Chapter 28: The Right Thing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Alistair twirled his room key through his fingers as he walked down the hallway with Piper. She had met him at the airport and they had spent an incredibly awkward and an incredibly silent cab ride into the city. They still hadn’t said more than three words to each other by the time he opened his hotel room door and set his bags at the foot of the bed. 

He sighed as he turned around to face his fiancée. Fiancée. That word didn’t even sound right in his head. Piper was looking at the ground, biting her top lip and rocking back and forth on her toes. She looked nervous. Maybe she could sense what was about to happen. The thought broke Alistair’s heart and he walked to her quickly, wrapping her in his arms and hugging her close. 

“How have you been?” He asked in a whisper. 

“I’ve been fine,” she answered robotically, as if she had said those words too many times before. 

“How’s the baby?”

Piper pushed him away slightly and looked down at her belly, a slight smile on her face. “Dr. Benoit said I would be ready for my second ultrasound early next month. We can find out if it’s a boy or a girl.”

She looked up at him with hopeful eyes and he smiled down at her. “Do you really want to know?”

“I don’t know,” she smiled and shook her head. “What do you think?”

“It’s going to be a surprise either way,” he said, debating his choices in his head.

“If we found out, we could plan for his or her nursery. We could buy the right clothes.”

“Whatever you want is fine with me.”

Piper nodded and then looked back down at the floor. Alistair knew he was going to have to do this soon. But how does one start a conversation like that? How does one tell the woman he loves, the woman who is carrying his baby that he doesn’t want to marry her? At least not right now. 

“Speaking of planning,” Alistair started slowly, “have you thought at all about the wedding?”

Piper bit her lip again and he saw her reach for her left hand, twisting her ring absentmindedly around her finger. “Some,” was all she said.

“What have you been thinking?” He asked softly and Piper couldn’t hold back her tears. She could tell he was hesitant about this topic. She could tell that he didn’t want to really discuss it. Perhaps he could sense that she was having second thoughts. Or that her first thought, the one where she thought they shouldn’t rush into things, was still overpowering her. 

“Alistair, I…” but she was crying too hard to finish her sentence. She reached for his shirt and pulled him close, burying her face in his chest. 

“Hey,” Alistair said soothingly, his hand stroking her hair. “I don’t want to stress you out about this. We can take our time…”

But she only started crying harder and Alistair clenched his teeth. He had to do it, no matter how much it hurt her. He just couldn’t let her leave this hotel room until she understood that breaking the engagement didn’t mean they were breaking up. 

“Look, Piper, I know that I rushed us into this and I want you to know that I love you more than anything…”

“Alistair, don’t. I can’t talk about this right now.” Piper pushed him away and started walking toward the bed. He watched as she sat down and tried to control her tears. 

“We have so much to think about already,” she added. “Let’s just not discuss this right now.”

“We’ll have to talk about it eventually,” he pointed out and sat on the opposite side of the bed, his back to her. He stared at the patterned carpet and tried to unclench his fists. He could hear Piper’s quiet sobs and he longed to hold her. But this would be easier if he didn’t.

“I know that it seems like you are doing the right thing,” Piper choked out and Alistair could feel his own tears starting to form in his eyes. “But I can’t pretend that it’s what I want as well.”

Alistair hung his head. He wondered how long she had known. He hated to think that she had been dreading this conversation, knowing what was going to happen when he arrived this weekend. “You know that I still love you. You know that I’m only doing this because I think it’s what is right for us and the baby.”

“The baby shouldn’t be an excuse for anything, Alistair.”

“I know that. But it is a consideration, one that carries a lot of weight right now.”

“Alistair,” she was crying even harder now, “I just can’t do this. I love you and I don’t want this to come between us. I don’t want this to tear us apart.”

Alistair turned around and slid across the bed, wrapping his arms around Piper and feeling her rest her weight into his chest. “That’s the last thing I want as well.”

Piper relaxed into his arms and tried to calm down. She hated what she was about to do but she believed that Alistair loved her enough to listen to reason. This wasn’t a one person decision. They both had to be on board and Alistair’s enthusiasm wasn’t enough to carry her to the altar. 

