A Simple Kind of Life

Chapter 1

"I'm happy it's decently warm out right now. Definitely makes it easier to enjoy everything without the wind blowing my hair everywhere. If it were cold out, you'd have to add the runny nose to that too, and that's just gross."

Ugh, I really need a filter for my mouth when I'm nervous. If I'm going to ramble, it would at least be nice if I said something eloquent and feminine instead of talking about snot and pointing out random weather information. Why couldn't I just keep it simple? 'It's so beautiful out tonight.' See? Was that so hard?

He lets out a small chuckle. "It's definitely nice out; couldn't have asked for a better night."

Mike was a man of few words when it came to most topics. He wasn't into small-talk; the wheels were turning, but he preferred to remain an observant bystander. When it came to things like hockey and food however, he could talk your ear off, but not in an annoying way. His conversations were cute, and he was that star football player every girl wanted in high school. He was, for the most part, and overgrown jock. He was a physical therapist, so he was surrounded mostly by athletes, and that fit perfectly for him. My nerves were shot, just talk already, Mike!

"So, do you want to stop at Starbucks over there and get hot chocolate or something?" I motioned towards the small building situated on the corner we were approaching.


We remained silent as we made our way down the street hand-in-hand. He'd occasionally squeeze my hand and look down at me and smile, but I still couldn't shake the nervousness. I knew he was going to propose, I just knew it. The timing was right; I had just graduated college and he was just one semester away from obtaining his doctorate. We were at the stage of moving on, and we had always talked about getting married, so, time to take the next step, right?

"Hi, uh, Grande Iced Coffee, shot of sugar free caramel, roomy, and a Grande Hot Chocolate, please."

Mike gave our order to the barista and I smiled at his attentiveness. If my teeth weren't chattering, I considered it Iced Coffee weather. He paid and we stood waiting for our drinks.

"You ordered me an Iced Coffee."

"Yeah, that's what you wanted, right? What do you want, I can go change it for you."

"No, no, it is what I want. It was nice though, you just knew to get that for me."

He put his arm around my waist and pulled me to his side, "Of course I knew what to get for you, Bella. It's technically warm enough for your Iced Coffee, right?" He looked down at me and smiled, pressing a kiss to my forehead.


We got our drinks and continued our stroll down Broadway. When Mike stopped suddenly and I felt his hand pull away from mine, the nerves bubbled to the top and my heart was beating as fast as if I had just sprinted a mile. I heard the sound of a shoe sliding across the sidewalk and I knew he was kneeling down. This is it! He's going to propose! I knew it! I slowly turned around, fully expecting to see Mike down on one knee with a shit-eating grin, holding a beautiful ring, but what I found was far from that. Oh, he was kneeling alright. Kneeling down with his cup on the ground next to him as he tied his shoe.

"Sorry, babe. Didn't mean to stop randomly. Hey, you ready to head back to your place? It's starting to get a little colder out and I want to catch the highlights from the Pens game."

No! Go back to your own apartment and go jerk off to the damn Pens while you watch their highlights and think up new ways to get my hopes up!

Of course, I didn't say that. Finally the filter kicks in, "Yeah, it's kinda chilly. Let's go."

I forced a small smile and we made our way back to my apartment. Hey, I may not have gotten my ring tonight, but at least I'll get laid.

I immediately snapped out of my thoughts when I heard a distressed whisper.

"What is she doing in there?", Alice whispered.

"What is who doing in where?" Did I miss something?

She rolled her chair over into my cube and continued her whispering, "Rosalie. What is Rosalie doing in the bathroom?"

I laughed, "What all people do in the bathroom, perhaps?"

"No! Listen!"

At first, I thought maybe she was having a conversation with someone in there, until I heard the distinct sound of gagging. I snapped my head back to Alice and smiled.

"Alice! Either she has the flu, or – "

"We're gonna be aunts soon!"

"Shh! She seriously could just be sick."

"Yeah, she could be. But she did say that she's been talking to Emmett about having a baby."

"I think I have to go to the restroom."

"Oh! Me too!"

