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I don't know anything about babies or pregnancy. But I do know that the Moment You Tell the Father is a pretty big deal. So is the Moment You Tell Your Friends … and Your Mother … and Everyone Else. There are a hundred websites devoted to helping you break the news. Some people put plastic babies in cakes for an unsuspecting relative to break a tooth on. Some put a literal bun in the oven and hopes someone gets the witty reference. Some fly banner planes, some rent billboards butno one wants the news to break the way Nicole's did. No one wants a thousand gossip sites running the headlineWho Is Nicole Brantley's Baby Daddy?I think of all of the people that news hit. Clarke, her husband who didn't even know about her affair. Her friends, those social maggots that will use this to feast on her for years. Her parents, those society mavens who had earned all their fortune on condoms yet got all aflutter if her table settings didn't include a fish knife. All those people, everyone in her life, getting her joyous baby news in this horrific fashion. Something 10 years in the making … and I had ruined it.
I felt terrible. Even worse once I found out that Paulo wasn't the dad. All of my texts back and forth with Cammie, all my soul-searching and inner debates … wasted. I had a moment of guilt over some gleeful moments where we had made fun of her predicament. Nicole's probably not even with Paulo anymore. She probably got pregnant and kissed good-bye to that affair — fully focused on her new future.
Carter called an ambulance when Nicole collapsed on my floor, her hand gripping her stomach, her outrage interrupted by the pain. I'm glad he called an ambulance; it turns out I am, once again, terrible in emergency situations. I sank to the floor next to her, propping her head up on one of my pumpkin pajama legs and shushed her. I don't know why I shushed. I thought it was, for some reason, soothing.
It didn't. For one, her cursing drowned out any effective soothing qualities. For another, Carter held the phone away from his mouth, mid-directions to 911 and told me to shut up.
So I did. I shut up and let Nicole curse me, I held her in my arms and I prayed that her baby was all right. I had already messed up so much.
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