Disclaimer: I don't own any of the people/characters that are mentioned in the story. The idea for each chapter being an hour long is based on the TV show 24.
A/N: All right everyone, this is the first chapter RE-VAMPED!!! Do you notice some differences?
7:00 Stephanie put down the book that she had been reading and sighed. She took off her glasses and rubbed her eyes, tyring to ignore the snores emanating from the man lying in bed next to her. Stephanie smirked. She rubbed a hand over her inflated belly as she thought about her sleeping husband and their child. She couldn't believe how perfect her life was right now. Stephanie looked over at him as his snoring began to penetrate through her thoughts again. She reached over and pinched his nose, causing him to wake up.
7:03 "Hmm?…what?" He mumbled sleepily, stretching a little and looking over at Stephanie. He smiled. "Ah, that's the face I love to wake up to." He said. Stephanie leaned down and kissed him.
"Well, I'm sorry dear, but I just do not enjoy waking up to your snores." He smiled.
"I doubt if I would either." He admitted. Stephanie sighed.
"Jeez, I can't wait for this kid to be born!" she sighed. "I am so sick of being fat!!" She exclaimed. Her husband chuckled.
7:07 Shawn Hickenbottom walked through his kitchen, holding a cup of coffee. He turned on the TV to catch the rest of the morning news. Life had definitely changed for him since the day from hell had occurred. That was the name that he had given it and so often referred to it as. Since then, Rebecca had been arrested, tried, and then put into a sanitarium. She had then refused to see anyone.
Cameron had been doing remarkably well, considering all that he had gone through. Shawn wished that he would erase all of those things from Cameron's young mind, but he didn't have the power to do it. Part of him also wanted Cameron to try and learn a lesson from the evil that had transpired during that day.
Shawn popped a piece of bread in the toaster as he thought about that day again. He recalled how the whole day was simply a revenge plot for a freak car accident that Chris and Stephanie had both been involved in. It was sad and scary when you though about how much time had to have been put into Bischoff's revenge plan.
At that point the phone began to ring, and the toast shot out of the toaster. He picked up the toast and looked at the Caller ID. He smirked, shook his head and answered the phone.
7:13 "Hey Chris." He said.
"Damn, how do you always know that it's me?" Chris asked jokingly.
"It's called 'Caller Identification'. It's so I can see who it is and I don't have to answer the phone if I don't like the person. Makes no sense why I answered, does it?"
"Nope, not really. Anyways, the reason I'm calling is the fact that you-know-who has a doctor's appointment, and…….well……uh………I might need some moral support."
"Right. Worried about the baby, huh?"
"Yeah, she was due last week sometime. We're gonna get her checked out and make sure everything's okay."
"Don't sweat it too much, Chris. Cameron was three weeks late."
7:16 "Three? Stephanie would blow a gasket if she kept that kid inside her for another two weeks! Not mention driving me even more insane." Chris said. Shawn smiled. "Comes with the territory, Chris. This is what you asked for when you got married." Shawn said.
"True. Anyways, if you just wanted to meet us here at the house, since the appointment isn't for a while yet, that would be fine." Chris said. "You are still planning on coming, aren't you?"
"I said name the day and I'd show up, didn't I?"
"Yeah, but I thought that Cameron might have something going on today…"
"Look Chris, I said I'd be there, and I'll be there."
"I know…" Chris said. "Thanks, Shawn."
"Don't worry about it."
"See you in a while."
7:20 Chris hung up the phone and rolled over to bug Stephanie again.
"What did he say?"
"He's coming." Stephanie smiled at him. She knew that Shawn's coming to the appointment was a big deal to Chris. Steph suddenly looked down at her wedding ring and began to fiddle with it. Chris noticed her doing so.
"It's odd isn't it?" He asked her. She looked at him.
"How our love for each other is represented by a ring."
"It's not odd when you think about it. Circles go on forever, no beginning, no end, just like love." Stephanie told him.
"Then why don't we wear a necklace or bracelet or something?"
"We just don't."
"Well, I'm still going to say that this little guy is the best symbol of our love." Chris said, putting his head on Stephanie's stomach.
"Girl. It's going to be a girl." Stephanie said pointedly.
"It could be, but won't be." Chris said, smiling.
"Oh you think so, huh?"
"I am all-knowing!!" Chris shouted. "And the King of Bling-Bling baby!!" Stephanie rolled her eyes at him.
"Sure, whatever you say, Chris." She said sarcastically.
7:33 Shawn emerged from the bathroom, towel-drying his hair. He threw his toothbrush into the suitcase and sat down on his bed. Cameron came running in.
