"Opal?" you called out, looking around your fenced-in back yard.
"Opal?" you called the little koala's name again. 
You let out a sigh, "I'm sorry, Honey, but I can't seem to find her..."
"Don't worry yaself over it too much, Love," your husband's voice came over the line. "She'll be apples. This isn't the first time she's done this, and it won't be the last."
"I know, but I just find it strange, Jett. She's usually joined to you at the hip!" you replied with a frown as you bent over a bit to look under the bushes that lined the yard.
"True, but I wouldn't worry yaself over such a thing. Opal can take care of 'erself."
"Well, that's for sure," you let out a chuckle. "I remember how she treated me when we first started going together."
Jett let out a boisterous laugh, "Y-Yeah. I remember those days. Opal could not stand ya, but she's warmed up quite a bit since then."
"Well, I wouldn't go as far to say she likes me. I'm pretty sure she's just learned to tolerate us being together," you replied, holding your cell phone between your ear and shoulder as you pushed back some of the leaves that could be hiding your husband's precious koala.
"Oh, come on, now, Love. She cares for ya, too."
"Jett, I don't kno--There you are, Opal!"
The grey-furred animal looked up at you, her eyes widening as if she were surprised you had found her.
"You found 'er?"
"I did," you sang before kneeling down with your arms outstretched. "Come here, Opal. It's time I give you some brekkie."
"Pickin' up some of my slang, are ya, Love?" your Australian husband asked, a smile evident in his voice.
"I guess so," you giggled as Opal, rather unexpectedly, climbed up your legs and wrapped her arms around your stomach.
"I love ya, ___ Kirkland," he said after some silence.
You smiled, adjusting the phone with your hand, "I love you, too, Jett Kirkland."
He sighed, "I better get goin', so I'll talk to ya later, a'right?"
You nodded, despite the fact you knew he couldn't see you, "Alright."
And with that, you hung up the phone and looked down at the tiny animal that still clung onto you. Only now, she was nuzzling your stomach, making soft sounds that resembled a purr.
"What is with you, Opal?" you questioned as you got up from your squatting position; she still held onto you despite the pull gravity must have had on her little body. "First, you stay here instead of going with Jett to the meeting. Then, you hide from me, and now, you're acting quite strange."
Opal, of course, being a koala, did not say a word. She just looked up at you with her big eyes.
You released a breath, "Well, I guess you must be hungry, so I'll whip you up some--"
You turned your head at the sound of your best friend's voice, and there Lizzy was, standing on the other side of your fence, a gate being the only thing between you. You headed over to her slowly, hoping Opal would take the chance to jump off you, but if anything, her grip tightened.
"Good morning, Lizzy," you grinned, walking over to her.
"I was just about to ring your doorbell when I heard your voice back here. Who were you talking to?" she gave you a slight grin as you opened the gate to let her into your backyard.
"I was on the phone to Jett, and I was talking to this little cutie who won't let go of my stomach," you sighed, looking down at your husband's companion.
"Oh, yeah. Jett seemed concerned at the meeting; I guess he wasn't used to not having Opal with him," Lizzy followed you up the stairs to your deck and towards the back, sliding doors.
"They're usually inseparable, but lately, Opal's been clinging to me. I don't know if Jett's jealous of Opal getting in the way of us or me getting in the way of them," you chuckled as you closed the door behind your friend.
She let out a laugh before her face suddenly turned serious, "I wonder..." she stepped forward, bending down to look at the koala around your waist.
Opal regarded her with stern eyes, wondering whether the person before her was friend or foe.
"What's wrong, Lizzy?" you asked, furrowing your brows in slight worry.
"Nothing," she shook her head, still staring at Opal intently. "Do you know if ___ truly is pregnant?"
And with those words, your eyes tripled in size, nearly popping out of their sockets, "P-pregnant?"
Lizzy looked up at you and nodded, "Yes. Pregnant."
You brought a hand up to your mouth while the other rested just above Opal's head, "You think I'm...?"
"Well, you are exhibiting the symptoms..." Lizzy stood straight. "When was the last time you menstruated...or were supposed to?"
You thought for a moment, remembering that your period hadn't come yet, but maybe it was just late. You couldn't imagine yourself pregnant, and you and Jett had taken the proper measures to...
But then there was that one night, the anniversary of your first date...The two of you celebrated as newlyweds, spending the most of your night in the bedroom and not coming out till dawn. You remembered starting off with a condom...You remember Jett putting one on, but you had made love so many times that night. Did he, in his hazy, pleasure-filled mind, discard it? Or was there a hole in the bag? If either was true, there was no doubt you were pregnant. Jett had made sure of that, even if he didn't mean to.
And that's just the thing. He probably wasn't expecting a baby to be the product of that night. The only effects he probably anticipated were fatigue, a few hickeys, and your inability to walk the next day.
Not a new life.
Suddenly, you felt two hairy arms around your neck and something soft rubbing your jaw.
You looked down at Opal, who had climbed up to the upper half of your body. She had never been this caring towards you; she always preferred Jett, and she didn't like it when too much of his attention was on you.
You looked to Lizzy, "I guess I should make a doctor's appointment..."
Her face lit up in triumph, "Already done."
"What?" you gaped at her. "Who'd you make it with? I'm pretty sure you need a..."
"Specialist?" she finished for you, arching a brow as she rested her fists on her skirt-clad hips. "How stupid do you think I am?"
You opened your mouth to answer but quickly closed it when you noticed her glare.
"I got you an appointment for fourteen o'clock with Dr. Jass."
"Gil's doctor?" you questioned, a little shocked that she would take you to him.
She rolled her eyes, "He specializes in multiple areas, and he's a good friend of mine. When I told him what you were going through, he insisted you come in for a pregnancy test."
"Alright," you gave in and headed towards the front of your house. "I'll go."
It was almost sixteen o'clock, and you were still waiting, rather restlessly, for the verdict of the pregnancy test Dr. Jass had administered.
Why were you there so late?
It started with a little koala named Opal who refused to leave your side or let loose your body. Even now, the grey animal had her arms tied around your neck. You were late because of her; you spent a good forty-five minutes trying to get her to stay home because you were pretty sure koalas weren't allowed in doctors' offices.
In the end, Lizzy called up Dr. Jass, or as you come to know him as, Hugh, and asked him if animals were allowed. Luckily, he didn't mind as long as she was well behaved, so you took your chances.
Now, because you were about an hour late, you spent a half-hour in the waiting room with Lizzy, trying to ignore the odd looks and judging stares you were getting from other patients. So a koala was in your lap, hanging onto you as if her life depended on it? Big Deal.
Then, your name was finally called.
"Mrs. Kirkland? The doctor will see you now."
However, your excitement ended when you realized just how long Dr. Jass was taking with getting your results back.
Jett was due home before seventeen o'clock. That meant any time from now until then, if he wasn't home already.
And to be honest, you didn't know how you were going to tell him the news if there was news to tell. This was a large step for both of you, starting a family, especially as newlyweds.
"Sorry for the wait, Mrs. Kirkland," Dr. Jass said, entering the room with a small smile on his lips and a clipboard in his hands. "We got the results, and it seems...you are in need of a congratulations! You're pregnant!"
You looked to Lizzy, your face stoic as you felt Opal nuzzle your neck and let out her purr-like noises again.
So...you had news to tell, but was it good...or bad?