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Chapter 2 - Clancy POV

I slide out of bed feeling strange. I hadn't felt this okay for a while, and I had a hunch that something was wrong. My hunches were never (usually) wrong, so I checked on Ashley. She was sleeping peacefully in the spare-room-turned-nursery, beautiful as always. I couldn't help but stare in awe of her for a second, just appreciating her, before I snapped out of my trance. I started to look for Hitch, to see if he knew what was wrong, checking every room in the house. When I checked outside, I saw a frightened presence, or lack thereof. Hitch's car was gone.

Crap.

Did he just take off? Surely he knew better than that. I am certainly not ready to do this myself, I only met Ashley a few weeks ago. Heck, I don't even know what babies eat. How did you not notice! He scolded himself. So he panicked.

Hitch POV

I opened the door to with the key I had stolen borrowed off Clancy's table. My other hand was holding groceries as I walked into Clancy pacing and flapping in the dining room. "Hey are you alright there?" I asked. I almost dropped the groceries as he can running at me screaming "Hitchyou'rehereyoudidn'tleaveit'sgonnabefineIwasworriedI'mnotreadyIthoughtyouweregonebutyou'renotsoit'sgood-" I had to stop him there "We ran out of milk. I left a note on the fridge." "The- fridge." he responded as he checked the adjacent room, realising what he hadn't seen: the note. As he took a deep breath, I rolled my eyes and restocked the fridge. "You know you are better at this than you let on. Ashley is so much calmer in your arms." I said, breaking the silence. "But I'm just not ready! I mean how do I even feed? With what? What do they need?" I responded calmly "Love. As long as you care they will be fine. And you just put formula into a sterilised bottle." "How do you know all this" Clancy questioned.

"Google."

"You're kidding!"

"Not at all... well maybe I had some doctor's advice."

"I knew it!" Clancy said. "It's not as hard as you think." I told him. "But you might need some official documents for her. As far as the government is concerned she doesn't exist." Clancy seemed shocked that he had forgotten this, so I gave him the legal guardian documents I had picked up while I was out. "Don't worry I was messing with you. I got her birth certificate made weeks ago. All that's left is for you to be her legal guardian." "It says I will be the 'sole' guardian." Clancy objected "I'm not sure if I can do this." "I am." I said simply. I left the room to check on Ashley, and to leave him with the decision I had given him. I knew he would never ditch Ashley, so I was confident he would sign the papers. But I was aware that he needed time.

Clancy POV

I looked at the documents Hitch had presented. This was my future. Was I really going to do this? But I thought back to the mental image of peaceful Ashley and I knew. She is my future. She is my purpose. Everything I do from now on is going to be for Ashley. And I don't mind one bit.

So there you go! There's the link to the title, and a huge step of commitment from Clancy. In the next chapter we will see Hitch as he prepares to say goodbye, then a time jump to one-year-old Ashley. Thank you for reading, let me know if I made any mistakes, if you would like the chapters to be any longer, or if you enjoyed the story. Until next time, bye!