Being pregnant wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be. I was already used to throwing up, so morning sickness wasn’t a terrible thing for me. I spent a lot of my first trimester reading about pregnancy and what I needed to do to prepare for my baby. It was a little intimidating, but I knew I wasn’t alone.
Dexter spent a lot of time with me. I think he knew that there was something going on. We spent hours together up in the library, just reading pregnancy and baby books.
Occasionally Zeus would join us as well. He wasn’t as strong of a reader as I was but he was definitely trying to read as many as he could. I was glad he was my partner in this.
As my pregnancy progressed, I switched to online school. Artemis told everyone once she found out, and people were mocking me all through the halls. My grandma and I decided that online school would be best, especially after the baby was born.
When I wasn’t doing my schoolwork, I was practicing some alchemy. With the baby coming, I wanted to know how to protect it. The setup was in Winter’s office, so we spent a lot of time together.
“How have you been holding up?” Winter asked me after a long period of silence.
“I’m doing better now that I’m out of school.” I told her.
“How are you and Zeus?” She looked up from her writing.
“We’re good. I don’t see him much though, since he has a part-time job now. But I’m glad he does, we need the money.”
“Just be sure to make time for each other, that’s really important.” She reminded me.
“Of course, I care about him and we need to work together if we want to stay together. He has a few nights off a week and we usually spend those together.” I assured her.
“That’s good. You’re a smart girl Athena, you’re really mature for your age. I have no worries about whether or not you can pull this off.”
“Thank you, that means a lot.” I gave her a sincere smile. It was nice to hear something like that from her.
“Have you guys thought of any names yet?” She asked.
“Not yet, we’re just focusing on preparing ourselves and saving up money. We don’t even know the sex yet.” I chuckled.
“Alright, well if you need any ideas I can help. I’d love to be involved. This is my first grandchild.” She laughed.
“Oh of course.” I assured her. “I’d love your input.”
“Trust me, I’ve been waiting to have a grandchild. I didn’t think it would be this soon, but nevertheless I’m excited. I’ve got plenty of ideas.”
One of her ideas was having Zeus and Artemis switch rooms. She got his old room and he moved in mine. Of course, we had separate beds, but it would be a nice set up once the baby came. We’d gotten a crib and a few small toys, we were actually very excited for the baby.
“Wow, I can feel him kicking.” Zeus gently laid on hand on my growing stomach as the baby kicked.
“How do you know it’s a boy?” I teased, we didn’t want to know the gender just yet.
“Trust me, a father just knows.” He gave me a cheesy half-smile that made me roll my eyes.
“But on a serious note, how long do you want to stay here?” He asked me.
“Like, living here?”
“Yea, I mean we can’t raise our baby in this house. There’s too many people here. We’ll have to move out at some point. The sooner the better, really.” He explained.
“I guess yea, but you might change your mind once it’s born. Babies are a lot of work, and here we have a lot of support. I think we should stay at least a year. That gives us time to save up and get used to having a baby.” I reasoned. Moving out too soon could add too much stress.
“Yea I guess.”
“We’re not gonna stay here forever babe. I’ll finish school, take care of the baby during the day while you’re at school. Then I’ll get a night job while you stay at home with the baby.” I reasoned.
“What about my job?”
“You don’t have to stay at it. But if you really want to, we can have someone watch the baby while we’re working.” I offered.
“Okay. I mean we’ve got time. I’ll make up my mind about it soon.”
“Yeah definitely. We can do this.” I wrapped my arms around him.
“Of course we can. We’re gonna be amazing parents.” He smiled at me, with that goofy half-smile.
“We will be amazing parents, especially since there’s two of us. Neither of us ever had that, and I’m glad we get to be that for our baby.” I said.
“We’re gonna give this baby everything.” He pulled me in for a kiss. “I love you.”
“I love you too.”
The closer I got to my due date, the more sore I got. I could barely stand at the alchemy station anymore. So I spent most of my time in the living room, since climbing the stairs all the way to the library was a struggle.
The worst part about this was that I was always right in Artemis’s sight when she came home.
“Hey fatty, still sitting on your ass all day?” She sneered as she made her way towards me.
“Leave me alone Artemis. I’m just trying to relax.”
“Look at yourself, you’ve been doing enough relaxing lately.”
I don’t know if it was the hormones, or if I was just tired of her shit, but I snapped at her.
“Leave me the fuck alone, Artemis. I’m pregnant for gods-sake. Of course I’m fat and lazy, I’m supposed to be. Now stop being an evil bitch and get out of my face!” I yelled at her.
“I may be an evil bitch, but at least I’m not a whore!” She yelled back.
“Oh I’m the whore? I’ve only been with one guy. Rumor has it that you’ve had the whole football team at once. You have no right to call me that.” I accused.
“You are such a bitch! I am not a whore, I’m not the pregnant one.” She glared at me.
“Don’t even go there. I got pregnant my first time, it’s not like I’m some sex freak. Just leave me alone.”
“You’re the worst. Why did you even keep the baby? You’re ruining Zeus’s life.”
“How am I ruining his life? He loves me, and we’re in this together. You’re just jealous that my boyfriend actually gives a shit about me.” I yelled at her, her boyfriend barely spent any time with her anymore. The guy was sketchy as hell.
“You really think that? You’re such a dumb, naive little girl. Of course he’s not going to stay with you, they never do. He’ll eventually realize that he can just leave and have a better life. Then it’ll just be you and the little brat.”
“Fuck you. I hate you. You know nothing about Zeus and I.” I balled my fists. I would punch her, but I didn’t want to hurt myself or the baby.
“Trust me, Zeus and I have been friends longer than you’ve been dating. He’s a coward. He’s gonna leave as soon as shit gets serious.”
“That’s not true at all. You’ve been too far up your own ass to give a shit about anyone other than you, so how the hell do you know what Zeus is like?”
“Fine. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.” She yelled, then stormed off. I sat back down on the couch, fuming. But I wouldn’t let Artemis come between me and my family.
She was wrong about Zeus. He’d never leave us. He was better than that… Right?
All of my doubts about Zeus went out the window as my due date approached. He gave me massages whenever I needed them. He helped me get all of our baby stuff organized to prepare for the arrival. Most of our time together was spent on the couch, just relaxing and talking about our future.
About a week before my due date, the two of us were watching a movie, but not really paying attention. We were making out while we still had time to ourselves.
But in the middle of our make-out session, I felt a painful twinge in my stomach.
“Z-Zeus, I think it’s time.” I clutched my stomach.
“What? Are you serious?” He asked, audibly panicked.
“Of course I’m serious, do I look like I’m joking?” I snapped at him.
“Oh god. Oh god. We’re gonna have a baby. Oh my god.” He grabbed his hair and looked like he was gonna pull it out.
“Can you calm down and go get your mom? We need to get to the hospital.” I urged at him through gritted teeth.
“Okay. I’ll be right back.” He ran off to her office.
“Grab my bag while you’re at it, Zeus.” I yelled after him. I slowly started making my way to the door so we could get to the hospital as soon as possible.
I was going to have a baby.
James Jorge Mortem was born six hours later. He was seven pounds even, and he was absolutely perfect. Zeus and I were completely in love with him. I was so excited to start my life with the two of them.
My life was absolutely perfect.
I just wish it stayed that way.