Sunday, January 1, 2012

Chapter 11-Down with the Sickness

“Hey,” Jeff said walking into the room of the hospital that Holly was in.

“Hi,” she replied sitting up as he leaned down to give her a hug.

“Are you feeling better,” he asked as he took a seat in the chair next to her.

Holly passed out at work a couple of days prior and was now in the hospital getting IVs for being dehydrated from working for almost five days straight. Holly barely found time to eat and drink in between which landed her here in the hospital that she worked in day in and day out.

“I still can’t keep anything down. They’re still running tests to see what else is wrong. They think it may be my blood sugar too but I’m not sure.”

“You’ll be fine,” Jeff replied suddenly worried that Holly was sicker than he thought, “Are you hungry?”

“A little bit but I don’t know if anything will stay down.”

“I’ll go and get you some soup at Panera,” Jeff said standing up, “I’m kind of hungry too; take a nap until I get back.”

Holly smiled as Jeff kissed her forehead and left the room. Holly was almost asleep when Jennifer, the nurse who was on duty and one of her coworkers came in to change the bag on her IV.

"Your blood pressure is good, so are your vital signs," Jennifer said as she placed the stethoscope back around her neck, "You just need a couple days to rest and you'll be fine but we'll see when your bloodwork from this morning comes back from the lab."

"When can I go home?"

"Doctor Hopkins said that if your bloodwork comes out okay and your scan comes back good, you can be released late tonight or early tomorrow morning."

"I just want to go home."

Jennifer laughed before writing something down on Holly's chart, "If I lived with your roommate, I'd want to go home too."

Holly laughed as Jennifer left the room. Closing her eyes, she was almost asleep a short while later when Jeff came back. Gone was the suit that he wore earlier and in its place was jeans and a black hooded Eagles sweatshirt underneath. He had on glasses that Holly barely saw him wear and a hat that matched his shirt.

Holly knew it was so he didn't draw attention to himself, Jeff didn't look like himself and Holly thought it was a good thing as she rubbed her eyes to wake up.

"Sorry I took so long but the suit was on my nerves."

"Don't worry about it," Holly said as Jeff sat the bags down on the small table in the corner of the room.

"I got you Chicken soup and a toasted asiago cheese bagel, is that good?"

"That's fine; can you bring it over here?"

Jeff took the lid off of the soup and sat it on the tray in front of Holly. Jeff went back over to the table and sat down to eat his lunch.

Holly felt distanced from him and scooted over in her bed, "Jeff!"

"What," he asked placing the sandwich down on the table.

"Come here," Holly replied patting the spot next to her. Jeff smiled before picking up his sandwich and filling in the empty space next to Holly.

"Better," he asked.

"Mhm," Holly replied finishing her soup. Jeff smiled down at her as Holly leaned up and placed a gentle kiss on his lips which left him speechless, "Thank you," she whispered putting her arm around his waist nuzzling into his chest.

"Anytime," he replied kissing the top of her head as he wrapped his arm around her shoulder.

They were watching a re-run of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Dr. Hopkins knocked on the door.

"Holly," he said peeking his head in.

"Hi Dr. Hopkins, how are you?"

"I should be asking you that question," he joked as he stuck his hand out to Jeff, "Dr. Hopkins, it's nice to meet you."

"Jeff," he smiled, "It's nice to meet you too."

"Well Holly, do you want the good news or the bad news," Dr. Hopkins said.

Jeff sighed as Holly grabbed his hand as Dr. Hopkins sat down on the chair next to the bed with her chart in his hands.

"Just be straight with us," Jeff said, "What's the bad news?"

Dr. Hopkins laughed causing Jeff to get frustrated, “The bad news is, she’s in here for one more day for observation.”

“That’s not funny, Dr. Hopkins,” Holly said, “I thought you were going to tell me that I had cancer or something.”

“Now Holly, don’t be getting yourself all worked up,” Dr. Hopkins said, “It’s not healthy for you or your baby.”

“Baby,” Holly and Jeff said in unison, “WHAT?”

Dr. Hopkins laughed, “I guess this is a surprise for the two of you."

“Wait,” Holly asked confused, “What?”

“You’re nine weeks pregnant, that explains the vomiting in the morning and the passing out that landed you in here.”

“Oh my God,” Holly said as Jeff’s arms fell from around her waist.

“I take it that this baby was unplanned?”

“You can say that again,” Jeff said as Dr. Hopkins stood up to leave the room.

“I’ll give you two some privacy,” he said leaving both Jeff and Holly alone.

Jeff stood up from the bed, pacing back and forth on the carpet. Holly looked at him and didn’t know what to do. Neither one of them were expecting this to say the least, they weren’t even together and now they were having a baby.

“Be honest with me right now,” Jeff said stopping his pacing to look at Holly, “Is that baby mine?”

