And then Amanda showed up, baby bump an all. It wasn't exactly something she could hide. She was a tiny thing with something huge. Really, Eric winced so, wondering what he could possibly say to keep it from being an awful blow.
"And...and even more exciting news, Mum." Eric tried to grin, hoping to make it as positive as possible. "You'll be a Gran come February."
He could tell his mom was struggling to keep her smile. She shook Amanda's hand, but she kept looking at Eric as if he'd better explain this. He wanted to say anything but the truth. Like, perhaps she wanted a baby and they'd found themselves down at the sperm donors clinic. He guessed that wouldn't have worked.
"We're friends." Amanda told her. "Just friends." She winced.
"Yes, friends." Eric gritted a smile, but he put his arm around Amanda as if they were in this together. Some how.
"Friends with benefit, evidently." His Mom gave him a glare.
"You might remember Amanda, Mum, she's...she's Kyle's girl-." He'd blurted the wrong thing.
"Yes, I have a daughter, already." Now Amanda was giving him a glare.
Eric winced then. How could he have said that? He so wanted to ask her how it was going with Elliot, but he didn't. He plopped down on the sofa and let his mother talk with Amanda about the predicament and what she could do to help. It was as if he might as well not be there.
Just then his cell buzzed. He got up to reach for it in his pocket and went to his old room to see what this was about. Syd had finally sent a picture of herself.
Eric blinked, taking in her picture. He couldn't believe it. It was really true. He really did love her. He did. He didn't know why, and he knew if he told anyone they'd think he was crazy. Truly, a nutter of some kind.
But he found himself smiling. He was in a state of shock. Even better, she was coming for Christmas.
just so you know who to look for at the airport.
He couldn't wait to meet her. It was like a breath of fresh air to him. He could only hope he wouldn't ruin it. But obviously, she'd like what she'd seen when she saw that photo of him with her cat. Or maybe she just missed Belle.