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Chapter 28. Stubborn

Stormie’s POV

“Well, it’s been five minutes,” the tech lady said impatiently. “Do you want to get started?”

“Yeah, sorry. I just thought he would be here. It was my mistake,” I said. I laid down on the bed and pulled my shirt up. I didn’t want to do this on my own, but my mother had to work. Mason had plans with Claire before the appointment was made, and Dad had to work too.

Avery was supposed to meet me here if he wanted to come. He clearly didn’t want much to do with the baby if he couldn’t be with me. He hadn’t even tried to speak to me after I found him and Susie in bed.

The lady squirted the gel onto my beach ball size stomach. “Are you excited?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said.

“You must be scared. You’re only seventeen. How come your parents didn’t come?”

“They had to work. It’s okay. I’m not scared,” I lied.

“You’re very brave,” she said. “Twins, huh?” she asked, looking over the screen.

“Yeah,” I said.

“Well, Twin A looks like a–”

Someone knocked on the door.

The tech and I looked at the door, surprised.

A nurse popped her head in. “Um, the dad is here?”

“You can let him in,” I said quickly.

Avery squeezed past the nurse. “Thanks,” he said politely to her.

“No problem,” she said and closed the door.

“Sorry,” Avery apologized. “I got stuck at work.” He had on a white muscle shirt and blue jeans. His shirt and hands were still full of grease.

“It’s okay,” I told him.

“Okay,” the tech said. “You made it just in time, Dad,” she said to Avery. “Twin A is a boy, and twin B is a girl.”

“Wow,” I breathed.

“Holy shit,” Avery said.

I glanced at him and gave him a ‘really’ look.

He cleared his throat. “Sorry. You’re so tiny it is hard to believe two can fit in there.”

The tech laughed. “They’re still small, and they will be born small.”

“How small?” Avery asked.

“Well, it is always different. However, the average size of twins is five and a half pounds,” she said.

“Damn, that’s it?” Avery raised his eyebrows. “Will they be okay?”

“Avery,” I warned. I facepalmed.

“Sorry,” he muttered.

“They’ll be fine, I’m sure. You’re doing great so far,” the tech said to me.

“Thanks,” I said.

Avery stayed for the entire ultrasound. The tech lady printed off separate ultrasound photos for us.

We started down the hallway.

“How have you been feeling?” Avery asked.

“Huge,” I said.

He chuckled. “Apart from that.”

“Hungry.”

“Anything else?” he asked.

“They don’t let me sleep,” I muttered. I stopped when one of them kicked me hard in the ribs. “Oh,” I huffed.

Avery stopped and turned to face me. “What’s wrong?” he asked worriedly.

I smiled. “Give me your hand.”

“What?” he swallowed hard.

I rolled my eyes and grabbed his hand. I pulled him closer to me and put his hand on my stomach. “Just say something,” I told him.

“Um, like what?” he asked, confused.

One of the babies kicked me again.

“Holy shit,” Avery whispered.

The baby moved again.

Avery smiled, and his eyes flickered to mine. “Thanks.”

I smiled and nodded. “I got to get home. I’m starving,” I said.

“I can take you to get something,” he offered.

“No, that’s fine,” I said sharply. I stopped and gritted my teeth. I swore to myself that I would try to be kinder to him. We had to get along for the twins. Not only that, but it wasn’t like he cheated on me. We weren’t together and what he did wasn’t my business. “Another time. I have leftovers in the fridge at home that I’m pumped about. I’m glad you came.” I stood on my toes and pecked his cheek.

“See you later,” he murmured.

I walked around him and out of the hospital doors.

The wind blew my blonde hair around chaotically as I walked to my truck. It was harder now than ever to get into my truck.

“Do you need help?”

I slipped and gasped as I fell backward.

Hand shot out and caught me before I could hit the ground.

“Fuck. I’m sorry,” Avery said.

“I’m fine,” I panted.

“Maybe, you should like get a car,” Avery said worriedly.

“No, it’s fine,” I insisted. “I like my truck. I don’t want to get rid of it. It’s spacious, and it can haul things.”

“I can lend you money to get a cheap car for a little bit,” he offered.

“No, Avery,” I insisted.

“I don’t want you to get hurt,” he pressed.

I sighed. “I won’t. I’ll get a step put on the truck or something.”

“Storm,” he started. “You could have gotten hurt or the twins. Don’t be so damn stubborn.”

“Like your not,” I snorted.

“I’m just trying to do the right things,” he said.

“Right,” I said and rolled my eyes. “Well, I don’t want things from you. I have two perfectly good reminders of you in case you didn’t notice.”