She took a deep breath and turned toward him, adjusting her weight to support her growing belly. “I want you to know that I do want to marry you,” she started and watched as a pained look crossed Alistair’s face. 

“Piper, you don’t…”

“Please let me finish. I need to say this.”

Her boyfriend nodded and she looked into his eyes. “I do want to marry you. One day. I just, I can’t do it now.”

Alistair’s mouth dropped and he started to speak but was having a hard time figuring out what had just happened. Piper didn’t want to get married? Not right now? 

“You can have your ring back, if you want it,” she continued and reached for the canary diamond on her left hand, sliding it off her finger and holding it out to him. 

Alistair took it without speaking. He looked at it as it lay in his palm. “When did you decide this?”

“About three minutes after I agreed to marry you,” Piper said and Alistair raised his eyebrows at her honesty. 

“Then, why…?”

“You seemed so excited about it. I knew that you would take care of me and you seemed to have everything all planned out. I just thought that the idea would grow on me but it hasn’t and I’m so sorry…” Piper began her apology but was interrupted by Alistair’s lips on hers. He kissed her fiercely, a long and hard kiss. Relief washed over both of them and they clung to each other like they would never let the other go.

“Do you still love me?” Piper finally managed to ask.

“Now more than ever,” Alistair smiled at her and wiped some tears from her cheek. 

Piper smiled at him. “You don’t hate me?”

“No,” he laughed. “This entire time I thought you were trying to avoid the topic of our wedding because you knew I didn’t want to go through with it.”

His girlfriend gave him a disbelieving look. “You were trying to call it off?”

“Not call it off,” he stipulated. “Just postpone it for three or four years.”

Piper smiled at him and looked almost as if she was about to laugh. “And when did you realize this?”

“The second I got on the airplane to fly home. I knew I had jumped the gun but I thought you were scared that I would leave you and the baby and I wanted you to know that I was always, that I am always going to be there for you. By your side, forever.”

“I know I’ve been acting crazy lately,” Piper admitted. “But I just didn’t want this baby to ruin our lives. I thought that if we weren’t together you could accomplish everything you have been dreaming about and I didn’t want to hold you back.  But then I realized that I couldn’t do this without you. That I wouldn’t want to do it without you, even if it meant dragging you down with me.”

“Being with you, seeing you happy, and raising this child together are the only things that I’m dreaming about now,” Alistair assured her. “Our lives are going to be changed forever but it’s not going to be a bad thing. This baby is going to be great. She will be so loved and we will be the happiest parents in the world.”

“She?” Piper asked, relieved that they had sorted everything out, feeling slightly ridiculous that they had both wanted the same thing but it had taken weeks and too many tears to figure that out.

“You think it’s a girl, don’t you?”

She nodded her head. “I do.”

Alistair smiled and held out his hand. “I want you to keep this.”

“Alistair, it must have cost a fortune and I…” Piper started to protest but he refused to listen to it. 

“You don’t have to wear it. And, if you want, I’ll buy you another one when we are actually ready to get married. But I want you to keep it so whenever you start to worry, you’ll know that I’ll never leave you. No matter what.”

Piper choked back some more tears but nodded her head again and took the ring from his hand. She reached behind her and unclasped her necklace, sliding the ring onto the thin silver chain. Alistair smiled as she placed it back around her neck and tucked it into her sweater.

“I love you,” she told him, holding out her arms and beckoning him to come closer. 

“I love you so much. And I’m glad we talked about this.”

Piper sighed and kissed his neck. “I am too.”

They didn’t stray from Alistair’s hotel room that night, opting to order room service and stay in bed rather than battle against the frigid Paris winter. Alistair couldn’t remember ever feeling happier than he did in those hours he spent in his room with Piper. She was laughing again, confiding in him about her worries, joking about what her parents were going to want them to call the baby. She listened to his stories of school, his demanding schedule and his crazy chemistry professor, giving him all of her attention, her mind no longer wondering into the dark depths which he never wanted her to visit again.

