Billion Dollar Baby Bundle 2

By: Simone Holloway

“Positive,” Selene whispered.

Ethan wrapped his arms around her, lifting her off the ground in his excitement. Selene was in shock. Even though they had been trying for a baby, a part of her didn’t actually believe she would become pregnant. Now, the little pink positive sign on the pregnancy test stared back at her.

The gravity of her choice hit her all at once: Ethan was involved in criminal activity, he had a mentally disturbed wife, he was deceitful and he was soon to be the father of her child.

The room began to spin. Ethan was holding her tight, but she still felt as if she was going to fall.

“I can’t breathe,” Selene said.

Her vision was clouded with stars. She felt consciousness slip away and darkness take over.

When she came to she was on the floor. Ethan was above her. She heard a sound to her left and jumped. She was convinced it was Ethan’s wife, out to harm her. Then she remembered she was at home.

Ethan spoke to her, but she couldn’t understand him. His voice echoed and amplified in Selene’s ears as if he was speaking to her from the other side of a long tunnel.

“Can you hear me?” Ethan’s face was serious, the baby forgotten.

Selene nodded. She sat up too quickly and felt dizzy again.

“Easy,” Ethan said.

There was a knock at the door.

“Are you expecting someone?” Ethan asked.

“No.”

“Stay here.”

Ethan went to the window and pulled back the curtains, his face sober and unreadable.

Selene couldn’t tell what he was thinking, if anything.

He moved away from the window quickly. Before she could ask what was going on, he had his hands around her waist and was pulling her to her feet.

“Ethan…”

“Shh.”

He led her to the kitchen. Opening a back door, he peered out into the courtyard behind Selene’s home. Deeming it safe, Ethan grabbed Selene’s hand, ushering her out the back.

As the door closed behind them Selene thought she heard someone enter through the front. Ethan grabbed her, pulling her around a corner before she could get a good look.

They walked through the backyard of her neighbor’s home and down an alley before coming to Ethan’s car.

“Get in,” he said.

“You parked all the way down here?” Ethan walked around the car, opened the passenger side door and pushed her inside. “You knew they were coming didn’t you?”

He slammed the door on her without answering. They road in silence. Ethan constantly checked his mirrors. He would take side roads, randomly change lanes, run red lights; Selene could only watch and wait, captive to his actions.

When they came to a long stretch of road on the outskirts of town he turned to her and spoke: “I didn’t know they were coming.”

An odd calm had descended on Selene. It occurred to her that it may be shock. “What?”

she asked.

“Earlier, you said I knew.” The look of determination left his face and was replaced with concern.

“But you suspected, or else you wouldn’t have hidden your car down the street.”

Ethan sighed. “I was trying to be cautious.”

“Not cautious enough. They know where I live now. Should I even bother asking who that was or what you’re involved in, or are you just going to blow me off again?”

“Selene I-” Ethan’s voice was sweet, bordering on pleading.

“Don’t start with your promises and innocent little-boy-lost routine. They came to my house. Do you understand what that means? Whether you like it or not, I’m involved. I’m right in the middle of this shit because of you. I deserve answers.”

Ethan drove on in silence.

“You’re unbelievable you know that? Pull over. I want out.”

Ethan kept driving.

“Fine.” Selene opened the door.

“What the fuck are you doing?” Ethan yelled. They were driving nearly ninety. “Okay!”

Selene closed the door. The car came to a screeching halt on the shoulder. Selene jumped out and began walking away from the car and through a field. Ethan was on her heels.

“Where are you going?” he asked.

Selene said nothing.

“There’s nowhere to go,” Selene continued walking. “Will you just answer me? You’re being childish.”

Selene turned around and punched him in the face. She hit him hard enough to nearly knock him off his feet. After regaining his balance, he touched his cheek and eyed her intensely. Selene felt relieved. A swell of emotions had risen inside of her and been released.

Ethan swallowed hard, as if trying to contain his anger. “Do you feel better now?”

“No.” In truth, she did. “What’s going on? Tell me the truth. I swear Ethan, I’ll take the baby and the money and I’ll run to Costa Rica or wherever. You’ll never see either of us again.” Her voice was calm and cold.

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