Madison slipped off the bed, and ended up laying on the floor. It was as if he was right here in the room with her, and she felt safer than she had done in years. She'd felt detached from reality since he died, and had made herself numb from everything she'd felt for him. It was easier than dealing with the loss. She could hear his voice in her head, repeating the note she'd just read.
"Madison Mattell, you are the love of my life. I will never want anyone else, and I know you feel the same. I want us to get married in a big ceremony so I can show you off to everyone we know, prove to them this was never 'puppy love'. I want to have children with you, as many as you'll let me, and I want us to grow old and sit on a swingseat on the porch in the evenings, watching our grandchildren run around, and reminiscing about when our own kids were their age. I want to wake up next to you every morning, and hold you close every night. I want to get a high paid job so you never have to work, and I want to spoil you like you deserve."
"I want you to be my wife.
Madi. Will you marry me?"
"Taylor, I opened it!" Taylor looked confused, and looked questioningly at her sister. "The box G gave me ages ago, before I was even pregnant with Luis. I opened it." She waved her hand infront of her face.
"Oh my God, Madi!" Taylor suddenly clicked on, and grabbed the hand in her face to get a better look at the stone.
"It's an emerald; mine and G's shared birthstone, and my favorite colour."
"This must've cost a fortune! It's gorgeous, Madi." Taylor paused and looked at her sisters beaming face. She looked happier than she had done in years, and she didn't want to burst that bubble just yet. She decided she'd keep the psych-style 'how does this make you feel?' questions for another time. "Look, I hate to change the subject, but I have something to tell you."
"What?" Madisons face dropped as she saw Taylors look of worry. "What's happened?"
"You know I've been ill..." Taylor subconciously glanced down to her swollen stomach. She'd tried to hide it with a baggy top, but even that was too tight now.
"That's why I look worried." Taylor began, she leaned back slightly, enjoying the gentle massage of her sisters knowing hands. "That feels good."
"I know, Geoff used to do it to me when I was pregnant and... Hey, have you been home already? You got changed?"
"I didn't go to work." Madison stopped the massage and stood back a little. Her sister never missed a day of work, this must be serious. "Madi, don't look at me like that! I've been at the hospital all day. When I finally got them to believe that I was actually a virgin and not some crazy woman, they spent all day running tests. They wanted to keep me over night, but I just wanted to come home."
"You..." Madison stared in disbelief, "You're a virgin, but you're pregnant?" Taylor nodded. There was a short pause. "How?"
"They don't know." Taylor shrugged. "This has never happened before. I have to give birth at hospital no matter what. But they say that the ultrasound scanner won't work. They kept trying, but it's like there's a block there. They don't even know if this baby is ok, and can't garentee that I'll even bring it home." She studied Madisons face, trying to gauge her reaction. She just looked confused, who wouldn't be? She was too.
"I don't know what to say, Taylor..." Madison finally spoke up after a few minutes silence. Taylor nodded. She wasn't sure what to say herself.
"I think I'm just going to go to bed, I'll see you tomorrow. I'm not allowed to go to work anymore, so we'll talk more then."
"Oh! It's you!" She wasn't sure what else to say, and wasn't even certain the alien understood her. They stood there in silence for a minute. Each one taking in the others appearence, and wondering what to say. It had been so many years since the night they met, but neither looked very different.
"Yes, I'm ok, thanks. Are you?"
"I K. I here to the check." Madison looked at her confused. She couldn't work out what she meant by this one. "I check you." The alien sensed that she still didn't fully understand, and so took her hand and faced it palm up. She took what looked like a mini pocket torch from her pocket, and pressed it into Madisons palm. There was a small flash of light, and a beep. The alien let go of her hand and put the 'torch' away.