The worst part about an amazing honeymoon is the coming home part. Mr. Krupp sighed, holding his jacket over his shoulder as they prepared to leave the beach for the last time and head for the airport. It had been some of the best days of his life. Love making, bonding, and celebrating their love.
"Well... at least you will get to see Hope! I can tell you have been missing your little girl!" Bri encouraged him, although she herself was not all that excited. The little girl had been a nightmare to her all throughout the relationship.
"Yea, I am looking forward to that," Mr. Krupp replied. This had been the longest they had been apart him and his Hope. She would be missing him too for sure. He had hated to have to leave on such a negative note with her.
"Well maybe she will be happy to see you that she will forget I am there..." Bri said a little sarcastically.
"Hey now..." Mr. Krupp frowned. "You two are gonna have to learn to get along..." Bri put her arms around Mr. Krupp and kissed his cheek.
"I know... and I know as she gets older she will understand... I just hate the way she talks to you sometimes... and well obviously the way she talks to me..." Bri frowned too.
"Well going forward she knows even if she doesn't like you right yet, she isn't going to be allowed to act that way..." Mr. Krupp nodded. "Well I guess we should take the car back to the rental place and head for the airport..."
With Dakota's advice and training, Hope and George were learning more about what it meant to be a boyfriend and girlfriend. Well maybe she wasn't the best person to get advice from on such things, especially considering how sullen and mad she had been with the neck brace and therapy to recover. Still though, holding hands, kissing practice, and just sharing everything with each other as suggested seemed to really help the two grow closer. Sure they were still much to young to understand romance and true love, but they were realizing that they did care for each other.
Holding hands George and Hope walked in the park. Dakota had gotten her license back and had driven them over and now laid on a blanket in the middle of the park. she had been even more weird since the wreck. After getting the neck brace removed she had just sorta been quiet and to herself a lot.
"I hope she is okay..." Hope said with a frown.
"Well she went through a lot especially that nice car being all messed up..." George replied as they walked. "How are you? Your dad coming back today and all..."
"Well I am really excited to see dad... but that also means Bri is coming back..." Hope frowned and looked like she might cry. "I am having trouble getting used to the idea of her living with us... I hate it actually..." George gave her a reassuring hug.
"You know she will never replace you in your dads eyes, heck me and Herold almost got expelled just for picking on you!" George laughed. "Ole man Krupp is a weirdo, but he is protective and loves you more than anything... take my word for it!" Hope smiled.
"Thanks George!" She gave him a big sloppy kiss on the cheek and took of running. "Lets tell Dakota we are ready to head home, wanna be there when they pull up!" Hope was excited, but also mad. She wanted to see her daddy, but not the witch attached to him almost all the time now.
Mr. Krupp pulled the car in and helped Bri get in the luggage. She had oddly been sick pretty much the last morning and now on the plane ride. Maybe it was something she had ate? Hope ran into the driveway. She was smiling pretty big. this was the longest her and Mr. Krupp had probably gone without seeing each other! A whole two weeks!
"Daddy!" Hope rushed over and grabbed his leg squeezing tightly. Mr. Krupp chuckled and bent down hugging his little girl. After a big squeeze and embrace it took everything he had to get her to let go.
"My baby girl!" Mr. Krupp exclaimed with a laugh. "I missed you! And I brought you some surprises!" Mr. Krupp said. "Now give me just a second, Bri isn't feeling too well so lets get inside and then we can talk okay?" Hope huffed a bit and crossed her arms.
"Been back thirty seconds and already catering to that hussy!" Hope stormed off.
"Hope wait... she is sick!" Mr. Krupp tossed up his hands. Dakota wandered over with a frown.
"Welcome back Uncle Ben..." She said texting away on her phone.
"Thanks Kota... I see your neck brace has been removed." Mr. Krupp replied Dakota nodded. Once Mr. Krupp helped Bri upstairs to lie down a bit he kissed her lips. Bri smiled at how sweet he was being.
"Thanks Benny... sorry Hope got mad at you..." she said squeezing his hand.
"It will be okay, its a learning process and we will all get through it together..." Mr. Krupp said. "Sleep tight, I hope your stomach gets to feeling better!"
After Mr. Krupp carried Bri upstairs to tuck her in Val and Miranda sat down with Hope. They could see she was about to blow her top. They had stopped by to congratulate Bri and Benny and welcome them home, not to mention check up on Dakota who had been distant.
"Come sit with me sweetie..." Miranda said and Hope reluctantly hopped on the couch next to her.
"He is up there with that hussy..." Hope repeated. Miranda rubbed Hope's back.
