“Lily, open up. I can’t help if you don’t open the door.”
“Are you having a problem with your braces? I can call your orthodontist and see if I can get you in for an emergency visit.”
“Let me in.” I jiggle the doorknob, but it won’t budge.
“You won’t understand.”
Lily has been locked in the bathroom for over an hour and I can hear her crying. I’m at a total loss for what to do, but I’m positive using the key to unlock the door will be some sort of invasion of her privacy, which will send her over the edge. So, I’m saving the key as a last resort.
There’s a knock on the front door, and I sigh in relief—my reinforcements have arrived.
“Bella, thank God you’re here.”
“Hey, Em.” She holds out a handwritten piece of paper. “Go to the drugstore and get everything on this list then stop by your mom’s. You still haven’t picked up Lily’s birthday cupcakes. I’ll try to get her out of the bathroom.”
“Shit. I forgot them. I should grab dinner too.” I glance back at the locked bathroom door.
“You’re okay with me leaving?”
“It’s only for a little while.”
“Okay.” I walk back to the closed door. “Lily—” There’s no response. “I’m going out to grab a few things. Aunt Bella is here. I’ll be right back.”
It’s soft, but I hear it. “Okay.”
I lower my voice. “Is it a boy?”