"I'm so happy you've finally gotten rid of that, that..." Julie shook her head, helping me with my suitcase as she led me to the room in which I'd be staying.  

"I know," I said, breathing a deep sigh.  "He was a jerk." 

"That doesn't even begin to explain it," she told me, rolling her eyes.  "I'm so sorry I ever even introduced you two."  She smiled and hugged me, then sitting down next to me on the bed.  "What forced your hand?"

"A few things, really," I began with a small grin.  "First off..." I took a breath, getting ready to say the amazing news that now seemed...not too great... "I'm pregnant."

Julie's jaw dropped, her eyes bugging out of her head, but then she forced her mouth shut and nodded, waiting for me to continue.

"And...he raped me the other day...drunk..." I nodded, my gaze dropping to the floor. "He'd been getting drunk a lot recently." 

Julie didn't say anything for a long time.  She just looked at me, tears in her eyes.

"Stay as long as you want," she said finally, giving me a hug and standing up. "I'll let you settle in."

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