Ch. 7; Surprise
I was supposed to wake up early so I could get all the kids lunches ready, my mom had volunteered to take us around town.
What I wasn't expecting when I woke up, was for someone to be sitting on my bed staring at me. I sat up trying to see who it was when I heard Izanagi saying something.
"What was that bud? I didn't hear you."
"Your mom sent me and Yukiko in here to wake you up."
I stared at him for a second, before yawning, "What time is it?"
"It's around eleven thirty Bella," this time it was Yukiko who answered.
"Ms. Renee says we're about to leave so you need to get up."
"Why do you call her 'Ms. Renee'?" My mother was always saying that when she met kids and liked them, they were to call her mima. (Pronunciation- me-mah)
"She told us we could call her Mima but I don't want to."
"I call her Mima, it's a funny name," well at least Yukiko likes my mom.
"Okay I'll be there in a minute." After they left I got up and took a shower. I debated on whether I should blow dry my hair or not, it would look better blow-dried but I was lazy.
I pulled out one of my only sundresses (Dress, shoes and hair style on profile)-I figure since we're only going around town and not walking for years it would be okay. It was a blue spaghetti strap dress that went just below my knees, with black straps that faded into the blue and it had a white belt right under my bust. For shoes I decided on a black strappy heel.
Renee told me yesterday that she was going to take us on the carriages to show us around, so that means not a lot of walking.
After I was dressed I decided it would be best to dry my hair, so I blew it dry and put it in a bunch of ringlets. You would think it would take forever but it only took me five to ten minutes to do my hair.
I went down stairs to find that mother not only let the kids get messy but she didn't get them dressed either.
"You know mom, it would've been a whole lot easier if you got them dress and kept them clean." It should've been a question but with the way I said it, it was more of a statement.
"I know Bella dear, but I didn't know some PB & J and soup could be so dirty."
"Ewww who even thinks to eat those things at one meal?" I gave a disgusted shiver and went for the napkins. As I was about to clean them up, though, I realized that wasn't the only thing on them.
"Mom what is this?" I asked, pointing to the chocolate on their faces.
"Well it was just some jello, but then they wanted some pudding too."
It was bad enough she gave them sweets in the morning, but now I have to deal with it. I wiped up all that I could from all their faces, and then I took them all upstairs to take baths. I made my mom wash the boys-since they were the dirtiest- while I washed the girls.
It took awhile, seeing as they were so dirty, but we finally got them cleaned up. Since it was nice outside I told my mom that the boys should wear shorts, short sleeve shirts and sandals and I dressed the Yukiko in shorts, a halter and sandals and Sachio in skort, short sleeves and sandals. Maddison had been done for a while now so she was just waiting for us-she was dressed in a dress and low heels. She all ways wore dresses now, because even though she was only a week before her fourth month she looked like she was in her fourth a couple days away from her fifth. Once every one was dressed and their hair done we left, it took a while to fine the carriage we were going to use-because Renee had asked the driver to park a couple of streets down, why, I don't know.
We had been out for about three hours when Maddison told me her stomach was hurting.
"Mom can you watch the kids for me, please?"
"Why hun, what's wrong?"
"Maddison's stomach hurts and I think it has something to do with the baby so, I'm going to take her down to the Hospital."
"Oh, of course I can watch them," looking at Maddison she added, "feel better alright." Maddison only nodded.
I was going to get out of the carriage and fine a cab but my mom asked the carriage driver to take us to the hospital, it was much faster.
At the hospital I took Maddison out of the carriage, being as careful as I could, and brought her to the front desk. I had asked her earlier if hurt really bad but she said she could wait a while and that she didn't need to go to the emergency room.
As I was signing the papers she started clutching my arm real hard.
"Oww! Maddison what are you doing?" I thought she was just trying to get my attention but as her grip got tighter I realized something was wrong. I looked at her face only to see that she wasn't breathing so great.
"Oh, God, come on Maddison you've got to breathe," I told her looking around for some help. I saw the receptionist sitting her desk looking as bored as ever, so I yelled at her.
"GET US DOCTOR, NOW!!!! SHE NEEDS HELP!!!" The receptionist jumped up as soon as she heard my voice.
"I'm sorry ma'am all our doctors are in their appointments right now."
"I could care less get us a doctor or I'll do it myself." My voice was low and full of authority, you would've had to have all your senses gone not to feel, see, or hear the threat in my voice.
The receptionist got nodded her head and left to get a doctor as soon as she could. "Come on Maddison, breathe with me," I said in a calm voice. It took a while but slowly her breath came out much calmer.
After Maddison's breathing was bad to normal it took two minutes for a doctor to come and see her. At first the doctor said I couldn't go with her, but Maddison held on to me so tight I couldn't feel my arm anymore, and the doctor was getting impatient.
"Fine, you can come, but you have to be quiet."
I nodded my head respectfully and followed them in to the room that was prepared for her. The doctor, Dr. Charles, had asked her the regular questions, such as 'how long has it been hurting?', 'was this the first time?', 'how far along are you?' you know, the normal questions.
It took a while for her to answer, trying to remember how long it had been hurting, apparently this was the third time, not the first. Dr. Charles left a little after that saying he was going to discuss it.
As soon as he left I glared at Maddison, she tried to act like I wasn't there, but, obviously, it wasn't working since she kept fidgeting.
"And when were you going to tell me you were having these pains?" she turned her completely away from me and tried to block me out, that's not going to work on me. Uh-uh not when I was mad.
"How long did you think you could keep this from me? Until it hurt so bad you couldn't move? Until your baby died because you didn't say anything? Until you started bleeding all over? Or wait here's a better one, until you and your baby died from lack of attention?"
I was beyond mad, beyond angry, and so far passed pissed you wouldn't be able to see me if you looked down that road. Oh and I wasn't even done yet.
