Chapter 38.. Hello Alando.
Upon hearing yes, his eyes sparkled with excitement and a broadened grin was plastered on his face that tugged on my heart. He was genuinely happy with my answer and it made my decision worth it, even if i wasnt a hundred percent okay with the choice I made I still couldnt bring myself to change it. I somehow couldn't live with the thought of hurting him, regardless of how possessive he acted. It was clear that he only wanted what he thought was best for the baby and I.
"I'm so loving this deal Miss Lyons" he said as he placed a gentle kiss on my lips and I smiled.
"I too Mr. King" I replied trying to sound optimistic.
"Okay great!, let's get the others back inside"
I began thinking of all the females I knew who were single parents and would do anything to be in my position because the fathers did not want to or couldn't be apart of their children's life. And here I was with a man who was willing to share his life with me, but yet I just couldn't be happy and embrace my blessings,
"Maybe something was wrong with me" I thought and I sighed as the doctor and my mom came back into the room.
"Is everything okay Miss Lyons?" Dr. Pietersen asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine, just feeling a bit overwhelmed " I replied.
"Its quite normal to feel that way as this is a new territory for you"
"You'll be okay honey" my mom assured me.
We had a long discussion about the way forward, when to do the ultrasound, getting enough rest, meal plans and things to try that would keep me from nauseating. We all agreed on doing the ultrasound in five weeks time and that I should take it easy at work and home.
The doctor left to attend to another patient and my mom left to pick up Mr Whitman leaving Alando and I alone in the room.
"Well, I think that went well" Alando said as he kissed my knuckles
"I think so too" I replied giving him a bright smile, when will I be able to leave, I'm in desperate need of a hot bath"
He stroked my face and my nipples hardened when his fingers brushed against my skin, I was surprised at my own reaction.
He chuckled noticing my body language and I bit my bottom lip.
"Well, everything seems to be okay with you right now so yeah, I think its okay" he replied.
"I'd like to see Kimone before I leave" I told him
"That's fine, I'll go make my final rounds, call me whenever you're ready" he said.
"Okay" I replied as I slowly got off the bed after he disconnected me from the machine.
He held my hand as we walked to Kim's room, we went in to see her sitting up in the bed as Kyle fed her with cereal. She smiled when she saw me and I had to force myself not to cry.
"Hey Nicky!" She said and I ran to her side giving her a big hug.
"Hey Kim, how are you doing today?"
"I'm good, who's this cutie?"
Kyle rolled his eyes and Alando chuckled
So many questions ran across my mind, how was I gonna tell her that he is my boyfriend/babydaddy? One thing I knew for sure was that I wouldn't lie to her.
"He's my boyfriend" I finally said and her eyes widened.
"Yeah, and another thing...... I'm pregnant" I said in one breath but her response wasn't one I expected.
"I've known all along that you are preggos Nicky" she said softly
My mouth popped open
"I'm not retarded Nicole, we've been friends for years, I know what you're supposed to look like"
"So why didn't you say something?" I asked
"I was waiting on you to tell me" she replied
"I just found out yesterday" I told her.
The door opened and Mrs Livermore walked in, she immediately turned up her nose when she saw me.
"Hello Alando, I haven't seen you in a while" she said and touched his arm.
I pretended to not see what she did as Alando dragged his arm away
"Hello mom, I'm doing fine thank you" Kimone responded with an annoyed look on her face.
Kyle attemped to lighten the moment by saying "Good morning everybody I trust y'all had a good night's rest, as usual this is a quiet no violence zone, so please leave all your grievances at the door thank you" making Kimone and I burst out in laughter.
"Why cant we all just get along, I'm not Steve Harvey, I've had it with the family feuds" Kyle continued.
"You guys are feuding?" Kimone asked
"Its a long story, but let me use this opportunity to introduce myself, Hi, I'm the boyfriend and baby daddy Dr. Alando King" he said extending an arm to Kimone.
"What? She's pregnant?" Mrs Livermore asked in horror.
"Yes I'm pregnant Mrs Livermore and just in case you missed it, he's the father" I told her with a smug look on my face.
