Color Blind (BWWM Single Parent Romance Novel)

By: Vivian Ward

“Momma, when are you going to find your prince charming?”

“That’s a good question Nevaeh, hopefully, one of these days,” I sighed.

“But Momma, I want a daddy like all my friends at school,” she pleaded with me.

“I know baby. I’d rather you have two parents also, but mommy wants to make certain you have the best father in the whole wide world!” I smiled at my daughter as she wrapped her arms around me and squeezed tight.

“Momma? Is your heart big enough for both a mom and a dad?”

“What are you asking?”

“Do you love me twice as much since I have just you?”

“Yes, I do Nevaeh. There’s not a thing in this universe I wouldn’t do for you! Now go to sleep.”

I kissed my beloved angel good night before I went to my room. Nevaeh’s question rang through my head as I tried to fall asleep. When would I find the perfect guy to settle down with? My baby deserves to have a dad so much. My heart ached within my chest that Nevaeh longed to have a father figure. As hard as I worked to provide that little girl with everything she needed in life, that was the one thing I couldn’t give her no matter how much money I had.

I thought about the attractive man that came into the restaurant. He seemed like a nice enough guy. I wonder if he’ll really call. I had no clue what we’d even talk about. I couldn’t figure out why such a prestigious man would want to call me. I wondered if he thought I was pretty. I began to doubt myself. No, that can’t be. I’m just average looking, and I could stand to lose a few pounds.

As I imagined talking to him, I tried to envision how our conversation would go. My eyes darted at the clock; it was 8:30 PM. I wondered what he was doing right then. I couldn’t get him out of my mind no matter how hard I tried. I wondered what his end game was. What was he after? At least now that Nevaeh was feeling a little better, I didn’t have to focus so much on her at the moment.

Butterflies stirred in my stomach as I thought about him calling me. Maybe he was all talk and no game. Odds were, if he hadn’t called me by now, he probably wouldn’t. I finally started to relax when my phone rang.

“Hello?” Dale said.

“Hi,” I nervously stuttered.

“Is this Kimberly?”

“Yeah.” I was speechless. He actually called!

“Is this a bad time?”

“No. How are you?”

“I’m doing great,” he answered.

There was an awkward silence for a few seconds. “I’m not sure why you called,” I said trying to break the silence.

“Ah, I wanted to call you because I like you. You are so beautiful and seem so sweet. Now let’s talk about that date.”

“What?” I pondered in disbelief. “Why would you want to go out with me?”

“Because I know a good thing when I see it. What’s your schedule like this weekend?” he pushed.

I smiled. “You don’t give up easily, do you? I’m not sure right now. I mean, I don’t know you or anything, and I have a daughter.”

“Oh, I didn’t realize. Who’s going to babysit?” he asked her.

“You’re unbelievable,” I laughed.

“That’s even more reason to go out with me,” he tried to persuade me. “I’m not just any guy. I’m Dale Halloway, owner of the St. Louis Gas and Electric District. This will give us the opportunity to become better acquainted. How old is your daughter?”

“She’s eight, going into the third grade.”

“I bet she’s as cute as her mom,” he declared. “I’ll tell you what. If you’d like, I can take you and her out for lunch one afternoon and spend time with both of you,” Dale suggested.

“I don’t let strangers around Nevaeh. It’s nothing personal, but…”

He cut me off. “I presume Nevaeh is your daughter?”

“Yes, that’s my little cutie pie.”

He could hear my voice smiling through the phone as I spoke about my child; it warmed his heart.

“That’s a lovely name. How about this: what if I took just you out to lunch? Is there a relative or someone you could leave her with?”

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