Story:Daddy-Daughter Dinner Date

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Daddy-Daughter Dinner Date
Written by Shataivian

December 26th. It was the first year in Lisa’s career where she didn’t have a game to play on her birthday. And since she was now on an east coast team, staying home for her birthday was an actually feasible task. David, having not had a chance to be with Lisa for her birthday in six years, wanted to give her a treat this year. Things may not have been perfect between them, but this could be the chance for David to turn things around in his favor.

The day started with Lisa’s favorite breakfast at the restaurant she and David used to go to every year for her birthday, followed by an all-day experience at the racetrack. Her contract with the FBA did not allow for her to take part in such a dangerous activity, but David made sure she would get the chance to test out the exotic cars offered at this track while incognito by buying out the whole day so that they would have the track to themselves.

Lisa started off taking it easy, not wanting to overdo things and potentially get herself into physical trouble, but as the day progressed and her father proved unyielding in his attempts to outdo his daughter, Lisa’s competitive side slowly but surely reared its ugly head. They took turns racing on the track, trying to best each other’s times. Each time Lisa was up, she’d take the turns a bit riskier to eke out a better time by just seconds. And it was through this fun birthday event that the day was transformed from a birthday celebration to a competition of control.

The day was finished off with an elegant dinner at Crystique in downtown Manhattan. The restaurant’s dress code helped to solidify the prestige of the day. And with egos high and Valencia’s words still rattling around in her brain, then was the perfect time to test out everything Lisa had been learning from David.

The two had just finished their meals and were taking time to enjoy the last of the evening with some dessert wine.

“This was really great,” Lisa smiled.

“I’m glad you enjoyed it,” David said back.

“I can’t believe you were able to get a table here.”

“Of course. You deserve the best. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you,” David smiled. Lisa smirked back. So, this was another game. Lisa was ready to play.

“I’m glad I get to see this side of you every once in a while.” Noticing that Lisa had caught on to the game they were now playing, David tried to smirk, but winced as he cracked his jaw. “Jaw’s acting up?” Lisa asked in a concerned tone.

“Yeah. It’s gonna take a bit to really heal up.”

“Well, it probably would have taken less time to heal if you had gone straight to the doctor’s instead of leaving it swollen for several days,” Lisa playfully scolded.

“How did?” David started to ask but stopped himself. It seemed Valencia’s information was accurate. A point for Lisa. David’s face revealed that he did not approve of this loss. He started again. “Well, I don’t think I really would have had a problem if you didn’t throw that hook at me in the first place.”

“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” Lisa laughed.

“I didn’t even know you had moves like that,” David chuckled.

“Yeah. Jason did teach me how to box even if it was for one day. I’m pretty sure he’d have been upset with my form though.”

“Is that so? I’ll have to thank him personally the next time I see him.”

“I’m sure he’d love that. I don’t think he’s seen you since that private meeting with his ex-wife and her fake lawyer you hired.” David’s confident smile dropped again. “I don’t think he’s mad at you, though. He eventually found the real DNA test results for her child that proved that he wasn’t the father, so you dodged a bullet there.” Lisa took a sip of her wine. That had to be worth three points in Lisa’s favor.

“Well, you can’t argue with results. You were just so attached to him. If anything, I’m glad if bought you enough time to convince him to move on and get you out of his system. He was a smart cookie. Too smart. Well,” David snickered. “I guess not smart enough.” Damn. A point to David.

“You really don’t like it when people have information on you, do you?”

“Not necessarily,” David clarified.

“Oh? Is that why you’re okay with dating Valencia?” David adjusted in his seat, laying both arms down on the table. “I gotta admit,” she began. “At first I didn’t know what to make of her, but I think she’s starting to grow on me.”

“She’ll do that,” David laughed. Finally. A confirmation. They were seeing each other. “I didn’t know you two knew each other.”

“Is that why you never told me about her? I thought all this time it was because of her age.”

“Why would that be the reason?”

“Dad. She’s five years older than me.”

“So?”

“Jason and Damario are both older than her by nearly a decade.”

“She’s an adult. I don’t see the issue. Besides, I thought you said you liked her.”

“Well. I’m not totally sure how I feel about her. But I can see why you like her.”

“Oh?”

“Yeah. She reminds me of you. In fact, she’s a lot like you.”

“In that she’s charming,” David joked.

“She’s deviously clever. I actually think you can learn a thing or two from her.”

“Is that right?” David asked as his smile slowly began to fade.

“I’m actually shocked how much you trust in her. She knows so many things that took me years to find out. I can’t believe you just straight up told her some of these things.”

David kept his gaze on Lisa with a smirk creeping up his left cheek. It was a different look than Lisa was used to. To anyone else there wouldn’t seem to be a difference, but Lisa could tell this wasn’t a look of control. David was at a disadvantage and was in information-grabbing mode.

“You are my daughter, and she is my girlfriend,” he reminded her. “There would be things I’d tell her before I’d tell you. But you two should be on equal ground by now.”

“Mmmm,” Lisa’s face contradicted. “Maybe. It’s just weird seeing you so trusting in someone. I can’t imagine the things she must have shared with you. I’m gonna guess it’s a lot since you two are on equal ground.”

“You think so?”

“Well, yeah! And so quick, too. I can’t believe two people could be that open with one another that fast. One person being gullible enough to share too much, sure, but both partners being that open, especially when both partners are as devious as the two of you? That’s nuts.”

“Well, of course. If we’re going to be in a relationship, we need to be honest and open with each other. It’s good for us to share the same goals. I’ll have to tell her that you were able to see this in us.”

“Oh, I’m sure it’ll make her day.” Lisa started to laugh to herself as a thought cropped up in her mind. “I bet you you’re a big softy with her.”

“What makes you say that?” David asked, catching Lisa’s contagious laugh.

“She told me how all she had to do was bat her eyelashes at you to get you to rethink ASW last year. I bet you like making her happy. That’s super sweet.”

David nodded slowly. “She does have that affect on me, doesn’t she?”

“I bet you she feels like the luckiest girl in the world.”

“That’s my goal,” David declared.

“So, does that mean you think she’s the one?”

“Would you like that?”

“I don’t know.” Lisa took a moment to consider the idea. “She does constantly remind me of family.”

“Family?”

“Yeah. Like, real family? And if she were always around, I think I could learn more about it… You know, since I grew up an only child with a ‘single father,’ never considering the possibilities of something beyond that. And if you two end up getting married? Gosh think of all the new things I could learn about my parents. Yeah. I think she’s a great person to keep close. You chose right.”

David tilted his head back slowly, cracking his jaw again. But before he could say anything the waiter appeared asking if they’d like him to refresh their drinks. David stared at Lisa, lost in thought as the waiter poured her a new glass. Lisa thanked him with a huge smile, and he moved on to David’s glass, David now smiling from ear to ear as he, too, thanked the waiter. The waiter soon left, and Lisa let out a loud, pleased sigh.

“This has been great. Thank you for a great birthday, dad. I’m ready for my quarter-life crisis now,” Lisa laughed.

“Oh, it’s coming. I don’t care how successful you are, it comes for us all,” David joked. “But I think a toast is in order.”

“Yes.” Lisa and David held up their glasses.

“To Lisa. May this year be better than the last.”

“And to the future,” Lisa added. “And whatever new obstacles it may bring.”

“Cheers.”

“I have a feeling it’s going to be a hell of a year,” Lisa declared.

“It all depends on who’s bringing the hell,” David said with a devilish smirk.

“Cheers to that. Bring it on.”


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