Chapter 1.7 – Second Chance

Stepping out of the shower, I was getting my clothes on when I heard my cellphone ringing. I rushed to get fully dress and ran towards my phone. I looked at the number showing on my screen and it read ‘unknown’. I thought to myself; who can that be? I answered the phone and said, ‘hello’ with a tone that expressed my confusion.

“Hello?” The other voice seemed just as confused as I was. Clearly it was a man’s voice, and he continued, “This is Faith right?”

“Um, yes. Who is this?”

“Oh my god Faith! You don’t remember me do you?”
There was silence. I thought about it for a second. His voice. I’ve heard that voice before a very long time ago.

“Wait a minute. Are you…Is this… No it can’t be. J..Je..Jeffrey?”

“Yeah it’s me! It’s been a long time eh!” I couldn’t speak. I was so shocked I just stood there with my face frozen in surprise. He continued talking, “It’s been forever, and I have so much to tell you since the time we met. Can we meet up somewhere. It’s your pick!”

I was under shock so all I said was, “Yeah, sure. Central Park?”

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I dressed casually and walked across the bright green grass in Central Park. There was a fresh breeze that reassured me. I have to admit I was nervous and a little dizzy but I kept a steady pace. I was walking around, unsure of what I was looking for when suddenly someone grabbed my arm from behind. Startled, I turned around to see those hazel colored eyes all over again.

“Faith!” Jeffrey approached me with a large smile, happy to be talking with me. I, on the other hand, kept my distances. All this was still new to me , and I would never, ever forget the pain he caused me earlier in my life.

“Hey, Jeffrey! Wha…what’s up?”

“It’s been forever hasn’t it? Man, if only you knew how busy I was the past couple years. I enrolled in the military and I’ve been traveling ever since!”

We stood face to face and he went on and on about his years in the military. How he’s been in different countries on peace missions and bringing health packages to those in need. I zoned out a few times, thinking that in all those years where I waited for him to call. Where I took care of our daughter, thinking he had abandoned me, the reality was that he wasn’t even in the country.

After telling me about his time-serving for the army, he realized how it was truly long since we’d talked. “I would have called our mailed you during all these years, but I didn’t know you very well. I didn’t have your address or even your phone number. I just got your number now because as working for a higher position in the army, I have access to those computers, and let me tell you, those computers tell you everything you need to know about someone.”

“Yeah, I’ll bet.” I laughed a nervous laugh.

“Enough about me! What have you been up to after all this time?”

I lost my patience. After all these years I’ve been having nightmares and I’ve been picturing this day for so long … I simply had to tell him. “Well to be honest with you Jeffrey, for the past sixteen years that you’ve been gone I’ve been raising a child.” My tone of voice became more serious, more angry. “This child’s name is Patricia. And you know what, she just so happens to be your daughter too! Now will you look at that!”

Jeffrey looked at me confused. “Wait what do you mean my daughter? I….We….I don’t understand?”

“Yeah! You remember that first night we met and we slept together. Well that’s all it took Jeffrey … just that one night!” I couldn’t stop now. The anger rose in my body and my words came flushing out like a rapid river. “But of course after that one night thing you left! I should have expected that from someone like you. Once I knew I was pregnant I realized what a stupid, stupid mistake this all was. You left me there for sixteen full years, a single mother. You have a daughter who’s never met her father, who doesn’t even know what he looks like! Do you understand the guilt I’ve felt for all this time. I couldn’t even tell her what type of man you were. I couldn’t even show her a picture!” I took a deep breath, satisfied that finally all the anger that had built up over me was now being let loose.

Jeffrey was looking around frantically, his eyes trying to scan through the past few years. Trying to imagine what was going on and what had he missed. He tried speaking a few times, but his words stumbled. As I watched him confused and full of guilt, I felt bad for launching at him with information he clearly didn’t know. Once the anger was out, I wanted to take it back in and let him understand in a calmer way. After a few minutes of suspenseful silence, Jeffrey finally spoke. His voice was shaken and weak, “I’m sorry I had no idea. Um..how…how is she?”

I told him a little about Patty and how she was really into music and that her room was filled with posters and band names. I explained how we had a good relationship together, but sometimes I felt like Patty was the one taking care of me and giving me the advice. We walked throughout the park and I was mostly the one talking. Jeffrey simply walked, his head bowed down, listening to every piece of information I was giving about Patty, as if he could catch up on all the missed years. After nearly one hour, he finally spoke up, “Do you think I can meet her? I would really appreciate that and I know I haven’t been around for all those years, and I definitely don’t want to take your place but I just want to meet my daughter.”

