A/N: No, Bella was not 21 while at the club. She had a fake ID. She's only 20 at this point in the story.
Chapter 2: No Regrets
By: Crash Hale
Two Months Later. . .
"You can come in," I said as I flushed the toilet and went to wash my hands, looking down at the stick that would determine my future.
I turned the water off and dried my hands as I looked over my shoulder at Alice.
She still had that worried expression all over her usually smiling face as she came to stand beside me, gently taking my hand and motioning for me to sit down on the now closed toilet seat. She kneeled down by me and glanced up at the pregnancy test while we waited.
"It'll be okay, Bella. Whatever it says, I'm always here. I love you." She told me. "Best friends forever," she added lightly, offering a smile.
I nodded as I swallowed back tears. All I really wanted to do was cry. I felt so emotional and stressed out since this all began. My period was never late, so I knew there wasn't any question to it. I knew I was pregnant.
Alice pulled me into a tight hug. She and I had been best friends since first grade. She was like a sister to me, both of us never having any of our own siblings. We went through everything together. I loved her so much for simply being herself. I loved her for always being here, insuring the two of us were never alone with the other so close by.
I pulled back, hearing my cell phone buzz to indicate the time was now.
Both Alice and I looked at the stick as I reached for it with a shaky hand. I took a deep breath and looked down for answers.
Tears spilled out without my permission. My future played out right before my eyes. I'd have this baby alone, I'd raise it alone. Alone. Just me. I wasn't enough. I didn't feel like enough.
How could I be so fucking stupid?
Why did I just leave without so much as getting his number?
I mean, he was amazing, I could have at least stayed behind till morning to see if anything was there. If maybe he wanted to see me again.
But even if I had gotten his number, would I really call and tell him about this? That a half drunken amazing sex filled night two months ago - a one night stand - resulted in the changing of his future completely?
He probably didn't even remember me. And besides, it wasn't his fault I wasn't on birth control and didn't insist on a condom. I just though, It's one time, nothing's going to happen.
Clearly I was wrong.
I hadn't had sex in over a year before I was with Emmett. I just wanted to let loose and have some fun. It was extremely unlike me to pick up a random guy at some club, but he was just so insanely sexy and I hadn't had sex in so long that I missed it.
Emmett was the only one in the last year and a half. It was definitely his.
"What do I do now?" I looked to Alice for answers.
I'd never thought about being a mother. I was only twenty. I thought I had time for this. Finishing college, finding someone to love and then maybe having children with them. Maybe.
"Oh, Bella... It's okay," she pulled me in again and held me close. "I'll call the doctor and we'll go together to make sure, okay? Shhh, it will be okay." She kissed the side of my head as she hushed me.
Slowly, I finally calmed down some, just sitting in place and watching Alice as she took my cell phone and called up our OB/GYN.
She was off the phone only minutes later, informing me that tomorrow morning was my appointment.
"Let's go lie down," she suggested with a smile.
I nodded wordlessly.
We went to my bedroom and did just that. She held my hand as we looked at each other in silence. I was just glad she was here for me, like she had been my whole life.
We finally closed our eyes and I tried to relax. I couldn't of course. This was the biggest thing that had ever happened to me. It was too big to even begin to know how to deal with.
I tried harder to clear my mind, telling myself I could do this. I could relax until tomorrow, until I knew if this was real. The I'd deal with it.
I heard a knock at my bedroom door, knowing it was Jasper since he lived with us and no one else would be here right now.
I felt the bed shift as she got off the bed and walked over to him.
"Shhh, I think she finally fell asleep," I heard her whisper.
Next I heard a shared kiss. They were really sweet together.
Alice and Jasper met in the first month she and I moved to LA.
Both Alice and I were born and raised in Forks, Washington. We planned to go to the same college too, and luckily both got accepted into UCLA.
Her parents, Esme and Carlisle, bought us this amazing house as a gift for getting into out first choice.
Her parents were so rich that it was like buying each of us a sweater or cheap pair of earrings. They owned a large amount of different companies. I didn't really understand it myself and it bored Alice and I to death whenever they tried explaining.
"Is she okay?" Jasper asked in a low voice. He didn't know. Yet.
I knew he was going to be angry and upset with me. He'd tell me he was right when he told me not to go with Emmett that night at the club. He'd tell me that he was right, that I was being stupid.
He and Alice spent so much time together when they first met that he just ended up moving in with us one day. It had been just the three of us now for about two years.
Since Alice saw me as a sister, so did he. He was very protective of us both. He was a really good guy and I was happy Alice was with her soul mate. It was so obvious that they were meant for one another.
"I don't know... I'm going to sleep in here tonight, okay?"
"Yeah, that's fine. I have to finish that report for tomorrow anyway," he whispered.
I heard them share another kiss before he left and the bed shifted again as Alice got back onto it. I felt her stroke my hair back before we both fell asleep.
The next day Alice and I sat in the waiting room together. Waiting the longest wait of my life.
I was so thankful to have Alice right now. I had always been a strong person, but not so much with this. This scared me to death. I felt like I couldn't breath not knowing.