He watched as she fell asleep that night, softly snoring next to him, lying on her side with a pillow between her legs for comfort, her small bump stretching her t-shirt. God, she was so beautiful. His heart swelled as he realized that soon, after he graduated next semester, he would never have to spend another day without her. 


Submitted: February 01, 2011

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YodaTwinky

loved it! it kind of reminded me of jane doe by never shout never

Tue, February 1st, 2011 6:14pm

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Thanks :) I've never heard that one but thanks. lol!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 10:27am

Lizzy Delaqua

kmu

Tue, February 1st, 2011 6:23pm

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Will do!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 10:28am

MiszKeyz

this was beautifu.. im glad they talked that out.. finally there is no more tension between them.. loved it.. KMU..

?Keysh

Tue, February 1st, 2011 6:24pm

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Thank you so much, Keysh!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 10:28am

WritingandThunderstorms



AWWWWWH!!! That's so freaking adorable(: Now why can't I get a Sterling, and Alistair, a Sebastien or a Gavin..... Hmm. Oh well. I guess mine will come some day. I'm so glad all the tension is gone! Finally!! :) They did jump the gun. Glad they pulled back before they made a decision they knew was wrong. Great chapter, as always(:

Tue, February 1st, 2011 7:28pm

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Thank you so much :) Your perfect guy will come along some day, don't worry! Thank you so much for reading, Storm :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:51am

dolphandeb

So glad they finially got it out in the open and realized that they both wanted the same thing! Great chapter!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 7:33pm

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Thanks :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:52am

NerdsRockAndRoll

Oh yay finally everything is sorted out! Loved the chapter and please keep me updated!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 7:34pm

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Thank you so much :) I'll update you!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:52am

starrygreenyes

thank god that they settle everything. now they can get back to loving one another with all that stress. can't wait to see what happen next. great chapter. update me okay

Tue, February 1st, 2011 8:35pm

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It was way too much stress for both of them and not how this couple functions :) Thank you so much for reading!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:53am

Kaitlyn Jade

Absolutely beautiful! I am so ridiculously in love with this novel, it's kind of scaring me. Hahaa. I'm so happy piper and Alistar got everything sorted out! Things have been so stressed between them lately. And stress isn't good when you are caring a baby! Aww, it's sweet how they both think it's a girl! I know, Alistar will be a natural at parenting! But I get a feeling Piper won't cope so well, at first. I think then she'll get better quickly as time moves on. At least I hope so! FABULOUS chapter! I hope you can update me soon? ;D

Tue, February 1st, 2011 8:37pm

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Thank you so much :) I'm happy they sorted everything out as well. Their storyline has been stressing me out. lol! Piper and Alistair still have a lot to work on as far as parenting goes. I'm sure they will make all kinds of goofy mistakes but they'll figure it out :) Thanks and I"ll update you :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:55am

MadyBabe

Yay! I loved that chapter they finally talked it out and good with not marrying yet! I was so worried they would break up. They are going to get a happy ending :D

KMU!

Tue, February 1st, 2011 9:13pm

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I couldn't let them break up. They are too perfect for each other :) I'll update you!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:55am

aldualma

God, I was soooooooo not in the mood for this kind of chapter :/ I would've enjoyed it a lot more if I wasn't so obssesively waiting for the next LOST's chapter to load xD I'm sorry I'm being so shitty! I think I'll re read it tomorrow. Anyway, since I'm not really into it right now I wanted to do an objective review of Alistair. I just remembered when he didn't want to commit to Rebecca and now he seemed so excited and NOT-freaked out for the baby thing, eeven asking to marry her.. it was as if he had become Sterling and I hated it because Alistair was supposed to be the... well, not bad guy, but he's different. Anyway, we got to see the real Alistair surface again because no matter how much he loves her he doesn't wanna marry her just yet, so I loved that, it was more realistic and not the happily ever after, which they may have later but at least not so cliche. Obviously keep me updateddddddd