I looked at him and we both stopped walking. “I’ll have to think about that one. She’s been so used to having no father that if you come back in the picture your all she’s going to want but then your going to go back to the military. It’s just going to break her heart all over again and I’m not sure I want her to suffer that.”

“Thing is, I’m not going back to the military. I just got deployed for a year and after that if things work out around here, I won’t have to go back. Just, please agree to this?”

I nodded. “I’ll think about it.”

We hugged, exchanged our numbers and addresses and left our separate ways.

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I packed a lunch for Patty and waved her good-bye as she hopped in the school bus. I still had a few days off from maternity leave, so I enjoyed making myself a nice breakfast and coffee in the morning. After eating a long, calming breakfast, I cleaned up and made my way to Joshua’s room. It was at that moment the house phone rang. I ran to pick it up, wondering who it could be that early in the morning. “Hello?”

“Hi, may I speak to Faith Auburn please?”

“Um yes, this is her. Who is this?”

“Hi, Ms.Auburn, this is the headmaster of the Community School for the Gifted. I’m calling about Patricia Auburn, your daughter.”

“Is she okay? What’s going on?”

“Actually, I don’t know if she is okay because she hasn’t been coming to school for the past few days.”

“Wait, what? She’s been hopping on that school bus every morning, how can she not be at school? I don’t understand.”

“Well, at first she came once or twice a week, but now it’s been two weeks that she hasn’t been here. Ms.Auburn she must come to school more often or this will be classified as a dropout, and she will not be able to re-enter until next year.”

“Um..thank you for calling. I’ll make sure she goes to school. Thanks again.”

I hung up the phone. Where the hell was Patricia going if not school?

I waited in the living room, watching out the window. I saw the school bus pass at 1h30. There was no sign of Patricia, but at exactly 1h40 I saw her running along the street, backpack in hand and she came up the steps towards the house. I stood in the entrance when she came inside. My arms crossed, foot tapping against the wooden floor and a stern look on my face, she could see that she was in trouble. “Mom, what’s up?”

“I don’t know you, tell me. You’ll never guess who called today.” She thought about it for a second, but gave me a shrug. I told her, “Well, the headmaster of your school called today. Isn’t that funny? Apparently you haven’t been in school for the past two weeks. And the weeks before that you only went in once or twice. Now he doesn’t know what’s going on and neither do I, so speak up young lady.”


“Mom, I was meaning to tell you. It’s just that my grades were bad, and..and I didn’t see the point in continuing cause’ even if I tried I wasn’t going to pass my classes.”

“So you just don’t show up to class? Were you ever going to go back?”

“Well, I don’t know. There’s no point.”

“No point to school? Patricia this is serious stuff. I didn’t get a good education and look how many jobs I’ve tried, and got fired from. It’s hard living in this world without an education!”

“I can’t go back now. Mom I’ve dropped out.”

“What do you mean you’ve dropped out!” I started yelling, upset at what Patty was telling me.

” I hated school and I’m bad at it so why should I keep going.”

” What will you do without it Patty! “

“I’ll get a job and help you pay with the bills.”

“Are you out of your mind!?”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My daughter being a drop out? I know I was one, but I never wished it upon my kids. “Patty if you’re not in school then where in the world are you! You leave every morning on the school bus! What’s going on here!”

Patty shuffled back and forth on her feet, every time starting a sentence then stopping. “I’ve…I’m with friends and stuff.”

Out of all the things she could have answered, she said one of the worst reasons I could imagine. “Friends? So you’re dropping out and letting go of your education for friends? What type of friends are they! I guess they’re drop-outs to huh?”

“Um..yeah.”

“Well you know what, you’re not allowed to see them anymore because your going right back to school!”

“Mom I’m not leaving my boyfriend for grades that I will fail-“

“Boyfriend!? You told me friends!”

“Well it’s both okay?!”

