Saturday, January 21, 2006

He was smiling

as he walked out to his new car. It was not a new car but it was new to him. He had fixed up the engine, gave it a nice wash and wax, cleaned out the inside and covered the seats with a nice blanket to cover up the rips in the upholstery. Ok, so it wasn’t like the car that the guys that lived on the other side of town drove but it was HIS car and that was all that mattered.

He had worked really hard the last few months getting ready for this life changing event and the car was something that he had to have. He was a father now he really had to buckle down and be responsible. School was out, he had graduated…barely but he did it and he did it while working two jobs. He needed to save up the money, he needed to get this car and he needed to get ready to move into an apartment or maybe even a small house. Now that he was a family man there was so much to be thinking about. It had been difficult, at times he did not think that he could keep going but he did and now the day had come.

He was on his way to the hospital to pick up Shannon and baby Michael. His dad had told him that he would never amount to anything and no one would ever take him seriously. But Shannon did and it did not matter that they did not have a lot of money; it was ok. They would make it and be ok because they had enough; he would work as hard as he could to make sure of that. He had feared in the past that she would not really want to be with him, she had everything and he had....not much. She had assured him that she loved him and no matter what her parents thought, what her friends thought all she wanted was to be with him and their baby.

They were the proverbial couple; him from the wrong side of the tracks and her from the right side. The north side of town is where all the people lived who had money, nice houses, and nice cars. The south side is where he lived and it wasn’t so nice. Sometimes late at night he would walk through the north side of town and look at the wonderful homes and imagine what was happening inside. He imagined a family sitting at the table for dinner, smiling at each other sharing each others day. He imagined his family, Shannon and Michael sharing in nightly dinners and sharing each others day. He was going to make it happen; they were going to have a home like that one day. He was going to make Shannon proud; he was going show his father, her parents and her friends that they were all wrong about him. He would so show them…this car was just the start.

They would have to stay at his parent’s house for just a little while. He almost had enough money to get their own place. He knew it was asking a lot but it was only for a short time and his dad was out all the time anyway. He rarely came home anymore and mom would not be bothered by them she would enjoy having a baby in the house for a little while.

He pulled into the hospital parking lot; he could hardly contain his excitement. He had anticipated this moment and prepared for it for months now this was it the beginning of their new life together. He took one more look at the car to make sure it looked ok for Shannon; he wanted her to see that he was doing it; he was doing what he had promised. He was taking care of them. Once he was satisfied he turned and headed for the doors of the hospital.

He found the maternity ward. He had been there a couple of times since Michael was born but it was all a daze everything was like a dream. He walked into Shannon’s room with the flowers he had picked up on his way in…..but…she was not there. Well he might have the wrong room he had been pretty dazed the last time he’d been to visit. So he walked to the nurse’s station.
He said smiling widely: “Hi, I am looking for Shannon Jones; I am here to pick her and my son up.” “We’re going home today”.
The nurse looked up the records to find what Shannon’s room was.
Nurse said: “Well it looks like she has already checked out….she left about an hour ago with the baby.”
He said…”That can’t be right, can you check again. I am Michael’s father; I am here to pick them up. They would not just leave.”
Nurse said: “I am sorry sir; it says here that the mother’s parents picked her and the baby up”

He could not believe it…..he was shattered…he knew what this meant; they were gone she had gone home with her parents. He’d be lucky if they'd even let him speak to Shannon. She had left him. She had taken Michael and left him.

6 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

Oh no! Tell me this isn't a true story. How terribly sad :(
Don't keep me hanging! Tell me there's a happy ending.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Kylee said...

Yes...Sad and true.

4:56 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

My heart literally just broke in two...

7:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh bugger :(

7:34 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

What comes/came next?

9:55 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

I came back to find out what happened.... ???

4:52 AM  

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