“Andrew, you’re home!” Janna yelled when Andrew walked through the door with Allison and Alex. They stayed with him overnight at the hospital. Aaron had brought Angie and Aden home the night before. Alex walked with Andrew up the stairs to make sure that he got up them safely. “So, what did the doctor say exactly? Is he going to be just fine?” Janna was very worried about her cousin. She hates hospitals.
“He should have a full recovery in about three days, Janna. He’s going to be just fine, darling,” Allison answered.
“Just, great,” Angie whispered.
“Angie, be happy that your brother is alright.”
“I’m more than happy that he is alright. If something major would have happened, you guys would hate Derek for sure,” Angie smiled at her mother.
“Look, little girl, I don’t need any of your attitude. We will talk about this later, got it.”
Alex came down the stairs, “Hey, Angie, Andrew wants you to go upstairs.”
“Tell him that I don’t want to talk to him, or even look at him for that matter,” Angie replied.
“Seriously? Your brother gets home form the hospital and you refuse to talk to him over a stupid little fight? Your stupid boyfriend could have broken his neck, or even killed him, Angie! Don’t you get it? He’s not a good guy. This is why I didn’t want you to date him in the first place. I knew you, or somebody else, would get hurt. And being the oldest, I hate to see my little brothers or sister in pain. You may not believe me, but it’s true. I love you, Angie. I just wanted to protect you,” Alex walked over by Angie. She started crying then turned and hugged him. “It’s okay, Angie. I’m here. If you ever need to talk, I’m here. I promise. I won’t tell Mom, or anyone else. You made me realize that I just need to grow up, and I want to be your friend and I hate when you are mad at me.”
“I’m going to go talk to Andrew now; I will talk to you later, okay?”
“Alright, he said it’s important.”
“I already know what it is about,” Angie headed up the stairs, but then stopped. “Hey, Alex?”
“What is it?”
“Thanks, for everything,” then she began to walk back up the stairs. She got to Andrew’s room and knocked on the door. After he said come in, she turned the handle and walked in. She closed the door behind her.
“We need to talk,” was the first thing that Andrew said.
“No, who needs to talk is you and your pregnant girlfriend,” Angie replied. She took her cell phone out of her pocket and began dialing Nancy’s number.
“Wait, Angie, before you call her, can you just talk to me?”
“There is nothing for us two to talk about. You didn’t get me pregnant.”
“Well, you are my sister. That would be a little weird. But you are making this seem like me and Nancy are the big, bad people, when honestly, we aren’t. You are my twin sister, you know more about me then anyone else on this whole planet, and I trust you. Otherwise I wouldn’t have told you this.”
“You do realize that Nancy was my best friend, right? We did everything together. And I tried to seem like it didn’t bother me when my twin brother started dating my best friend, but it did. It bothered me more than I would ever let you know, because you were happy! I hadn’t seen you happy in a long time. Quite frankly, I like it when my brothers, cousins, friends or anyone who means a lot to me are happy. But the thing was that after Nancy’s dad died, I thought that she would never be happy again. But then I saw the look on her face when she was with you. She looked so happy; I just couldn’t take that away from you guys. And now, look. You guys are having a baby.”
“And that’s where the smiles go away and the fear comes creeping up inside of us.”
“The thing is, you are my twin brother, Nancy is still one of my good friends, and I’m sure I know more about both of you than you know about each other. But I still never saw this coming. I would have never in a million years thought that Nancy would become pregnant at fourteen. And I would have never, ever in a trillion years thought that my twin brother would be the fourteen year old father. So this isn’t just hard for you, it’s also very, very hard for me, too.”
“You’re not going to be a parent, Angie.”
“But I’m going to be an aunt. And the baby is my brother’s and my best friend’s.”
“It’s not like we planned this!”
“I didn’t even know you guys have been doing it.”
“We don’t all the time. It was only two times, and she’s already pregnant. I never thought that this would happen!”
“Well, when you put two idiot teens together, something stupid ought to happen.”
“You aren’t helping, Angie.”
“You should call you girlfriend.”
“Why do you think I haven’t been able to talk to her? Why do you think I have been acting so strange? I don’t want to believe it. I’m a kid, and I’m going to have a kid. It sucks, Angie. We were the only ones who weren’t drunk that night, and we are the ones who end up with a huge problem! We might as well have just gotten drunk, with everyone else.”
“Where were you?”
“We were at a huge party at Kyle Richardson’s house.”
