I took a deep breath waiting for his response.
Dad* Your WHAT!?!?!?!
His scream made me jump sending the phone flying to the other side of the bed. I stumbled under the blankets to grab it quickly.
Me* I’m pregnant
Dad* Ryan you better be fucking joking me right now. This isn’t funny.
Me* Daddy I’m sorry.
Dad* Ryan Patricia Banks this is not funny. Are you pregnant?
Me* Yes, Daddy I’m pregnant. I’m sorry.
Dad* How could you be, is it Owen’s baby?
Me* No I’m only 12 weeks now. It’s Tanner’s.
Dad* I don’t even know what to say to you Ryan. I really don’t what to say.
Me* I’m sorry Daddy I didn’t mean to get pregnant. It was an accident.
Dad* Ryan I need time to think. I’ll call you back.
Me* Daddy please just talk to me.
Dad* Good bye Ryan, good night.
Me* Daddy please. I’m sorry Daddy
I felt like my heart was being stomped into billions and trillions of pieces. I knew he wasn’t going to answer.
Me* I love you Daddy
I heard the phone click as he hung up. He didn’t even say he loved me. I felt my throat start to swell as my sobs left my already sore chest. He was 7,000 miles away from here in a war zone and the
lease he could tell me was that he loved me, even if he was mad. I heard footsteps as I picked up the pillow holding it close to my chest. Tanner opened the door to see me sobbing into my pillow.
He sat down and pulled my body to his coving me with the sheet. “What’s wrong baby?” He asked stroking my wet cheeks.
“He-he didn’t say he l-l-loved me when he hung up the p-phone.” I got out between sobs.
“Shh baby I’m sure he just forgot to say it.” He said almost petting my hair kissing my forehead.
“N-n-no he hates me now. My own father hates me.” Saying it out loud made me sob louder. Everything was falling apart. I have never felt so alone, than I was at this moment………
I walked out into the living room dressed in one of Tanner’s old P.T. t-shirts and a pair of pajama pants. Hunter looked up from the TV were he sat with Emmy curled up next to him. “Hey Sis.” He
smiled weakly at me. I gave him a ‘hey’ nod, not really wanting to speak to anyone.
“You okay Ry?” Emmy asked me sitting up to look at me. I nodded walking into the kitchen to grab something to eat.
“I’m fine, don’t worry about me.” I gave a weak smile biting my food. Tanner walked into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around me. I leaned back into him and closed my eyes. He pulled my shirt up
and rubbed his hand up and down the little bump.
“I worry about you.” He whispered into my ear. “I worry about you all the time.” He gently bit my ear lobe.
“Hmm.” I almost moaned at him. I heard someone clear there and opened my eyes. Hunter was looking at me with his nosed scrunched up.
“Can I talk to you Ryan?” He said in a low voice trying to ignore Tanner kissing me. I nod pulling Tanner’s hands of my belly. I walked into the baby’s room and looked at him. The room was empty
still because we wanted to wait till we knew what we were having. I guess now I will have to do it alone. “Ry,” I looked back at him. “Who were you talking on the phone with?” I looked down the
tears threatening to fall.
“Dad.” I whispered looking down at my hands. Hunter pulled me to him hugging me tightly.
“What did he say to you?” He asked gently stroking my hair.
“He-he-he said he didn’t know what to say a-a-and he didn’t say he l-l-l-loved me.” I broke down crying my knees buckling under me. Hunter held all my weight with his body so I didn’t drop down on
my knees. He kissed my head as I sobbed. “H-h-h-how could he say something like th-that? He-he never didn’t s-s-say he loved me b-b-before.” I threw my arms around his neck as Tanner walked in.
Hunter looked over at him and shook his head. Tanner walked back out with a sigh.
“I’m sure he didn’t mean it Ry.” He sighed. I shook my head at him.
“No he meant it, I’m sure he doesn’t love me because I got pregnant.” I cried hugging him tightly.
“Shh no Dad loves you, of course he loves you. You’re his baby girl.” He said putting his chin on top of my head.
“I don’t think so. I’m a frailer, to everyone.” I shrugged. Hunter grabbed my face and pulled me to look at his face.
“You are not a frailer. You just made a mistake, an oops. Dad will come around I’m sure of it.” He pressed his lips to my head.
“I know he hates me now.”I sighed, the tears slowly stopping.
“No he doesn’t he just isn’t in his right mind. I’m sure he will call you soon and tell you he is sorry and he didn’t mean it. I’m sure of it Ry. I’m sure.” I nodded kissing his cheek, still not
believing a word he was saying.
“Okay Hunter.” I nodded unwrapping his arms. “I’m going to go talk to Tanner.” Hunter watched me leave before he sat down on the carpeted floor putting his head in his hands.
“I don’t even know if I believe what I just said.” He whispered to himself………
I walked into the living room to find Tanner. He was sitting on the couch watching a baseball game drinking a beer. He looked up as I walked into the room and patted the spot next to him. I sat
down and cuddled up to him. I looked at the screen. “Why are you watching a Yankees vs. Boston game?” I asked almost smirking at him. He looked down at me.
“Hey, I’m a Jersey Boy, the Yanks are my team.” He smirked looking back at the TV.
“You’re a Jersey Boy.” I almost laughed looking back at the screen watching the game………..
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