I maintain my declaration, Victoria said.
Pride shone in his eyes. Well, of course you did, he said. Am I supposed to be surprised?You don’t have to be surprised, but you do have to be happy for me.
Done. He gave me a bear hug.I need to go email Dad, I said, rushing to my room.I had just hit Send on my email when the doorbell rang. Cooper is going to take me out to celebrate! I yelled as I ran to answer the door. Cooper was there, fresh out of the shower. His hair was wet, his eyes bright with a smile. I threw my arms around his neck in a hug. He lifted me off my feet.
Thanks. And thank you for doing the list with me. It had given me insight into myself that I hadn’t expected.He set me down and I started to go inside when he grabbed me by the wrist. I whirled back around to face him.
I’m sorry for our stupid fight the other day.
Can we both agree not to analyze each other’s brains again?No, I say to him. But I’m also not going to tell you that this doesn’t change things. I’m pregnant. And if you’re going to be with me, that means you’ll be going through this with me. My body will be going through a lot. I’ll have mood swings. When it gets time to have the baby, I’ll be scared and confused and in pain. And then, once the baby is born, there will be a child in my life, at all times. If you want to be with me, you’ll be with my child.
He listens, but he doesn’t speak.I know you didn’t ask for any of this, I say.
Yeah, you can say that again, he snaps. He looks at me with remorse.But I wanted you to know so you could make a decision about your future.