In honor of Labor Day, I’m sharing this clip from The Cowboy’s Triple Surprise:
Tyler hadn’t yet made it to the front door when Shay called his name, her voice shrill.
Frowning, he about-faced and went up the stairs again at a run. The hallway was empty. He didn’t know where she had gone. As he passed the babies’ bedroom, she called him again.
Third door on the left, into a smaller bedroom. She sat on the edge of the bed with her arm cradling her belly. After one look, he went down on his knee beside her and took her free hand. It was shaking. Or maybe that was his. “What’s wrong?”
“I don’t know,” she said, her voice still high. “I’m having pains.”
“Hey, hey, calm down,” he said soothingly, he hoped. “It’s not too soon for the babies to come, is it?”
“No. We were hoping they would hold out a bit longer, but my doctors told me I could go into labor at any time. It’s just…” She swallowed hard. “I’m scheduled to deliver in Santa Fe.”
“And maybe you still will. Everything will be all right.” How would he know? But when she nodded, seeming calmer, he was glad he had given her the reassurance. “Why don’t you call your doctor and let him know what’s going on.”
She nodded. “My cell phone. It’s in my bag. I think I left it on the couch when we came in.”
“I remember. Be right back.” He strode along the hall and took the stairs three at a time. He’d told her to calm down, but who was there to say that to him? As he grabbed the bag, he stole the time to take one steadying breath before going back up the stairs. It wouldn’t help Shay if he fell all to pieces.
She must have had the doctor on speed dial, because in seconds she was talking to someone on the other end of the line, explaining about the pains. Even as she described them, another one seemed to hit her. She gasped but kept her attention on the conversation. He paced the room, wondering how he would handle it if she had the babies right now.
A few moments later, mid-sentence, she grabbed at her stomach and slammed the phone on the bed.
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