“Daddy isn’t cool that we have the same haircut?” Leo exclaimed.
“Yes yes son, now daddy has work okay? Okay, now give me a hug and I’ll see you tomorrow morning.” They hugged and Alfie left. Leo sighed. His father was never home he was always working and working and working! They never got any father-son time. All his friends at school always bragged about the fishing, and the football throwing they did with their dads. Of course none of their dads worked as criminals.
Anyways back to the story…
So since Alfie was never there and Rosa was either taking care of Patrick or napping, Leo had a lot of free time to himself. And he spent most of it cooking. Muffins mostly, the kiddy stove didn’t allow anything else and mom wouldn’t let him use the big stove.
That’s when Rosa sat him down, while tasting one of his muffins of course, poor little Leo got the wrong expression.
“You like it mommy? You really do?”
“Mhmmhhmm, it’s delicious!” She said licking her fingers. “Now Leo would you like to have another brother or sister?”
“What do you mean mommy? Are you daddy gonna have another baby!?”
“Shhh!” She exclaimed nearly jumping of her seat. “There’s a high possibility, I just want to know how you feel about it.”
Leo considered this. A new baby would probably mean even less time with his parents. “I suppose it would be okay…I guess…”
Rosa smiled weakly. “That’s all I needed to know. Now here’s a few bucks can you go buy mommy a three watermelons?”
“Um…okay…” He said as he took the money.
Leo’s mom was always talking about him becoming a scientist! It was annoying, and he hated playing chess, so he told his mom he did, but he didn’t. That didn’t mean he’d come right back home though, he had to make it convincing, maybe hang out at the park for witnesses.
There it was the building that was stealing his father. It was just a bunch of criminals, what was his dad doing there? He was a nice guy, who shouldn’t be hanging out there! Not that he would ever approach the subject with his dad.
“Dad? Could we go out and play?”
“Not now son, dad’s gotta work out. Maybe later.” That’s what he always does when he’s home, Leo thought. The fridge was filled with muffins and Rosa was taking care of a screaming Patrick. He’d lost one of his blocks again. Leo had nothing to do. The weekend was never any fun. He was bored half to death all the time. He couldn’t wish for this day to go any faster. He didn’t feel like going outside, outside was horrible place, the sun was always TOO bright and the air so stuffy and at this time of the year there were a bunch of mosquitos outside. If only they had a computer.
“What do you think I should do?” Leo asked his little brother once his mom had left to talk on the phone.
“Pway with me!!”
“Bebe, it worked! After a lot of trying, as in, in a few months it’s Patrick’s birthday, but I’m pregnant!”
“hey good news! How do you think Alfie’s going to react?”
“I’m not going to tell him yet.”
“What!? Why not?”
“I’ll just wait till it’s too late, I’m scared he’ll make me get an abortion.”
“You shouldn’t be, I’m sure he won’t make you do that, you have to tell him.” Bebe said, trying desperately to convince Rosa.
“NO and that’s final, maybe in a few months I’m going to tell him, just not right now!”
“Good luck with that…I have feeling this isn’t going to end well.”
“Yeah whatever,” Rosa muttered as she hung up. Her mood had drastically reduced. But the happy thing was, she was going to get another child! And more research on the internet had told her watermelons = girl. Hopefully it’ll work! If it doesn’t well…she’ll just have to have another one. She loves her boys, but she really wants a little girl!
“Ice cream truck!!!!!” Leo yelled running off. Rosa sighed it seemed Leo always wasted money on ice cream, what was the point in giving him an allowance then? Alfie was already mad at her for that, still complaining about money problems, what was the big deal? They had food and a roof, they were fiiiinnnnneeee.
For the first few months Rosa successfully managed to hid her pregnancy from Alfie. She wore baggy shirts and he was barely home anyways. She did notice Leo looking her weird when she stroked her stomach. Right he didn’t know how babies were made…pfff he’ll figure it out on his own, school and all.
Well she thought wrong. “WHAT!? Rosa how what…? How did this happen? We had protection and you were on birth control pills!”
“Okay, I wasn’t really on birth control pills…”
“But we still had protection! Oh no…you went and cheated on me didn’t you!? You had sex with another man because I wouldn’t give you a child!”
“NO Alfie, I actually…um….might have punch holes in the condoms…”
“WOW! I can’t believe you did that Rosa! That is so immature, and to think I was actually considering-…I can’t do this, why Rosa, WHY? We already have two amazing sons and you go and want more children??? We don’t have the money to support another child!”
“You and your money problems! You’re always yalking about them, we’re fine Alfie god!…You know I expected you to be more supportive, but no you just don’t care about this child! I’m happy I didn’t tell you before, you would’ve made me get an abortion!” She spat in his face.
“What…? No Rosa I wouldn’t have, I will still love this child. I’m just really mad you did this! I just…” He sighed. “I have to find a way to get more money in. You shouldn’t have done that Rosa. It’s just not the right thing to do.”
“Alfie…” Rosa said as she tried to hug him, but he pulled away.
“Mom, did you and dad get into a fight?” Leo asked. He’d been with Patrick when he’d heard the screaming.
“You’re gonna have a new sibling! Right in here!” She said pointing to her stomach.
“Woah…” He said touching her stomach. “So there’s actually like a baby in here? It’s going to be a small baby.”
“haha, there’s the start of one. It’s going to grow in my stomach and in five months you’re going to have a new baby sister or brother.”
Alfie had thought and thought and thought some more. Yes he’d gotten used to the idea of a new baby, yes he was still mad at Rosa. But he’d manage to find a sort of answer to the money problem. He knew some houses that were really rich. He never tried robbing without his colleagues, but if he was going to call them up it meant explaining his money problem. It was risky enough as it was. He did great, over the span of the next few months he’d robbed several houses and the funds had increased.
Rosa cried a LOT and barely took showers anymore. It was like Alfie had died! Rosa just couldn’t believe he was gone and now she regretted everything she’d done because it had gotten him in trouble. How was she supposed to handle three kids now? She hated him for being caught, but she loved Leo for being a good little boy.
She was forced to give a homebirth to TRIPLETS!!! She got two girls and a boy. The boy was named Cole (green crib) and was born with the traits Loves the outdoors and neurotic, one of the girls (blue crib) was named Aryssa and born with the traits Athletic and Evil, and the last girl (pink crib) was named Selana and born with the traits Loves the outdoors and Slob. What an interesting mixture of traits!
That’s the end of this chapter, thnks for reading!