strolled along leisurely as she watched the children playing. She couldn't
wait for the day when it would be her in the park with the children she and
Reginald would have. As she turned the corner onto the main walkway, she
could see a familiar figure sitting on a bench. It was Lorraine and
she was crying.
honey, are you all right?" she asked as she walked over to her.
Lorraine quickly blotted her
eyes and turned away. She just couldn't let Jillian see her in the state
she was in. Maybe if she ignored her, she'd just go away.
Jillian sat down beside her and grabbed her hand in a show of support.
fine. Really, I am." Lorraine tried not to panic.
Attempting to swallow back her tears and put on a cheery smile, she sat up
straight and took a deep breath.
Jillian looked at her and made
a face. "Now, you can't sit there and tell me you're crying your eyes
out over nothing. Tell me what's wrong."
Lorraine began to cry again. The pressure Jillian was forcing on her was
too much. It was making the entire situation real...too real.
"Look, I know we really
don't know each other that well and we've never been especially
close." Jillian thought for a moment about Lorraine's failed romance
with Trevor. "But it's obvious you need someone to talk to. I'm
a good listener. Tell me what's wrong."
"I-I'm going to have a
baby!" Lorraine blurted out before she realized what she was saying.
Jillian's jaw dropped.
This was not what she'd expected.