Title: The Perfect Gift

Rating: PG (for Now)

Author: Jess

Well this was originally a CSI fic that I wrote but I thought hey why not make it into a Jo fic and add a few changes along the way. Hope you like it.

Jess!

Jo was sitting on the couch in her new apartment. She had bought a new 2-bedroom apartment, as she had gotten sick of living in such a small place. About 6 months ago she had quit her job at the police station and moved to Adelaide to live closer to her best friend Mary. The two of them were very close, as they had grown up together. t Mary pulled a few strings and got her a job at Sturt Police Station and she had made friends with all of the people she was working with. Especially Detective Jessie Hart who was another one of her old friends from the Academy.

"Where do you want me to put this?" Mary asked as she walked in carrying a box of Jo's things that had just been shipped up from Mt Thomas.

"In the second bedroom." Jo replied. "I'll sort it out later."

"OK." Mary left the room and returned a few moments later without the box.

"This place looks amazing. I don't think I've ever seen so many decorations."

"It's amazing what you can do when you're home all day every day." Jo laughed. "Not that it took much effort anyway. I had Jerry my neighbour help me out hanging the tinsel and things on the roof.

"Well it still looks great even if you didn't do it by yourself."

"Thanks." Jo replied. "So did you want a cuppa or something?"

"Yeah that'd be great." Mary replied.

"Ok. Just give me a second to get up." Jo struggled to get halfway up before she fell back down again. "Dam I hate being FAT!" She cried.

"Here I'll help you." Mary grabbed Jo's hands and pulled her up. "You're not fat you're pregnant. There is a difference." She smiled.

"Thanks. I don't know what I would do without you."

"Let's not find out." Mary replied as she helped Jo into the kitchen.

"You know I'm glad you're here for me. I couldn't go through this without you." Jo told Mary as she sat down on one of the kitchen chairs.

"I'm glad I'm here too. I mean it is my god daughter/son you're carrying. And you know that everyone else at the station is going to be there for you too. Even though you are on Maternity leave."

"Yeah I have been for almost a month now and it is really starting to piss me off." She rubbed her sore back. "Plus the pain is horrible."

"Hey. You'll get used to it after a while. It took me forever to get used to it when I had Jamie. But trust me the pain is definitely worth it." Mary replied.

"Yeah. How is Jamie by the way?" Jo asked.

"She's doing great. She started walking yesterday. She took her first steps when we were at the supermarket. I guess she just wanted the chocolate so bad she was willing to make an effort for it." Mary explained.

"Yeah. She's gorgeous. I hope my baby is just as good as her."

"I'm sure it will be. When are you due again?"

"Two weeks. But the doctor said it would vary. The baby could come early or it could come late." Jo explained. "Dr Kelly told me that I'm very healthy. Apparently I am a very fit mother. Can't say much about the father though." Jo sighed.

"Jo you've got to stop blaming him for this. It's your fault as much as his. He didn't plan on you getting pregnant."

"Neither did I. But that didn't stop me. The least he could do is actually give a dam about his baby. I mean I know he's getting married but that's no excuse to cut this baby out of his life. He is still the father no matter what he does and I think it's about time he started taking responsibility for his actions."

"I know Jo. It's all right. Calm down. You know what the doctor said about your stress levels. It could harm the baby." Mary warned.

"I know Mary I'm sorry." Jo sighed. "Why is my life so horrible? What did I do to deserve this?" Jo sighed again. "Ah!" She cried.

"What is it?" Mary asked.

"Nothing. Just a cramp."

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah I'm fine. You'd better get back to work. Wouldn't want Darcy to get angry." Jo laughed. "You know what he does when he's angry."

"Very funny. I'll leave you to it. If you need anything just call and I'll be straight over."

"Thanks." Mary kissed her on the cheek and left.

Later that night Jo sat alone and wondered if this is the way her life was meant to turn out. She didn't have anyone but Mary to help her with the baby she was going to have any day now. The father of her baby had slept with her a few times then dumped her when someone better had come along. Now he's having a baby with some other woman who he is married to. (Well that's the story she heard anyway.) She switched on the television. She checked the Foxtel channels. Nothing. So she grabbed the remote and switched on the stereo. One of her favourite Christmas songs was playing so she turned it up a little and fell asleep listening to the lyrics.

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

From now on your troubles will be out of sight, yeah

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Make the Yuletide gay

From now on your troubles will be miles away, oh

Here we are as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore, ah

Faithful friends who are dear to us

They gather near to us once more, ooh

Through the years we all will be together and

If the fates allow

Hang a shining star upon the highest bow, oh yeah, oh

And have yourself a merry little Christmas now, oh, oh

Faithful friends who are dear to us

They gather near to us once more, oh, oh

Through the years we all will be together and

If the fates allow, oh yeah

But 'til then we'll have to muddle through somehow,

Oh yeah, oh, oh

And have yourself a merry little Christmas now"

She woke up ½ hour later with stomach cramps.

"Eew. What is that?" She felt the couch, which was now damp. "Oh Hell No!" She tried getting up but she couldn't. So she reached for the phone. "Aaahhh!" She screamed as she pulled her hand back and grabbed her stomach. "I've been told how painful this is...but I never imagined it to be this bad!" Once the contraction was finished she tried again to reach for the phone. She tried as hard as she could but the excess weight on her stomach was making it hard for her to move. She reached once again and succeeded in making herself roll off the couch onto the floor.

