Debra paced back and forth nervously in the kitchen. Ray would be back with the kids any minute. How was she going to tell him? She heard the car pull up and saw them coming up the back sidewalk.
"Hey guys, did you have a good time?" she asked as they entered the kitchen.
"Yeah, the movie was pretty good except the boys kept throwing popcorn at each other," Ally said.
"Squealer!" Jeffrey cried.
"Okay everybody calm down and go get ready for bed. Where's your dad?" She asked.
"He said he'd be right in. We told him you wanted to talk to him." Michael said and they headed upstairs.
She looked out the window and saw Ray sitting at the picnic table in the backyard. She grabbed her coat and went out to talk to him.
"You wanna come inside? It's pretty cold out here." She offered.
"No, I'm fine. The kids said you wanted to talk to me but I don't know what else there is to say." He said staring straight ahead not looking at her.
"Ray I have something very important to tell you. All you have to do is listen. You don't have to respond." She said sitting next to him.
"Fine, what is it?" he said a hint of irritation in his voice.
"Ray, I'm pregnant."
He finally looked at her, "What?!" he cried, "So who's is it? Robert's? or maybe Andy's?"
Debra flinched, the words cutting like a knife, "Ray, you know I have never been unfaithful to you. This is your baby." She tried to take his hand but he pulled away and stood up from the table.
"Yeah, and what do you call kissing Robert, if it wasn't being unfaithful?" He asked turning his back to her.
"It was a mistake Ray, a huge, stupid mistake. I can't take back what happened. Are you going to punish me for the rest of my life, punish our baby?" She said putting her hands over her belly.
"I want a paternity test. If this child is mine I will take responsibility but as far as you and I are concerned, it's over." He said walking away to his car.
Debra stood there shivering in the cold with tears streaming down her face.