“Okay. I love you, Mom and Dad,” Alexandria mumbled while wiping her face.
Without looking back, she walked to the gate and handed the attendant her boarding pass. When she got on the plane and found her seat, it was the most liberating experience she’d ever had, realizing she was now an adult. She was finally able to make her own decisions and speak for herself. This was the life and direction she chose, and she was ready to take it on. She smiled when she thought about Cash and how happy they were going to be.
She couldn’t wait to surprise him and knew he would be overjoyed to see her face. As soon as the plane landed, she grabbed her luggage and hailed a taxi. Before she knew it, she was in front of his house. She had to blink to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. After paying the driver, she composed herself and rang the doorbell, but no one came to the door.
“Oh great, what if he’s not home?” she whispered. She rang it again, kicking herself for letting the taxi driver leave. Then the door opened.
“Alexandria!” Cash shouted. His face lit up. He picked her up and swung her around. “What are you doing here? I thought maybe you were coming tomorrow.”
Before she could answer, he covered her lips with an affectionate kiss. I really missed this.
“I missed you so much,” he said, kissing her again.
After a long embrace, he finally put her down. “I told my parents this morning how much I loved you and had to be with you,” she explained. “They didn’t fight me or anything. They just told me to come and be with you.”
He looked confused. “I don’t know any parents that would be okay with their eighteen-year-old daughter leaving home to be with her boyfriend, especially your parents,” he laughed as they walked inside.
I guess it’s time to tell him. She sadly paced back and forth and confessed, “Cash, there’s more to it than that. I don’t know how to tell you this, but the morning you left, I found out I was pregnant.”
“What! You’re pregnant? Why didn’t you tell me? I would have never left you, Alexandria, had I known!”
“I know. That’s why I didn’t want to tell you. I didn’t want to hold you back from anything, and it seemed like your dad really wanted you here.”
“Yeah, he needed me here to watch him kill himself! You could have saved me a lot of heartache!” he yelled.
“Calm down. I didn’t know what to do. I thought I was never going to see you again. Anyway, I found out once you left that my grades were slipping, and my parents and I got into this huge fight. It was horrible,” she sighed.
Cash held her close while caressing her hair.
“I’m sorry, baby. I just wish you had told me. So did you tell your parents that you’re pregnant?”