Determined: Book two of the Tucker Trilogy

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Chapter Twenty


“Are you okay?” Aria brought over the tests and sat them on the counter in front of her.

Zora snorted as she looked down at the tests. Aria’s was marked with a red dot, while hers didn’t have a mark, which was the one with a plus sign. “I guess I won’t be needing this.” She pulled the morning-after pill from her pocket and threw it on the counter beside the tests.

Aria hugged her from behind, resting her head on her back. “It’ll be okay.”

She didn’t know how to feel, so she turned the attention to Aria. “How do you feel about not being pregnant?”

“I’m fine. Plus, with all this shit going on with my mother, it’s probably for the best. I’ll probably miscarry....”

Zora shut her eyes.

“I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean it.”

“No. No. It’s fine. You’re right, Aria. The things going on with your mother is very stressful and we both know that’s not good for a baby.”

“Yeah. I’m sorry anyway. You know I would never say anything to hurt you.”

“Stop it.” Zora turned in her arms. “Are you really okay not being pregnant?”

“Positive. It gives Graham and I more time to practice.” She smirked.

“Little freak.” Zora playfully rolled her eyes, and they laughed. Zora needed to laugh if she was going to make it through the rest of the day.

“I hope you’re decent because I’m coming in.” They heard Thomas come into the bedroom.

“Get rid of this.” Aria passed her the morning after box. Zora crumbled up the box and tossed it in the trash.

Aria came out first, and Thomas stood with his arms folded, waiting for an answer. “Well?” Entitled bastard.

“I’m not pregnant.”

“See, all that riffraff for nothing.”

“But, I am.” Zora stepped into the room.

“What?” Thomas’s mouth dropped open. It was rare to see him surprised, so it was worth putting herself out there.

“Things happen.” She shrugged.

He recovered quickly. “When are you going to tell David?”

“Who says I’m going to tell him?”

“This is not a joking matter.” He frowned.

“I think its kind of funny.”

“Hilarious.” Aria added.

“You’re going to have it and we’re going to love it and raise it to be a Tucker.”

Zora cut her eyes at Thomas. “Who said my baby would be a Tucker?”

“I don’t care about the his last name, which will be Tucker, but he will have Tucker blood no matter the last name.” With that, he walked off.

She followed behind as he moved out of the room, like his words were ending the conversation. “He? No. It’ll be a girl.”

He stopped dead in his tracks to look back at her. “How dare you? There hasn’t been a girl Tucker since my mother. My brother and I have boys that turned into fine men.”

“Well now, you can have a granddaughter to turn into a fine woman.”

Thomas looked like he would pass out, but not like the man standing at the bottom of the stairs.

“Who’s having a baby?” David asked.

“Well, it time for us to go.” Aria passed by Zora, grabbing Thomas pulling him down the stairs to give the couple privacy.

David crept up the stairs. He stopped at the landing, and it was becoming harder for her to breathe.

“I didn’t plan this.” She rushed to say.

“You’re pregnant?”


“I want this, Zora.” He didn’t even question it. He moved to stand in front of her, and his hands went to her stomach. “I can’t wait to live my life with you and our baby.”

“David, what did I tell you about planning out the future? Just live. Hasn’t life experiences taught you that. You never know how things are going to turn out.”

She tried to turn away, but he caught her chin. “Look at me. Did something happen to you?”

“I lost a baby. Isaac's baby. I found out he was cheating and I was so upset and stressed, it caused me to have a miscarriage. He didn’t know, and that’s how I wanted it. It was for the best, anyway.”

“I won’t do anything to cause any harm to you or our baby. I want you, the baby, the family I always wanted. I want that with you and only you.”

Zora wrapped her arms around him and held him tight. “I’m scared.”

“I got you and our baby.” He pulled back. “Let’s get out of here.”

“Where are we going?”

“Home. You ready to get out of here?” She nodded. Home sounded good. She guessed Thomas had enough of them with today’s events.

They walked into the room, straightening up before they grabbed their things and headed downstairs.

