Why the hell didn't Liz call last night? he wondered, letting the weights clang against the machine. The metallic noise clanged noisily, distracting him. It's not that she had to check in with him, but he was worried about her!
With a scowl, he released the bars and bounced up.
Liz saw three unread messages from Jason. She checked his last message, WTH? You OK? She rolled her eyes. Yeah. Be home soon, she texted back.
August heard the hesitation in her voice and was instantly on guard. "What is it?" he asked.
Liz pulled at the hem of her nightie. "Look. I was pretty drunk last night. And we never should've... you know..."
It looked like August was having trouble coming to grips with her __. "You practically begged me!" he said accusingly.
Liz blanched. "Well, I wouldn't have said begged," she quipped. Seeing the stormy expression on August's face, she sighed. "Look, it was really good. I just... we're not..." She motioned between him and her, "it's just not gonna work," she finished lamely. "I should probably be going," she tacked on in a rush.
"Yeah, maybe you should," August said gruffly.
August shrugged, a frown marring his face.
She pushed again. "Are we still friends?"
He just shrugged again.
"Uh... out..." she hedged lamely.
Jason hugged her. "I'm so glad you're home! I've been dying to tell you!"
"Tell me what?" Liz asked.
"We're gonna have a baby!" Jason said excitedly.
Jason nodded. "Isn't that amazing?" he asked her. "I couldn't wait to tell you!"
Liz bit her lips as she considered what to say. Your girlfriend is a money-sucking itchbay might not be the best way to broach the subject. "Well... I mean... you guys are still so young..." she said hesitantly.
"So what do you say?" Jason asked. "Will you be my best man?"
Jason's face lit up with a smile. "YES!" he cheered, grabbing her for a hug and swinging her back and forth.
Jason's gaze flew past her. He grinned when he saw Ashley. "Hey babe! Liz just agreed to be my best man!"
Ashley flashed a sickly-sweet smile. "Wonderful," she said without excitement. She glanced between Jason and Liz with suspicion.
Feeling better after her decision was made, she headed into the bathroom to get ready for her big night. Her sorority sisters had flown into town to throw her a bachelorette party.
She walked by an elderly gentleman and did a double-take. For an old man, he looked pretty hot, she thought, her gaze lingering on him. Behind him, a blonde shot her a dirty look.
Ashley shrugged her shoulders in response and walked on.
Ashley grinned, smoothing her blouse down. "Of course!" she lied effortlessly. "I had it special ordered!" She'd actually slipped it off the rack from the stylist shops. She didn't want to spend a dime on pregnancy clothes.
Samantha nodded, stealing a glance at the size of Ashley's stomach. "That's one way to get a ring!" she teased.
"DOORS OPEN! COME ON IN!" Jason called out.
August opened and closed his mouth
"What the hell, Mickey!" Jason scowled.
"Shut the hell up!" August snapped angrily.
Jason rolled his eyes. "Don't call Cheri," he called over his shoulder before heading into August's room. "And don't even think about calling Liz."
"Look, here comes the entertainment," Samantha called out with a whoop.
"It's Liz," August managed to get out.
"What about Liz?" Jason pressed, starting to get an idea of what Liz had been up to the night before.
Spinning away, he wiggled his finger at her. "Tsk.. tsk.. tsk... no touching," he teased.
She giggled. "I can't believe I said that!"
Ashley preened. Even pregnant she could turn a guy's head.
Jason's mouth dropped open with surprise. He knew August had been crushing on Liz, but love. He wasn't sure how he felt about that.
What the hell had happened?
"They wouldn't let us in the room with her," Paris told him. "But let us know how it goes. We'll be at the hotel."
The receptionist pointed him towards the labor & delivery ward. Dear God, he didn't even know who the doctor was! he thought, freaking himself out as he rushed through the halls to be by Ashley's side.