I Bet It's A Boy
I covered Natalie’s eye as we slowly walked into the front yard. She laughed when I tripped slightly but she quickly held me back up.
“What are you trying to show me?” she asked, trudging through the snow. “Shhhh! It’s a surprise,” I whispered in her ear. I haven’t told Natalie about my brand new car. It was sitting in the garage for awhile and I wanted her to be the first one to go on a ride with me.
“You remember when I got in that car accident, right?” I asked softly. “I wish I could forget” she replied in a whisper. I tightened my grip on her and she held on to my hand.
“Well, I promise you I won’t crash this one."
I moved my hands and she gasped. “Your car! Beck, did they get it fixed?” she asked, turning around to look at me. I shook my head proudly and smiled at her.
“Nope! It’s brand new. I wanted you to see it because-” “Because you wanted to show it off, right?” she asked, smirking at me. “Well, kind of but mostly because I want you to be the first one I ride with” I replied, wrapping my arms around her waist.
She leaned her head against my shoulder and I lost my balance, causing us both to fall in the snow. She screamed and I laughed when the frigid cold hit us. “You did that on purpose!” she exclaimed, rubbing the snow against my face. I moved away from her and quickly stood up when she chased after me.
“If I remember, you said we were too old for this” she teased before tackling me. I laughed and flipped us over, rolling on top of her. “You’ve changed that, I guess. I really should get up. We’ve got a lot to do and Lee called me a few minutes ago; said it was important,” I groaned, sitting up.
“How important?” she asked, arching her eyebrows at me. I gave her a look and she sighed, biting down on her lower lip and playing with her piercing. “He knows?” she asked. I nodded, slowly standing on my feet.
“I have to go see him but I will be back,” I said. “I know. I’m going to see Jessie and make sure she hasn’t gone crazy yet."
I leaned down to give her a quick kiss and she smiled in my embrace.
“I’ll see you soon” I said, running towards my car. Natalie waved me off as I pulled out of the driveway.
Before I even parked at the curb, I knew something was wrong. Lee was pacing back and forth in front of his house. He was screaming at the top of his lungs every few minutes and, he kept punching and kicking at the air like there was someone in front of him.
I turned off my engine, jumping out the car and running towards Lee.
“Lee!” I yelled. He turned around to look at me and I saw it. Utter despair, hurt, disappointment; all of it was displayed on his face and I fell into his arms, hugging him.
“I’m sorry, Lee,” I whispered, holding him. Lee went rigid for a second before returning my affection.
“I’m so mad at her, Beck. I’m so fucking mad. I just love her so much” he growled, wiping at the few tears that fell from his cheeks. I listened to him rant and afterwards, we slowly walked into his house.
“I want to be there for her,” he mumbled. I glanced at him with wide eyes. “What?” I asked.
“Fuck Chase. If he doesn’t want to take care of his baby then, I’ll step up to the plate,” he replied, standing up straight. I smiled and stood up next to him.
“Seriously?” I questioned, smirking at his behavior. “Of course, and to be honest, I noticed a slight weight gain but I didn’t want to say anything” he answered, smirking back at me.
I laughed, leaning back against his bed. “I’ll take her back, you know. I’d take her back in a second” he sighed, happily. I smiled and watched a huge grin crawl over Lee’s face.
“I’m glad to have you back, Lee. I’ve missed you these last few months,” I said. “Me too, Beck. Me too” he chuckled, staring at his picture of Jessie.
I laughed and smiled at the familiar face of someone that I hadn’t seen in so long. I had almost forgotten that he even knew how to smile.
“He hates me!”
“Jessie, Lee does not hate you.”
“You didn’t hear him on the phone with me. He hates me. I’m sure of it. I should have never slept with Chase!”
“Yes, that is true but Lee doesn’t hate you, Jessie. He loves you more than anything. You know that.”
“You’re not helping, Hope. I can’t fit into anything anymore. I’m a cow!"
“You’re not a cow. You’re just mopey and moody and you’re not supposed to fit anything anymore, you’re gaining weight!”
Hope gave up on her friend and collapsed against Jessie’s bed, pushing her clothes on the floor.
“Are you going to tell your parents, Jess?” she asked. “Some time soon. I promise. I told Lee so it shouldn’t be so hard telling them, right?” she replied nervously.
Hope smiled sheepishly and laid her head down again. “Hey” The two girls looked towards the door and saw Natalie leaning against the frame.
“Natalie! What did you do to your hair?” Jessie exclaimed. Natalie’s hair was now a reddish brown color, cascading down her narrow shoulders. She was wearing gray skinny jeans and a plain black sweater, a nervous smile on her face.
“I like it! The color looks great on you” Hope exclaimed, rushing to her side to further examine her new look. Natalie chuckled, glancing over at Jessie.
“Awww. Come here” she said, opening her arms to a pouting Jessie. She walked over toward her and held her tight. “Lee hates me,” she sobbed. Hope sighed and rolled her eyes.
