You ever have one of those moments where everything goes wrong at once?
Okay, so yes, in general, my entire life was one of those moments.
But really, can anyone have worse timing than I do? I mean, what a way to find that out, right?
“Um… You can’t be.”
April elbowed him, hard, and he winced. Clayton rubbed his stomach and turned her around in his arms. He couldn’t really see it, but that could just be because she wasn’t really showing yet. He would almost rather that it wasn’t, given where they were right now. He shook his head. “I mean that in the sense that… You wouldn’t be here right now if you were and you knew. You wouldn’t have done all that training with me and let me go on this stupid mission. You wouldn’t have gone to the diner with me. There’s no way. You wouldn’t risk things like that.”
She sighed, her hand over her stomach, tears in her eyes. “I… I had thought I maybe was before, and I wanted to talk to you about it, but then you got kidnapped, and I almost lost you, and it wasn’t really time to bring up the subject. And then I got caught up in helping you recover and training you and… Well, I didn’t have any of the early symptoms anymore, so I was able to ignore it, and all of this was set in motion when I actually took the test, and then I couldn’t tell you because you couldn’t afford the distraction. I figured that I’d tell you after we had this whole thing settled. When it was over. I just wanted that… normal life we kept talking about, and if we were going to have kids, I wanted it to be then, when we were safe, when they’d caught this creep. That’s why I finally gave in and agreed to doing all this work for the stupid plan. And I… I was being overly optimistic, I guess. We were only supposed to let Kilbourne see you were alive at the diner. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.”
“April, nothing ever goes according to plan with me.”
“I know! Why do you think I flipped out when we first got here? Because I should have known better. Because that damn electric shock could already have…” She flinched, the tears really coming down now, and Clay pulled her into his arms. Sure, there were worse ways to find out his wife was pregnant, but this had to be one of the top ten—at least in terms of how the timing really, really sucked. They were in the hands of a man that had experimented on Clayton and wanted to do the same to the baby after it was born.
“I can assure you, Mrs. Moore, I will not let anything happen to your offspring. It is far too valuable to me,” Kilbourne said, and April shuddered. Clayton gagged. No way was that man getting anywhere near his wife or their child.
Of course, how to stop him was a completely different story. Even with the training Clay now had, they were still outnumbered, Kilbourne had a gun, and April had to be protected.
Now would be a really nice time for the cavalry to show up.