He took a step away from me and knitted his eyebrows together. He shook his head. “Nothing is ever good enough for you, Stormie.” His gaze flickered to mine. “Sorry that I offered.” He turned and headed for his truck.

“Avery, wait,” I called. I heard his door slam closed. I raised a hand and let it fall back to my side. I climbed into the truck and slammed the door shut.

***

“Oh, come on,” Susie purred. “It could be fun.” She pushed herself into Avery.

Avery shoved her back slightly. “Leave me alone.”

Susie sighed and turned away. She stopped at the sight of me. She hadn’t realized I was within hearing distance.

Avery’s lips parted. Pain flashed in his eyes when he saw the pain in mine. I didn’t care that he regretted what he did. I wished he didn’t do it at all, and I hate that he used blacking out as an excuse.

“Wow, getting a little fat, Stormie,” Susie said and smirked.

I threw my books on the floor and closed the distance between Susie and me. I raised my fist and swung forward with all my weight. My fist collided with her nose.

She fell to the ground and screamed in pain.

“You’re just pissed off that you weren’t the one that he knocked up, you stupid whore!” I shrieked. I started to hover over her, but Avery grabbed me around the waist and pushed me back. “Don’t fucking protect her!” I screamed. I pounded my fists into his chests.

“I’m not protecting her!” Avery sneered. “I hope you broke her fucking nose.” His eyes locked with my stomach than with my eyes. “It’s not her I’m worried about,” he murmured. “Or you because I know you could kick her ass.”

My fingers clutched his shirt, and I buried my face in his chest.

“What is going on?!” Principal Wells came through the crowd we had gathered. He stopped when he saw Susie on the floor.

Blood gushed from Susie’s nose. “That bitch broke my nose!”

Principal Wells stared at Avery and me. “You two,” he said. “Come with me. Someone help Susie to the nurse’s office.”

Avery looked back at Susie then to me and sighed. Avery took my hand in his and pulled me through the crowd of kids. Most of the crowd was laughing at Susie. The other half was whispering.

We sat down in front of Wells’ desk.

“What is going on?” he asked.

“I–” I started.

“I tripped Susie, and she hit her face on the floor,” Avery said.

“What?” I breathed. I looked over at him in disbelief.

“Uh-huh.” Wells raised his eyebrows. He clearly didn’t believe Avery. “Why?”

“She has been harassing Stormie,” he lied smoothly.

Damn, even I’m starting to believe him.

“But–” I started, but Avery cut me off.

“Because Susie has the hots for me and knows that Stormie is pregnant with my babies. Any questions?” Avery clapped his hands together and smiled like a lunatic.

“I punched her in the nose!” I screamed and stood up.

“No, she didn’t,” Avery insisted.

“Alright, that’s it. You’re both suspended for three days,” Wells declared.

“Wait,” I huffed.

“What?” Avery asked. “How the fuck does that work? I’m the one who did it. Look at her,” Avery gestured to me. “She’s so sweet and innocent. How could you even think she would hurt someone?”

I crossed my arms and smirked at the principal.

“Neither of you want to be honest? You’re both out,” he said.

“I’m being honest,” I said. I jabbed a finger at my chest and stared at him in disbelief.

“I doubt that you could hurt someone that badly in your condition,” Wells said.

Avery snickered.

Wells narrowed his eyes at Avery.

Avery cleared his throat and fixed his features with a lot of effort.

I threw both arms in the air and let them fall back to my sides, and scoffed.

“Go, now before I make it five days,” he said.

I stormed past Avery and threw the office door open. The door hit the wall with a loud bang.

Avery chuckled as he followed after me.

When we made it to the parking lot, I stopped to face him.

“You should have kept your mouth shut,” he said. “I was trying to keep you from getting in trouble.”

“Me?” I asked in disbelief. “Avery! If her parents press charges, you could go to jail.”

“I don’t fucking care!” he shouted. “Jail isn’t shit compared to what that bitch put me through!”

“What are you talking about?” I raised my eyebrows.

“I’m talking about the fact that the bitch is a stalker. I’m talking about the fact that I lost you because of her! I didn’t sleep with her!” he roared.

“What?” I raised my eyebrows.

“There is no way I could have slept with her. I was so fucked up that I probably couldn’t have gotten hard even for you. There is no possible way I could have betrayed you like that, Stormie. I love you too damn much!”

“I only trust what I saw,” I told him.

“Fine,” he said. “I don’t blame you, but I’m not an idiot. I know it in the deepest part of my soul that I didn’t sleep with her, at least, not the second time.”

I so badly wanted to believe him, and he so damn near had me talked into it, but I shook my head. I refused to listen to him. I turned and walked to my truck.

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