"Do you like hurting me? Is that why you kept to yourself? Do you like hurting yourself? Why do you keep doing this? Lying to me?"
She was crying now, "Bella I didn't mean to, I just didn't..w..want you to worry about me."
"Worry about you? That's all this is about? Maddison I've been worried about you since I met you." I had taken of my glasses at this point, using them to point at her.(Sorry I didn't mention this but she has glasses now.)
"You may think I don't care about you so much, but I care about you as if you were my younger sister. The day I took you in was the day I felt that." I had calmed down by now and put my glasses on the counter, "Maddison when you don't tell me these things, it hurts to think that you're hurting by yourself. That you're putting all this stress on you when you don't need it."
She had stopped crying and was just laying her head on my shoulder trying to calm down.
"I'm sorry Bella, it's just, that, I'm not used to people caring about me so much. My mother was never really a mother to me after Shane was born, and my older sisters were there for me where she should have been. Even then they weren't there all the time; they had school, friends, lives that they had to live.
"I didn't want to take that from them, so I would always make stuff up, telling them I was going to a friend's house for the night or needed to study or watch Shane just stuff that they would believe and go out to their friends houses and live their lives. I didn't want to be a burden on them."
"Maddison you are anything but a burden and you can bet that your sisters are missing you right now. They're probably not even talking to their mom because she kicked you out.
"I remember when my mom threatened to kick me out, my sister was so against it that she threatened to move out with me. My mother was so hurt that she left and spent the night at her boyfriend's house. This was unusual since she only ever went there on their anniversary.
"It took me five hours thirty-two minutes and fifty-three seconds to convince my sister that if I were to be kicked out she wasn't coming with me."
"You counted it all?"
"Or course any time I ever had to convince my sister of something I would always count."
"She would always listen to me, so when I had to convince her of something she knew I didn't or wouldn't like it always took at least thirty minutes. That was the longest I had ever tried to convince her of something."
"That sounds like it was tiring."
"Oh, trust me it was," I was about to tell her what my mom said when she came back when the doctor walked back in.
"Well I couldn't find anything wrong, the most we could come up with was that your baby was kicking too hard or trying to change positions."
"So that means she'll be okay, right?"
"Yes she should be fine, but since we're here we should do an ultrasound." We nodded our heads and he left to get the equipment he would need.
"Hey, I never did ask you, how was your first ultrasound?"
"Hello, I asked you a question."
"…ummm…well I wouldn't know."
"And why is that?"
"..Because I..didn't..go?" Her voice got quieter and quieter and toward the end of her sentence I was straining to hear.
"Uh-huh and why was that?"
"I didn't want to?"
I was fuming again, "do you not realize how important these checkups are? Not just for you but for your baby too?" I was about to go all out on her again, until the doctor came in.
"So Maddison, right?" she nodded, "when was your last ultrasound? If you don't mind me asking?" he had almost got everything ready by now.
"Well I kinda-sorta-maybe-possibly didn't have one?" again she finished in a question.
"What do you mean you didn't have one?"
This time I spoke up, "I scheduled one for her but apparently she didn't go." I gave her the eye.
"And why didn't you take her?" He asked me this while he was putting the cold jelly on her stomach.
"Well I was planning to, but one of the kids got sick so I had to stay with her."
"Oh, so you have kids?"
"No sir, I'm just the nanny," though I wish they were mine, I of course didn't say this out loud.
"You seem conserved enough to be their mother." I had to smile at that.
He had put the little stick thing on her stomach and was showing us her baby by then. Since I knew what I was looking for in on the screen I could immediately see the babies.
"Well it seems Ms. Maddison that you're in for a surprise."
She looked up at him, panicked. "Oh don't worry its good news," she relaxed somewhat still not sure what the surprise was. "You're having….." Maddison looked like she was about to rip this guys face off. "Twins," he says smiling. Yeah smile when you just told a fifteen, almost sixteen, year old that not only is she going to be a mother but a mother of twins.
I almost ripped his head off myself. Maddison had a blank expression on her face; at first I was worried, now I was scared. The doctor wiped the gel off her stomach and then left the room, smart move doc. I helped Maddison off the chair and through the hospital, paying on the way out.
When we got back to my mother's house she still had a blank expression. She went up to her room as soon as the front door closed.
My mother, Phil and the kids came back around dinner time to pick Maddison and me up for dinner.
"I don't think Maddison's up for that, mom. We're just stay in and eat here."
"Why is something wrong? What did the doctor say?"
"Well luckily it was just the babies moving around, trying to get comfortable."
"Well that's good at least it wasn't any-did you say babies?"
I nodded my head and my mother was so happy she started squealing and jumping up and down, but then stopped as soon as she started. "Wait then why is she up there?"
"Well mom, how would you feel if you were fifteen and found out that you were not only going to be a mother but a mother of twins?"
"Good point; do you want me to go talk to her?"
"No, I'm going up there now." As I walked up the stair I could hear the music pounding, even from the second floor.
Knock, knock, knock. I wasn't sure if she'd hear me but I figured I should knock anyways. She didn't answer so I just went in anyway; I walked over toward her radio and turned it off, then walked over to her and sat on her bed with her.
"You want to tell me what wrong?"
"…well Bella I was nervous as it was, having one baby, but now it's two. What if I mess up? What if I kill them? What if-" I cut her off right there.
"What my head fell off right now?" she looked at me funny, "Exactly they are all what ifs, that doesn't mean it'll happen."
"I know that but-"
"But nothing, Maddison you are going to be a great mother, and I will help you with whatever you need."
"Promise, now come on down stairs so we can eat." She actually laughed at that.
After Maddison's melt down we ate dinner, and got all the kids ready for bed. I hadn't called Edward but I was just too tired to care right now.