Color Blind (BWWM Single Parent Romance Novel)

By: Vivian Ward

“My blanket, please,” Nevaeh said, wrapping her arms around my neck.

I grabbed the blanket and headed for the living room. After I had her all settled in, I went off to start a pot of coffee and make her a bowl of cereal before I called the doctor.

“Here you go Nevaeh,” I handed her the bowl of cereal. “I’ll call Dr. Herber’s office to see if they can get you in any sooner.”

I hated calling in, but I didn’t have a choice in the matter. I really couldn’t afford it, but I also couldn’t let my daughter suffer. True, Lorraine would’ve taken excellent care of her while she was ill, but my baby needed her mommy.

“Kevin, this is Kimberly. I won’t be able to make it in today,” I explained to my manager.

“What? Why not?” he asked.

“Well, it’s Nevaeh. She’s been sick the last few days, and the doctor’s office said they can’t get her in until tomorrow. I’m going to find out if they can schedule her for this afternoon. She’s gotten progressively worse and I’m worried about her.”

“You’re aware that’s a point if you don’t come in, right?” He reminded me of the attendance guidelines.

“I know, but I never call in and I have no points right now. I’ll keep you informed and tell you what the doctor says,” I said, annoyed that my boss would try to make me feel threatened by the company policy.

After I had hung up with my manager, I went into the living room to check on Nevaeh. “How are you holding up?”

“I’m okay momma. You won’t get in trouble for not going into work will you?” my daughter asked, overhearing the phone conversation.

“No baby, it’s fine. Don’t you worry about that. I will call Dr. Herber now. I’ll be back.”

Nevaeh is so sweet. My daughter was suffering, but she was worried about me getting into trouble at work. Pouring myself a cup of coffee, I dialed the doctor’s practice.

“Dr. Herber’s office, this is Janice, how may I help you?”

“Hi, this is Kimberly Harris again. I called yesterday about Nevaeh?”

“Oh yes, did you still need your appointment or were you calling to reschedule?”

“Well, I was trying find out if there’s any way you could get her in today instead of tomorrow. She ran a high fever last night, 101.6, and she’s in more pain.”

“Let me see,” Janice looked, scanning the daily schedule. “I don’t have any open slots. Let me put you on hold while I go talk to the doctor and we’ll figure out how we can work you in somehow.”

“Okay, thank you,” I uttered as I listened to the hideous elevator music that crackled over the phone line.

After a few moments, the assistant came back on the phone. “Okay, Miss Harris?”


“Dr. Herber confirmed that we have nothing available today, but it sounds urgent. He asked if you will bring her in at 5 PM when the office closes and he’ll stay after to examine her. Is that okay with you?”

I thought about it for a moment; I hated making her wait so long, but it was better than waiting a whole extra day. “I’ll take it. We’ll be there early.”

“Okay, we’ll fit her in at five o’clock,” Janice said as they hung up the phone.

I walked back into the living room, “All right Nevaeh, momma’s working her magic and the doctor will see you, but we have to wait until the office closes. He can’t take you in until he’s seen everyone else. Do you think you’ll brave it out until then?”

She shook her head yes. “Momma, would you turn on Daniel Tiger? He’s my favorite cartoon. I don’t like these kid cartoons,” she commented as she watched Dora.

I chuckled at my daughter and her way with words. “We wouldn’t want you looking at childish shows! What was I thinking?” I changed the television channel and said, “Okay, one more call to my boss and then I’ll come hang out with you.”

I took the phone into my bedroom and called my work. “Kevin, it’s me again.”

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