4.19: Only One Way

Well, I did what Lena asked me to.

I kept an eye on Clara. Or an ear, I guess.

And it was so much worse than I thought it would be.

I heard her crying this morning… again. I was on my way to the bathroom when it happened. No one else was awake yet – and I assumed Clara would still be sleeping too, but I could hear it through her door, clear as day.

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Normally I’d just ignore it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about what Lena said to me. So I knocked.

And then when she didn’t answer, I just sort of let myself in.

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I found her lying on her bed, crying into her pillow. And I knew something had to be very wrong.

I mean, no matter how much she loves to pretend she isn’t, Clara’s a teenager, just like me. And I guess I have to admit that we can get a little emotional sometimes – usually over really silly things.

But this was different. I could tell.

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And you know what else? She didn’t even yell at me when she saw me. She didn’t even look angry! If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is.

So I sat down next to her, and asked what was wrong.

And then she said it: “Jocelyne, I think I might be pregnant.”

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It’s so cliché, but I seriously couldn’t even believe what she was telling me. I really felt like I was gonna be sick when I realized what she was saying – And I still do.

I mean first off, that implies that she and this Julian guy… Oh God, I don’t even wanna write it!

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And then I just think about what maman told me a couple years ago, when she sat me down and gave me “the talk”. It was absolutely mortifying, but I really took what she said to heart. She told me how much she and Papa love Luc and I, of course. But she was really honest about how difficult it was having us so early, and so unexpectedly too.

I just can’t imagine that happening to Clara. All I can do right now is hope and pray that she’s wrong.

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But there’s only one way to know for sure.

Anyway, I managed to calm her down, and I ended up promising I’d help her. So now I’m sitting here in my bedroom, basically hiding until the house starts to clear out.

Oma and Opa are leaving for work soon, Papa’s got a game, and Luc’s heading to Florian’s apartment to practice. That just leaves maman, Gus, and bis-vovó to worry about.

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Sneaking out should be easy enough. We can even come up with an excuse, if we have to. And then it’s only a fifteen minute walk to the drugstore.

The hard part will be sneaking back with the test, and getting Clara into the bathroom without anyone noticing…

I just really hope we –

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53 thoughts on “4.19: Only One Way

  1. I didn’t even want to go there. But I always thought it was a possibility. If she is, then Tobi’s gonna never be able to forgive himself. I hope she isn’t and the stress is what’s causing her to be late. That stupid ass wouldn’t purposely get her pregnant, but maybe he just assumed she was on birth control. Clara is tough and will get through it. Her Mother and Brother have gone through the same with unplanned pregnancies so she has lots of support. I don’t think Clara will hold Tobi responsible since she blackmailed him and will likely say as much but he will. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that, but will Jocelyn go to him again or will Clara swear her to secrecy no matter what the result is. My bet is the latter. Shoulda seen this coming. 😦

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    1. All we can do right now is hope it’s negative! :-/ You’re right that Julian wouldn’t have done it on purpose! Probably what you said — assuming she was on birth control.

      Tobi will be crushed if this turns out to be true… And as for what Joce will do, well… we’ll have to wait and find out what the test says… :-/


    1. LOL! It makes me laugh that you’re hoping she is pregnant hahaha we’ll find out in tomorrow’s chapter what the result is…


    1. Well, Mari was TECHNICALLY a YA by game standards? (But was actually 19, so in real-world, still a teen… dang. LMAO) Joce is being super supportive, I’m proud of her!

      We’ll find out tomorrow what the test said… Either way, poor Clara 😦

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      1. Well I ignore the game teen preggo limitations and go with the world limits you created. So to me Mari and Lettiee were all teens too damn young to have babies.
        Maybe you will give a twist and she won’t be preggo but she will have the fear put in her and tell that loser to get lost.

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        1. That’s an interesting prediction, and definitely possible! Even if she’s not pregnant, this scare could be enough to give Clara a wake up call… Maybe. Unless it’s more than a scare?

          *announcer voice* Find out tomorrow on another dramatic episode of… *cheesy 80s soap opera music* Ashes to Ashes….

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  2. Oh good grief. Much good grief. Very good greif. That grammar is appalling, Spottydog.

    And I dunno, maybe this will be the turning point in Clara and Joce’s relationship. Maybe they start getting along…

    Clara does not need to be pregnant. That means she’ll have to tell the family and then Tobi will realise how not doing anything is terrible…

    *hugs Clara and Joce*

    Oh dear.

