”
It was getting close to sundown and I suggest that we just watch the sunset. It looks beautiful as the sun disappears behind the ocean. Keith agreed and thought it was a great idea.
But of course Keith took this time to get a little closer to me by placing his hand over mine.
“I never know how warm and soft you genies were. It’s nice.”
“It’s just a friendly interaction. You’re warm, the water makes me a little cold..”
“Okay Keith, I’ll let this slip by but remember, we are just friends.”