Bella was currently six months pregnant and on bed rest.
She's been having Braxton-Hicks for the last few weeks and she had terrible morning sickness in the beginning that kept her from gaining the weight she needed to carry our twins safely.
She's been in and out of the hospital, so now she's at home with a nurse that cares for her regularly and all doctor visits are at our house as well, she literally never leaves the house; she's moody, depressed and argues at the drop of a hat, except with Irina.
Irina and Bella have become great friends, so Irina visits often especially since I've had a lot of business trips. Now I love my wife, but the constant crying, not talking to me and the fighting; I just can't handle, so I have been working on a lot of big deals and trying to get them finished before the twins come, I know they could be here at any time and I confess, I do stay in my office at times, just so I don't have to fight.
We don't know if we're having boys, girls or one of each. We haven't discussed names because of her condition, she hasn't even walked outside to take a picture in over a month, that's how depressed she is.
I've arranged for Angela and Alice to come and stay with us and see how she responds to them and help possibly work on the nursey.
"Babe, I've got to go out of town for a week. I've got a big deal to close…"
"Go, just get out." Bella sprung up from the couch so fast she almost fell.
"Bella, you need to stop." I yelled.
"No, you need to stop! You've been absent from most of this fucking pregnancy! You said you wanted us, but you're gone every fucking chance you get, a trip here, a trip there. Working late and 'staying' at the office because it's too late to drive home and you just have to go back in the morning, if you're fucking someone else just tell me! I know I'm fat and disgusting, but I'm carrying your children. Children you said you wanted WITH ME! So, go Demetri, just go! I don't need you! We don't need you."
I was in front of her so fast I had to stop myself from actually shaking her.
"What the fuck did I tell you in the beginning of our marriage? I'm in this marriage. I love you, I love them. I want all of this. But, I have a job to do and you know that, my job does require me to travel. So, stop your pouting and threats. I'm not fucking anyone else, I don't even jack off. I walk around very uncomfortable, because I find this, sexy!" I rubbed her belly and tried to kissed her.
"Don't touch me." She said in a deadly whisper.
"Fine, I'm going. I hope you're in a better mood when I get back. I love you." I squeezed her hand.
Getting in the car I called Alice and asked how soon she would be here.
"It'll be two or three days before I can leave. I had an emergency, I'm so sorry." Alice sighed.
"No, it's not your fault. We just had a huge fight and she's really upset, maybe a quick phone call if you can?" I asked.
"I'll try and call her tonight. I've got to go." Alice hung up.
I sighed and hung up, I didn't dare call Angela. That's who Bella always called when we had a fight and cried too or Irina, so I'd get no sympathy there. She didn't call Alice because she knew how busy Alice was. I did too, but Alice could sympathize with me and my business, so she knew I had to travel at times.
I gave up and hoped for the best.
"Irina, can you come over. Now?" I called her as soon as Demetri's car pulled away.
"I'm on my way to a mommy and me class. Do you want me get send James?"
"I'll call him, thank you." Hanging up I sat on the couch taking deep breaths.
Calling James, he answered on the third ring. "Bella What's wrong?"
"James, how far away are you? I need you."
"I'll be right there."
I was sitting on the couch in a puddle by the time James arrived, trying not to freak out.
"Bella? Bella? Where are you?" he yelled as he ran in the front door.
"I'm in the library!" I screamed through a contraction.
"Shit! When did this happen?" he raked his hands through his hair.
"A few minutes after I hung up with you."
"I'm calling an ambulance. Hang in there."
I heard him talking to 911 and then calling Demetri. I wanted to argue about that, but deep down I missed my husband, I was scared I was losing him to some beauty queen, his assurances meant nothing.
"The ambulance will be here shortly and Demetri is meeting us at the ER. No arguments. I'll call dad and Irina too."
"Ma'am would you like your husband in the room with you?" the paramedic asked.
"I'm her brother and yes, I'll be here until her husband arrives, he's in route from the airport."
"Very well. She's early, even for a multiple birth. The doctor will be in shortly to look her over."
They hooked me up to the heartbeat monitor and I saw the look on the doctor's face.
"What is it?"
"I'd like to do an ultrasound, is that OK?" he asked.
As he was rolling the ultrasound machine Demetri came running in.
"Isabella, are you okay?" he rushed to my side and kissed me.
"I don't know." I started crying and apologizing.
"We need to keep her calm." The doctor looked at Demetri.
"I'm sorry, I was just about to board a plane and leave the country, my brother in law caught me just in time."
The doctor nodded and started the exam.
"How far along did you say you were?"
"Six months." Demetri was squeezing my hand for dear life.
"Mrs. Swan, we're only picking up one heartbeat, I'm seeing two, but no activity from one of them. When was your last appointment?" he asked.
"About a month ago. I was put on bed rest for my Braxton-Hicks."
"Hmmm. Okay. I think we're going to need to do an emergency C-section. I don't want any stress on the babies and we can go from there. I'll prep surgery. Mr. Petrov, can I speak with you outside."
Demetri followed him outside and James held me while I cried.
I was prepped for my C-section and taken to surgery.
"James and I will be in the booth watching. We'll be in recovery waiting with your dad and Irina and my parents." Demetri kissed me.
"What did the doctor say to D?" James rounded on me as soon as we were in the viewing booth.