“Here we go again,” she said bluntly. “He does not. Beck seems to think that Lee loves you very much” Natalie said softly. Jessie looked up at her with glassy eyes and sniffled.
“Really?” she asked, like a small child. Natalie smiled and nodded. Jessie chuckled as she arched her eyebrows at her.
“What’s so funny?” she asked. “Your hair! Has Beck seen you yet?” she asked. Natalie shook her head. “I dyed it before I came here. Does it really look that bad?” she asked, rushing towards a mirror.
“No. It looks nice, Nat. Don’t worry about what Jessie says. We all know how emotional she is right now. She’s just gonna get worse as the months go by” Hope teased, poking her friend’s leg.
Jessie swatted at her hand and Hope laughed. “I bet you it’s a boy,” she said, placing her hand on Jessie’s stomach. Jessie shook her head. “It’s a girl. I’m positive,” she said, putting her hand next to Hopes.
“What makes you think so?” Natalie asked, walking over and sitting on the bed as well. Jessie shrugged. “I just feel like it’s going to be a girl” she replied. “Beck thinks it’s gonna be a girl too but I agree with Hope. I think it’ll be a boy,” Natalie said, leaning back on the bed.
“It seems like our biggest worry was who was going to be with Beck. Now things are have changed drastically,” Hope remarked, sighing. Natalie stared at the ceiling.
“Beck, Alexis, and I are going to Ocean City on Sunday. Do you guys want to come with?” she asked, glancing at them from her peripheral vision.
“I wish I could but Sunday is the day I plan on finally telling my parents” Jessie replied. “Yeah, and I have a date with Mark. Whom I will have to tell Jessie’s pregnant” she said, looking at Jessie to make sure that she was alright with Mark knowing.
She waved her off and went back to her closet; fussing about what clothes she couldn’t fit into anymore. Natalie looked back at the ceiling and sighed happily, thinking about how much she had overcome with Beck.
“It’s gonna be a boy” she said aloud. “Nope!” Jessie shot back without missing a beat. Hope and Natalie burst into laughter before getting up and helping Jessie find something to wear.
I walked upstairs toward my room and was half expecting to find my parents or Brandon but to my surprise, they had gone out to the market to get some food for dinner. I wondered if they took Alexis with them. I headed toward the guest room and saw her lying on the bed, the blankets pulled up close around her.
I smiled, sitting down on the edge of the bed, stroking my hand over her hair. Her glasses were sitting next to her and she seemed to be having a nightmare. As much as Alexis annoyed the living hell out of me, she was my cousin, and I loved her with all the love a family member could.
I pressed my lips against her cheek and sighed. “I’m sorry you have to go through this, Lexi” I whispered. She tugged at my arm in her sleep before mumbling a meek, “Beck." I stood up from the bed, slowly closing the door as I walked out of her room.
I went into the game room and clicked on my X-Box 360. Playing a few games of Modern Warfare and Halo 3, I quickly grew bored and picked up a magazine for ‘Playstation’. I had already ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops and the new Halo: Reach and was determined to play them both as soon as I got them.
I laughed to myself when I though of Natalie’s reply to what I was just thinking. “You’re such a nerd, Beck,” I said, trying to mimic her voice. My phone rang in my pocket and I quickly flipped it open.
“Beck! I need to talk to you!”
“Yes. I’m sorry to call you so randomly but, I have to ask you something.”
“Uh, sure. Go ahead.”
“Did you ever really…love me?”
“Of course I did! I still do. I just realized that maybe the love you had for me was meant for someone else.”
“And the love you had for me was meant for someone else, huh?”
“Yes. Melody, don’t think that the reason I broke up with you was because I loved Natalie. That only had a part to do with it. I broke up with you for my own reasons.”
“I know. I just wanted to try and understand why and get some type of…closure between us. I’m sure Natalie wouldn’t mind that.”
“Not everything I do has to do with Natalie, Mel. I wanna try and be friends with you.”
“So do I, Beck. You were right. Sasha and Mary really weren’t who I thought they were.”
“Yeah, they weren’t. What are you doing?”
“I’m in Ocean City right now with my family. It’s kind of cold down here but the waves are still nice. I’m coming back tomorrow.”
“Really? I’m actually going there this Sunday to see an old friend.”
“I didn’t know you knew someone here. I've met a few cool people while I've been visiting.”
“Ha. Cool people? Do these people have names?”
“Yeah. There’s this boy named Dylan”
“Dylan, huh? I could have sworn you were-”
“Bi? Yes I am.”
“I wasn’t going to say that but alright. So, you’re interested in Dylan?”
“No, I’m interested in his sister but she’s so-I can’t even explain her.”
“Hahahaha. Shut up and I’m very interested.”
“What’s her name?”
“Danielle, but she likes being called Charlie."
I dropped my cell phone on the ground as my eyes widened. “C-C-Charlie?!” I exclaimed.
“Beck? Beck? Beck, are you there? What’s wrong? Beck!”