13. *Chapter 11*

        They stopped when they saw me. Jenna hopped off the bed and put her shirt on, Jake got up and stumbled around. He was drunk.

    “Let me explain.” said Jenna.

    “There's nothing to explain. You wanted him and now you've got him.” I said turning and walking out.

    “Wait, El.” said Jenna coming after me and grabbing my shoulder.

    “You're dead to me.” I said stopping and shaking her hand off my shoulder.

    “You don't mean that.” she said.

    “Yes, I do. Stay away from me.” I said walking out to find Sean.

    He was by his car, “Did you find her?”

    “Yeah.” I said getting in the car.

    He got in too, “What happened?”

    “I hate her and never wanna see her again.” I said as he pulled out.

    “Don't say that. You guys have been friends since kindergarten.” he said.

    “Yeah, well this is unforgivable.” I said.

    “What happened?” he asked.

    “Her and Jake.” I said.

    “I'm gonna kick his ass on Monday.” said Sean.

    “No, you're gonna leave him alone.” I said.

    “Why are you still defending him?” he asked.

    “I'm not. I just want to forget about him.” I said as we drove away.


    “I didn't know.” said Paige as I finished the story.

    “Nobody did.”

    “Still you guys were so close and you let a guy come between you.”

    “It wasn't just because of Jake.” I said.

    “What else happened?” she asked me.

    “She never approved of me giving up Abby.” I said.

    “Can't you guys just get over it?”

    “When she apologizes.” I said getting up.

    We threw our trash away and walked out to the car.


    We got back to the high school just in time for sixth period.

    “I'll see you after school.” I said heading up to my sixth period class.

    I walked up and sat down in the back row.


                        7 Months Pregnant

    “Hey, Ellie. How's the baby?” Zoey asked me as I was getting stuff out of my locker.

    “Really good. How are you doing about graduation?” I asked. The seniors were graduating the next day.

    “I'm a little nervous.” she said.

    “Don't worry. You're going to the best school in the state.” I said closing my locker.

    “I know. I'm just going to miss this place and you.”

    “We'll still keep in touch.” I said walking with her.

    “It won't be the same though.” she said as we headed to the stairs.

    “Don't worry, I'll call you every day.” I said grabbing the railing.

    “Do you need some help?” she asked me reaching out her arms.

    “I'm not due for two months I think I can handle some stairs.” I said, but took her hand anyway.

    “I'll see you later.” she said walking down the hall.

    “Bye.” I said walking in the other direction.

    As I walked to the Algebra room I saw Jenna. I pretended like I hadn't seen her and kept walking. We hadn't talked at all this month, I haven't talked to Jake either he tried though. I got to the Algebra room and sat down. As the teacher began teaching I began having shooting pains in my stomach. I clutched my stomach. Was the baby coming?

    No, it couldn't be. I still had two more months.

    “Are you ok?” asked Lucy who was sitting next me.

    I shook my head. I was in to much pain to talk.

    “Is it the baby?” she asked.

    I nodded. I looked down to see that my water had broke.

    Lucy saw too, “Ellie is having her baby!”

    Everybody was surrounding me. I was finding it hard to breathe.

    “I'll get her brother.” said Lucy running out.

    Five minutes later my brother was there and pulling me out of the room. I saw Jake coming towards us.

    “You stay away from us.” said Sean.

    “I'm going with you. It's my baby too.” he said.

    “Just let him come!” I yelled cause of the pain I was in. I really did not want to talk. I was more worried about my baby and myself at that time.

    We left the building and headed to the hospital. When we got there Sean stopped at the front desk to let them know. They admitted me to a room.

    My mom came running into the room about an hour later.

    “I would have been here sooner, but I got held up at work. How are you doing?” she said coming over to hug me.

    “It hurts so bad.” I said tears rolling down my face.

    “I know, honey.” she said.

    “I'm only seven months that's to early.” I said crying.

    “I know. Your brother is going to get you ice.” she said.

    “That's not going to help.” I said leaning back.

    “It'll be ok. You know Jake is here.” she said.

    “I know. He came with us from the school.” I said.

    “Do you want me to tell him to leave?” she asked.

    “No, it's fine. I want him to be here too.” I said.

    “Are you sure?” she asked.

    “It's his daughter too.” I said as Sean came in with Paige.

    “I found her in the waiting room.” he said.

    “How are you doing?” she asked me.

    “I'm fine. What are you doing here?” I asked her.

    “Making sure you're ok.” she said.

