Rowana had dinner ready when Zaiden and Hope returned from the park. Zaiden saw the take out boxes in the garbage and knew something was up.
“Set down, you two. I have some news to share with you two.”
Zaiden and Hope both grabbed plates to keep the peace and sat down.
“I have wonderful news to share with both of you. I’m pregnant!”
Neither Hope nor Zaiden seemed happy with the news.”
“Didn’t you hear me? We are having a baby.”
“We heard you.”
“May I be excused please? I’m not very hungry.” Hope took her plate to the sink then went to her room.
Rowana looked at Zaiden. “You are going to be a daddy.”
“I heard.” Zaiden wasn’t sure what to think. He had gone to the doctor and got that stuff injected so this wouldn’t happen. Either the shot didn’t work, or Rowana was lying about being pregnant.
“You don’t seem happy about it.”
“I’m not.” Rowana looked like she was either going to cry, yell, or both. “Why aren’t you happy? We are having a baby. You should be happy. This is what we wanted.”
Zaiden shook his head. “This is what you wanted, not me. I told you that I was not ready.”
“But we talked about it. I thought you had changed your mind.”
Zaiden shook his head. “How do you expect me to be happy about this baby when just yesterday you threw my sister out because she is pregnant?”
“This is different. This is our baby.”
He shook his head. “You are so wrapped up in yourself and what you want that nothing else maters. You cannot see how wrong this entire situation is.”