Chapter 12: Finding Out the Truth of Her Existance

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Months Later ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

[Ash's P.O.V.]

I held Alexa's hair back as she leaned over the toilet, throwing up, like she does almost every day now. It scares me, because I think I know why. She sat back and looked at me, tears brimming in her beautiful eyes. "Ashley..." She mumbled, her voice wavering in fear.

"What is it, my love?" I kneeled beside her, holding her close. She snuggled against my chest and I fel ther tears wet against my black cotton shirt. "I think I really am pregnant... I'm showing..." She said, pulling her shirt above her stomach with a trembling hand. I noticed her stomach was slightly swollen, but not because she'd gained any weight. I closed my eyes, placing a trembling hand on her bare stomach. She shivered and leaned back against me. I kissed the top of her head. "Don't worry, love. We can do this," I whispered, pressing my face into  her hair.

"Are you sure...?" She asked, her voice soft but scared.

"I'm completely positive. That I can swear to you," I vowed. And I meant it. I really did.

"I want to see a doctor... To make sure... You know?" She said, looking up at me again.

"As you wish, my love," I whispered, knowing it was one of her favourite quotes. Tears brimmed in her eyes and she threw her arms around my neck and pressed her face against the spot between my shoulder and my neck. "I love you so much, Ashley," She said, her voice muffled.

"I love you too, Alexa," I replied, rubbing her back in gentle circles.

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We were at the OB/GYN's office. I believe his name was Dr. Garcia? But I wasn't sure. I wasn't sure of a lot of things these days, and that scared me. The door opened and in walked a short Mexican man who looked to be in his late thirties. I gripped Alexa's hand a little tighter, and she squeezed my clammy hand back comfortingly. Dr. Garcia flipped through his clipboard and showed us the ultra-sound photos. I, having no experience with babies, didn't know exactly what it was showing.

"This," Dr. Garcia said, "is your daughter," he finished, pointing at the tiny black and white dots in the picture. My mouth fell open slightly. It was true. Alexa was pregnant... With a little baby girl... She looked up at me, her eyes moist with fresh tears. But there was no sadness in her expression; she was... Happy. Her smile was so beautiful, all I could do was smile back.

"A beautiful girl," she breathed, her voice amazed. The doctor smiled at both of us before handing Alexa the photos. "I'd like to see you every few weeks now, to check how the baby's doind and to make sure you're doing okay wihth the pregnancy and all," he told her, eyeing me. I knew what he was thinking; I was 27, Alexa was only 17. We weren't suppoed to be together, let alone Alexa being pregnant with my baby. That would get me in jail for statutory, and get me labeled a sex offender and child molester. But I wasn't.

"Alright! I'll be sure to do that!" She chirped, having not seen the way the doctor glared at me. She stood, taking my hand. "Come on, Ashie, let's get some hot chocolate at Starbucks!' She exclaimed, beaming. We thanked the doctor once again, and headed out to the car.

At Starbucks, after ordering hot chocolate for Alexa and a regular coffee for me, we settled down at a small 2-person table. "So... Wanna think of a name?" Alexa was so excited.

"Of course, Love," I agreed, taking a small sip of my coffee.

"Well..." She started, pulling out a small travel notebook and a pen, "I really like Desiree and Lolita." She scribbled the names on the paper.

I gave my contributions, "Jezabelle, Audrey, and Skylar." Alexa grinned and wrote them down before circling the names she liked. Jezabelle, Desiree, and Audrey were circled. "I can't pick... But I really like Jezabelle," she muttered to herself, tapping the pen against her chin.

"Maybe... Jezabelle Desiree?" I thought out loud.

Alexa's face lit up, "What about Jezabelle Desire?!"

"Oh no! My daughter's middle name is NOT going to be Desire!" I shook my head.

Sh epouted, blinking her beautiful eyes at me, "Pleeeeeaaaaasssssse Ashleeeeeeeeyyyyy!!!!! It's so adorable!" She moved on to poke my shoulder continuously.

"But it... It's sexual!!" I argued, knowing I would lose.

"No it's not!" She protested, her lips turning up at the ends into a smirk, "It's quite lovely."

"It's NOT!"

"Fine. Let's call Jake and see what he says," she suggested, pulling out her phone and pressing whatever speed dial Jake is. "Hey, Jake!" She turned on speaker phone, "Ash and I are in a predicament."

He laughed, "Oh yeah? What is it?"

"Well, I'm pregnant–" She was cut off by a surprised gasp from Jake, "Pregnant? Is he like... Mad at you or something?"

Alexa rolled her eyes, giggling, "No! We just can't decide on her middle name!"

"Oh... Well what have you come up with?"

"Jezabelle for the first name, and I want Desire to be her middle name, but Ash won't let me! He prefers Desiree," Alexa made a pouty face, despite the fact that Jake couldn't see her.

"The only reason I don't like it is 'cuz it's sexual!!" I tried to make my argument and Jake laughed again. "Uh oh, angry daddy!" He paused, "I like it, though, Alexa. Ash is just protective."

"Damn right I am!" I winked at Alexa, who rolled her eyes again, smiling. "Then, Ash, what do you say?" She was making the pouty puppy dog eyes at me, sticking out her bottom lip.

I sighed and shrugged, "I guess I do like it... But she's not dating until she's 18!!" I vowed, grinning. Alxa started clapping happily, and Jake laughed. "Glad I helped," he said, "Bye guys!" Then he hung up. Alexa looked at me, absolutely ecstatic. Reaching for her phone, she dialed Nisa's number. "Hey!" She said into the phone, "Meet us at the bowling alley near your apartment!" She paused as Nisa's reply came. Then she beamed at once, "Alright! See you then, Sis!" She hung up and looked at me, "We're gonna go bowling!!"

:Sounds perfect," I said, sipping my coffee. And together, we headed out to the car andto the bowling alley.

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