1August 22nd, 2001
The summer sun beat down on Fran's body as she sat next to the gardens. Abagail was swinging on the swings. Fran longed to be gardening but she had to stop that long ago.
"Mommy, I'm the princess of Boulder." Abby said as she stood up on the jungle gym.
"I know you are, Pumpkin." Fran said, "Just be careful."
"I am!" Abby squealed as she jumped off the playground and began to spin in circles. Fran chuckled. She wished she could bottle up that energy and sell it. Suddenly, Fran's body began to tense up.
"Oh god." She whispered. A contraction puled at her muscles. "Oh god...Oh god, my water broke."
"Mommy?" Abby walked up to her, "Are you okay?"
"No. Go get daddy please. It's the baby." fran said.
"Oh! Okay, mommy." Abby ran into the house. "Daddy? Daddy?"
"In here, Sweetpea." Stu called from inside his office. Abby walked in.
"Daddy, I need to tell you some partant." Abby said.
"Make it quick. Daddy is working." Stu said.
"Mommy told me to tell you that it's the baby and that she needs new water." Abby danced on her toes. Stu turned around.
"She needs new water?" Stu asked.
"Yes, Sir." Abby said. It clicked into his brain to what she really mean. Nearly tripping over Abagail, Stu bolted outside.
"Fran?" Stu ran to the bench. She smiled at him.
"We're having a baby." She said.
"Yeah, I know." Stu chuckled as he extended his hands, "Let's get you to the hospital." fran recoiled.
"No." She whispered.
"No? What do you mean no, Ogunquit?" Stu asked.
"I want to have this baby here at home." She told him. Stu stared at her in disbeliefs.
"Why?" He asked.
"James died in that hospital." Fran said.
"And Roz died in that house." Stu said.
"Please, Stu." She said, "Call Lucy and let me do this." Stu stared at her and nodded.
"We'll have the baby here." he said.
Stu walked into the laundry room. Hi spulse was racing. Lucy stood in the hallway.
"I really think we should call the doctor." Lucy said, "We're not trained in delivering babies."
"I know, but she wont have it.' Stu said, "I saw James and Roslyn be born. I think I can do this." Lucy sighed heavily.
"I've just worried okay?" Lucy said.
"Okay. If you don't want to be here, you don't have to be here." Stu said.
"Oh Hush up. You know I want to be here." She smiled, "Fran is my best friend."
"Then take these in there." Stu threw some towels at her. Lucy chuckled and took them out of the room. Stu sighed as he looked at himself in the mirror. He already looked tired.
"Daddy, is the baby here yet?" Abby asked. Stu chuckled.
"Still a few hours yet, Sweet pea." Stu said,"Still Awhile." Abby sighed deeply.
"Is it going to be fun?" Abby asked him.
"It's going to be really fun." Stu said. He hoped it really would be fun. He knew how wrong these things could go.
Fran lay there groaning. This was her fourth time doing this and it wasn't any easier. It was ridiculous.
"I want drugs." Fran said. Stu chuckled as he sat down.
"I can give yo some Tylenol." Stu said. Fran narrowed her eyes.
"I don't think fucking Tylenol will help this kind of pain." She said.
"I cannot believe that you just swore." Stu said. Fran whimpered. He pushed her hair off of her forehead.
"I'm so scared, Stu." fran whispered. Stu understood. He was so afraid of losing this baby too. "Roslyn was so healthy for a few months."
"Don't do this to yourself, Frannie. You will have a gorgeous baby boy or girl.' Stu said. Fran smiled softly.
"We don't even have names picked out." She said.
"They'll come to us when we see the baby." He said. Fran nodded.
Time was getting close. Fran could tell. Her contractions were getting closer and more painful. She was trying everything to help the pain.
"Here." Stu slid a hot water bottle to the small of Fran's back. She groaned.
"Thanks." She said, "Did Abby eat?" Stu nodded.
"Joe and Gina just took Larry and Abby out to eat." Stu said. Fran smiled weakly.
"They need practise before their baby comes." She said, "Lucy and Tom are going to be grandparents." Fran couldn't help but to laugh.
"Scary thought ain't it?" Stu asked
"Scary thought that Abby will make us grandparents too one day." Fran thought about that for a moment, "I think thats our job now. We need to restore the human race."
"Well since 1996, We average three hundred babies a year." Stu said. Fran nodded as a contraction tore through her body.
"Oh...GOD!" Fran cried loudly. Stu took her hand.
"Breath through it baby." He said. Fran groaned as she gave him a look.
"God. God." Fran whispered as she exhaled.
"That's it." Stu said. Finally Fran's body began to relax, "Thats my girl."
"Shut up." She mumbled.
Fran took in a deep breath as she opened her eyes.
"East Texas..." She said. Stu opened his eyes.
"I'm right here." He said.
"I need to push." Fran said. Stu stood up.
"Are you sure?" He asked.
"I NEED TO PUSH!" She yelled.
"LUCY!" Stu scrambled to the door, "Lucy! It's time!"
"God, Stu. I need to push." Fran moaned.
"Do it, Baby." Stu grabbed a towel and laid it beneath Fran's legs. He could see the top of the baby's head, "Lord help me." Fran gritted her teeth as she began to push.
"Finally." Lucy chuckled as she walked in to the room. She put a pitcher of hot water on the bedside table.
"GOD!" Fran exhaled, "Stu. Stu."
"I'm right here. Just keep pushing." He said. Fran grabbed Lucy's hand.
"You're doing wonderfully, Fran." Lucy smiled softly. Fran took a deep breath and began to push, "Good Girl."
"Holy moly." Stu whispered. Lucy chuckled, "the baby is coming."
"Good." Fran moaned. She took in a deep breath and began to push. There was so much pain but Fran ignored it.
"Thats it, Frannie." Stu said, "It's almost out."
"This is so exciting." Lucy smiled as she held fran's hand.
"Be on this end." Fran said.
"I was recently." Lucy winked. Fran groaned.
"Soon." Stu whispered. "Lucy give me the water." She nodded and handed him the pitcher.
"Oh Christ." Fran took a deep breath and began to push again.
"Oh my god. This is amazing." Stu whispered as he slid his hand beneath his child. "Push, Frannie."
"Oh! God!" She screamed as Stu pulled the baby out.
"Oh my god." Stu whispered as he held his child.
"Boy or girl?" Fran whispered.
"Girl." Stu whispered as he washed the baby, "We have a new daughter. Healthy little girl."
"Let me see." Fran said. Stu wrapped the baby up in a towel and carried her to fran. Her breath was stolen away when she saw her new daughter. She had large blue eyes and curly brown hair.
"She's so gorgeous. She looks just like you, Stu." Lucy smiled stepping back, "Doe she have a name?"
"I...um...Stu looked at fran, "Name?" Fran smiled and kissed her forehead.
"Gwyneth Cecilia Redman." Fran whispered as she held the baby close. Gwyneth seemed healthy. She seemed perfect but so did James and Roslyn before they died.
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