Broken Frames, Torn Pictures Chapter 19

“No he’s not.” Thalassa assured me. “He’ll have to kill both of us before I let that happen.”

“That’s assuring…” I muttered.

“It should be because my father would never kill me.” Thalassa stood up. “We might as well tell him now.”

I bolted up. “What? I’m still trying to come to terms with us having a baby, and now you want to tell your father!”

“Yes. We should tell him before it becomes noticeable that I’m pregnant and he figures it out on his own. That conversation would be a million times worse than this one.” Thalassa shrugged. “Sometimes, you just have to pick your battles.”

“At least let me take a shower before we go over there.”

“I’ll be waiting.”

I drew that shower out for as long as I could. It gave me some time to really think about what was happening. I had just turned 18, and now I was going to raise a kid in… however long it takes to have a baby. We’ll have to get stuff for it. How much does all that even cost to go to a hospital? We don’t have insurance.

I sat down in the shower and tried to focus on the spray hitting my back. I just needed to calm down. We’d figure everything out, just like Thalassa said.

There was a knock on the door. “Don’t use up all the hot water, you goober!” Thalassa called out. “I have to take a shower too.”

“Goober?”

“Well it got your attention, didn’t it?

Eh, she was right. I stepped out of the shower and toweled off. “Here you go,”

“It’s about time.” Thalassa smirked as she closed the door.

And now I’m alone. I need to practice what I’m going to tell Magnifi…

“Remember when you told me to stay away from your daughter? I didn’t.”

God, my attempts at comedy only make me look like an asshole.

“Well, I had no idea how pregnancy worked, so I’m about as surprised as you are- Ugh, no!”

“Jove, are you talking to yourself?” Thalassa called from the bathroom.

“…Yes.”

“What are you talking about?”

“What I’m gonna say to Magnifi.”

“Okay, you keep doing that.”

I wonder if Thalassa’s having the same problem as me. She couldn’t possibly know what to do about something as unexpected as this. If she did, I’d truly be amazed.

Thalassa emerged from the shower and pulled on her shoes. When I didn’t follow, she frowned. “Well come on, my father won’t talk to himself.”

“You’re sure?”

“Absolutely.”

Reluctantly, I followed her out the door, my mind still trying to figure out how she could be so calm. After being unable to figure out the answer myself, I just asked.

“Well, we have to tell him regardless, so there’s no reason to worry about it.”

Other than that, we didn’t say anything else. I imagine we were both too busy getting lost in our thoughts to actually talk, which wasn’t much of a surprise.

Once we arrived, Thalassa knocked on the door. It opened, and a confused Magnifi stepped out.

“Thalassa? What are you doing here?”

“Well Father, Jove and I want to tell you something.”

My heart pounded in my chest as we were shown inside. Magnify sat down in a chair and for once he didn’t look like he was angry.

Thalassa took a deep breath. “I’m pregnant.”

Magnifi froze, and there’s the anger. His eyes locked on mine.”You did this on purpose, didn’t you.”

“No! Why the hell would I do that?” Well, I hadn’t practiced for this line of questioning.

Magnifi was pissed. “You wanted to pressure Thalassa into keeping you around so you have a place to live. You’re just using her for your own benefit.”

“Father, that couldn’t be any farther from the truth.”

“When did this even happen!”

Thalassa for the first time since I met her, attempted to avoid eye contact with her father. “When you were gone for the Magician’s Grand Prix.”

“You told me you weren’t going to have anyone over.” Magnifi didn’t yell at her like he had me. He spoke in a low voice that scared me more than his regular voice ever could.

“I…Yes. I did.” Thalassa hung her head low. “I lied to you.”

“Thalassa, you’re barely an adult. How do you expect to raise a child?”

Thalassa frowned. “We’ll figure something out. You raised me by yourself, so it shouldn’t be too hard to raise a baby with the two of us. We can work, and make enough money.”

Magnifi’s voice softened. “It’s not just about whether or not you can make enough money, it’s about having enough maturity to make hard decisions. I wasn’t your age when I had you.”

“Well we’re going to figure it out as we go along, and nothing you say can change that.”

It seemed like Magnifi wanted to move on to an easier target now that he was done talking with Thalassa, so naturally he addressed me. “You’ve been quiet.” His voice had lost its previous softness. Frankly, I was glad. It would have just made me feel bad for being such a disappointment.

“I mean…” I looked anywhere that wasn’t where Magnify sat. “I don’t really know how to feel about all of this. I hadn’t expected to raise a kid this early in my life. I don’t even know how pregnancy works.”

Magnifi did what I could only describe as an outward demonstration of both disgust and embarrassment. He buried his face in his hands and let out a long sigh. “Thalassa, why couldn’t you find someone who actually knows what pregnancy is to get you pregnant?”

“Because I like Jove.”

“There are much better boys your age…”

“Uh… hi?” I tried to butt in. “Could you two please stop talking about me like I’m not in the room?”

“Jove is perfectly fine!” Thalassa completely ignored me.

“I know you want to have a boyfriend and all, but you don’t have to pick up the first one you find in the gutter.”

Ouch. I don’t think my feeble pride can take anymore of this… “I have to use to restroom.” I finally announced.

Thalassa finally looked over at me. “It’s down the hall on the left.” She looked back at her father. “I didn’t find him in…”

I got out of there before I could hear the rest of their arguing. Once in the bathroom, I sat on top of the toilet seat and pressed my knees against my chest. This argument about me didn’t seem to be a new thing. Magnifi’s probably voiced his disdain for me countless times, and I’m just now hearing the product of those arguments.

What were Thalassa and I going to do once the baby’s born? We just moved in together. What if we end up hating each other’s guts? There are plenty of couples that I’ve seen that were miserable around each other. Hell, I lived with one. How badly would that affect our kid if they were in the middle of it?

Great, and now I’m crying again. This day is just getting better and better.

“Jove?” Thalassa was knocking on the door. “Are you okay? You sound upset.”

“Y-yeah…” I wiped my eyes. “I’m fine.”

“Can you come out of the bathroom, then?”

Before I opened the door, I checked to make sure it wasn’t painfully obvious that I had just been crying like a little bitch. It wasn’t, so I opened the door. “Hi.”

“Did my father make you upset?”

“No. I couldn’t care less about what he says.”

“You don’t have to put on a brave face. I can talk to him if you need me to.”

Geez, the one time she catches on to Magnifi making me uncomfortable, and it isn’t even at a time when Magnifi is making me feel uncomfortable. Just great. “No really. He doesn’t bother me at all.”

Thalassa nodded slowly. “Okay, I believe you. Now get out of here, I have to pee.”

I laughed as I walked back into the living room. Magnifi was sitting there, waiting for me.

“You must think you’re some pretty hot stuff for getting Thalassa under your thumb.” He said.

Here we go again… “No sir. Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about any of this.”

Magnifi stood up and stared down at me. He must have been well over six feet. “I’m just going to tell you one thing before you go.” He paused, and I took this as a sign to ask what, exactly, he wanted to tell me. “You’ll never be a part of this family. I don’t care how many children you have.”

“W-what?”

Jove looked up at the district courtroom. He had dropped Apollo off at Johann’s apartment so there wouldn’t be a constant tug at Jove’s sleeve asking to go to the bathroom, or to get some water. But Jove had the sneaking suspicion that not bringing Apollo wasn’t going to make the proceedings any easier.

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