“I like him,” Grace stated.
It took a moment for the declaration to sink in. She’d never expressed an opinion on her Stepfather in her father’s presence before. Danny’s surprise was short-lived. It was replaced by jealousy and an irrational sense of betrayal. Immediately, he was ashamed. As much as he tried to will them away, they remained.
She watched the expression on his face change. “Is it okay to like him, Daddy?”
“Yeah. It’s okay to like him, Monkey,” he forced himself to say.
“You look sad.”
He opened his mouth to reply. Instead, he silently pulled her close.
(Repost. 100 words. Originally posted in 2010 as trekkingalong.)