[Story] Baby And Me — Episode 3

Episode Three
So there I was, with a new born baby fast asleep in my apartment on my coffee table. I put the phone down and stood up, pacing around the room frantically, a baby? What the hell was I going to do with a baby? I sat down and looked at her, I immediately felt a connection, the warmth in my heart made me know that she was mine, her cute little face and small hands curled into small cute little balls, she was mine but in my head I knew I had to confirm it first by doing a DNA test but she was mine and the way Leila spoke hit a very sore spot inside me, my mother gave me away too, had she felt the way that Leila felt too?
She didnt have anything else except for the clothes she was wearing and a bottle that was placed next to her, I wondered how I was expected to take care of a baby when I knew nothing about newborns and I didnt even have the supplies to take care of a baby, like diapers, formula, clothes and not even a room that she could sleep in plus what did this mean for my job? Did it mean that I’d have to work from home?
Jason came over while I still sitted on my couch looking, nope staring at the baby who was still so sound asleep I feared she might be dead or something
Jay “whats up man!” I moved from the door “what is that? Did someone send you a gift basket?” I sighed
Me ” something like that” he walked in and I closed the door
Jay “WHOA!!! What is this?”
Me “its a baby cant you see?”
Jay “yeah but whose baby is it? Whats it doing in your apartment?”
Me “its a baby! Not an it! Whats wrong with you?”
Jay “is that really what you want to argue about right now?”
Me “Leila, she left her here saying that she’s mine”
Jason “what?! Wow! Is that Leila crazy or what? Didnt she say she wasnt yours in the first place?”
Me “I dont know man, all I know is that Leila is gone to the UK with her boss and I’m stuck here with a baby”
Jay “what will you do?”
Me “I’m going to get some tests done and if she’s mine I’ll take her with me”
Jay “and if she isnt?”
Me “adoption agency, she’ll find a good family”
Jay “are you stupid or what? Your career is just starting off, you’re moving to LA….why dont you give her away either way”
Me “I cant never do that to my own flesh and blood, there is no way I am ever letting my child grow up the way I did”
Jay “oh come on! Not again with the sentiments!”
Me “I’m serious….I dont want my child to ever feel about me the way I feel about my parents right now! I want her to grow up with at least one parent in her life”
Jay “so what? You’re going to put everything on hold for her? What about LA”
Me “I’ll still move”
Jay “you cant take care of a child”
Me “I’ll learn”
Jay “you’re really sure about this huh?”
Me “yes”
Jay “okay then but you’re digging a grave man, kids ruin everything” I chuckled and looked at the baby
Me “how can something so adorable and little ruin anything except make the world better” he laughed
Jay “wow!”
I looked up some stuff on the internet on how to take care of babies, videos on how to feed them and change them, what I saw was indeed horrifying because those people are a lot of work but I had to learn everything, the last thing I wanted in my life was to abandon my own child even though my life was anything but stable but I was going to make it stable enough for my daughter, if she really was mine. After looking up on the internet, Jay was already gone and since I dont have a car, I calles Chace to come pick me up, I wanted to go and buy some baby stuff and I couldnt leave her in the apartment alone in case she woke up
Chace showed up an hour later, baby was still sleeping
Chace “hey man, whats the emergency” I signalled over to the table “what is that?”
Me “a baby, supposedly mine”
Chace “what?! Are you insane! How can you have a child!!”
Me “my girlfriend…my ex…remember I told you about her? Well she left her here with a note”
Chace “a note! So you’re going to trust some whore who cheated on you about this?”
Me “I dont..I’m going to have it checked out”
Chace “and if its yours?”
Me “I’m keeping her”
Chace “wow! You know for someone so smart you actually do dumb shit”
Me “how is wanting to take care of my kid dumb?”
Chace “Jude! How will you work with a baby! LA??”
Me “I’ll still move…look man, I know you dont understand any of this but I cant abandon her, if she’s mine then I want her to stay with me” he took in a deep breath
Chace “okay okay I understand where you’re coming from, being that you have abandonment issues”
Me “we both do”
Chace “fine! You can keep her”
Me “thanks, not that I needed your permission anyway”
Chace “as your boss, you definitely do” I laughed
Me “okay I called you here because I want to go and buy her some stuff you know….Leila brought her here with no food, clothes, diapers….no essentials…what if she wakes up and starts crying?”
