As Marianne shut the door behind her, Greg exited the bathroom drying his light brown short length hair with a small towel while another body towel wrapped him from the waist down. Having a terrible loveless relationship did not make Marianne blind, because she could obviously see the fully shaped man right in front of her. "Six foot three of hunk but no brains", she thought to herself.
"I thought you were cleaning the living room?" He asks her.
Marianne snapped out of the fantasy and replied immediately,"I wanted us to talk before you left."
"But I told you that I needed to leave urgently, can't this wait?" He asked dressing up real quick.
"This really can't wait, I-" Marianne was cut off again.
"You look tired and sick, have you been to a hospital?" He asks with sudden concern.
Marianne's tongue heavy tried to respond but words could not leave her mouth, every minute passing was torture. She wishes he could just read her mind or predict like he did the first pregnancy when Marianne was carrying Rose, he'd paid more attention back then when everything was still fresh and sweet between them. He'd go out and buy the test himself and tell her to be calm, waited patiently as she did the testing in the bathroom. Worried about his reaction, she held the pregnancy test tight in her hands like she was about to break it. He held her shaking hands and rested her head on his chest and told her, "we'll figure it out." At the time they'd been living in a humble two roomed house, Bedroom/living room/kitchen and a tiny bathroom right where the stove was installed so you can imagine the tight space.
Marianne let go of the test and looked up to him waiting to see his reaction, her eyes watered and she couldn't feel her knees. Greg got down on both knees, pressed his head against her still flat belly and whispered with tears filled in his eyes,"hello there".
Marianne was at a loss of words but at least she could breathe knowing he was happy to know they were about to become parents and just the feeling of knowing a little person was growing inside of her was enough to make grown woman cry.
She wished it was gonna be the same now but with the way things were between the two of them, she was positive he doesn't want any more ties to her. But she still had to speak up, to let him know that sexual relations always have consequences, in their case it was a pregnancy.
"Marianne?" Greg called out to her seeing that she had drifted in thought.
"No not yet, I took a home pregnancy test first." Marianne stood still waiting for his reaction with her nerves all over the place.
"What did you just say? A home what?" He paused for a second waiting for her to repeat her sentence. "Wait you don't have to" He raised his hand as a time out gesture.
"Marianne, how could you let this happen?!" Greg raised his voice at her as if she were a teenager who didn't know what she was doing..."Weren't you on the pill?"
Confused as she was, Marianne couldn't find the words to respond to Greg's ridiculous questions. What did he expect from unprotected sexual relations? A dog in a gift box?
"Aren't you gonna say something to defend yourself?" Greg insisted she answers with a face so angry he'd be capable of harming her.
Considering the safety of her daughter and her unborn child, Marianne calmly replied, "I don't know what happened, I'm so sorry."
"You better be, we're not having this child, one is enough trouble." He commanded
Marianne's heart sank as those words played through her mind, feeling all sorts of emotions in this moment she couldn't object. All she could do was stare....
"Hello, did you hear what I just said? We're not keeping it." Greg insists some more as he paces from corner to corner in the bedroom.
"What if I die?" She asked quietly.
He turns to her," did you die last time?"
Marianne was reminded of what could've been Rose's sibling had he not forced abortion pills down her throat, the horror of seeing a life fade away against her wish still haunts her till date. But will she allow him this time, will he keep forcing her terminate till she finally dies?
Marianne had to think fast, there was more to lose this time. If she dies who will care for her little Rose? What will they tell her when she's older? How will she take it? Will her spirit rest? There were no positive answers to any of these questions, it was time for her take a stand no matter what he says. For Rose.
"I'm not getting rid of my baby." She says with a little shake in her voice.
"Can you even hear yourself? You want to keep this baby? Have you any-" He paused as though he had an epiphany. He paced a bit more around the room making Marianne dizzy for some seconds, then came to her , rested a hand on her shoulder and said,"you're right my love, why put your life at risk like that. This is a blessing sent to us and we must embrace it with all our love and care, sorry for way I came out at first you took me by surprise."
"No I should've found a better way to tell you,it's my fault." Marianne tries to take the blame as usual.
Greg sits her down and pulls up a stool right in front of her to sit and face her directly in the eyes,"this is a wonderful surprise and we shall treat it as such, lemme go to my meetings, text me what you'd like me to bring for you when on my way back. Do you have cravings yet?" He asks.
"Greg this mood change is drastic even for you, are you sure you're happy about this pregnancy?" suspicious Marianne had to ask, it was weird.
"Oh come on, a baby changes everything. I'm super excited" He leaps from the stool with a huge smile on his smile and finishes up getting ready. "I'll be back earlier today okay, I don't wanna leave you all alone all day." He pinches her nose and gives her a peck on her sweet light pink lips.
"Oh I won't be alone, I have Rose and now another one on the way but I'd definitely need your company as well." She responds with such joy and relief.
"Mommy!" Rose calls out to her from the living room.
"I better see what she wants", Marianne quickly walks to the door and opens it.
Greg gives her another smile and says,"sure i'll be right down to say bye to Rose.