Alice and I got up and nearly sprinted into the women's restroom. Once we were through the doors we quickly ran to the stall that the gagging was coming from. I nearly gagged myself, but I held it in.

"Rose! It's Alice and Bella. Are you okay?"

"Alice, I know your voice, and yes, I'm fine."

The stall door opened and Rose stood in the doorway, leaning on the wall of the stall. How long did it take for pregnant women to glow? She definitely wasn't glowing. She looked like… well, shit.

"Are you sure you're fine?"

"Yes, Bella, I'm fine."

"So, you don't have the flu or anything…?"

"Bella, shut up! She doesn't have the flu. Rose, are you… possibly… pregnant?" There you go, Alice. Skip right to the point.

"Look, I don't know what's wrong with me. I could be pregnant, I guess."

"Why aren't you excited then?!" One good thing about Alice was that she could see the good in everything. Rose, however, wasn't looking so excited.

"I don't know, Alice. Maybe it's because I was just puking for the past twenty minutes and I feel like shit, or maybe it's because Emmett and I never really came to a final decision on whether or not we really wanted a baby right now…"

"Aren't you on the pill? If you're on the pill and you take it properly it's usually effective, right?"

"Calm down, Bella, you're not going to get pregnant. And I stopped taking the pill about 2 months ago. I don't even think you can get pregnant that fast after stopping the pill."

Alice piped in, "That's why I get the shot, that way I don't forget to take a pill everyday. Plus I make Jasper use condoms, except for on his birthday and on our anniversary."

Rose stared at her, shaking her head in disgust. "Okay, I don't want to hear about your bareback exceptions with my brother, thanks. Anyways, Emmett doesn't know I stopped taking them either. I swore he was going to be excited about it and want to start trying right away. A month later, he's still not sure."

"Well, looks like we need to figure this out, asap. The suspense is killing me!"

"Okay, we'll buy some pregnancy tests and go back to my place after work. That way Emmett and Jasper won't ask why we're in a residential bathroom together and we can throw away the test without one of them accidentally finding it."

"Bella, who seriously goes through the trash and… never mind. Okay, back to work. We'll do this at Bella's after work."

"Rose! I'm so excited! I'm not going to be able to work!"

"Alice, shut up." Both Rose and I said in unison. Alice's bright attitude was nice, but sometimes she went a bit overboard. Hopefully Alice reigns it in and can bit her tongue for the rest of the day, else the entire floor will know that Rose might be pregnant.


Here we are. It's a Friday evening and the three of us are staring at little stick soaked in Rosalie's urine. This definitely wasn't our normal pre-gaming ritual before going out.

Rose stood up and started pacing the kitchen floor. "Ugh.. how much longer?"

"Thirty more seconds."

"Longest thirty seconds of my life."

"What are things that Rose says after sex with Emmett?"

"Haha ooh! Nice burn, Bella!"

Rose cracked a smile and let out a deep sigh. "That was a pretty good burn."

Beep beep beep! Beep beep beep!

All of our heads snapped back to the table where the timer and the pregnancy test sat. It was like we were a clan of apes approaching a foreign object that had fallen from the sky. We slowly inched forward and Alice grabbed the test.

Rose closed her eyes and took a deep breath, "Just give it to me straight, doc. What's the verdict?"

Alice stared at the test, sighed, and looked to the ground. What does that mean? I don't even know what the good outcome was. What was Alice's reaction saying? Why am I asking all of these questions in my head?

"Alice! What does the test say?" I barked as I contemplated ripping the test out of her hands. I decided it was a bad decision, considering one end of that was soaked with something I didn't want to touch, and I didn't know which end that might be.

"Rose, you're gonna be a mommy!"

Tears started to form in Rose's eyes and she leaned against the counter top. Good? Bad? I ran my hands through my hair and muttered, "shit."

AN: This is my first fic, please be gentle :). Don't worry, things will definitely pick up fast! I plan to post a shorter 2nd chapter by the end of the weekend provided the story gets decent reviews, then a longer 3rd chapter the day after. So, please review, and check back soon! :)