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In A Heartbeat(9)

By:Hilary Storm

~Chapter Three~


Seven months ago

Taron: Where are you?

Talon: At the club.

Taron: Dude, your girl is at the river near the bridge.

Talon: What? Are you with her?

Taron: No I was driving by and saw her.

Talon: Go back and find her, I’m on my way.

I am driving like a lunatic to the bridge. Nicole has been very depressed lately. She told me that she couldn’t go through with the pregnancy. She said having a baby now will ruin her life. I begged her to reconsider and told her I would take care of it with her. She didn’t want any part of that. I got so pissed at her that I couldn’t even look at her. How could she think about ending the life of our child after she saw the heart beating on the monitor? We heard the swooshing sound that proved the baby was alive and well. How could she consider doing anything to stop that heart from beating?

I just stormed out on her not that long ago at her apartment after she told me she wanted an abortion. What is she doing out at the river?

My headlights shine on the bridge and I see that she is on the outside of the rail hanging on. Taron is talking to her and trying to hang on to her from the inside of the rail. I run to where Taron is standing and freeze because I hear Nicole sobbing and talking to Taron.

“I can’t go through with this. My life is over if I have a baby. I will never be able to finish college. I don’t even love him anymore. Leave me alone Taron. Let me do this.”

“I am not letting you do this to my brother. He loves you and this baby.”

“What the hell do you know about love?” She mumbles to Taron.

“Just that my brother is more capable of it than I am and that you are his everything.”

“He left me today.”

“I am sure it is just a misunderstanding.” Taron tries to reassure her.

“Nicole, what are you doing?” I ask her.

“Talon, I told you that I am not having this baby. You won’t listen to me and I feel like I am losing control of my life.”

“I will listen to you, just get off the ledge and we will talk. I promise you that I will be here for everything. Please Nicole. Please get off the ledge.”

Taron is still holding on to Nicole. She is sobbing uncontrollably and no longer holding onto the railing. Taron manages to grab her in a bear hug and falls backwards onto the road with her in his arms. I grab her up into my arms and hug her as tight as I can. She scared the shit out of me and I am afraid to let her go. She is not hugging me back. She is standing there lifeless in my arms. “Why did you come here?” I whisper to her.

“I am done Talon. I hate my life. I don’t want to be with you anymore. I don’t want this baby and you are pressuring me to keep it.”

“Let’s go and talk about this together somewhere.” I notice Taron is standing nearby. He has always been there for me and now he is here when I need him the most.

“I don’t want to talk about it anymore, let go of me.” Nicole is getting pissed off. I release her. She takes a step back from me and just looks at me. She has a look in her eyes that I have never seen before.

“I am going to have an abortion. You can’t stop me. I am not in love with you Talon.” She says, and turns to start to walk away from me. I am standing there and I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest.

“How can you kill something that we created? How can you expect me to stand by and let you do that? I won’t be able to live with myself if I don’t try to stop you.”

“I knew you wouldn’t listen to me. We both want different things.”

“This is new for me too, Nicole. Life will throw us curve balls and we have to learn to deal with them. I want to keep our baby. I will raise it myself. Don’t have the abortion. Please listen to me. You will never have to deal with it after it is born. My family will help me raise it. I will dedicate my whole life to giving it everything it needs.”

“Talon I am already with someone else.” I hear this and I am instantly full of rage and anger.

“What are you talking about Nicole? Who else have you been fucking?”

“I just needed some pills. He told me that the only way he would give them to me is if I had sex with him.”

I can’t even think right now. I am so pissed that my mind won’t focus on words to say to her. “Who fucking ‘gave’ you pills Nicole?”

“His name doesn’t matter. I just needed the pills to figure out what I wanted to do.”

“What do you mean you needed pills to figure out what you wanted to do, Nicole? Those fucking pills will not help you think straight. They will not fix everything that is wrong in the world.”