“Aren’t you a cute turtle!” I cooed at the scaly thing that sent shivers down my spine, really. If it wasn’t for Alex’s teasing glance than I would have chucked the tortoise down on the ground and stabbed it with my heels. Ever since that one school holiday when the baby tortoise crawled into my bikini bottoms when I tanned in front of my crush….
Ugh. All I’m saying, is never again.
“Come on Natalie,” Alex teased. “I know you want to kill that thing. Pass it to me before you hurt it.”
No. A dare is a dare. Even if it is a stupid one from Jones who just secretly hates me, I just know it.
“I love it!” I swallowed. “Who’s a cute turtle? You are! Yes you are! Yes you are!!”
“If you say so Nats,” Alex smiled and turned away to take a picture of some random tree and I quickly chucked the damn turtle into bushes. It made a small squeak sound . Or maybe that was Alex’s embarrassing crocs that he insisted on bringing? I hope it was the turtle. I thought I’d chucked them out the window of the car. Maybe he has a back-up pair.
Oh Lord no.
Oh and I forgot to tell you, I’ve moved to Sunlit Tides. I know, I know I just moved to Moonlight Falls but I miss Cassy and she lives here now. So when Jones and a pregnant Isabelle (They’ve only been married for 5 months. According to what Chloe was told, it was a wedding night baby. Typical for those rabbits.) told me that they were moving here since her whole family was there including his mom, I jumped to the opportunity to move there too.
And here I am, quite pregnant with baby 25 and not very beaming. I feel quite queasy right now, maybe it’s the morning sickness or the damn turtle…
While I was throwing up Alex rubbed my back.
“Come on love, let’s go home…”
Yeah…home. It’s hard to call anyplace home now, I’ve always been moved around my whole life.
“Natalie, honey?” Alex called out to me. “Your cellphone is ringing and ringing and vibrating like there’s no tomorrow.”
“It’s my mom’s cell,” I said, recognising the familiar caller ID with a picture of Abel and Abby together, my two new siblings. “Hey, mom, what’s the occasion?”
I could hear Abby yelling “my phone! MINNNNNEEEEEE.”
“Abby dear, give mommy the phone… ABBY! NO! DO NOT PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH!”
“Oh, hi love. Sorry, Abby and Abel are teething…I had a pregnancy scare- I wasn’t though, praise the Lord! And how is Alex? How’s Isabelle and her new babies?”
“Isabelle’s twins are in hospital with pneumonia…Jones is devastated since they may not survive. But since she’s pregnant now, I suppose he’s cheered up a little.”
“Shame…I always used to think you and Jones would marry, but I suppose not! From Alex’s facebook profile he seems very nice, when are you going to bring him over to meet me?”
“I know, I know, just I want to meet him soon okay hun?”
“Be right back honey, your dad is crying..let me go see what’s wrong.”
“Eli has just passed away.”
I stood there for a second before I broke down, chucking my phone on the ground and screaming. Tourists stared at me, laughed at me and I didn’t care.
Grandpa is gone.
“OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE!” I yelled as I danced around the room, jiving like there was no tomorrow.
“Come on, my pregnant Psy,” Alex said, wrapping his arms around me and kissing me on the cheek. “So who’s the dad this time?”
“A good friend of mine from high school. Very attractive boy for his age.”
‘Should I be worried?”
“Nope, he’s gay,” I laughed.
“Ah, ok.” Alex said, and switched on the radio with a click. “Wanna dance?”
“Honey, it’s the Jonas brothers!” I giggled.
“So what?” Alex took my hand and began to start dancing with me.
You go around
Like you know
Who I am
But you don’t
You’ve got me on my toes
I’m slipping into the lava
And I’m tryin’ to keep from going under
Baby, who turned the temperature hotter?
‘Cause I’m burning up, burning up
For you baby
I fell (I fell) “So fasttttt…” Alex sung a moment before they sung it and he laughed at his mistake and kissed me.
So fast (so fast)
Can’t hold myself
High heels (high heels)
Red dress (red dress)
All by yourself, gotta catch my breath
Walk in the room
All I can see is you
You’re staring me down
I know you feel it too
“I just need to go to the bathroom, I’ll be right back,” i said and excused myself from Alex’s grasp.
“I can’t wait to meet you, baby,” I whispered until I felt myself get all dizzy. I called out “Alex!” before I felt the ground move beneath my feet and everything went black.
I swear I saw Adrian’s blue eyes.
Voices. Noises. Crying.
I stared at my own grave. Here lies Natalie Windfield.
My mother was sobbing so much I thought her body would rip apart. My father was himself- solemn. Cassy was crying. Robin and Alex were comforting eachother.
Jones wasn’t there.
I try to ask where he is, but I can’t talk. I try to yell “Jones! Jones! Please Jones, answer me!” But the words stuck on my lips.
Jones is gone.
Bright light blinds me as I open my eyes and I see Alex , Jones and Cassy all stand by my bedside including a glowing Isabelle with a frown on her face.
“Natalie, you’re awake.”
“You fainted. We removed your babies for you, here’s Luke and here’s Ellie. I hate to break it to you Natalie, but you have officially got breast cancer, stage 2. With the right amount of chemo we can fight it. You ready?”
“Right. I removed your hair dye. I don’t want anything in our way of the chemo process. Natalie, we can do it. You just have to believe.”
“Natalie,” Jones said, “You realise you’ve finished the 25 babies your mom wanted you to do. You’re free. Are you done with it Natalie?”
“No,” I said firmly. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Baby 25 Luke and 26 Ellie.
So finally, I’m 1/4 done. I’d like to finish with some thank-yous.
Amy, Christine, Loren and Cara- I trust you guys more than my Real Life bestie, and trust me, I tell him everything (even though I always regret it.) Thanks for always cheering me up when I’m down. No-one makes me feel as happy as you do
Ashby- You’re always fun to bounce ideas off for my blog. Thanks for letting me use Jones
All the readers- Thanks for sticking with me! I love you guys too so much