I saw them as they appeared in the station entrance, dragging pretty much the sum of their lives in two heavy suitcases. They looked tired and stressed and in the case of the youngest, close to tears, a pathetic sight, though I don't mean that in the nasty way some do, just worthy of pity I guess.
"Hi Dad." Said Tina my daughter. "Thanks for coming to collect us it's been a hell of a day."
"So I gathered." I replied before drawing the pair of them into a hug which seemed to open up the dam as both gave out deep sobs and tears flowed freely. "It'll be ok now Michelle, Granddad's here." I murmured in the young ones ear getting an even tighter hug in the process.
I helped them into the car and got their luggage into the boot space before closing the doors and setting off home. Home for us all now I mused and likely to be a crowded one too, still at least we all got on together, both Tina and Michelle being Daddy's girls to a certain extent, though in Michelle's case, definitely a Granddaddy's girl since the breakup of her mother's marriage.
We drove in silence, there didn't seem that much to say and an 'I told you so' would have been utterly crass on my part. I didn't understand my daughters taste in men, never had, she seemed fixated on a look, rather than on finding someone to look after her for the rest of her life. Still her ex and Tina had done one good thing in their train crash of a marriage and she was sitting behind Tina. She looked so much like her Mum did at the same age of fourteen, having hit puberty, but still very much developing I thought, such a beautiful child, still an innocent really, Tina had allowed her to remain a child and enjoy childhood rather than be drawn into an adult world.
"You'll at least both have your own rooms." I finally said for the want of saying something.
"Thanks Dad, it's so good of you to take us in, I know it won't be easy for you." Tina replied.
"You're my girls; there will always be a place for you with me, now and forever." I said.
Tina looked so like her mother, God rest her soul (no she's not dead, just wishful thinking on my part) a definite head turner or yummy mummy I suppose. Still, I thought, I'm probably past the days of threatening her 'boyfriends' or walking erections as I used to think of them. She's far more mature these days and hopefully will have learned from her mistakes, God I hope so...
As for her mother, well she no longer figured in any of our lives, her rank jealousy at her daughters special place in my heart and life had driven us apart years ago. There was no other special woman in my life, not that I was going without, I never had even when Tina's mother had been home and trying to deny me, I was just very discreet and had no complaints from my neighbours neglected wives.
As for me, well I'm Ronald, or Ron to friends and family I'm 57 and I guess I'm in reasonable condition for my age, though no one is ever going to mistake me for a thirty year old, still perhaps mid-forties on a good day ... perhaps. I'm six foot tall and weigh about 12 and a half stones or 190 pounds if you struggle with the odd way the Irish and British weigh things, short dark hair, blue ish eyes and I'm still quite fit as I go to a gym and also walk a lot as exercise. The only reason I used the car today was that the two girls had cases and a long trip behind them. I'm semi-retired, having made a few shrewd decisions with shares and such and so can work from home as an online accountant. I do know Tina's Mum thought she'd gotten the better deal in our acrimonious divorce, but my recent success has left her gain looking somewhat dwarfed and no, the courts won't let her have any of it.
We got home and the girls (yes I think of them both as girls) got out as I gathered their belongings and led the way inside. I'd spent the last few days sorting out enough space for them, I wouldn't say I was a tidy man by nature, but I didn't have that much stuff to make a mess with. Tina and Michelle pitched in with the unpacking and I went to get some drinks. Once back upstairs I was taken somewhat aback. Tina was busy sorting out the bed and leaning over it in an almost classic 'take me pose' Tight jeans showing off her lovely 34" bottom and shapely legs, her tee shirt dipping low to show off her tummy and a lacy white bra encasing her 34 C breasts. Eventually I coughed and Tina as well as Michelle got their drinks whilst I beat a hasty retreat to 'calm my nerves' so to speak. Normally Tina being Tina was just water under the bridge to me, I knew she was sexy and I knew that she had a special place in my heart, it's just I'd not until that moment seen her as a sexual creature in her own right, well not for years, though she had seriously tempted me in the past. I told myself to get a grip; I doubted Tina would be thinking in sexual terms after she'd caught her ex in bed shagging her so called best friend. She needed rest and recuperation I told myself, not the impression that her old man was a letch and coming on to her.
