Father: 1) A male parent 2) An ancestor 3) The founder of the family
"Then it came to me... I was a father."-Nat King Cole
Serenity stepped out of the bathroom with a solemn look on her face. Tea looked up from the ground at Serenity. "Well?" She asked. Serenity said nothing and sat down. She moved her hand and dropped the small piece of plastic into Tea's lap. Tea quickly took it up and looked at it. Tea frowned.
"Maybe it's broken."
"It's not broken, I've already taken three." Tea took a closer look at it, observing the piece of plastic more closely. Serenity buried her face in her hands.
"Maybe they made it wrong… like, the guy at the factory accidentally made it so that the pink smiley face meant-"
"Tea, it's not wrong. It's not broken. It's not messed up in any way." Tea sighed and got to her feet.
"Well, I hate to say it. But I think you're pregnant." Serenity moaned and shifted so that now her face was buried in the pillow.
"Oh God… what am I going to do? What am I going to do?"
"Don't worry too much, I mean, technically it's not totally official until you see the gynecologist." Serenity sat up.
"I have to tell him."
"Wait, what?" Serenity looked up at Tea.
"I have to tell him that I'm pregnant."
"You don't exactly have to tell him yet… I mean you still have a while…"
"I can't wait! It'll kill me. I have to tell him today, right now." Serenity reached for the phone and began to dial. Tea quickly snatched it from her hands. "What are you doing?"
"You're not gonna tell him over the phone are you?"
"Of course not, I'm going to call to see if I can see him."
"No way, he'll never agree to that. If you're actually gonna tell him in person, you'll have to just show up."
"I dunno Tea… I mean, isn't that rude?"
"Oh please, he should be the last person you should be worried about being rude to." Serenity sighed once more as she started to slip on her shoes and grab her keys. "You're going now?"
"What do you think?" Serenity started heading out the door, "Joey, I'm going out." Serenity left without hearing her brother's response.
Seto was happily humming to himself as he entered the kitchen. Mokuba turned around when his brother began to happily wash his hands. Mokuba raised one eyebrow. "What has been up with you lately?"
"Whatever do you mean, dearest younger brother?" Seto said as he carefully dried his hands and made his way towards the table where Mokuba sat.
"I mean, why are you so happy all of the sudden? You've been like this for a month now, you're not what people would call a cheerful person." Seto bent down and kissed Mokuba on the head before seating himself beside Mokuba.
"You don't think it's possible I can be happy once and a while?" Mokuba shook his head, "Well, if you must know, I'm simply happy because now that high school is finally done and over with, I'm free to live the rest of my life working and taking care of you without distraction from that annoying school. There have been so many times when I just wanted to quit that school, but now I have successfully graduated and I couldn't be happier."
"Not to mention you actually went to the graduation party," Mokuba added.
"Yes, I suppose that is true as well. Although to be honest I can't really remember any of it. But that's probably a good thing, social events usually bore me." Mokuba rolled his eyes. There was a loud knock on the door. Mokuba pushed his chair back, but Seto was the first to get to his feet. "Don't worry, I've got it."
Seto made his way to the door, "Kaiba residence how can… Wheeler?"
"Hi Kaiba…" she said quickly, not looking straight into his face.
"What are you doing here? Don't you have friends to hang out with or something?" Serenity began twirling her hair with her index finger.
"Well… yes, but… well, there's a reason I came over here." Seto gave an annoyed look.
"What is it?"
"Can… Can I come in?" Seto sighed and moved to the side, allowing her to enter his home. He shut the door after her. Mokuba appeared in the hallway.
"Who is it? Oh, hey Serenity!" Serenity tried to put on a fake smile.
"Oh, hey Mokuba. How are you?"
"I'm good, and you?"
"I'm swell…" Serenity started looking around then turned to Seto, "I was hoping we could talk privately." Seto eyed her.
"I don't like keeping secrets from my brother."
"I… I just want to tell you in private, and then you can choose whether to tell him or not." Seto looked over at Mokuba.
"Would you mind?" Mokuba shook his head and ran up the stairs. Seto led Serenity to the living room. "Well, what is it?"
