Author: purplepagoda PM
Holly and Vince are over, and she's moving out of her sister's apartment. Why is Holly acting so weird? Can Val help her sister through a hard time?Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 9,331 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 01-16-10 - Published: 02-15-09 - Status: Complete - id: 4866159
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"Hollyཀ" Val says from somewhere far away. "Hollyཀ" this time the voice is louder and closer.
Holly opens her eyes and finds her sister standing over the basinet.
"Was Gary here?"
"I must have fallen asleep. And then I had this dream... it was so real and..."
"Calm down," Val suggests as she lifts the baby from his basinet. She quietly hands the sleeping baby to Holly. Holly falls silent as she watches the sleeping baby.
"So Gary wasn't here?"
"No noone was here."
"Have you talked to dad lately?"
"Does he know?"
"About the baby?"
"Are you going to?"
"I don't know."
There's a knock on the door.
"Come in," Val tells him.
"Hey," he smiles at Holly.
"What are you doing here?"
"I had to come do a drug test for my job. I got off on the wrong floor and thought it might be a sign. I asked the receptionist if you were here and she told me that you were."
"Yeah, I'm here."
He sits down on the bed next to her.
"And who is this?"
"Can I hold him?"
"Yeah," she nods. She passes the baby off and he studies the infant.
He looks at the baby and then looks at her.
"So where is this little guy's daddy?"
"I don't know."
"You don't know because you don't know him?"
"I don't know because I can't keep track of everyone all day everyday."
"Don't get so defensive."
"It's ok. Listen if you need any help with him let me know."
"Vince I appreciate the offer but do you know anything about babies?"
"I know a thing or two," he answers.
She rolls her eyes at him. He looks at the baby and then he looks at her again.
"What?" She asks.
"I think your baby sort of looks like... you know what never mind."
"He sort of looks like what?"
"Don't get mad but he sort of looks like Gary."
"Just because he's bi-racial doesn't mean that..."
"I know. Holly he has Gary's ears and his nose. Is there something I should know? Does he belong to Gary."
"Not what I asked."
"Holly I can't help you out. You're on your own."
"Holly does this baby belong to Gary?"
"After all this time you're suddenly back in my life and giving me the third degree?"
"He is isn't he?"
"He should be here."
"He doesn't know."
"It was a mistake."
"Here," he gently places the baby in Holly's arms, "I've got to go. If you need anything you know my number. I'm always here for you, even if we aren't together."
"You need to tell Gary," he tells her as he walks out.
"He's right you know?" Val asks.
"Yeah I know."
"So what are you going to do?"
"I'm going to do the adult thing," Holly tells her.
"Which is what?"
"I don't know," Holly shrugs.
"I think that he's a keeper."
"Not Vince, I don't know about him. I meant Ethan, I think that Ethan is a keeper."
"So you should tell dad. I understand if you want to wait to tell Gary, however you handle the situation with Gary is your business, but you need to tell dad."
"Val I don't want him to be mad at me."
"He won't be... once he sees his grandson."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Because I already called him."
"I told him that you're in the hospital."
"I told him what room you were in."
"And how could you not love that sweet baby?"
"When is he going to be here?"
"Calm down I didn't really call dad."
"Why would you scare me like that?"
"Lauren called dad."
"Val I cannot..."
"Holly," a voice from the doorway interrupts them.
Holly looks up and finds her father standing in the doorway. She sees her father, and then turns her gaze to her sleeping son. The man in the doorway is suddenly standing next to the bed staring at a sleeping infant in his daughter's arms.
"May I?" he asks.
Holly nods and her father scoops baby Ethan out of her arms. He watches the infant very carefully. He kisses him and then gives him back to Holly. He kisses Holly on the forehead.
"He's perfect," he tells her.
"How long are you staying?"
"I actually have to leave for a meeting in Phoenix very soon. I need to head back to the airport. Holly if you need anything I'm just a phone call away."
"Ok," she agrees.
He leaves and it's just the three of them again. Holly drifts to sleep, and Val slips baby Ethan from her grasp. Vick stops by to see the baby, but tries to be quiet so he doesn't wake Holly.
Vick sits next to Val as she holds the baby and gazes at him in amazement. She rubs his back, and kisses him. They sit silently, each knowing the other's thoughts.