Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Teenage Today

"I might be pregnant," she mumbled over the phone.

"Oh shit," I said without thinking.

She hung up. I hung up. We both needed some time to think. Turns out one night can ruin your whole life. There was no way we could keep this a secret. We couldn't raise a baby on our own, not while in high school. It just wasn't possible. There were options though. We could put the baby up for adoption. She could get an abortion. We could struggle to raise it on our own, the most troublesome of the three.

Her parents found out. They told my parents. My parents freaked out. They were yelling so loud that I thought one of the neighbors would call the cops on us. But there were no sirens, only yelling.

I called her again.

"What do you want to do?" I asked.

There was a pause.

"I want to keep it," she said.

2 comments:

SavvyD said...

wow! You got me. I thought it actually happened to you. It was so vivid!! Then I read that it was fiction and I thought PHEW! I had too many students who went through that this last year.

noelia ~ said...

"oh shit" is like the best reaction ever to that type of news. almost as if it were real.