Sick To The Stomach
Lily woke up feeling like hell. She was coughing and had a fever sky high. She went to the doctor’s office to get a flu shot. She had heard that it was the best way to prevent getting sick.
“Why am I feeling even worse than before I went to the doctor,” she panicked.
She wanted to scream for help, but her throat was dry, and didn’t make a sound. Nobody knew where she was.
In a small town in Texas nestled between rolling hills and a crystal-clear river, there lived a young girl named Lily. She was just fourteen years old and had a heart full of dreams and aspirations.
She was a smart, kind, and hardworking teenager who was determined to make something of herself.
Lily was the type of teen who was always prepared and never let anybody peer pressure her into anything. So how this terrible thing happened to her is a mystery.
One sunny morning, Lily woke up feeling a bit under the weather. She had a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and a headache that wouldn’t go away.
Worried that she might have caught the flu, her mother took her to the doctor’s office to get a flu shot.
Doctor Roberts was her family doctor, so she trusted him. It was also the start of a new school term, so she needed to protect her already weak immune system.
Lily didn’t like needles, but she knew it was for her own good, so she closed her eyes and gritted her teeth as the nurse gave her the shot.
Afterward, she felt a little bit better, and the two of them went home.
She was feeling a bit woozy but decided not to tell the nurse. She didn’t know this mistake would have her waking up with regrets.
After receiving the shot from Dr. Roberts, Lily went home and slept all day. The next morning, she woke up feeling worse than ever. Her cough had worsened, and she felt nauseous.
“What’s going on with me?” she thought as she looked at her pale face in the mirror. She poked her white cheeks.
It seemed as if all her blood was drained from her body.
Not A Normal Feeling
Days turned into weeks, and Lily’s flu symptoms went away. She was happy that she was back to her normal self, but something else was starting to happen to her. Although she was flu-free, not all was well. The young girl tried to ignore it.
However, something else began to manifest within her. She was feeling tired all the time, and her appetite had grown insatiable.
Her mother thought it was just a growth spurt, but Lily knew deep down that something wasn’t right.
Lily thought that it was just the effects of the antibiotics and flu medication she was taking. “I think some of the medicines had steroids in them. That’s why I’m picking up so much weight,” she told a close friend.
Her friend didn’t look convinced and was concerned about her health. “Perhaps you should go back to the doctor Lily,” her friend said with concern. “I’ll be ok. You’ll see,” Lily responded with a fake smile.
At the back of her mind, she knew her friend was right. She had to be responsible for her health. And find out what’s going on.
A Friends Advice
Lily decided to take her friend Chloe’s advice. But she was going to find answers her own way. She had a plan.
That night she snuck out of the house while her parents were sleeping and ran away.
She was on a mission, and she didn’t have any time. She needed to find it as fast as possible. This was her only chance. She hoped nobody would catch her.
A Different World
Lily entered the cold, sterile room with freshly painted white walls. The smell in the room made her sick to her stomach. She walked through the aisles of the 24-hour drug store, searching for her target.
Finally, she spotted it. There were so many of them. How would she know which one to choose? She needed help, but she couldn’t ask anyone.
Someone may know my mother, and I can’t risk that happening.
Too Many Choices
The worried teen browsed through the boxes. Reading the strange words she had never read before. “Ovulation kit, fertility pills, Mid-stream pregnancy test.”
What is all of this? Which one is just a normal regular pregnancy test? She realized there was no signage for an underage girl falling pregnant.
She was on her own. Is there any right choice in this situation?
This Will Do
The confused child grabbed a few boxes that seemed affordable and headed for the checkout. As suspected, the cashier gave her a weird look. “It’s for a friend,” Lily said sheepishly and looked around, hoping nobody she knew was around.
“That’s what they all say,” the rude cashier responded as she bagged the boxes.
Lily gave her a mean stare and darted for the door. She had to get home now.
Moment Of Truth
Luckily her parents didn’t notice she was gone. That night, Lily decided to take a pregnancy test. When she saw the two pink lines, she was in shock.
How could she be pregnant? She had only ever kissed a boy once, and it wasn’t even a serious relationship.
She paid attention during life skills class, and she was always a quiet girl in class. How could this happen to me? She screamed into her pillow till her lungs were sore. Her life was over.
A Second Opinion
Lily decided to go back to the doctor’s office to see what was wrong. She was in a terrible state, and when she arrived, she walked straight into the doctor’s office. She didn’t even have an appointment. Luckily the Doctor had just got in, so he was free.
Lily let him have it. The scared Doctor struggled to calm down the frantic teen but finally got her to sit down and talk. Lily refused to call her parents.
She wanted to keep things confidential.
A Thorough Examination
Although Dr. Roberts was hesitant because Lily was an underage girl, he had no choice but to listen to her request. He promised that he wouldn’t call her parents just yet.
