Hello! Yes, I am back and with a new chapter! Sorry for any typos in this, I just got an iPad for Christmas so I typed this on that and its much easier to make mistakes on that than on an actual computer! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate and a Happy New Year!


Chapter 17

I am woken up in the morning by my phone ringing from the pile of clothes on the floor. Cyan is still asleep beside me, drooling just a bit onto my pillow. I sit up slowly, my head throbbing and my stomach threatening to throw up all of the beer that I drank the night before.

The phone keeps ringing, an annoying default ringtone that I tell myself that I need to change. It's making my headache worse. Stumbling against the pain, I slowly make my way to it and find it among the pile of dress.

"Hello?" I croak as I sit back down onto the bed. By now Cyan is awake and gazing sleepily at me through tired eyes.

"What the hell happened to you last?!" An obnoxiously loud voice comes through the speaker.

"Grayson!" I am slightly more awake now as I glance guiltily at his brother who just spent the night in my bed. Cyan's eyes go wide and I place a finger to my lips - the universal sign for do not say a word.

"Yeah, you know your boyfriend who you completely ditched night! One minute you were there, the next you were gone and I was being told that you had already left with another guy! Where the fuck did you go?"

"I went home! And why the hell do you care? When I came back you were preoccupied by some blonde!" Getting angry did not help my headache but I couldn't help it.

"...Some blonde...I don't know what you're talking about. And don't turn this on me, who was the guy you left with?!"

Cyan sits up slowly, careful not to make any noise, and puts a hand on my shoulder.

"Cyan brought me home. And now I need to go throw up." I click the end button and slam my phone down so hard that it bounces off the edge. When I had said that I needed to throw up, it was a lie but now as I sit with my head in my hands, Cyan tracing small circles on my back, I can feel it all coming up.

I reach the toilet just in time and then I feel Cyan behind me. He gathers my hair up from my face and continues to massage my back.

"How much do you remember from last night?" He asks quietly a few minutes later.

Using the seat as my pillow and turn to face him. "Enough." Then I'm back to puking.

Soon - after the majority of my stomach contents are out and my teeth are brushed - I am laying back on my bed, Cyan beside me.

"Thank you," I mumble. "Thank you for not letting last night happen."

Cyan presses a kiss to my messy hair as a response.

"Grayson must have spent the night at Braden's if he doesn't already know that you are the one who brought me home last night," I muse.

"I hope so, he was hammered."

My mind flashes back to the blonde that Grayson had kissed. I only saw the scene through an alcohol haze but it is still there. I am upset about it but I'm not mad as I probably should be. I find that I am more irritated when I remember the girl that Cyan was making out with and really that makes no sense at all. Cyan and I aren't dating and yet my actual boyfriend had forgotten about me within five minutes.

I look up at Cyan. "So who was that girl that you had hanging off your neck?"

"I should probably go before Grayson gets home and realizes that I haven't been home all night," Cyan says, dodging the question. He gets up and kisses my cheek and then he is gone.

I lounge around my room for the majority of the day. My headache eventually fades and I'm mostly just tired. Mom comes into the room around 5 and I think that she knows that I am hung over but she doesn't say anything.

She comes in, hands me a bowl of soup and some crackers and then sits on my bed. "So we found out the sex of the baby." She says this calmly and as if it's not that big of a deal which it totally is.

I push aside my own anxieties and focus on this. "What is it? Is it a boy? It's a boy, isn't it? No, wait, it's a girl."

"It's a...boy!" Mom smiles now but I can see a touch of sadness at the corner of her smile.

I frown. "What is it, Mom? Are you disappointed that it's a boy?"

"No, no I'm ecstatic...it's just, I feel so guilty and it's just starting to hit me. Bringing another baby into the world is so selfish right now. We don't have the money or the room, really. And it's not fair to you or Ariel or Belle or Phillip-" she's beginning to ramble now. "-with a new baby in the house, it's gonna take up so much of our attention and we've already taken up so much of your time, asking you to babysit so much and-"

I cut her off right there. "Mom, stop. You're freaking out about nothing. We have plenty of money and even if we don't, we will figure something out. And don't feel guilty for taking my time, I like babysitting."

"You do?"

I nod. The truth is, I totally agree with everything that she had said. But it wasn't my place to tell her that, especially if she was realizing it for herself. I really don't want another baby in the house, one that doesn't sleep through the night and would wake me up five times every night. One that everyone would dote over and not leave anything for the rest of us. A new baby means more financial problems that we really don't need. Not to mention the problems with Phillip. But I guess it was selfish of me to say that, so I just kept it so myself.

"Thank you, sweetheart. That means a lot." She pulls me into a hug and it's a good thing that she can't read minds.

"I'm excited." I return the hug. "So does that mean I'm going to have a brother named Eric?"

Mom looks at me and with a completely serious expression. "Actually you're father and I decided on Aladdin."

I blink. Honestly, I wouldn't put it past them.

"I'm just kidding. It's actually a toss-up between Adam and Eric."

She hugs me again and then we hear a crash coming from downstairs.

"What was that?" Mom asks as if I would know.

"Aurora! You're about to have company!" Phillip's voice reaches us. Uh oh.

"Grayson, wait! Don't do this!" That is Cyan.

Oh, shit.

So there it is! Now that I have my iPad, hopefully it will easier for me to write so I can get chapters up quicker! Fingers crossed! I hope you guys liked it! Let me know in the reviews!