Anthony awoke to the sound of a female voice. From the sound of it, the voice belonged to a teenager, and it was very familiar voice. Before he got a chance to look over to see who was the owner of the voice, another voice addressed the teenager.
“Your dad was right Sophia. I am thinking Karin Sue, Kendall Grace, or Caroline Michelle, if it is a girl, or Kaden Scott, Aiden Michael, or Braden Anthony for a boy. The Michael and Michelle both come from Anthony’s middle name, and I suppose if you want to look at it a different way it could also be for your father. The Kendall, I like because I know that Anthony liked that name, and the others I just really liked. But you still have not told me how it is that you know about this baby. The only ones that know are the few co-workers that I told today, my lawyer, Kira Riley, my OB/GYN, the police and the medics that came to my
house earlier, and Inari. I have not even told my own mother.”
There was a short pause, then that voice, which was even more familiar than the one that sounded like a teenager, began to speak again.
“Duh! How could I be so stupid? Of course your dad would tell you. It did not even occur to me that it was strange that he was talking with you about the names that I was considering naming my child, and I can tell that you are excited about this whole baby thing, but you have to promise me that you are not going to tell anyone until after I have told my parents. I was going to tell them today, but…”
“Aunt Ari, I love you,” the teenager said.
There was an involuntary gasp when Anthony realized that the people in his room were Ari, and Mikey’s youngest daughter, Sophia. Immediately following this realization Anthony became bamboozled. ‘Why the heck is Ari in the hospital? What happened? Is the baby all right?’ There were hundreds of possible situations running through his head. The next thing he decided to do was begin listening intently for even the tiniest bit of information as to why his wife was in the hospital. He was befuddled when he heard Ariana’s voice next.
“You know dear, you are just a magnet for disaster, aren’t you?”
“It does seem so, doesn’t it?”
“I am not complaining though, this is helping me pay for Charles’s hospital bill.”
“Well I am glad that my horrible Irish luck is helping someone because it sure isn’t helping me any.”
Just then a doctor ambled into the room, and addressed the small group in Ari’s half of the room.
“Ladies, I am required to have the two of you exit the room, while I share information with Ms. Romney here, and before you ask Ariana, you are not allowed to go and sit with your husband right now, he is most likely sleeping and you might possibly overhear me in here, so out of the room for a minute.”
There was an unmistakable sound of the two women sighing, and then walking out of the room, making certain that they slammed the door when they were out. The doctor winced before he told Ari what was going on.
“Ms. Romney,” he began.
“Call me Ari,” Ari interrupted.
The doctor cleared his throat loudly, before he continued.
“Anyways, as I was saying, Ari, there is some good news and some bad news. You seem to be the type to want the bad out of the way so I shall tell you that first.” He paused, and pulled out what looked like x-rays.
“The bad news is that you are going to need surgery on your shoulder because it appears as if you have the tip of a knife lodged between the clavicle and the sternum head.”
“Can I have a copy of those x-rays to show my classes? I am an Anatomy and Physiology teacher after all.”
“Sure you can actually take one of the originals, we have three of them. Now for the good news; it appears that your fetuses are perfectly fine.”
“Wait… WHAT did you just say?”
“That it appears that your fetuses are perfectly fine and healthy.”
“What do you mean fetuses? I only have one.”
“Ms. Romney, the image that we have blatantly shows that there are two fetuses, if you would like, we can show you the ultrasound images that we have, if you still don’t want to believe me…”
He was cut off by a loud high pitched squeal.
“I get TWO babies!? I hope I get a boy and a girl. Then I can name have one named after my husband and my own personal name choices. Yay! Doctor, you have made my day!”
“Glad that I could help, a nurse will be in in about an hour to educate you further on the surgical procedure that is required.”
The doctor then pulled the curtain separating the two sides of the room, and he looked at Anthony.
“Charles, this is your new roommate; Ari Romney. She shall be here for only a few days, no more than two weeks, if things go as planned.”
The doctor then turned to Ari; nodded his head, then began walking towards the door. He paused when he was less than a foot from the door; pivoted his right foot, in order to turn to Ari.
“Oh, I forgot to mention this Ms. Romney, but Charles damaged his vocal cords so severely that he is unable to talk. But I hear that he appears to listen attentively, and is able to communicate using his own form of sign language.”
Ari went to open her mouth, to ask a question, but the doctor held up his right index finger, and resumed speaking.
“Before you ask, like I am willing to bet that you just were; Charles’s muscles are still too weak to write legibly, so that is out of the question. Now, if you don’t mind, I have to leave, my daughter has a dentist appointment. I personally will not be back for a few days. Have a wonderful day.”
