Hey! it blurts. Hey!
Charlie looks around. A voice in her head. She’s alone in the bedroom.
Hey! In here!
She feels it, a rumbling deep in the cavern of her swollen belly.
She puts her hands over her tummy.
Charlie’s not the first girl in the high school to get pregnant. She’s just the first anyone can remember to stay in school while pregnant. Winnie, a twelfth-grader, was rumored to have been knocked up by her uncle, but she stopped attending soon after word got around.
Charlie shows up everyday, homework as neatly completed as ever.
Who’s the father? the other teens whisper to each other as Charlie lumps by them in the hall.
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