    “No, it hurts really bad.” I said.

    “Do you want me to leave?” she asked.

    “No, I need a friend.” I said.

    “I didn't think we were friends.” she said.

    “Why?” I asked.

    “You don't really talk to me that much.” she said sitting down next to the bed.

    “That's the good thing about friends, it doesn't matter how long you don't talk and yet you are still friends.” I said.

    “I've never had a real friend.” she said.

    “You do now. I'd let you be in here when she's born, but only three people can be in here.” I said.

    “Don't worry. I'll be in the waiting room.” she said leaving.


    I was snapped out of my daydream by the bell. It was time for 7th period.

    I headed to physics and sat down next to Lucy the girl I sat next to the day I went into labor.

    “Hey, how was your summer?” she asked.

    “Fine.” I said.

    “You seem kind of off.” she said.

    “I'm fine.” I said.

    I started drifting back off as the teacher began talking.


    “Come one just a couple big pushes.” said the doctor as I screamed.

    “I can't push anymore!” I screamed.

    “You got to keep pushing, honey.” said my mom.

    “You can do it, El.” said Sean.

    Jake just stood there looking sick.

    “One more and you've got it.” said the doctor.

    I gave one more big push and scream. I looked up and saw the little baby girl screaming.

    “She's looks very healthy.” said the doctor.

    They walked off with her.

    “Where are they taking her?” I asked.

    “They're going to clean her.” said my mom.

    The doctor came over and handed me the baby girl. She was the most beautiful baby in the entire world.

    “Abby.” I said.

    “What?” asked Sean.

    “Her name is Abby.” I said.

    “That's a great name.” said Sean.

    “She looks like you.” said Jake.

    “She does.” agreed my mom.

    “Can you tell Sam and Bob?” I asked my mom.

    “Sure. Sean come with me.” she said pulling him out to the hallway.

    “I have never seen a more beautiful baby.” I said.

    “You still wanna give her up.” he said.

    “It's the right thing to do.” I said.

    He sighed, “Can I at least hold her?”

    I handed him the baby girl. He stared at her for a couple minutes then handed her back to me and began to leave.

    “Where are you going?” I asked.

    “I'm not gonna watch you give our daughter to them.” he said and left.

     I knew trying to stop him wouldn't do any good, so I let him go. Maybe one day, he'll understand. I looked down and smiled at the little baby in my arms. I knew I would cherish this moment forever.

    “She's beautiful.” said Sam.

    I looked up and saw her and Bob standing over me.

    “Meet your parents, Abby.” I said handing her to them.

    “What a beautiful name.” said Bob.

    “Yes.” agreed Sam smiling down at her.

    “Thank you, Ellie.” said Bob.

    “For what?” I asked.

    “For giving us a beautiful daughter.” he said taking her from Sam.

    I smiled at both of them. I was happy that she was going to have amazing parents who will love her no matter what.


    The final bell of the day rang and I gathered up my things to go home. I met Paige out by my car.

    “Do you wanna hang out tonight?” she asked me.

    “No, I think maybe I'm just gonna stay home tonight.” I said as we pulled out.

    “Alright.” she said.

    I dropped Paige off at home and headed to my house which was just down the street.

    “I'm home!” I yelled to my mom.

    “How was your first day?” asked my mom as I walked into the kitchen.

    “Fine. Have you heard from Sean?” I asked. He was now a sophomore in college.

    “Yes. He's getting settled in.” she said.

    “Anything good in the mail?” I asked.

    “A letter came for you.” she said.

    “Really? What is it for?” I asked.

    “I'm not sure.” she said.

    I picked up the letter off the table and went up to my room. I opened it and saw it was from Sam. I hadn't seen or heard from them since they moved to Florida two years ago. I opened it and found a letter and a picture of a little girl with brown hair running around.

    Dear Ellie,

    It's been so long since we've seen you, so we thought we'd write this letter to you. We can never thank you enough for everything you've done for us. Abby is a perfectly healthy little girl and is about to turn three. Bob can now work at home, so he can spend time with her. Good luck with your senior year.

    Love, Sam, Bob, and Abby.


            I read the letter about 3 or 4 times with a smile on my face. I looked at the picture with Abby. She looked really happy, and that's all I've ever wanted. I put the picture on the dresser, so I could frame it. I hope I'll get to see Abby again someday, maybe when she's a little older. Old enough to understand that what I did was for her. She's going to grow up to be a great woman someday, I just know it.

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