Tue, February 1st, 2011 9:24pm

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Not in the mood for this chapter :) lol! Alistair really did jump the gun when he proposed and, you are absolutely right, it was a very Sterling thing to do. But becoming a dad makes guys do crazy things and, as we all know, Alistair is a little crazy some times. But he's back to his old self and admitting the error of his ways :) Thanks for reading, Al! I'll update you :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:50am

LogInGirl

loved it .
short review tonight.. its beena r ough day, but this defs brightened it up! :)
pleaseKMU :)
your doing fantastic. so glad they got that sorted and are all together and well
xx

Tue, February 1st, 2011 11:54pm

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Hope you day got better :) Thanks for reading!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:48am

Phoebe Gardens

Firstly, Dexter is the size of a spaghetti squash? I have NEVER heard of that before! I had to google it but that's SO cute! He's coming along to be a big bouncy boy I think :P
A blog I follow did a pregnancy series that you might like to check out? There's this really cool video of how his wife's belly gets bigger each week, here's the link :)
http://pacingthepanicroom.blogspot.com/search/label/the%20belly%20pictures%20series
I got extremely broody reading his updates and watching that video, so adorable!!
Now to the long awaited chapter :P I am SO glad that Piper and Alistair sorted out their engagement problem. They finally communicated :) I love how she's keeping the ring around her neck as well, kind of like a promise ring which is so sweet :)
I am so excited to meet the little Pierce! I bet you feel more connected to Piper going through it yourself :)
The end line made my heart swell to read how much he loves her. He is so in love with her and it's amazing how much he's changed and matured since Harpers, I'm SO proud of Alistair!!!
Amazing chapter, it was so well written with their emotions :) Please keep me updated Lydia!! :D

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 1:44am

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My iPhone app always compares him to some sort of vegetable or fruit. Can't wait to see what they come up with when I'm 38 weeks along :) He's definitely a bouncy boy...he moves ALL the time! Thank for the blog :) I'll check it out and should probably start reading some other stuff too because I am possibly the least informed pregnant woman who ever lived. lol!

I'm glad Piper and Alistair sorted things out as well. Writing about them going through a tough time is just as difficult as writing about Laila and Sterling breaking up. lol! Alistair has changed a lot since Harpers and I think his maturation is why I like his character so much.

Thanks, Phoebe!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:48am

livexlaughxlovex

I'm so glad they talked it out. About time! It was beautiful, how you wrote it. Kmu

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 3:56am

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Thank you :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:44am

livexlaughxlovex

I'm so glad they talked it out. About time! It was beautiful, how you wrote it. Kmu

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 3:57am

PageTurner

Yay! They FINALLY talked! I'm so glad that stupid tension is gone - :D
Aww, Alistair is SUCH a sweetheart! So insanely cute ?
Update me? Thank you! xx Paige

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 4:35am

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I'm glad it's gone too :) Alistair is such a sweetheart! He's by far my favorite character in this series :) I'll update you! Thanks, Paige!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:43am

Elektra

aaawww beautiful chap lovedddd it so much :D

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 5:04am

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Thanks :)

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:42am

wolfobsessed

Awwwww such a sweet chapter :) Update me please?

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 5:18am

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Thank you so much :) I'll update you!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:42am

Nicole Tabby

Omg loved both of them! Thanks for updating me on 27 but I read it and I love them both! :)! Kmu!

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 12:02pm

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Thanks! Will do!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:42am

StarrStruck

Yay! I'm so happy that they worked eveything out. All they needed to do was talk it out and realize that they wanted the same thing. I loved how she kept the ring and put it on her necklace, how sweet, they are perfect for each other. Update me please :)

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 1:13pm

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They did want the same thing. So much depends on communication :) I'll update you!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:41am

MissSerendipity

I nearly snapped my iPod in half when it didn't load this chapter yesterday! It's so nice that Piper and Alistair finally talked things out, and I'm glad neither of them were really hurt or offended. Yay I loved it! :)

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 2:05pm

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It is really great that they finally worked things out. I don't know which one I hate more, writing about Alistair and Piper being awkward or writing about Laila and Sterling breaking up. lol! Thanks for reading!

Tue, February 8th, 2011 10:41am

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