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Looking in the mirror, I could only stare at one thing- or well two things. Those horrible, meaningless earrings. The more and more I looked at them. The angrier I got. The more confused I got. The emptier I felt.

It was a nice gesture. A lovely Christmas gift for a REGULAR girlfriend. Not for someone who has raised your child for the last two years. Not someone who has told you her deepest secrets. That was not the right gift for me!

I took one more look in the mirror, and I went crazy.

I charged into Leah's room where DJ and Leah were playing with the dog. I put on that same fake smile that I had been wearing since Christmas.

"Love-Bug, I'm going to borrow your daddy, okay?" Leah nodded and flashed me a smile. I wished I could have such a sweet, innocent smile.

DJ looked at me baffled. I simply grabbed his hand, and lead him back to "our" bathroom.

He still had that dumbass look on his face. That look pissed me off the more I looked at it.

I snatched the earrings out of each ear. I barely felt the pain of the jewelry being ripped out, the pain was masked by the knot in my stomach that grew larger and larger as I thought of what I was about to do.

Earrings in the palm of my shaking hand, I held them right under his nose. "Devon, what are these?" I asked pretentiously.

He began to stutter, "Uh, Uh, earrings?" I clicked my tongue and rolled my eyes.

I squeezed the "things" into my fist as tight as I could. "You see sweetie, that was a rhetorical question." I can't believe what I'm about to do.

I threw the earrings into the toilet. "They're shit DJ!" I flushed the toilet, and we both watched the jewels tumble, round and around.

"What'd you do that for?" He asked probably baffled out of his mind.

"To show you what they meant to me DJ! They meant nothing. I want you Deej, you!" I said rubbing my hand along his unshaven jaw line. "But, I'm not sure if you want me the same way I want you…." I dropped my hand, and crossed my arms.

He looked at me with those sweet, sincere eyes that I fell in love with. "Baby, I don't understand."

I sighed, "Okay, I'm going to explain this, the best way I can. DJ, " I sighed," I love you, I love you with all my heart. I tell you that. And, I feel that I show you that. I feel that I show you that by helping you raise Leah, by being there for you every night after the hospital drama, and by making love to you whenever I can."

"And I love you for doing that –"

I cut him off, " And, baby, that's just it. Do you love me, for me Katie, Katherine Selena Rodriguez. Or, do you," I sniffed and rubbed the tears," you love me for the role she fills? The role of a w-wife, and a mother that you lost!"

He looked as if I just stabbed him in the heart. "I – I love you Katie. I want to be with you."

I scoffed," Okay, if you do then show me! Show me baby! Don't just tell me, show me! Show me that you want to be with me! " I slapped his chest, and began to cry hysterics.

I plopped down onto the toilet, and cried. I cried harder, than I ever had before. Hell, I was more confused than I ever had been before; I was angrier than I have ever been before; I was more scared than I ever had been before.

I felt more alone than I ever had felt before. Then, I felt warmth on my knee. I looked up to see DJ, kneeling in front of me with tears in his eyes.

"I love you Katie, and I want to show you how much I love you, everyday, for the rest of my life. " He grabbed my left hand.

My heart began to flutter, is he serious?

"Will you marry me?"

Hope you all enjoyed this.

May I suggest listening to the song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" by the late Otis Redding, I feel that it really captures this scene.

Well, that's the end of "A Father's Love"

Hopefully the sequel will be out soon!

Best Wishes,