New Girl meets I’m Fine and Neither Are You. Discovering she’s pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby is the cherry on top of Josie’s disastrous year. Desperate for change, she teams up with her long-lost best friend and former high-school crush to improve their adulthood woes. If she can’t stabilize her chaotic life, she risks losing rights to her son in divorce court.
Josie could think of a million different ways she’d rather spend a Wednesday afternoon than squatting over her parents’ toilet to pee on a stick.
With the task complete, she wadded the test in tissues and placed it by the sink. Bile rose in her throat at the magnitude of the situation.
Her phone rang on the countertop at exactly the right moment.
“I don’t want to know the answer,” Josie said, in way of a greeting.
Ella, her best friend of seventeen years, sighed on the other end. “Calm down. It’s probably negative. You’ve had wonky periods since college.”
“Yeah, but my stomach has never bloated like this.” Josie swallowed hard and gave up on remaining near the calculating test. She had to get away.
Moving like a zombie through the hall, she pushed the screen door open and practically fell onto the front walkway. Her hands trembled as she held the phone to her ear, heart pounding louder than the sound of her feet crunching across the dry grass in the yard.
“Well, let’s be honest, you’ve been eating a lot lately.” Ella whispered her accusations into the phone as her children’s voices echoed behind her.
“Yet another sign of pregnancy.” She picked up her pace and rounded the house to the backyard, kicking at every shrub along the way.
Josie couldn’t be pregnant.
Not after she’d filed for divorce from the potential father.