Not enough time has passed since Prim’s girls were taken away, and for a while Topaz attributes her sudden sickness to nerves and stress.
Soon its clear the nausea is far more than that. She has to be pregnant, and she isn’t sure how her family is going to take this. There’s no way Prim can find out just yet, not while she’s still healing. But what about Nalin and Winter? What about Casey?
Right now, Nalin has bigger fish to fry. Namely... himself.
Who knew making a time machine would be so dangerous?
“I can’t take a break right now, hun.” He points out when Winter all but drags him away from the work bench. “I’m really close to a break through and it would be great if I could finish this stupid project before the wedding. That way we can afford the best nursery money can buy, and anything you want.”
“Right now what I want is for you to take a break.” She smiles, not letting him brush past her to the door. “I’ll make it worth your while.”
... That finally gets his attention. “Yeah I could really go for a break right now. Definitely.”
“I thought so.”
Nalin informs Topaz about the upcoming wedding. Topaz is thrilled, and then tells him about her pregnancy.
“You going to tell Prim?”
“... Not yet.”
“On our date tonight.” She promises.
Prim’s birthday arrives soon enough. She ages up in her room alone, turning down Winter’s request to make her a cake.
She doesn’t, however, turn down a date when she gets a call from a guy asking her out. Cornell is still just a teenager, and as much as she’d like to hang out with him, he can’t give her what she wants right now.
Watcher can’t even remember this guy’s name. But he looks like he was hit in the face with a frying pan a bit too hard, and even brings a baby along on the date.
Prim very quickly excuses herself, and makes a mental note to block this freak’s phone number.
She does however meet a cute girl at the bar not half an hour later. Her name is Monica, or Monique, or something like that. To be honest, Prim doesn’t actually ask.
Monica/Monique mentions that she lives not too far from here, and just finished her shift at the bar if Prim would like to come over for some quality time.
Finally. Someone understands her!
Topaz arrives early for her date with Casey, fidgeting and going through every possible reaction he could have and what she’d do in response. The second he arrives and walks towards her, her plans are completely forgotten. So she just blurts the news out instead.
“I think I’m pregnant.”
Casey stops cold. “You uh... think?”
“I am pregnant.” She clarifies. “What are we going to do about this?”
“Well... I’ll have to go back to Bridgeport eventually to relocate my recording studio and contract. My manager will hate me, but that’s nothing new. I mean, you’d like to stay here right? I really doubt you’d like Bridgeport.”
“You aren’t going to abandon me?”
He gives her a disappointed look. “Of course not! I’m not that kind of guy! I thought you knew that.”
Topaz can’t hide her smile as Casey embraces her. “You’re right. I’m sorry. I just... got scared, I guess.”
“Don’t be scared. I love you.” Its the first time he’s said so out loud, but he doesn’t notice her body relax at his words. He’s too busy wondering how the hell he’s going to get out of this one without breaking Topaz’s heart or letting the media find out. A divorce is going to be necessary, but it’ll be long and messy if he knows his wife. She can’t find out about Topaz, or at least not her identity. Who knows what that crazy bitch would do in revenge.
Nalin finishes his time machine, and wins a couple awards for the effort.
With that down, Nalin goes back to what actually makes him happy. Making toys (I am not even joking here).
Unfortunately for Nalin, when the local government presented him with his awards it was in a very public ceremony. Suddenly everybody is calling him and trying to ask him out. “Ma’am, I’m very happy for your big uh... assets. But I’m happily engaged, so kindly buzz off.”
“Ah the woes of being popular.” Winter laughs as Nalin tells her about the constant phone calls. “It must be such a burden having all these gorgeous women throwing themselves at you all the time.”
“Yes yes, poor me.” He smiles, pulling her to cuddle. “But really, I feel more sorry for all of them. They just can’t accept that I’m in love with you.”
Winter smiles a bit. “Almost makes me want a big wedding, just so I can show off that you’re mine.”
“Or I can show off that you’re mine. I’ve seen the way guys around town look at you.”
She shrugs. “They’re not you so I don’t really notice.”
Topaz starts showing. After she told Casey about her pregnancy they spent the whole day shopping together. Her maternity clothing is much nicer than Prim’s was.
“You look beautiful.” Casey smiles when he stops by after a meeting with the manager at the local theatre. “Has anyone told you that your hair looks amazing when its down?”
“You have.” She laughs. “Can you stay the night?”
“I’ll stay every night, if you want me to.” He smiles. “I love you, and I can’t wait to meet our baby.”
Its late the next morning when Topaz wakes up to the shrill of a phone ringing. Both her and Casey’s phones are on the table next to her but she’s too sleepy to look at the ringing phone more closely to see if it might be his. Casey’s phone never rings.
“Hello? This is Topaz.”
“Oh I’m sorry.” It’s a female voice on the other line. “I might have the wrong number. My husband’s agent gave me this number to reach him.”
It must be a common mistake, Topaz figures. Casey still has a Bridgeport number after all, and everybody in that town has an agent. “Who are you looking for?”
“Casey Cassidy. My name is Eve... he was supposed to be back home last week and I’m getting worried.”
Topaz feels her heart break just a little. “S-sorry. You’ve got the wrong number.”
: ) I'd love to hear what you guys think is going to happen next chapter.