And Baby Makes Three
Bella has a "normal" pregnancy.
4. Jessica's Dilemma
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In an instant my world has been transformed from a quiet little bubble to a cyclone of excitement and activity. My loving family is buzzing about our new edition. Everyone taking great care to see to it that my needs are met. Carlisle is engrossed in research. Esme and Alice are busy thinking of nursery themes. Emmett is teasing me about my impending weight gain by referring to me as “Belly”. Jasper is trying to keep the atmosphere as calm as possible but it's a lost cause. Only Rosalie ignores me. Alice assures me that she'll get over her issues, but I wonder. I never had a good relationship with Rosalie and I can't help but hope that this will be the thing that makes it better not pushes it over the edge. I'm hoping that having a baby finally enter her life will help her heal.
It's been three weeks since we've made the big announcement. Charlie and Rene are still in the dark. We decided it would be best to keep the baby within the confines of the Cullen Clan until we know what exactly is safe to tell them. We've set a pattern of weekly trips to the ultrasound machine and so far everything seems to be progressing normally. If all goes well, we plan on telling the rest of our loved ones at about three months. Past the point of miscarriage.
Edward has been surprisingly calm considering the stubborn way he first took the news. He's interested, he hovers like he always has. But he seems to walk in this serene little bubble that grows and grows at each successful doctors appointment. He spends long hours kissing and caressing me, his hands always gravitating to my stomach. “hugging the baby.” He calls it. It's adorable to watch.
When I'm not enjoying the protective embrace of my husband I'm sleeping, or eating, sometimes crying. It marvels me how he's able to take it all in. He's calm and patient when I'm moody. He loving and attentive when I'm self conscience. He's soothing and tender when I'm sick. I love it. I love him. I never thought it could be possible that I could grow more in love with him then I already was but I have. I'm so full of love I feel like I could burst.
It was full of those such feelings that I found myself sitting in the diner with Jessica one afternoon while Edward was hunting. We were having a nice catch up conversation when I started to notice her get a little fidgety.
“So I have to tell you something,” she finally said, “and you have to promise to keep it a secret.”
“I promise.” I say a little too quickly. She quirks an eyebrow. “You can trust me.” I add for good measure.
She looks down at her plate of pasta then back up at my eyes. “I'm pregnant.” She states.
“Oh my God!” I gasp.
I'm about to burst out with joy and declare that I'm pregnant too when she continues, “And I'm getting an abortion.”
My face falls. “An abortion? What? Won't Mike be upset?”
She waves her hand dismissively. “Mike isn't the father. We aren't together anymore.”
“The father is a guy named Travis in my math class.”
“Well, won't Travis be upset?”
“What he doesn't know won't hurt him.”
“He doesn't know?” I'm horrified and my face shows it. Jessica turns red and stares blankly at her coke a cola.
“I didn't tell him.” She admits. “And it wouldn't matter if I told him anyway. He's not into the whole family life thing. Besides it was just a fling and I'm not going to throw my college career away to be a single mom.”
I'm speechless. It's sometimes hard to remember that she and I are the same age considering our lives are completely different. To most girls my age a pregnancy would be considered a curse not a blessing. At an age when most girls are just starting to plan for their future I already have mine ironed out.
I say the only thing I can think to say. “I'm pregnant too.” My hands instinctively rest on my stomach.
Her jaw drops. “Bella...”
“But I'm not getting an abortion.” I amend. “ Charlie doesn't know so please don't tell him.”
She nods. The waiter chooses this moment to come with our check and after a brief debate I insist on pulling out my credit card and paying for the meal.
“When?” I ask once he leaves.
She lets out a ragged breath. “Soon. It has to be soon because I'm running out of time.”
I nod and we leave the diner in silence.
I go home feeling sad. Edward is sitting by the fire reading a Latin book. I know it's my hormones speaking but as soon as I see him I burst into tears. He's beside me in an instant cradling me in his arms.
“Love, what's wrong?” He murmurs into my ear.
“Jessica's pregnant.” I sob.
“Oh,” He starts sounding genuinely surprised.
“She's not keeping it.” I wail. “Imagine how that baby feels, Edward. Imagine how unloved and sad it must be.”
“That's very unfortunate.” He says with a sigh, “but there's nothing we can do about that.”
“I know!” I cry. “And I hate it!” I sob for a good ten minutes while my husband holds me close and whispers soothing words in my ear. When I'm finally finished I look up at him and he kisses each one of my eyes softly.
“Feel better now?” He asks.
“No.” I answer honestly.
He sighs. “Bella, the only thing we can do is make sure that our baby has the best life possible.”
“I know. It's just that... It's just that life is so unfair sometimes.” He nods in firm agreement.
“Amen to that. But honey, you can't dwell on those things. We have to think positive. For him.” He rests is hands on my belly and sighs.
“Or her.” I correct. He looks away from my face and my jaw drops. “Edward!”
“It wasn't me! It was Alice!”
“You didn't have to read her thoughts!”
“I was making sure that you and the baby were going to be safe when you went out and I happen to stumble across an extra vision or two.” He looks at my still shocked face. “Sorry.”
I want to be mad. Believe me I do. But I'm too busy being filled with love and joy that there simply isn't room for anything else. “A boy.” I say out loud. “We're having a boy.” I smile and place my hands in Edwards. He swings them back and forth gently.
“It appears so.” He concurs.
“What else did you find out?” He laughs at my insatiable curiosity.
“Only that he's absolutely perfect in every way.”
I smile and for a moment everything else is forgotten.