As Avery cuddled up with her husband she marveled at the twist of fate that had brought them together as children. Bastian, Gabe’s great-grandfather and ghostly protector, had left Gabe a note with the address of the Marx family home on it. When Gabe sat and started talking to Avery that day they had a connection right away. That connection grew even closer after they aged to teens and started dating.
Both of them wanted children. It seemed silly to wait. Unfortunately, they were the only ones that seemed to think that.
“I can’t wait to see this little one,” Gabe grinned.
“Do you think my Mom will start talking to me again before the baby is born?” she asked Gabe.
Gabe laughed, “I don’t know, Vaughn is giving me the silent treatment as well.”
“At least we’ll be finished with school soon. That will make things easier with the next pregnancy,” she mused, “we’ll be nineteen soon, surely they won’t be angry at us then.”
“Let’s hope not. While it does make things easier financially living with your parents, I’m tired of being treated like a little kid,” Gabe muttered.
With that, Avery sighed and changed the subject, “Addison was passed out on the couch again this morning when I got up to check on Isadora.”
“Maybe you should talk to her about it?” Gabe replied, looking concerned.
When Avery saw Addison sitting alone she decided to take Gabe’s advice. She sat down next to her sister and tried to decide how to broach the subject when Addison cut her off.
“I’m getting married!” she announced, shocked, Avery just stared at her, “so, this is how it happened,” Addison continued.
“Payton took me out to uncle Kristof’s fancy restaurant.”
“He requested a private table and I wondered why, then after we were done eating, he proposed!” she gushed, “isn’t that great? We’re getting married and I’m moving in with him as soon as we graduate!”
Getting over her shock, and deciding that she didn’t want to ruin her sister’s excitement by discussing her drinking, Avery smiled back and said, “that’s great Addison, I’m so happy for you!”
Addison rattled on about the big fancy wedding that they were planning but Avery barely listened. She didn’t understand why, but she felt jealous of her sister. She and Gabe had planned to get married since they were children so there had been no need for a big proposal, still, it would have been nice.
Uncomfortable with her train of thought, Avery excused herself to go check that her almost three-year-old daughter wasn’t into anything.
Avery tried to concentrate on her homework but she couldn’t shake the guilt she had been feeling all day over the jealousy of her sister. It didn’t help that the baby was kicking her insides like a sports star. Has to be a boy. She heard Gabe laughing in the other room with her cousin Keegan and frowned. Gabe was her only friend and now that he was her husband it felt different. She had her club but wasn’t really friends with any of the club members. I need to make some friends, even one friend would be nice. Gabe has Keegan, I have nobody.
Making an excuse that she needed to do some research for her final history exam, she made her way to the library. The park may have been a better place to meet people but the thought of going there made her feel so exposed. Avery looked around the library for a likely friend candidate. How does one know that a person would make a good friend?
Feeling frustrated and a bit uncomfortable being a pregnant teen she sat down at a table and watched all of the people come and go. This was the first time she’d really gone into public pregnant other than school and she didn’t like the feeling of being judged that she got. I have nothing to be sorry for. This was our decision.
Was everyone staring at her or was she just imagining it? Slowly, she started to make her way home, regretting the idea of trying to find a friend. She had Gabe and Isadora. Soon, she’d have another baby to occupy her. Friends could wait.
Interlude: Voidcritters and Tentacle Monsters
The pictures of Addison and Payton at the restaurant were taken while I was playing Kristof running the restaurant. I liked them so much I wanted to find a way to fit them into the story. It was tricky getting shots of them without showing the stars over their heads.