“I knew this had something to do with a boy. I just can’t believe you would hide this from me and then lie about it when I asked. I didn’t think you were like this Patricia.” I started giving up. I sighed, realizing that my little girl was no longer a little girl but becoming a young woman. I thought of Jeffrey as if maybe if he was hear it would make a difference. I shook my head and gave my final word, “You know what Patricia, it’s your life and no matter how hard I try to keep you on the right path, you’re the only one that can change things in your own life. It’s up to you, but trust me you’ll regret it.” I walked away, deciding it was maybe better if the subject was left alone and leave it up to Patty to realize her own mistakes.

For the next couple of weeks, Mom came over often to hang out with Patty and Josh. I started work again so it was nice to have her around as a babysitter. Sometimes I think Patricia tells her more about her personal life than what she tells me, but I don’t really know. As for Joshua, he loved having his grandma around. It gave him someone to play with all day long and it’s a good opportunity for mom to teach him the basics of life such as walking and talking. Everyone came out of it happy.

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I tucked Josh into his crib with his favorite teddy bear and kissed him goodnight. Closing the light in his room but leaving on a small nightlight, I heard a knock at the front door. It was getting late and I was feeling tired. I walked calmly towards the front door, my bare feet walking along the cold wooden floors. When I opened the door, I was surprised to see Marcus standing there. He had a face showing he was sorry. A face full of hope. Politely, I invited him inside and closed the door behind him.

“Um, hi Marcus. Wha…what are you doing here?”

“Faith before you say anything I want to explain myself. I know I left you when I shouldn’t have. It was super irresponsible of me, and I overreacted about everything and I regret it. You needed my support and I wasn’t able to give it to you then, but now I’ll be more than happy to help you. I’m just hoping it’s not too late.”

I stood in the doorway, my mouth open. “Why didn’t you come forward before?”

“I know I should’ve. But for the first few months I was so angry and wanted nothing to do with it all. But then I missed you, and I wondered what my child was like. And then I couldn’t get you off my mind. So many times I picked up my phone, dialed your number and hung up. I didn’t know what to tell you and I figured you would be mad at me. And I understand that you are, and I’ll wait as long as it takes for you to forgive me, but I’d like you to give me a second chance.”

“How can I be so sure you really want this? Are you just trying to break my heart all over again?” I was frowning, my head was dizzy and I didn’t know what to say.

“You can’t know for sure until you give me a chance. I’ll prove it to you that I can make it up for the past year. I wanted to tell you so many times but I wasn’t brave enough and I’m sorry. Even if you turn me down now, I’ll never give up. Just please, please let me back.”

“I’ll give you one last chance, but you screw up one more time and your out! I’m tired of getting played around like this and I can’t take it anymore. I’m doing this for the sake of my kids so don’t think you’re set free with all this. Last chance Marcus.”

In that moment a picture of Jeffrey flashed through my mind. In the same two weeks, the fathers of my children came back into my life and only one of them was coming back into my home.

I smiled lightly towards him. “Joshua. His name is Joshua.”

And just like that, he was back into my life.

I was giving him a second chance into my family’s life.

[2663words]

About auburn101
I've ran away at the age of 18. I've come a long way, but now I've arrived in a small town known as Sunset Valley. Ahead of me, awaits a long journey. A legacy is what I am starting. A legacy of my own, that I will built from the ground up.

22 Responses to Chapter 1.7 – Second Chance

  1. Chellekaz says:

    I so hope that no one comes to regret their decisions – not Faith, Patty or Marcus. Jeffrey was a one night stand, I don’t care too much about his regrets 😛 ‘Nother great chapter, can’t wait to meet Patty’s boyfriend

  2. spongeb0berz says:

    Rarg Patty! She’s suppose to be a good girl ); Why would she just drop out? She’s better than that. I had a feeling it was a boy. Hopefully she doesn’t try anything stupid with him. She’s only 16 and has no diploma. She won’t get very far if she has a child. :/ Look how hard it was on her own mom! She has to see that.

    Rarg, I don’t know about Marcus. I think I like Jeffery better. One: Jeff didn’t know Faith when he left. So it was just like a fling. Two: He’s sencere about his daughter, the moment he knew she exsisted.

    With Marcus, he totally blew her off knowing she was pregnant! That’s where I rest my case with that big blonde dummy.

    Lol, awesome chapter ;3

    -Sponge

    • auburn101 says:

      I love hearing your strong opinion on the characters! Thanks for reading and commenting I really appreciate it! ^^ But your right , Patty should see how hard life was for her mom. Maybe with a few years she’ll realize 😉 Thanks again!

