Pregnant, Id took a sample of urine down to the chemist at the bottom shops. I waited as pensioners came in with prescriptions chatted with each other about the weather and the new pebble dashing the council were putting on the houses. What a bloody mess little pebbles everywhere.
I picked up some nail varnish, it was in the sale fifty pence jet black I put it on the counter and stood rattling the change in my hand.
The assistant came through from the back I reached out with the nail varnish and the change. ‘Positive’ she smiled taking the fifty pence. ‘Do you want it in a bag?’
‘No I stuttered it can go in my pocket’ the huge old cash register rang out. As she dropped the change into the drawer. Signifying the massive change in my life.
I had to go home and pack. ‘Positive’ she said didn’t she?
I have to pack and find somewhere to live. I’m going to be a Mammy.
This time it will be different.
I walked slowly up the hill and through the woods home. It was March it wasn’t cold but I shivered. The woods were just coming alive again trees and bushes squirrels I sat on a log by the stream.
A million thoughts racing through my head.
I cant let Dad find out
Who should I tell?
Should I tell anyone?
I’d tell Mike we were best mates he’d know what to say.
I walked over towards his house he was half way down his street walking towards me I stood and waited for him to get to me.
“Where you going?” he smiled
“I’m just on my way over to yours to pick up my washing.”
Mikes Mam had died a few years ago and my mam had started doing his washing he was working in Fine fare supermarket instore carpet shop and she made sure his shirts were ironed he had to look the part.
We walked back towards the woods. ‘Come and sit by the big oak for a bit.’ I asked.
‘You okay?’ I didn’t answer and we walked along the path towards the big oak tree,
It was like my huge big forever friend, always there I’d climb up sit in the branches with a book hanging from the branch was the rope swing id fell of more times than I can remember.
Mike grabbed the rope and swung out over the bomb hole.
Jet black hair blowing in the breeze whoo whoo he shouted ‘come on jump on as he swung back towards me.
I grabbed the rope and straddled across his legs holding the rope and tilting my head back to feel the breeze. Closing my eyes. The rope creaked.
Birds song distant sound of a lawn mower I loved it here in the woods I lifted my head looked at Mikes smiling face he didn’t look old enough to have a job such a baby face we’d been friends for years we shared a paper round.
He bought me a gold fish for the pond in mams back garden Dad had joked and said we were now engaged as he’d given me a goldfish.
But Mike had more girl friends than any other lad I knew he was so handsome but he was my friend. Best friend.
‘I’m pregnant’ I heard myself say.
Shit it was out there I’d said it.
I jumped off the swing and he jumped off landing awkwardly beside me.
‘Fuck Boo” He yelled.
I looked at him as he sat on the old log at the top of the bank. I watched the rope swing still sway in the breeze.
‘My bloody ankle’
‘What did you just say, pregnant’?
‘There’s only us bloody here fucking hell Boo Your Dad is going to kill you!’
I sat beside him, I felt numb. He was right he’d go spare.
Especially if he knew I’d told someone.
‘Can I feel he looked at me and I felt myself smile as he gently put his hand on my belly.
I laughed ‘nothing to feel yet I think I’m about four months’ ‘But it’s still in there he didn’t move his hand’
I stood up
‘Well what are you going to do?’
‘Have a baby Dad can fuck right off, I’m leaving home so don’t say anything yet.’
‘I’m saying nothing!’ he said with an exaggerated scared look on his face
‘Does anyone else know?
‘No and No I don’t have a plan!’
I need a plan’
“You need a fucking plane ticket he joked”
We walked back to the house and through the back gate Dad was in the back garden sawing wood with a band saw, ‘Alright Mr H?’ Dad grunted and carried on sawing Mike looked at me and did that face again running his finger across his neck. I kicked him as he opened the back door.
Mam was in the living room knitting I put the kettle on and Mam came in fussing around Mike and folding up his washing for him and asking him about his job, I sat by the coal fire waiting for the kettle to boil listening to Mike sweet talk my Mam.
Fuck I really do need a plan now!