But he also made Lily promise that they would do the prescribed tests with a female nurse present and that they would contact her parents afterward.
Lily had no choice but to agree just to get the tests done. She still didn’t want to tell her mother, but she didn’t want to tell the kind doctor that just yet.
The doctor ran some tests and told Lily that she was pregnant. Lily was in shock. She was only fourteen and had no idea how this could have happened.
She had never done anything, and she didn’t even have a boyfriend.
What on earth was going on? This was unexplainable to the distraught teen.
Worst News Ever
Lily didn’t know what to do, so she confided in her best friend, Chloe. Chloe was supportive and helped her come up with a plan to tell her mother. Lily knew it wouldn’t be easy, but she had to tell her.
Chloe made Lily promise that she would tell her mother. But Lily wasn’t ready to tell her mother just yet.
She knew that she would be furious. She would give her a lecture and tell her what an embarrassment she was.
Always The Bad Girl
Lily didn’t know what to do. She was scared and didn’t know who to turn to for help. She knew that she couldn’t keep the baby, but she didn’t want to get an abortion either. Lily was lost and didn’t know what to do.
She tried to tell her mother a few times but could never bring herself to.
Her father was also not the easiest person to talk to, so she knew he wouldn’t understand either.
Time Is Going
Days turned into weeks, and Lily began to feel better physically. But emotionally, she was a wreck. She didn’t know how to tell her parents, her friends, or even the father of the baby. Lily felt alone and helpless.
She was feeling sick, and she had started school. It was difficult trying to hide her growing stomach.
She had to wear baggy clothes and hide in the changing rooms. What could she do to end this trauma?
Can’t Hide It Now
As the weeks went by, Lily began to show. Her parents noticed and asked her what was going on. Lily broke down and told them there was something important she had to tell them, but she didn’t know how.
Her parents were extremely worried and tried to get her to open up, but the troubled teen couldn’t find the words to explain what was happening to her.
It wasn’t something that happened every day. She couldn’t tell her parents her truth.
No Time Like The Present
The next day, Lily’s mother came home from work, and Lily blurted out the news. Her mother was stunned but tried her best to be supportive. Lily’s mother was beside herself with worry.
She didn’t know how they were going to make it work, but she promised to stand by Lily no matter what.She took Lily to the doctor, and they confirmed that she was indeed pregnant.
Her parents were shocked but supportive. They promised to help Lily through this difficult time. But the question remained, how did she get impregnated?
A Mother’s Fault
Lily’s mother, Sandra, was having a difficult time dealing with her daughter’s issue and took to prayer. Sandra thought that it was an immaculate conception. She started speaking with the resident pastor at their church. She told him about Lily.
He believed that it was some sort of divine intervention and that Lily was a special chosen child. Sandra didn’t know what to believe.
But she wanted to make the best out of the situation. What would people say?
Lily’s pregnancy was difficult. She was young and inexperienced, and the thought of raising a child on her own was daunting. Chloe was there for her every step of the way, but it wasn’t enough.
Although she had a strong support network from her parents and her best friend, she was still mentally traumatized. Lily was not a silly girl; she was quite intelligent.
She knew there had to be an explanation for her pregnancy. But she had no idea what to do once she found out the truth.
A Different Story
One day, Lily got a call from the doctor’s office. They had some news. Dr. Roberts said he knew what had caused her to get impregnated. They needed to speak in person urgently.
Lily didn’t know how to feel. She didn’t know whether she was ready for the news. She had waited so long, and now the moment was finally here.
How did she become pregnant at such a young age?
Knowing Where To Go
Lily knew that she could only turn to one person for answers. It was the medical professional she had seen before. Dr. Roberts looked like a man she could trust.
Doctors have to go through a long and hard journey to get their qualifications after all.
But when she was finally in front of the doctor, he said something she didn’t expect. It would leave her ears red.
Confronting The Doctor
Dr. Roberts told her to be honest with her parents about how she got pregnant. Lily couldn’t believe her ears.
How could a qualified doctor not understand her predicament? She had paid for the treatment and still received such bad service.
She thought he understood the circumstance, but clearly, he wasn’t the person she thought he was. But as soon as her parents were there with her, she felt that everyone was against her.
She wanted to complain to the medical authorities about the Doctors’ malpractice. The flustered teen had to go outside and take a breath of fresh air. She wanted to find a new doctor.
Her parents seemed reluctant to go to a different doctor since Dr. Roberts knew her history. But seeing the look in her eyes, they knew that it was the best decision.
It was all too much for the little girl who had been braced up until this point.
Not My Fault
The news was devastating, but Lily knew that she had to be strong for her baby. She continued to go to doctor’s appointments and took care of herself as best as she could. It was a strange pregnancy.
