“I know your secret.”
Izaiah knew this guy. He was one of the neighbors in a downstairs apartment. He knew he had also seen him in Newcrest several times. SHIT! That means, he could very well know.
He took off without telling Callie he was leaving. He had a problem that he needed to find a way to fix and fast. I big problem if anybody else ever found out about it. He could lose everything. EVERYTHING!
He hurried to the house and was happy to see that things were normal there. Nothing seemed out of place. Nothing looked broken or like someone had been angry and threw things. That did help relieve some of his anxiety.
He went into the bedroom and found Erika sleeping. He climbed in beside her so he wouldn’t disturb her. It didn’t work.
She woke up and smiled when she saw he was there. “You are home. I wasn’t expecting you back from your trip until tomorrow.”
He watched her get out of the bed and he followed. He made the bed so she wouldn’t have to. He knew it was getting to be more of a chore for her lately.
“Your texts worried me. You said you weren’t feeling very well. With the problems you had before, I worried. Especially since these two are so close now.”
He put his hands on her stomach and frowned. “They are pretty still.”
“They are probably sleeping right now. They need to save all their energy for their big day.”
He softly caressed her cheek. “I don’t know what I would do without you.”
“You would work and never have any joy in your life.”
He smiled and kissed her cheek. “You are probably right, my dear.”
“Go see the girls. They have been missing you.”
Hope ran into the room as he was walking out of it. He grinned and scooped her up for a big kiss before putting her back down.
He found Emma setting on the sofa watching some cartoon. “Hi, Princess.”
“Daddy! You are home!” Emma tackled him in a big hug just as they heard a yell from the bedroom that had sent Hope running out of the room.
“Daddy! Mommy! Babies! Help!”
Izaiah untangled himself from Emma and ran to the bedroom. He saw Erika holding her stomach and could see the pain on her face.
He rushed to her side and helped her up. “Let’s get you to the hospital. We’ll drop the girls off at the neighbors on the way.”
Once at the hospital, Izaiah rushed inside to get someone to help Erika. She waited outside for them to bring the wheelchair out to her. She was in too much pain to walk to the door herself.
Once inside, Erika was taken to a room. Izaiah was told to wait until they had her settled then he could go in. He kept looking at his watch wondering why it was taking so long. Finally he saw the doctor come out looking for him.
He jumped up ready to go be with Erika while she brought their babies into the world.
“Mr. Maynard, I’m very sorry. Your daughters did not make it. There were some complications during delivery. We did everything we could to save them.”
Izaiah felt his stomach hit the ground. “And my wife? Can I see her?”
The doctor looked down at the ground. “I’m sorry, Mr. Maynard. Your wife did not make it.”
Izaiah left the hospital in shock. Erika and their two little girls were gone.
He thought of the two young girls at home who now had no mother. He wasn’t going to leave them without their father.
Now he had to figure out how to explain all of this to Callie.