Liam x MC (TRR) (prompt:: someone mentioned MC being pregnant from the night of the coronation–sorry I forgot who and can’t find it, let me know and I’ll edit!)
MC had been in New York for a month. She was ushered out of Cordonia having inadvertently ‘scandalized’ the kingdom. She considered herself lucky to get her old job back; as much as she hated it, she knew what she was doing and she needed the money. Drake had given her enough for a few weeks and then after that he sent her some more until she could start getting back on her feet. She was staying with a friend she worked with but had her eyes on a tiny apartment not far from work so she would be able to walk there.
Her “shameful” underwear picture had been on the news in America but was quickly replaced by more sordid news of the day. She had talked to Hana who informed her that she was still the talk of the town in Cordonia. Her last phone call from Hana revealed that she had refused to go home to her parents after the coronation fiasco and that she was getting a small place with Maxwell. She said they didn’t want to reveal their feelings for each other to avoid a scandal but after the … incident, they felt it was as good a time as any.
Drake didn’t call often but MC texted him occasionally to see how he was doing and offer her appreciation for all that he had done for her and continued to do. He hinted that Liam had been asking about her however he was tight-lipped when it came to what was going on inside the palace or with Madeline. MC had basically been living in denial since the coronation. She had tried her best to go back to her old life, forgetting about her broken heart. In the early hours of the mornings though, she could be heard crying in a guestroom that was a great deal different than what she had gotten accustomed to over the last few months. Sometimes she stayed after her shift was over enjoying her new found affinity for whiskey. She had Drake to thank for that habit as well. It helped her sleep.
Some days were better than others. She tried to enjoy herself and keep her mind occupied by going out with friends and co-workers but sometimes… Let’s just say it’s amazing how much princess crap is in the world, that you never noticed before you were stripped of your chance to be one. Trying to fit back into her old way of life was just not working. She had changed. Cordonia had changed her and there was no going back. She felt like she was just going through the motions; just wasting her life away one day at a time. She had no goals, no plans, no family; even her friends were not her REAL friends. Her real friends are an ocean away. As much as she needed the space from Liam, the royal court and the paparazzi, she missed her friends and she missed Cordonia. She had grown to love that place, especially the countryside. It was completely different than where she was right now and New York no longer feels like home.
“You should come back,” Hana suggested one night after MC complained of a particularly hard day. “You can stay with us, I’m sure Maxwell wouldn’t mind… or Drake. I know that’s a little close to the Palace, but you could avoid going there.”
“I can’t be there. I can’t see Liam and Madeline all over the Cordonian new stations planning their wedding, living happily ever after. I just can’t do that. My heart can’t take it.” She answered, feeling a pain in her stomach, in her heart.
A few days after that, she got a notification on her phone. “Did you forget to input your period?” It was her period tracker reminding her she missed her start date. She swiped the notification off the screen and didn’t give it another thought. Until later that night. She was at work and the place was dead. She was leaning on the bar looking through her social media when she remembered the notification. She opened the app to check the calendar. Her heart sped up and her breathing became labored when she realized it had been almost two months since her last period. It can’t be. I must have forgotten to enter it… She struggled to think back over the last month or so but couldn’t think of one time since she’s been back in New York that she has had her period. It’s probably just from stress. That happens. And I have definitely been experiencing some stress! Surely that’s it. She struggled to make it through the rest of the slow night at work and on the walk home she stopped by a 24-hour convenience store and bought a cheap two pack of pregnancy tests. After the purchase she shoved them into her jacket pocket and headed back to her friends apartment.
The instructions recommended waiting until first thing in the morning before testing but she couldn’t wait so she took one as soon as she could. It was the longest five minutes of her entire life. It was like time stood still. She rushed to check the stick. Pregnant. Holy shit.
She couldn’t sleep that night with all the thoughts going through her mind. She was concerned first and fore most about the whiskey. She didn’t know the specifics on what alcohol can do when pregnant but she knew it wasn’t good. One thought led to more. At one point she thought turning up at his doorstep with a kid might be the perfect way to get Liam back with minimal backlash from the rest of the royal family plus it would serve them right to have that little scandal on their heads. But she couldn’t do that. For one she wouldn’t do that to a child, use it as a pawn in a sick royal game but also she was still very angry with Liam for not sticking up for her. She felt used by him. He had made love to her in the maze, told her he loved her, and then moments later chose someone else for his bride, without another word. MC felt regret in giving herself to Liam only in the fact that she felt used. The act itself was beautiful and she realized that even if he didn’t really love her like he said, she loved him and this baby was made from that love. She couldn’t give the child up. But how was she going to take care of a baby when she could barely take care of herself. She didn’t even have her own place to live yet! She’s have to find daycare. She didn’t even have insurance, how much does it cost to have a baby? But she knew one thing, Liam could never know. She was going to have to take care of herself and this baby alone. More than anything she wanted to have friends and family around her but she was alone. She couldn’t risk telling her Cordonian friends as they would have a hard time not telling him. Liam probably wouldn’t even believe it was his anyway. She was saddened by that fact but did feel a sense of warmth move over her as she put her hand on her abdomen and imagined a little baby in there. She got up with the sun to take the other test from the pack, just to make sure. Pregnant.