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for entertainment purposes only and I am making no money off this work of
Author's note: I strive in all my stories but especially in the realm of
7th Heaven to write with the characters in mind and to stay true to those
characters. Before I start an idea I have to decide if it is in keeping
with the show's ideals or structure. While there are some issues that
can't be addressed in a family oriented show in the early primetime
marketing slot, I try to hold to the integrity of the values displayed on
the show. I hope that is clear to all who read my stories.
cAnd Baby Makes Three
"Sarah, you don't know how much Jack and I appreciate this." The petite
young woman smiled at the dark haired wife of the oldest child of Eric and
Annie Camden. The two women were sitting on the couch in Matt and Sarah's
apartment. Sleeping contentedly in a car seat sitting on the coffee table
in front of them was an impossibly small infant dressed in a pink one piece
Sarah finished pouring the tea and handed a mug to her best friend. "Don't
be silly, Dana. Matt and I are thrilled to get to babysit for the two of
you. All I can say is it's about time. I was beginning to think Anna
Grace would be off in college before you let her out of your sight."
The young mother blushed but couldn't help but check on the sleeping
bundle. "I can't help it. Part of me has that unreasonable fear that if I
leave her something bad is going to happen to her and I won't be able to
get to her in time. But I know she's perfectly safe spending a few hours
with her godparents."
Sarah hugged Dana. Though she had never been a mother, she could
understand why her friend felt such protectiveness toward the baby. Born
two months too early, Anna Grace had weighed less than two pounds at birth
and had spent several weeks just fighting to live. Sarah had spent many
hours at the hospital between classes and work just sitting with Dana as
the young mother waited to find out if her impossibly small daughter would
live or die. Now three months later, Anna Grace weighed a modest ten
pounds and with the exception of one return trip to the hospital with the
RSV virus, appeared healthy.
"With the exception of being spoiled rotten she's completely safe. You and
Jack deserve this evening out." She only had to look at her friend's tired
eyes and the stress lines on her face to know the toll of caring for an
infant had caused her. Matt had told her that Jack looked equally
stressed. "So where is Jack taking you?"
Dana's eyes lit up. "He won't tell me. He has some elaborate surprise
planned and all he'll tell me is that I need to wear the dress I wore when
he proposed to me. I had to try it on this morning to make sure it still
fit. I haven't quite lost all the weight from being pregnant yet. If only
I could give the rest of my baby fat to Anna Grace we would both be in good
Sarah laughed. "Figure out how to do that and neither you nor Jack would
have to work again. Now before you take another look at that sweet angel
and decide you can't leave her even with the best godparents she has, get
out of here and go get ready for your date. Don't worry about a thing."
Dana gave her daughter a wistful look. "Okay, you are right, I know. I
expressed enough milk to get her through a couple of feedings but Jack and
I should be back way before you run out. You have our cell phone number
and Jack's beeper number. Call us if you have any problems."
Rising, Sarah pulled Dana up with her and led her to the door. "Go. I may
have been an only child but Matt has six little brothers and sisters,
remember. He knows babies probably better than anyone. Not to mention
that we are both studying to be doctors and are capable of handling any
emergency, not that anything is going to happen. Have a great time."
"You look so completely natural doing that." Matt sat next to Sarah on the
couch and watched as she gave Anna Grace a bottle.
Their evening had been quiet. The infant had slept most of the time and
what time she'd been awake, she'd either eaten or smiled at them.
Surprisingly enough to both of them, the phone had stayed silent as well.
Neither Jack nor Dana had called even once to check on the baby. Sarah
smiled back at her husband.
"Well don't get any ideas. We agreed that as much as we both love children
we were going to wait until we were out of medical school and out of our
residency before we started our family."
Leaning over Matt kissed Sarah softly on the lips. "I know. When Jack
comes into class looking like he never went to sleep the night before and
he tells me he didn't because the baby was up all night with an ear ache
and he still didn't get to study for the test, I know I'm not ready to be a
dad. But it is fun to get to spoil our god daughter in the meantime, isn't
Burping the baby, Sarah nodded. "Agreed. I'm just surprised Dana hasn't
even called once to check on her. I figured she would have called at least
ten times by now."
The phone rang before Matt could answer. Both smiled at each other,
certain Sarah had spoken too soon. With a wink, Matt picked up the phone.
"Matt." The voice on the other end of the line wasn't Dana or Jack but the
voice was equally familiar. It was Dr. Stewart from the medical school.
"I don't know how to tell you this so I'll just be blunt. There was a
twenty car pile-up on the I-8 bridge earlier tonight. According to the
news reports it was a really bad scene. They've been transporting the
wounded to various hospitals. General got the worst cases."
Matt wasn't sure why Dr. Stewart was calling him. He and Sarah were only
med. students. They wouldn't be able to do much. "Do you need me to come
in and do something?"
"Matt, Jack and Dana Myers were among the ones brought to General. I have
crews on the look out for their baby but so far."
"Anna Grace is here with Sarah and I. We're babysitting. Jack or Dana
didn't tell you that?" He could see Sarah's curious expression become
"Matt, Dana was pronounced dead on arrival. Jack is not in much better
shape. I . I don't think he's going to make it. I think you and Sarah
should come down here. I know how close the two of you are to Jack. I'm
really sorry to be the one to tell you this."
