Outtake: The Grandbaby #Haven #Kim #Andino
It’s outtake day again. I forgot to post earlier because I fell asleep - but good news for oyu, my PA, Tori, looks forward to these, so she is always on me if I haven't posted to make sure I do. LMAO. And since I left you all hanging with the last Andino and Haven outtake, it is only acceptable that today you get SOME of the answers to that today. But not all of them, you know how I work. *winks*
Now, onto the outtake.
“Ah, shit, yeah, we can meet up in like …” Andino’s words trailed off as he glanced at the watch on his wrist. “A half hour, or so? I need to pull some clothes on and—no, it’s none of your fucking business why I’m not dressed at noon, John, thank you.”
He hung up the phone, and turned only to stop at the sight of Haven standing in the entryway of the kitchen. “I was coming back up.”
“I know,” she said faintly.
Andino’s brow arched high. “What did the doctor say?”
“Nothing bad. Standard things.”
It wasn’t a total lie.
Haven was still trying to process what she just learned. Hours ago, she had been settled on the choice to have an IUD placed to prevent her from having children for several years, if that’s what she so chose. And then, within minutes, with a mere conversation with Andino, she had decided that no, she would rather attempt to begin their family now. Once again, everything changed in a few short minutes from a simple phone call from her doctor.
There would be no trying.
She was already pregnant.
Haven knew exactly how this happened. Before the IUD could be placed, the doctor had wanted her to go off the shot, and resume her normal cycle. That happened, but in the process, she was supposed to use a backup—condoms. They did … usually.
Sometimes, they forgot.
Clearly, that’s how this happened.
She just had to process.
Everything was about to change.
“And everything is good?” he pressed.
Haven nodded. “Perfect.”
Because it was.
Even if everything was changing, and her whole life would be different from this day forward, it truly was perfect. Andino would be excited—Haven was ecstatic. She just needed a few moments to absorb it alone before she could bring his excitement into the equation, too.
Fair was fair.
“All right,” Andino said. “I know I said we would stay in bed all day, but—”
“Something came up?”
“Something with John’s side of things. I should head over so we can figure it out, and clean it up before it becomes a problem.”
“You don’t mind? I did make you cancel that lunch date with my mom, and all.”
Haven shrugged. “I’m sure I could get her to go out to lunch with me still.”
“Good.” He crossed the space between them, his hand landing on the curve at her waist before he dropped a lingering kiss to her lips that had Haven’s heart picking up speed. In their soft moments, and the silence, she always found happiness. “I better get dressed, and head out. I will see you tonight to finish what we started, huh?”
Heat shot through her body.
His promises …
“Definitely,” she whispered.
Andino kissed her again.
Harder this time.
“Love you, Haven.”
More than he possibly knew.
“A little late for a lunch,” Kim said when Haven approached the private table, “but that’s okay, I am sure we can make—”
Haven had not at all planned to just blurt that information out to her mother-in-law. In fact, she hadn’t planned on telling Kim at all during their late lunch. She fully intended on figuring out a way to tell Andino first—she hadn’t decided yet whether or not a surprise was the right way to go, or simply telling him the news.
Instead, she saw her mother-in-law, and as though she had been holding in some huge secret that she could no longer contain, it just came spilling out.
Well done, Haven.
Kim had already been standing, her arms reaching to bring Haven in for a comforting, familiar hug—all normal—when she blurted out the news. In that second, her mother-in-law froze, eyes widening as her hands found Haven’s arms, and tightened. Not painfully, but just … as though she were trying to rehear what she heard, and make sense of it.
Like she needed to convince herself it was true.
Kim’s gaze watered before she whispered, “What?”
It took her a second.
And then two.
Kim’s hands squeezed her again. “Really, really?”
“Oh, my God!”
Kim’s scream was loud enough to break glass, Haven was sure of it. And yet, she didn’t even have the chance to consider how embarrassing that was because Kim might as well have launched herself around the table to take Haven in her embrace. Her mother-in-law decided to squeeze the life and love right out of her, and replace it with her own. Her muted screeching continued even as she pulled away, cupped Haven’s cheeks, and pressed a kiss against her forehead.
“I’m gonna have a grandbaby!”
Haven could only laugh.
She was well aware that for years, Kim hounded on her son for children. Andino had been an only child, and it was only later in life, when he didn’t settle down and produce grandchildren for Kim to love and spoil, that she started becoming vocal in her desires. She stopped when Andino married Haven, but she figured that was only because Kim assumed she was finally going to get what she wanted.
Well, she was.
“Have you told anyone?”
Haven shook her head. “I just found out before I called you to go out for lunch. We only decided today to work on having children, and then I got a phone call from my doctor saying—”
Okay, so maybe she was rambling a little.
Kim let out a exhale. “What about Andi?”
“You’re not serious?”
What else could she do?
“I didn’t really … plan to tell you, it just came out.”
Kim grinned. “Sometimes, we just need to tell someone else.”
“But how do I tell him?”
“Any way you want. That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t matter how you do it, because he’s going to be happy.”
Yeah, she knew that was true.
“But,” Kim said, “we can deal with Andino later … it’s me who has waited forever for this, so let’s sit down, eat, and talk about my grandbaby.”
Haven laughed again. “That sounds perfect.”