The Most Important Thing
By: Dementia's Knight
Stuffed animals flew across the room as the young woman scoured her toy chest, tossing whatever got in her way behind her. Her breathing was quick and panicked as she reached the bottom of the chest, her search yielding no results.
"Where is it?" she thought to herself as her eyes began to brim with tears. "I've just got to find it." she said as she left her room to check her purse for the third time that morning.
The house was in shambles in the wake of the young woman's frantic search for her lost item. The couch cushions were tossed onto the floor; the contents of her purse and diaper bag were strewn across the dining room table, melding the two dominant aspects of her personality into a sort of chaotic mural.
The young blonde sat down on the floor, her back against the wall and her knees pulled up to her face as she wept openly from her defeat. She'd spent the last two hours looking for her most treasured gift, an irreplaceable trinket that she'd gotten from her daddy several months prior.
********Several Months Earlier********
"Keep those eyes closed young lady." her daddy warned playfully as he led her by the hand to her surprise.
The young couple walked along the boardwalk toward the beach as the sun began to set. The tall dark haired man guided his shorter girlfriend of the boardwalk and onto the beach.
"Are we there yet?" the young blonde asked impatiently, sounding like a small child on a family car ride.
He reached back and gave his girlfriend a playful swat on her behind as they walked; the diaper underneath the red dress she was wearing absorbing the blow entirely but still causing her to squeal happily. "Be patient little one, we're almost there." he said with a smile.
On the beach was a small table, it was set with a white tablecloth and two candles in the center positioned on either side of a small centerpiece of roses. Two places were also set for the couple to eat their impending meal.
"Alright, you can open your eyes." the man told his girlfriend as he stood next to her chair and waited for her to open her eyes.
The young woman opened her eyes and gasped as she saw the table and the sunset, and the light from the sun sparkling across the water. "You did all this for me?" she asked as her eyes began to tear up.
The man nodded and smiled. "It's all for you baby." he told her as he pulled her chair out for her. The young woman took her offered seat and wiped her eyes as she allowed her boyfriend to scoot her chair closer to the table.
With her tears dried and her sobs quieted by her favorite pink Cinderella pacifier, the young blonde lay on her bed with her legs curled up into her chest and her arms wrapped around them. Unable to find the thing she'd been looking for that morning, she had now spiraled into a deep depression from which she had no reason to come out of.
The room had taken on the rather pungent smell of stale urine from the woman's well used diaper that she'd been wearing since she woke up that morning and started her search after being unable to find her favorite keepsake. This of all days was one that she had to have the item, without it she felt that the day would be ruined before it began.
********Several Months Earlier********
"That was delicious." the young woman commented as she dabbed at the edges of her mouth with her napkin before setting it onto her cleared plate.
The man nodded and smiled at her. "I have a confession to make." he said finally after a long pause where he just stared into her sparkling blue eyes as they caught the last fading light of the sunset.
"What is it?" she asked with a concerned tone.
The man stood up and stuffed his hands into his pockets as the lights along the pier kicked on and gave them more ample light than the flickering candles to continue their evening. "I've been thinking for a long time about our relationship." he started. "I've played out everything we've been through these past few years, and I just can't do it anymore." he told her.
"You can't do what anymore?" she asked, her fear building that he was breaking up with her for some unforeseen reason.
The man sighed and walked over to his girlfriend, dropping to one knee in front of her and looking up into her eyes with a small jewelry box in his hand. "I can't keep thinking about spending every moment of the rest of our lives together, I have to make it a reality." he said as he opened the jewelry box to reveal a gold necklace with a pacifier shaped gold plate on the end of the chain. "I know it's not a ring, but someday it will be. Will you do me the honor of being my wife?" he asked her, his eyes glistening with tears.
The young woman was now holding her hand to her mouth to keep herself from crying as she nodded. "Yes I will." she managed to say before she leaned forward and hugged him, sending the pair tumbling to the sand. The young couple hugged for a moment before the woman slapped him hard on the chest.
