Ace sighed and knocked on the door.
He had to tell Rhi about Top Hat today.
To be honest, he'd hoped to delay it for as long as possible.
But, Top Hat was out, so now was the perfect time.
"Come in." Rhi said.
Ace went in and sat down. "I have some big news for you, Little Spade~"
Rhi narrowed her eyes at him. "Don't call me Little Spade."
Ace ignored her and went on. "Well, erm... Top Hat... is pregnant."
"WHAT?!" Rhi shouted, jumping up.
Ace winced. "Calm down, it's not that big a deal~"
"Yes it is! It's very much a big deal!"
"Ok, if she wasn't having triplets it would have been a small deal, I'll admit-"
Rhi glared. "Look, Ace! You should have been more careful! We can't have another accidental pregnancy-"
Her eyes widened a little when she'd realised what she'd said, and it was Ace's turn to glare.
"What do you mean?"
"I-I mean, one of the new barmaids is pregnant. She says it was an accident, and people have been gossiping. They say it was you."
"But I've only ever got Top Hat pregnant."
"Exactly. So, for god's sake, be careful!"
"I will! Seriously, little Spade, you need to date someone-"
"What? So he can stand me up again?! It's happened to me too many times and the last time we BOTH ended up regretting it!"
"Don't mention that! We agreed not to!"
"I KNOW!" Rhi shouted, turning away.
"Rhi, I..." Ace put a hand on her shoulder.
"No. Just leave me alone. I'll talk when I feel better."
Rhi angrily shrugged off his hand and Ace walked out.
He sighed again and sat in the living room.
Top Hat was due back soon.
But telling her about that was out of the question.
She'd go snake-eyes.
Or leave him completely...
And Ace couldn't stand that at all.
Top Hat came in a few hours later to find baby stuff all over the floor, and Rhi and Ace sat in the middle, sorting it all out.
"Hello, diamond~" Ace said, hugging her and rubbing her already slightly swollen stomach.
Top Hat smiled. "What's all this?"
"Baby stuff!" Rhi said with a smile. "You're going to need it!"
Top Hat smiled back and patted her stomach. "I'm guessing Ace told you, then?"
"Yep! A little bit of a shock at first, but you two will be great parents!"
"With your help, Little Spade~ There are three of them, after all."
"Yeah." Rhi said.
Boy, had everything got complicated.