Chapter 10

Writer Notes: RE-Post of Chapter 10 of The Gang in TS2 format.

Warnings: Girly conversations, awkwardness

Peppermint was just as surprised as Kat when Angel walked in the door and sat with them.  She had this giddiness about her that just brightened up the room.

“Hi, girls.” Her smile brightly welcomed.  “I’m so glad you’re here!”

Angel then began explaining her excitement to the still shocked-out-of-their-minds girls.  Rez and her were committed to having a baby.

“Oh, that’s wonderful!” Pmint exclaimed.

“It’s still hush, hush.” Angel said, more seriously.

“Shane and Sally don’t know yet?” Kat questioned.

Angel shook her head.  “We want to surprise them.”

Peppermint continued on the conversation with Angel as Kat began to worry.  Shane never liked surprises.  Sally liked them even less.  What were Rez and Angel trying to pull?  Their own kamikaze? Or was this another inner struggle to bring Shane and Sally back together?  Nonetheless, Kat was happy for Rez and Angel.  Their love was an unbreakable force.  A child would be an appropriate symbol of that love.

However, Rez and Angel were already the parents of the friends.  They were always taking control of bitter situations and overseeing the success of the others.  For Kat, they were shelter and protection for the evil of the world.  Evil she never wanted to face again.

“So who’s this coffee shop boy?” Pmint asked.

Kat blinked a few times.

“You know the guy you saw here a week ago?” Angel questioned.

“Oh!” Kat giggled.  “I dunno some guy. He was really cute.”

“I take it you haven’t seen him since?” Angel pouted.

Kat frowned.  “No—he was probably just passing through.”

“Too bad.” Peppermint sighed.

“It’s all right.” Kat tried to smile.  “There’s plenty of fish out in the sea.”

“What?” Angel chuckled.  “For you to eat?”

Though Pmint joined the laughter, Kat really did not understand what was so funny.

“Oh—yeah. Imma Kat.” She rolled her eyes.

***

After awhile, Angel left to go start making dinner and other chores galore.  Kat went with Peppermint to hold the broken stall door for her as she used the restroom.

“Do you think you’ll have kids?” she asked as Pmint washed her hands.  “—in the future?”

Peppermint hesitated for a moment then looked at her reflection.  “Well, I don’t know. I’m adopted so I don’t have a family history to know about—risks and other things.”

“Oh—yeah.” Kat bowed her head.

“It’s all right.” Pmint said.  “And you? Do you think kids are in your future?”

Kat bit her bottom lip.  “Well—I suppose first I’d have to find a man.”

Peppermint nodded.  “My mom was single when she adopted me—so you don’t always need a guy.”

Kat nodded in agreement as they exited the bathroom.  “I would still like someone to go insane with me through the whole process.”

“Well, I’ll be here for you.” Pmint volunteered.

“Was Jack—um, uh—adopted?”

Peppermint shook her head.  “No, Mom always wanted a girl, but her husband—Jack’s father—died before he was born.  So, she decided since she could never love another man that she would adopt and—WaLa! Here is me!”

Kat giggled.  “That’s a wonderful story—umm—yeah, life story.”

Pmint smiled.  “Would you like to go back to my place? I’m sure Jack has something cooking.”

“That would be awesome.” Kat said with a little hop.

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