{Excerpt} One Shot, Two Shots (2)

Hey guys,

So I am about a week behind in my writing schedule on my goal to finish this new book. I don’t know how I got this far behind but I’m trying to catch up. Anyways, here is another excerpt because I have no time to read and review books.

*Disclaimer: This is an urban drama so the language may become a bit explicit.


Chapter Nineteen

 

Haimi was trying to hide out in her room for the day. She had been able to get an appointment at the clinic but that wasn’t until Wednesday and her dad was asking a lot of questions.

He constantly wanted to know if she was okay and if she needed anything.

Normally she would have been completely fine with it. She even would have relished in the amount of attention she was getting but at the moment it only made her nervous. She didn’t want her dad to know that she was pregnant and she thought that the more that she spent around him the easier it would be for him to tell.

He was a father after all. He had been around her mom when she was pregnant so maybe he could sense it or something. She didn’t know how this whole thing worked and she never had to keep such a secret from her dad before. She didn’t even think she would be able to tell him once it was confirmed by a doctor.

She was not ready to deal with the disappointment that she was sure she was going to see written all over his face.

Haimi practically jumped out of her skin when her dad knocked on her door.

“Yeah?” she called out. Her fingers were crossed that he wouldn’t want her to open the door and come out.

“I’m about to head out for a little bit. Do you need anything?”

“No. I’m good.”

Haimi let out a sigh. If it was this hard to act normal around her dad now what was it going to be like when she got farther along in the pregnancy?

*****

Aaron shook his head and walked out of the house. He knew that Haimi was pregnant but he wasn’t going to say anything. She should be the one the come to him. It was kind of funny watching his daughter try to hide it from him. He knew her well and it also help that he had taken out the trash and found a box to a pregnancy test.

It made sense. She was sicker than usual.

As much as he would have liked for her to wait until she was older he knew what it was like. He had been a teen before. It wasn’t an ideal situation but he was going to support her. He wasn’t so pissed that she was pregnant. What pissed him off was the guy she had chosen to be her baby’s daddy.

David was not his favorite person ever. The boy reminded him a lot of himself when he was younger except he didn’t think David would grow up anytime soon. He didn’t see the potential in him. Now he was going to be saddled with the boy forever.

Aaron drove the short distance to his mom’s house and parked his car out front. He climbed up and walked up the front steps and let himself inside. He found his exactly where he thought she would be, in the kitchen.

“You’re not finished yet?” he asked walking in and sitting down at the table.

His mom was standing in front of the stove stirring a pot.

“Boy you better be happy that I’m doing this at all,” his mother said. “She tell you yet?”

“Nope,” Aaron stated.

He had told his mom about Haimi’s pregnancy. She had been there when he became a teenaged dad and he knew he would need her help when the new baby came. Plus, she was about to be a great grandmother and if he had kept that from her, he and Haimi would have to deal with her wrath. As it stood they were both waiting for Haimi to come clean and then she would have to deal with her grandmother.

“I say you just let her know that you know.”

“I can’t. She has to come to me about it.”

“What if she tries to sneak off and get an abortion like that dreadful mother of hers?”

“I don’t think she would do that.”

“I’m not saying we didn’t raise her better than that, but she’s young, she’s clearly scared if she hasn’t even come to tell you yet and she is part that woman’s. I’m just saying that it’s a possibility. How do you that she’s not already thinking about it?”

“I don’t but I’m choosing to believe that she would never abort my grandchild.”

“I think you should tell her that you know. Stop her like you did her mother. Maybe I’ll call her and let her know that I know.”

“Please don’t do that ma. We gotta respect the girls privacy.”

“That’s the problem wit parents these days. Y’all too busy trying to ‘respect their privacy’ instead of parenting. That’s why she’s pregnant now.”

“That’s why I had a kid at seventeen,” Aaron remarked.

His mom moved and smacked him on the back of his head with a wooden spoon.

“Ouch,” he said putting his hand to his head.

“You ain’t too old to get whooped,” she said.

“I was just clarifying what you said,” he laughed.

“You were being smart,” she said grabbing a container from the cabinet and filled it with the steaming hot soup. “Boys are different.”

“How so?”

“Y’all don’t know how to control all those hormones running through your body but girls can be conditioned to control theirs.”

“Yeah and we’re both shining examples of that.”

Not only did Aaron have Haimi when he was still just a kid but so did his mom. That was why he couldn’t be so upset that Haimi had gotten pregnant. He could easily put himself in her shoes and his mother should have been able to too.

She picked up the spoon and tried to hit him again, but he moved away. She handed him the container.

“Get out of my house and take this to my baby. And if she doesn’t say something soon, I’m going to call her and say something my damn self.”

“I should have never told you,” he said getting up from the couch and heading out.

“But you can’t function without me,” she called to his back.

Aaron drove back home stopping along the way to buy a case of ginger ale. It was all he could think to do to help Haimi out with the nausea she was working overtime to hide from him.

