These two are beyond naive so it just serves them right that this would happen. They fell right into his lap, he was very convincing though but this wasn’t really about them, not really, he wanted Florence. She froze him out so he figured Sydney was his one and only chance and just like he thought, she took it and now here he was, more than prepared to face his ex. Sydney’s boyfriend tried to stop him but once his mind was made up there was little that could be done to change it so he marched right in and he knew. As soon as they met eyes for the first time in months, he knew she knew. He wasn’t trying to make things so difficult but she had left him no choice.
“I don’t really care what she has to say, she’s always had a mouth on her, that one. Haven’t you sweetheart?” He asked, his tone laced with sarcasm. “All I’m here to say is that I am that kid’s dad and I will be in his life.” He simply stated, matter-a-factly. His arms crossed as he huffed a bit.
“I thought that you were “Pretty sure” he was yours? Now all of a sudden you’re changing your story?” Sydney knew in the moment he made that catty remark to her sister that he had taken advantage of all of them. She felt stupid and used but mostly felt utterly terrible for her sister. She didn’t mean to cause such a stir, she just so badly wanted her sister to be happy. She has always felt so guilty that she’s had Kaleb around and so she figured if they just talked it out it would work out and she could also have her family together, but now it was so clear how toxic their relationship really was. She suddenly understood why her sister never mentioned anything about him to her. It wasn’t because she was being stubborn and secretive. It was because the entire situation upset her deeply and she’d always tried her best to always be strong in front of her. She rarely ever cried in front of her, if at all. She was being the big sister she always knew and who always protected her. She loved her more for it and she knew that now it was her turn to step up. She’d fight her surely but Syd could be there for her in the same way that she had been there for her all these years. She could be protective too.
“Figured you all would say that, so you all can just read it and weep.” He said, pulling a paper from his pocket and handing it to Sydney as if to say “Kiss my ass” and she felt enraged. However, it was a sensitive situation so she’d keep it cool, for now.
“He’s 99% mine according to those results I got some newbie to run for me. We don’t have to do this the hard way Flo, I’ve told you this from the beginning....You really don’t want to mess with this. My family is full of lawyers & police officers and with what I have on you I could get the custody order I need and then things get complicated.”
Kaleb was the one to speak up finally, he knew full well how annoyed Flo was with him as of lately but he cared about her. He’d learned a lot nearly living with the two sisters and he most certainly considered her family. She didn’t feel the same way at this moment and he respected that but he wasn’t just gonna sit here and let this joker Threaten His soon to be wife’s sister. After everything she’d just gone through.
“Kai, I think you’ve made yourself clear and you’ve had your fun so playtime is over and I think it’s time you go.”
Kai groaned. “Really, Mr. Nice Guy is going to try to tell me what to do? Fuck off.”
Kaleb had a look on his face that even Sydney had seen before, it was kind of scary if she was honest but all she could do was watch.
He was chest to chest with him and the look in his eyes was dark and cold. “If treating with respect and dignity makes me a “nice guy” and “weak” then so fucking be it. You can flaunt your way around this whole place for all I care but you are not going to take advantage of us, and Florence who literally just gave birth hours ago and you’re already coming for her before she’s even stitched. That’s low and you know it. I’m not saying she’s perfect but chances are, unlike you, She has been doing what has been in the best interest of the baby and you on the other hand have been doing this for what? To get back at her? Did she hurt your ego? None of that shit matters when a baby is involved. He knows none of this and good parent would keep it that way.” He spoke in almost a whisper which made it all the more tense. “Not once has she ever spoke about you or what had happened and unfortunately you can’t be mature enough to do the same and yet you think you’re fit enough to be a father? Ok.”
He could tell Kai’s resolve was breaking, Kaleb wasn’t backing down just yet.
“You know nothing about it,”
“I know enough.”
“She spins things.”
He rolled his eyes. “You see, you’re so good at manipulating people you probably have people believing your sob story but i’m not anybody and I know that she has been nothing but truthful if not to a fault at times..” He said, casually referring to their most recent issue.
“If you want to do this all night, that’s fine but you’re not putting either of them through anymore of your shit so you can do this the hard way and make things more complicated or you can get the hell out of here and stop being a pre-pubescent teenager or act like a man. Whatever the case is, you need to get it through your head that your mind tricks won’t work. You are a sick son of a bitch and It’ll be a huge relief when your son is raised to be NOTHING like you. I don’t know what happened and quite frankly I don’t fucking care. You fuck with them, you fuck with me.” He said, his tone almost sinister.
Kai rolled his eyes. “How noble of you, Such a loyal hound dog you are Kaleb. Bravo.”
He breathed deeply. “I’m serious, you're not the only one who can throw around threats, the only difference is that mine aren’t empty.” He warned, eye level again with him. Security had been notified before Kaleb even stoke. He had family that worked in that very hospital and they didn’t mind helping if needed. So outside they stood, waiting to see if Kaleb called them in. He was mostly a nice guy and was more gentle and sweet but he had a dark side that this guy had awakened and if he were honest he was very surprised in himself but it all felt justified.
Kai couldn’t believe this guy, he was literally stunned. Nobody had ever stood up to him like this before so he almost respected him for it but he was playing with fire. This doesn't concern him or her sister. He’d let him have his moment because he’d said all he needed to say and he knew this wasn’t over.
The two of them glared at each other for a solid few minutes before Kai broke the contact and eyed both Flo and Sydney and then his eyes returned to Kaleb and he finally gave in.
“Fine, I can tell you don’t get many wins in your life so i’ll let you have this one Kaleb but I promise you, this is not over.” He said, as he gave Flo one last look before leaving the room and the damaged he’d done in it.
Sydney was dumbfounded by him, she’d never seen him so riled up. Impending fatherhood had really put his over-protection into overdrive and she was certain she never wanted to be on the receiving end of his anger. Although it was just adding to the drama and Flo was trying to recover she felt proud of him. He’d really gone for her even though she wasn’t his biggest fan. She knew that was just who he was and she couldn’t love him more. She’d found someone who loved her family as much and as fiercely as she did.
Kaleb let out a breath he wasn’t aware he was holding in and his face relaxed as he returned to his seat next to Sydney.