"What are you going to do?" Alice broke our silence. "You know, it's okay if you can't do this. No one has to know." I knew she was just letting me know she wouldn't judge if I was indeed pregnant and decided to get an abortion.
It would make sense. I was in college, only twenty years old, and perhaps the biggest deal of all was that the only thing I knew about this father - if I was pregnant - that his name was Emmett. Along with the fact that he was the most attractive man I'd ever laid eyes on and left some mean hickies. Those god damn things took over a week to clear up.
But, I just couldn't do it if it came down to that.
"I'd rather have a child then have regret for the rest of my life." I would regret knowing my baby if I never gave it the chance to be a part of my life. I knew myself well enough to know that.
Alice gave a soft smile, "I knew you'd say that."
I gave her back a half smile, "I love you, Ali, thank you so much,"
"I know. I love you too. Always." Her tight hug pulled me in again before she quickly pulled back. "People are gonna think we're lesbians if we keep this up." She laughed.
The nurse called my name suddenly, and the butterflies in my stomach went into overtime.
"I'll be right here," Alice assured.
The nurse lead me into the back and checked my weight, then took me into the room and told me to undress from the waist down.
I was left alone for a couple of minutes, using it to undress and cover myself with what was provided as I sat on the table.
The doctor soon joined me. She was a middled aged short woman with a warm smile across her wide face. Comforting somehow.
"Morning, Isabella. How are you doing today?" She asked as she sat down.
"I don't really know," I offered while biting on my bottom lip.
She nodded, "You think you might be pregnant?"
"Yes. My period is two months late. I took a home pregnancy test last night which showed the positive sign." I took a deep breath.
"Okay, well we'll check to make sure. Lie back for me and put your feet up." She told me gently.
I did as told while she turned the ultrasound machine on.
My legs felt like jello.
"Tell me if you feel any discomfort,"
I'd never gotten checked for this before so I really had no idea what was going on.
I let her do her job while watching the screen with her. It looked like nothing to me, but then again she was the doctor.
And she found what she was looking for.
"You're pregnant. Looks just about right for two months. I hope this is good news."
I felt tears run down my temples and into my hairline as I nodded.
"Yeah," No matter how upset at myself I was, I couldn't not be happy about my child.
I was going to be a mommy. A good one. No matter how unbelievable it seemed this minute.
"I'm going to take some blood work and give you everything you'll need to read up on. The blood work will be in tomorrow to let us know everything is one hundred percent."
About fifteen minutes later I was back with Alice. She was waiting with a smile and long hug. I really needed them.
I took a deep brave breath. "I've got to make my next appointment to make sure your niece or nephew is doing well," I told her, a half sob and laugh escaping.
She laughed too and hugged me again.
After making another appointment we drove back home.
Jasper still wasn't back. He had a late class today, so we sat in the living room, facing each other on the couch.
"I think so," The shock was over and I was in the reality of it now.
I could do this. I had to do this. This was my choice, and there was no doubt I made the right one.
"Bella," Alice sighed, "I'm going to be here, okay? You're never gonna be alone. You're my one and only sister, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I love you. I just want you to know it's going to be all of us - you, me, Jasper - I promise."
I began crying again, needing another one of her awesome hugs. They were a mixture of happy and scared tears.
"You're the best best friend anyone could have. I love you so much." I told her as she joined in on the crying.
"It's going to be okay," I said, the roles reversed. I stroked her hair as she cried harder into my shoulder.
Anything that affected one of us, also affected the other. I understood that when she said she was going through this with me, she truly was.
On top of it all, I was also thankful she didn't ask me anything about Emmett.
She knew what had happened. I told her how I woke up early that next morning with a hang over in his bed. I quickly got dressed and found a piece of his mail to call a cab and give them the address.
Of course I didn't remember the address. All I remembered was that my head was pounding and that I didn't want to be there for the awkwardness of him having to ask me to leave once he too was awake.
"What happened? What's wrong? Seriously, someone talk."
We both pulled back to see Jasper standing before us, his care keys and books still in hand. He seemed really worried.
Well, as was crying. He was right to worry.
"Ali, baby, what happened?"
Alice looked to me and I took a deep breath. Jasper was right to be mad at me for leaving with Emmett. He didn't want me to get hurt by the big bad LA life.
I watched his face change from shocked, to angry, to sat, to calm.
"That guy. The one from the club?"
I loved Jasper like I loved Alice. They were my family. The family I chose. I hoped to god he wouldn't say he told me so.
He finally, after the longest pause in history, sat down behind Alice and put one arm around her while the other hand reached out to grab mine.
"Uncle Jazz and Auntie Ali are here," he gave me a small wink.
Alice laughed and leaned into his chest. "I like the sound of that," she said.
"Me too." I gave Jasper a smile.
He was great, he'd never make me feel bad about this. He was trying to make it better even.
I watched Jasper and Alice share a kiss and swallowed.
"I have to call my parents," I excused myself.
It had been in the back of my mind the whole day, but Renee and Charlie deserved to know.
"Okay, Jazz and I will make dinner. We'll be in the kitchen," Alice said, pulling Jasper up.
