Chapter 3 – Alarm

Ben snuck up behind his wife and wrapped his arms around her protruding belly.

“Where are you, Dol?” The child within kicked his hand. He patted the spot and then kissed Dol on her neck. “Are you in another world?”

Dol jumped as he touched her. She hadn’t realized she’d been staring out the kitchen window for the last few minutes engrossed in the past. “Oh, Benny. You scared me. I didn’t even hear you come in. Just deep in thought, that’s all.”

“Everything okay?”

She leaned into his embrace. “Sure. I’m fine. It’s nothing.” Unconsciously, she rubbed at the sore spot on her lower back.

He gave her another kiss on her neck and rubbed the spot where she had put her hand. “Baby boy’s jumpy today, huh?”

“Boy? You’re so sure, are you?” she smiled.

“I can hope. Well, supper smells delicious, Sweets. Sure glad I won the bet when I got you.” He winked.

Dol gave Ben a little push and giggled. “Benny Ryan! I’m surprised you’d think of that now,” she laughed. “You always know how to cheer me up. Go relax now. Supper is almost ready. I’ll call you when it’s done.”

Ben turned to leave the room when he heard Dol gasp for breath. He whirled around in time to catch her before she sunk to the floor. Continue reading Chapter 3 – Alarm


Chapter 1 – Reflections

Dolores Ryan caught her breath in between stitches as she hemmed the little dress in her lap. Pain forced tears to her eyes. Her cramps were becoming more consistent, and it worried her. It was too early.

She pinned the needle to the dress and set it in the basket. Dol leaned back in her sewing rocker for a much-needed breather. Dol rubbed her swollen belly which seemed to get larger by the day. She enjoyed her afternoon quiet time while the girls slept. It gave her time to mend, and time to think and reflect. She checked the clock and looked out the front window. Benny would be home from work soon.

Dear, sweet Benny. How she loved her man. He was her rock. He took good care of her and allowed her to work her business out of their home. She was grateful for her husband, and she loved the beautiful country home he provided for her and her family. Settled off the roads and nestled in the trees, it gave a sense of seclusion and security although they were only a few miles from town.

Another cramp caught her off guard, making her dizzy and lightheaded. Her thoughts went to her own mother who met an early death with her eighth child. Continue reading Chapter 1 – Reflections