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"What?" Blaine looked shocked. Along with everyone else, he had been expecting the opposite. He thought that Elizabeth would have decided to keep the baby.
"I love this child, it's my baby! I'm just scared that I won't be able to give it the life it needs. I'm seventeen years old, I have no job, the father is completely out of the picture, I don't think I'm what's best for this baby."
"Are you sure? Have you thought about this carefully?" Burt asked, "This is a huge decision."
"I've been thinking about it ever since I found out I was pregnant. Adoption is the best choice for me. It breaks my heart, but it's what's right." Elizabeth said.
"When were you going to tell us this?" Kurt asked.
"As soon as I was sure that I wanted to go with adoption, and now I am. Are you upset?"
The room was filled with "no's" and "of course not's".
"No, no, no. That's not what I'm saying at all!" Kurt assured her, "I just- this is a big decision, Lizzie."
"I know. Trust me, I know. It'll break my heart, but I'll feel comfortable knowing that the baby's going to a nice home." Elizabeth looked genuinely upset talking about having to give up the baby. The thought of never being able to meet her son or daughter hurt her, but it was the right choice.
Burt stared at his granddaughter, noticing she was on the verge of an emotional breakdown, so he quickly stepped in, "Hey, let's cut this conversation short, huh? There's four different kinds of pie and three pints of ice cream. Let's eat."
The family nodded all together. Everyone moved from the kitchen into the living room awaiting their desserts. One thing was on all of their minds:
"Is she ready for this?"
"Tonight was definitely unexpected, but lovely nonetheless." Carole said, hugging her step-son, "We're in town until saturday, call us! We wanna see you guys again before we fly back to Ohio."
"Absolutely." Kurt said, "It was great to see you guys."
Burt hugged his granddaughter, "I love you, kiddo. We're here for you."
"Thanks grandpa." Elizabeth said into his shoulder.
"We've gotta get going. Millie's gotta get to bed and I have a matinee tomorrow, gotta rest up!" Rachel hugged Kurt and Blaine simultaneously, "Love you guys. It was great to see you."
"You too, Rach."
"See you guys later!" Finn called before shutting the door behind him.
Finally everyone was gone. Elizabeth looked physically relieved and fell into Blaine's arms. Blaine leaned down and kissed the top of her head.
"You know we still have to talk about this, right?" Blaine asked.
"Not tonight. Please. Not tonight. I've had enough baby talk for one day, I just wanna go to bed." Elizabeth groaned.
"Okay, go get some rest. This can wait until tomorrow." Kurt said, pushing her back gently towards the stairs.
"I love you guys." Elizabeth said before heading up the stairs, "I'm sorry you have to deal with this."
"Don't be sorry. We're your fathers, we're here for you every step of the way. Go get some sleep. Tonight's been rough." Kurt said.
"Sounds good." Elizabeth smiled, "Love you."
"We love you too."
After carrying a sleeping Aria from the living room to her bedroom, Kurt and Blaine finally made it to their own bed. Both flopped onto the mattress and let out a long breath.
"Wow." Kurt said, "Tonight was... weird."
"Weird's one word for it." Blaine laughed, "Let's just be happy it's over."
"It was nice to see my dad and Carole at least." Kurt said.
"Yeah. And it's nice to know everyone is supportive of Elizabeth."
"I wasn't too worried about that. I knew they'd be supportive. If there's anything my family has been exposed to it's differences. Teen pregnancy, anything gay, teen marriage, the list goes on." Kurt let out a laugh.
"I don't know about you, but I was actually thinking that Elizabeth would keep the baby." Blaine said.
"I think everyone was. Lizzie get's overly attached to things. Most of the time it's useless things like a doll she used to play with or her phone, but this is a baby."
"Do you think she'll be able to handle this? Emotionally?" Blaine asked.
"I don't know," Kurt rubbed his temples, "But it's going to be difficult. She's going to need us more than ever."
"And we'll be there for her." Blaine said, leaning over and placing a kiss on Kurt's lips, "I think we both need to get some sleep. Tonight's been... weird, as you've put it. Let's just go to bed."
"I love you." Kurt mumbled, face halfway buried in his pillow.
"I love you too."
"Well, well, well." Blaine sounded impressed, "What's with the fancy look?"
Elizabeth had put together a nice outfit and had done her hair and makeup. She was going over to Blake's today and she wanted to look decent.
"I have a lunch date with Blake." Elizabeth said as if it was no big deal.
"Oh, so Blake's back, huh?" Kurt smiled at his daughter.
"I've gone over this a thousand times! It's not like that!"
"Suuure." Blaine teased.
"You two are impossible." Elizabeth smiled.
"And you're in denial." Blaine said in a sing-songy voice.
"I am not in-!"
"Bye Lizzie! We'll be home at five!" Kurt said, shutting the front door.
"...In denial." Elizabeth sighed, "Great."
Aria was soon running down the stairs in her soccer gear and soccer bag hanging off her shoulder.
"Hi, Lizzie!" She said, taking her breakfast and leaving, "Bye, Lizzie!"
"Where are you going?"
"Soccer! I'm carpooling today, I'll be home later! Bye!" The door slammed shut before Elizabeth could say bye back.
