Elias was keenly aware of his pounding heart as he walked around to the front of the karaoke bar. This would be his first time seeing Siobhan since they ended things. Although he was full of dread, he couldn’t deny the sliver of giddiness threatening to break through at the thought of seeing her again.
She came into view when he rounded the building, still as beautiful as she’d always been.
He took a moment to gather his courage and then walked toward her.
“Elias,” she said tentatively, “thanks for coming.” She was clearly nervous, so he attempted to give her a reassuring look.
“Well… these past couple of months I’ve been really sick. I thought, and everyone around me thought, it was a manifestation of my feelings after the breakup.” Siobhan took a breath. “Come to find out, I’m pregnant with your baby.”
The words caught him off guard.
“Pregnant?” he repeated. “And you’re sure the baby is mine?” He asked not to insinuate anything about her lying or being promiscuous, but because maybe having her say it again would ensure he was hearing her correctly.
“Yes and you’re the father, I’m sure.”
Siobhan was pregnant. With his baby. He was going to be a father! He started to say something, but Siobhan cut him off.
“I was going to get rid of it, but I just couldn’t. You don’t have to be a part of the baby’s life if you don’t want to. Just say the word and I won’t bother you and you’ll never have to worry about me or the baby.”
His eyebrows furrowed. “Of course I want to be a part of my son or daughter’s life.”
“Really? You’re not mad?”
“No! It takes two to make a baby,” he reasoned. “This is good news, Siobhan,” he said. Siobhan’s lips tugged into a small smile.
“Yes! I’m going to be a dad.” He smiled broadly causing Siobhan to laugh at his apparent excitement and out of her own relief.
He wanted to shout from the rooftops; a father! A dad! Elias Castillo was going to be a papá. Proudly, Elias stood and looked around as if searching for someone to tell.
Siobhan stood too, thankful that the conversation turned out to be positive. She had been preparing for much worse. “Good. I thought you’d be mad at me… or that you wouldn’t want anything to do with me after I ended things.”
He turned to her and grabbed her hands like he used to do whenever he had something serious to say.
“The baby had nothing to do with any of that. And I’ll be here for you throughout your pregnancy and of course I’ll always be around for my son or daughter.” He smiled down at her stomach. It wasn’t yet showing any outward signs of new life, but Elias knew life was in there. He believed, he hoped. He didn’t want to miss a minute of it.