Belated Season's Greetings to all ... And I hope that the New Year is filled with lots of opportunities and possibilities ...
I have to apologise for the delay in updating... I have been busy with work and writing competitions, etc...
I would also like to thank you for letting me know you want me to continue with this story... I really love this story and I feel the below chapter will please you all... It felt so good to write it...
So enjoy .... and review soon.... Thanks.
Jenny woke up a few hours later surprised to find herself in a private room. The setting sun washed the room in a beautiful hoe of deep orange. The sweet smell of roses tickled her senses and she turned to the pedestal.
Jethro remembered.... White iceberg roses... her favourite.
She stretched delicately, pleased to be cramp free. Looking around the room, she found Jethro fast asleep in a chair on her right. She watched him, taking in his tousled hair, strong features, sensual lips... he looked relaxed, no frown or worry lines on his brow.
Oh Jethro, I can't believe we're here, in this space and time, together and planning ... hopefully planning a future for our babies.
Her hand rested on her abdomen.
Please be safe... please my little angels...
Tears filled her eyes as she prayed. Blinking them away a moment later she looked back at Jethro. His striking blue eyes rested on her face.
"Did I wake you?" she asked, wiping the tears away.
"No." He said, getting up and taking a seat next to her on the bed.
"Does Dr Malone have the results?" she asked her voice deceptively stronger.
"Not yet." He said. He laid his hand over hers on her abdomen. "But our babies are doing ok."
When she frowned, he nodded at a monitor to her left. Leaning over her, he turned a dial and the room was filled with what sounded like repetitive gurgled burping.
"Oh!" She gasped, only then remembering the baby monitor around her waist.
"Jen, they are going to be okay." He said. She looked at him and smiled. Jethro said it, so it would be so. It had to be.
"They will be fine." She said, placing her palm against his face, she drew him near and kissed him. It felt so good to touch and taste him and to have him respond to her. She admitted how much she had missed him in the past and how she had wished for something to develop between them when she realized they would be working together. But this was more then she had ever imagined. To have the man she loved... loving her back and to have his babies growing inside her...
She kissed him deeply, infusing all her emotions into the kiss. She didn't know if she was ready to voice her feeling for him just yet... but at least she could make him feel them now. He returned her kiss and she loved how he wrapped his arms around her. She felt safe in his arms. She felt loved in his arms. And she felt at home in his arms... That was something she had never felt with anyone other than him.
She felt the shift from sweet, tenderness to deep, barely contained arousal in the kiss as Jethro leaned over her. A second later, he pulled away and looked down at her.
"Sorry." He said his voice gruff.
"Don't be. I like knowing I can do that to you." She said.
"I'm sure you do." He smiled. They rested their foreheads together as they caught their breaths.
"This is nice Jethro." She said, just as the door to her room opened.
"Sorry," Dr Malone stopped in the doorway. "I have your results."
Gibbs straightened up, placed one hand on Jenny left shoulder and the other clasped her right hand.
"And?" he prompted as Dr Malone closed the door and moved to stand at the foot of the bed.
Tony and Ziva returned to the waiting room, pizzas and Coffees in hand.
"Any news?" Tony asked Abby and McGee as they all dug into the pizza.
"No." McGee said.
"I'm scared, Tony." Abby said.
"Abby," Ziva wrapped an arm around her shoulders. "We are all concerned. But we do know that the babies are safe for the moment and that is good, yes."
"You're right. I will not jinx this by worrying. We need to spread positive energy." Abby said.
"Tony," McGee moved to stand next to Tony. "You should grab a slice before it's all gone."
"Not hungry." Tony replied.
"You're always hungry." Abby said. "You're worrying. Stop, okay. We need to be positive."
"Abby!" Tony turned to face the three younger members of his team... his family. He was very worried about Jenny, Jethro and their babies. He was actually shocked at how strongly this situation was affecting him. He knew he respected Gibbs a whole lot, but now he realized that he cared for him even more. Hell, he was like a father to him and he had always been there for him. But right now Gibbs was hurting and there was not a damn thing he could do to fix that. He wanted to take his frustration out on someone or something. But the barely concealed fear on Abby's eyes, the worried tilt of Ziva's face and McGee's agitated shifting, made him realize that they needed him to be calm and in control.
"You're right. We need to be positive." He sighed. "McGee, get me a slice of that pizza will you."
McGee handed him the slice and they ate in silence.
"Okay, we have some planning to do." Tony said standing up and looking at the team. "I will take over the running of the team until Gibbs is ready to get back to work."
No one objected and that surprised Tony.
"Abby, check on Milenka and pack a bag for Jenny. She's likely to be here for a few days."
"I'll get on it right away." Abby said.
"McGee you will be on catering duty."
"What does that mean exactly?" McGee asked.
"What does it sound like?" Tony asked. "You will make sure we are all fed, while at the hospital."
"Okay." McGee replied.