"Thanks guys," I meant it for everything and hoped they knew.
I walked through our big, bright house and into the amazing backyard. I smiled to myself as I pictured teaching a little boy or girl to walk on this lawn or to swim in this pool, and suddenly baby proofing popped into mind.
Yes, we'd need to baby proof.
And what about school?
There were so many questions. I had to just take it slow. I'd work everything soon enough. One thing at a time.
I sat in one of the wooden chair towards the back and found Mom and Dad in my contacts. After a couple of seconds I finally called.
"Aw, my baby finally called her mom," I heard Mom answer with her cheerful voice.
"Hey, Mom," I smiled a little, seriously freaking out about telling them. I didn't want them to think less of me or hate me.
"How are you, honey? How's school?"
"Good, Mom. Listen -"
"Oh, you're father just got home," she told me, "Hey, babe." I heard her kissing dad, no longer talking to me.
Those two were like teenagers, always so in love. It was nice, but come on, I was trying to tell them they'd be grandparents in seven short months.
Oh, god. Seven months. I swallowed hard and took another breath.
"Mom... Mom... Mom!" I tried to get her attention away from Dad and back to me.
"Yes, Bella?" I heard the smile in her voice.
"I need to talk to you and Dad. Can you put me on speaker?" I asked in all seriousness.
"Sure. We just sat down at the table. Hold on."
I sighed and looked down into my lap.
Now or never.
"Okay, go ahead." Mom said.
"Hey, Bells. How's daddy's little girl doing?" Dad asked. Even his tone of voice sounded like mine. It was crazy how much I took after him. Everything from looks to personality.
"Fine, Dad," I nodded.
"What's wrong?" he question, not sounding too happy any longer.
"Nothing's wrong... I'm just... I'm pregnant."
They didn't say anything and I started to feel uneasy.
"We didn't know you had a boyfriend,"
That was the first thing Mom had to say?
Oh, shit. I had to tell them there was no guy in the picture. I forgot about that. My parents were about to think I was a total slut.
"I don't," I had no other answer.
"Well, do you know the guy?" Mom asked.
"Not really," This just sounded worse and worse.
They were quiet again.
"Okay, so we'll make arrangements for you to come back home. Everything will be alright, sweetheart. We'll work this out,"
Dad had yet to say a word. Mom did all the talking.
I shook my head, I wasn't coming home. It didn't even enter my mind. I left home and I wasn't going to go back. I had to have my own life now.
"No, Mom, I'm not coming home."
"Honey, what are you going to do? You're twenty years old and all by yourself," Mom said gently.
"I have Alice and I can do this here. I don't need to be in Forks." I honestly loved LA. I didn't want to go back to that little town. Plus, I didn't want to live off my mom and dad either.
I heard Mom sigh.
"How far along are you, baby? How are you doing?" She changed the subject because I knew she didn't want to get into it right now. She'd bug me to come home soon enough.
"Two months. I saw the doctor today and my blood work will be in tomorrow. I feel fine.
Totally normal." I placed my hand over my stomach and noticed it was the first time I had done that.
I stared down at my hand and bit my lip. It was hard to believe my baby was growing inside me. I loved it already, it was suddenly the most important thing on earth.
Sure, I wished I did this the right way. I wished this kid had a father, but life didn't always go the way you thought it would.
I had no idea where to even begin to look for Emmett. Like I said; I did not remember his address, I didn't even remember the ride home in the cab. All I did was sleep the whole day after because of that head ache. I didn't remember detail such as location.
I wasn't sure it was a good idea to try anyway. We spent an amazing night together. That's all he wanted from me. No one ever said to him, 'Hey, give Bella the best fuck of her life and she'll give you a child nine months later,'
No. I didn't need to go dragging him into something he didn't sign up for.
It figured, the one night I did something fun, wild, and crazy, it would turn into the most serious thing that had ever happen to me. I should have known better. There was no going back now. This was the way things were.
"Oh, that's good. I was so sick with you. Morning sickness kicked in in the first month and didn't stop until the eighth," she laughed.
I heard someone moving around and then Mom yelling after Dad.
I sighed. I knew Dad would take it worse than Mom.
When he said nothing after I told them, I knew the disappointment was there. His silence was worse than any words he could say.
"I'll call you tomorrow, honey. We'll work all this out then." There was nothing to work out. This was my life, this was my baby, we were staying here, we were fine. Just fine.
"I'll book a flight and come see you... Everything will be alright."
"Okay, thanks Mom. I love you. And tell Dad I love him too,"
"I will. We love you too. Call me if you need anything. Even if you can't sleep."
"Thanks, Mom. I will."
I hung up and took a deep breath. This wasn't over with them. It had just started.
But for now, I smiled and looked back down at my hand over my flat stomach. The thought of being a mom was so scary, just because it was so new. I'd get used to it and
I'd work everything out.
I pushed myself up and found Alice and Jasper in the kitchen.
"Hey. Everything alright?" Alice asked as Jasper drained the pasta.
I gave them a smile and nodded.
Yes, everything would be alright.