The morning sickness had already claimed her, and she could only just control herself from throwing up over her purchases. The scent of coffee left her feeling nauseous.

She knocked on Henry’s door and waited for him to answer.

He was on the phone and paused in his speech when he saw her waiting. “I’ll call you back.” Henry hung up the phone and stared at her. “April.”

She held up the bag of baked goods along with the coffee. “I brought you breakfast.”

“Come in.”

Stepping over the threshold into his place, she removed her jacket placing it with his in the corner.

“This smells so good.”

April moved behind him, admiring the view of his ass.

The awkward silence didn’t sit well with her. She stood facing him as he took a seat on the sofa. The same sofa they’d spent nights watching movies snuggling together.

“Was the call important?” she asked, pointing to his pocket where he put his cell phone.

“Not as important as you. Sit down, April. We’re not strangers to each other.”

She tucked some hair behind her ear as she faced him. “I can’t. What I’ve got to say to you has to be done standing up.” April rubbed her temples trying to find the right words to convey her thoughts.

Get it out, April. It can’t stay a secret.

“I lied to you the other day.” She licked her lips. “I’m not any protection. I was scared, and you were there, and I don’t know why I lied.”

Henry stayed silent staring at her.

“I, erm, I could be pregnant. I don’t know if I am, but I’ve been getting sickness in the morning.” She wrung her hands together trying to think of something else to say. Henry stayed on the sofa, staring at her.

“Do you think you’re pregnant?” he asked.

“Yes. I think I’m pregnant.”

“Then we need to take a test.” He stood up.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m going to the pharmacy to get a test. Please, stay here. Don’t run out of me.”

“You’re not angry?”

“Why would I be angry? You were scared. Our relationship hasn’t exactly been the easiest, but I’m not going to be angry at you for needing time. This is a huge step for everyone.” He stepped close, cupping her cheeks. “I’m just pleased you finally came to me.” He dropped a kiss to her lips then moved toward the door. “I’ll be back shortly.”

The sound of the door closing echoed around them. The scent of the coffee turned her stomach. She grabbed the cup and tossed the liquid down the sink before throwing the cup in the trash.

To calm her nerves she continued to clean his apartment for something to do with her hands. She didn’t venture into the bedroom that started all of this.

You can do this, April.

In the back of her mind she still couldn’t believe that she might be pregnant by the man she loved.

Chapter Six

Standing in the pharmacy, Henry felt his hands shake as he picked up one test after another. There were so many for the same thing. How hard was it to tell if a woman was pregnant or not? Running fingers through his hair he settled on the test that seemed the most simple and straightforward.

April could be pregnant with your child.

The thought rang through his head. Weeks ago the thought of April being pregnant had filled him with joy. If she had his kid then that gave him an extra benefit in claiming her. He’d always be present for his child and would provide both the mother and child with a good life. April wasn’t just any woman. She was the woman he’d denied himself because of Julia.

He paid the money, and the woman working the till congratulated him. Henry thanked her, pocketing the test then making his way slowly back toward his apartment.

The joy that had filled him was turning into fear. Women still died of pregnancy, and there was no guarantee that she’d survive it all.

Stop thinking about the crap.

They needed to get past this first stage. If she was pregnant then he was marrying her.

Entering the building he asked if anyone had entered his apartment or tried to leave. The man on the door told him April hadn’t left the building. Feeling relief, Henry went back to his apartment. He found her on the floor, scrubbing.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“I needed to clean. I couldn’t sit around waiting for you to get back.” She didn’t look up. Her ass gave a little shake as she moved her body to clean. Gripping her arm, he tugged her to her feet.

“You could be pregnant, and you shouldn’t be doing this. It could damage you and the baby.”

April shook her head. “Don’t be ridiculous. Pregnant women work all the time, and we don’t even know if I am pregnant.”



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