"Don't worry McGee." Ziva said. "We will create a kitty so that you will not have to pay for it all on your own."
"A kitty? "Tony asked.
"Yes, a kitty. It is when a number of people put an equal amount of money into a pool so that things can be bought for the group." Ziva said.
"Fine. We will create a kitty for you McGee." Tony said. "Ziva, you will stay with Jenny, whenever Gibbs or Ducky is unable to."
"Of course." Ziva replied.
"I'll be on Gibbs' six 24/7." Tony concluded.
"It feels good to have something to do." Abby said, heading to the door. "I'll get Jenny's clothes and be back in an hour."
"I'll drive you." McGee offered, following her.
"That was good Tony." Ziva said when they were alone.
"What?" Tony questioned.
"The way you took their minds off the situation." Ziva said, stepping closer to him.
"Yeah. Well they were scared and Abby was heading tear land and I can't handle it when she cries."
"I know," Ziva said, lifting her arms around his neck.
"Mmm, Ziva what are you doing?" Tony asked.
"I'm taking your mind off the situation." She said, lifting onto her toes.
"Oh." Tony whispered just as her lips touched his.
Back in Jenny's room, the tension was palpable.
"Tell us Dr Malone." Jenny urged. Gibbs squeezed her shoulder in silent support.
"The blood tests reveal that all your hormone levels are slightly low for a woman pregnant with twins."
"Oh." Jenny said.
"Is that what caused the bleeding?" Gibbs asked.
"Possibly. Low hormone levels could lead to what we call Decidual tissue. I believe that is what we are looking at in your case." Dr Malone said.
"What is Decidual tissue?" Jenny asked.
"It is when a mass of uterus tissue, not involved with the implantation of the embryos, comes lose and disintegrated."
"Could this lead to a ... mis... miscarriage? Jenny asked.
"In my 15 years of treating pregnant women, I have not seen this condition lead to a single miscarriage." Dr Malone smiled.
"Oh thank God." Jenny laughed; Jethro released a breath he had not known he was holding.
"What's the treatment plan, Doctor?" Gibbs asked, stroking Jenny's shoulders as she trembled with relief.
"Hormone supplements and daily hormone level checks for at least the next month." Dr Malone said. "You will be confined to bed rest and I don't want you doing any strenuous activities for at least a month. You will have to take a leave of absence from work with immediate effect."
Gibbs looked at Jenny. She nodded her head, "I'll take the time off."
"I want to keep you here for a few days, to administer the hormones and to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. We will also arrange for scans to be done twice daily." Dr Malone said.
"So there is still a risk?" Jenny asked.
"Jenny, there is always a risk." Dr Malone said. "But we are taking all the right precautions so I don't expect any further surprises. I want you to relax now. Rest is the best thing for you and your babies. A nurse will be by shortly to administer the hormones. I just want to take a look to see if you are still bleeding."
That said, Dr Malone, sat on the side of the bed, arranged the sheet over Jenny's knees and proceeded to examine her.
"Good." She smiled. "The bleeding's stopped. I'll be by in the morning to check on you."
When they were alone, Gibbs drew Jenny into his arms and kissed the top of her head.
"Jethro," Jenny said. "I will do whatever is necessary to keep our babies safe."
"I know." He replied. "I will be by your side every step of the way."
He pulled away from her and cupped her face. "I promise, Jenny."
She nodded, unable to speak. They held each other for a long time, comfortable to be together yet lost in their own thoughts.
Jenny wondered how she and Jethro would handle the situation once they were back home. Would their tempers flare and would they push each other away? No. They would work things out and compromise. She was also terrified of the prospect of not returning to work. All her life, that was all she had. That was what defined her. Who and what would she be without that? Yes, of course she would be a Mom. She ... would ... be ... a ... mom!
Jethro knew that the coming weeks and months would be challenging. He knew that he would be able to handle it... eventually. He just needed to get his fears under control. He was relieved beyond words that his babies were going to be okay. He was delighted to have Jenny in his arms. But the failures and guilt of the past... they still hounded him. The regular nightmares left him shaking with terror. He would have to work with Rothman to overcome them. He could, under no circumstances allow his fears to scare or hurt Jenny and his babies. She needed him to be strong and in control and that was how he would be.
"I'm fine now."
"So you should go home and get some rest." Jenny said.
"Jenny..." He pulled away from her. He could see that she was tired. She needed to rest.
"Okay. I'll see you in the morning." He leaned down to kiss her, noting the look of surprise in her eyes, before heading out the room.
He waited outside her room for 20 minutes before heading back in. She was asleep. He settled into the chair next to her and watched her until he too fell asleep.
That's it for this chapter...
The next sees Gibbs chatting with Rothmann.
Tony and Ziva discuss their moment in the waiting room.
Jenny decides to work from her hospital bed... and you know that Gibbs will have something to say about that....
So stay tuned and remember to review.... Thanks.