Title: BELLY UP
Genre: Young Adult
I always thought girls who got pregnant in high school were not the same ones who spent six months discussing the finer points of birth control with their boyfriend and their doctor. But the instant I pull the pee stick from my trickle, I know different. For some stupid reason my heart flutters; I bite my lip to hold back a smile.
The rattle of Mom’s van in the driveway pulls me from my reverie and I remember Brady waiting on the couch. I’m out of breath by the time I catapult down the steps and into our living room.
"Hey! You’re home."
But I’m too late. Brady’s already blundering to Mom, while scratching his long bangs nervously over his face.
"We were just, um, here to…"
I block Mom with my back and give him one sharp shake of my head to settle his anxiety. I’ll tell him the truth later when we’re alone. After I’ve had a chance to sign him up for a few acting classes.
He lets out a relieved breath, which worries me slightly, but there’s no time. I turn back to attempt some parental damage control. Before I can kick in with some casual jabber, I feel a rock settle in my gut about the irony of the situation. Next time I push Mom’s fertility meds aside to ‘borrow’ one of her spare pregnancy tests, I’ll have to think a little harder about how I’m going to look her in the face.