“I threw them away” Charlotte said, nibbling at a piece of crust from the lemon meringue pie Katie had baked at her request.
Kate talked over the whirling Kitchen Aid Mixer, “Threw what away?”
“My birth control pills.” She answered as nonchalantly as if she’d been telling her best friend about the weather. “Hey can I have another piece of this pie? It’s delicious!”
Kate turned off the mixer and grabbed the server.
“CHAR!!!” Kate laughed as she cut another triangle, “Why in the world would you throw your pills away…?”
Charlotte just grinned at Kate.
“…Unless you and Nick are…”
Charlotte kept eating, “Yep.” She offered in between chews.
“CHARLOTTE MARIE VAUGHN are you telling me you’re trying to have a baby?” Kate squealed, her eyes dancing with delight.
Kate sat down on the stool at the kitchen island next to her friend, picking at the flaky crust on Charlotte’s plate. She hated meringue, but the crust was pure buttery goodness.
Thoughtfully she put it in her mouth and looked at Charlotte through teary eyes.
“Do you remember the year we met?”
“I do, even though it was doused in vodka.” She teased.
“Well you know what I remember about that year?” Kate said. “I remember you telling me that you never ever ever wanted to have a baby. I think your exact words were ‘not in this lifetime’ and ‘I’ll be an excellent aunt to your kids. ‘ “
Charlotte sighed, “I know but…”
“and then there were all those years you were married….” Kate went on but Charlotte started talking over her.
“…Oh, you think it would have been a good idea for me to have babies with Todd?”
Kate stopped dead. “No, I wouldn’t have let you raise llamas with that asshat.”
“So, now? Something’s changed?” Kate asked as she spun the pie plate around and broke off more the crust.
“It has.” Charlotte said, her eyes dreamy as she fiddled with the red magnetic B she had swiped from the refrigerator when she walked in. “From the moment I met Nick I knew this was different. I want to have his babies.”
Their eyes locked and it was Kate who spoke first, “Oh my god…”
Charlotte grinned, “Yeah, pretty crazy huh?”
“YEAH, but this means I get to be an aunt now too!”
“It sure does, you don’t think I’d decide to do something this nuts without your help do you?”
“Never doubted it for a moment.” Kate laughed as she reached for the plastic letter, and Charlotte grabbed her hand.
“What is this?” she asked spinning Kate’s hand to reveal a diamond that looked nothing like the one her best friend normally wore.
Kate blushed and dropped her eyes to the cushion set stone that was dancing in the light.
“Katie?” Charlotte whispered. “Is that what I think it is?”
Her best friend nodded, “Lance asked me to marry him last night.”
Write on Edge wanted us to play a game of “I SPY” using the picture below, I chose that happy RED B at the top left to lead me into the next chapter of this story.
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