Elizabeth was alone, not for long. She was supposed to meet Blake at his house in an hour, so to kill time she picked up one of her pregnancy books and started to read everything about the second trimester.
Her phone suddenly buzzed, receiving a text message.
My mom left if you wanna come over earlier – B
be there soon! - E
Elizabeth felt her stomach flip flop, as excited as she was to see Blake again, she was also nervous. She hoped things wouldn't be awkward between them. She'd just have to wait and see.
The doorbell rang and Blake was quick to answer the door, "Hey!"
"Hi." Elizabeth felt her entire face go red, she had forgotten that Blake had that effect on her. Blake leaned in and wrapped her in a hug.
"I missed you." Blake said.
"It's only been a week and a half since we've seen each other.." Elizabeth reminded him.
"It felt longer. Not talking to you sucked."
"Agreed. I missed you too."
"Come on in," Blake lead her inside, "I made us some pasta and some garlic bread for lunch, sound good?"
Sounds great." Elizabeth said, hanging up her sweater.
"So," Blake said as he took the food into the dining room, "Thanksgiving, huh?"
"Absolute atrocity. But they were cool about it, they're supportive and they said they'll help me through it." Elizabeth took her seat.
"That must have been a relief." Blake said, taking her plate and serving her a plate of pasta.
"It was definitely a weight off my shoulders," Elizabeth took a bite of her food, "Oh my god, this is amazing."
"Thanks," He bowed before taking his seat, "My mom's a pretty fantastic cook..."
"I thought you said you made it." Elizabeth smiled at him.
"To be fair, I did heat it up."
"You're a culinary genius."
The two talked for hours. Elizabeth had missed hearing his voice, being around him, she missed everything about him. The two teens eventually found themselves in the living room, sitting on the couch on opposite ends of each other. Elizabeth was sitting criss cross and her back leaning against the pillows, Blake doing the same thing.
"What time is it?" Elizabeth asked.
"Are you serious? I've been here for three hours?" Elizabeth exclaimed.
"You need to be somewhere?"
"No, I just didn't realize that it had been that long."
"Well good, cause I'm not ready for you to leave."
"I'm not ready to leave either." Elizabeth felt her flirty side come out.
"Has the kid done anything groundbreaking yet?" Blake asked, "Any kicks? Hiccups?"
"It's too early for that. I pray that I'm home when the kicks start because when they start I'm gonna freak out, I don't wanna be anywhere public when that happens." Elizabeth laughed.
"I'm sure it's not that bad. Have you gotten anything together yet?" Blake asked.
"What do you mean?"
"Like, baby stuff. Crib, toys, clothes, whatever."
Elizabeth looked at him for a moment, "Blake, I'm not keeping the baby."
"No," Elizabeth sighed, having to explain herself again, "I just- I can't give this baby what they need. I'm too young, I don't have a job, I'm not out of high school yet. It's scary. It kills me that I'll never get to meet my baby, but I'll feel more comfortable knowing it's going to a good home."
There was silence for a moment. Blake closed the gap between them and took her hand, "You're really strong, you know that?"
"My fathers tell me that everyday, but I don't really see how I am." Elizabeth shrugged her shoulders.
"You're strong because your doing this. Not just the adoption thing, but all of it. You think any other girls at our school could handle this?" Elizabeth thought for a moment then shook her head, "They definitely couldn't. You're handling this so maturely and it's crazy."
"I just want what's best for the baby, and I'm gonna do whatever it takes to make sure that it has the best life possible." Elizabeth said.
Again, there was silence. Elizabeth looked down, avoiding Blake's stare. She could feel herself begin to cry. Adoption had been her decision for about a week, she shouldn't have doubts about it yet!
"Hey, hey, don't cry." Blake said soothingly, "You're tough, you can do this."
"This whole thing is just," Elizabeth stopped to take a breath to stop crying, "so scary."
"I know it's scary. This isn't easy, but you're going to be fine. No matter what." Blake smiled, tucking a piece of her hair behind her ear.
"You're pretty much the best thing ever, you know that?" Elizabeth said.
"That's funny, because I think you're the best thing ever." The two teens smiled at one another for what seemed like forever, but was probably only a few short seconds. Blake took advantage of this moment to lean in and kiss her.
And Elizabeth didn't pull away.
Instead, she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him in closer. Blake grabbed her waist and deepened the kiss. Both of their hearts were fluttering furiously, and their hands were shaking. Blake was the first to pull away from the kiss. Their foreheads touched as they both regained their breath.
"You didn't pull away." Blake whispered.
"I didn't pull away." Elizabeth repeated, "Blake, why me?"
Blake looked confused, "What do you mean?"
"Why me? You could literally have any one in New York City, but you go for a pregnant girl."
"I could go on for hours about why I love you. You're cute, you're funny, you're strong, you're.. you're everything." Blake kissed her again, "I love you." He said into the kiss.
Elizabeth thought about it for a moment. Only a few weeks ago she had been saying that she wasn't ready for a relationship, yet here she was, kissing the guy she loved. And she really did love him. Elizabeth smiled into the kiss.
"I love you too.