Ari watched the doctor leave the room as Ariana and Sophia reentered.
“What’s going on Ari?” Sophia asked.
Ariana passed Ari and went directly to her husband. Ari smiled, and looked at Sophia; who had taken a seat in the chair next to Ari’s bed.
“The doctor said that I am going to need surgery because the tip of the knife is still lodged between my clavicle and and the head of my sternum.”
“Oh Aunt Ari! That’s terrible! You can die from something like that.”
“Yes, yes I could have and still could, but they also said that my fetuses appear to be in perfect health.”
“OMG Aunt Ari, you are going to have twins?!”
Ari smiled; nodded her head, then turned, when a small knock was heard. Standing in the doorway was a terrified looking Mikey. Ari figured that it would be safe to assume that he did not know much about her condition, and was assuming the the worst, since she was lying in the hospital bed; looking worried.
“Oh Mikey, you can come in,” Ari said.
Mikey walked into the room quickly, and kneeled next to Ari’s bed, directly in front of Sophia.
“Ari, how are you? And the baby, how is your little angel?” his voice was full of concern.
“Oh Mikey, I will be fine. I am going to need surgery, to get the tip of the knife removed. And the angels are fine. And I said angels on purpose, because I was just informed that there are actually two babies, not just one. I am having twins, Mikey.”
Mikey wrapped his arms around the woman that he loved as if she was his own daughter; overjoyed by the news that he was just given yet also terrified for the life of both her and her unborn children.
“Ari, when are they going to preform this surgery? Because if they put you under, well you should know this better than I, since you studied to become an anesthesiologist, before you decided to go into teaching; that it could kill your children.”
“I forgot about that, and there is no way that they are far enough along to survive on their own, at least not a very likely chance. And there is not a marshmallows chance at a bonfire in me getting this surgery without being put on anesthetics. Oh Mikey, what am I suppose to do?”
“Do you know how much danger you are in if you leave the tip in there until the babies are born, or at least old enough to survive at the chance something went wrong?”
“I think that it is in a place that too much movement will cause it to move enough
that it could kill me. And at the very least I would be in excruciating pain. So I do not think that delaying the surgery would be possible, at the very least it would not be the most intelligent thing to do. Any other ideas, or do you think that we only need to call the doctor, surgeon, or anesthesiologist, about this major dilemma?”
“We will definitely have to talk to one if not all of them. Bu\t first I think that you need to get some rest because you look exhausted. I am aware that you have not been sleeping well since Anthony passed away, but now you have nothing better to do with you time, nor do you have to worry about insomnia because they will give you sleeping medication, if they have not already put it in the IV, which would not surprise me in the slightest.”
“I suppose you are right, dad. Are you and Sophia going to stay here or are you going
“I think that I might leave Sophia here for a bit, while I go and get you your bag, that i know you have packed, numerous months too early, and tell Karen what is going on because I am sure that she will at least want to come to visit you.”
“Okay, see you soon, and please, be careful.”
Mikey left the room as Ari attempted to roll onto her side though it felt weird and hurt a bit from the IV and the knife blade, she still decided to try and fall asleep like that.
Anthony looked over at his wife and was unable to stop tears from blurring his vision. He wanted right now more than anything to go to Ari and hold her in his arms; to comfort her. But he was unable to do that, instead he gazed upon her as she slept, Sophia sitting next to her bed, befuddled by the images on the television screen, or perhaps Ari’s actions. Anthony knew that his wife had been stabbed by someone, but he was unsure of what had happened, as he sat there gazing upon the innocent face as it slept peacefully for the first time in months.
While she was asleep, Ari was plagued with the dreams that she had been having since the day the police called her about Anthony. Only this time there was a strange twist to them, and unexplainable one. In these dreams Anthony did not die, he was alive and in the hospital. He was sitting next to her, in the bed injured but also was singing to her as she was next to him, he was holding her in his arms, his entire body injured and his voice a faint whisper but to her it was the most powerful and beautiful sound in the world. The love of her life was with her. Though he was injured and slowly getting better, but he was close to her, and her heart. Her heart was whole once again; she was in his presence. So joyful...
Ari awoke with a start, the room almost pitch-black; the only light emitting from the machines hooked up to her and Charles. She gazed over at the man who looked so much like her husband, and saw that he appeared to be asleep. She sighed, lay on her back, and fell asleep, after staring at the ceiling for hours, befuddled by the feeling in her heart.
Next to her, Anthony was laying on his back, eyes closed, tears silently falling down his face.