We Get a Surprising Gift is the seventy-eighth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 18, 2016.
It’s been two days since Zak and I made love, and I could barely control my smile.
It was so amazing, and I could tell that it did, in fact, make our love stronger than it was before. Nothing could destroy my happiness.
That is, until, Selena came to talk to me at school today.
It was third period. We were in English, and the class was about to start when she leaned over to me.
“Sarah, we need to talk,” she whispered.
“Now?” I whispered.
“Yes. It’s important.”
“More important than anything you can think of that’s important.”
I looked at her. She looked at me with pleading eyes.
“Wow. It must be that important,” I said.
“It is,” Selena replied. “Let’s talk somewhere more private.”
“Hey, what’s going on?” Zack asked us.
They were sitting on either side of me, which was ironic since they were a couple.
“It’s nothing, Zack,” Selena said, faking a smile. “I just need to talk to Sarah for a moment.”
“Now?” he asked.
“That’s what I asked,” I said.
“It’s nothing you need to worry about,” Selena told him.”
Yet, I heard in her mind.
Ok, she was obviously lying to him. Whatever she was hiding, it was something Zack needed to worry about. Of course, he would worry about it whether she told him or not. We did need to talk. Now.
“We’ll be back in a little while,” I told Zack.
“Ok,” he replied.
Selena and I stood up from our desks and left the classroom.
“Sorry about that,” Selena told me. “I know now really isn’t the best time to talk, but I couldn’t wait any longer.”
“It’s ok,” I said. “I’ll take any excuse to get out of English.”
It was my worst subject. Well, not really. I mean, I get a B+ average in it, but it’s my least favorite subject.
“So where do you wanna talk about?” I asked.
“In here,” Selena replied.
She grabbed my arm and pulled me into the girl’s bathroom. Yay.
“What’s wrong, Selena?” I asked. “You’ve been acting weird all morning.”
“I know I have been,” she replied. “But it’s only because I didn’t know how to tell you this.”
“Tell me what?”
I stared at her. Her expression showed no sign that she was kidding. I didn’t even need my powers to confirm that she wasn’t.
I didn’t know what to say. “You are?”
Selena nodded. “Yes, I am.”
“You know how.”
“Yes, I know how, but weren’t you and Zack using protection?”
“Yes. But you know that a condom breaks sometimes, and with someone as strong as Zack, it’s more likely to.”
“Do you know how long you’ve been pregnant?”
“I took the test a few days ago, just before you found out Zack and I have been intimate with each other.”
“You’ve known that long and you’re finally tell me? Who else have you told?”
“You’re the first person I’ve told.”
“So Zack doesn’t even know he’s going to be a father?”
“Not yet. I’m planning on telling him soon.”
“You should’ve already told him.”
“I know, but I don’t know how to tell him.”
“There’s no good way of telling him, unless you were married, which you’re not.”
She twisted her promise ring on her finger. Zack gave it to her two years ago. The only difference between her ring and mine is that her word carvings say ‘I love you.’
But a realization hit me: Zak and I made love two days ago.
I looked in the mirror, turned to the side, and looked at my stomach.
“Sarah, what is it?” Selena asked.
“Zak and I made love the other day,” I replied.
“Oh. Did you use protection?”
“I don’t think so. But we only did it once. Can you get pregnant the very first time you make love?”
“I don’t know. But do you think you are?”
“I don’t know.”
“Have you been feeling different lately?”
“Can you really feel anything different about something when it’s only been two days?”
“Do you feel different?”
“Physically? No. Emotionally? Yes. We’ll go get you a test after school, ok?”
I nodded in agreement. “Ok.”
“Let’s get back to class.”
It turns out you can get pregnant when it’s only been two days since the first time you’ve ever made love.
As I looked down at the positive test that I held in my hands, I thought about how much my life was going to change and about what Zak would say and/or do. I just had a feeling it wasn’t going to be good.
“It’s going to be ok, Sarah,” Selena assured me. “We’ll get through this together.”
I half-smiled at her. “Thanks, Selena. I know we will. I just don’t know how I’m going to tell Zak.”
“How about we tell the father of our babies together?”
I thought about it for a moment, but shook my head. “No. I want to tell him alone. But how about we agree to tell them at about the same time?”
“Ok. When do you plan on telling your Zak?”
“The next time I see him. But most girls usually tell their mothers first before they tell the father, so I’m going to do that.”
“Then I guess I will too. I’m going to have to eventually. Thank God our mothers are best friends.”
“I know. Well, I better go tell her now.”
“Me too. I’ll call you when I’m done.”
“Me too. See ya. And good luck.”
We went our separate ways for a while.
I found my mom with Nick at home.
Augh, he is so annoying. I’ve gotten to know him well in the past year, and I like him a lot. So much that I kind of consider him to be my second father because he treats me like I’m his daughter, but he is with my mom all the time. Wherever she is, you’re bound to find him with her. It’s gotten to be quite annoying.
I got my mom alone. I told her that I was pregnant and showed her the test as proof.
