First, her husband had vanished, and now her daughter sat before her in tears.
The door that had been holding back months of secrets was now burst open. She couldn’t believe all this had happened right under her nose.
When it came to love, there had been nothing but terrible luck for Merissa Knoll.
Two painful divorces and countless failed dates. It seemed like she was never going to find a decent man. The only bright spot in her life was her daughter, Krysten. However, everything changed the moment she set eyes on Jacob.
Finally, A Good Man
It almost seemed too good to be true.
He had a steady job, was responsible at home, and had a great sense of humor. The final seal of approval came when she saw how kind he was, even with her daughter and the rest of Merissa’s family. In less than a year, they tied the knot.
Baking Up A Storm
It was a sunny autumn morning and Merissa was baking up a storm.
That day’s sweet treat was cinnamon rolls – Krysten’s favorite. Their weekend meetups were important, now more than ever, because her little girl had just gone off to college. Jacob was also working many long, late nights.
It warmed her heart to see her family sitting around the dining room table.
However, that night, she noticed something off with Krysten. Not only had she lost weight, but she was complaining of headaches and barely touching her meal. Jacob eyed his stepdaughter closely then reached for his phone.
Maybe The Flu?
“Something going around at school, baby?” Merissa asked.
“Maybe,” she muttered. The evening was cut short as her daughter shuffled to her bedroom. It was the first, falling domino in a cascade of incidences that would test relationships, unearth secrets, and change their family forever.
It was sudden. One of Jacob’s late evenings stretched far longer than normal.
Things only got worse when he didn’t pick up the phone. Something was wrong. He always picked up. All through the evening she sat on the edge of the sofa, calling over and over again. Where had he disappeared to?
Out Of Power
Then, just as sudden as he had vanished, he walked through the doorway like nothing was wrong.
Merissa pulled him into the living room and let her anger and fear pour out. She had been so worried. His only excuse – something came up with a friend and his phone had run out of power.
Months passed, and the moment still lingered in Merissa’s mind.
Something was off. Her daughter and husband would flash secret looks to each other, thinking she didn’t notice. When she asked about it, there was nothing but oblivious denial. The answer finally came after three terrible months.
Merissa sat on the sofa, feeling her stomach twist in knots.
Across from her Jacob and Krysten sat together, holding hands. Her daughter looked terrified, and her husband looked nervous. Horrific pictures swirls around in her head. It felt like she would be sick at any moment.
Can’t Take It Anymore
She finally snapped. “Someone tell me what’s going on!”
Jacob answered, “Just let Krysten say her piece before you say anything.” Stress levels skyrocketed to maximum and tears formed in the corner of her eyes. This wasn’t happening.
Krysten took a deep breath. “Mom, I’m pregnant.”
Merissa’s heart stopped and the air left her lungs. She looked at Jacob and clenched her fists, but her daughter interrupted. “It’s my boyfriend, Ben, from school. We’ve been seeing each other for over a year.”
Not What She Expected
Merissa sat there, stunned and silent.
“What were you doing when you left that night?” she asked Jacob. The answer made her feel so foolish. It turned out the moment Krysten had guessed she was pregnant, she had called her stepfather – mostly because she was terrified of Merissa’s reaction.” But that wasn’t all.
A Good Man
Jacob had rushed to her college to take her to the hospital to double check.
His phone really had died, but he also had promised his stepdaughter that he wouldn’t say anything until she was ready to tell her mother. She was worried Merissa wouldn’t accept her daughter’s decision to have a baby while still in college.
Merissa’s heart started beating again. The blood rushed right to her cheeks and a heavy dose of guilt pushed down on her soul. She wanted her daughter to be able to tell her everything.
She rushed over and wrapped her arms around her baby girl. No matter what, they were a family and they would get through this together.