The cheer championship went so well to bring cheerleaders and zombies together. It was like they could actually coexist and be happy with one another. Then Zombietown hosted the Block Party and even the adults of Seabrook were partaking in the integration.
"You guys go ahead home! I'll come home later after I help clean up!" Addison assured them with a smile. Missy and Dale nod their agreement, though hesitantly, before leaving Zombietown to head back home.
After they are done cleaning up the streets of Zombietown and the group of zombies starts to slim as curfew approaches, Zed gives Addison as smile before leading her away to the Zombie Light Garden. Her favorite place.
He had paper flowers decorating the walls and hanging from the ceiling, a blanket and pillows in the midst of the soft glow of the lights.
"Oh Zed." She gasped, he came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist while resting his head on her shoulders, kissing her neck gently. Their first time was beautiful and filled with love and passion.
It's been almost a month since then. And this is the third day that Addison's missed school. Zed was really worried. She kept telling him she had a stomach bug or something.
"Is that was normal for a human? To be puking for 3 days?" He asked Eliza, she looked it up online and furrowed her brows in concern.
"No. It says a stomach bug should only last 24 hours." Eliza told him with a worried look. Zed was really hoping for the opposite answer.
"Maybe, you should go check on her. I mean, I think it might be serious." Eliza suggested. Zed nodded in agreement, then zoned out for the rest of the school. Too worried about his girlfriend to focus on anything as mind numbing as algebra.
Zed walked to Addison's house after school. His backpack slung over his shoulder and a small bouquet of colorful flowers he grabbed from a shop on the way. He ran up the porch steps two at a time and knocked on the door with a cheerful pattern. After anxiously rocking back and forth for a few moments, her mother Missy opened the door, her lip curled in disgust. Zed was confused by this greeting but offered a smile anyways.
"Hello Mayor! Is Addison, uh, here?" He mentally kicked himself for the stupid question.
"Of course she's here. She's been home sick for days, because of you." She sneered in reply. Zed's smile dropped.
"I'm sorry, what?" He asked for clarification as to how he had gotten her sick. What in the world was she talking about?
"Oh she hasn't told you?" She gave him a mocking shocked look.
"Told me what exactly?" He asked, his tone become more irritated by the second. She scowled then stepped back to let him in.
"She's up in her room." Missy said coldly. Zed was so confused but he wasn't going to refuse the chance to check on Addison.
"Thanks." He said flatly, sliding past her and hurrying up the stairs. He could hear her crying from the hallway.
"Addy?" He called as he pushed the door open. She wasn't in her bed. He heard her sniffle.
"Z-Zed?" She asked from the bathroom. He rushed across the room to the attached bathroom and found her sitting on the floor in front of the toilet. She was wiping her eyes of her fresh tears and she looked exhausted.
"Addy!" He exclaimed. He ran to kneel beside her, discarding the flowers to cup her cheeks.
"What are you doing here?" She asked, reaching up to put a hand over his. She closed her eyes and inhaled a shaky breath just from his comforting presence. She's missed him so much these past few days.
"I came to check on you since I've barely been able to even talk to you in three days. Are you ok? Can I get you anything?" He frantically asked. Addison nodded and sadly giggled.
"No, I'm fine, really." She answered, smiling up sadly at him. "You being here is exactly what I needed." He gave her a worried look but then tried to smile like nothing was wrong. He reached over and grabbed the discarded flowers.
"I brought you something to feel better!" He said, offering them to her.
"They're beautiful. Thank you." She smiled as she took the flowers and gently petted the petals affectionately, then looked back up at Zed was her sad expression returning. She took his hand and stood off the bathroom floor, he did the same.
"We need to talk." She said, leading him into the bedroom. She sat the flowers on her desk before sitting them both on the edge of her bed.
"What's going on? Your mom was saying some weird things about me making you sick when I got here." Addison looked like she was a kicked puppy after he said that.