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    1. Good grief is a good way to describe the current situation hahaha And you made a great observation about Joce and Clara’s relationship. We’ll see what effect this could have in the long run…

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  3. Oh dear. 3 generations in and the Rosebrooks/Kleins still haven’t learned about the power of using protection. Hopefully she isn’t.

    It is kind of nice to see the girls bonding though, in spite of the circumstances.

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    1. Well, Clara couldn’t exactly ask her parents if she could go on the pill… That would be admitting she has a boyfriend hahaha so I am putting a bit more blame on Julian in this case… But we don’t even know for sure if she’s pregnant. We’ll see in tomorrow’s chapter!

      And yes, in an odd way, this is almost bringing the two girls together a little more! But we’ll see if it has any long-lasting effects on their somewhat tense relationship haha

      (by the way, did you read yesterday’s chapter but just not comment? I’m gonna assume you did, but since you don’t believe in the “like” button I can never be sure 😉 hahaha)


      1. Oh yeah I did read yesterday’s chapter. I didn’t particularly have anything new to add. I’m saving my judgement on Tobi based on what he does next 🙂

        As for whether of Clara is pregnant or not, my guess is that she is, but will not keep it. Since you love to torture the characters you love 😀

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        1. Me? Love torture? No way 😉 Hahaha I promise you wont’ have to wait long — tomorrow we’ll find out if she is or isn’t. Then we can go from there hehe

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  4. I kinda saw this coming. I hope for and her family’s sake that she’s not pregnant. I can’t see Julian take it well either. He will surely dump her if she ends up pregnant and keeps the baby.

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    1. Oh yes, if she’s pregnant, it’s over with Julian if she decides to keep it… Which would honestly be for the best haha but then she’d have to deal with being a teenage mother :-/ Poor Clara. We’ll find out soon what happens!

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  5. Oh no… I really hope she’s not pregnant. If she is, something tells me that Julian would be the type of person to pressure her into getting an abortion…he wants to have sex with his 16yo girlfriend, but he would not want to deal with any child…stupid jackass. Screw you, Julian.

    And like others have said above, this could improve Clara and Joce’s relationship.

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    1. We’ll find out tomorrow what the test said! I have a feeling you’re right about Julian, if the test is positive… We’ll see…


  6. I just hope it’s negative, sweet sweet child it’s not your fault if you are surrounded by negative adults!
    At least I hope if she is pregnant that she will do better than mari/tobi


    1. Hahahaha I still don’t think either of those two are bad parents, but I respect your opinion. Let’s hope it’s negative, and that if it’s not, Clara makes a good choice.


      1. What I really admire of you is not only the effort and the creativity you put in this but also that you are always so kind with your readers 🙂

        THANK YOU!

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  7. Oh my goodness! There is certainly a massive possibility that she is preggers. Poor Clara, she has so much to deal with 😦 It’s just great to see that Joce is going to by her side 🙂

    If she does end up being pregnant, It’s going to be so confusing for her to deal with. I know for sure that Julian (that piece of shit!) won’t want anything to do with the child. Will she want to have the baby once she confronts who Julian really is? I believe she will, because she has a beautiful soul and will love the little one no matter what (as would her family). However, can you imagine how Tobi will feel once he finds out (If she does end up being pregnant?) He’s already got a lot to feel guilty about (like being more afraid of Lettie finding out the truth with him and Anna, rather than protecting his sister… :/

    I feel so much love and compassion for the entire family. I’m just happy that Clara talked to Joce about one of the issues she’s dealing with. Fingers crossed she opens up some more, about what else happened once she sees how supportive Joce is being. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens 😀

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  8. “I’m laughing, I’m crying, It feels like, I’m dying. I’m dying”
    (Inside joke with my friends, line from a Melanie Martinez song, basically you’re killing me right now)

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  9. Wow, these Rosebrooks sure love to procreate early in their lives. Talk about history repeating itself!
    (I still hope she’s not pregnant, though. I hope she’s late because of the stress she undergoes as a teen in an abusive reationship with an older man.)

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  10. I have to admit that I haven’t warmed up to Jocelyne like I have in the other generations. This chapter definitely changed that for me.
    Eager to see where this goes and how she supports Clara

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    1. Yeah, you kind of have to wait until she’s a YA… she’s very much an “observer” during her teen years. It’s kind of the Tobi and Clara show right now 😛 But she will steal the spotlight soon 😉 Hehehe

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