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Chapter 3

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“Zac, you awake?” Tay’s voice floated

through my mind. He sounded so far away,

 but I knew he was standing beside me.

I could feel his trembling hand on my

shoulder.

“I was starting to get worried.” Natalie’s

 voice came in clearer. I felt real dizzy.

 I opened my eyes and saw I was no

longer in the bathroom, but now on a

 laid back airplane chair with a cold

 rag resting on my beating forehead.

 Everyone surrounded me.

“How long have I been asleep?” I

 couldn’t quite remember what had

 happened. First I was talking to Kate,

 and then…oh, no. It hadn’t been a

dream. Kate had told me she was

pregnant, and I had passed out right

 there. There she had been, crying her

 eyes out, and the best I could do was

 faint on her. Just what she needed at

a time like that.

“Awhile, man, almost two hours.” Ike

 looked sicker than ever. What was

wrong with him? It was eating me alive.

 I looked around, but Kate was nowhere

 to be seen.

“Where’s Kate? Where is she?” Suddenly

 my heart seemed to be beating itself

 out of my chest.

“Calm down, man, she’s in the bathroom.”

Taylor was looking at me this weird way.

Why was everyone doing that to me today?

A better question might be why I was acting

 so strange all day. Amidst all my thinking I

almost didn’t realize when Kate came moping

 out of the bathroom. She just ran to me and

 I hugged her as tight as I could. Man, I was

 in deep now. Questions raced through my

 mind with no answers to be found. I grabbed

 Ike by the shirt collar.

“I need to talk to you,” I mumbled as I

 dragged him into the bathroom.

“Watch it! What is with you today? What’s

 going on?” Ike seemed like the only

person I could trust right now. I took a

 deep breath.

“Ike, Kate’s…pregnant.” I breathed.

He seemed to be in the same state of

 shock that I had been. I slid down on

the floor like a slinky. The tears rushed

 back to my eyes.

“Zac, I…I don’t know what to say…is

that why you…?”

“Yeah,” I finished for him. I couldn’t

stand to hear anyone say it. How did this

 happen? Everything was going so fast.

Once again, Ike seemed to read my mind.

 He does that a lot.

“Don’t beat yourself up, man. It happens…

we’ll, we’ll work this out…” he tried to finish,

 but I could see he was starting to cry, too,

 no matter how much he tried to hide it from

 me.

“You don’t understand!” I gasped.

“I was planning on breaking it off and,

 well; now, I’m just, I’m stuck! I can’t do

 that now! What kind of person would I be

 if I did that? I mean, what am I going to do

 now? Can you tell me that, Ike? Cause

 you always seem to have the answers

 to everything, so how about you give

it a shot on this one huh?” My voice had

 gone from a whisper to a whiney kind

of yell. But I couldn’t help it…I thought

I was going to go insane. I was startled

 when someone knocked on the door.

“You guys in there?” Oh no. It was Kate.

Had she heard what I said?

“Uh, yeah, Kate, we’ll be right there…”

 Ike just looked at me. “It’s gonna be ok man,

 it’s gonna be ok.” And with that he clicked

 open the door and walked out. Just like

that. I furiously started to wipe the tears

 from my face. I rushed past Kate and

went to sit down again. Tay came over,

 and by the look on his face, I knew he

 knew. He tilted his head and stared at

 me. I looked away, hoping he couldn’t

 see I’d been crying.

“You know?” I asked, still looking at

 the floor.

“Yeah, I know.” I hadn’t realized it

yet but his face was red and flushed.

 Oh, god. Was he gonna cry, too?

I was surprised to hear Ike’s voice behind

 me.

“Look, man, let’s just make it through

 the concert, and we’ll go out tonight.

 We’ll figure everything out. Don’t worry so

 much. Tay, can I get a minute with you?”

 I hadn’t even known he was there. Tay stood

 up and followed Ike a couple rows back.

Ike said something I couldn’t quite make out,

 but when Taylor’s face got as white as a

ghost, I knew he had told him that I’d wanted

 to break it off with Kate before all this

happened. Tay looked over at me and

 just gawked. He turned back to Ike

and they talked a small while more.

I sighed, slipping on my headphones

 yet again. I was in deep shit this time,

 and there was no getting out of it.

As I listened to the loud music against

 my ears, I realized something. Since

 Kate was pregnant, that meant we

had to get – MARRIED?!

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