"Zed, I-I didn't want to tell you like this." She said, grabbing his hand as she looked him in the eyes. "I'm- I'm-" She stuttered, scared to say the word out loud to him. "pregnant." She finally said, waiting anxiously for his reaction. Fearful that he would reject her and the baby. It wasn't a second later that he pulled her back against him.
"Oh my Z, Addison! This is great!" He enthused happily. He pulled her back to look at her, a big smile plastered on his face. Her face shifts to match as another wave of tears hit her.
"You mean it?" She asked. Zed placed his hand against her stomach gently.
"Yeah! This is amazing Baby!" He said with glistening eyes.
"Oh Zed!" She smiled, placing a hand over his on her belly where their baby was growing. She leaned up and pecked his lips then place her forehead against his. "I was so scared. My parents said you'd abandon me." Her teary eyes leaking a few strays down her cheeks. Zed pulled back and looked at her in astonishment.
"Abandon you?! How in the world could I abandon you? I love you too much Addy! I want to be with you forever!" He told her sincerely, cradling her face in his hands and wiping her tears away with his thumbs.
"I love you too Zed!" She agreed happily. Zed grinned from ear to ear, hugging her again. Then a sudden thought struck him.
"Are you feeling sick? Do I need go get you something? Any thing you need! Just tell me!" He said frantic like when he first got there. She shook her head and smiled.
"I think I was more sick with worry about telling you than morning sickness." She admitted.
"So how'd you figure it out?" Zed asked.
"After I hadn't gotten better in two days, my parents made s doctors appointment for me this morning." Her eyes saddened and turned to the floor. "They were so upset." She looked up at him again with new tears. "They're saying I won't be allowed to see you." Zed scooted closer to her on the bed and wrapped his arms around her.
"They won't be able to keep me away from you, Addy. I'll stay by your side for as long as I live." He assured her. She smiled and snuggled into his chest.
"Yeah." She whispered softly. Maybe her parents were cooling off about the whole thing since they even let him in to see her. Or maybe they just figured he had the right to know of his child before ripping her away from him. Addison frowned and hugged tighter to Zed. She wouldn't let them. She would fight to stay by his side. For them. And for their unborn child.
6 months. It's been 6 months since she's seen Zed. It was horrible. Her parents had gotten a restraining order placed against him. He wasn't allowed within a 100 yards of their house. They pulled her out of school to homeschool her so she wouldn't see him there either. Addison was miserable. Not only was she 7 months pregnant and felt like a cow, but basically kept prisoners by her parents.
Bree and Bucky were allowed to come visit her but no zombies were allowed past the front door. Eliza and Bonzo had tried to stop by to give her some gifts for the baby but her parents just took the gifts for her and sent them away, not even letting her accept them herself to thank them.
She smiled at the memory of opening those little boxes. One was a mobile Bonzo made with pretty paper flowers dangling from the spray painted hanger. The other was extra special from Eliza. It was an old walkie talkie that had a note from Zed with it.
'No matter how much they try, I will never be too far away. Love always, Zed.'
Eliza had synced the frequency of the walkie with Zed's Z-band so she could call him whenever she needed to. And she did. Like every night. He didn't mind, just glad to hear her voice.
Addison's smile faded as she sighed. But she missed seeing him.
"Addison!" Her mother called from the bottom of the stairs. Addy rolled her eyes but made her way to the kitchen where she was waiting. To Addison's surprise, Bree was there as well, talking nicely to her mother.
"Hey Addy!" Bree greeted as soon as she saw her, rushing up to hug her best friend.
"Hi Bree!" Addison said enthusiastically. "What are you doing here?" She asked curiously. Bree gave her a subtle wink before explaining.
"I was talking to your mom and thought you might need some fresh air! I wanna take you shopping!" Bree said excitedly. Addison smiled wide. It's been months since she went shopping and she was growing out of all her clothes already. But she also had a feeling Bree had something else amazing up her sleeve.
Missy smiled at how happy her daughter looked. She hadn't seen her smile this much in many months.
