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I've protected her for 20 years now...

I've stood between her and every single monster that scared her in the middle of the night.

I slept on the floor at the front door when she drove the car the first time she went out with friends. I didn't sleep.

I held her hand when she walked to her first day of school.

I hummed and grumbled promises to always look after her and protect her while I rocked her tiny little body tight to my chest.

But like in some insane nightmare this scrawny boy stood up when I walked in the room and he held his hand out to shake my hand.

Then out of nowhere he had the audacity to ask if he could court my little girl in order to someday take her from my protection to his.

Nope. Not my little girl.

I could taste the copper in my mouth as I stood there. All the memories and emotions... I was dizzy and I could feel my shoulders aching.

But then my little girl touched my hand and smiled up at me. Her smile broke my heart. She loves him and she trusts him.

I knew I had to say something but it felt like the whole universe collapsed and landed right on my chest.

My little girl was still smiling that smile. But she had tears on her cheeks.

"Boy, I learned a long time ago that my body is perfectly made for protecting those who I have charge over.
"And right now you need to clearly understand the situation you are creating.
"You are asking me to give you permission to put yourself in a very dangerous place... Between me and my little girl.
"You are asking to be put in the way of me protecting her.
"You need to know that that's a very real threat. I'm a very real danger to you.
"But you presented yourself here knowing who I am and how I might react so I think you might have a man somewhere inside you.
"I'm not saying no but I'm asking you to take the next six months proving that you are more than "in the way", then come back and talk to me again.
"And when we talk again you need to be able to say the right words that will let me see that you aren't in that place anymore... In the way.
"It's obvious that she loves you so that means you're smart and that you can find the right words. I hope so because I honestly don't know what those words could be...
"Until then you are in that bad place, youre in my way. If I sense for even one second you aren't treating my daughter the way I know you were raised to treat a woman... I will not hesitate to tear my way right through you to get to her."

He looked nervous and I knew he understood... And he looked sweaty and kind of shaky. Then i realized I was still squeezing his hand and that my broken dad-heart had used his hand like a stress ball.

I shrugged at him and let go, hugged my daughter and told her I was going to bed but to wake me up when she got home later.

She did.

I still haven't gone to sleep. 
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I'm awake but only as much as required by law to be to operate a coffee maker... 
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Kids and dogs... The hardest parts of trying to be a day sleeper. I'm going to compromise and sleep on the couch... I mean pretend to watch Vampire Diaries with my daughter and the two dogs... They wake me less when they can keep an eye on me while I sleep... Apparently. 
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It's all in there. Yup... Even that part. 
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Trying to get the side profile eyes right... Still workin on it
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Why is that the smallest animal ends up with all the blankets?
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Day One Rough Sketch: "Sic Semper Tyrannis"
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