“What is it?” He asked me putting his laptop down and motioned for me to sit beside him. I lay my head on his chest and he plays with my hair. His dirty blond bangs about cover his baby blue eyes but he still looks good. “Colleen.” I said “What about her baby?” He asked me “The last word.” I said and he looked at me until he pieced it together “She’s pregnant?” he asked me and I nodded “how far along?” He asked me “Seven weeks. She wants me to be there with her when she tells our mother, so I’m taking her and mom out for dinner tonight.” I said “Okay baby. I’m here for you if you need me.” He said “Thanks Austin right now I need to go change.” I said “okay baby.” He said kissing my lips softly, not really sure what else he could say to cheer me up. “I love you.” I said returning the kiss and going to get ready.
I wore my denim skirt with brown leggings, my brown cami, my hot pink low cut shirt and I had my hair down and super curly. I smile at myself and walk into Austin’s room where he was getting ready, they were going out to eat. He was already in khaki shorts so it was safe for me to be in here. “You look beautiful.” He said “Thanks baby.” I said “Good luck.” He said “Thanks baby. I love you.” I said “I love you too Lexie.” He said and I said my good-byes to Mr. Blevins and Mrs. Blevins before I got in my car and made the two mile trip to the house. Colleen was wearing a denim skirt, white leggings, a cute white cami, and a low cut baby blue shirt her knee length hair was down and wavy. “You look good.” I said not noticing a baby bump so I knew she was safe.
Our mom walks out wearing a cute dress and sandals. “Where to my darlings?” My mom asked us. “I have been craving Italian.” I said “which place?” My mom asked “I’m thinking the one in downtown Fort Pierce? It’s Christmas time, so they have the Christmas lights at the Marina and I love that.” I said “Sounds fine to me.” She said and I do my best to make small talk with my mom all the way to Fort Pierce and that was a forty-five minute drive. I knew on the way home it would be a silent ride and I didn’t want to make things worse for Colleen when she tells my mom the news.
After we order our meals my mom looks at me and Colleen. “This is nice. Spending time with my two older girls. Not having to worry about cooking or for the time being cleaning the kitchen.” My mom said and I smiled at her “I see your father in both of you girls. You have his strength and courage Lexie. Colleen has his sense of humor, his sense of pride. She’s a determine girl, she doesn’t give up and neither do you Lexie.” My mom said and that took me off guard she never talked about daddy especially since he cheated on her.
I talked about some of my classes for the past semester and how I’m going to be graduating in June and they need to be there. “I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world.” She said “I’m proud of all of my kids, I’m proud of you two. You guys have been through so much yet you don’t give up no matter what, you keep going.” She said and I smiled at her “My wedding is July 30th, 2015.” I said “That’s good that you have a date set.” My mom said and went on about the other plans that need to be made. Like how we need to book a church now so it will still be there.
After dinner we’re on the marina walking around looking at the Christmas lights. And we sit down on the brick seawall. I look at Colleen and nod which meant it was time to tell her. “Mom I have some important I need to talk to you about.” Colleen said “Okay honey. What is it?” She asked her getting a little worried about her daughter. “I’m seven weeks pregnant.” She said “You have to be kidding me.” She said “No ma’am I’m not.” I said “This is a joke.” She said “No ma’am I’m not joking.” Colleen said and I could tell her feelings were hurt. “Mom she really is.” I said “Oh Colleen.” My mom said finally believing her. “You are not getting an abortion. You are keeping this baby. Adoption is out of the question. You had sex, you will pay the price.” My mom said being serious now “Yes ma’am.” Colleen said “I will be here for you.” My mom said and Colleen smiled at her “Thanks mom.” Colleen said.
The 22nd was spent with Colleen and Connor at the mall doing some Christmas shopping for everybody. The evening I had dinner with Austin and his family and Austin and I went walking through the meadow. “It is still beautiful here.” Austin said and I smiled at him “Yes it is.” I said sitting down by the pound and Austin sat next to me wrapping his arms around me. “You’re worried about Colleen aren’t you?” Austin asked me “Of course I am. She won’t even be sixteen before the baby is born. She’s going to be a really young mother.” I said “But good mother.” Austin reminded me “let’s wait a few years before we become parents.” I said “no problem Lexie. I love you, I love kids but I want to make sure we’re stable first.” He said “I know. I feel the same way.” I said and he kissed my lips softly.
The 23rd was spent with Amy, Amber, and Jason. “Momma is getting married.” Amber said and I smiled they have daddy’s icy blue eyes and brown hair. Amber has curly brown hair and Jason looks like daddy did at that age. “When?” I asked “March 15th.” Amy said “My spring break is that week.” I said “You should come. I would love to have you there.” Amy said and I smiled “I will make sure I’m there. Can I bring a date?” I asked “Yup. Who?” She asked “Austin.” I said “When is your wedding?” She asked me “July 30th.” I said and she smiled at me “I better be invited.” She said “You all will be.” I said and I handed them all their gifts.
The 24th was spent with Austin, Colie, and Bryan for our little Christmas. We were at the meadows for this and we had a blast. That evening of course was spent with Austin’s family for Christmas since tomorrow we would be with my family. During dinner my phone rings and I apologize until I listen to the custom ringer “God Bless the U.S.A” “I’m sorry. Excuse me.” I said getting up and going to Austin’s room. “Hello?” I asked “Well Merry Christmas sissy. Or it’s Christmas for me anyways.” He said “Merry Christmas Jake. How are you?” I asked “I’m good.” He said “how have things been going?” I asked “Good. With you Lex? How did your finals go?” He asked “good. I passed all my classes.” I said “Like always Lexie.” He said “I miss you.” I said “I miss you too Lexie.” He said “how are things back at home?” He asked “Good.” I said “I just talked to mom and them and I know.” He said “I’m worried Jake. She won’t be sixteen.” I said “But she has us to help her.” Jake said “You’re right.” I said “I’m going to be able to get on Skype midnight your time.” He said “I’ll be on.” I said “I love you sissy.” He said “I love you too.” I said and we got disconnected I walk back downstairs and they looked up at me “is everything okay?” Mrs. Blevins asked me “Yes ma’am. I’m sorry. It was Jake calling, he’s overseas so I barely hear from him.” I said “Don’t be sorry. He’s doing a great thing. Your father would be so proud of his kids.” She said and I smiled at her, we went back to dinner and then opened up a few gifts tonight. They would be saving the rest for tomorrow when they wake up while we will be at my mom’s. I curl up with Austin when we’re watching a Christmas movie as a family and he rubs my back for me.