I opened one eye sleepily and was happily startled to feel Arizona’s warm body curled up next to me. For a moment I thought it was a dream, but thankfully it wasn’t. She was still asleep and softly snoring. I felt her start to stir a few minutes later as I watched her with an affectionate smile on my face.
“Is that you?” she growled sleepily. “Or have I died and gone to heaven?” She smiled goofily while starting to stretch.
“It’s me but is it you?” I chuckled. Last night had definitely been a night to remember. It had made me feel alive again.
“It’s definitely me. Where’s my breakfast in bed though?” she dead panned.
“Getting quite demanding aren’t we Miss Robbins?” I raised an eyebrow.
“Hey I earned it. I put in overtime last night.” She waggled her eyebrows suggestively.
We both burst out laughing.
“I was just kidding. You relax and I’ll make you breakfast. What’s your desire- waffles or pancakes?” she smiled and started to get out of bed.
“You” I grinned before pulling her back on top of me. It was two hours before we even thought of breakfast again and by then we were running late for work so we just grabbed an apple each on our way out.
We walked into the hospital hand in hand with matching smiles on our face. We parted ways in the lobby. She gave me a light peck on the lips and left for the ped’s floor with a smile as I promised we would meet up for lunch. I had a similar smile on my face until I heard someone clear their throat behind me.
“Daddy” I turned around and gasped in shock to see him standing in the hospital lobby.
I hugged him genuinely happy to see him. “Daddy this is a surprise. Why didn’t you tell me you were coming?” I smiled.
“I see the surprise is on me. I think there are some things that you need to tell me Mija.” He said staring at my stomach.
Oh no…..this is not the way I wanted him to find about the baby.
“Daddy can we go have breakfast and talk?” I asked not wanting to create a scene in the hospital lobby and become the latest item of hospital gossip.
He nodded quietly and we walked across to the coffee shop close to the hospital.
“So Mija why didn’t you tell us about the baby and where is George? I went to the Archfield and was told George doesn’t live there anymore but you do. You two should be together at a time like this.” My father asked getting straight to the point.
“I just didn’t know how to tell you Daddy.” I sniffled. “So much has happened these last few months. George didn’t want a family with me and left me when I decided to keep the baby and not have an abortion. A couple of months ago he filed for divorce.” I broke down reliving the hurt and humiliation all over again.
“I never trusted that weasel but I tried to hold my tongue for your sake. You should have told us earlier Mija.” He shook his head sadly.
“I know Daddy. I’m sorry.”
“Calliope I’ll always take care of you. That’s my responsibility no matter how grown up you are. Also please tell me my eyes were playing tricks on me back at the hospital and that you were not kissing another woman.”
Here goes nothing…..time to put on my big girl panties.
“Her name is Arizona and she has been my rock these past few months. She is amazing Daddy, she has stood by me through everything without asking for anything in return. She makes me feel safe and comfortable and happy.”
“I can hopefully assume you don’t harbor any romantic feelings for her?” he asked seriously.
“We haven’t defined our relationship yet Daddy. But she loves me and I know that I love her too.” I don’t know where I was getting this strength from but I didn’t want to hide Arizona…..she didn’t deserve that.
I could see Daddy starting to lose his composure. “This is unacceptable Calliope. You made some stupid decisions earlier like marrying George and now you are seeing the consequences. You are going to have a child that will grow up without a father due to George being a spineless man and now you are telling me you are in love with a woman. I have accepted a lot Calliope because I love you but this is a sin. I will not have my grandchild exposed to this kind of abomination. So we are going back to Miami tomorrow. You can finish your residency there and this baby will be raised like a Torres should be.”
“But Daddy….” I protested.
“No if’s and but’s Calliope. This is my final decision. I will not allow this nonsense to continue. I expected better from you Calliope.” He growled.
“But my life is here Daddy. I don’t want to start over in Miami.” I tried to argue.
“Mija let’s not make this difficult. Come home and let me and your mother take care of you and the baby.”
“You can do that with me still in Seattle.” I pleaded.
“Stop being stubborn Calliope. I will not allow you to make such a mistake. If you don’t come home…..you are no longer family to me….you lose the trust fund, the credit cards, everything. Are you willing to give up your family for a feeling that is unnatural and wrong? I will wait for you at the airport tomorrow morning. Please make the right choice Mija.” He said before standing up and walking out.
I was rushing to finish the last of the pile of charts lying on my desk so that I could meet Callie for lunch in a short while.
I heard a quiet knock at my office door and my face broke into a wide grin when I saw it was Callie. It instantly faded when I saw the look on her face. I could see the dried tear stains on her cheeks and her eyes were glazed as if she had been sleep walking.
My heart clenched with worry. “What’s wrong? Is the baby okay?” I asked as I led her to sit on the couch.
“My father’s here.” She whispered as if still in shock.
“That’s a good thing right?” I asked confused.
“He knows everything….about George….the baby…us. He saw us in the lobby downstairs earlier.”
“Oh god Callie. I am so sorry. Is everything ok? Is he really angry?” I asked worried. I knew how harrowing and hard coming out could be ….
“He gave me an ultimatum…either I move back to Miami with him or he cuts me off. He called us a sin and an abomination.” She broke down in my arms.
I slowly rubbed her back as my heart sank. I wanted to stop her from leaving but I couldn’t be selfish right now. I needed to support what Callie wanted.
“What do you want to do?” I whispered.
“I can’t go back to Miami. My life is here…you are here. I can’t let my father not have any respect for me anymore. He loves me but he doesn’t respect me.” She sobbed. “But where will I live? How will I support the baby? On a resident’s salary I’ll be struggling to make ends meet. The baby deserves better.” She worriedly rambled.
“Callie stop. I want you to move in with me.”
“No I can’t do that to you Arizona. I can’t move in with you because you pity me….I mean we are not your responsibility…we don’t even know what we are yet.”
“Callie Torres …..I know what you are…..you are the love of my life. I have been dying to ask you to move in for days now but I didn’t want to move too fast and scare you. If you want to go to Miami though it will kill me I will still support you because I just want to see you happy but if you are staying here in Seattle I want you to live with me…..I want to take care of you and Junior because I love you both like crazy. If it was upto me I would put a ring on your finger tomorrow but I know it’s too soon and we still have a lot of things to sort out but for now I need to ask……will you be my girlfriend and move in with me?” my voice was shaking with nervousness.
She collapsed into a fresh bout of tears and clung to me.
“Yes” she finally whispered.