Our Family Gathers to Talk About Our Situation is the seventy-ninth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 19, 2016.
This was not the kind of family meeting I wished to have, but I guess I had no choice.
Zak, Selena, Zack, and I and our families were all gathered in our living room to talk about our babies.
“I don’t understand this,” Dad said. “We put you two in that Sex-Ed class to learn the importance of protection and you two don’t even use it?”
“Oh, shut up, Cj,” Mom said. “Maybe if they weren’t in that class, they would’ve used it.”
“That doesn’t make sense, Raylee.”
“Well, they were kind of pressured to use protection and that made them not want to use it. And don’t say we, because I didn’t want them in that class.”
“We did use protection,” Zack said.
“Then how did Selena get pregnant?” Dad asked.
“Alright. What about you, Sarah?”
I hesitated before answering. “No. But it was just one time. What are the odds of that?”
“Are you sure it was just one time?”
“Cj, stop,” Mom said. “And she’s kind of right. I mean, it took us a week for me to get pregnant with her and Zack, and just a few days for Emily. It is weird how she got pregnant the very first time. But, then again, so did I.”
“Well, it doesn’t matter how possible it is, it’s happened. Let’s focus on that right now.”
“Fine.” Mom faced us. “What do you guys feel about this? One person at a time. Selena, use one word to describe how you feel now about being pregnant.”
“Scared,” she replied.
“Ok. What are you worried about, exactly?”
“About how this will effect mine and Selena’s relationship.”
“Ok. I can understand that since I don’t think I’ve ever heard of two people who had a relationship when they were teenagers and having a child then as well and staying together when they became adults. Well, in reality, anyway. I really understand that, but I believe you two can conquer that together. I mean, you’ve been together for so long. I doubt something like your child could break you apart. But anyway, Sarah, how do you feel about this in one word?”
I thought about it for a moment. “Guilty.”
“Why?” Mom asked.
“Because it’s my fault. I pushed Zak into it, at first, for a stupid reason, then I made it a better reason, but I never thought of once to use protection. So it’s my fault.”
“Ok. What about you, Zak?”
“I am overjoyed,” he replied, sitting next to me. “I’m excited about being a father. So should you, Sarah, about being a mother. All of you should be. Having a child is never something that we should be ashamed about. It’s the greatest thing of all, and I couldn’t ask for anything better and neither should all of you.” Zak grabbed my hand. “I will do all that I can to be the best father that I can be for our child, Sarah. And I know that you’ll be an amazing mother. The same for you too, Zack and Selena.”
He gave me a kiss on the cheek.
I wanted to cry. That was a beautiful speech, and it made me feel even more guilty and mad toward him. But it was clearly that’s what my mom wanted to hear.
“I couldn’t agree more,” she said.
“Yeah,” Dad agreed. Sort of. “But it sounds like you intentionally got Sarah pregnant.”
“Dad!” I argued.
“Cj, shut up,” Mom said.
“Well, it does.”
“I didn’t get Sarah pregnant on purpose,” Zak said.
“I know you didn’t,” Mom agreed. “And I agree with you. I mean, why do people think that getting pregnant is the worst thing on earth? Some even think that getting AIDS is better. It’s ridiculous. But, I guess, sometimes, it is, especially if it wasn’t for the right intentions, like love. But you guys did it for love, didn’t you?”
The four of us nodded.
“See. For that, I know you guys will be just as great parents as your own parents. Well . . .” Mom glared at Dad. “. . . most of them.”
Dad rolled his eyes. Then he gestured to Mom. “Agreed.”
Zack and I laughed.
“Anyway,” Mom continued, turning toward Britney and Carl, Selena’s parents. “What do you guys think about becoming grandparents now?”
“I think it would be great,” Britney replied. “And I know that Selena and Zack will be wonderful parents as well.”
“Me too,” Carl agreed.
“Ok,” Mom said. “What about you, Doc and Drew?”
“We don’t really think that they’re ready to be parents,” Drew said. “But if Zak says he is, we believe him.”
