"Shh she's asleep" she shouted in a whisper before she handed the baby to Tony, "put her on the bed."
"Okay." He let and she sat on the couch where Tony once did.
"I know this is a lot to take in but-"
"No Emma this isn't just a lot to take in this is overwhelming." I challenged and she slapped her palm to her face.
"Jenna I knew you wouldn't understand you've changed God.." She said and my anger flared again.
"Yeah Emma you know what I have changed, but you wouldn't know that because where have you been!? No were to be found, for the past three years I thought you were dead in a ditch somewhere Emma!!!"
"Stop shouting Jenna!!"
She looked at me wide eyed, a look of utter shock crossed her face but it was gone instantly and her eyes narrowed, "You don't know anything."
"Because you never let try." I shot back and this time she sat back and left my gaze, her eyes watered but she blinked the tears back. Zack gripped my arm and I let him sit me down, Tony rushed into the room with a bat and we all looked at him.
"Uh I guess I'm a little late huh?"
We all nodded and he sighed sitting back next to Emma, he saw the look on her face and was about to say something but she beat him to it, "Jenna you need to understand you don't know the whole story a...."
"Then tell me the story Emma, when did that..." She cut me off.
"Her name is Emery."
"Fine when did Emery come into play." I asked and they both looked at each other, I could feel Zack grip and my waist tighten.
"Alright Jenna, I guess I should have known this would happen" she took a deep breath and looked me right in the eyes, "I did leave because of Emery, but it's not her fault I was forced to leave."
She looked at me silently before saying, "Mum. She found out I was pregnant, no one was home that day and I felt terrible. I had been feeling like crap a lot, getting sick, and that's where all of our Ben & Jerry's went."
"No wonder I blamed Cory for my missing cookie dough chunk."
She smirked, "Anyway I didn't think it could be possible but I had to make sure, so I took one and bam, Baby. I was in shock and I didn't hear the door shut, mum came to the bathroom not thinking anyone was home and she walked in and saw me on the floor the test still in my hand. She took it and saw the plus sign and went off."
"When did this happen?"
"Two weeks after Halloween."
"A week before you left?" She nodded and I looked at Zack who was speechless.
"She was furious she got mad more than she ever had, saying I had thrown my life away for some...some street rat!!" She turned to Tony, "You know those aren't my words."
He nodded, "Yeah I know."
"But she got dad home and they talked to me about it, or I should say mum screamed while I tried to calm her down. They said I had to have an abortion, I said no but that wasn't an option. Before we could continue Cory came home and they banished me to our room. Things were heated between us but mum told me not to tell you or Cory or it'd be worse, I was going to tell you I was but the night I left you had fallen asleep they came home and told me to come talk to them.
"They said I had a choice, no indication or anything just 'You have a decision' they said it so heartless and emotionless. I asked what they were talking about and that's when mum threw the pamphlet on the coffee table, it was to boarding school Jenna. Millard Hall I looked it up it's a horrid school I'd rather commit suicide then go there. But mum said I either have an abortion or have the baby and get sent there, they said they would raise Emery but no I couldn't ever let them ruin my baby the way they raised us."
"We didn't turn out that bad Emms."
"She always criticized us!!" She growled.
"Emma." Tony begged but she got off the couch and went over to the island and leaned over it taking deep breathes.
"I couldn't believe they would make me do that, I looked at dad as if he would help me but he just sat there like the coward he is. She said I had until the morning to give them my answer and left the room, just left as if she were so disgusted. I knew she was. That's when I rushed back to the room and called Tony, that's when I started packing. So now you know are you happy." Her voice was sad as if I had just brought back the problem she had run away from.
"But how could you have gotten pregnant you were only dating for two months and...."
I looked at her, "What?"
"We were dating for six months and I got pregnant."
“But..but you guys only dated for two months." I stammered.
Tony looked at Emma but she said nothing so he spoke, “We met that June of you guys freshman year, we met at that last school dance of the year."
I thought back to what he meant, it was the last Friday we would have of that year and me and Emma were glad to be done with that school year. The dance was fun I was with Zack most of the time because I couldn't find Emma, now I know where she was.
Glancing at her I saw the smile, “So that's where you went?"
“Yeah, we danced the whole night it was magical. We started getting to know each other and hung out more and we started dating."
All this was to much my mind was trying to process it all but all I wanted to know was one thing, “When did you do it?"
They both looked at me with widened eyes, “What!?"
“When did..." I paused and felt Zack's stare on my neck, “You two have sex?"
Emma gasped but Tony snickered, she got him and looked back at me, “Jenna I don't think..."
“Wow Emma you must be so proud you had sex at fifteen."
Her eyes that had softened narrowed once again, “Of course I'm not proud Jenna!! I never finished school, look at you this is your last year of school, you're going to college. I never finished school, I won't go to college, I never get to go out with Breanna or Penelope because I have a responsibility to my baby. I do think about what my life would have been like, sometimes I regret ever leaving...."
“Then why did you!?!?"
“Because I had to!!!!"
I growled, “You had to leave behind your family, you had to leave us thinking you were dead, you left us thinking you were never coming back. You know Cory blames himself everyday, he thought he was one of the reasons you left."
“Well I tried to get him to believe the same thing, but even when he seems as if he believes me I can still tell he thinks it's his fault." I shot back and her eyes glazed over.
"I didn't mean to hurt you guys I just thought I was doing the right thing."
"You were being selfish, we could have talked about this."
"You wouldn't understand." She said.
My heart raced but I stayed calm, "We could have talked about this, we could have worked this out. If anything we could have gone to live with aunt Helen."
“Jenna they knew I would try that and said they'd call social services and tell them how unfit parents we were." She screamed back.
“Well running away just solved everything didn't it?"
The tears in my eyes were on the brink of falling and I could tell hers were you, “I'm done having this conversation, Tony I'm going to bed."
She walked to the hall and into a room shutting the door behind her, I wiped my eyes and looked at Tony, “We should get going anyway, Zack is late let's go get the car."
“Wait Jenna please don't leave." Tony begged but I shook my head.
“No Tony she doesn't want me here."
“Please Jenna she really does want you here she just had one he'll of a way of showing it. It's all just overwhelming to her, setting you again and having to deal with the whole situation. Please just stay and we'll sort through this in the morning." His brown eyes searched mine and I sighed.
“Find Tony we'll stay."
He smiled and disappeared from the room, Zack looked at me and smiled softly. Tony came back into the room with blankets and two pillows having them to Zack, “Here you guys go if you need anything our room is the first one on the right."
I nodded and he disappeared into the room, my eyes found Zack's one again and he grabbed my arms but I looked away, “Jenna look at me."
"No." I whispered the tears right at the edge of my lashes.
"Jenna look at me." He shakes my arms and I open my eyes and glare at him.
"Okay!" My voice cracked and throat hurt, he looked at my face and the tears spilled over my cheeks and I cried. He pulled me into his arms and let me cry into his chest, "Zack I...."
"You found her, after all these years Jenna you found her. You found Emma." He whispered in my ear as my body shook, my small form against his big one I gripped his body to mine as if holding on for dear life.
"But I don't think she wanted to be found."
I knew he wanted to question my answer but instead he laid me on the couch wrapping the blanket around my small form and turned off the light. Even through the dark I could see his eyes watching over me waiting for me to fall asleep, but I couldn't sleep all I could think about is Emma.
Did she want me here?