Meredith moved herself from where she was sunning her back so that she
was sunning her stomach. Her hand automatically touched the edge of
her bikini bottoms and pulled them up a little. She should have worn
a one piece suit that day, but if she had Justin would wonder why she wasn't
showing off like she usually did.
Thinking of Justin only made her head hurt. She wasn't thrilled with the idea of being there with him and the family, but it was Steven's birthday and she wasn't about to disappoint him because she and Justin were in the middle of something too complicated for the little boy to understand.
Her eyes moved across the noisy yard to find Justin standing in the waist deep water with his two brothers hanging on him playing with Joey and Colton. Kelly and Brianna had joined them for the day and while Kelly wasn't doing much more than sitting across from her, Brianna was playing with Lynn near the steps of the pool.
The sound of Kelly's voice startled her and she literally jumped. Her whole body tensed for a moment then relaxed again. "Yeah," Meredith said and let her eyes rest again on Kelly's very pregnant stomach. "I'm just tired."
Kelly removed her sunglasses to stare at Meredith as her romance novel was put down onto the table between them. She wore stretch pants and a large sleeveless t-shirt and was enjoying her pregnancy by resting like a queen with three extra pillows around her to make her comfortable. "You look a little green," Kelly remarked, "You and Justin aren't fighting again are you?"
Meredith scratched her her cheek and looked over at her boyfriend from behind the protection of her sunglasses. She'd been facing the other way for time while she sunned her back, but now that she was turned around there was no ignoring his presence in the pool area. He had Steven hanging on his back like a little baby monkey while he splashed at Joey and Colton across the pool. Jonathan had decided to help teach Brianna how to swim and was holding onto her hands while she floated. Lynn was close by and everyone was being playful so she didn't think twice about the scene. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, not even Justin showed the tension that had been between them earlier that morning and the night before.
"He's pissed at me for quitting. I can understand that he would be upset, but I thought he'd at least support me. I wanted him to be like how JC was with Farzana. She quit and JC seemed to jump right on the bandwagon."
"I can understand how he could be concerned, but I doubt that he's pissed at you," Kelly said.
"He's pissed," she said, "He treated me like a three year old yesterday when I came home. He sat me down and lectured me like my father used to when I'd break something around the house."
"Meredith it came out of nowhere. You probably shocked the hell out of him. I know when I heard about it I wasn't sure if I should believe it." Kelly moved a little in her seat. "Farzana came to JC and talked to him about that stuff, but you went off to New York and ended up on National Television telling him things you should have told him in person or at least over the phone."
"I had to," she said and tears came to her eyes. Everyone was already trying to get at her. Her voicemail had been filled with messages from people asking for interviews and she knew that soon the label would be calling to deal with the mess she was causing people. Her lawyer had already called to set up an appointment and she knew that by that next Friday she'd have to answer to all the people who wanted things from her. "I can't do all that and remain sane."
"What's going on with you?" Kelly asked, "You're all crying and crap. I'm supposed to be the over emotional one. I'm the one that is about to pop out this baby." Kelly sighed. "If this is PMS, let me stay pregnant forever."
"I wish." For the first time Meredith wished that she was experiencing PMS. Normally she would have dreaded the inevitable time of the month, but now it seemed like a luxury. It would make her life a hell of a lot less complicated if she could just have her period.
"What?" Kelly said.
"I'm pregnant," Meredith said in a harsh whisper. The doctor had been sure after a blood test that she was pregnant. When Farzana had come into the room to get her to go home she'd broken down and had cried all the way home. Gritty of course had been concerned so she'd told him about it. Even he seemed disappointed about the circumstances.
"Oh my god," Kelly said sitting up. Even behind her sunglasses Meredith could see her friend's eyes go completely wide with shock.
"Kel?" Joey said from the pool. The worry in his voice was cute, but bordering on annoying. He'd asked her if she was ok about twenty times that day and it was starting to get a little repetative. He moved over to the side of the pool that was closest to them. "Are you ok babe?"
Meredith covered her face and mumbled in a low voice hoping that Kelly would hear her and Joey wouldn't, "Justin doesn't know."
"Yeah hun." She covered their butts expertly. Meredith never knew that lying would become such an art, but Kelly seemed to be great at it. It was a little white lie like hers that would save them so much trouble in the end. "I just got splashed with cold water a little." She made a move like she was cold. "That's freezing in there."
"Ok," he said and moved away from the side of the pool again to play. He kept an eye on her as he moved to help Brianna swim.
"Is he always like that?" Meredith asked looking at her friend's husband with a new perspective. She'd seen Joey a million and one times, but today she was seeing his protective side come out considering that Kelly was due to have her baby in a few days.
"Joey?" she asked.
"Just lately," she said, "I just wish he'd be that way sometimes when I'm not busting out pregnant." Kelly rubbed her stomach.
"You love it though," Meredith said, "I mean you love being pregnant and having kids, right?"
"It's great." Kelly reached for her drink and took a drink of the water. "It's nothing that anyone hates really. I love my kids and I love my husband and I wouldn't have it any other way." She lowered her voice, "You'll see."
"I hope so," she said, "At the moment all it seems to be causing is trouble."
"How far along are you?" Kelly asked using her lower toned voice.
"About a month," Meredith said. "I'm due not until after Christmas time, but it seems like it's coming up soon for some reason."
"Have you gained any weight?" Kelly asked.
"Not that much," she said, "A few pounds, but nothing out of the ordinary. I'm just worried now that I'm going to be getting all depressed because of this touring stuff."
"Let Lynn handle that," Kelly said, "Just tell her that you're not feeling well and she'll take care of it."
Meredith squinted as she moved her sunglasses to wipe them off and return them to her face. "But no one knows about the baby so I can't really use that excuse."
Kelly seemed to act as if this was all a joke or something that happened to Meredith on a daily basis. "More reason to tell everyone."
"Yeah maybe," Meredith said.
"Oh My God!" Kelly said and her eyes went wide. She looked around for a second. "Oh My God."
"What Kelly?" Meredith asked.
"Joey!" Kelly yelled.
Moments later the whole house was leaving to go to the hospital. When Meredith volunteered to stay home with the kids, Justin said that he would stay with her while Lynn and Paul took a now labored down Kelly and a nervous Joey to the hospital.
As the car pulled away from the house Meredith held onto Brianna and smiled, "You're gonna be a big sister."
The girl just sighed and leaned against her shoulder, "K."
Justin herded the boys back into the house and she and he set everyone up with lunch as they waited for news about Joey Junior.
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