1 Something Different

CHAPTER 1

"Nice dress" he said. "Take it off."

Who would have thought that 5 words could create so much trouble?

It had been about 2 and a half months since that night, and even now, I had no idea what it all meant.

Lying in bed one night, I got to thinking about the 2 men, who were kind off in my life at the moment.

First there was Joe Morelli, the man who I have loved since I was 6 years old, when he had taught me the choo-choo game. I could be happy with Morelli, except that I don't know if he can trusted to stay with me, and only me. Morelli men have a wondering eye, the majority of them cheat on their wives, and that was what I worried about. More so now with his ex high school girl friend, Terry Gilman, hanging around him. And then there was Ranger, a man who has no fixed address, that I know of, a daughter, which means an ex-wife, and that was all I knew about Ranger.

All I knew was that life was about to get more complicated.

The next morning, I got up and headed to the shower, while under the water I looked down at my toes, and realized that in a few months, I wouldn't be able to see my toes, or any other part of my body down there due to my fat tummy. I had mixed feelings about being pregnant, but I did know that I was pretty sure that I wanted this child, I just didn't know how the father would react. So far Mary Lou and I were the only ones to know, and I was surprised that she hadn't told anyone, but then again, I did threaten her with my gun, if she told anyone. Mary Lou had been after me to tell her who the father was, but so far, I wasn't going to tell anyone, until I told him, but he hadn't been around for about a month and a half, and I didn't know when he would be back.

I got out of the shower and while I was getting dressed, I decided that I had to call him, to tell him, I was pregnant, provided that I could find him.

But I had to go to the office first.

On my way to the office, I had a bad feeling that my secret was about to be let out of the bag, and that Connie and Lula were going to bombard me when I got to the door. That meant if they knew then the whole burg probably knew.

As I parked big blue outside the office, I noticed that there were no black cars out front, which meant Ranger wasn't back yet.

As I opened the door, I heard Connie and Lula arguing about pizza.

"Hey guys, what's up?" I asked

"Not much, we were just talking about our favorite pizza toppings. Mine is ham, bacon and pineapple" replied Lula

"That's disgusting" replied Connie, "I go for the vegetarian pizza, personally"

"What about you Steph?" asked Lula

"Well of late I've been liking cheese, mushrooms, ham and pineapple"

"Yewwww" the both said

"Are you ok Steph?" asked Connie "You look a bit pale"

"Yeah I'm fine, just been feeling a little bit sick. Do you know when Ranger is getting back in town?"

"Yeah he should be getting back today sometime" said Connie

Out of the blue Lula suddenly asked "Are you preggers Steph?"

I felt all the blood drain out of my face, "What makes you ask that?"

"Well the strange pizza combo's, feeling sick this morning and now your all pale, you should probably sit down before you faint"

"Now that you mention it, it does make sense" said Connie

"So are you?" they kept asking

"If I tell you, do you promise not to say anything at all? I'll shoot you if you do!" I think they realized that it was an empty threat, because I hate shooting at people.

"Of course we promise" they replied

"Then yes, I'm a 8 weeks gone"

I wasn't expecting the response they gave, they both jumped up and were hugging me and crying yelling at me for not telling them earlier.

The next thing I knew Vinnie came running out of his office, wanting to know what was going on.

I shoot both Lula and Connie a look, that meant don't you dare tell him.

"Um, nothing at all, we were just talking about girl stuff" said Lula

Obviously upset that we wouldn't tell him, he retreated back into his office.

"So who's is it?" asked Connie

"Oh I bet its Ranger's, she just asked when he was coming back" said Lula

"Forget it guys, I'm not telling you!"

"Listen, do you have any FTA's?" I asked "I'm kinda gonna need to money now"

"Yeah, two just came in, are you sure you want them?"

"YES, I'm sure, I'm only pregnant, not dying!"

Connie handed me the files, and I flipped them both open to read them, "Martin Goode, busted for DUI and carrying concealed, an eight inch flick knife. Ok, I can handle this. The second FTA Sally Turton, B & E"

I did a quick calculation, and I would get about $800 for the both of them.

"Hey Lula, you wanna ride along?"

"Sure, got nothing better to do! But we gotta take my car, I need surround sound, I need Dolby."

"Ok lets go in your car"