"Only one of the twins has survived somehow." I sat down on the bench and ran my hands through my hair.
"They don't know."
After an hour the first baby was out.
"A boy!" The doctor held him up and showed him to us.
"You've got a son Demetri!" James clapped me on the back and everyone else in the room cheered.
A nurse walked in and showed us to the nursery window, everyone went except me and James; we wanted to make sure everything we okay with the rest of Bella's surgery.
"Will they be able to tell why the other died?" I asked the nurse.
"Not usually sir, unless an autopsy is done." And she walked out.
I sighed. I don't think I could put Bella through that.
"Mr. Petrov, your wife is in recovery. You can go in, but only one person is allowed in with her." The nurse from before was back.
I sat by Bella's side until she woke up and they rolled in our son.
I woke up groggy and saw Demetri asleep and snuggling a little blue bundle, seeing his phone on the table I grabbed it and snapped a picture.
"Hey, you." he smiled at me. "We have a boy, Baby Petrov, since we didn't have a name picked out."
"What about the other?" I winced as I tried to scoot myself up in the bed.
"Babe, don't you remember what the doctor said?" I shook my head no slowly.
"Only one survived, they don't know why."
I broke down in sobs, Demetri laid our baby down in the bassinet and held me.
"It didn't even have a chance." I cried.
"But we have a healthy son, Bella. We need to care for his needs. He came out without needing to any major surgeries and for the time being health issues; he has a small feeding tube but we were lucky and he's breathing well and his heart is healthy, the doctors say he'll likely be on the small side all his life seeing as though he's only 3 pounds, but he's alive Bella and we need a name and I know he'd love to meet his mama." Demetri kissed my forehead.
"I feel like I'm cheating the other one who lost their life." I sniffled.
"This one survived because that happened, the doctor thinks that might have been one of the possibilities because you're so small." He cradled the baby in my arms.
"Demetri he's so precious." I kissed our son's cheek. "do you want a Jr.?" I asked.
Demetri wrinkled his nose at me.
"How about James Charles?" I asked.
"I like it. I think it'll make two other men very happy."
We called everyone in and Demetri and I were on the bed with James Charles, no one knew what had happened, except James and he'd been mum on it.
"Oh Bella, he's so handsome." Demetri's mom was by our side. "Where's the other one?" she looked around and I took a deep breath as Demetri prepared to tell the story.
Everyone was in tears as Demetri told them what happened.
The nurse came in and took JC into the nursery for a feeding and I took a nap while everyone took turns going to get something to eat.
Bella is finally sleeping and I can finally take a breath.
I don't know how she's going to be once we get home and everything finally sinks in, I'm not above counseling for both of us, I'm hurting and I don't have the hormones running through me like she does, I'm brought out of my deep thinking by my dad squeezing my shoulder.
"Demetri." He whispered, as to not wake Bella. "You two will get through this. Your love is strong; it isn't an easy thing to get past, losing a child. But, in the end you will get past it." My dad kissed the top of my head as he did when I was a child.
"How do you know dad?" I asked with tears rolling down my face.
"Your mother and I lost several children before we were blessed with you and two more before we were blessed with Irina." He smiled. "So, you see, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be."
"How do I make Bella see that?"
"Your mom and I are going to stay with you and help out. We know how difficult it can be and we were expecting the twins, so… we might as well just stay."
"You're the best dad." I squeezed his hand.
Bella was released from the hospital and was told to take it easy because of the C-section for the next six to eight weeks and JC would be released when he could eat on his own.
"Are you comfortable?" I asked Bella as I laid her on our bed.
"As good as I'll be." She shrugged.
She still hadn't held JC and she barely looked at him in the NICU before we left.
"Bella, my mom and dad will be with us, if you need to talk my mom is here, she's had several miscarriages; she knows what you're going through."
"Really? Does she? Did she carry her child for six months for it to die of unknown causes and then have her husband not do anything about it?" she spat.
"Seriously? You'd want to have out child cut open and be a guinea pig for science?"
"Not for science, for us! To find out what caused it to happen so we can prevent it next time."
"Bella, we can't beat ourselves up over this. The doctor said it could have been a number of things and an autopsy wouldn't have necessarily told us why." I tried to reason with her.
"Whatever, please just go. I want to rest and not fight. I know I'll say things I don't mean to say. I always do." She shook her head.
"We're going to the hospital tomorrow; my mother will help you shower in the morning if you'd like."
"No, I would not like! If I want a shower, I'd like my husband to help me." She whisper-yelled through gritted teeth. "Are your parents here now?"
"Yes. They're staying with us for as long as needed. To help out."
"So glad I had another say so." Bella rolled over on her side and dismissed me.
I sighed and walked out of the room, there wasn't much I could do now except to make sure she kept her strength up and JC was okay. I'd have my mom deal with her for the time being, I didn't want to upset her anymore than she already was.
I loved my wife, but she was hurting and I wasn't going to hurt her any more than I already had.
So tough times ahead for these two…
JC comes home…
Thanks to my BETA jupiter2005!
Hope everyone affected by Irma is getting back to normal, I live on the Space Coast of Florida and we took a pretty hard hit with several tornadoes touching down and 2 of my friends losing their houses completely, plus a lot of people without power…