"Why don't we sit down?" Seto was very puzzled by Serenity's actions, but did what she said and sat down beside her. Serenity took in a deep breath and try to calm her nerves. Her heart was racing and her mind was about to explode. Serenity thought about running, but quickly bagged the idea. Seto was beginning to get impatient.
"Well?" Serenity took another deep breath.
"I'm pregnant." Seto stared at her.
"I'm pregnant, Kaiba." Seto blinked and tried to make a connection in his head.
"Like… with a child?"
"Oh… wait a second, why are you telling me this? I don't care if you and Duke have a kid… or Tristan or whoever it is that you're going out with!" Serenity looked a bit confused.
"Um… it's neither Duke or Tristan's kid."
"Whose kid is it then?"
"Kaiba, it's yours."
"What? No it's not. You have to have sex to get someone pregnant." Seto looked at Serenity. She nodded confirming that fact. "I'd never have sex with you, when exactly did we have sex?"
"Oh gosh… don't you remember the graduation party?"
"No! What does that have anything to do with it?" There were a couple moments of silence, and suddenly it hit him. "Oh… wait, now I think I remember."
"So then I used the 10 and killed my step father!" Seto yelled with pride before downing the last of his beer and tossing it to the ground. Serenity gave a loud laugh before doing the same and falling into Seto.
"That's the funniest thing I have ever heard…" She said, trying to push herself up and keep balance as she held onto Seto's shoulder. Seto looked Serenity up and down before smiling.
"You know, you're pretty hot for a sister of a Mutt." Serenity gave him a drunken smile and moved closer.
"And you're pretty hot for an egomaniac jerk." Seto now had his arms wrapped around Serenity. "You wanna do this?" Serenity asked taking another huge gulp of her beer before dropping it to the ground.
"Let's go somewhere more quiet…" Seto and Serenity slowly shifted their way through the crowds of people to the bedroom. Seto landed on the bed as Serenity started to undress herself. "You know, I've never actually had sex before… much less seen a woman naked…" Seto stated as he watched Serenity reveal herself before him.
"Well prepare for the time of your life." Serenity and Seto's faces molded together and things just got more intimate from there. The night would proceed as accordingly.
Seto stared blankly at the ground before shaking his head and returning to reality. He turned his head and looked over at Serenity. "Oh God… we really did do it." Serenity gulped and nodded.
"I didn't exactly remember it either until Tea reminded me." Serenity twiddled her thumbs. Seto ran his hand through his hair. He started to freak out, what was he going to do? This couldn't be happening, there must've been a mistake. This wasn't how things were supposed to go.
"Are you sure you're… that?"
"Well, I've only taken the pregnancy test. I haven't seen the gynecologist yet."
"So… there's a possibility that you're not… that?"
"I took three tests."
"Oh…" Seto got up, "Well, let's go then."
"Go? Where are we going?"
"To the gynecologist. We have to know for sure before we can actually make a decision." Serenity nodded and followed him out the door. "Mokuba, I'm going out. I'll be back soon." Seto slammed the door and quickly made his way to the car.
"Alright, now what are the names of the lovely patients I'm working with today?" the doctor asked as he slipped on his rubber gloves. Serenity and Seto looked at each other.
"I'm Serenity and this is Seto."
"Well nice to meet you two, what are we looking for today?"
"Well… I think I'm pregnant, but I'm not sure. I took a pregnancy test and it came out positive."
"Let's just see if that's true." Seto turned away as the doctor began to work the camera into Serenity. "It might be a little cold at first, but you'll be fine." Serenity winced a bit before calming her body. The doctor then started to smooth a clear goo on Serenity's stomach. "Alright, let's see what we have here…" The doctor started moving the camera around until there was a small bean-like figure on the screen.
"See that? Yeah, that's a baby all right. Congratulations Seto and Serenity, you're going to be parents." Seto and Serenity didn't speak but merely stared in awe at the little figure in front of them. It didn't look a lot like a baby, but they both knew it was. Tears started to run down Serenity's face as she cried silently watching the television that revealed the life inside of her. She felt as though that was it, her life was over. Emotions came crashing down and washing over her like a waterfall that wouldn't stop.