“Jeff, it’s the beginning of April, I slept with Riley and Mike in January, and of course this is your baby.”

“I need some air,” Jeff said stepping out of the room. Holly curled up into a ball and let the tears fall freely.

Jeff walked into the elevator and went outside where he sat on the bench with his head in his hands, “Jeff,” Mike’s voice said breaking him out of his thoughts, “Jeff, what’s wrong?”

Jeff wasn’t sure how long he sat there with his head in his hands trying to wrap his head around things, “Nothing, I’m fine! Holly’s fine, I fucking need to get out of here,” he replied standing up but was pushed back into his spot on the bench by Lauren who looked furious with him.

“What the fuck is your problem,” she whispered to him so that she didn’t draw attention to them.

“She’s fucking knocked up,” Jeff replied, “Can you deal with the fact that Mike may be the kid’s father?”

Lauren went to walk away when Mike grabbed her arm and kept her in place as Jeff explained himself, “How far along is she,” Mike asked suddenly feeling nauseous.

“Nine weeks,” Jeff replied.

Lauren laughed sarcastically, “You are such a fucking asshole,” she said to Jeff, “Everything went down in January, she’s come home to you every fucking night. You spend time with her like you two are together but in reality, you’re just using her for sex. Imagine that, Jeff Carter using someone for sex. That’s never happen before.”

“Lauren,” Mike said trying to calm her down, “You know what, I’m not going to stand around and watch you walk all over Holly like she’s another one of your whores. Don’t bother going back upstairs because you will just upset her even more.”

“Dickhead,” Lauren said knocking Jeff’s shoulder as her and Mike walked around Jeff and into the hospital.

Jeff walked to the garage and climbed into his car before he sped off towards the house that he shared with Holly. Sighing to himself, he sat down on the couch and called his mom to tell her everything.

“Jeff,” Sue Carter greeted her son, “What’s wrong?”

Jeff sighed again for what seemed like the millionth time that day, “I need to talk to you about something. I don’t know what to do and you are the only person I could think of to call.”

“What’s wrong, honey?”

“Holly’s pregnant.”

There was silence on the other end of the phone as both Jeff and his mother processed the information.

“Jeff,” she sighed, “That’s wonderful, who’s the father?”

It was clear to Jeff that his mom didn’t know about the relationship that both he and Holly shared, “Mom, it’s my baby.”

“Oh my God,” Sue Carter said excitedly, “I didn’t even know you two were together. JIM, GET IN HERE QUICK!”

“Mom, I don’t know what to do. I’m twenty-two years old and I’m expecting a kid when I’m still a kid myself.

“Jeff,” Jim Carter said picking up the other phone in the living room so that both he and his wife could talk to him, “What’s wrong?”

“Holly’s having a baby.”

“You’re both having a baby,” Sue corrected, “It’s not just her.”

“What the fuck am I supposed to do, mom?”

“Well, Jeff you should have thought about that when you couldn’t keep your dick in your pants and treated her like another one of your whores that we always hear you sleep around with,” Jim Carter said.

“She is another one of the whores I sleep with, she fucking dated Riley while he was married and she slept with Mike. So yeah, she is another whore.”

“JEFF,” his mother yelled, “Do not talk about her like that. I’ve heard the story with Riley, she didn’t know he was married until you told her after she fell head over heels in love with him. She slept with Mike three times and once was with you.”

“What,” Jim Carter said.

“How…how did you know about that,” Jeff asked clearly embarrassed that his mother knew about the threesome he and Mike had with Holly.

“Your sister tells me everything and I know both you and your sister tell each other everything.”

“Mom,” Jeff sighed, “I don’t know what to do.”

“Why are you talking to your mother and not Holly?”

“She’s in the hospital getting IVs for being dehydrated since the pregnancy caused her to throw everything up I guess and plus she’s being treated for exhaustion.”

“Let me guess, you questioned who the father of the kid is when you know it’s yours,” Jim Carter asked.

“Yeah,” Jeff admitted.

“You are an asshole,” Jim said, “Your mother and I didn’t raise you like that, now get your ass back to that hospital and apologize to her. Man up son, your baby needs its father to act like a man and not a pussy who is running away from his mistakes.”

“I got to go,” Jeff said, “I’ll call you guys tomorrow. Are you still coming down for the last game of the season?”

“Yeah, we’ll be there,” Sue Carter assured her son, “Jeff, please go talk to Holly.”

“I am mom, I love her.”

“We love you, son but please don’t be a dick about this situation.”

“Bye dad,” Jeff said hanging up the phone grabbing his keys as he headed back to the hospital.

Mike bumped into Lauren playfully as they walked down the hall towards Holly’s room. Lauren pushed him against the wall and walked down the hall quickly. They were almost to Holly’s room when Mike pushed Lauren against the wall and claimed her lips with his.

