I deleted a lot of things form my story, so there will be only one more chapter to go here. Thank you to everyone who support, read, commented, etc. And thanks for putting up with all of the plot twists! I got one more for you, but it’s setting up to something bigger.
TRIGGER WARNINGS AND THEMES- Cheating, insecurity, age gap relationship, manipulation, mentions of death, scandal, worrying T'Challa chose someone because they are younger, player!T'Challa mentioned, one night stands, emotional distress, mentions of counseling
It’s been three weeks since you’ve talked to T’Challa. Ever since he introduced you to Jayde, you’ve been avoiding hm. You’ve busied yourself with getting accustomed to a new work environment, shopping and setting up for your apartment, and spending time with your parents and Shuri.
So far, your tactic of ignoring T’Challa’s messages and calls have worked. He hasn’t even sent a member of the Dora Milaje to check up on you, so you know he’s not pressed about seeing you anytime soon.
That is, until he is.
T’Challa shows up at your work, somehow convincing your boss to let him slip into your corner office while you are working.
‘’Lilly,’’ you sigh, thinking it’s your college age assistant, ‘’I thought I told you I’d be working and that I need privacy.’’
T’Challa clears his throat, ‘’I am not Lilly, but I am sorry to disturb you.’’
You look up to T’Challa, the man who is part of the reason that you are four and a half months pregnant,the man that broke your heart again.
After you finally reconnected.
‘’Your highness,’’ you being curtly, ‘’What are you doing here?’’
‘’I came to see you.’’
‘’I am very busy, your majesty. Wakanda’s Social Section is not going to write itself,’’ you stand up,ready to move past him and go see how the heck he even got past, but he blocks you, ‘’Please let me go, King T’Challa.’’
‘’Stop it with that nonsense. You know me. The rest of your office is out to lunch. So, please, talk to me. Why have you been avoiding me.’’
‘’T’Challa’’ you drop the charade of respect, ‘’I mean… you tell me you want to be with me. That you hope when I come to Wakanda, we can make this work. Oh, I’m sorry, what we had. You said that we could make it work. Now you’re prancing around with that young thing. Tell me, T’Challa, how old is she?’’
He sighs, knowing that this conversation will continue until he gives you answers, ‘’She’s 25.’’
‘’Wow, about a whole seven years younger than me. Is that why you like her better? Because you can run your game on her and not on me,’’you laugh humorlessly, ‘’Because you can treat her as badly as you did every other woman? Use her and ditch her?’’
‘’You have no idea what you’re talking about,’’ T’Challa pinches the bridge of his nose, ‘’I am not using her. In fact-’’
‘’Is she pregnant?,’’ you continue, ‘’Is our baby going to have a little brother or sister? Someone from the Udaku family who will accept them other than Shuri?’’
‘’Listen to me!,’’ T’Challa begs, pleading with you to let him tells his side of the story as he grabs your shoulders, ‘’I am not seriously dating her. This whole thing was set up by my mother and Adisa, who is in charge of PR.’’
You’re reeling from this news, trying to understand what this means,’’So… wait, Jayde is your fake girlfriend?’’
‘’As fake as those rumors about the Black Panther being a real cat,’’ he rolls his eyes, ‘’I did all of this to protect you. I promise you that I did. I would rather not be with you, thank you be with me and hurt you.’’
‘’So, to avoid hurting me, you pretended you were involved with someone else… which hurt me,’’ you clarify, to which he shrugs.
‘’It was a flawed plan, but I will admit that I was under a lot of pressure when I decided it. I would do anything to make you and this baby happy, and to keep you safe. I mean it when I say that I still love you.’’
For so many years, you considered T’Challa the one that got away. And while you believed that you’d find someone eventually, one day. You knew that the one could never compete with the one that got away.
So now you’re standing here, after this soap-opera-esque chain of events with a man who’s claiming he loves you.
But does he?
‘’If you love me,’’ you begin, ‘’Like I love you… then understand that we can make this work. We love each other, T’Challa. We waited ten years to be back together again. Why mess that up now?’’
‘’But if you get hurt-’’
‘’If I get hurt, or if the baby gets hurt, or if you get hurt… we have each other, baby,’’ you raise a hand, caressing his cheek, ‘’I love you, T’Challa. But I can’t live love this way. Hiding our love. If that’s what this is. I can’t do that anymore, T’Challa.’’
‘’You won’t have to. I’d rather shout my love for you from the rooftops,’’ he admits, ‘’And we will deal with whatever comes our way. So, if you don’t already have plans, tell your baby and mother that we will have dinner at the palace tonight. And we will let them know about this… the start of a relationship? Amd that the baby is mine. In a few months, when you’re showing more. We’ll reveal to the public.’’
It all seems rushed. And, to an outsider, it would. But you and T’Challa both know that this moment has been building up for over twenty years now. And despite the rough patch you two hit, you wouldn’t want to be going through this with anyone else.
‘’I don’t know if this is love, but I feel it is,’’ you tell him when he moves so your head can rest on his chest.
‘’I feel the same. Because even if it is not romantic love, I know that I love you as a friend.’’
‘’Can you go? I’ve got to get my work done before my shift is over, and I think that the office would be shocked to see me snuggled up to the king.’’
He chuckles then, placing a kiss on your head before promising to see you later and exiting.
And with that,you sit at your desk and get back to work, excited for tonight.
That night,you dress to impress. You wear a floral dress that shows off your ever growing baby bump, and the wedges that Shuri bought you as a gift when she was in London last week.