"Ouch!' She cried and she rubbed her stomach as she rolled over onto her back. "Ok remember what the doctor said. DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE!" She started her breathing exercises as her next contraction came along.

"Hey Jo?" Jerry asked knocking on the door. "Are you Ok? I heard screaming."

"Jerry you gotta help me. I think I'm in labour!" She cried hoping he could hear her through the closed door.

"Ok just stay clam. I'll go get the spare key from Greg."

"Hurry!' Jo cried and then she started her breathing again.

5 minutes later Jerry and Greg (the super intendant) rushed up the stairs to Jo's apartment and Jerry fumbled with the keys and unlocked her door.

Jerry rushed to her side and grabbed her hand.

"Are you OK?" He asked.

"Call an ambulance!' Jo cried. "Please."

"Ok. Calm down. Greg call an ambulance." Greg grabbed his mobile and dialled the emergency number.

A while later the ambulance still hadn't arrived and Jo's contractions were getting closer, she was lying on the living room floor in pain sweating really badly.

"It hurts Jerry!' She screamed.

"I know Jo. It's ok. I've called Mary and she's on her way." Jerry explained. "I didn't think you'd want her to miss this."

"Thankyou."

"And Dr Kelly is on his way to the hospital now so he should be there waiting when you get there." Greg explained.

"Thanks guys." Jo said with a smile. Which then turned to a grimace as she had yet another contraction.

"How far apart are they now?" Jerry asked.

"About two minutes why?" Greg asked.

"Do you mind if I check to see how much you've dilated?" Jerry asked nervously.

"Do whatever you can I just want this thing out of me!' Jo cried.

"Only one cm to go." Jerry cried. "That ambulance better get here soon."

"And what if it doesn't get here in time?" Greg asked already knowing what the answer would be.

"We're going to have to deliver the baby ourselves."

"That's what I was afraid you'd say." Greg gulped.

"Hey it's ok. You wont have to do much. Go and find some towels or something." Jerry told him.

"Ok." Greg replied and he set off on his mission.

"How are you doing?" Jerry asked looking at a very pale-faced Jo.

"Not so good." Jo replied. "It hurts way too much."

"It's ok. Just think at the end of all the pain you'll have a little baby to hold in your arms." Jerry smiled.

"That's very..." She stopped talking as she had another contraction.

"Ok contractions are getting closer." Jerry smiled. "We're almost there."

"That's reassuring." She forced a laugh. "How close is 'almost there'?"

"I don't know. It depends. If you're dilated enough then you'll have to push. If not then we'll have to wait a bit longer."

"Oh great." Jo sighed.

"OK. It looks like we're ready. When the next contraction comes along I need you to push." Jerry told her.

"Since when did you know so much about delivering babies?"

"Jo I used to work in a children's hospital."

"Oh." Jo replied.

"Ok get ready to push." Jerry said. Jo was just about to start pushing when Mary burst through the door.

"I came as soon as I could. What did I...? Oh." Mary cried when she saw Jo on the ground doing her breathing exercises and Jerry helping her to give birth.

"Jo are you OK?"

"Does it look like I'm ok to you?' She cried.

"Ok Jo push 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. And breathe."

"Whew. This is harder than I thought." Mary laughed.

"And again." Jerry cried. "Push 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and breathe."

"I found some towels!" Greg cried as he walked back into the room.

"Hey Greg." Mary smiled at him.

"Mary." He nodded his head.

"Thanks." Jerry grabbed a towel off Greg and placed it onto the floor between Jo's legs.

"Ok and again. Push 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and breathe. I've got a head." He cried.

A smiled came across Jo's face.

"Ok another push and we should have it." Jerry told her. "Take a deep breath in and Push"

"Congratulations. You have a beautiful baby girl." Jerry said and he wrapped her in a towel. He cleared the blood away from her mouth so she could breathe.

"She's gorgeous." Mary commented.

"Why isn't she crying?" Jo asked starting to panic. 'Is she breathing?"

"She's fine Jo. She's perfectly fine." Jerry was backed up when the baby started screaming.

"See she's fine." Mary commented. "She definitely has strong lungs." Jo laughed.

"Come here baby girl." Jerry handed her the baby that was wrapped in a towel, tears were streaming down her face.

"You were right the pain was definitely worth it." She kissed the baby on the head.

Jo started crying. "She's beautiful." Mr Rodgers handed the tiny girl to Jo.

"You did it Jo. You did it." Mary whispered and kissed Jo's Cheek. Then she grabbed the baby's hand. "She's the perfect Christmas gift." Mary smiled.

"She's my beautiful baby girl."

"The ambulance is here." Greg commented.

"Bit late." Mary scoffed. Jo didn't say anything. She just sat staring at her baby girl.

The paramedics rushed in with a stretcher and picked Jo up. They put her onto the stretcher and wheeled her out to the ambulance.

"I want you to come." Jo whispered to Mary.

"I know." Mary replied. "But I'm not allowed to. I'll see you when I get to the hospital though ok."

"Bye." Jo cried and Mary watched as the Ambulance doors closed and Jo was driven away.

Have you figured out who the father is yet? I bet you haven't lol. If I get feedback I will continue and you'll find out who he really is!!!