"Thank you so much," I smiled, my eyeliner running down my face from my tears - and the rain I'd been sitting outside in.

"No big deal, Kel. I couldn't just leave you out there. C'mon, let me show you to the bathroom, get you some of my clothes to change into so you can take a shower and get dried off. I'll show you where you'll be sleeping. It may be a little messy, I hope you don't mind." The man who had taken me in was Mr. James Gilly, my History teacher. I practically owed my life to him.

"It is a big deal, Mr. Gilly," I insisted, and he knew I was right. I was 16, and pregnant - and my parents had kicked me out of the house. The father of my baby - my ex - had dumped me as soon as he found out. Where else could I go?

"Just don't thank me. I'm glad I could help. Now let's get you cleaned up."

I showered, got my hair untangled and changed into a huge t-shirt that he let me borrow. He put the clothes I'd been wearing in the washer so I'd have something for school the next day - he promised we'd drop by my parents' house after school to pick up some more of my stuff. I hadn't bothered packing. It was raining and I didn't even know if I'd have anywhere to go anyway until Mr. Gilly drove by. He provided me with a fresh comforter and a pillow, a soft bed.

"Thanks again. Really," I murmured as he pulled the covers up over me like I was a little kid. "I don't know what else I could do."

"Somebody would've taken you in. Don't worry about it Kelly, things will get better," he replied softly, smiling. His eyes sparkled. "We'll go do something fun tomorrow to get your spirits up." He winked at me as he shut off the lights and shut the door, and I stared after him. I'd always thought he was kind of cute... I rested my hand on my stomach. A kid? Really? In eight months now I'd have to have a job, maybe even quit school. I didn't know what I'd do. But I had a good feeling that Mr. Gilly would be there every step of the way.


Whoohoo, short first chapter. Hope you liked it :) The later chapters will be longer hopefully... and more coherent. Whoohoo for writing at 2 am! xD Please review.