"YOU GOT HER WHAT!" Tim yelled when I told him about Sacha being pregnant. We were having coffee in my office as usual. It was Monday and I still didn't have the courage of telling Audrey the truth which was pathetic of me because I at least owed her that.
"Man, this is messed up and disastrous on your path. And you told her to go through with the pregnancy? What would happen when Audrey and your mother hears this, bro?" he went on.
"You do realized that Audrey and my mother aren't the boss of me, right?" I asked him as I twirled the cup of coffee on the desk.
"What did I miss?" Kevin walked into the room.
"Mr.'Ding a Ling' here got the black girl pregnant," Tim answered.
"Why you got to say her complexion instead of just using her name. Her name is Sacha. Not the 'black girl'. I narrowed my eyes and glared at him.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry," he quickly defended.
"Yeah man, show some damn respect!" Kevin snapped as he too was a colored man.
"Yeah, well, I oughta get back to my station anyway," Tim said. He got up and walked out of the room, leaving me with Kevin.
"Hey man, what's really going on? Are you leaving Audrey for Sacha?" he asked me.
I shook my head no. "I got Sacha pregnant. I'm responsible, but I'm revisiting that abortion option. Sacha is just twenty one and she got a sister to take care of. I can't play house with Sacha and a baby at the same time. I'm with Audrey. But then again, I don't want to rob an innocent unborn child of his or hers future because I'll always feel guilty and I wouldn't be able to live with that. Kevin, I don't know what to do."
"Do the right thing, Christian. I know this isn't my place but why are you really with Audrey when you're not even in love with her?"
"Of course I'm in love with her or else I wouldn't be marrying her."
"Although you've been friends with Tim longer, I believe I know you as well. When you talk about Audrey, it's always more like a complain than an expression. When you talk about Sacha, you light up and a smile appears. I know you said she's nothing more than a 'benefit' but is she really?" And with that, Kevin walked out of the room and left me thinking.
Later that evening, when I got home from work, I found Audrey in the kitchen having a glass of juice.
"Hey, how was your day?" I asked her.
"I went shopping."
"For the wedding?"
"Well, you could say that but it was mainly for a few family members. They don't have wedding attires so I thought I'd get them some. I used your card by the way."
"Of course you did," I told her and poured myself a glass of juice also before loosening my neck tie and removing my jacket.
"Audrey, there's something I have to tell you."
"What is it?"
"It's about Sacha."
"What about her? I thought I told you to end things between the both of you!" her shouted.
"And I did but it's not that simple anymore."
"Why not? Is she planning on blackmailing you because I swear to God, I'm going to....."
"She's pregnant!" I blurted out.
Audrey fell silent. She turned pale in the face. I watched attentively.
"Is the baby yours?" she asked after five long minutes.
"Okay. We'll handle this. Abortions these days are super easy and private. We'll get a good doctor and....."
"Audrey, Audrey!" I shouted to get her attention.
"What!" she shouted back.
"I'm not letting her have an abortion."
"I can't do that."
"You can't do what? Let your side chick have an abortion? This is all your fault and I'm always stuck in the middle of your mess!"
Audrey, let's not play the blame game right now."
"Maybe if you had wrapped your dick up, some leech wouldn't be pregnant with your baby!"
"What's with all the ruckus?" my mother asked, walking into the kitchen. I had forgotten she was even here. She had the chicken bone removed from her throat by the doctors and she was discharged yesterday.
"Nothing mom. Go back to bed," I covered up.
"No, she ought to hear this," Audrey disagreed.
"Christian had been cheating. And the girl he was cheating on me with is now pregnant with his baby," Audrey filled my mother in.
"What?" my mother screeched. Her throat was sore for the bone incident.
"Mom..." but she held up her hand at me, indicating that I should shut the hell up.
"How could you do this to Audrey? She's been nothing but good to you all these times. You think you're going to replace her with some filth you've been having an affair with? Over my dead body, Christian. You and Audrey are going to get married and there's only two options for that baby. You either abort it or strip that girl of all her parenting rights and raise that baby with Audrey when that child is born."
"I'm not going to abort my unborn child and I'm definitely not going to strip Sacha of her parenting rights either. That child has to know who his or her mother is. What kind of monster do you think I am?"
"Shut up Christian! Just shut it!" mother snapped, "You're so shallow these days. It's no wonder you knocked up someone who doesn't fit into our lifestyle!"
"Our lifestyle? There's only one billionaire in this room, and that's me, but you know what, you can have the house because I'm leaving!" I put my jacket on again and walked out of the kitchen with the both of them tugging at my arms, trying to get me to stay.
I got into my car.
"Christian! Don't you dare start that engine!" Audrey yelled.
I started the engine.
"Christian, don't you drive out that gate!" my mother yelled now.
I stepped on the gas and drove out the gate as quick as lightning. I wanted to visit Sacha but I found myself heading to a different house.
"Hey man, I got your text. Come on in," Kevin gestured when I knocked on his door.
"Thanks bro," I answered and stride on in. We made a beeline for the bar where he poured me a shot of brandy.
"You told her?" he asked me, stirring a pot on the stove.
"How did she take it?"
"It's Audrey. How you think she'd take it."
"Man, I'm not surprise but at least you were honest about it."
"She told me that Sacha should have an abortion and when I told her no, she flipped and ratted to my mother."
"Yeah," I replied and drank my shot of brandy.
"But you've got to come to a decision quickly, bro. This isn't something you can run away from."
"Oh, I'm planning on staying here all week," I said with a laugh.
"Your wedding is on Saturday, Christian." Kevin turned towards me.
Damn it! How could I forget my own wedding?