"Go have some fun with your friend Honey!" Missy said encouragingly. Addison nodded with a smile and pulled Bree by the hand to go back up to her room to get ready.
Addy put on a sundress and fixed her platinum hair before the besties headed out.
"So what's really going on?" Addison asked with a sneaking suspicion. Bree giggled.
"Well, I am going to shop for clothes for you." She replied. Addy raised a brow at her in question.
"And me?" She asked.
"You have a date with a certain zombie who's been dying to see you!" Addison's face fell.
"You know we can't go out in public together. If someone sees us, he can go to jail from the restraining order." Addison sighed. Bree giggled again.
"Duh Silly!" She teased. Addison looked up at her in surprise. "You won't be in public. We're going to the mall where Eliza will take you out the back and to your destination with your baby daddy!" Bree gently elbowed to go with her teasing. Addison smiled.
Maybe this could work.
Just as planned, they got to the mall and met up with Eliza who took Addison back through the employee hallways where no one would see them and out the back doors of the mall. They didn't go far but to the old Library that not many people used anymore.
"You doing ok with all the walking? Sorry we couldn't figure out another way to get you here." Eliza apologized. Addison gave her a smile.
"I'm fine! It feels good to walk!" Addison lied. Her feet were killing her and she was sweating in places that shouldn't be sweating. But she would never tell her friend that. They had planned all this out so she could finally see Zed.
"Ok, we're almost there." Eliza said, leading her up a flight of stairs. At the top there was a wall with multiple doors. 3 to be exact. Eliza motioned down to the last door. "Your prize is behind door number 3!" Eliza teased. "I'll be keeping watch downstairs. Call on Zed's Z-band if you need me." She said with a wink before hurrying back down the stairs.
Addison's heart was pounding. She took a deep breath and walked up to the door, hesitating for only a few moments before turning the knob and gently pushing open the door.
The room was dark but a few candles lined the outer edge lit the room with a faint romantic glow. There he was in the middle of it all, standing there waiting for her with a huge smile. She ran in and hugged him as tight as she could with her swollen belly between them, the door quietly clicking behind her. He did the same, cherishing this chance to hold her once again after so long of being apart. He kissed the top of her hair, taking in a whiff of her scent that he's been craving so much.
"Mmm," he hummed from her sweet smell, "I miss you Addy." He said muffled by her hair.
"I missed you so much." She said through tears. He pulled back to wipe her face and then guided her to a love seat to sit with him. He kissed her lips passionately, savoring her taste. Oh how he's missed everything about this girl. After several long minutes of a sensual reunion, the young lovers settled themselves back against the cushions.
Addison curled up against his side, feeling so comforted being back in his arms. He sat with a hand resting gently on her stomach.
"You've done so good helping our baby girl grow in there." He whispered in her ear. "You look great." She huffed.
"I look like a whale." She responded flatly. Zed chuckled and rubbed her belly affectionately.
"You don't look like a whale." He disagreed. "You look like a gorgeous mother-to-be!" Zed complimented. It made her smile as she placed her hand over his on her belly.
"The mother of a beautiful little girl." She agreed, looking down at their hands over their unborn child lovingly. Zed hummed his agreement as well and rested his head against hers.
"I can't wait to meet her." He said quietly. Addison felt like her heart broke in that moment.
"I'm so sorry Zed." She whispered. He hugged her against his side. He knew what she was thinking. How long would it be before he got to meet his daughter? The restraining order would take affect for her as soon as she's born too. He wouldn't be allowed anywhere near her to even see her.
"It's going to be ok. Don't worry." He assured her softly. "It's not good for the baby if you are stressed."
"I try not to." She sighed. "I just hate this so much. I want you to be there every step of the way."
"I know Baby." His voice giving away how sad it made him. "Just remember I'm never too far away." She nodded and snuggled into his side. The rest of their visit was mostly content silence as they held onto one another and relished in the loving feelings they shared for their growing daughter.