The drive down was uneventful, for a change. Mary-Ann didn’t mind; even if they got stuck in traffic, she generally just slept the whole way or annoyed Bill by talking on the phone while he was trying to keep his nerves calm with some heavy rock.
“I should warn you, Mare,” he said suddenly, spooking her attention from a bird of prey hovering over a field. “The rest of my family aren’t like my parents.”
Mary-Ann raised an eyebrow. “Oh yeah? How so?”
Bill shifted a little in the driver’s seat. “They have some…well, eccentricities.”
“What are they, Methodists?”
Bill smirked. “No, not at all. They kind of despise all religion.”
Mary-Anne shrugged, wincing at a slight pain in her belly and a rush of nausea; she had been raised by strict Jehovah’s Witness parents and didn’t really have much love for religion since ostracising herself from them. “As long as they’re not planning on nailing me to an alter and sacrificing me to a goat, I’m happy.”
Bill bared a laugh and turned to her. “And…if they are?”
Mary-Ann giggled. “Hey, I’m pregnant, remember?”
Bill nodded. “Yes, that’s what makes you a perfect candidate.”
Mary-Ann’s laughter gave way to confusion. “Wait…what?”
“Sure!” Bill beamed as he took the exit. “After all, we want our Saviour to be a healthy child.”
Mary-Ann frowned, hugging her belly. “Bill, that’s not funny.”
Bill turned towards her, a dark glint in his eye. “Cleansing the world never is.”
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