“I don’t,” Dad said.
“Why? Because they’re teenagers?” Mom asked.
“Exactly. Teenagers are irresponsible. I doubt that they’ll actually take care of their children and just leave us to do so.”
“It’s really nice to know what you think of your own children, Cj. But you know what? Adults are just as irresponsible, and I know that from experience.”
“So do I.”
“If you feel that way, then go away and come back in a year from now to see how wrong you are. And I doubt anyone will miss you.”
Mom was mad. She walked past us and headed to her room.
“You just cannot stop pissing her off, can you?” Nick asked.
Mom was mad. She walked past us and headed to her room.
I stood up and went to go talk to her.
“Hey, Mom,” I said.
She was sitting on her bed with her laptop. “Hey.” She put her laptop down. “Zak’s a really good guy. I’ve always liked him since I met him. I never thought I could like him more than I already do, but he always gets me to without even trying.”
“Yeah, me too,” I said without much enthusiasm.
“Yeah. It’s just, Zak wants to desperately keep our child, but I don’t know if I do.”
“Oh, come on. Don’t make your dad right.”
“I’m not. But I want to hate Zak for that.”
“For being excited that you two are going to be parents?”
“Because he makes it sound like it’s easy. And he’s not the one that has to carry it for nine months and then give birth to it, which is supposedly the most painful thing ever.”
“Yeah. Blame Eve for that. But that’s not his fault, Sarah, and you know it. Why are you being such a brat about this?”
“A brat? You’ve never called me that before.”
“Only because you never been one before. Technically.”
“But you usually say bitch.”
“Not to my daughter, though I guess brat isn’t that much better. But, Sarah, when I had Alex, I gave him up for adoption, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I wasn’t exactly in the best place to raise him, and I wanted to keep him, and Nick offered to help me, which I knew he would since he did help me through my pregnancy with him, even though he was a bastard about it in the beginning. But I did eventually give him up, though I didn’t know that Nick had raised him since then until our wedding. But you are in such a better place than I was, and you have a lot of support. You’re not alone in this, Sarah. I promise you, that if you give your child up for adoption, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Please go talk to Zak. If anyone can make you feel happy or excited about anything, it’s him. After all, he is your boyfriend, and that’s what boyfriends are for. Most of the time.”
“Ok, fine. But were you serious about what you told Dad?”
“We’ll see. Now go.”
I left the room.
Everyone went home, but Zak stayed with me for the night.
“Zak, are you sure about this?” I asked, sitting next to him on my bed.
“Yes,” he said. “Aren’t you?”
“I don’t know. It’s hard.”
“I’ll try to make it as easy for you as I can. I promise.”
“I know you will, but—”
“Please. I want to keep it and have us raise it together. I want to keep her.”
I looked up and realized he wasn’t looking at me, but, in fact, our daughter, who was standing a few feet away from us with that smile she always has on her face.
I haven’t see her in a year. She never looked any different. Same clothes, same age.
“Oh. Hi,” I said.
She ran up to me and touched my stomach. I couldn’t feel it. It was as if she wasn’t touching me at all.
She looked up at me.
“Is that you?” I asked her.
I was pregnant with our daughter, whom Zak and I have been seeing since the very first summer we met. And this time, instead of going behind something and disappearing, she dissolved into thin air. I guess that would be the last time I’d see her until I give birth to her.
That thought made me smile, and get a little teary-eyed.
“So?” Zak asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“Yes. I want us to have our daughter. Together.”
“So do I.”
“I know you do. You’ve told me that a million times. And now I do too.”
My necklace glowed in response to that.
Zak rubbed my stomach. “I love you.”
“I love you too,” I replied.
And we kissed.
Mom was right. Zak did change my mind and got me to be excited about being a mother, but our daughter did most of the work. Now, only nine more months to go.
I could hardly wait.
Aww. They're finally having their daughter. I already have her name picked out a long time ago, but can you guess what it will be? Here's a hint: She'll be named after one of the Disney Princesses.
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