Days later, after inumerable tests, the doctor stops by to see Jes.
"Well, young lady. You certainly gave us all a good scare! Are you ready to get out of here and go home?"
Jes brightens perceptibly. "Yes, please. I miss my dog."
The doctor smiles. "One last thing before you go. As you know, we ran a battery of tests to make sure that there isn't anything seriously wrong. You seem to be just fine, although you're run down physically and emotionally. You'll be back to normal in no time . . . with one small exception."
Jes looks at the doctor questioningly. "One . . . one exception? What are you talking about?"
"Jessy . . . . . you're pregnant."
Stunned, Jes can only stare open-mouthed at the doctor. Thoughts begin to rage as her mind whirls in circles, trying to process this new information. "Pregnant??? Oh my god. Oh my god! No! Oh please, not . . ." Her eyes close against the sudden return of the blinding pain she had put on the back burner during the long weeks of her incarceration. The sudden mental picture of her brief and ill-advised tryst with Thane in the clearing after Vasquez knocked her out intrudes itself into her misery. Thane. Oh my god, Thane! How can I . . . ? Bloody hell, what am I going to do???
Later that afternoon when Giselle and Gannon come to pick her up, they find her lying motionless, staring at the ceiling.
"C'mon, Jes! I brought you some clothes. Let's get you home! Hershey misses you."
"I'll get a chair while you get her dressed."
As Gannon leaves the room in search of a wheelchair, Giselle turns her attention back to Jes.
"C'mon, honey. Let's get you dressed."
Jessy's haunted eyes turn toward Giselle and fill with tears.
"Jes? What is it? What's wrong??"
"Oh, Zellie. It's . . . I can't even . . . " She pauses to pull herself together. "Zellie . . . . I'm pregnant!"
"Oh my god! Jessy! What . . . oh my god! Vasquez???"
Jes shakes her head miserably.
"Not Vasquez. He told me the first time we . . . the first time we were intimate that he'd had a vasectomy because he wanted to be sure not to father any children. Now I know it's because he already had, and didn't want any more bastards."
"Then . . . who, Jes? We never . . . . with Carlos . . ."
Jes can't even look at Giselle. She mumbles something Giselle can't quite hear.
"Jes? Look at me! WHO????"
"Oh, Zellie! It was Thane! We . . . it was a mistake. We just got carried away in the moment. Oh Zellie . . . what am I going to do? Thane is with her now. I can't . . . I just can't . . . ."
Jes finally breaks down into agonized sobs, Giselle trying her best to provide comfort. Giselle is feeling very conflicted. On the one hand, this is devastating news for her friend. On the other, this is the first time since Thane's betrayal that Jes has allowed herself to express emotion, and Giselle has been very concerned that bottling up all that pain cannot be good. She is relieved behond measure to see Jes finally let it all out, but she is worried that this news will deepen the funk that has possessed her friend since their return from their trip with Connor and her discovery of Thane's infidelity.
Jes is still sobbing uncontrollably when Gannon returns with the wheelchair. His brow furrows as he seeks Giselle's eyes.
She gives an almost imperceptible shake of her head, signaling to Gannon that this is not the time for explanation.
Taking Giselle's cue, Gannon wheels the chair back out into the hallway and waits for her signal. Eventually Jessy's sobs trail off into the occasional shuddering hiccup, and Giselle gets her up and helps her dress.
"I can't believe there's a baby growing inside me. Thane's baby."
"I've been so careful all of my life. I never wanted to bring a child into the world I lived in."
"What am I going to do, Zellie?"
As she helps to dress her friend, Giselle speaks reassuringly to her.
"We'll figure it out, Jes. You know that Gannon and I will be with you always."
"For now let's just worry about getting you rested and feeling like yourself again."
Gannon returns with the wheelchair and they get Jes comfortable. Once again, he questions Giselle with his eyes. Once again, she lets him know without words that she'll explain everything later.
To be continued . . .