Chace “fine lets go” I took the baby from her basket and she moved a little, I felt a warm tingle throughout my body and smiled at her “aaahhh fuck me!” I looked at him
Me “what?!”
Chace “you’re already attached to her you SOB!” I laughed
Me “she is mine after all”
Chace “yeah yeah, lets go” I locked up and we went outside to his car, I sat in the back seat with the baby while Chace drove us to the mall in Manhattan
We started by buying baby foods, with the help of an extra friendly shop assistant. After buying food for her, we went to the shops to buy clothes for her and diapers too
Chace “what about a bed?”
Me “a bed? As in a cot? I dont see the reason for that because well…I’ll be moving soon”
Chace “right! That makes sense” the lady assisting us showed us a smaller bed that she could sleep on and we could put on my bed. We finished everything and the little princess was still not waking up
Chace “how long has she been asleep?”
Me “uh maybe two hours now”
Chace “do they sleep that long?”
Me “how should I Know? But I am getting worried now”
Chace “what should we do?”
Me “I’m taking her to the hospital plus we can run the tests and have her fully examined, maybe something is wrong, she is two weeks old”
Chace “okay okay” we went back to the car and loaded the baby stuff into the boot then drove to the hospital.
At the hospital, they asked me for her name and because Leila didnt tell me anything about a name and there was no birth certificate, I just told the nurses her name is Reign Howard, they immediately took her in because they told me she wasnt breathing. Panic brewed up inside me as they wheeled her down the passage and told me to wait, I paced around the waiting area, my heart tightening in my chest with worry
Chace “sit down man, she’ll be fine!”
Me “you dont know that! We dont even know how long she wasnt breathing for! What if….”
Chace “you will kill yourself with what ifs lets just wait and hear what the doctor has to say”
Me “I’m not even doing those dumb tests, she’s mine…I know she’s mine!”
Chace “idiot! How do you know that? We have so much to do ahead in LA and the only reason I accepted this madness is because you were going to make sure she’s yours before we take her with us! Jude! You cant do this…if she’s not yours then you can…”
Me “she’s mine….I wont put her through the trauma, not after whats happening right now”
Chace “so you’re just going to raise a child thats not even yours…probably”
Me “she’s mine”
Chace “stop saying that! You cant know for sure…Leila could have lied to get rid of her”
Me “I said I wont do it! If you dont like then let me out of the work, I have enough to start my own business or I can go back to what I used to do before we met”
Chace “fine fine! No need to get hasty….you can take your daughter…anyway, how did you come up with a name so fast”
Me “I just said the first thing on my mind”
Chace “okay” I sat down but stood up again and paced around the room.
After a full hour of waiting, the doctor finally appeared to brief us
Me “is she going to be okay?”
Dr “Mr Howard, was your daughter….what I want to ask is…was she born at a hospital?”
Me “I-I I dont know…I wasnt there…my girlfriend she….we’re not…”
Dr “okay…well its seems like, after she was born, she didnt get any medical treatment”
Me “what do you mean?”
Dr “whether it was a home birth or whether she was born in a medical center, she didnt get the medical treatment, attention she needs….your daughter has a lung infection which causes her to have difficulty to breath”
Me “what” I felt breathless
Dr “it seems that she was born a bit prematurely and even though her health seemed okay, there were some difficulties” I felt weak, how could Leila have been so careless….where did she even give birth!
Me “so what now?”
Dr “I have put her on a very strong anti biotic right now, she is breathing again but with assistance of course”
Me “will she be okay?” He smiled
Dr “you brought her in just in time” I breathed out a sigh of relief
Me “can I see her?”
Dr “of course, this way….” we followed him to my baby’s room and there she was in a small bed, hooked up to a machine.
I walked up to her and she was awake, tears stung my eyes and I blinked them back, Chace put his hand on my shoulder…I bent down to kiss her, she was so adorable making all those baby sounds
Me “I think she must be hungry”
Dr “dont worry, we’ll take care of her”
Me “thank you doctor, just do everything you can to help her” he nodded and left the room. I looked at her and it looked like she was smiling at me “hey baby girl, its your daddy….I’m sorry, I am so sorry that you’re here…I promise that when you get out of here daddy will take good care of you. I’ll make sure you never come to a place like this again okay?” She was holding my index finger tight “wow…what a strong girl huh!”