"Boo!" he yelled. Shawn smiled and looked at his son.
"Did I scare you Dad? Did I? Did I?" Cameron asked, climbing into Shawn's lap.
"You sure did, I was terrified." Shawn said. Cameron giggled.
"Good, because you were supposed to be." Cameron got down off of Shawn's lap.
"Are you packing your stuff?" Shawn asked. Cameron nodded his head.
"Yup. I'm almost done."
"Good, because we need to get going. We're going to see Uncle Chris." Shawn told him.
"All right!!" Cameron shouted and took off down the hall. Shawn shook his head.
7:37 Chris stared at Stephanie and gave her "the look". She sighed and walked over to the rocking chair and sat down. Chris then began to make up their bed as she sat and watched. Arguing with him about things like this were simply pointless. She knew that she wouldn't win, so she had simply stopped trying.
"Chris, I can help you, you know that, right?"
"I don't need it." he said.
"I know you don't need it, but I want you to know that just because I'm pregnant, doesn't mean I have to act like a statue all the time. I can still do some things."
"I just don't want anything to go wrong, and then you'd be injured…" Chris said trailing off.
"By making the bed?" Stephanie asked him with a smile on her face. "I didn't know that it was such a dangerous activity."
"You'd be surprised." He said, smirking.
"You're too protective of me. I'm glad you were an only child."
"Why's that?" Chris asked her.
"Because if you had a little sister, and you were this protective, if not more so, she would have gone nuts." Stephanie told him. Chris merely smirked.
7:43 "Cameron!! Let's go!!" Shawn hollered down the hall. He zipped up his suitcase and grabbed his coat. Cameron came waddling into Shawn's room, dragging his suitcase behind him.
"Did you get everything you're going to need?" Cameron nodded.
"Yup." He said. Shawn unzipped the suitcase to make sure that he had at least packed something other than toys or games.
"Good job. Ready to go?" Cameron nodded again excitedly and followed Shawn down the steps.
"Daddy, how long are we gonna be gone?" Cameron asked.
"I don't really know. We're gonna stay with Chris and Stephanie until their baby is born."
"Oh, okay." Cameron said.
"Are you excited to see their new baby?" Shawn asked him, while opening the door to the garage and popping the trunk. Cameron shrugged.
"I guess. I just like to play with Uncle Chris." He said. Shawn smirked and closed the door behind his son.
"Yeah, he does have some nice toys, doesn't he?" Shawn asked. Cameron nodded.
7:47 Stephanie sat in the kitchen, again reading her book while Chris was in the shower. Instead of her mind being the book, though, she found herself thinking about how much her life had changed in the past 2 years.
It had been a little over a year since the day from hell. Chris had been faring well after being in a coma-like state for a week. Occasionally, he would wince when he turned a certain way. She wanted to believe that it was the stabbing he'd received courtesy of her brother, but Chris had been stabbed in the back, not anywhere near his chest. Stephanie sat her book down when she thought about her brother.
She had buried all three of her family members in the same day. It was hard, but she had managed to get through the ceremony without crying. The only tears she shed that day were on her father's casket. He was the only one who truly deserved to have her tears. She shut herself off from the world after the funerals. However, Chris kept coming by, finding reasons to come and check on her. Two weeks after the funerals, Chris proposed to her. Two months later, they were married in a very small ceremony, with only about ten people total in attendance.
7:56 Here she was, nine months later, pregnant and happier that she thought she deserved to be. Her life rarely made sense. Chris re-emerged from the bathroom.
"Judging by the look on your face, I'm going to guess that your book isn't getting much better." He said, bringing her back down to earth.
"No, it's not that. I was just thinking." Chris smiled and walked over to her, wrapping his arms around her. He kissed her forehead.
"You think too much." He said.
"Is that a bad thing?" she asked him, tilting her head up to look at him.
"Not at all, for your information, I happen to love the way your mind works." He said. "Not to mention a few other things…" he added, kissing her on the cheek.
"Christopher Irvine!" she said, acting as if she was offended.
"Ah, you know I love you." He said.
"I love you, too." Chris grinned at her, then leaned down to talk to her stomach.
"And I love you too, little one."
7:59 "Chris, stop or you're going to scare our kid so bad, they won't ever come out and I'll be stuck like this."
"Good point." He said as the phone began to ring. Chris sighed. "I swear to God, one day, I will not own a phone in my house."
"Yeah, in about fifty years, when neither of us is going to hear it ring anyways." Stephanie said. Chris chuckled and answered the phone.