17: Parental Issues
Most parents would be furious at having their teenage daughter challenge their rules. Micah had been angry when she'd questioned the curfew. His temper cooled when, rather than sulking and whining, she rattled off a logical argument. It's not going to change his mind one bit, but she's got a good head and isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants.
Jenna's a wonderful daughter, better than he deserves. She stays out of trouble, has excellent grades, and a clear view of what she wants out of life. Listening to her now, passionately yet sensibly campaigning for a raise in her allowance, fills him with pride.
Until he realizes that, aside from donating the DNA, he's done nothing to bring about the beautiful, inside and out, girl in front of him. He can see Callie's influence in the cock of Jenna's hip and the intelligence in her eyes.
"You remind me of your mom."
Jenna falters mid-sentence. Hostility clouds her eyes. "I wouldn't know. She died and you never talk about her."
Micah's heart stutters until he realizes Jenna's misunderstanding. "No. Callie."
Jenna's eyes soften. "Then I'll take that as a compliment."
Micah grins. It's exactly how he meant it.