“Do not talk to your father like that, young lady!”
“Stop calling me that, I’m not your daughter!” And Shaelyn left the room. Did I really just call her my daughter? I remembered once when I had that same exact argument with my daughter. I still couldn’t shake it through my head that she was gone forever.
“Shae, I’m sorry!” She had already wandered off somewhere, which wasn’t good in these times. I walked in her direction for a while and still couldn’t find her. “Where did she go? Shae, please come out. You can’t be hiding away like this. You know we have to get going. And be there before sundown.” After saying that I heard a soft cry. I kept searching in the area I was in. I couldn’t find anything for a few moments, until I found she was hiding behind one of the bigger trees. She was sitting with her knees pushed up to her chest. I bent down to her level. “Shae, I’m sorry for yelling at you like that. I just didn’t want you to get hurt.”
“Get away from me. I don’t care if I get hurt.” She said while crying still. I sat down next to her and put my arms around her. “Stop, get away from me!” She was struggling so hard to get away, but I couldn’t let her. Not now. “Get off of me!” She was trying to forget me, but I knew she never would.
“Shaelyn, stop right now. Don’t you see that I love you. I called you my daughter because I remembered when I wa having an identical argument with her. I didn’t want her to be going off and doing stupid thing. And you know what, I gave in and let her do it. By doing that, I let her and myself down. She died that very night, because she wanted to go off and do her own thing. She drank and got into a car accident.” Shae stopped moving around.” I know that her situation and ours are very different, but I can’t lose you. You don’t know all of the dangers out there. We live in a world where disgusting men have taken over and kill anyone they want, and even more.”
“I-I’m sorry, David. I was just so mad because it felt like you were trying to be exactly like my Father and I just wasn’t ready to have someone like that in my life yet, again.”
“No, you’re ready. You just miss him, and I understand. I miss my wife and daughter everyday, Shae. I do. You may not think it now, but we need each other. We have been put in the same horrible situations, and it’s good to find others like you. I know you’re only 14, but I know you understand what I’m trying to say.” She shook her head.
“It’s okay. Just promise me you won’t go off and do something stupid like that again. Like I said before, we live in a terrible world now and we only have ach other to survive right now.”
“I promise. David?”
“I love you.”
“I love you too, shaelyn.