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Chapter 24

Dave walked down out of the hospital taking his cell phone out of pocket and dialing his home number. After three rings he figured he would just leave a message for her to call him back as soon as she got home, just as the answering machine kicked on the Mel picked up the phone.

"Hey Mel," Dave greeted slomely. "You think that you could bring the girls and come out here I need to talk to you."

"Why? Is everything okay? Are you hurt?" Mel kicked into panic mood.

"No I'm not hurt, I'm fine," Dave paused and let out a sigh. "well as fine I could be right now."

"Dave what is going on, you sound really upset."

"Mel I really don't want to talk about on the phone could you please just come out here it's like a two hour flight and there's a flight leaving in twenty minutes. Don't worry about clothes or anything like that just get the girls throw them in the car and get on the plane."

"Okay, okay but when we get there you better explain."

"I will I promise."

Dave was standing outside the hospital when Mel and the girls jumped out of the taxi.

"Oh my god when the driver said that address was to the hospital my heart dropped to my feet." Mel cried wrapping her arms around Dave. "What's going on?"

"Rae went into labor this morning, the doctors did everything they could to stop the contractions but they couldn't and she had to deliver the baby."

"Oh no, is she okay? It's too early, how's the baby?" Mel threw her hand up to her mouth in shock.

"Rae is doing okay she has Randy with her right now." Dave paused and blinked back tears. "The doctor's don't think the baby will survive. His lungs aren't developed and he can't believe on his own." Dave explained as they walked in the hospital.

"I want to go see her I need to be with my friend."

"There's something else." Dave turned to his girls. "Why don't you guys go and pick something out for Rae and the baby in gift shop?" The girls nodded and walked into the gift shop leaving Dave with Mel. "There's something else that you need to know before I take you up there to see her." He paused and looked at the floor then back to his wife's eyes. "The baby that Rae just had isn't Randy's it's mine. Rae and I had an affair a while back we both called it quits after a couple times together, she couldn't take sleeping with me while I was married to you she really does value your friendship I coxed her into everything. Anyhow, she told me after we called it off that she was pregnant, that week that she was sick that's when we found out about the baby, but she knew that you and me had been working on our problems and that I wanted to try and work things out with you so she lied to me and told me that she had lost the baby, so we could save our marriage. She told Randy about the baby and what had happened and he suggested telling everyone the baby was his and she went along with it." He paused giving her time to adjust to what she had just heard. "Last night I invited Rae up my room so we could talk, that is all that I had in my mind. And before I knew it we were on the floor and things were getting pretty heavy, she stopped me before things got really out of hand. She said something about it to Randy and came to my room this morning and told me to stay away from Rae, that he didn't want me anywhere near her and I said something's and we ended up in a fight which Rae and Paul and I few others broke up and again I said something's about Rae being a slut and she got pretty upset and that's what put her in labor." Dave couldn't help but let the tears fall as he confessed to his wife. "I'm so sorry Mel I never meant for any of this to happen and because of it my son is lying upstairs and the doctors don't think he is going to make it through the night. You probably hate me as well as Rae. You have to believe me when tell you that I do love you and I'm truly sorry for everything that I have done over the past year."

Mel wrapped her arms around Dave she couldn't stand the sight of her husband crying in front of her like this, she had only seen him shed tears on a couple of occasions those being when their girls had been born and on their wedding day. Yeah he had done some pretty bad things and tried to mess up her friendship with Rae by sleeping with her but she couldn't help but feel that maybe she had pushed him to do it with the way she had been acting towards him.

Pulling back from him she raised her hand and wiped the tears from his eyes then reached up in her tip toes and placed a kiss on his lips. "It's okay, I still love you. Everyone makes mistakes." She kissed him a second time. "Let's just get upstairs and see that baby of your and Rae." She grabbed his hand in hers and after they had collected the girls they headed to the elevators.

Once on the floor they stepped out of the elevators and walked down the hall and came to a stop in front of a panel of windows where they could see Rae, Randy and the tiny baby. Mel smiled at Rae as she looked up and seen them. Rae stopped a nurse as she walked by her, after saying a few things to her the nurse smiled and motioned for them to walk over to the door. They walked in the room and over to Rae and Randy, Mel walked over to Rae wrapping her in a tight hug.

