In homeroom on thursday, Alice was sitting at her desk staring blankly into space. Her face was pale and her eyes were wide and glazed over.
I walked up to her, "Alice?" I said gently. "Are you alright?"
She jumped as if she hadn't seen me come up to her. "Oh! Angie! Um.... I-I'm fine. I'm fine."
I eyed her, a worried look probably covering my face.
Alice cleared her throat and looked at me, her eyes serious. "My mother is pregnant."
The first thing I think of when someone says there mother is pregnant is "Congratulations! Yay! Baby!", but Alice looked so serious that I didn't know what to say. "Is that bad?"
Alice looked down, "Chad." She said.
I asked quietly, "Chad's baby?"
Alice nodded. Chad is her step dad. Her real dad, John Coleman, died in a bus crash five years ago when Alice was eleven. Alice was nice to Chad, but she had never been able to entirely except him into the family, which I can completely understand. Alice loved her dad, they were really close. Now I understood.
"Oh." I said softly.
Alice nodded again, her eyes tearing up. I put my arm around her and she sniffed. "I know I should be happy for my mom, but.... I-I just..... I find it hard to except Chad as part of my family and it sometimes seems like he tries just a little too hard to earn my trust. I mean, I trust him, but...."
"I know...." I said gently. "But he's not your dad."
Alice nodded and patted her on the back, "I'll see you in third period."
I sat down in Science next to Chris and Mouse. Chris studied my face and said, "Hey, you okay?"
I nodded, "Um, yeah. I'm fine. I'm just worried about.... Alice."
Chris and Mouse looked at me curiously and I sighed. "She might want to tell you two personally. Er, tell Chris....." Mouse pouted as I said this. Mouse likes secrets. Mouse spreads secrets.
At lunch, I saw Chris tense next to me as Kathy walked by. He bent down closer to the table, trying to hide. "Oh my god oh my god oh my god pleaaaase don't walk this way. Please please please don't walk this way!" He whispered, eyeing the empty seat next to him.
Kathy walked right by us. "Hi Angie, Chris." She smiled her creepy 'flirty' smile and passed us.
Chris stood up suddenly, "Hey!"
Kathy whirled around. "What?"
"You didn't sit down and start being all creepy and all I'm-gonna-kill-you-in-your-sleep and all HI CHRIS HOW ARE YOU TODAY!" Chris yelled stupidly.
Kathy looked around at all the staring people and said to Chris, "Hi. How was your day?"
Chris sat down, annoyed. "UHG! You did it wrong!"
"Should I sit down?"
Kathy looked confused and walked away.
"I thought you didn't like Kathy?" I said.
Chris sighed, "I don't. It just kind of worried me that she got out of