“Everyone calm down! Screaming at each other is not going to make this situation any better. Is there a way we can reach him? I mean, he needs to know that you’re pregnant, Alexandria,” Georgia asked.
Ignoring her mother, she looked down and remained silent. She refused to rat Cash out and get him in more trouble with his father. She figured he was already being admonished for losing his job and wouldn’t dare add to his misery. But that antic was short-lived.
“Your mother asked you a question, young lady!” Collin shouted.
Finally, she said, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway because I don’t need him to help with the baby.”
“There is no way you’re keeping this baby!” Collin shrieked, glaring into her eyes.
“This is not a debate! I’m keeping this baby, and I don’t care what you think!” Alexandria yelled.
“No you’re not! You have disgraced this family enough with your stupid actions, and there is no way you will do it again by keeping this bastard child. You’re getting an abortion tomorrow and that’s final! Then you’re going to bring up your grades and graduate from college as planned,” he commanded.
Alexandria felt the heat traveling through her veins. She knew her face turned red as her hands started to sweat. She jumped up from the table. “Is that all you care about, your precious reputation? If you think I’m going to have an abortion because it doesn’t sit well with you two, then you can go straight to hell!”
“Alexandria! What’s gotten into you?” Georgia yelled.
Collin rose from the table and grabbed both of Alexandria’s arms. “First thing tomorrow we’re taking you to the clinic, and you’re going to have this done or else.”
“Or else what, Dad? I don’t care what you say, I’m not doing it!” she yelled with tears running down her face.
“Yes you are, or we will cut you off completely!” He stared at her with tears in his eyes. “You say you’re a mature adult. Well, you make the decision, Alexandria, because it’s all up to you now.”
She stood there paralyzed, hearing nothing but her heartbeat and quiet sobs from her mother. Alexandria knew she had hurt her parents with her irresponsible actions, but what could she do? Tears spilled down her face as she ran back upstairs. When she got to her room, she threw herself on the bed and bawled. God help me, I can’t get rid of my baby. How could they ask me to do such a thing? She loved Cash so much and this was their baby, their innocent baby. She rubbed her stomach with apprehension, afraid of the horrifying actions they expected her to take. Her back was against the wall. She could get an abortion at her parents’ request and continue school like nothing had ever happened, or she could raise the baby alone with nothing.
She’d never known her dad to go back on his word, so she knew she wouldn’t have a dime to raise her child with. With Cash gone, depending on him was unlikely. That night she prayed that she had the courage to make the best decision for herself and her baby because she didn’t want to get rid of it. The next morning around six, she flew out of bed to vomit. She was about to run down to get something to drink, when she overheard her parents talking downstairs.