Chace “I’m happy shes okay man”
Me “no more than me”
Chace “that Leila chick is something else hey! I dont know her but I am doubting your taste in women” I laughed
Me “says the guy who dated an ex con” he laughed too
Chace “I dont know what its like to be a father but….I understand why you dont want to leave her or put her through the whole process of the tests, her little body wont be able to take it”
Me “yeah, thanks Chace”
The next fee days were critical for little Reign, they kept her under a close eye giving her everything she needed so she could be healthy and while she was in hospital, I was busy learning and building up my fathering skills, I knew I had a lot to learn and I also had to find a good place for us to live in when we got to LA, a two bedroomed flat would be enough, a room for her and a room for me right? She was too young to have a play room, only two weeks old
Chace called me a doting father and I suppose a part of him was scared that the baby would ruin things for us but I knew differently, having a child made me want to go even deeper into the business so I could make enough money to buy us a big house and set her up for a life time to ensure that she gets whatever she wanted.
On the day she was getting discharged from the hospital, Jay came to see us, I had just completed signing her release forms, because she was in the best hospital in New York, it really cost a lot but there is no price on my child’s life. I went into her room and picked her up from her bed
Me “you’re going home with daddy today my little princess, are you excited?” She looked up at me with those big eyes and I saw a little smile “aaahhh of course you are! You cant wait to have me all to yourself dont you?”
Jay “wow! I never thought I’d see this side of you! But then again, you’ve always been such a softie huh?” I looked up at him and laughed
Me “well I guess, I just needed Reign here to bring out that part of me”
Jay “look man, I’m sorry I wasnt supportive before. If you say she’s yours and you want to support her then who am I to stand in the way of a father and his kid”
Me “thanks man”
Jay “I know you had a tough time growing up and I also know that you dont want your child to grow up like that either”
Me “yeah….we should get going”
Jay “alright, is your new best friend coming to get you?” I chuckled
Me “very funny! And yes…because he has a car”
Jay “if I had one would you still love me the same?” I laughed
Me “whaaaa ”
Jay “okay! Lets wait for your bff then ”
Three Months later…….
My baby and I were living comfortably in LA, in a 3 bedroom apartment right by the ocean and I was making money, good money and working well with Chace, being a con artist proved to be beneficial to me even though it wasnt something to be proud of but I slept knowing that I was providing well for my daughter and securing a bright future for her even if the world were to turn its back on her like it did with me, she wouldnt have to grow up and be like her father. I never heard from Leila again but I dont really blame her, in my line of work it was vital for me to change my number almost every week especially after doing a job where it would be possible to track me.
Chace “I have some new work for us” he said, while visiting me at my place
Me “yeah” I grabbed the beer from the table and took a sip
Chace “this is going to be a big job Jude…which means, you’re going to have to get that sexy nanny of yours again for Reign” I chuckled
Me “sexy nanny huh?” He laughed
Chace “why you’re not….why you’re refusing to see that she’s totally into you is beyond me”
Me “I dont….”
Chace “have time for girls” he finished my sentence for me “yeah yeah yeah….I get it ”
Me “whats the new job?”
Chace “Richard Blaze” I choked on my beer and coughed
Me “Richard Blaze? At Blaze Corporate?”
Chace “yes, he’s been dabbling in some light espionage that made him millions over night…he says he needs a good place to hide his money”
Me “really? So what are we going to do?”
Chace “we are going to help him do exactly that….find him a way to evade tax , hide his money and have it cleaned out”
Me “thats it?”
Chace “of course not! He says he will pay 5 million dollars each….thats what we’ll get for the initial payment but…..”
Me “we’re obviously going to take a little something for ourselves right?”
Chace “and thats why I love you! You’re so smart
!”
Me “hahaha ”
The plans were set in motion, now in our line of work…you just couldnt let people know your real identity so we often changed up our look, our names and lied about who and what we did. Every identity we assumed fit the criteria of the job we were going to do. This time, we needed to look like corrupt tax lawyers who were out to make a quick buck because tax law is so boring and bears so little rewards. How Richard Blaze got tangled up with Chace is beyond me but I tended not to ask Chace how he found all these people, the less I knew the better. Being the brains behind the operation was enough for me. I woke up early that day and spent the day with my daughter then later on, in the late afternoon I took a quick shower and chose to wear a black Givenchy suit, I went for a semi casual look since we were going to be meeting the man after hours for a couple of drinks that would go down easy with money talks. After I was done dressing, Jade (the nanny) arrived just in time. Chace was right, the girl was extremely hot but with everything going on in my life, I didnt want to entangle myself with women because I was never the player type and I was so focused with school and all the other things…I never had much of an interest in girls
Jade “wow Mr Howard, you look amazing” she flashed me a flirty smile
Me “thanks Jade”
Jade “are you going on a date?” I chuckled, she was very blunt and straightforward…I liked that about her
Me “no…I am going to meet someone for work though”
Jade “oh! Enjoy your meeting then”
Me “thank you” I picked Reign up and kissed her “you be a good girl for Jade okay?”