“You guys be safe and if anything funny happens call and get back over here.” Thomas turned to Zora. “This is not me being overly protective. Don’t play around with your life or the one inside of you.”

She touched her flat stomach and nodded. “You do the same, Thomas. You’re not invincible. I’ll see you in the morning at T-Time, okay?” She hugged Aria.

“Where else would I be?”

“We’ll see you in the morning. Goodnight.”

“Goodnight.” Thomas and Aria stood out on the porch watching the couple pull off.

“Well, it’s just me and you for a moment out here.” Aria clasped their hands together, leaning on his shoulder.

“God, where’s Graham?” He teased.

She shoved him away and turned to go in the house when a horn blew and got their attention. Graham pulled into the driveway, and Aria did a happy dance. “I’m out of your hair.”

“Between you and Zora, I don’t see how I’m still standing.”

Aria smirked as she continued to gyrate around the porch until Graham came and claimed her.

“Take her and don’t bring her back.”

Graham laughed, kissing his wife’s head. “She not that bad and you’ll be looking for her to come back over here tomorrow.”

It was true, but the game they played was fun. “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

“You ready?” Graham asked her.

“I just have to get my purse from upstairs.”

“Okay, I’ll be here waiting.”

Aria dashed inside, almost bumping into Terry.

“Sorry.” She jugged towards the stairs. “When did you guys get back?” He and Anna had some “business” to handle earlier.

“We’ve been back. Where are you rushing to?”

“Graham’s here to pick me up. We’re going home.” Aria rushed up the stairs and disappeared into the room. She grabbed her purse, but then she remembered early. She went into the bathroom and took the bag out of the trashcan and tied it.

As she moved downstairs, thinking Terry would still be there, but he wasn’t. She looked out the door to see if she could see him outside, but there was only Graham and Thomas.

She sighed as she leaned into the kitchen to throw the bag away and moved towards the front door.

Anna sat out back by the fire pit with her head thrown back. She closed her eyes as she blew smoke into the air. Thoughts racing, knees shaking, she sucked in a breath to calm her beating heart.

“Anna.” Her eyes snapped opened to see Terry coming to stand in front of her.

“This is all my fault.”

“Cut it out with this damn pity party, Anna.”

She took another pull of her cigarette. “You don’t get it.”

“You’re right, I don’t. Our daughter is about to leave. Are you going to come say goodbye to her?”

“She doesn’t want to see me.”

He shook his head with a disgusted look on his face. “I’m going to go say goodbye and tell her that I love her. Didn’t you have times when you wished you could tell her that? I know I did. This is your chance.”

She didn’t budge.

Terry threw his hands in the air and moved back into the house. He found Aria and Graham outside on the porch and Thomas in the doorway. He’d caught them just in time. Anna might not care to get to know their daughter beyond what was told to them, but not him.

“Hey, Aria. We’re going to be camped out here for a while. I would love if you could stop by sometime and maybe we could talk. I could even show you how to handle a firearm.” It was his favorite past-time.

“That’s not a bad idea, baby. You could come over after work.”

Aria smiled at her husband for being supportive. She turned to her father. “I would love that.”

“Wow. You’re never that sweet to me anymore.” Thomas butted in.

She cut her eyes at him. “That was before you became a pain.” She sassed.

Terry knew Thomas was joking with her, but he had a feeling Thomas was feeling like he was losing her in a way since he stepped into the picture. He would have a talk with him about that much later, when their life wasn’t on the line.

“Aria.” Anna stepped into the foyer to join them. “Have a good night.”

He could tell that Aria was waiting to see if there was more, but nothing, and by her face he could tell it left her disappointed.

“Goodnight, Anna.”

“Don’t forget tomorrow.” He called out, hoping to lift her spirits, to know that just because one parent wasn’t ready for a relationship with her didn’t mean the other wasn’t. He was in love with his daughter since the day he knew of her and nothing could change that. So when she turned and smiled and that she would see him tomorrow, he fell in love that much more.

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