The girls got settled down and I sorted out a dinner for them and we sat in companionable silence at the table tucking in to a good meal.
"So..." I said eventually. "What are your plans?"
"I need to get some sort of job Dad. I expect to pay my way." Tina replied. "I also need to get Michelle into school, though that's not a priority as it's the holidays."
I nodded; Tina had always been the practical one in the family.
"If you want to get her into Loreto Secondary School you'd best plan accordingly." I replied.
"I know Dad, but her grades are very good so I have high hopes." Tina replied.
"I'll assume you know what you're doing, you normally do." I replied with a smile.
"Only in some things Dad." Sighed Tina. "Definitely not in others or why would we be here."
"Not your fault the man you chose wasn't worthy of you." I replied.
"You've never thought that of any of the guys I dated Dad." Tina said. "And don't deny it!"
"Is it my fault I only wanted the best for my princess?" I replied.
"No ... but living with you made it harder to find someone comparable to the best man I knew." Said Tina looking at me wryly.
"I wasn't that great." I replied. "You could have done better. But that's water under the bridge."
"True enough Dad." Tina said. "I don't want to fight over him; I've done that enough with him."
I could see Michelle looking troubled, so I reached across to tousle her hair.
"Don't worry lassie." I said. "It's ok to still have feelings for your Dad; we won't try to change that will we?"
"No Dad, we won't." Tina said giving Michelle a cuddle. "What went wrong wasn't your fault, never think that."
Michelle snuggled into her Mum and again I was overwhelmed with just how close she looked to young Tina all those many years ago. I figured on years of frightening away the local boys as she matured further.
I think an early night for this one might be called for." I said to Tina's nod.
"Yes Dad, but let her watch some telly first." She replied.
We gathered around the telly the girls to watch, I to read the paper just sitting in companionable silence as families sometimes do. Though Michelle tried to prolong it was fairly obvious she was struggling to stay awake and finally Tina gave her, her marching orders.
"No need to get up early." I said as she went up to sort out her bed and various associated tasks to do with personal hygiene.
"Yes Granddad." She replied.
With Michelle off to bed Tina and I chatted for a while until Tina got a blanket and covered herself as she snuggled in next to me as she had as a little girl and we chatted sporadically, just taking comfort in each other's company. Eventually a film came on that we both could watch. It wasn't anything special, called the 'Monster's Ball' I think. But and this is a big but, there was a very erotic sex scene in it which had an unfortunate effect upon me. Well I say unfortunate ... most men would think it a perfectly natural effect of watching Halle Berry being 'fucked' damned hard on the floor of her apartment. Most men didn't have their daughter snuggling into them breathing hard as she watched.
I nearly jumped out of my skin when I felt Tina's hand slip over the bulge in my pants.
"What do you think you're doing girl?" I asked swallowing hard as my erection if anything got even harder.
"What comes naturally Dad." She whispered as she planted a soft kiss on my cheek.
"I'm your father, you shouldn't do this." I responded, but made no attempt to move her soft hand which was now gently squeezing my cock.
"Well it's obvious what he wants." Tina breathed in my ear.
"He has a mind of his own, doesn't mean I'd allow him to go around shagging anyone when he got hard." I said trying to be gruff as the ache and desire grew.
"You old hypocrite." Tina giggled. "Mum might not have caught you, but I know what you were up to with half the women in the neighbourhood."
"Yes, well they aren't my daughter." I replied.
"Did you ever figure out why I chose the boys and men I did Dad?" Tina asked apparently changing the subject.
"Well no not really just that none of them were good enough for you." I replied.
"It was their looks Dad; they all looked just like you..." Tina replied kissing me softly again. "I wanted the best man in my life to be in my life, but settled for someone who looked a little like him. The reason I never ratted you out to mother was that I hoped one day you just might have gotten around to me, I did catch you looking a few times. Mind you I'm surprised there aren't a few by blows of your adventures around."
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