USA, 2022

”Theodore! Breakfast is ready! ” I call out in a singsong voice, flipping the pancakes on the pan while Theo hopes down the wooden stairs giddily, sniffing the air.

”What is that smell? ” Comes the baby voice of Theo as if in a dream. I can help but giggle at the cuteness as I say. ”Come take a look! ”

Placing the fluffy pancakes on a plate, I spread the whipped cream on top of them while Theo helps herself up on a bar stool.

She gasps dramatically, her hand flying to her mouth and her almond shaped doe eyes turning big in surprise, as if princess unicorn has just showed up herself.

”Pancakes! ” She squeals, making me giggle even more. ”Thats right, your favourite. Finish this up and then we will get ready for school, yeah? ”

Theo nods obediently, to busy to complain as she devours her food, getting the fluffy cream all over her face and collar.

Thank the heavens I haven changed her yet.

With a smile and a ruffle in the head, I walk back upstairs after tossing my apron, and getting ready for a shower. I need to get ready for work AND get Theo ready for school.

Once Im done with my daily morning routine, I go back downstairs, only to find Theo still in the kitchen, but this time with a glass jar almost the size of her full with cookies, and one midway to her mouth.

Her eyes fall on me, and like a deer caught in the headlights, her eyes turn wide with horror, fearing my wrath.

Now don get me wrong, I don punish her unless its most important, and judging by the look on her face, even a glare can make her drop the jar and cause havoc around the whole place.

So the only thing I do is place my hands on my hips, fixing her with a stern look. ”Theo, we talked about this. ”

”Im sowwyyyy…. ” She trails off with a pout, placing the jar back on the counter while Im having a hard time trying to stifle my laugh.

”Come here; lets get you ready for the day. ”

Once Im done cleaning her, I fix her hairs into two pony tails, her soft jet black hairs shining, contrasting heavily with her pale skin. All through the time I get her dressed, she continuous to smile at me, giggling from time to time for God only knows what reason.

Children behaviour I guess. She always does it.

”Alright, shall we go? ”

”Yes! ”

When we reach the childrens nursery, most of the teachers are already waiting out side to greet the children, exchanging polite words with the parents that drop their kids.

One of the teachers, a Miss Pompers sees Theo and her face brightens up like the sun finally begin to dawn on her. Her face twisted into a huge smile, while she spread her arms out wide for Theo to run into them. ”Theo! ”

”Miss Pomfers! ” Theo exclaims, making me chuckle every time her accent gets the names and words wrong. Soon the duo are locked in a tight embrace with Miss Pompers lifting tiny Theo up and rounding around, while the child giggles continuously.

”I missed you Miss Pomfers! ” Theo confesses, and the said lady soon joins in. ”I missed you too Theo sweetie! ”

”You saw each other but yesterday. ” I exclaim, earning playful glares from the duo while all I can do is smile. With her hands still circled around Miss Pompers neck, Theo yells. ”Lets go Miss Pomfers! Mommy didn let me have any cookies today! ”

”Hey! You had two behind my back! ” I feign hurt, while all young Miss Pompers does is laugh out loud. ”Don worry Mrs Davis, your daughter is in perfect hands. ”

Mrs Davis. My daughter.

Will I ever get used to these words?

I smile softly, nodding my head. ”Im sure she is. ”

Miss Pompers is an unmarried orphan, who, with no doubts, loves kids. She says she finds peace and solace when she is in the company of kids, for their innocent souls make her feel pure at heart.

Perhaps its her own way to soothe the pain of being abandoned as a baby and left in an orphanage.

Nonetheless, Miss Pompers is a really sweet woman for someone so young and of her age.

With a curt nod and smile, Miss Pompers puts Theo down and takes her inside the colourful building by the hand.

With a sigh, I walk back to my car. Now, I needed to get to work.

Work is…boring as usual. I never enjoy my work, but it pays well to take the expense of two people especially a five year old kid. I mean, who enjoys working in a bank?

My job is simple, pick calls from clients and fix the paper work that come with those who want to open bank acco

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