“Not here,” Lauren growled as Mike claimed her lips with his won again.

“Why not?”

“I work here that’s why and there are cameras everywhere.”

“Never stopped me before,” he smirked kissing her again when Jennifer cleared her throat behind them.

“Go make out at home,” she said, “Not here.”

“Well, do you have an extra room we can use for a little bit,” Mike smirked causing Lauren to elbow him in the stomach.

Jennifer rolled her eyes, “I’m sorry we don’t give rooms out just so you can get your rocks off.”

Lauren pushed Mike towards the direction of Holly’s room and mouthed an ‘I’m Sorry’ to Jennifer who smiled slightly.

Jeff arrived back at the hospital to find Mike and Lauren already gone, “Surprise surprise,” he said to himself as he entered Holly’s hospital room.

She was lying in bed with her back towards him and her breathing was even which meant she was sleeping. Jeff sat down on the chair that was facing her and took her hand in his running his thumb over her knuckles. He leaned forward and placed a kiss on her lips before brushing the hair out of her face.

Jeff glanced down at her stomach and placed his free hand there, never in a million years would he imagine he’d be in this position at twenty-two. Who was he kidding, there were people in the world that had children at fifteen and sixteen.

Jeff wasn’t sure when or how he fell asleep but when he woke up, his head was on his arms as he supported himself on Holly’s hospital bed. Holly was up eating her breakfast that they had brought her when she noticed he was asleep.

“I’m surprised you’re here.”

“Listen, we need to talk,” Jeff said, “I’m sorry I walked out on you yesterday, it was a lot to take in.”

“How do you think I feel,” she said, “It was a lot for me too. I could have used you here yesterday.”

“I’m sorry!”

“You can’t just walk out on this kid when its born,” Holly said, “Every time you get frustrated and can’t take it anymore, you just can’t walk out on this kid and pretend nothing happened. This is OUR baby, Jeff. It’s YOUR baby.”

“I know,” he replied putting his head down, “Look, I know now is not the time to tell you this but it’s been eating me up inside for so long and I always got interrupted when I’d try to tell you.”

“Don’t change the subject, Jeff. This is our problem, we let things go too easily. We need to work things out, say what you have to say when you figure this out.

Jeff sighed defeated knowing that him admitting his feelings for Holly were going to have to wait once again as they worked on wrapping their heads around the fact that they were going to be parents in six months and had one more life to worry about in this ‘relationship’ that they had going.

“Do you think Holly and Jeff will be okay,” Lauren asked as her and Mike sat on the couch of his apartment in Old City.

“I hope so,” Mike replied, “I think that they are both shocked. They both need time to wrap their heads around everything.”

Lauren snuggled closer into Mike’s chest as he leaned down and kissed her. Lauren pushed herself up never breaking the kiss and straddled Mike’s waist. Mike slid his hands up her shirt as he deepened the kiss. Lauren moaned as Mike squeezed her breast in his palm.

Lauren reached down and undid the zipper of Mike’s jean before reaching for the hem of his shirt, “Are you sure you want to do this,” he asked, “I don’t want to push you into anything.”

“I’ve never been more sure of anything,” Lauren said as Mike picked her up and carried her to his bedroom down the hall.

Mike placed her down gently on the bed before removing his pants completely. Lauren reached to pull her shirt over her head but Mike swatted her hands away, “I’m doing this,” he said seductively as he bit down on her neck causing her to shriek before he pulled the shirt over her head. Mike make one swift motion of pulling off her jeans and underwear before he reached into the nightstand for a condom. Mike entered her slowly and she whimpered encouraging him to continue.

Lauren dug her nails into his back as he bottomed out inside of her picking up his pace, “Fuck,” she screamed earning a moan from him as her walls clenched around him.

“You’re perfect,” Mike whispered into her ear as Lauren flipped them over so that she was on top. It was new to her doing this and she loved the feeling of Mike’s hard cock hitting her gspot as she was sent over the edge as she moved her hips up and down.

“Let’s not worry about Holly and Jeff when we have ourselves to worry about,” Mike said when he collapsed on top of Lauren after making her scream his name.

Jeff sighed as he got Mike’s voicemail once again. He needed to apologize for overreacting the day before but he knew Lauren probably had spent the night. Jeff looked at Holly who looked content sitting on the couch of their house after being locked up in the hospital for almost two days, she was under a blanket watching “The Young and the Restless.” Jeff sat down next to her and pulled her close, “We’ll get through this Holly, I promise.”

Holly nodded her head praying that Jeff would keep that promise and wouldn’t let her down like so many of the men in her life had let her down before. One unkept promise and she was finished with loving a man who had let her down countless times but would always be there to pick up the pieces.