He walked into the house and she was still hiding in her room. Aaron liked to take the no pressure route to raising Haimi. He let her have some freedom and it proved beneficial over the years. She had never had a problem coming to him and opening up about different things. He had even been the one to have the sex talk with her. At first he was planning to pass the torch off to his mom but he had warmed up to the idea when the time had come.

Aaron put the ginger ale into the kitchen before taking one and grabbing a spoon. He knocked on Haimi’s door and waited for her to answer.

“Open up,” he said.

It took a minute and then the door slowly opened. He sighed at the look of terror on her face. He had never seen her so scared. He held out the soup and ginger ale to her.

“Got you something for your stomach.”

Haimi stared at him for a minute.

“Thank you daddy.” She took the stuff from him and he walked away so that she wouldn’t be tempted to close the door in his face. That would be disrespectful and that he would not allow.

*****

Haimi closed the door and sat down with her soup and ginger ale. She felt special that her dad had gone out to get her something to settle her stomach. She wanted more than anything to tell him but she just wasn’t ready for that.

She looked down at the container holding the soup and immediately knew where it was from.

Her grandmother.

He had contacted her grandmother and asked her to make soup for her.

Haimi looked over at her phone and waited for it to ring. When it didn’t she shrugged her shoulders. She was positive that her grandmother was going to call and start a series of twenty-one questions.

Why haven’t I heard from you?

Are you sick?

How long have you been sick?

Did you eat anything?

What did you eat?

Are you pregnant?

Haimi knew that the questions would lead to the one that she did not want to answer. If she was afraid to tell her dad that she was pregnant, she was ten times as scared to tell her grandmother. Her grandmother had been there to help raise her and she was a tough woman. Haimi knew that her grandmother would not let her off easy once she found out. She expected more out of her. Haimi was supposed to graduated high school, go to college and become a doctor or something. She was not supposed to follow in the footsteps of her dad and her grandmother.

Her grandmother was going to beat her the moment she had her baby. A boy if David has his way.

Haimi reflected on the moment she told David that she was pregnant. She couldn’t believe how excited he had been. It was a relief because she thought that he was going to be upset or pull that little guy move where they deny having knocked a girl up. She would have kicked his behind if he had done that. He was the only boy that she had ever slept with and she would not have allowed him to say otherwise.

Haimi’s phone vibrated on the bed next to her and she picked it up seeing that she had a message from David. She was surprised that he was messaging her first. She always had to be the one to send him a message and them wait around until he decided to message back.

From: David 8:00 P.M.

Hey baby momma. How’s my little boy doing?

To: David 8:03 P.M.

It’s barely there and it could be a girl.

From: David 8:04 P.M.

Whatever man. I’m just checking on you.

That surprised her. Before she could respond her phone vibrated and it wasn’t from David.

From: Crystal 8:05 P.M.

Have you spoken to David?

To: David 8:06 P.M.

I’m fine. My dad brought me some soup.

To: Crystal 8:07 P.M.

I’m talking to him right now. Why?

From: David 8:10 P.M.

You told him?

From: Crystal 8:11 P.M.

Oh.

To: David 8:12 P.M.

Of course not. I haven’t even been to the doctors yet.

To: Crystal 8:12 P.M.

What’s wrong?

To: David 8:12 P.M.

Crystal is looking for you.

From: David 8:14 P.M.

Oh I was about to say. Why do you have to go to the doctors? And tell that girl to leave you alone.

To: David 8:15 P.M.

Because I have to have the pregnancy confirmed.

From: David 8:16 P.M.

What do you mean confirmed? I thought you took a test.

To: David 8:17 P.M.

I did but those things can be wrong sometimes. I just have to go so they can tell me what’s up.

From: David 8:26 P.M.

I can’t believe I thought you were pregnant. Man, hit me up when you know for sure.

From: Crystal 8:27 P.M.

He’s not answering my calls.

To: Crystal 8:27 P.M.

That’s too bad.

Haimi laughed at the fact that Crystal now knew what it felt like to have David dodging her calls. She was probably going to get a call or a text now that David thought Haimi might not be pregnant but Haimi wasn’t going to tell her that.

She shouldn’t have even told him that there was the possibility that she might not be pregnant. She knew she was. All of the tests that she had taken said she was. The doctor’s visit was just a formality.

She wished she had been able to take that text back before pressing send. It was too late now. She dug into her chicken noodle soup before it got too cold.

It felt so good going down her throat. She loved her grandmother’s cooking. She didn’t think she would throw that up because her grandmother’s food was too good.


There you have you guys. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember you can stop by my Wattpad profile for more updates on this story.

Talk to you next week.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease.

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Author: TaQuanda Taylor

TaQuanda Taylor is a native of Rochester, NY. She studied at School of the Arts high school as a drama major. TaQuanda moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2007. In 2011 TaQuanda made an active decision to pursue a career in writing. She enrolled in the Creative Writing for Entertainment program at Full Sail University where she is working on her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts.

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