It was like nothing any of her friends had ever heard. She was far too young to have to be dealing with these things.
But what else was she supposed to do when there was no medical explanation for what had happened?
As Lily’s due date drew closer, Sandra became more anxious. She worried about how they would manage to raise the baby, but Lily tried her best to reassure her.
Sandra had it in for the doctor.
There was something strange about him. No one could put their finger on it, but he was hiding something. Nothing could prepare them for the truth.
Sadly, Lily knew the real truth about how she had become pregnant. The doctor had told her about it on one of her visits.
She swore to keep her mouth shut, but it seemed like she wouldn’t be able to do it for much longer.
The truth was bound to come out eventually, and she would be lucky if her parents heard it from someone other than her.
Unable To Forget
Lily wished she could just keep it out of her mind and forget about it. But she could no longer pretend that everything was fine when even her doctor was against her.
She would have to tell the truth eventually.
If she didn’t, she would end up being the person everyone blamed for this mishap.
This was something that worried the young girl. She thought that she could ignore it. She thought that she could ignore him.
But lately, nothing seemed to be going her way. And once again, she would come face to face with an obstacle she wanted to avoid.
What Lily didn’t know was that she would soon have an unexpected visitor.
Just An Illusion
Lily thought that she could avoid him for the remainder of her life. That as long as things stayed the way they were, she could hang on.
But he was on his way to see her, and there was nothing she could do to stop him. She didn’t even know that he was coming.
But his unexpected arrival would change her life.
Finally, the day arrived, and Lily went into labor. After what the doctor had told her, Lily was frightened for her baby’s life.
Even with how messy and complicated things had become, she still wanted her baby to be okay.
She wouldn’t be able to live with herself if anything happened to it because of how stressed she was.
It was a long and difficult labor, but eventually, the baby was born. Lily held her little bundle of joy in her arms and knew that everything would be fine.
This entire ordeal would finally be over, and she’d get to live the life she’d always dreamed of.
Of course, there would be some exceptions, but she could make do with that.
Expect The Unexpected
What Lily didn’t know was that someone would have some shocking news for her mother about her baby in the near future.
What they had to say would not only shake her to her core. But it would also have her reconsidering every decision she had made up until that point.
Who was this person, and what did they know that she didn’t?
Making The Most Out Of Life
Over the next few years, Lily worked hard to provide for her child. She juggled school, work, and motherhood, but she never gave up.
Her son grew up to be a healthy and happy little boy who adored his mother. And Lily was proud of the person she had become.
In the end, she managed to achieve all her dreams.
Who Was The Father?
Lily no longer cared about petty grievances and just tried to look ahead. But the facts about her child’s father haunted her to that day.
The good doctor would never live it down. He would never be able to earn her forgiveness, especially not after everything she had gone through because of him.
But what happened to Dr. Roberts?
Even though Lily had every right to do so, she never took Dr. Roberts on in a legal battle.
She decided that it was best to let bygones be bygones and focus on the new life in her hands.
They had a lot to look forward to, but if they were stuck in the past, they would never be able to do so.
Lily’s beautiful baby boy was everything that she needed to know that pettiness wasn’t worth it anymore. And to remind her that she had so much to live for.
She had a lot of dreams, and he inspired her to follow every single one of them.
So as long as she had her son with her, she’d be okay. But that never solved the question, how did it happen in the first place?
Past Coming Back
Lily named her baby boy Jonah. He was a sweet child who rarely cried, but the older he got, the more he looked like his father. Lily didn’t mind, though.
She was just surprised by how much she actually enjoyed motherhood.
This was a new chapter for Lily—a life with a child and only distant memories of her past. But the past never forgets, and it would come knocking soon enough.
Coming Back To Bite Her
Lily thought that if she had just moved forward with her life, then she wouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of what happened around the birth of her child. But she was wrong.
Even though years had passed, there was still another person who knew the secret. And they refused to back down.
They wanted the truth to be revealed, and they didn’t care about the consequences.
Growing Up Quickly
While they were scheming in the background, Lily was growing up quickly. Her teenage years had flown by, and in that time, she learned that she had to be mature for her child.
Her parents loved little Jonah and treated him like their own. But they still left most of the responsibilities to their daughter.
She needed to learn to be independent, after all.
Even though her parents were very supportive, they always wondered who the father of the child was, but they weren’t getting any answers from their daughter.
Lily was prepared to stay quiet for the rest of her life if she was able to.
But she had no idea that certain things that were beyond her control were about to happen.
Not The End Of It
Sandra tried to get her daughter to open up, but she was a closed book. Every time she would bring up the baby’s father, Lily would just get angry and storm off.
However, that didn’t mean the grandmother would be backing down.
