The next day at school passed quickly. Sookie and Eric only took one period together, study hall; otherwise they saw one another in the halls. He quietly confirmed with her in passing that she called the clinic in Monroe and they were driving there after school.
Even though the day moved fast, it was difficult for her. The whispers from the students and people staring at her in class made her self-conscious. Thankfully she spent most of her day flagged on either side by Amelia and Tara; they were just itching for someone to say something so they could defend their best friend. Although the girls drifted apart off and on through the years, when it mattered they could count on one another.
Alcide stayed completely out of the way, which was a relief to Sookie. She didn’t see Dawn or Maudette either, so it was assumed they were participating in the senior skip days. She didn’t want a confrontation like the other night. Being the last full week of school there was one period after lunch, which was study hall for Sookie.
The bell rang and she shoved her homework into her bag. Eric was finishing an equation he was working on, his neat handwriting flowing smoothly across the page. He paused, checking his calculations for a moment and then carefully put everything away.
“Are you ready?” He looked up to see gnawing on her cheek and it made him want to comfort her.
“As ready as I’m gonna be.” She answered as he stood up.
Eric reached for her bag, heavy with books.
“I can carry it.” She smiled, shaking her head as he tried to slide it off her shoulder.
“I know you can.” He combed his fingers through the hair that hung smoothly down her back. “I’d like to carry it for you.”
She laughed at him, rolling her eyes. “Oh boy, here we go.” She let him pull it off her back and he easily swing it onto his.
“Here we go, what?” He grinned, slipping his arm around her shoulders as they ambled out to his car.
It felt safe and comforting, him touching her like that. She wondered if he was doing it to keep up the charade with their classmates, or if there was something more behind it. His smell surrounded her and she breathed in deeply. “You’re gonna get over-protective and before I know it you won’t even let me lift a pencil.” She poked him in the side and he squirmed, biting back a laugh. She knew his ticklish spots too well.
“Not at all. I’m sure the doctor will say pencils are okay.” He smirked, letting her into the car and dashing around to his side.
She sighed, slipping on her sunglasses and rolling down the window. The weather was perfect and she intended to enjoy it as much as she could before she started getting a tummy. “I’m going to miss tanning.
“What’s the difference with you tanning now from before?” Eric turned the radio to her favorite station.
She laughed so hard she snorted, causing him to start laughing as well. “Umm…no one is going to want to see me in a bikini, Eric! There’s no way I’m getting one of those maternity bathing suits!”
He shrugged and teased, “I bet you’d look really cute all tan in a bikini with your baby bump.”
“You’re just hoping my boobs will get really big.” She accused with a smile and his cheeks darkened in color.
“Me? Nah!” He scoffed and increased the volume on the radio. They sat in comfortable silence for the duration of their drive.
Sookie filled out the paperwork that was handed to her by the receptionist when she signed in. It was pages of very personal questions about her period, her sexual history, and how many sexual partners, whether she had any STI’s, prior pregnancies, abortions or if she suspected she was pregnant. She swallowed hard when she checked the yes box on the last one.
Eric sat quietly next to her, his arm around her shoulders, offering what little support he could. His fingers absent-mindedly trailed up and down her arm. She finished the forms and sat with her hands folded on the clipboard. There were several pregnant girls in the waiting room and Eric couldn’t help but stare. He couldn’t imagine Sookie looking as uncomfortable and…well, huge as these other girls. There were other girls scattered around the room; some alone, some with friends, some with what he assumed were boyfriends. He looked at Sookie and wondered what they looked like to everyone else. Probably just a young couple coming in for birth control, he thought.
The door to the back swung open and a woman called her name. “Sookie Stackhouse?”
Sookie stood up and was surprised when Eric followed her. “You don’t have to come.”
“I want to.” He swallowed nervously as his eyes held hers.
“It might be uncomfortable.” Embarrassed, her heart thudded in her chest.
He nodded. “I know, but I have a feeling this will be the least uncomfortable thing we’re going to experience together in the next 9 months or so.”
“Good point.” She started walking and he took her hand, squeezing it reassuringly. They followed the woman down the hall and were directed to a room.
“My name is Jacki and I’m a physician’s assistant. I’m going to ask you some questions, get a urine sample and do your exam today.” Jacki gave them a friendly smile and took a seat at the stool by the counter. “Sookie, why don’t you go ahead and hop up on the table. Young man, you can either take a seat in the chair by the wall or you can stand up by Sookie’s head.”
Sookie grabbed his hand and pulled him back towards her. The chair was facing the end of the exam table. “He can stay right up here.”
Eric gulped as he took in the table with the weird looking metal arms at the end of the bed, wondering what in the hell they were for. He felt himself prickle with sweat.
“Okay, Sookie, I’m just going over your history. When we’re done you can give me a urine sample and then I’ll have you change into a gown so we can do the pelvic exam.” Jacki’s voice was pleasant voice and almost immediately put Sookie at ease. Her blue eyes were friendly and she had a light dusting of freckles over her nose and cheeks, otherwise her pale skin was flawless.
“All right.” Sookie said barely above a whisper.
“So, you are 17, looks like you will be 18 in July?”
“Okay, one sexual partner, no history of STIs, no abortions, no prior pregnancies…ah, okay.” Jacki patted Sookie gently on the hand. “So we need to do a pregnancy test for you today, sweetie?”
Sookie nodded. “I’ve taken several home tests and they’ve all been positive.”
Jacki smiled up at Eric towering over the two of them, his ears pink. “And you’re the boyfriend?”
“No, ma’am.” Eric responded quietly and cleared his throat to speak louder. “I’m Sookie’s best friend, Eric.”
“You’re a good friend, Eric.” Jacki nodded at him, putting him a bit more at ease.
Sookie’s hand became sweaty in his own but he just held it tightly.
“Okay, sweetie, almost done. When was your last menstruation?”
“Umm…” Sookie scrunched her forehead while she thought. “I believe it was the second week of April.”
“Mmmhmmm…and were you having unprotected sex?”
She felt ashamed, answering barely above a whisper. “Sometimes.”
Jacki jotted that down. She stood up and took Sookie’s blood pressure, her temperature and listened to her heart. After she checked her oxygen level she asked Sookie to stand on the scale and then she measured her height. “All right, hon. I’m going to need you to give me a urine sample in the cup and leave it on the little shelf in the bathroom across the hallway. When you’re done come back here and change into this gown, I’ll need you to take everything else off.”
Sookie nodded and took the cup from Jacki, which had her last name scrawled in black. This was it. Even though she knew in her head she was pregnant, this was going to make it official. She slid down off the table and padded across the hallway to the bathroom. Reading the instructions on the wall she did as directed to give a “clean sample”.
When she was done she washed up and caught a look at herself in the mirror. Her eyes were wide and scared. She took a deep breath and leaned against the sink, pushing down the fear in her stomach.
Everything’s going to be okay, she whispered to herself. The exam might hurt a little but it won’t be anything like…it won’t be bad. It’s not a bad thing. The bad things don’t happen anymore. Closing her eyes, she tried to steady her breathing. She was on the border of making herself hyperventilate. It’s okay, Sookie, she went on. Everything is okay. Eric is here. You’re safe. The word “safe” echoed in her head until she stood up straight, put her shoulders back and walked across the hall to the exam room, shutting the door behind her.
A/N: Any mistakes you find are mine. My beta did a lovely job and then I decided I wanted to work on it more before posting. o.O Hopefully I didn’t screw it up too much! I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Up next we confirm the pregnancy, have prom and then…we tell the parents. *gulp* I don’t know about you guys, but I am going to need a drink for that one! Comments are very much appreciated. 🙂