Seto didn't notice Serenity at all since his eyes were also fixed on the image. Seto had never quite been a baby person in fact babies annoyed him to no end. The idea of children just bothered him the only child he was happy with was his younger brother. But standing there, looking at that monitor was like looking into another world. Somehow, the fetus in front of him was completely different from every child he had ever had to deal with.
Serenity looked away from the screen and down at her stomach, still covered in the clear gel. What was she going to do now? How would she explain this to everyone else? What would Joey say? A million questions were racing through her mind, she started crying more and more as the emotions starting to pile up inside her. She had never meant for this to happen and now she was stuck with a big decision. Serenity couldn't give birth to a child, there were still so many things she wanted to do with her life. She was only 18, how could anyone expect her to be a mother at that age?
Seto was beginning to feel the same way. Seto felt as though he was no father material whatsoever, and was planning on not marrying or having any kind of offspring. He figured that Mokuba would take care of carrying on the Kaiba name; he was the one with the personality after all. This ruined all his plans. He wanted to live out the rest of his life watching his brother grow up and working to expand Kaiba Corp. worldwide. But how could he do that with a child to take care of? Something had to be done.
The car ride home was deathly silent and when they arrived at the Kaiba Mansion; a word still hadn't been spoken. Seto and Serenity both sat down on the couch once more and stared off into space as their thoughts engulfed their confused minds. Mokuba walked into the room and stopped midway when noticing the frightened look on both their faces.
"Is everything okay?" Seto looked up.
"Mokuba, Serenity and I still need to talk. Please go to your room." Mokuba stared at him for a bit before turning away and heading back up to his room. Seto turned his body so that now he was facing Serenity. "So now what?" Serenity thought for a moment and sighed.
"I really don't know… this is so big. I've never had to make a decision like that," Serenity scratched her head, "I guess we could balance out the pros and cons. I mean, in reality, we have three choices we can make." Seto nodded.
"I like that idea. Let's just go through the choices and work our way up from there." Serenity took a deep breath.
"Well… there's always abortion… it gets rid of the problem."
"Oh god…" Seto started pulling at his hair, "I really don't think I could do that… I wouldn't be able to look myself in the mirror if we did that." Serenity shrugged.
"I dunno… I rather liked the idea."
"Well think about it. We could get rid of it and no one would have to even know what a huge mistake I made. I wouldn't exactly expect you to understand, you don't get fat."
"Look, let's just go through the other choices before we make a decision."
"Alright… well, there's also adoption." Seto's heart jumped. Images of the orphanage her grew up in flashed through his mind. His brother staying up at night crying and calling for Mom and Dad echoed through his mind. The last day he saw his family was the last of the memories.
"No… I can't do that."
"Why not? It's probably the best choice. I mean, that way we're not killing anybody and the child has a chance at life."
"You don't understand. I was dumped in an orphanage. I AM an orphan. You couldn't possibly understand what it feels like to be abandoned by your own flesh and blood and dumped in a place like that. I would never want to put any child of mine through that torture again."
"So what do you propose we do? Have the child? What kind of life would that be?"
"Ug, I don't know but it's better than the other two choices!" Serenity stood up and brushed off her shirt.
"We don't have to make a decision right away. There's still a lot of time before this baby is born. I think we should just think about it for a couple days and then talk once again about it. How does that sound?"
"I guess that's good… will you be leaving now, then?" Serenity nodded and started towards the door. Seto quickly got up and ran in front of her.
"Here, let me get that for you." Serenity stopped, somewhat surprised by Seto, as he opened the door for her.
"Thanks… I guess I'll call you sometime or something when I come to a conclusion." Seto nodded and understood. Serenity was now out of the room, but emotions still overwhelmed him. What was he going to do now?
A/N:THAT'S A WRAP! Hey there kids, I'm Kari. Now you may know me from "No Matter What" or even my latest story, "For Your Protection", but now I'm bringing a new idea to the table. Seto Kaiba is the CEO of a great company and now he's apparently a father. How will he take on this new challenge? Find out in the next chapter!
P.S: I might be changing the title of this story sometime when I think of a better title. Cause I don't really like this one, but if nothing better comes around, it'll stay.Disclaimer: I got the definitions from Webster's dictionary and Google
Just throwing that one out there.