“You mean you were at Kyle ‘majorly rich boy’ Richardson’s mansion? And that’s where you… you know, became an almost parent?”
“Yeah, and I’m not proud of it. So don’t think that I am.”
“I’m going to call Nancy. I think you two really need to talk,” Angie dialed Nancy’s number, and then hit the talk button. Nancy’s mom answered the phone, “Can I speak with Nancy, please. This is Angie,” there was a small pause, “okay, thank you.”
“Hey, Nancy, it’s Angie. Do you think you can come over? Someone wants to talk to you.”
“Of course, I will be there in like two minutes. Bye!”
“Bye,” Angie hung up the phone, “She’s going to be here in the next two minutes,” she told Andrew.
“What am I going to say to her? I can’t do this. Call her back and tell her I don’t want to talk to her,” Andrew said nervously.
“Look, I know you’re upset, but how long ago did you guys do this?”
“Three and a half months ago; something like that.”
“How long ago was it when you found out she was pregnant?”
“Well, about a week and a half ago she was telling me she was very, very late. Like three months late. So we wanted to do the test to make sure she wasn’t. But it was positive, and we didn’t know what to do.”
“You have known this for a week? And she didn’t tell her mom so she could set up a doctor’s appointment?”
“I was afraid of what she would think,” Nancy walked in the room. Andrew got up and hugged her. “I’ve missed you.”
“I’m not going to leave you. I’m going to help with this baby, no matter what,” Andrew promised.
“Well, I can’t raise a baby, you can’t raise a baby, our parents don’t know. Our only option is adoption.”
“No, no, we can’t put our baby up for adoption. I wouldn’t do that. If you don’t want him or her then I will.”
“Andrew, you are fourteen. You are the only freshman on the varsity basketball team. You are on the wrestling team, you’re in football, baseball, track; do you really want to give all of that up?”
“Well, I never really thought of all that. But I refuse to let this baby be put up for adoption.”
“Then what are you going to do? Leave the kid with me all the time when you are out having fun with the boys? I don’t think so.”
“You know me better than that, Nancy. I wouldn’t do that to you.”
“Really, that’s why when we were babysitting the boy across the street. You left me there with the boy so you could go hang out with Kyle. Then you came back about five minutes before his parents got back so you could get paid.”
“Well, when it’s my own kid, I won’t have to get paid.”
“So, you’re not going to ever come back?”
“No, I’m not going to ever leave.”
Nancy and Andrew started yelling back and fourth at each other.
“Hey!” Angie yelled. “Unless you want everyone in the house knowing what you are talking about, then I would be quiet.”
“She’s right, Nancy. Let’s talk about this later,” Andrew said.
“There’s nothing left to talk about, Andrew. We are over,” Nancy said.
“What? You’re breaking up with me? Now?”
“I can’t fight with you any more. Right when we found I was pregnant you like cut me off; stopped talking to me. You hardly even looked at me! And now you decide to talk and you just want to yell at me? This is not going to work, Andrew. I’m sorry,” Nancy turned around and walked out of Andrew’s room.
“Nancy!” Andrew left his room and ran after her. She was at the front door when he made it half way down the stairs, “Nancy, stop please!”
“I’m sorry, Andrew,” she opened the front door, and was gone.
Andrew just kind of stood there, on the stairs, looking at the door. He sat down, and Angie came and sat down next to him, “She’s gone, she’s really gone,” he started crying. “How could I be so stupid?”
“You didn’t know this would happen, Andrew,” Angie was trying not to cry herself. This is the second time she had seen Andrew cry in the past few days. He got up off of the stairs and headed into his room, “Andrew!” he slammed his door.
Allison and Alex were sitting on the couch watching television and they saw Nancy walk out. “What was that about?” Alex asked.
“Oh, nothing,” Angie replied.
“Maybe I should go talk to him,” Alex started heading up the stairs, but Angie stood up and got in his way. “What are you doing, Angie?”
“I think it would be best if you just left him alone for a while,” Angie said.
“You aren’t a guy. You don’t know what breakups do to a man.”
Andrew came out of his room; he pushed his way through Angie and Alex and made it to the front door. Angie followed him down the stairs, “Where are you going?”
“Nancy just called me,” Andrew began.
“Are you guys still broken up?”
“That’s what we are going to talk about. Well, that and…” Andrew looked up at Alex.
“Okay, what about it?” Angie asked.
“She wants to tell her mom, but she wants me to be there,” Andrew grabbed his coat. “I’m going to Nancy’s. Yes, her mom is home, and I will be back in an hour or maybe less.”