Chapter - 4
"God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners." - SOREN KIERKEGAARD
“How could you let this happen? She is just a child!” Seemus’ voice boomed through the hall.
“She is fourteen and a teenager, Seemus,” Alana stated in a casual tone that irked Seemus further.
“For God sake Alana, she is just fourteen and pregnant!” He seethed. “How could you be so careless?”
“Stop it, Seemus. I’ve already spoken to Dr. Mathias. We would abort the child and will never speak of it again.”
Seemus stared down at her with disgust. “Do you even hear yourself? Your daughter is pregnant and you’re talking as if it is a normal incident. Did you ever think what an abortion could do to our daughter’s health?”
“I’ve had a handful of abortions myself, Seemus. So, yes, I am perfectly aware of what would happen. If it makes you happy, I’ll teach her to use contraception the next time.”
Seemus ground his teeth and pushed his clenched fists into his pockets. His chest heaved as he tried to contain the rage that taunted him to hit the woman, just once.
“Fine, Alana. But, I would sign the parental consent only under one condition,” he hissed. “Alicia will go to the school I am working and she will be on my watch all the time.”
“Don’t.” He stopped her when she tried to open her mouth. “You know what happens if I don’t do this. Alicia will birth this child, becoming a teen mom and you’ll be the child’s grandmother. Your reputation will be ruined forever,” he taunted.
“Fine! Have it your way,” Alana hissed in response before walking away.
Seemus didn’t know if he did the right thing. He and Brendan’s father pulled some strings to keep the issue under the wraps. The media spotlight was the last thing he wanted at that moment. His worry for Alicia worsened and he wondered if he could ever help her.
Sadly, he soon realized that one couldn’t save the person who didn’t want to be saved. Alicia got transferred to his school later that year. He’d been just got promoted to the principal and thought he could guide her towards the right path.
Alicia, however, didn’t want to walk on the right path. She was her mother’s daughter at every turn and outright disrespected him when he tried to talk to her. The counseling sessions he arranged for her, went unattended and there was only little he could do to stop her from having flings.
He couldn’t be with her twenty-four-seven. What she did out of the campus was not his problem and he didn’t know where she went after school. She didn’t bother much with the grades and he knew that no amount of detentions or suspensions would help the matter.
She grew up to be a rebellious teen and all he could do was to sit back and watch with a heavy heart as she ruined her own life. Teen boys flocked around her like a moth to the flame. She’d left many heartbroken boys in her wake and there was nothing he could do to stop her.