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It Was Good . . . is the ninety-first chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 31, 2016.

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Zak's POV

It was mine and Sarah’s rehearsal dinner and everybody we had invited was here.

Zack and Selena had gotten married a few months ago, had gone on their honeymoon, and were now expecting their second child together. (Sarah told me that they were going to have a girl, even though that hasn’t been confirmed yet.)

We were all gathered around and Sarah and I gave a small toast, thanking everyone for coming. Sarah, Zack, and Selena had set up their instruments and a microphone stand.

Sarah walked up to it. “I’m going to perform a couple new songs tonight. Two of them are for my parents. They’re, I would say, the perfect songs for this situation. I also have a song that I wrote for my daughter. I hope you all will like them, especially my parents and my daughter. This first one is for my mom. Hit it.”

Zack and Selena did as she said and began playing their instruments:

Mama, you taught me to do the right things.

So, now you have to let your baby fly.
You’ve given me everything that I will need.
To make it through this crazy thing called life.
And I know you watched me grow up,
and only want what’s best for me.
And I think I found the answer to your prayers.

And he Is good, so good.
He treats your little girl,
like a real man should.
He is good, SO good.
He makes promises he keeps.
No, he’s never gonna leave.
So, don’t you worry about me.
Don’t you worry about me.

Mama, there’s no way you’ll ever lose me.
Giving me away is not goodbye.
As you watch me walk down to my future,
I hope tears of joy are in your eyes.

Cause, he is good, so good.
And, he treats your little girl,
like a real man should.
He is good, SO good.
He makes promises he keeps.
No, he’s never gonna leave.
So, don’t you worry about me.
Don’t you worry about me.

And when I watch my baby grow up,
I’ll only want what’s best for her.
And I hope she’ll find,
the answer to my prayers.
And that she’ll say . . .

He is good, so good.
And he treats your little girl,
like a real man should.
He is good, SO good.
He makes promises he keeps.
No, he’s never gonna leave.
So, don’t you worry about me.
Don’t you worry about me.

Mama, don’t you worry about me.

Don’t you worry about me.

After she had finished that song, Raylee was crying.

“I already know that he’s good, Sarah,” she said. “And when have you ever called me ‘Mama’?”

“It sounded better that way,” she said.

“Well, I loved it, like I always do.”

“Thanks, Mom. Now let’s hope Dad likes his song too.”

Wind blowin’ on my face

Sidewalk flyin’ beneath my bike
A five year-old’s first taste
Of what freedom’s really like
He was runnin’ right beside me
His hand holdin’ on the seat
I took a deep breath and hollered
As I headed for the street

You can let go now, Daddy
You can let go
Oh, I think I’m ready
To do this on my own
It’s still a little bit scary
But I want you to know
I’ll be ok now, Daddy
You can let go

I was standin’ at the altar
Between the two loves of my life
To one I’ve been a daughter
To one I soon would be a wife
When the preacher asked,
‘Who gives this woman?’
Daddy’s eyes filled up with tears
He kept holdin’ tightly to my arm
‘Till I whispered in his ear

You can let go now, Daddy
You can let go
Oh, I think I’m ready
To do this on my own
It still feels a little bit scary
But I want you to know
I’ll be ok now, Daddy
You can let go

It was killin’ me to see
The strongest man I ever knew
Wastin’ away to nothin’
In that hospital room
‘You know he’s only hangin’ on for you’
That’s what the night nurse said
My voice and heart were breakin’
As I crawled up in his bed, and said

You can let go now, Daddy
You can let go
Your little girl is ready
To do this on my own
It’s gonna be a little bit scary
But I want you to know
I’ll be ok now, Daddy
You can let go

You can let go

Well, all the girls were crying, even Sarah herself. I think more than she meant. It was a beautiful song as always.

I went to her and comforted her. Jasmine did too. Cj came to her as well.

He gave her a hug. “That was beautiful.”

“Thank you,” she said.

“Don’t cry, Mommy,” Jasmine said.

“I’ll try not to. Now are you ready for your song?”

“Yes!”

“Alright then. Let’s hit it.”

In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero

I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter’s eyes

And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It’s hangin’ on when your heart
has had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she’ll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I’m gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I’ll be there

In my daughter’s eyes

Jasmine loved the song so much that she ran to Sarah and gave her a big hug.

She picked her up. “Ok. Umm, those were the only songs that I am singing tonight. But don’t worry, Zak. I’ll sing some for you tomorrow.”

“I can’t wait,” I said.

“Me neither. We’ll see you all tomorrow.”


Back at home, we put Jasmine to bed.

“Daddy, can you play that song for me?” she said.

“Don’t I always?” I asked.

“Yes. Play it again.”

“Ok. But you need to go to sleep after it’s done. We have a big day tomorrow.”

“Ok.”

Sarah got her phone, found the song Jasmine wanted to hear, connected it to a small speaker on the nightstand, and played the song:

Look at the two of you dancing that way

Lost in the moment and each other’s face
So much in love you’re alone in this place
Like there’s nobody else in the world
I was enough for her not long ago
I was her number one
She told me so
And she still means the world to me
Just so you know
So be careful when you hold my girl
Time changes everything
Life must go on
And I’m not gonna stand in your way

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first

How could that beautiful woman with you
Be the same freckle-faced kid that I knew
The one that I read all those fairy tales to?
And tucked into bed all those nights?
And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first

From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
Someday you might know what I’m going through
When a miracle smiles up at you

I loved her first

Jasmine eyes were half closed. “I like that song.”

“Me too,” I agreed. “That’s why I always play it for you. And you don’t you ever forget that, ok?”

“I won’t. And I love you too, Daddy. And Mommy.”

We smiled.

“Good night,” Sarah told her.

“Good night.”

We turned off the lights, and left the room, closing the door behind us. Once we got to our room, Sarah wiped away her tears. She had cried through the whole song.

“I really love that song,” she said.

“I can tell,” I said. “That is obviously a song that you play at your daughter’s wedding. Do you think your dad will play it for you tomorrow?”

“I kind of doubt he will. We’re not exactly like that.”

“Maybe I can play it for Jasmine on her wedding day someday.”

“And maybe while you’re playing it, you can set up a screen playing home videos of all the great times you and her spent together over the years.”

“That’s a great idea. We should start documenting right now.”

“Oh my God. You’re going to make our daughter cry like crazy on her wedding day.”

“In a good way.”

Sarah laughed.

She moved closer to me, wrapped her arms around me, and laid her head on my shoulder.

“One more day,” I whispered to her with a smile.

She smiled too. “I know. We’ll finally be married in less than twenty-four hours, and be a more permanent family for as long as we live.”

“Forever . . .”

“. . . and always.”

I gave her a kiss.


Aww. This was cute.

Quiz time!

What were the titles of the first three songs, and who sings them?

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