"We'll be there as soon as we can." Matt hung up the phone and stared at
Sarah in disbelief. He could tell that just from hearing his side of the
conversation and seeing his face, she knew the news wasn't good. He didn't
know how to break the news to her any other way than to just tell her.
"Jack and Dana were in a car accident. Dana's dead and it doesn't look
like Jack is going to make it either."
Realizing that traffic would still be backed up from the accident, Matt
drove the back way to the hospital. He wished Sarah was sitting next to
him in the front seat; he could use the comfort of her hand in his at that
moment. But she had insisted on putting the car seat in the back and
riding beside Anna Grace.
Pulling into the hospital parking lot, Matt was surprised by the number of
reporters waiting outside the emergency room entrance. The wreck must have
been really bad to warrant this much news coverage. Fortunately, both had
their medical student ID badges and had no trouble getting past the crews.
If the reporters thought it weird that two medical students were bringing a
baby with them to the hospital, they didn't let on.
Dr. Stewart met them at the door. He expression was grim and for a moment
Sarah clung to Matt's hand, worried they had arrived too late. Catching
their worried expressions, Dr. Stewart was quick to reassure them. "Jack
is alive for now. He's drifting in and out of consciousness. He suffered
a major head trauma. The intracranial pressure is off the charts."
"Can't they operate to relieve the pressure?" Sarah asked anxiously.
Dr. Stewart shook his head. "It wouldn't do any good. Sometime in the
next few hours, his respiratory system is going to shut down and Jack is
going to lose consciousness for good. To that effect, he has signed a No
Drastic Measures order."
"Dr. Stewart," a nurse stepped out of the room. "Jack Myers just regained
consciousness again. He's asking for Matt and Sarah Camden."
Dr. Stewart nodded toward them. "We told him about Dana but I don't know
with his injuries if he'll remember. I just wanted to warn you about
Matt and Sarah nodded their understanding before following the nurse into
the examination room. Their friend and Anna Grace's father lay flat on the
stretcher. His eyes were fluttering open like he wasn't convinced he
wanted to be awake or not. When he saw them, however, he made a conscious
effort to remain alert.
"Matt, sorry about this." His voice was unsteady and he sounded as if he
were talking from a distance. Matt gripped his friend's hand tightly,
hoping he'd be able to speak past the lump that had formed in his throat.
"What do you have to apologize for, man?"
"Dana." Jack closed his eyes again and for a moment, the young couple
thought he might have lost consciousness again. Then he reopened them. "I
really loved her, you know. I can't believe she's gone."
Sarah set the carrier on the floor next to the bed and gripped his other
hand. "She loved you too."
"We wanted so much for Anna Grace; I can't believe we won't see her grow
up. Can I hold her?"
Without missing a beat, Sarah released his hand and removed the baby from
the car seat. Gently she laid the baby in his arms. Seeing he didn't have
much strength, she kept a hold on the baby as well. Tears welled up in the
dying man's eyes. "You guys will take care of her won't you? You're the
only family she's going to have."
"Of course we will, Jack. Don't worry about that." Matt promised
immediately. Sarah smiled through her tears in agreement. Summoning the
last remaining strength he had, Jack raised his head enough to kiss Anna
Grace's head. Then he returned his head to the pillow and began to cry.
"My. beautiful. sweet. Anna.Grace. I'm going to miss. you so.much." The
infant slept on, oblivious to the fact that these would be the last moments
she ever spent with her father.
For the next two hours, Matt and Sarah stayed by Jack's side, Anna Grace in
her father's arms as best as he could hold her. There were times when he
was conscious but most times not. When he was awake, he used what strength
he could to tell his daughter the things he'd never get another chance to
tell him. When he was not awake, Sarah and Matt stayed silent. There
would be time for talking and working things out later; for now it only
mattered that they were there with their friend in his last moments.
Nurses and Dr. Stewart were in and out. They did their jobs as quietly as
possible, as if they recognized a certain sanctity in the moment. Even
when Anna Grace awoke, she didn't cry more than a whimper until Sarah
pulled the last of the bottles from the diaper bag she'd grabbed on the way
out. Just about the time the bottle was empty, Dr. Stewart put his hand on
"Matt, Sarah, it's not going to be much longer. His respiratory system is
shutting down. He's not going to breathe on his own and since he has the
No Drastic Measures order, we can't put in a chest tube."
Matt looked at Sarah. "I don't think Anna Grace should be in here when he
goes. I know she's too young to understand but somehow it doesn't seem
Sarah nodded and gathered the infant up in her arms. "I'll take her out to
the waiting room." Her eyes filled with tears. "Dana was worried that
something might happen to Anna Grace if she left her. This just doesn't
Kissing Sarah softly on the lips, Matt caressed the baby's cheek. "I know.
I'll be out soon. I love you."
"I love you too."
Sarah left the exam room. She tried to hold in her sobs as she passed by
nurses who gave her sympathetic looks. In the waiting room, however, Anna
Grace started to cry as Sarah lifted her to her shoulder. Tenderly she
rocked back and forth and patted the baby gently on the back. She and Matt
were all the little girl had left in the world. Sarah could only hope that
it would be enough.