Ruby had to move the wand around and press it into Piper’s belly a bit. Piper couldn’t tell what she was looking at. Ruby grinned as she froze the picture on the screen.
“I know it might be hard for you to tell, but we are clearly looking at a little boy right here.”
“A boy?” Sawyer wiped his eyes and gave Piper a kiss. “We’re having a boy.”
A boy. Piper had been hoping for a boy. It meant he’d be the big brother to however many more came after him. She had always wanted an older brother, someone to look out for her the way she tried to look out for Matthew.
“Congratulations,” Ruby said, wiping the gel off Piper’s stomach. “What an exciting start to your family.”
Ruby printed out some pictures for them. Piper showed them off to Lana and her father, who had been in the waiting room. Piper flipped through the images when they got in the car, unable to stop staring at him. He was so tiny, only the size of a banana, according to Ruby, but he already sucked his thumb and got the hiccups. He was the perfect start to their family.
Sawyer had bounced all the way to the car, singing “Having My Baby” but changing the words to you’re having my baby boy. “I don’t know if I should call my sister or wait to tell her in person,” Sawyer said.
“Tell her in person so you can see her face. She’s going to be so happy for you.”
“For us,” he said, threading his fingers through hers. Piper’s heart skipped a beat. “I’ll have to call Harriet after I tell Faith.”
He was so happy. This moment was the one she had dreamed about. It made all the heartache in the beginning worth it. Everything was going to work out better than she’d hoped.
Their driver took them straight from Ruby’s office to the K104 studios for their interview. Nancy, the production assistant, set them up in a greenroom before they went on air. Heath and Lana left to go over the approved question list with Kelly while Piper and Sawyer stayed behind.
“You want to bet me ten dollars I can’t shove a whole bagel in my mouth?” Piper joked, making light of the last time they had been here.
“That was the day you found out you were pregnant.” Sawyer placed his hands on her hips. “And here we are after finding out we’re having a boy. This place is always going to remind me of our little buddy in there.”
Fourteen weeks ago, tensions were so high. Today, Piper had hope for the future.
“So, I’ve been thinking about what my dad said last night.”
“I’ve been thinking about that, too. Is there a reason why he hates me so much?”
“He doesn’t hate you.”
“He still wants us to call off the engagement.”
Piper ran her fingers along the pearls around her neck. “Well, what if it wasn’t a fake engagement?” She whispered the last words. “What if we picked a date and made this a real engagement? We could tell Kelly the good news.”
Sawyer’s hands dropped to his sides. “Piper.”
“What? I know you like to argue with my dad because you feel like he calls all the shots, but maybe he’s right about this. Maybe we should set a date.”
Instead of jumping at the chance to make this family legitimate, Sawyer stepped back. “Piper, I am having the time of my life and my feelings for you get stronger every day, but I’m not ready to say ‘I do.’”
“I don’t understand. For the last couple weeks, you’ve been talking about where we should live once the baby’s born and how you can’t wait to spend a quiet Sunday lounging around the house together, watching football.”
“I am thinking about those things. I want to be in a normal relationship with you. I want to see what it’s like to be together without all the people and chaos around us all the time. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to get married.”
Feeling desperate, Piper tried to compromise. “I’m not saying the wedding has to be tomorrow. We can set a date for a year from now, for all I care.”
Sawyer shook his head. “You’re doing it again.”
“Letting what your father wants carry more weight than what I want.”