Sequel to Shattered, which is a sequel of Survival.
"We gather here today in memory of Carey Loraine Martin, not to mourn her death, but to celebrate her life..."
Cassie shifted in her seat as the pastor continued.
"You okay?" Zack asked as she squeezed his hand.
"Yeah," She whispered with a nod, "Sorry," She loosened her grip and continued to listen to the pastor.
"Carey was loved by many. She was always willing to help those around her..."
Cassie shifted again as she put one hand on her stomach and squeezed Zack's hand even harder than before.
"Are you sure you're okay?" Zack asked again.
"I think... I'm going... Into labor," She replied, taking a deep breath after every other word.
Zack's eyes widened, "Wha... Now?"
"But you're not due for another week."
"Tell that to the baby! Ah!" She screamed as the contraction got worse. Everyone in the church glanced over at her, but quickly turned their attention back to the pastor.
Cody, who was crying, looked over at Cassie, then asked Zack, "Is she okay?"
"We're gonna have to leave Cody. She's in labor," He replied.
"What!" Cody said in shock. Again everyone stared.
Anna, Toby, and Jimmy were sitting on the same row as Cody, Zack, and Cassie. So Cody turned to Anna and told her the news, Anna turned to Toby, then Toby turned to Jimmy. Soon enough they were all staring at Cassie, who was waiting for the next contraction to end before getting out of her seat.
They were sitting in the front row so when Zack got up, everyone in the church stared. Zack and Cody helped Cassie out of her seat. The pastor, not sure what was going on, didn't know whether to stop talking and call 911, or to continue.
Cody and Zack walked Cassie outside and got her into Zack's car.
Toby, who was getting annoyed with all the whispers, stood up, "Excuse me!" He called out to them, "Have you people never seen a woman in labor before? And did you forget why we are here today? Stop the whispering and listen to what the pastor is saying. Show your respect for Carey Martin!"
The whole place was quiet as Toby sat back down and the pastor continued, "That's how you get things done," He whispered to Anna, who couldn't believe what he had just said.
Zack got into the drivers seat and started the car, "Are you sure you don't want me to follow you there now?" Cody asked.
"No, go back inside. Just come to the hospital afterwards."
Cody nodded, "Of course, I'll be there as soon as the funeral is over."
"Ah!" Cassie screamed, "Zack, I really don't want to have the baby in the car!"
"Oh, right! Let's go!"
"Good luck Cassie," Cody said right before Zack drove off.
"Thank you," She replied quickly.
After the funeral was over Cody quickly walked back to his car.
"Wait!" Jimmy called out to him. He, Toby, and Anna walked up to him, "Are you going to the hospital now?" Jimmy asked.
"You want us to come with you?" Toby offered.
"No, you guys don't have to do that. It will probably be a while before she has it anyway."
"You sure? We don't mind."
"Thanks, but you'd just be sitting in a waiting room. I'll let you know when it's born though."
"You better," Jimmy replied.
"See ya later," Toby said as he and Jimmy walked off.
Anna stayed by Cody's car, "I'm sorry about your Mom. So much went on in the church that it seems unfair to her. I mean, I know Cassie couldn't help it, I'm not blaming her or anything."
Cody smiled, "I know what you mean. I'm glad that Cassie went into labor though. It'll help keep my mind off of... Things."
Anna nodded, "Well, I'll see you later."
Twenty minutes later Cody made it to the hospital. Every hour or so Zack would come into the waiting room and tell him how far along she was, and how much longer it should be.
At nine o'clock that night, Cody was reading a magazine when he heard a familiar, "Hello."
He looked up, "Anna! What are you doing here?"
She sat down beside him, "I couldn't relax. I tried to get my mind on other things but I kept thinking about Cassie."
Anna and Cassie had become close friends since James's trial. Actually Carey, Jimmy, Toby, Cassie, Anna, Zack, and Cody had all become really close.
"The last I heard, she was eight centimeters. That was like an hour ago," He said as he looked at his watch.
"Getting closer!" She replied happily, "I love babies. They're so cute and innocent."
Just then Zack came into the waiting room. Cody and Anna jumped up, "Is it time?" Cody asked.
Zack nodded, "Ten centimeters," He replied with a pale face, "She's about to start pushing."
"Well, what are you doing out here then?" Cody asked with a grin.
"I... I think I'm gonna puke. I don't think I'm ready."
Cody laughed, "Of course you're ready! You're just nervous. Listen Zack, you are going to be a great Dad, okay? Now get back in that room and help Cassie have your baby."
Zack nodded, "Thanks," He said as he gave Cody a quick hug then left.
Anna and Cody sat back down.
"I'm not sure he even noticed you were here," Cody said.
Anna laughed, "He's terrified. You think he'll be okay in there?"
Cody sighed, "We can only hope."
After a few minutes of silence Anna, who could tell something was wrong with Cody, decided to speak up, "Are you okay?" She asked.
He looked at her, "How'd you know?"
"I'm a detective. Plus, your Mom just passed away. That can't be easy."
"It's not," He agreed, "But I kind of feel bad that I'm taking it as well as I am. That's what is really bothering me."
"Cody, you had a long time to deal with the fact that she wasn't going to make it. The doctors told you four months before she died that there was nothing more they could do for her. You made the past four months the happiest she ever had."
"How do you know?" He asked as tears filled his eyes.
"She told me. The last time Cassie, Carey and I went out she told me that you and Zack had made every day so special. And not just the last four months, but every day of her life. Her words, not mine."
A tear fell onto Cody's cheek and he quickly wiped it away, "Thanks."
She patted his back, "Anytime."
Thirty minutes later and even more pale faced Zack came into the waiting room. Once again both Anna and Cody jumped up, "What is it?" "How big is it?" "What's it's name?" "Is Cassie okay?" "Is the baby okay?" They were both asking.
Zack smiled, "One question at a time people. Cassie is fine. The baby is fine... Perfect actually. It's a girl. Seven pounds, eight ounces, and nineteen inches long. We named her Ella Loraine."
Cody and Anna were both smiling, "That's such a beautiful name!" Anna said, "Congratulations!" She added as she gave him a hug.
"Thank you. Cassie wanted you to be able to come in but the nurse said it was to late, you'll have to wait until tomorrow."
"That's fine," She replied, "I gotta go home and get some sleep anyway. I have work tomorrow. Bye you guys. Congrats again Zack."
Cody and Zack sat down in the waiting room, "When did Anna get here?" Zack asked.
Cody laughed, "Doesn't matter. What does Ella look like?"
"She's got brown hair, and green eyes... She's just perfect. Oh, I almost forgot, I took a picture of her with my phone."
He got out his phone and showed the picture to Cody. "Oh my God! She is adorable," Cody said. "She looks nothing like you," He added jokingly.
"Seriously though, She is beautiful," Cody shook his head, "I can't believe I'm an uncle. And I can't believe you're a Dad!"
"I know. It's crazy isn't it?"
"Completely. I'm so happy for you both."
"Thanks." Zack paused for a second, then added, "I just realized how much pink is going to be around the house."
Cody laughed, "Good luck with that."
I probably could have done this story without this chapter existing, but I wanted to write about Carey's funeral, and I thought, "How can I make something sad into something happy?" And I decided to make it a funeral/birth! So while this chapter isn't really necessary, I still like it!
Just like in Shattered, I'm not going to rush this story. Not every chapter will be filled with action. When I first started writing I thought every moment had to be filled with suspense or some kind of drama but I don't feel that way now. That being said, this story will still be scary and hopefully sometimes freak you out... Or at least make you want to know what's gonna happen.