“Hi Ms. Carter, this is Dr. Rita Montgomery, from the Goleta Mission Hospital.”
Not my mom.
Please, not my mom.
“Um, oh yeah. Hi. Is this about my mom?” I asked, as my heart began to race.
Jeremy stepped out of the car, and stared at me curiously.
“Oh no, not at all. We’ve just received the results of your check-ups”, she replied.
I let out a sigh. My mom had made all of us – my dad, my sisters, Jerry, Willow and I – take medical tests, just to make sure everything was alright, and that none of us were going to be dropping dead anytime soon. I could understand her paranoia, but it was no fun at all being poked and prodded for days.
“Is everything okay?” I asked, feeling my heart rate slow. Jeremy was standing in front of me, looking slightly worried.
“Yeah, everything’s fine. But, we found some human chorionic gonadotropin in your bloodstream.”
I hated it when doctors assumed you’d understand everything they were saying.
“Okay, what does that mean?” I asked, as patiently as possible.
“It means you’re pregnant.”
I snorted right into phone. “I’m sorry. What?” I said into the phone. Jeremy gave me a questioning look.
“You’re six weeks pregnant” she said.
My heart rate sped up, and I could feel the fear starting to creep in.
Please let this be a joke, I pled with the universe. Please.
“What?” I breathed.
“You’re six weeks pregnant” she repeated.
But, I knew it at the back of my mind; doctors don’t joke around with those kinds of things.
I stood open-mouthed for a second, avoiding Jeremy’s confused gaze. Confused did not even begin to cut what I felt right then. Pure understatement.
“Would you like to come in? So we can discuss procedure and future check-ups and things like that?”
Me, pregnant. Bun in the oven. With child.
It was totally impossible.
I couldn’t be pregnant. I mean, I’d been on the Pill; I thought the whole purpose of that was to prevent pregnancy. And, okay, maybe I’d missed a couple doses, but really. What are the odds?
I could not be pregnant.
“What is it?” Jeremy whispered. I could just see my expressions right then – surfacing, shock; beneath, confusion; and beneath that; fear. Or worry. Or maybe a bit of both.
“Ms. Carter? Are you still there?”
I opened my mouth to reply, but nothing came out. I could see Jeremy’s worried expression getting firmer.
“Hello?” the lady called.
And with that, I pressed the ‘End Call’ button. I hated it when he got worried, and most of all, I hated it when I was the cause. There was no way I was telling him anything just yet, and keeping the lady on the phone was just going to enhance his agitation. Besides, I myself, was still in an extreme state of shock.
It couldn’t be possible.
The shock was still reverberating through my mind. I kept hearing the doctor’s voice.
“You’re six weeks pregnant”
It couldn’t be.
I just couldn’t be.
“Who was that?” Jeremy asked immediately I pulled the phone off my ear.
I composed myself, the best way I knew how. “Um . . . . um . . . . . . wrong number”, I replied, my confused frown clearly contradicting the lie. I know it was wrong not to tell him, but I was still hoping that it was some sort of error, or trick of fate.
All my life, there was one thing I was most sure about – no offspring. And the fact that Jeremy felt the same way, well, that was just a bonus. The past few months had been a fairytale, and I couldn’t quite bear the thought of them coming to an end.
There was no way I could be pregnant. I simply couldn’t.
“What? Deana.” Jeremy said, with a frown. And that was the con of him being able to read me perfectly – lie detection.
I needed to be a hundred percent sure, before I made any rash decisions. Like, blurting anything out. I tried to clear the frown of confusion from my forehead, or reduce my widened eyes.
|Matt Bomer||as Jeremy Harrington|
|Katheryn Winnick||as Deana|
|Lindsay Sloane||as Stacey|
|Jason Lewis||as Matthew|
|Christine Baranski||as Deana's mom|
|Edward Herrmann||as Deana's dad|
|Kyle Lowder||as Bradley Cole|
|Jessica Biel||as Sheila|
|Bradley Cooper||as Jerry|
|Cameron Diaz||as Rosie|
|Nicole Kidman||as Frannie|
|Robert Buckley||as Dave|
|Ian McKellen||as Scottie|
|Ryan Reynolds||as Greg|
|Emily Blunt||as Savannah|
|Claire Geare||as Willow|
|Emma Thompson||as Lauren's mom|
|Jaclyn Smith||as Sophie Harrington|