Two months in to Sakura going to the school it was summer
for the local colleges. He looked forward to picking up his daughter from her
daycare as the woman who had sold the school to him was often there. He knew
the idea of a single father was off putting to most woman but she always had a
sweet smile for him even if he was in one of his more teasing moods she blushed
under his attention.
“Hello, Miss Kristy.” He said as he walked in the front door
to pick up Sakura.
“Mr. Akechi. How nice to see you again.” She said with that
smile that he had come to enjoy.
“And how was my little monster today?” he asked as he began
to sign her out.
“She was ghoulish as usual.” Kristy said with a smile. “Though
I do have to discuss a few things with you.”
“Oh no.” Mitsuhdie said as he figured something was coming that he didn’t want to deal with after
a long day at work.
“Would you follow me?” she asked as she went into the
conference room. She shut the door and offered him a seat. “Sakura has been an
excellent student and she is smart as a whip.”
“But there is a problem?” he asked.
“She has been asking where babies come from and why she has
a dad but not a mother.” Kristy said. “I wanted to talk to you about this
before it became an issue and how you wanted to handle it. Like I said before
we are all a family here and we are here to help you in anyway we can.”
“I didn’t know she was getting to that age.” He said as he
started thinking. “she hasn’t said anything at home.”
“That isn’t abnormal.” Kristy said with a soft smile, “Sometimes
a child won’t ask their parent or tell their parents but ask someone else they
trust. She doesn’t want to upset you by asking certain questions.”
“I honestly don’t know what to tell her.” He said. He hadn’t
thought that when the adoption was final he would ever have to deal with any of
this. She was only a year old then. Now she was to bright and she wanted to
know more about why they as a family were so different. He should have seen
“Well we don’t have to say anything right now. I just wanted
you to be aware Sakura was starting to notice things in her life were slightly
different then some of her classmates.” Kristy said, “And when you finally do
decide on how you wanted to handle this all you have to is tell us and we will reinforce
what you want us too.”
“How would you handle this?” he asked.
“How would I handle what?” Kristy asked softly.
“I adopted her after she was left on my doorstep literally when
she was three months old.” Mitsuhdie said as Kristy looked shocked. “Her biological
father was my older brother who died about six months before she was born. Her mother
who I never met had hired a lawyer to handle the exchange of custody to me as
she termimated her rights to Sakura.”
“Wow.” Kristy said she shook her head as she thought all he
must have gone through. “I don’t know. This is nothing I have even heard of
before. However I do have to say you have my respect I don’t know if I could
have done it. Sakura is a wonderfully beautiful little girl.”
“Thank you.” He said as he smiled softly. “She is my life
“It shows.” Kristy said, “She is forever in my the office
telling me what you are doing with her or what you have planned.”
“I hope she isn’t to much.” Mitsuhide said.
“Not at all.” Kristy said. “Give it some thought and let us
know how you want to proceed. Until then we will skirt around it with her.”
“Thank you.” He said.
“What is family for?” Kristy said with a smile as they both
“I do have a question for you, personally.” He asked as he
looked at her as she stopped. “I may have to work late a few night in the
coming month. Do you know of anyone who could watch her like a babysitter for few
hours? I don’t have a normal babysitter and the people she knows like my team
mates will be there with me.”
“If you need someone to watch her I can.” Kristy said.
“You?” he asked.
“Of course.” She said with a smile.
“Well I didn’t that would be that easy.” He said as he
“Most of the teachers here often will do a few hours of babysitting
if needed, just for your information.” Kristy said. “The only thing you will
need to do is fill out the updated permissions with who ever you chose.”
“Can I update it now?” he asked as he looked at her.
“Yes.” She said with a smile as they walked out of the conference
room back into the front of the school. She pulled Sakura’s file and showed him
where to place her information. In the process she took a small sip of paper
and wrote down her cell phone number. “You can call me anytime to watch her.
