Who do you call in a time of major crisis? Mikey Way, of course!
As I hung up the phone a million things run through my head like a high speed train. The only coherent sentence I can say is:
“What the actual fuck?”
Then it clicks. The first thing to do in time of crisis; call Mikey Way. Typing his number in is automatic and I don't even have to think about it, which is a blessing at this very moment. Within three rings the phone picks up.
“Hi Alex, it’s Frank. Is Mikey there?”
“Oh, Hi Frank! And yeah, I'll pass you over to him.”
I hear the phone pass over and a whispered conversation about who was the caller.
“Hi Frank, what’s up?”
“Fuck Mikey. I'm screwed.”
“What have you done this time?”
“I would be offended, but I don't think there’s enough space in my brain.”
“Why? What’s happened?”
“Mikey, do you remember Iris Sparsi?”
“Your first? Yeah, why?”
“Umm… I’ve just had a phone call from her 14 year old daughter.”
“And, what’s that got to do with-… Wait. Weren't you two together 14 years ago?”
“She fucking moved on fast! As soon as she left she must have got pregnant!”
“Mikey. Stop being so fucking slow. That could be MY kid!”
“… holy fucking shit! Wait- why has Iris only JUST told you this?”
“She didn't, Arancione did.”
“My daughter, maybe.”
“Shit Frank, when did you find this out? What has Penina said? What does Iris want? Where is she now? How-“
“Mikey! Stop with the questions, Jesus!”
“Sorry… Okay, one at a time. When did you find this out?”
“About 5 minutes ago…”
“Shit. What has Penina said?....... Frank?”
“… She doesn't know yet Mikes.”
“Frank! You need to tell her, you could have a fucking child! Anyway, what did Iris want and where did she run away to?”
“I didn't speak to Iris, only Arancione. Iris is broken Mikes. She’s been drinking I think, she started fucking convulsing when I was speaking to Arancione and ‘cione had to deal with it on her own! She’s 14; she doesn't know what to do. Mikes, you could hear the sheer terror in her voice afterwards. She’s convinced it’s her fault Iris is this way. She’s getting the next plane to New Jersey, from England"
“She’s WHAT?! Fucking hell Frank! Go.And.Tell.Penina.NOW.”
“Okay! Okay… I'm going; I'll ring you later Mikes…”
“Good luck Frank, and maybe congratulations…”
“Thanks Mikes, bye.”
I put the phone on the holder and slowly walked up the stairs to my room. Carefully tip-toeing past Mia’s room, she’s only 4 years old; I wonder how she'll feel about maybe having a sister?
The light creeps across the room as the door slowly creaks open. Penina’s sleeping in the bed, blissfully unaware of the news she’s about to receive. Will she want to look after my child? Is Arancione even my child? I feel so bad for her, how long has Iris had a drinking problem? Has Arancione had to care for herself?
Penina rolls over and blinks sleep out of her eyes then looks at me worriedly.
“Babe, what’s the matter? You look like you've seen a ghost!”
I walk over to the bed and sit cross-legged next to her; she sits up and mirrors me then holds my hands, searching my eyes for answers.
“Babe? Are you okay? What’s happened? You're scaring me.”
“Pen, I've just had a phone call, it was off the daughter of a girl I dated when I was 15, and this girl believes I'm her father. She’s 14 years old; also her Mom has developed a drinking problem.”
“Do you think this girl is yours?”
“She reckons that her Mom has only ever slept with me; we lost our virginity to each other, her name is Iris and her daughter is called Arancione. Pen, Arancione is coming to live with us for a bit, she can’t stay with her Mom anymore, it’s not safe. If you don't want her here then I'll get me and her hotel rooms to stay in until we've sorted things ou-“
I'm interrupted by Penina kissing me.
“Are you quite done Mr Iero? Of course I don’t mind her staying here; she could be your daughter for Christ’s sake! I could be her step-Mom! Frank, she will always be welcome here as long as she has respect for Mia and us. What time is she getting here?”
“Well, the plane journey is 8 hours plus she has to get ready, so no more than 12 hours but no less than 10, so between 9am and 11am?”
“Plane journey? Where’s she from Frank?”
“She’s English; I’m not sure which part, but definitely England.”
“Okay, well, we best go to sleep then, we’ll have to get her from the airport and then get her settled.”
“You’re the most amazing person, ever. I love you so much.”
“I love you too, now let’s sleep! We’re gonna need energy to explain this all to Mia!”
“That’s true! Good night honey.”
We kiss each other, climb under the covers and snuggle for a bit before I turn over and grab my phone.
It’s all sorted out, thanks so much for the help! I'm so nervous about meeting her though! XOFRNK
I lock my phone then cuddle into the duvet. A few moments later my phone buzzes.
Glad it’s all worked out! And if she’s anything like her Mom, don’t be worried, Iris was so caring and considerate, if she is anything like her Mom then you’ll be a very lucky (maybe) Dad!:’) xxx
Hahah! Thanks!:’) I hope she’s like her Mom, I missed Iris so much but by the sounds of it she’s changed. Maybe Arancione living here will be the best for everyone? We'll find out soon enough! XOFRNK
Maybe it will, and you have to organise something so everyone can meet her! But don't jump the gun! Haha, anyways, I'm going ‘sleep’ now;) Alex says goodnight!:’) haha xxx
I’ll book a table for a meal in a few days. Tell him I say night too, oh, and use a condom you dirty bastard!;) I didn't want to fucking know! Hahah XOFRNK
Hahaha, good night:’D xxx
I settle to go to sleep with a smirk on my face. Tomorrow I could be meeting my daughter. I wonder if she looks like me. Or even if she’s mine? I roll over and wrap my arms around Penina, slowly falling asleep with the idea that soon I might have 3 very special girls in my life.
A/N: so, this chapter is mainly dialogue. Still, let me know what you think or if I've made any problems!:D thanks lovelies:DxoxoxoxoA