Jade “she is always so well behaved, go do your thing…Riri and I will stay here and have fun…right princess?” She tickled her and Riri giggled like crazy. I handed her over to Jade then left.
I arrived at Mr Richard Blaze’s office and Chace was already there, engulfed in deep talks with the man like they were old business associates. That was one thing that put me in awe about him, his ability to insert himself into a person’s world and make them so comfortable with him that they would sign their lives over to him
Chace “oh! Nathaniel! You’re here!” I smiled curteously
Me “Mr Blaze….” I gave him a small bow
Chace “Richard! This is the brains behind this operation…Nathaniel Crawford” I shook his hand firmly, not forgetting to make eye contact
Me “I am very please to meet you Mr Blaze”
Richard “likewise Mr Crawford”
Chace “lets have a sit and talk” I smiled at him and he winked at me. Mr Blaze offered us the best of his scotch, though I am not a drinker and definitely not a fan of throat burning alcohol, I had to do what I had to do. We sat down as men and talked, at first about our common interests…well Mr Blaze’s common interests…like you know, the normal rich people hobbies, golf…amongst other things. Then finally we got to the interesting part, the money part
Richard “so I was thinking of the Carribean, that is the most popular place to hide money isnt it?” Chace looked at me and I nodded
Me “yes but…since everyone hides out their money in places like the Bahamas, Hawaii, Mauritius and every other other Carribean island…it has become the first place for auditors to look”
Richard “then what do you suggest Mr Crawford” I smiled
Me “I know a great place in the Mediterranean sea, a beautiful island with a really great view”
Richard “really?”
Me “yes! That is the last place anyone would ever look”
Richard “lets do it, when can it happen? The sooner the money is hidden away the sooner it can be cleaned up and I can use it”
Me “great, I will get started on everything you need tonight”
Richard “which is what exactly?”
Me “leave the details to me mr Blaze, you will have your money by the end of tomorrow”
Richard “really? That fast?!”
Me “I like to work tenaciously”
Richard “and thats how I like it too” we all shared a laugh, shook heads and it was the end of the meeting
After that, Chace and I went to a bar for some drinks
Chace “yeeaaahhh you work really well! I could already see the twinkles in that greedy bastard’s eyes” I laughed
Me “did you see how he hung on to my every single word?”
Chace “he is really desperate to use that money” I shook my head and took a sip of my beer “you know…after this job, we will make enough money to last us a life time”
Me “yeah, he definitely downplayed it….millions huh? That guy is going to be a freakin billionare”
Chace “which will definitely put us in the league of millionares too” I laughed
Me “arent we already in that league?”
Chace “you spend so little, I forget sometimes”
Me “well I have a child to think of now, I cant be spending money like water”
Chace “I hate it when you’re being responsible” I laughed “to another successful job that will make us rich”
Me “cheers ”
Later that night, I worked hard on creating a bank account for Mr Blaze in an offshore account then transferred the money the following day then just as I promised him, by the end of the day his money was in. The next day after that, Chace and I got paid our $5m each, and as usual, I put mine away in the safety deposit account, it was so secret that not even Chace knew about it….
After waiting a week then stealing a hefty amount from Richard Blaze, we decided to take a little break and perhaps go on holiday. Chace was right, we made so much money that I could buy myself a house right next to the Hollywood sign and still have enough to own a small country. So I took my daughter to Italy, Rome for a little vacation, just for us, well for me to unwind a little and have fun but the fucked up thing I did…was forgetting to dispose of the phone I used to communicate with Richard Blaze
Because of that dumb mistake I made, a week after being in Rome…I got the frustrating and troubling call from Chace that I had been busted and that…Richard had sent his people over to bring me back…and to kill me if they had to……oh crap!

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