It had been 4 months since Robert had began staying with Barbara. They had talked about it and decided that it would be best if he stayed with her until the baby was born, so he could help her around the house and wherever else she needed it. The months had bee uneventful, but Robert had been keeping a close eye on Barb. She had been on bed rest for the first few weeks, but now she was up and about, being her usual busy self.
Robert sat on the couch reading the news paper. He could hear Barb bustling around in the kitchen. Sighing he folded the paper and placed it on the coffee table. He stood and stretched before walking into the kitchen, to see what Barb was doing. Stopping and leaning against the door frame he smiled to himself as he heard her humming to herself. He stood there and watched her for a few minutes before fully entering the kitchen.
"need help?" he asked coming up behind her. She was unloading the dishwasher, and he could tell that she was having slight trouble bending down with her now slightly expanding belly.
"Please" she said turning around and handing him a plate. He smiled and placed the plate in the cupboard
"why don't you sit down, I'll finish up here" Barb smiled in gratitude and pulled a chair from the table. She sat in silence, absent mindedly rubbing her stomach as she watched Robert finish putting away the dishes. He had been such a good help to her these past four months. She smiled as he sat in front of her.
"how are you feeling?"
"are you sure? You look tired" Barb rolled her eyes
"yes Robert, I'm fine" Robert smiled and rubbed her arm. Barb furrowed her brow and looked down at his hand resting on her arm. She couldn't feel the contact, only the warmth of his hand. Her arm was numb. Soon the numbness spread through her entire body. She slowly stood from her chair and exited the kitchen.
"Barb where are you going?" Robert asked as he followed her. He watched her walk up stairs and heard her bedroom door shut.
Barb slowly walked towards the bedside table on Peter's side of the bed. She opened the drawer and pulled out his army knife...
"Barb! Barb open your eyes please!"
Barb slowly opened her eyes, but found that she could only open them a little. Her vision was blurry but she could just make out Robert's face above her. There was blood smeared on his face and all over his white T-shirt. It sounded as if he was crying and he was begging her to open her eyes. She tried to talk but found she couldn't. Suddenly Robert held her close to his chest and began to rock back and forth.
"Jesus! Barb! please wake up! don't die! you can't, I love you!" that was the last thing she heard before darkness consumed her once more.
When she woke up again, Barb was laying in a hospital bed surrounded by bleeping machines. She felt somebody give her hand a gentle squeeze. She looked to her right and smiled weakly at Robert. He smiled back and stood.
"Oh thank god, you're awake"
"what happened?" Barb asked. Her voice was weak and sounded strained. Robert's smile faded
"I'd like to ask you the same question."
"I can't remember"
"well when I found you, you were on the floor of your bedroom" He paused and took a breath "covered in blood. There was an army knife beside you with your blood on it" Barb stared at him in confusion. Robert smiled again and began to stroke her forehead
"never mind. we will talk about it later. I'm just glad you're okay" Barb nodded. Suddenly she remembered what Robert had said to her just before she passed out for the second time
"Did you mean what you said?"
"what are you talking about?"
"earlier, when you were" she paused looking for the words "Holding me, you said you loved me, did you mean it?" Robert's eyebrows rose. He stood staring with his mouth open for a moment
"you heard that?" he said as he recovered. Barb nodded
"yes. did you mean it?" Robert sighed. He nodded
"yes I meant it" he knelt down beside the bed and squeezed her hand "I love you Barb. I have for a long time now, I just didn't know how to tell you. And that wasn't exactly how I wanted you to find out" He reached up and gently stroked her cheek. Tears brimmed in her eyes. She took a deep breath
"Kiss me Robert" He looked shocked
"please" Barb whispered. Robert stood and hesitantly took her face in his hands. He lowered his head and pressed his lips to hers. The kiss lasted a few moments before the both needed air and were forced to break apart. Robert rested his forehead on hers
"I love you" he whispered. She smiled
"I love you too" she said as she rubbed his cheek. She sat up slightly and moved over as far as she could. She patted the space next to her silently asking Robert to lay next to her. He smiled and did as she asked. He carefully climbed next to her and gently wrapped Barb in his arms, being careful not to hurt her. She lay her head on his chest and sighed in content. The slow beep of machines was the only thing that could be heard. Barb could feel herself getting weaker but made herself stay awake, not wanting to leave this perfect moment. It wasn't how she pictured it would be. She had been in love with Robert herself for the longest time, but she never thought he would feel the same. She had been as supportive as she could when he got back together with Jude, and did, what she thought, was a good job of hiding how much it really hurt to think that he would never look at her the same way he did Jude. But here they were, wrapped in an embrace after finally confessing their love for each other.
"Barb, go to sleep. Get some rest" Robert whispered in her ear. He kissed the top of her head "I'm going to be right here when you wake up" Barb nodded. She drifted off to sleep as Robert gently stroked her hair.