"What was that for?!" he asked, shocked more than hurt.
The girl wiped her tears away quickly. "For being a big jerk and scaring me into thinking that you were breaking up with me." she told him before nestling back into him.
The man kissed her on the forehead and held her close to him. "I couldn't bear to be without you baby." he said.
After a long time of just laying together in the sand the young couple got up and the man put the necklace on his fiancé and walked with her back to the car. "Do you like it?" he asked her as he looked back at her to see her holding the necklace up and examining it.
The girl nodded. "I love it daddy, thank you." she said in her sweet little girl voice that she knew melted his heart.
He smiled at her and stopped to kiss her before he picked her up, allowing her to wrap her legs around his waist and rest her head on his shoulder before he continued walking. "I wanted something that would let you know that no matter what happens you'll always be my special little girl." he whispered in her ear as they neared the car.
"He's gonna be so mad that I lost it." she thought as she rolled over onto her other side on the bed.
The biggest and happiest day of her life was ruined before it could even begin, and she hadn't even broken the news to her daddy and future husband. She knew that he'd be devastated to learn that she'd lost his gift to her, and that made her want to cry more than anything.
From her spot on the bed she heard the front door open and shut as he entered the house. She quickly rolled over onto her tummy and buried her face in the pillows so she could hide from him when he came into the room.
The bedroom door opened and the man smiled at the sight of his future wife laying on the bed with her face buried in the pillows, taking particular note of her soaked diaper.
"Honey you're gonna get a rash if you don't get that diaper off soon." he said as he went over to the bed and sat down next to her on it.
The girl said something that was muffled by the pillows and then shoved her face deeper into them.
The man smiled at his adorable little girl and reached over and tickled her side. "What was that, pouty pants?" he asked.
Despite her sorrow, her daddy tickling her side and armpit made her shoot up from her pillow sanctuary in a fit of giggles. "Stop!" she cried out, her pacifier falling from her mouth.
The man stopped and pulled her into her arms, frowning when he saw her red and puffy eyes. "What's wrong baby?" he asked.
"Oh daddy!" she cried out as she buried her face into his chest. "I lost the necklace you gave me and I can't find it anywhere and I looked all over the place and now you hate me and don't wanna marry me anymore and I'm moving to Alaska forever!" she blurted out, her words all running together as she sped through her explanation to get everything out before she broke down crying.
The man hugged his little girl tightly and kissed the top of her head. "Honey, you didn't lose your necklace. I don't hate you. And you aren't dressed for Alaska." he said calmly.
"How do you know I didn't lose it?" she asked.
The man smiled and fished a jewelry box from his pocket, and then retrieved another from his other pocket. "Because I took it to get it engraved when I went to get this." he said as he handed his little girl both boxes.
The woman's face lit up as she snatched up both boxes and opened the first one to reveal a sparkling diamond ring with a shiny gold band. "It's beautiful!" she squealed with delight as she pulled the ring from the box and slipped it onto her finger and modeled it for her daddy.
"Without you it's just a ring." he told her as he kissed her cheek.
With a blush and a smile the young woman opened the second box, her necklace safely perched inside. She pulled her favorite trinket out and flipped it around to read the inscription that her daddy had mentioned earlier.
"To my baby girl, you've made me the proudest daddy in the world, and now you're going to make me the happiest man in the universe. Love forever, Daddy." she read aloud as she looked at the inscription. "Thank you daddy, I love it!" she cheered as she hugged her daddy tightly.
"I'm glad baby." he said as he hugged her back and gave her a few gentle pats on her diapered bottom. "Now, unless you've changed your mind, I think we'd better get you bathed and ready for the wedding." he told her with a smile.
The girl giggled and nodded. "Let's get hitched." she said with a wide smile as she let her daddy take her by the hand and lead her to the bathroom.