"I know I was only over there for a week and can't possibly understand what you saw in those 9 months. But dang it Bo, you got to talk about it! You can't keep it inside anymore."
"What do you want me to do?"
"Go to the VA in Chattanooga, talk to someone." Bo looked away from Luke, then replied.
"No one's business what happened over there."
"I know that, Bo! But damn it! You almost killed me because of what happened over there."
"You think I don't remember that, Lukas?" Luke grabbed Bo's upper arm and held him back. "I know you remember it. And I know that you can't forget what happened over there either. You need to be able to deal with it, that's why you need to tallk to someone!" At this point Jake had approached the General and heard what Luke said to Bo.
"Bo, Luke!" Both looked at him, surprised that he was there.
"Ma needs your help. Pa's not here and I think she's about to have the babies."
"Shit! Let me go, Luke." Luke got out of the General with Bo following. Bo reached the house first and ran inside.
"In here, Bo." Bo ran to her bedroom and saw her sitting on the side of the bed. "My water broke five minutes ago. Contractions are about a minute apart. No time to get to Doc's. He's...on his way." She told Bo as she held her stomach as another contraction came. Bo and Luke looked at each other in disbelief.
"You don't mean?"
"Yeah Luke, you two are about to become mid-wives." At this point Daisy came into the room with several big towels.
"Hey, Daisy girl. You need to help with the little ones. The boys here are going to have to help me. Put the towels on the bed."
"You're having the babies here?" Martha nodded. Daisy spread the towels on the middle of the bed then left the room.
"Boys, wash your hands and get ready." She told them as she laid down on the bed. They did what they were told and came back into the room. Bo had with him a small wash basin filled with water, a wash cloth and other things he thought he may need. Martha noticed that Bo had his hair up in a ponytail.
"Ma, I have to check to see how far you're dilated." Martha moved her legs apart and Bo was going to check when Luke asked. "Bo, have you done this before?"
"In Vietnam, I assisted once and delivered one on my own." Bo checked and told her. "You're dilated to 10. Next contraction I need you to push."
"AHH!" She pushed hard for several seconds then laid back down. "I see the head. One last push, ma." Several seconds later she pushed again and the first baby was delivered.
Bo laid the baby boy on the bed and used the bulb syringe to clean out the baby's nose and mouth. The baby started to cry as Bo continued to clean him. He tied the umbilical cord with a clean shoe lace then he cut the cord. Bo wrapped the baby in a towel and smiled.
"Luke, can you take him?" Luke took the baby from Bo and showed him to Martha.
"Hey, baby." Martha smiled then laid back down as another contraction came over her. "AHH!" She pushed several times and the second baby was delivered. As Bo cleaned the second baby like the first one, Jesse and Doc walked in.
"Hey boys." Bo glanced up and looked at Doc.
"You need to tend to ma. She just delivered this one about a minute or so ago."
"Good job, Bo." Doc patted his back. "I'll take care of the rest."
"Thanks." Bo gave the second baby to Martha as Jesse sat on the side of the bed holding the other baby. While Doc was tending to Martha, Luke went outside as Bo washed up. He joined Luke on the porch several minutes later.
"I don't know how you did that, I think I would have passed out." Bo lite up a cigarette and smiled.
"I'm glad that Doc came in when he did, tho."
"Got that right." Luke looked at Bo then laughed. "You get the pony tail tie from Daisy?" Bo just looked at him, grinned and replied, "No, your girlfriend."
"Good one, Bo. I'd be insulted if I had one." Before Bo could add to it, Jesse came outside holding three beers.
"Hey, boys." Jesse handed Luke a beer and as he handed Bo one, he asked. "Ma told me what you did. How did you know what to do?"
"Vietnam was a good teacher."
"I'm sorry, Bo. I wish there was something I could have done so you didn't have to go over there."
"It's okay, pa. Nothing you could have done." Bo took a sip of his beer as he looked over the farm yard.
"I'm proud of you two. Doing what you did."
"Shoot, I didn't anything but hold the baby. Bo did all the work."
"Ma, did all the work."
"Never the less, thank you."