Zeke wasn't sure where this was going, actually, with Caitlin's parents.
Her Dad was shorter than he expected. Zeke wasn't sure why he thought her Dad would be a big guy. But her father was very happy around her mother. So he supposed they had this perfect relationship. Still Zeke was for a loss of words. Thinking a screaming match might be involved any second. As it was, they seemed to be talking among themselves about meals, the weather and other mundane things. Not about Caitlin being pregnant.
"Uh, Caitlin's had a great check up." Zeke looked at both of them wide-eyed while Caitlin was in the bathroom. Zeke was standing there in the kitchen, thinking he should be doing something while her parents were helping get the meal situated. "She was kind of sick there for awhile, but I think she might be over it. Looks, like the baby will be born right around Thanksgiving."
Caitlin's mother just stared at him while her dad looked at her mother to say something.
"Do you intend on marrying our daughter?" Her dad finally asked.
"Eventually." Zeke said very slowly. "I-I think Caitlin wants to wait."
"Wait for what?" Her mother winced.
"I don't want to rush Caitlin into anything." Zeke told them.
The next thing he knew they had them on the couch in the livingroom, discussing how Caitlin and he would get married. They could live in a guest house in the backyard. Zeke looked at Caitlin. He imagine something not much bigger than a playhouse. He strained to look out back. It was hard to see with tree branches hiding it. Could they live in something like that in the dead of winter? Zeke tried to smile, but it didn't last long when he saw Caitlin's sad face.
"You could eat all your meals with us." Her mother cooed.
Suddenly, Zeke felt claustrophobic. He thought he might be breaking out in a sweat. First they'd get married, like tomorrow, and they could have the house ready by May. That would give them plenty of time to finish the semester and get back here.
Zeke watched her parents play this like some fun game of Monopoly. They'd move back here, find jobs. It would be like living in another world.
"Mom, we're not doing that." Caitlin snapped. No smile came to her lips.
"Young lady, you'll go by our rules if you want us to help you." Her father turned hard and cold then.
Zeke pressed his lips tight not sure what their next move would be. Caitlin got up and looked at them both. "I'm not asking for anything, from either of you." She looked back at Zeke as if she wished she hadn't breathed a word of the pregnancy to either of them. Zeke had a feeling it was time to go.