Chapter 23- Josh

A/N hey! So I know that I said I would post after 5 contest entries, but four was enough for me to figure out a perfect name! I will tell you the winner and the name at the end of the chapter, so read it if you want to know if you won!


"Mommy, why doesn't my daddy live with us?" a small boy who looked like me asked.

"Because, honey, your daddy Cooper and I just didn't get along. When mommy was pregnant with you, she was tired and grumpy all the time and then her and daddy got into a fight and daddy left. But it's okay because you have me and I have you. That's all the family we need." I replied.

"Okay mommy. Mommy, why did you name me Josh?" they boy, Josh, asked.

"No real reason, I just saw you and knew that it was perfect." I replied.

He nodded. "Mommy, do you think that daddy will ever come back?" he questioned.

"I don't think so, honey. He said he didn't want to see mommy again, so I don't think that will happen." I said sadly.

"I wouldn't speak so soon" a familiar voice said.

I looked up and there stood Cooper. I glared at him. "Speak of the devil. Looks like I was wrong, Josh. Josh, meet your father. Now, why the hack are you here?" I said through clenched teeth.

"I'm here to take my son. I said I didn't want YOU anymore. I didn't say anything about HIM" he said evilly.

With that he picked up Josh and headed for the door. I ran after them but Cooper kicked me and I fell into a wall. I slumped down and started to pass out. I heard Josh call for me. "wake up, mommy. Please wake up! I'm so sorry." he said.

He continued but his voice started to change into someone else's, but I couldn't put a finger on who's it was. "Max, wake up please! I'm so sorry, I didn't mean what I said. I love you just how you are, please don't leave me like this! Max! Please." I realized it was Cooper's and groaned out loud, thinking I was still in my dream and he was trying to get me to willingly give him Josh.

"NO! DON'T TAKE HIM! I HATE YOU!" I screamed, punching my fist out blindly and hit something. Hard.

"Ow, Max! What the heck!?" Cooper yelled.

I looked over at him to find us in our house, in our bed, me still pregnant. "Wait, what? Where's Josh? What did you do!?" I panicked.

"Who's Josh?" he asked, holding his bleeding nose. Oops.

Then I remembered that it was all just a dream. I sighed and closed my eyes, holding my pounding head. "No one. It was just a dream. It was just a dream. It's okay, it wasn't real. No one took him, I'm okay." I said, more to reassure myself than to answer his question.

I looked up and saw that the bleeding hadn't gotten worse. "Oh my god, I'm so sorry!" I said panicked.

"It's fine, you were just having a bad dream. I don't blame you." he said sadly.

"No, not just that. Everything. I'm sorry about what I said. I know you care and I love you. I just, I don't know. I hate feeling this way. I'm so sorry" I said quietly.

"No, Max. I'm sorry. It's not your fault. I shouldn't have said that and I'm truly sorry. I love you too, just please don't go out again. Your mom said you and the baby could have died if you fell much further." he said.

"What?! Is the baby okay?" I asked frantically.

"It's fine. You mom checked on him while you were out. It's been a week and a half. She said she can tell the sex now, but I said not to tell me because I wanted to hear it the same time you did."

"Well, can you call her and tell her to come over?" I asked.

He nodded and pulled out his phone. About 20 minutes later my mom walked in and rushed over to me. I sat up and smiled as we hugged and laid back down once she let go. "Max, oh my god Max! Don't do that ever again! I thought you were dead!" she yelled.

"Okay, mom. I'm sorry. I'm okay now though" I replied "I really want to know what I'm having though..." I trailed off.

"of course!" she said, running out of the room.

She came back in a few minutes later with a bunch of equipment that I guess she got from work. She put the gel on my stomach and put the wand thingy up to it. I could see black with white and gray blobs on the monitor. Eventually it began to take shape and I saw a head, a body, and an arm. My mom had to point out the smaller details to me.

"Here's a leg, and here's an arm. Oh, I think that this might be a wing!" she exclaimed, pointing to different things.

"I hope so, it would be amazing for him or her to have wings. Wait, is it a him or her?" I asked.

"Okay, umm, I think I already know, but let me double check." she said, staring at the monitor.

After a few minutes of silence she finally spoke up again. "It's... A girl!" she said happily.

I smiled and looked at Cooper. He was smiling too, and got up to sit next to me. He hugged me to him and I hugged him back. "I can't wait to see my little baby girl" he whispered into my hair.

"I can't wait either. Shouldn't be too long now" I replied, pulling away to hug my mom.

"Well, she should be due in the next 3 weeks, so I would finish up the baby's room" she told me through tears of joy.

"Okay mom, I will. Just keep your phone with you incase she decides to come out when your not here" I joked.

She nodded and left. I got up and walked to the room we would have as the baby's. The walls were the white color that they were when we moved in but we already had a bunch of baby things in there. We had the crib, a changing table, a chair in the corner, and a little table next to the chair. We didn't have blankets or toys yet because we didn't know if it was a boy or girl until now. Since I couldn't really go anywhere, I sat in the chair and got my laptop from the table next to it and ordered more things for the room. After getting tons of pink and purple toys, blankets, and paint, I went in to find Cooper sleeping on our bed. I just now realized that he probably didn't get much sleep while I was out. I climbed in next to him and he woke up long enough to put an arm around me and pull me closer. I smiled and snuggled in, closing my eyes. Behind my eyelids was not another nightmare, but wonderful dreams waiting to be dreamt. I let them pull me in and the darkness changed to white as I was brought into a dream.

A/N so, people who guessed girl, you all get virtual hugs, and I decided to name the baby... CAMERON! Cammie for short. Now, my editor was the first to suggest this name, but she already gets to see the chapters before everyone else, so I picked someone else. This someone else said Cameron for a girl after my editor, so you win, forever in the shadows 16! If you want me to send you the chapters, just PM me with an email to send them to since it would be too long to put whole chapters in a PM. Alright, well congrats! Thanks to the other few who participated, but I don't have the patience to wait for any more entries. If you want though, you can post ideas of powers for her! I know what she's going to look like, I just need ability ideas, so help me out guys! That's all for now! Before I go though, let's give it up for my amazing editor, maxride227! Wooooh! Bye guys!