"I can't believe you came!" she said in awe. "I thought we were just having a fun time in college. What about your frat brothers?"
Ashley smiled and held his hands out. "What? I can't visit my favorite girl?"
Sonja sputtered. "No, of course! I mean, yes! Of course!" Quickly she covered her mouth and tried to take a steadying breath. "I mean, it's so nice to see you."
Ashley smiled as he leaned forward and whispered, "So, do you think there's someplace private we could go? To celebrate?"
Sonja hedged. "I'm not that kind of girl, Ashley. I told you that in college. I want commitment."
Sonja gazed at the ring he'd placed on her finger and then on his own. "Really?" she asked.
Ashley grinned as he said, "Would I lie to you?!"
Shannon watched Sonja's young man leave and shook his head. How in the world did his baby girl fall for such an idiot?
Sonja was getting the feeling that Ashley might have quite a few 'number one girl's.
Ashley hesitated. "But, that's my baby... I mean... shouldn't I be involved?"
Sonja scoffed. "Like you've been involved the last 6 months! Please! You didn't even want to return my phone call!"
Ashley looked down at the ring in his hand. "But... a baby changes everything..."
Sonja ran her fingers through her hair. "Look, we don't have to stay together just because we have a child. I won't exclude you after the baby's born... but... right now I just need you to leave!"
Ashley's shoulders slumped as he walked away.
"Wh... What?!" Sonja startled. "Oh God. I didn't see you there Benjamin." Benjamin had recently begun hanging out at their house quite a bit. He and Dad got along really well.
Benjamin looked down at his feet. "I just saw you'd been talking to Ashley and when you walked in, you looked like you were going to cry." Taking a deep breath, he got to the point. "I just wanted you to know that if it was me... I would've called you back..."
Sonja's eyes flooded with tears. "It's been so hard knowing what to do!"
Sonja scoffed through her tears. "Well, I don't think there's much you can do!" she said as she leaned back. And stared straight into Benjamin's beautiful brown eyes.
"Could what?" Sonja asked nervously.
"Help you. If you'll let me..."
"I..." Sonja started to say. Benjamin leaned in and kissed her sweetly on the lips.
"Don't decide now. Just think about it." He leaned forward and kissed her again and left her standing there wondering what she should do.
Slipping into her pajamas, she went to bed, hoping to sleep until the next decade.
"Cheers!" smiled Brittany.
Benjamin looked concerned. "What's wrong? Are you okay?"
Sonja wiped the tear away. "Yes, I'm fine. It's just that. I guess our protection didn't work... I found out I'm... pregnant..."
Benjamin smiled as he whooped. Walking forward he held Sonja's hands. "That's not bad news. That's wonderful!"
Benjamin laughed as he slipped the ring on her finger. "More sure than anything else in this world. I've loved you since you came home infatuated with the idiot. I'll always love you!"
Ashley just smiled and picked up his little boy who had been playing outside in the front yard. "What? Can't a man say hello to his boy?!"