"Well, look at you, giving it up quick and shit, I always knew you were an easy pussy" Mrs Livermore said in disgust.
"Oooh, so now you're big mad? I guess its because I stopped you from throwing your pussy at him from the very first time y'all met"
"Come on ladies, this has to stop" Kyle said and stood between us.
"Tell that to the cougar".. I said as I stared at her in anticipation of her next move.
I heard Kimone trying to stifle a giggle.
"Clearly I'm not welcomed here, I hope your beloved friends take care of you because I'm leaving" Mrs Livermore said and stormed through the door.
"Oh my God, it's that bad?" Kimone asked
"Pssshhh, they were worst, they almost fought one time" Alando chipped in
Kyle shook his head.
"You're kidding!" Kimone said with her mouth opened.
"You would've sworn they were two teenagers" Kyle added.
"Sounds like Alot has happened since I've been in here, anything else that I should know about?"
We all looked at each other and then at her, it was obvious that we were unsure what to say at this point.
Alando looked at his watch,
"Oh wow, I'm late for my rounds, see you guys in a bit, Nicole please come to my office when you're ready to go" he told me.
"Okay" I replied
He kissed me, said goodbye to my friends and then he left.
"Are you feeling better now Nicky?" Kyle asked, I knew it was a ploy to change the subject so I gladly played along.
"Yeah I'm feeling so much better, I think I'll even be able to go to work" I replied
"What's wrong with you?" Kim asked.
"I was admitted here last night, just for observation though, I vomited three times yesterday "I told her.
"Okay, thank goodness you're feeling better" she replied and we both smiled at each other.
"So how are you doing Kimmy, the therapy sessions going okay?"
"Its so hard" her voice was thick with sadness "somedays I feel like I just wanna give up"
"Oh honey, I'm sorry to hear that, I know its hard but you got this boo, you'll be okay" I encouraged her.
"Yeah love, You'll be fine, Nicole and I will take care of you" Kyle added and we both hugged her.
The nurse came and took Kimone to therapy, Kyle left for work and I went in search of Alando. His office was empty but I decided to sit and wait for him there. His office was neat and clean, he had pictures on his wall of his parents, his brother and when he graduated. I went and sat around the desk and I looked and saw another picture in a frame I took it up and saw that it was a picture of me.
I stared at the picture in disbelief, when did he take this pic of me. I was peacefully asleep in his arms, I recognized the sheet, this pic was taken at my first apartment. Clearly this man was in love with me but the feeling was far from being mutual and it made me feel so guilty that I began feeling sick to my stomach. I took deep breaths and tried to remain as calm as I could. I knew if I vomited again he wouldn't allow me to leave and I needed to go home and get to work.
"There you are" I heard him say and I smiled.
"Where else would i be?"
"You ready to go home?" He asked
"Yes sir" I replied and we left.
We arrived at his house in quick time as there was little to no traffic on the road.
"Welcome home hun" he said as he opened his bedroom door, I walked in to see all my personal belongings placed perfectly in designated areas of his room. My pillows were now on his bed, there was a huge picture of me on the wall above the bed, I walked in the closet to see all my clothes folded neatly and my shoes and sneakers were there as well, my towels and lotions etc were now in his bathroom.
"What did I do to deserve you?" I asked as I hugged him.
He smiled and I could feel the guilt of not loving him slowly working it's way to the front of my mind but I forced it back down by kissing him.
"Thank you for doing all of this for me, I really appreciate it" I told him.
"No worries hun, I'm just happy that you are both here" he said and touched my belly while kissing me passionately.
"Come let's go get breakfast" he said and we went down stairs.
"Hello Miss Nicole, it's good to see you again" Mrs Ramirez said with a smile as we sat around the kitchen table
"Its good to see you too" I told her.
"Oh, Mr. Alando, there's someone in the living room waiting to see you" she said to him
"Really ... who could that be?" He asked.
"Hello Alando" The voice said from behind us and i literally saw him froze in his tracks causing the cup of coffee to fall from his hands and splattered on the floor.
I turned to see a beautiful caucasian woman with long blond hair staring back at us.
"When did you get out? He asked and it immediately dawned on me.
Fucking hell .....She was his wife!