"You dont even know what that word means sweetie... listen to me okay?" Miranda said. "He called just before they flew back all excited telling me the fun things he got for you! He was so excited to see his special girl." Val leaned in too.
"Hope he was asking my opinion on some cool gift and he doesn't even trust me with Miranda yet!" Val said with a smile. "He knew I did some sailing back in college and wanted to see if you would like a sailing boat decoration!"
"He called you guys? About me?" Hope asked. they both nodded.
"Of course he did Hope, you realize that you are his everything right?" Miranda hugged her. "Be happy for your daddy, cause he is so excited to be home and here with his little girl." Hope smiled a little.
"Well... Bri probably got sick cause she was so jealous!" Hope laughed. It was a mean comment, but at least Hope was feeling better.
Mr. Krupp came down and sat with Hope who was excited this time.
"what did you get me dad!?" she asked excitedly as he began to produce some souvenirs. when he pulled out the sailboat Val winked at Hope who cheered. As Mr. Krupp told the others about the honeymoon little did they know upstairs Bri was in the bathroom. she gasped when she read the stick in her hand.
She was pregnant....
Bri came to Mr. Krupp while Hope was out at the park. She kissed his ear and he smiled and turned around.
"Close your eyes Benny..." Bri teased. Mr. Krupp did as she asked. "Now open..." Mr. Krupp found himself staring at a pregnancy test strip. It read positive.
"Wait what is this...? who do we know that's..." Mr. Krupp;s eyes widened. "Wait.. .the honeyoon... you were sick... you... I... I....I..."
"you are going to be a daddy again Benjamin!" Bri had tears in her eyes. TO Bri's surprise, Mr. Krupp's eyes rolled up and he fell backwards in a total faint!
About four months later it was Hope's birthday. Mr. Krupp had planned a big birthday celebration even reluctantly inviting Herold, and George at Hope's begging. He didn't like the idea of Hope's feelings growing for the little prankster, but he also knew she was just a child, maybe those feelings would change. To make her feel like a princess he had gone all out, even with Bri warning him to save for the coming baby, a secret they were still hiding from Hope, even though Bri was obviously starting to show.
"Daddy... why do you still like Bri.. she is getting fat you know..." Hope had told him once with a chuckle as she chowed down on a candy bar.
"You will understand soon enough..." Mr. Krupp had replied with a smirk. He thought Bri looked radiant with the slightly bulging belly. She was going to be a wonderful mother, he knew it.
Hope's tenth birthday was amazing! From a bouncy castle, to her dad allowing her to spend time with George, to a slew of amazing gifts from just about everybody she knew. Dakota, covered in grease and black gunk had even stopped by, she had been trying to fix her messed up car non stop for weeks.
"Hey birthday girl..." Dakota said in her soft sort of quiet voice. She knelt down. "Don't hug me... I'm really dirty... but I gotcha something special..."
"Well what is it!?" Hope asked with a smile. Dakota smiled. It was the first smile Hope had seen since her big wreck. She pulled out a little box and watched Hope open it with a sudden gasp. "A digital camera!"
"Now you can take pictures to remember... with George... your dad... and.." there was a flash as Hope had already opened it and took a picture of Dakota, covered in grease. "Um... nope you gotta delete that one!" Hope giggled.
"No! I love it! I am gonna show all the sexy boys I meet my pretty cousin!" Hope teased. Dakota couldn't help but smile again.
"Yea, well they see me like this... they might scream..." Dakota said as Hope hugged her tight. "Hey your pretty dress!" Dakota warned.
"I don't care! I love you!" Hope said getting some black stains on her pretty dress. Dakota's alarm went off.
"Gotta run kiddo... the paint dried on my muffler..." Dakota left just like that. Armed with her new camera Hope returned to her party!
After all the gifts Hope awaited the "surprise" she was promised. Mr. Krupp sat next to her and handed her a little envelope. what could it be!?
"Daddy... its small..." Hope said. Bri smiled behind him making Hope a little nervous.
"Just open it sweetie..." Mr. Krupp smiled. Hope did as he asked and found herself looking at a strange black and white picture that sort of looked like a baby, only more gross.
"Ew... what is it...?" Hope asked handing the picture back.
"Well.... Hope. You are going to be a big sister..." Mr. Krupp took Bri's hand. "Bri and I are expecting." The words went straight ot her heart.
"What..." Hope asked. "No... you can't... I'm your..." Hope looked at them both. "I am your baby girl! Not... not THIS!" she tore the picture and began to weep as she rushed away from the party. Mr. Krupp and Bri looked at each other. It would be a long journey ahead, one that was going to require super powers, not from Captain Underpants and Lady Lingerie, but the power of love, family, and progress.