Chasing Love Ch. 01byAshiraDatya©
"There's nothing to talk about," Claire said, not looking up from her charts.
"What do you mean there's nothing to talk about? You're pregnant with my baby. We have to talk about this," Cal growled.
"No Cal, we don't. I don't expect anything from you," Claire said, closing the last chart.
"Damn it Claire!" Cal shouted, slamming his hands on the desk. Claire looked up, surprised at his out burst.
"I won't leave you to go through this alone," Cal said, his voice softer.
"I don't need help Cal," Claire said, standing up and walking away.
"Jess, are you here?" Craig asked, walking into the mess. Jessica poked her head out of the kitchen door.
"What's up?" Jessica asked.
"I need to get out of the house," Craig said, sitting in one of the chairs.
Jessica laughed. "Having trouble adjusting to having a baby in the house?" Jessica asked. Craig nodded.
"Danielle's cute and all, but she makes a lot of noise," Craig complained. Jessica laughed and sighed. "I'm sorry, I keep forgetting that you should have your own brand new noise maker," Craig said.
"It's okay," Jessica said, punching down the dough before tossing it out of the bowl and on to the floured counter.
Craig watched as Jessica kneaded the dough before rolling it out and using a large round cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. "How are classes going?" Jessica asked.
"Boring, but not too bad. The guys stopped making fun of me for taking cooking classes since they saw Caitlin," Craig said laughing. Jessica chuckled and placed the biscuits on a cookie sheet.
They both looked up when Claire walked in, slamming the door of the mess behind her.
"What's wrong?" Jessica asked. Claire looked at Craig who grinned.
"I'll go see if Caitlin needs help with Danielle," he offered. Jessica laughed and shook her head.
"Claire, what's wrong?" Jessica asked again.
"I'm pregnant," Claire answered. Jessica didn't really look all that surprised.
"What's the problem?" Jessica asked gently.
"I'm not supposed to be able to get pregnant," Claire admitted. Jessica stared at Claire in surprise and Claire sat down on the stool that Craig had vacated. "My ex husband and I tried for years and when we couldn't, we went to a fertility specialist. I was told that I wasn't able to get pregnant," Claire said with a sigh.
"But you are," Jessica said.
Claire nodded. "What does Cal think?" Jessica wanted to know.
"All we've done since the test came back is fight," Claire admitted.
"What kind of fighting?" Jessica asked.
"At first, he yelled at me for not using birth control even if I had been told I couldn't get pregnant, but now, he wants to help," Claire said, her eyes burning with unshed tears.
"I never thought Cal would be the father type," Jessica said dryly. Claire nodded and laughed a little.
"Do you want the baby?" Jessica asked gently.
"I don't know," Claire admitted. Jessica looked up as Cal walked past the mess, yelling for Claire. "I don't want to talk to him right now," Claire said, looking panicked.
Jessica sighed and handed Claire the key to her house. "Go to my place, get some rest. I'll deal with Cal," Jessica offered.
"Thanks," Claire said, taking the keys and slipping out the back door.
Jessica looked up a few minutes later when Cal stalked into the mess and into the kitchen.
"Where is she?" Cal asked.
"Where's who?" Jessica asked.
"I haven't seen her since breakfast," Jessica answered, popping the tray of biscuits in the oven. Cal sank onto the stool . "What's wrong?" Jessica asked.
"She's pregnant," Cal said, still unable to really wrap his head around it.
"Lucky," Jessica said softly.
Cal looked up and sighed.
"Sorry," Cal said sheepishly.
"It's okay," Jessica assured him. "What are you going to do?" Jessica wanted to know.
"I don't know. Claire's being pretty stubborn; she said she doesn't want my help," Cal answered.
"Well, then maybe you should wait for her to come to you," Jessica suggested as Jake, Caitlin and Danielle walked into the mess. "Hey!" Jessica exclaimed, washing off her hands and reaching for the baby. Caitlin passed Danielle over eagerly.
"She hasn't slept for more than two hours at a time," Jake complained. Jessica laughed.
"Note to self, don't send you on any missions for awhile," Cal said with a grin. Jessica giggled and Jake grinned sheepishly.
"You're loving every minute of being a father," Jessica accused. Jake nodded.
"She's just too damn cute," Jake agreed.
Jessica smiled and cradled the little girl carefully.
"Any word on Danny?" Caitlin asked quietly. Cal shook his head and glanced at Jessica who sighed. The timer dinged before Jessica could say anything so she passed Danielle over to Jake and grabbed a oven mitt and pulled the biscuits out of the oven.
"Those look pretty good," Jake said, reaching out for one. Jessica slapped his hand.
"Wait for lunch," she scolded. Caitlin chuckled and took her daughter from her boyfriend.
"Hurry up will you?" Jake grumbled with a good natured grin. Jessica laughed and put the biscuits into a wicker basket.
"Go eat and get outta my hair," Jessica teased. Jake led Caitlin to a table and grabbed her a bowl of soup and a biscuit to go with it. Jessica turned to Cal. "I need to go into town and get some supplies, can you watch Will and Kylie please?" she asked. Cal had a ton of work to do, especially if he was going to get Claire to talk to him but he nodded.
Jessica gave Cal a kiss on the cheek and headed to her house to grab her coat and purse. "Claire, come to town with me," Jessica said. Claire sighed but followed Jessica to her car and said little on the drive to town.
"Where are we going?" Claire wanted to know.
"I need to get some steaks for dinner tonight," Jessica answered. "I'm making a stir fry," she added. Jessica led Claire past a baby boutique and had to hide a smile when her friend stared at the teddy bear in the window. "Do you want to go in?" Jessica asked gently. Claire glanced at Jessica and nodded. Jessica followed Claire into the shop and watched her friend look closely at the clothes.
"You okay?" Jessica asked Claire gently.
"I'm fine, just confused," Claire admitted. Jessica smiled.
"You should talk to Cal," Jessica said.
"I know, but what if he doesn't want the baby," Claire whispered.
"Do you want the baby?" Jessica asked.
"Yes," Claire admitted.
Jessica grinned. "Then worry about what Cal wants later. You can do this," Jessica said. Claire smiled and ran her finger over a soft, white lion. "He's cute. Let me buy him for you; consider it a gift for the baby," Jessica said softly. Claire grinned.
"I'm not going to say no to a gift," Claire told her friend. Jessica laughed and grabbed the lion from her friend and took it to the counter.
After they left the shop, they walked into the butcher shop where Jessica picked ten pounds of beautiful boneless New York strip steaks while Claire grabbed the broccoli, peppers and onions from the farmer's market. "So any morning sickness?" Jessica asked as they began driving back to the base.
"Jess look out!" Claire exclaimed. Jessica slammed on the breaks and barely missed hitting a man who had staggered across the road. Jessica put the car in park and hurried to the man's side.
"Are you okay?" Jessica asked, worriedly.
The man turned and looked at Jessica and tried to speak. Deep brown eyes looked up at her. "Danny?!" Jessica gasped.
"So sorry," he managed before losing consciousness.
Claire had climbed out of the van and had her phone out. "Cal, it's me. We don't have time for this argument. We found Danny and he's hurt pretty bad. We're about ten minutes from the base," Claire said. She looked at Jessica who's eyes were wide with fear.
"Hang in there Danny," Jessica pleaded.