Since school is over for the summer I am free most of the time.”
“Thank you Kristy.” He said.
“Your very welcome Mr. Akechi.” She said with a bright
Mitsuhide walked back to Sakura’s classroom. When the door
opened Sakura’s head shot up and smiled as she saw him. “Daddy!”
“Hello princess.” He said as he scooped her up and looked at
her and saw she was covered in dried paint. “Did you paint today?”
“How did you know Daddy?” Sakura asked as she looked at him
as he smiled and laughed.
“I don’t have a clue sweetheart.” He said as he waited for
her to go and get her picture. He stood and smiled at the teachers. They were
staring slightly at him though they never said anything to him.
“Daddy I want go get something to eat.” She said as he
picked her up and she hugged him.
“We will see Princess.” He said as he started to walk up to
the office area. He had her tiny backpack on his back and was headed for the
“Good bye Sakura. I hope you have a fun weekend with your
dad.” Kristy called out from the office.
“Bye Miss Kristy.” Sakura called back.
He chuckled at the reaction his tiny daughter had to the
young woman. He put her in the car seat and buckled her in. “Do you like Miss
“Yes Daddy.” Sakura said.
“Would you like it if Miss Kristy looked after you a few
days because I have to work late?” he asked.
“Yes daddy.” She said again. “I like Miss Kristy a lot.”
“Well sweetheart I do too.” He said with a soft smile. “Let’s
go get some dinner.”
Over the weekend he began to wonder how he should handle
Sakura’s wondering mind and her questions. He didn’t know that by being her
only parent would be so hard now. He thought he would have more trouble when
she was a teenager. He didn’t have any women friends that could help him
either. He had to think about this some more as he was grateful to the daycare
he happened to stumble on. They had been a lifesaver not only with everything
they had helped her with. She was excelling in ways he didn’t even realize were
important but also they were helping him in ways he didn’t know he needed.
He had made a decision not to date after he adopted Saukra. Though
he wasn’t completely ready to give up hope that a perfect woman was out there
he had really debated that there would be someone for him. He was content with
his life with Sakura. When he looked at Kristy though he had a slight hope
there maybe, just maybe. He could have the full life he had denied himself.
He looked at his daughter as she played with her dolls and smiled.
Three years ago he wouldn’t know how to do any of the things he knew how to do
now. This was his life and he wouldn’t change anything but he was lonely again.
He could start dating again. That idea scared him more than being by himself
with a small daughter.
He wanted more than this for his life. He wanted someone to
share it with. After everything he had to go through with being a single father
for Sakura he also knew that he did want to have more children. He just didn’t want
to do it all alone again.
He wondered if he could somehow change their lives in a good
way. He was trying to plan ahead and with everything he was thinking only one
woman kept creeping into his brain. He realized he was more than attracted to
the woman in his head. He was very attracted to her.
He didn’t even know if she was single. He finally let that
thought sink in. He really wanted to know that small fact now. Everything else
he planned was based on that small detail. He didn’t even know how to find out.
He began to daydream of a slightly more full life with a
woman he hardly knew. He smiled as he looked down at the little girl on the
floor. If she hadn’t asked a few questions he wouldn’t have had the idea to ask
the woman to see if she would watch her. He smiled.
“Sakura do you know if Miss Kristy is dating someone?” he
“She isn’t daddy.” Sakura said without looking. “Miss Ruth always
tells her she should stop and smell the roses and go out with someone.”
“And you know this because?” he asked as he looked at her.
“I don’t like it when someone says something to Miss Kristy.
She is really nice.” Sakura said as she turned around.
“I like Miss Kristy too.” He said with a soft smile.
“Maybe she could come over for dinner.” Sakura said and he
choked on his drink. He looked at the girl and knew he was a step behind her. The
realization that his three year old daughter was trying to set him up on a date
with the woman he liked who was a worker at her daycare was almost to much for
his brain. Almost.