She sighed. “Did you not use protection?”
I shook my head. “No.”
“Well, I’m kind of glad about that. I was also raised against that, and I don’t like to use it so much myself.”
“But we only made love that one time. Is it really possible to get pregnant the very first time?”
“Well, my first sexual experience was a rape, and I got pregnant with Alex, so yeah. It is possible.”
“Yeah, but you had—umm . . .”
“Three men raping me? Yeah, but still. Anyway, so you’re pregnant.”
“Yeah. Selena is too, but Zack doesn’t know yet. We planned on telling the father’s alone, but at about the same time.”
“And when are you planning on doing that?”
“Probably after this.”
“Then you should go now. We’ll talk more about it once everyone in both of our families know.”
“Ok. But you don’t really seemed surprised.”
“I am, and I know you know how good I can control my expression. But this kind of runs in my family.”
“Teenage pregnancies?” I asked.
Mom nodded. “Yeah. Well, one that I know of, anyway. And she was exactly the age that you are now. It happened long before I was born, but sometimes I use to hear my mom talk about it. But, based on what I heard about her, I know that you and Selena will be way better mothers than she was.”
“What about the father?”
“Umm . . . again, based on what I heard, you don’t wanna know.”
“Meaning that you don’t know, or that you do know, but don’t wanna tell me?”
“That last one. You really don’t wanna know. But based on that, I know that your brother and your boyfriend will be great fathers.”
“I think so too. But, Mom, I don’t know if I want to keep this baby.”
Mom looked like she was about to cry. “Do you mean, like, adoption?”
“Of course,” I said. “I would never want to abort my baby. Besides, didn’t you make that illegal?”
“Yes, and I’m very glad of it. I am greatly against that, and I have been since the moment I first learned what that was. I think it’s the most selfish thing a woman could do, no matter what reason, even if they were raped, like I was. I never allowed that thought to cross my mind when I got pregnant with Alex, back when it was still legal, because I knew I would never do it. And, honestly, I think in situations like that, if you do get pregnant, it’s a test, and if you choose abortion, you pretty much failed that test and probably deserved to be raped.”
I stared at her. “That’s harsh, Mom.”
“I know. I may or may not really believe that, but that’s how strong I am against it. But, Sarah, it’s not just your decision about this baby. It’s also Zak’s, since he’s the father, and he has as much of a right in that decision as you do. Go talk to him now. Please.”
That was kind of weird. But my mom does sometimes tend to have some serious attachment issues.
Whatever. I needed to go see Zak
I called Selena and we both agreed to tell our baby’s fathers now, but she was surprised to hear how soon I was telling Zak. Well, the sooner the better.
I went off to see him.
I was stalling for time, but, really, I was being a coward. I was sitting on the cliff overlooking the ocean and I’ve been there for half an hour. It took me that long to work up the courage to tell him.
I patted my stomach. “Ok. Let’s tell him.”
I grabbed my phone out of my pocket and video called Zak.
My video phone was ringing. I looked at the ID and answered it.
“Hey, Sarah,” I greeted.
“Uh, hi, Zak,” she replied. “Umm, are you busy?”
“Uh, no. Why?”
“Can you come meet me outside? I need to tell you something.”
“Uh, ok. But are you alright?”
“Just come meet me.”
She hung up.
She was acting weird and I wondered why. Well, only one way to find out.
I found Sarah by the cliff overlooking the ocean. I sat down next to her, and she didn’t turn to look at me. She just stared off into the distance.
“Sarah, what’s wrong?” I asked, concerned.
She looked down at herself and closed her eyes. “I—I have to tell you something.”
“Ok. What is it?”
“Do you remember when we made love the other day?”
“Well, as a result of that, I, uh . . . I got, uh—”
“Sarah, what is it? You can tell me.”
I noticed a tear streak down her face. “I’m pregnant.”
I stared at her.
She kept her head down and had her hands on her stomach. She was serious. We were going to be having a baby.
I considered that for a moment . . . and I smiled.
We were going to be parents. A family. I looked at Sarah, moved closer to her, and put my hand on hers.
She looked at me, confused.
“It’s ok,” I said, smiling at her. “Actually, it’s more than ok. It’s great.”
“It is?” she asked.
“Yes. We’re going to be having a baby, Sarah.”
“But we’re not ready to be parents yet, Zak.”
“We will be. I mean, we’ve got nine months to prepare, don’t we? And weren’t we planning on having kids someday?”
“Not now. Not before we were married.”
“Well, why not start now when we’re already ahead?”
“But I don’t know if I want to keep it.”
“I do. And I know you will too, eventually.”
I kissed her. “You will.”
“Why are you so happy about this?”
“Because it’s the happiest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“Yeah, well, you still have to tell your parents, and I still have to tell my dad.”
“Oh. Yeah. But we’ll make it through this together as a family.” I kissed her again. “I love you.”
“Yeah. Me too.”
Aww. Wasn't Zak being so sweet and supportive? Sarah, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be as anxious as he is. How do you think that's going to go?
Please review here.