After Nancy had told everyone that she was pregnant, she put the stick down on the table and ran upstairs, “I should go talk to her,” Andrew stood up.
“No, you sit down, Angie go talk to her,” Allison said. Angie got up from the table and went upstairs. “How did this happen?”
“I’m going to guess they…,” Alex began.
“We don’t need your help, Alex,” Aaron said to his son. “Now, Andrew, are you sure she is pregnant?”
“She took two different pregnancy tests, like a day or two apart, and they were both positive,” no one spoke after Andrew had said this. It just got very silent. “I know, you guys probably think we are stupid, but we didn’t mean for this to happen!”
“We know what you are going through. You are scared, confused, upset, but yet happy, all at the same time. It’s a very scary thing to have children in high school. Your mother and I would know,” Aaron tried to calm Andrew. “Maybe you should go talk to Nancy, and then the four of us can discuss this tomorrow.”
Andrew said nothing; he just stood up from the table and went upstairs. He found Nancy and Angie in Angie’s room. Angie was sitting on the bed, and Nancy was lying next to Angie with her head in her best friend’s lap. “Hey, babe,” Andrew said as he knelt down on the ground next the bed.
“Your parents hate me now, don’t they? They aren’t going to want me to stay here with you guys,” Nancy was sobbing by this point.
“They are surprisingly taking it very well. Well, my dad is taking it way better than my mom, but she will get over it. She had Alex when she was sixteen, then me and Angie when she was eighteen.”
“But we are fourteen. I’m going to be giving birth to this baby at fifteen years old, Andrew.”
“It’s only a year younger than my mom was when she had my brother. Look, Angie, do you care if I sleep next to Nancy on your floor tonight?”
“I wouldn’t care, but what about mom and dad?” Angie answered.
“I’ll go ask. It shouldn’t be a big deal, I mean, you are going to be in there,” Andrew got up off the floor and headed out the door, closing it quietly behind him.
“Angie, I’m really sorry about all of this,” Nancy said.
“Sorry? You don’t have to be sorry; it’s not your… total and complete fault. I mean, part of it was my brother,” Angie said.
“That’s not what I mean. I meant for even dating him. You and I were closer than ever! We talked about everything! We talked about which guys we thought would most likely be better kissers than others, and we told each other we would share the moment of our first kisses together, and since mine was with your twin brother, you didn’t want to know. We could still be best friends, and tell each other everything if I hadn’t started dating Andrew.”
“Nancy, I’m happy for you guys. Andrew was always little mister miserable until he started dating you! And after your dad died, I thought you would never be happy again! But then I saw the look on your face when Andrew was around, so I didn’t mind. All I wanted was for my brother and best friend to be happy. I love you, Nancy, you know that!”
“Aw, I love you too, Angie!” Nancy and Angie hugged, and then Andrew walked in with his pillows and blankets. “I’m going to say that it was a yes.”
“Yeah, Dad said yes, Mom didn’t want me to,” Andrew explained. Then he laid his blankets down on the floor of his sister’s room, next to Nancy’s stuff.
“Okay, night you guys. Can someone shut my light off?” Angie asked.
Nancy shut the light off, and then laid down on the floor, next to Andrew. After Angie and Nancy had fallen asleep, Andrew decided to get up and go outside for a late night walk around the yard. It was about two in the morning, and to his surprise, his parents were still awake. He could hear them bickering in their bedroom. “I told you I didn’t want them to sleep in the same room, Aaron,” Allison protested.
“Do you think they would be stupid enough to do anything when we are home? Besides Angie is in the room with them,” Aaron assured his wife.
“If I thought any of my kids would be having kids of there own right now it would at least be Alex. He’s the age we were when he was born. I’m thirty-two years old. Do you think that’s old enough to be a grandma?”
“Andrew is a responsible boy, Allison.”
“Yeah, who had a lot going for him! He’s in all kinds of sports, and he’s throwing that all away! He’s a straight A student, Aaron. He always has been. And what about college?”
“Let’s let him finish high school before we start talking about college.”
“Is he going to even be able to finish high school, Aaron? It was hard enough for me to raise a child and do my high school work at sixteen! Just imagine how hard it’s going to be for them. I quit high school because I got pregnant with Angie and Andrew. I don’t want him to quit, Aaron.”
“He’s not going to quit, Allison. Can we go to sleep and talk about this in the morning?”
“How can I sleep knowing that my son, my fourteen year old son, is going to be a father? What are we going to do with the baby? The hospital called and said they don’t think Hailey is going to make it. Then Kayla and Sam are going to have to come and live with us. That’s our four kids, then Richard’s five! And if Nancy’s mom doesn’t let her come back then that’s already ten. It’s hard enough with seven. And none of them are babies. Babies cry in the middle of the night, constantly, and for hours! We can’t have that. Everyone would be awake.”
“Allison, we are going to get through this together; as a family. We can’t just abandon our son, his girlfriend and our grandchild. I’m done talking about this. It’s almost two-thirty in the morning. You need to get some rest.”
“I can’t sleep! My baby is going to be a daddy.” Andrew couldn’t help but want to talk to his parents. He finally got up the courage to knock on their bedroom door. “Come in,” Allison said.
Andrew poked his head in the door, “I heard you guys talking and I kind of know it was about me, so I wanted to join, if you don’t mind,” Andrew said. Aaron and Allison said nothing to Andrew. So he kept talking, “Nancy and I went to a party. We were the only two that didn’t drink that night. We found a quiet room where no one was at, and well, things just kind of happened. I know it’s stupid, we shouldn’t have done that. But on the plus side, we didn’t get drunk like the rest of the people there.”
“If people were drinking you should have came home, not… well you know,” Allison said.
“I know. But you have to understand, I have never been more scared in my entire life. And I know that a lot of people will be living here and already are living here, but I want to keep this baby, and so does Nancy. I will start working now, and save up all my money for an apartment if I have to, but I will not give my child up.”
“Then I guess you should go and get a newspaper, because you aren’t staying here with a baby,” Allison got up out of her bed and went into the kitchen.
“Dad, is she really going to kick us out? Is she seriously going to be like my grandparents and Kimberly?” Andrew asked.
“I won’t let her kick you out, son. Now go and get some rest,” Aaron said.