Mina listened to her father as he told her his story, of the war, the project that turned him into a super soldier, the incident at Kosovo and the ambush. He told her of the chemicals that further augmented his body that turned him into what he was now. An actual true giant.
Once in a while he would stop and his eyes would well up with tears, she realized how painful it was for her father to relive these memories. She would rub his finger and snuggle it, looking up at him, a few times telling him that he didn't have to continue for his sake.
Matthew pushed though, he needed to get this off his chest. He had held it in for far too long and he needed to purge himself. When it came to Reyes and his escape and massacre he became truly somber. He told her of the brutal fight between the two and became quiet for a moment and stared off into the distance, lost in time.
"Daddy? What happened?" After a bit he looked down at her concerned face but he never said a word, just the look alone spoke volumes. Mina's eyes welled with tears, "I'm sorry daddy." She began to sob and hugged his chest, trying to console her father.
Matthew's heart pained to see his daughter so upset, he lifted her up to his cheek as he began to sob as well. "Don't cry honey. I'm so sorry. I wish I never joined them but I was hoping to end the war and get home to your momma. If I had known...they would turn me into...a monster."
He bit his lip and fought not to cry more, he then felt the tiny hand of his daughter reach out and rub his chin. "Daddy, please look at me." Matthew turned to meet the concerned eyes of his daughter, who was fighting back her own tears. "You are not a monster." She leaned forward and kissed the tip of his nose and hugged the bridge of it.
"You are my daddy and you will always be. You did what you had to do and I know you could never do it again." She looked up at his shimmering blue eyes which was fixated on her trembling form, "I don't want to lose you again." She broke down and buried her face into his nose.
Matthew brought his finger up and stroked her back, bringing it to her chin and raising it to meet his eyes again. He was calming down and wanted to calm her. "You won't sweetie, I promise. In fact I was afraid that if you heard about what I did...you wouldn't want..."
Mina smiled and kissed the bridge of his nose causing him to smile, "Nothing would keep me from you daddy." Matthew's heart fluttered and breathed a sigh of relief, he had always dreaded this day but now that it was over it felt as if a great weight had been lifted.
"Daddy? What happened to the others?" Matthew furrowed his brow for a moment, "Oh, you mean Jacky and Jorge? They live in Mexico and got married, they have a family now." Mina's eyes widened, "Your an uncle?! Can we go visit? Please!? Please!? Please!?"
Matthew laughed at seeing his daughter so excited, "One day honey but you have to know something, their family, they are adopted. The gas made it so they couldn't have any children." Mina giggled and shook her head, "Still I bet they make a great mommy and - " She became quiet and looked up at her father with concern.
"But if they couldn't have babies, does that mean you couldn't either? Am I...?" Her eyes began to tear, quickly Matthew sprang into action, "No, no, no! Just them sweetie. It didn't do it to me. Trust me honey, I am your daddy." Mina sniffled and buried her face into his nose, relieved about the answer. Matthew smiled and gently he wrapped his fingers around her to comfort her.
"Perhaps we have brought up enough the past for one night." Mina looked at him and nodded, wiping her tears away she smiled when he pursed his lips and kissed her forehead, messing her hair.
"Daddy!" She squealed in delight, happy her father had finally calm down. He smiled, "Time for bed sweetie." Matthew lifted himself out of his recliner and began to take Mina to her room when she interjected. "Daddy? Can I...?" He grinned, "Of course sweetie." He stroked her back with his finger and took her to his room and deposited her on the bed.
"I'll be right back." Matthew walked into his bathroom to do his nightly routine of brushing his teeth and getting ready for bed. While he prepared Mina played on his bed, jumping on it and pretending his pillow was a fort. When she heard the click of the light she hunkered down and giggled.
Matthew stepped out in just shorts, running his hand back through his hair he noticed the bed was empty. He grinned and lightly walked over to the edge, "Hmmm, now where oh where can she be?" Mina tried to keep from giggling, her hand over her mouth she didn't notice the two large fingers sneaking beside her underneath the pillow.
Light flooded her eyes as Matthew lifted up the pillow quickly, "Tickle monster!" His two fingers gently rolled her on her back as the two fingertips tickling her tummy and feet. She squealed and laughed, looking up at her father's large eyes they both felt better after the recap of bad memories.
She watched as he crossed overhead, in awe of his large body as it passed over here. The mattress creaked loudly when he settled down, laying on his side he patted his chest with his hand. Mina was only too happy as she ran towards him and laid up against his chest, his hand resting on her and securing her for the night.
Mina snuggled happily, looking up at him. "Just remember what you told me daddy, if you ever have a bad dream just listen for your heartbeat and momma will be there to save you. It works for me." Matthew smiled, "I will sweetie." He reached over and switched the lamp off, the room now dimly lit from the moonlight outside. "Night daddy. I love you."
Matthew ran his finger over her head, stroking her hair. "Goodnight sweetie. I love you too."