‘’I am so happy that you are here!,’’ she loops her arm through yours, ‘’I need someone to look at these memes with until Peter gets here next week,’’
‘’Your brother never has understood young people’s humor,’’ you muse.
‘’Ay, are you calling me old,’’ he questions, entering with Dora and Ayo flanking him.
‘’I call it like I see it, dear,’’ you smirk,letting him hug you.
Pleasantries are exchanged between him and your parents as Rmaonda and Adisa join you,and pretty soon all of you are sitting down to a nice meal.
‘’May I have everyone’s attention,’’ T’Challa taps his glass with his fork before clearing his throat, ‘’I have an announcement.’’
‘’Oh,’’ Ramonda raises an eyebrow.
‘’Yes. Jadye and I broke up.’’
Adisa’s eyes widen, and she begins choking on her water, sputtering as Shuri gently patted her back.
‘’My king! Why did you not tell me,’’ she questions through clenched teeth.
‘’Because I did not think it mattered,’’ he says pointedly, ‘’I can live my own life. I make my own decisions, and I need to take responsibility for them.’’
You don’t miss the way that Ramonda glares daggers at you as Adisa warns T’Challa.
‘’I am going to be a dad, in about five months.’’
‘’King T’Challa, do not!’’
‘’And the mother of my child is none other than this smart, amazing, patient, beautiful woman right here, ‘’T’Challa beams at you, ‘’Right here.’’
You grin at him as he takes your hand, helping you stand before pressing a kiss to the back of your hand.
‘’Wait, wait, wait… you’re pregnant by the king,’’ your dad’s eyes widen hilariously, ‘’Are you sure.’’
‘’I’m sure, dad. There’s no way that this could be anyone else’s baby.’’
‘’I do not need to hear details,’’ your mother sings, clasping her hands together, ‘’Why did you keep it a secret so long?’’
‘’Because he is king. Him having a child with someone that h is not married to will ring a scandal. He just became king. Give him time to adjust before bringing this shame,’’ Adisa begins, using words that Ramonda would have used.
‘’How very dare you,’’ your mother hisses, ‘’My daughter brings shame to no one, The king should be honored that she is having this baby with him.’’
‘’And I am. Adisa, quite frankly, I do not care for your attitude in this moment. I will have to ask you to leave, your job be terminated immediately.’’
Adisa’s eyes go wide in fear, as she looks to Ramonda for help.
And, suddenly. You’re putting all the little pieces together.
‘’T’Challa, no. This is not Adisa’s doing, it’s your mother’s.’’
‘’Entle,’’ he looks on in confusion, ‘’What do you mean?’’
‘’You don’t want him to be with me, do you,’’ you stand, moving so you’re now around the table to be face-to-face with Ramonda, ‘’You’re the one that’s ashamed of me and of this baby.’’
‘’Do not speak to her that way,’’ T’Challa says gently, pausing when Queen Mother raises a hand.
‘’I am nashed of you. If my son had to get anyone pregnant, I am glad that it was you. YOu have a nice head on your shoulders. And though I do think you two rushed, I see that he loves you, and that this was not a night orn out of his lust, insecurity, or impulsiveness. Pleasedo not think that I am ashamed of the child that you are growing in your stomach,either. I love my grandchild already. But yes, I’m to blame for this.’’
‘’Mother,’’ Shuri whispers, hand covering her mouth.
‘’Mother… how could you do this? Why?,’’ T’Challa moves, but she looks to him with tears in her eyes, ‘’Mother?’’
‘’If we are going to do this, we are going to sit down and discuss it as a family. All seven of us. And we will deal with whatever comes up tonight.’’
That’s how the seven of you find yourself in what would be the living room0 the family’s area where they got to sit and be together.
‘’What is going on, mother? Talk to me?’’
‘’Years ago, a woman came and claimed that she was pregnant with a child. This was right after your abab and I had started seeing each other. As you know, we’d only dated for a year before getting married. This woman claimed that she was pregnant with T’Chaka’s child. This caused widespread scandal. People were saying negative things about him, old fashioned elders wanted him to step down and for N’Jobu to step up, and it generally just made life unpleasant. I saw what your baba went through, T’Challa. I saw him struggle to maintain composure in an environment where people felt like he was not fit to lead. I did not want that to happen to you.’’
‘’Mother… that would not have happened to me. We have an understanding. This is my baby. I love her,and she loves me, if only as friends. You can not protect me from everything mother,’’ T’Challa sighs as you, your parents, Shuri and Adisa watch on.
‘’I realize that now. And I hope that, in time, you will forgive me.’’
‘’I do, mother,’’ T’Challa records immediately, ‘’I forgive you. But I can not say the same for the mother of my child. That is a decision that must be left up to her.’’
T’Challa has placed the ball in your court, and it’s heavy on you to either shoot the basket and forgive her or leave it there.
While the whole thing was genuinely messed up, you can see why T’Challa’s mother wet thought so much trouble to protect her son. Especially after everything that happens with T’Chaka this year.
So you decide to forgive her, only on one condition.
‘’We all need to go to therapy. Grudges can't’ be held and we have to work together for the good of this baby,’’ you place a hand on your stomach as you speak, ‘’I’m willing to try if you are. Are you all ready”?’’
You sit and wait for their responses, smiling to yourself when they all nod.
And, just like that, you, your parents, Adisa, and the Udaku family are all on your way to healing your bond.
And you’ve learned one more valuable quality that makes up a family- patience.
Because something tells you, you’re gonna need a lot of it.
DISCLAIMER- I own no Marvel Characters or their fictional worlds, countries, planets, galaxies, countries, cities, towns, etc.
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