Lily woke up the next morning to the sound of her baby crying. Grace was sitting beside the bed holding her.
"Why did—you—did you do that…?" she stuttered and turned her head wincing.
"Why not?" Grace smiled and helped her sit up, then handed her her daughter to nurse her. Lily looked at the baby and smiled. I wish Rooster could see you… you are a darling to be proud of. She undid her shirt and Grace turned away. "Lily, we have decided that if you pull through, we will bail you out and let you stay here with us." Lily slowly looked up.
"Really?" she coughed. Grace nodded and patted her back. Lily finished feeding her daughter. That is when Annie ran in.
"Miss Lily! You're up!" She sat on the end of the bed and looked at the baby. "So, what you gonna name her?" Lily looked at her daughter then back at Annie.
"Rose. I will… name her—Ro-" She began to cough again and handed Annie Rose. Annie smiled at the baby then frowned at Grace. Lily had fainted again.
"Is she gonna make it you think?" Grace looked at her and sighed.
"Annie, she might not… Her leg is infected, and she is still bleeding. I won't give her much of a chance." Annie gasped.
"What about Rose!"
"We'll take her, don't worry. Rose will be fine…"
It was hours before Lily's eyelashes fluttered again. But Annie noticed.
"Miss Lily, I'm here for you. Okay?" She saw a tiny smile on Lily's lips and she sighed relieved that she could hear her. "We gon' take care of you, don't worry."
"Th-thank…you…" Lily collapsed back into the pillow. And Annie took her hand.
The sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun. Just thinking about tomorrow clears away all the cobwebs and the sorrow…
Till there's none…
She watched Lily's chest rattle up and down slower and slower, till it stopped.
When I'm stuck with a day, that's gray and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin and say… Oh! The sun'll come out tomorrow Come what may!
Annie dropped Lily's hand and ran downstairs tears in her eyes and right into Grace.
"Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow! You're always a day away!" She cried and Grace held her tight knowing what had happened. Some things just don't pay off…