On the bus ride home Ellie called Ava.
“El, where did you go? You ran once last bell rang.”
“I had a doctor appointment,”
“Why didn’t you say so? I could have driven you.”
“It’s okay I kinda wanted
to go alone this time. Hey do you think you might be up for a road trip Saturday?”
“I guess where are we going?”
“Wasaga Beach,” Ellie answered.
“Isn’t it a little cold for
a trip to the beach?”
“I’m not going to see the
beach. I’m going to see Sean.” And
tell him he’s going to have a son, she added to herself.
“Sean? Why? You told Paige it wasn’t him,” Ava said confused.
“I lied,” Ellie said.
“I see. So do you think he’ll be okay with a baby?”
“I don’t know. But I have to tell him right? What he does with the information
after that is his problem.”
“I’m glad you feel that way. You just can’t guess what kind of reaction you will get to that kind of news.”
“Speaking from personal experience
“Of course. Nothing about my pregnancy was ever easy. Hey I gotta go Seth
just woke up.”
wait! I don’t want to tell anyone about Sean yet. I want him to hear it from me first okay.”
“Of course El. You have been keeping my secret I’ll do the same for you.”
“Okay thanks. See you tomorrow.”
The next day passed quickly for Ellie. It seems that time always speeds by when you’re dreading something.
Ava was sitting with Ellie at lunch discussing
tomorrow’s trip when the others began to trickle in.
First it was Paige and Craig. No one could believe these two were still together. Most of
Craig’s friends were just glad he seemed to have Ashley and Manny out of his system. And everyone was glad to see Paige
with someone that wasn’t a teacher. They really did seem to be happy together.
Next came Marco and Manny, of all people. This was an odd friendship and not expected.
No one was sure when these two got so close. But they did have fun together. Shopping and movies. They helped each
other forget about their problems.
“Where are Hazel and Jimmy?” Marco asked.
“They left. Hazel said Jimmy had a surprise planned for her this weekend. I
think they are on a little trip. All I know is if Hazel’s mom calls I have
to cover for her,” Paige said with a shrug.
“Very romantic,” Manny said with a sigh.
Ellie rolled her eyes and turned to Paige
and Craig. “What do you two have planned for this weekend?”
“Just hanging out,” Paige
“Paige! Come on now we’re not just hanging out. We are going
to see Jake’s band. They are playing downtown tonight and I told him I’d
check them out. That way when we play at Whirlwind next weekend he can come see
us and maybe bring out some other people.”
“Hold up. First who is Jake?” Marco asked.
“He’s that dude to works
at that music store on 32nd.”
“Well that clears it right up,”
Marco replied sarcastically. “Now second, you got us a gig when we haven’t
practiced in like 3 weeks. Are you crazy?”
“Marco, don’t freak. We can do it. We’ll just have to
practice everyday next week,” Craig said like it made perfect sense.
“Craig I’m not so sure about
this,” Ellie finally spoke up.
“Come on El not you too,”
“Don’t you think a bunch
of people partying a some club might be a little weirded by big pregnant girl on drums?”
Ellie asked rolling her eyes.
“No. I think it will be cool. Its not like you’re the only
girl that’s ever gotten pregnant Ellie.”
“Yeah but I don’t recall
seeing too many displaying it on stage.”
“Ellie, hun, you aren’t even
big yet. And it’s not like you’ll be standing in front of everyone. You’re a drummer hun you sit,” Paige
said trying to help Craig.
“Fine but this will probably be
my last show with you guys.”
“You’re going to quit?” Now it was Marco doing the whining.
“Well I am going to have a baby
in 3 months.”
“Ellie that doesn’t mean
you have to quit something you love,” Ava assured her.
“Hey in case you forgot we had
the worst time trying to find a drummer when you came along. Don’t make
us go through that again. Please!” Craig pleaded.
“I’ll just have to wait and
see.” Was all Ellie would say.
“Hey Manny., Liberty said ending the band talk.
“Uh hey Liberty. How are you?”
“Um I’m okay. Listen, she began as she sat down next to Manny, I have a favor to ask you.
But if you don’t want to do it I’ll understand,” she finished quickly.
“What is it?” Manny asked
“It’s only 3 weeks till baby
time. JT and I are not on speaking terms and Emma is in her own world right now. I wouldn’t ask this of you. But
you see, you and Toby are the only friends I have left and I would rather die than have Toby watch me give birth,” she
said with a shudder.
“You want me to stay with you?”
“Yes I just don’t want to
do this alone.”
“What about your parents?” Manny asked.
“No,” was the only answer
she got back.
Manny knew Liberty well enough to know it took a lot for her to ask someone for help. She just couldn’t let her down.
“Sure. What will I have to do?”
“Really? Great. I’m not exactly sure. I suppose time contractions
and cheer me on,” Liberty
said with a half smile.
“Okay I guess I can do that.”
“Can you give me all the numbers
where I can reach you? So when its time I can find you quickly.”
“Yeah,” Manny answered and
began to write the numbers down for her.
“Thank you,” Liberty said before she walked away.
“Manny are you sure you can handle
this?” Marco asked once Liberty
“Yeah,” she answered looking
at Craig who broke the stare to look at Paige. “I gotta go,” Manny
said and walked out.
“Why is it every time we eat lunch
someone has to run out?” Paige asked trying to break the silence.
Then the bell rang breaking the very
awkward moment. Everyone went to class, each with different question to plague
them for the rest of the day.
Paige- What was that look between Manny and Craig? Could there be something
Craig- I can’t believe Liberty would ask Manny to do
that. Doesn’t she know how much it will hurt her?
Marco- Is Ellie going to expect me to watch her give birth? Gross, I so hope
not. I don’t think I want to see that.
Ellie- Poor Liberty.
I wonder why she and JT aren’t talking. Please let Sean talk to
me when this it all over.
the hell is Wasaga Beach? Ellie never did say exactly. This Sean
guy better be worth a trip.