It was Friday morning, Jelani's cries woke me up. But they soon stopped at a sound of a familiar voice cooing at him. I opened my eyes slowly to find Michael holding him.

"Shhh little man, we have to let mummy sleep."

The baby stirred a little but the sounds were replaced by giggles not from the baby though.

"Look at mummy she sleeps with her mouth open." Mickey said

"I heard that, could you two have your man talk some where else?" I said through the yawing and stretching.

"Sorry about that, how are you feeling?" Michael was holding Jelani as if he was his child, he had a proud look in his eyes as well as a caring look. Why Richard couldn't be like that is something I could never understand.

"I was feeling well till you two woke me up." He chuckled in response , I took a good look at him. He was wearing a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie. He looked smooth and sexy. Did I just say that? No…I am not thinking straight.

"Well. I can tell you feeling good a bit, why don't you two meet me for lunch today?"


"Just to eat, besides its time you got out of hiding." He grinned.

"Hey I have been in this house for a day so don't be talking about me hiding."

"I mean you need fresh air, you don't have a choice."


"Yes you don't." He said simply while playing with the baby. "Mummy has to come, hasn't she. Tell her Jelani she needs fresh air."

"Stop trying to plot to steal my baby." I pouted.

"I will see you two at 12 then." He stated.

"I don't like you."

"Love you too peaches." With that he walked closer to me and said "By the way you look cute when you are sleeping, bye my little man. I have to go. See you soon."

He placed the baby in my hands, kissed him on the forehead. He did the same to me.

'What's going on with Mickey?' I asked myself.

"Bye peaches."

Jelani's cry snapped me back to earth, " Its okay baby. Time for your morning feed."

"We got a solid case here Mrs Gregory."

"Please don't call me that, I hate that name. Its Ms Belle"

"Can we sue him for damages Mr Croft"

"Well I am not sure but…"

"I don't what to sue Andy, him going to jail is enough. I don't want his money. Its guilt money." I cut in.

"Okay but we are going to have a protection order against him. Can his rights as a father be stripped away from him?" My mother asked.

"Great idea Marie." My father claimed. I swear having your lawyer visit you at your family home is something I will never do again. My brother, father, mother and sister in law Latoya are all here. The support is great but they all want him to suffer past my moral standards.

"Are you alright Jay?" Latoya whispered.

"Yeah, thanks." I rubbed her hand, Latoya has always been there when I need her. She was mixed race, tall like a model but with fabulous curves. Her and Andrew have been married for three years before they were together for another three. She was the assistant director of sales at Michelin industries.

"Yes I was going on to that, you see that is were our case has the strong hold. I will be coming from the angle that he abused you physically while you were pregnant which resulted in the tragic lose of the other twin."

"Good." My brother responded.

" Does she need to be there in court?" My mother enquired.

"I am going mum, me and Jelani are going." I stated. Everyone was now staring at me.

"Okay honey."

I got up, "Excuse I have to go check on the baby." I left on that note. I couldn't be there anymore. I slipped in my room, walked towards Jelani's crib. I started to cry. I heard a knock on the door. "Come in." I said.

"Hey." Latoya said.

"Sorry about downstairs, I couldn't stay any longer." I said through the tears.

"I know, I couldn't stand it as well."

"They were all talking as if he wasn't part of this family once."

"I get you, I mean no matter how much you hate him there is a part of you that still loves him."

"Yes and I hate myself for that because I should hate him for everything he did."

"That's the funny thing about love, it never goes away completely. Everyone just want to protect you because they feel as if they failed you."

"What do you mean?"

"Well Andy blames himself for what happened. He said he should have noticed, your father feels as though he is the worst father in the world because he turned a blind eye towards the situation. And your mum is the worst of them all. I caught her crying the other day, she was crying about you and the Alisa. She told me that she knew what was happening because you told her but she didn't take it seriously. She thought it was a lover's spat. So you see they all have the need to protect you because they blame themselves."

"Oh I didn't know." She moved closer to me and hugged me.

"I know, you are still Andy's little sis and your parents baby. So they are going to protect you so am I. That's why I am coming with you to court. Whether you like it or not."

"Thanks, you always know what to say. Its like having a big sis with you around."

"I just wish you had told me Julie."

"I am sorry L. I messed up, I lost my baby girl because of me thinking he will change." I broke down

"Alisa's death isn't your fault, he did the abuse."

"I know but I am responsible for protecting them. But I was too foolish and selfish."

"Don't say that. You are responsible, you stayed because you wanted to walk away from this and never look back. To know that you tried your best on saving the relationship. That's what I think."

"I never thought of that way." She had opened my eyes to something different.

"Well sure sweetie, now you know its truly over. He will never have that effect on you. Instead of making you weak, he made you strong. that's what he doesn't know. Beating you has made him weak."

"Thank you Latoya."

"Anytime sweetie, us sisters got to stick together." She said hugging me tighter.

"How far have you go?" I asked in amusement.

"Wha…What are you talking about?" She blushed.

"I mean how far along are you, pregnant wise." I said with a mischievous face.

"Is it that noticeable?"

"No its just I have seen the signs missy. You cant hide it any longer." I said putting on my best darth vader voice.

"Well I just found out that am two months gone. I must be fat for you to notice. I mean that no one else has noticed. Even the father of the baby."

"Well what do you expect he is a man, besides my brother is a little dense when it comes to women, I remember when he first met you. He asked me for advice on women and he never stopped since."

"What do you mean your cool composed brother?" She looked alarmed.

"Oh yeah, when you two had your first fight. He desperately wanted to say sorry but he didn't know how. So I gave him a book that helped him understand women more."

"What book?"

"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus."

"He told he was getting advice but he never said who. Wow. Am surprised."

"That's how much he loves you. He might be intelligent academically but when it comes to you he loses his cool and train of thought. He still does."


"I know. You lucky L."

"Thank you for everything."

"No I should be thanking you."

We hugged and she took Jelani from his crib. We walked out of my bedroom.

"You better get used to holding a baby." I whispered. She just smiled and continued to play with Jelani.

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