Clearing his throat, he said, How long ago was this again?
A man or an older boy has to get his penis inside or near a girl’s privates. Then he puts in some seeds and the baby grows.Peaches looks horrified. It was only a dare. Don’t tell my mama!
Did you do that with a boy, honey? It’s okay. I won’t tell her if you don’t want me to.One time last fall, a long time ago, we were playing hide-and-seek in the dark, and my friend Molly’s cousin from Beckley dared me to let his privates touch my privates. He didn’t put his snake inside, but he rubbed it on me and afterward I was wet. I hit him in the face because I thought he’d peed on me. Now we are getting to the heart of it.Another contraction but at least she’s not screaming.
Mama will hate me. She will be so mad. There have been other girls in the church that had babies, but they were in high school. I’m just a kid. You think it was the boy and his seed? Not Jesus?Miss Becky. I don’t feel so good. I’m going to puke.
I grab a pillow to catch the vomit and protect the flowered carpet.
I go very still. We have nothing ready for the birth! And again I haven’t even listened to the fetal heartbeat.Stunned, horrified, confused, I could do nothing but stare at him as I tried to work out what the hell he could mean. What? No. Wh—Aidan, that’s not possible. I thought that wasn’t possible. You have guardianship. Full custody.
He shook his head, scrubbing his hands over his short beard like he wanted to rip the thing off in frustration.I didn’t understand. Hadn’t Jan told me Nicky had full custody and she’d left Sylvie to Aidan’s legal care?
There was never anything legal about the custody arrangements between Nicky and Cal, he gritted out. They agreed that she would have full custody and he would see Sylvie whenever he could. When Nicky died, he didn’t even question that she’d asked me to take care of Sylvie.Anger was building in my gut. So why now?