"It's okay Rae, Dave told me everything and I don't want you to worry about it." Mel pulled back and smiled at her then looked over and the baby. "So have you picked out a name yet?" Rae looked at Randy then Dave and Mel then back to her son.

"Anthony Michael Bautista." She whispered then looked up to Dave and Mel. "If that's okay with the two of you?"

"Its fine he is Dave's baby after all he should have his last name." Mel looked over at Randy who had been awfully quite since she had walked in the room. "How are you holding up Randy?"

He shook his head. "I don't know, it's just so much to take in at one time." He spoke soft, not the normal Randy tone.

"Have the doctor said anything else since I was last here?" Dave asked as he stood beside his son.

"The doctor was just over here and said that it would a miracle if he made through the night. They're not expecting him to make over the next few hours." Rae explained as tears slide silently down her cheeks. Randy wrapped her in hug and kissed her forehead.

Five hours later Anthony Michael Bautista had slowly faded away from them as his mother sat and rocked him. Rae pressed a kiss to his forehead then handed him to the nurse. Randy wrapped his arm around her waist and led her out of the room with Dave, Mel and the girls following behind.

Randy took Rae back to the hotel were she crawled in bed and began to cry softly into her pillow. Randy laid beside her pulling her against him and rubbing her back as she cried herself to sleep.

Over the next several days after Randy and Rae had gone back home, their son had been laid to rest in a beautifully made white casket in a spot on top of a hill underneath a willow tree with all there friends and family there.

After the funeral Rae sat in the living room alone staring out of the window watching the rain hit against the glass. Randy walked in the room and knelt down beside her.

"Everyone's left everyone but Dave and Mel, their sitting in the kitchen do you want to join us." Rae shook her head slightly. "Do you want me to bring you something to eat?" she shook her head again. "Rae I know that you're hurting and feel like you're dead inside right now but you're not going to do anyone including yourself any good if you don't eat something. I have watched you walk around this house for the past week like a zombie and I understand why, I really do. That baby meant as much to me as he did to you even though he wasn't my son." Rae turned her head and watched as tears began to fall from his eyes for the first time since her son had passed.

"I'm sorry Randy I never thought about how you feel. I've been so caught up in my own lost that I never stopped to think about you or Dave." She paused reaching out and touching the side of his face running her thumb over the tears. "You're right you have lost a big part of you just like I did and I've been selfish thinking that I'm the only one that's hurt. You're wrong on one thing; Anthony was as much your sin as he was mine and Dave's. You were there for me through everything, and you're still here even though most guys would have taken off." Rae leaned down and kissed his lips. "I really do love you Randy and I'm sorry for being selfish."

"You're not being selfish Rae you lost you're son you have every right to do this. I just want you to take care of yourself I can't lose you too I don't know what I would do if I did."

"You won't lose me Randy."

Randy moved from the floor to sit on the window seal in front of her taking her hands in his. "I've been thinking about something Rae. I know that it may be too soon for you and I understand that, but I want to try for another baby."

"But what if the something happens to the next baby?"

"I talked to the doctor and she said that if you go on complete bed rest for the pregnancy and you don't get put under a lot of stress then everything should be okay and you should carry full term or close enough to where everything will be okay." Randy paused watching you face for any sign of a reaction. "I know that Anthony has just passed and you're still hurting from just like I am and I want you to understand that I don't want to have another baby to take the place away from Anthony, no one could ever do that. I want another baby because I want us to be a family. And I want you to marry me."

True love encompassed more than sexual attraction. It was deeply caring and strongly committed and totally unconditional. True love didn't abandon you when things for though. True love was like a rock and true love was not to be found in a pair of dark eyes that sizzled and smoldered whenever they looked at her.

Those were all things that Randy were to her he really did love her he wanted to be her husband and the father of her children.

Rae smiled and nodded her head.

"Is that a yes?" he whispered.