If her daughter wasn’t willing to open up, she’d find a way to get the truth on her own.
Sandra was thinking of another plan. She needed to know who the father was. And it wasn’t just for her curiosity. It was for her daughter’s safety.
Being kept in the dark presented so many problems for Lily and Jonah. What if the father came back, demanding custody?
Or what if he carried some genetic problems that could harm her grandson?
Even though it would be crossing many lines, she needed to get a DNA sample from the child. It was the only way she could find out what she was dealing with.
While Sandra was looking for a quiet moment alone with Jonah, she didn’t hear the unwanted visitor ringing the doorbell.
They knocked on the door, but again, no one answered.
When Sandra finally picked up on the visitor, they were at the end of their patience. They were knocking and ringing the bell nonstop.
But that wasn’t the worst part of their arrival. It was their identity that would ruin everything.
This was someone that Sandra had never expected to end up on her doorstep. And they had no idea how she would react when she felt that her daughter and grandson were threatened.
A Familiar Face
“Hello?!” the man called out as he slammed his fist against the door. She had heard him the last ten times, but the more he spoke, the more her senses heightened.
Sandra felt a shiver run down her spine as her motherly instincts hit their peak.
She had no idea who the man was, but she could tell that he was trouble. And she wanted none of that.
A Cautious Approach
Sandra crept down the hallway and to her front door. Her heart was beating in her chest. But she took a deep breath and looked through the peephole.
The person standing on her doorstep was someone she didn’t expect. It was a familiar face.
But that face belonged to a man that wasn’t welcome in or near her home.
Return Of Dr. Roberts
It was none other than Dr. Roberts. Sandra opened the door and asked him what he was doing on her porch.
The doctor was out of breath and flustered. It was almost as if he had rushed over there.
What could be so important that he practically ran to her house? And what did he want anyway?
What Did He Want?
After a few moments of silence, Sandra stepped back into the house and tried to close the door.
But the doctor grabbed it. “You don’t understand. I need to tell you something about your daughter!”
As soon as those words left his lips, Sandra’s blood boiled in her veins. How dare he talk about her daughter?!
Telling Him To Leave
Sandra was worried about her daughter’s safety, and she couldn’t take any chances. She told the doctor to leave immediately.
She wasn’t interested in what he had to tell her. She would never be interested! But what he had to say could be the one thing that would answer all her questions.
The doctor looked angry, but he left without causing a scene.
Sandra breathed a sigh of relief after the doctor had left. But she had no idea what kind of mistake she had just made.
The doctor was the only other person who knew what happened to her daughter that fateful day.
But she was far too upset with him to listen to or believe anything he said.
A few hours later, Lily got home and asked her mother how looking after young Jonah had gone. Sandra’s face immediately went white.
She knew that she couldn’t hide what had happened to her from her daughter.
Lily would find out about the doctor’s visit soon enough, and Sandra would prefer it if her daughter heard it from her.
Sandra thought about it for a second before making her decision. “Dr. Roberts came by earlier. He said he had something important to tell me about you.”
Lily’s face went pale. This was the moment she had dreaded since she found out she was pregnant.
It was the moment of truth she had been avoiding for all those years.
What Did She Know?
“He didn’t say anything about Jonas, did he?” Lily asked. “He never mentioned him,” Sandra said, shaking her head.
Sandra was starting to get suspicious at that point. Why would her daughter bring up Jonas? As a mother, Sandra needed to find out what was going on.
She needed to know what her daughter was hiding and what the doctor had to do with it.
Sandra was convinced that her daughter was hiding something. She needed to find out a way of coaxing her daughter into telling her the truth.
She started second-guessing herself. Should she have listened to what the doctor had to say? “What’s going on, honey?” Sandra asked Lily.
Her daughter’s eyes were glued to the floor, and it didn’t seem like she wanted to answer.
The Real Father
“Do you know who the father is, Lily?” Sandra begged her daughter. “I just want to protect you.”
Lily looked up at her mother, tears in her eyes. She opened her mouth to speak.
But what Sandra didn’t expect was that her daughter was about to say something that would change everything she thought she knew.
“Dr. Roberts… He had a good reason to approach you about my child. He has a right to do so,” Lily finally said. “He’s Jonah’s biological father.”
The truth then dawned on Sandra. How had she not seen it before? Her grandson was a spitting image of the man she chased away hours ago.
That thought alone was enough to infuriate her.
How Did It Happen?
When Lily got that flu shot, she thought something was off. She had never received a flu shot in her stomach before. And they had never used such a big needle, either.
It was only later that she learned the doctor had switched the injections. Instead of getting a flu shot, she received an IVF injection. And that was how she ultimately fell pregnant. But by the time she found out, it was already too late.
To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.