  3. Sherlister says:

    I hope Patty makes the right decision ><

    In my opinion, I prefer Jeffery to Marcus :/ Somehow Jefferey seems to care more about his child when he found out than Marcus did.

    • auburn101 says:

      Patty’s young and she’ll make mistakes! She should listen to her mom though heheh. Love hearing people’s opinion. So far most of the comments seem to be leading towards Jeffrey! ^^ Thanks for commenting 😀

  4. snowdropxox says:

    O-M-G!!! Jeffrey called her! After all that time!!! I can understand how she yelled at him in the park. And then, whats up with Patty? She used to be so sweet and inocent now shes dropped out of school and has a boyfriend that her mother hasn’t even meet?! Then to top it off, Marcus drops in uninvited and wants a seconed chance? Hmmmm, this has gotten intresting, wounder what will happen when Jeffery meets Marcus?? Love it and can’t wait for the next chap. Oh and THANK YOU!!!! for adding my little story to your blogroll, it means so much! =)

    • auburn101 says:

      Patty seems to be changing because of her new friends and boyfriend! 😉 To be honest, I’m also curios for when Jeffrey and Marcus will meet hehe. It’s my [pleasure to have added you to my blogroll, I always enjoy having new readers and new stories to read 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  5. Nightrain17 says:

    Oh Patty! I thought you were a sensible young lady. She can’t just throw away her education. I wonder if this new boyfriend of hers is having some affect on her intelligence.

    And ooh I hope Faith doesn’t regret this. I hope she gets that happy ending!

    • auburn101 says:

      Patty’s like every other teenager and gets influenced by her friends 😉 Honestly, I want Faith to have a happy ending as well. She doesn’t seem to be very lucky lately. Must be her unlucky trait! 😉 Thanks for commenting.

  6. Emy says:

    I prefer Jeffrey too. XD He seems so sweet, and it’s not really his fault he didn’t know about his daughter. It was only a one night stand, after all.

    For some reason, Marcus makes my skin crawl. ><

    Ohhh, Patty. D: Don't give up school because of a boy.

  7. Elli James says:

    Ohhh wow! I definitely thought Jeffrey was out of the picture for good! Marcus too! And now they’re both back?! How much more pressure can Faith take from these people?

    I dunno, I feel like Jeffrey is the better choice to let back into the house. Especially comparing his reaction to finding out he’s a father, compared to Marcus’. This is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out!

    Amazing job!! Can’t wait for another update!

    • auburn101 says:

      So far, most people are liking Jeffrey more, compared to Marcus! I’m happy to see that theres suspense going on! 🙂 Really appreciate all the commenting, and glad you’re enjoying it. No worries, once my summer vacations will be a little less packed, there will be an update ! 🙂 Bare with me 😀

  8. marissa3 says:

    Jeffreys back! After so long as well, she has a difficult choice to make now, I just hope she chooses right!
    What’s up with Patty?! She can’t just drop out! x

    • auburn101 says:

      Patty seems to be a little confused just like most teenagers are 😉 Faith as well seems to have tough decisions to make ! An update will come soon once the summer vacations are a little less busy 🙂 Happy simming ..

  9. zoxell says:

    Heh, I like the little switcharoo you did there with Faith. Great character development!

  10. Oh boy…I see a love triangle in the future…

  11. Tabby :) says:

    Wow, great chapter!<3 I loved this one!

    I hope Patty won't regret her decision.

    I don't know which one Faith should let back into her home.. I don't know if I trust either of them.

    I would continue reading, I'm very tempted to..but it's super late here and I'm already losing sleep for school tomorrow. XD

    I'm going to continue reading a.s.a.p tomorrow. I love this legacy!<3

  12. dustydreamer says:

    Oh no! I thought Patty was going to be a good girl. :[ She ahs the genius trait, how can she be failing. :[ I cant believe she would drop out of school…my only guess would be those bad influence of a friends..and boyfriend. :[

    I cant believe Jeffery is back! Between him and Marcus..I chose Jeffery. My reasons being that he didnt know…and he didnt leave because he was only into a one night stand. He was in the military. To him, it might have been a one night stand, but after 16 years, after he gets a chance of a break…he calls her..that says something.
    Whereas Marcus she told up front, and he had a chance to prove himself, to be there with her and support her…and he flipped and left her for a year. :/

    Great chapter! Another twist in Faiths life!

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