7:28 The Christmas Song

Dr. Roche looked over the lab results when they arrived in his in box. He called the lab to make sure they were accurate. They weren’t what he had been expecting, or hoping for.

He looked over the results again and knew that he was hoping they were be different this time. He knew they wouldn’t be.

He leaned back in his chair and sighed as he thought about what he needed to do. The only thing stopping him from picking up the phone was the fact that it was Christmas. Could he give this news on Christmas? Could he wait a day or two when he knew how important it was to get this taken care of as soon as possible?

He knew that the two test results that concerned him the most determined the quickness of his call. He knew this would not be able to wait.

He picked up the phone to make the call. “Miss Powell? I’m sorry to bother you on Christmas. Your lab results just came back. I’d like for you to come to the office tomorrow please.”

Kyndall looked at the phone as she hung it up. She almost wished that Dr. Roche would have called her mother instead.

She slipped her phone into her pocket then noticed that her grandmother was watching her. “Is everything okay, honey?”

Kyndall didn’t want to lie to them, but she didn’t want to ruin their holiday either. She still needed to process what she was just told. “I need to make a phone call in private.”

Shelby watched her granddaughter head up the stairs. Andy also noticed and looked over at his daughter. “What happened?”

Shelby shook her head. “I’m not sure.”

Andy looked at the stairs frowning. “I’ll go check on her.”

Andy walked up the stairs to Kyndall’s room and lightly tapped on the door. He could hear what sounded like crying inside. When he opened the door, he saw her wiping at her eyes. Without saying a word, he walked over to her and wrapped his arms around her in a tight hug.

“I don’t know who did whatever it was that made you cry, but I’ll make sure they never do it again.” He hated seeing her cry. He only ever wanted to see smiles and happiness on her face.

She shook her head and stepped back. “It’s not that, Grandpa. Nobody did anything. Well, Cason…” She shook her head again. She was still trying to work things out in her head. There was some things that she had not expected.

“What did Cason do, Kyndall? Did he hurt you?” Andy would kill him if he did.

“No. He didn’t do anything, Grandpa.” She frowned a little thinking about things. “i’m pregnant, Grandpa.”

Andy hadn’t been expecting those words from his great granddaughter. “Pregnant? What about college?”

She hadn’t considered that. She knew that a baby was going to make school rough…especially with the other news that she hadn’t told him yet. “I don’t think I’ll be going back this year.”

Andy sat down on the edge of her bed and watched as she sat beside him. “If it’s the baby, you have all of us to help while you finish school.”

She shook her head. “It’s not that, Grandpa.”

She looked down at her hands and felt the tears again. “I don’t know what to do, Grandpa.”

He could see that something was really wrong. He hoped that it wasn’t what he thought it was. “Talk to me, sweetheart.”

She looked at her grandfather. “It’s back, grandpa.”

He didn’t need to ask to know what she was talking about. He had already guessed. “You beat it once. You can again.”

She nodded thinking about it. “Dr. Roche wants to see me in the office tomorrow.”

Andy reached out and took her hand in his. “Take your mother with you, Kyndall. Don’t do this alone.”

He hugged her again before leaving the room.


She knew she needed to talk to Cason and let him know about the baby. She also needed to let everyone know what was going on. She trusted her great grandfather not to tell them. He would let her tell them when she felt it was time.


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