Everything started on a beautiful day. All of the pain, lies, heartbreak, and change started with an idea. A simple conversation.
"They are so cute," Lilly said as a couple pushing a twin stroller walked along the park's path.
"It's like the picture perfect family," Jamie gazed at them. "I'm so jealous." She sighed.
"I can't wait to have a baby. I don't want to wait," Lilly said.
"I don't think we should have to wait. A hundred years ago it was common for women our age to have babies," Ashlynn said. "Isn't that why we get our period? To have children? I got mine when I was 12. I'm 4 years overdue for a child."
"You know, I think you're right. We deserve to have children by now," Lilly agreed.
"All we need is a guy who will go along with the idea," Jamie suggested sarcastically.
"Why do we need a guy? We only need one for the beginning part. I don't think it will be too difficult to convince a guy to get us that far," Lilly rationalized.
"I'm sure Derrick would be only too willing," Ashlynn told Lilly.
"Well he wouldn't need to know all of the details," she said. "I don't need any of his help for the after part, anyway. I only want his sperm."
"And you won't feel even a little bit guilty for using him then throwing all this on him?" Jamie asked.
"No, and you shouldn't either. Brian wouldn't mind, I'm sure," Lilly said.
"I don't know. A baby sounds great, but I don't know about the whole father situation." Jamie said.
"Since when have you been dependant on anyone, Jamie?" Lilly said. Ashlynn jumped in on what was about to turn into an argument.
"I don't think we should think of it as using someone. It's as simple as forgetting to take your birth control."
"That doesn't sound too bad," Jamie said. "But don't you think Alex will be a little upset when you get pregnant?"
"Who knows if we will be going out in 9 months? High school relationships don't last too long, thank God. I don't like dealing with the same guy for over 4 months anyway," Ashlynn said.
"Oooh, wouldn't it be fun if we were all pregnant at the same time?" Lilly asked, clearly getting excited.
"Are you serious?" Ashlynn asked.
"Sure, why not? We can have a joint baby shower and be one of those cute little groups who go out walking with their strollers and people can be jealous of us." Lilly said.
"I'm in," Jamie said boldly.
"You? You're the last person I expected to make such a big commitment," Ashlynn said.
"I want a baby. And Lilly's right, why wait?" she said, partly to prove them wrong. Jamie was independent and she could make her own decisions, but her friends still knew she was shy.
"Have you recorded this Lilly? I think she just agreed with someone," Ashlynn said sarcastically.
"Darn, I missed it," Lilly said, feigning disappointment. "So are you in?" she asked, turning to Ashlynn.
Ashlynn looked into her friend's expectant faces. She challenged an adventure, a journey. It seemed perfect, so she agreed. "I'm in."