Life seemed to be getting worse by the second for Clarity. First her mother had passed over her in favour of her twin when choosing the heiress of the family legacy. Then she had that all too short and sloppy encounter with August. She liked to think of her self as street wise and savvy. She hadn't expected rose petals and fireworks her first time like so many girls her age, but still her experience had left her feeling cold and empty in some way.
As if that wasn't enough, now her own twin had turned on her. This particular morning as Clarity descended the stairs she was greeted by her scowling sister.
"You're one evil witch, you know that Clarity? How am I even related to you" Harmony seethed with a rage even she hadn't know she had.
"What I do? I just freaking woke up Harm! Jeez!" Clarity's mind ran frantically, trying to figure out which of her many sins her sister had uncovered.
"What did you do? You freaking blabbed your damn big mouth all over school about mom picking me over you. I was called "baby-momma" all flipping day yesterday, and I just went online and saw it all over the SimBook too!" Harmony exploded, now shaking with her anger.
"But...But...Harm..." Clarity sputtered. She wasn't sure what to say, what she could say. It had never occurred to her that Harmony didn't want people to know and she couldn't comprehend why her sister, who was normally so calm, was screaming at her.
"Harmony, let it go. What's done is done. Clarity, in future think about others before you blab family business across town. Just because you don't care who knows what you're up to doesn't mean your sister feels the same" She said wearily. The girls had barley spoken the past few days. While the silence had caused a horrible tension into the house, it was preferable to this. "I'm getting too old for this crap" she thought.
As she reached the bathroom door, Clarity suddenly froze in her tracks. In a daze she spun around, and much to her horror when she at last stopped spinning she was in a new outfit. One she instantly knew to be maternity wear. Briefly she pondered how she would tell her parents. The bile rising in her throat pushed the thought away for the moment.
As the bell rang to signal the end of classes Clarity felt her heart sink. She knew she had no choice but to tell her family that she was pregnant. The swell of her belly had become more obvious through out the school day. She stood outside the school gathering her thoughts, searching for the words that would make it all okay again. Lost in her thoughts she missed the swarm of students passing by her. When she at last returned to her senses she found her self alone. She took a deep breath and headed home to tell her parents.
Crimson stared in disbelief at Clarity. She wanted to reach out and shake the girl. How could she be so foolish? She had her whole life ahead of her and now she would have a young one to take care of.
Clarity groaned as she woke the next morning. She felt like a whale. She waddled down the stairs with the heavy realization that the baby would be coming soon.
"Call Mom! The baby is coming!"
Harmony stared blankly at her sister, but only for a moment. As Clarity's words sank in, Harmony placed a soothing hand on her shoulder and dug out her cell phone. She guided her sister towards the front of the school and explained the situation to her mother. Crimson hurriedly exclaimed she would meet her troubled daughter at the hospital. As she relayed the message to her sister, she saw the fear flash across her face.
"Clar, don't worry. It will be okay, I promise" she reassured her sister. She pulled Clarity close and hugged her gently before helping her into the waiting cab. As the driver sped for the hospital, Harmony said a quick prayer for her sister, then headed home to await news.
"Sorry baby, traffic was a bitch" Crimson panted. Clarity broke into wild tears of pain and relief that her mother had made it. Crimson pulled her close quickly and soothed her hair. "Shhhh...hush baby. Mommy knows it hurts sweetheart. It's okay sweetie. Mommy's here. Your fine, it will all be okay" she murmured. As disappointed as she was with Clarity, as stupid as she had been, Crimson could not deny the poor child the words she needed so badly to hear. Clarity's sobs subsided, and they headed into the hospital to welcome the new family member.