Two days have passed by as blur and Olivia hasn't woken up but I have a feeling she will soon. I have spent most of my time with the twins. Nate is back and now we are just waiting for Olivia to wake up. Everyone loves the twins and I couldn't be any happier.
"She will wake up man," a voice says and I turn my head in Nate's direction and nod. I continue to rub my thumb on her hand.
"I know," I say and yawn. I haven't gotten any proper sleep for the past 2 days and now it is taking a toll on me.
"I am going to get something to eat, do you want something?" Nate asks.
"Just coffee," he nods and walks out. I place my head on the small space on the bed and soon sleep takes over.
My whole body hurts, that's the first thing I feel. I struggle to open my eyes but minutes later I manage to open them. I try to move up but pain shoots me back down and I groan. I have no idea where I am and I'm confused as hell. I look around the room and realization hit me that I am in a hospital and I notice Tay sleeping with his head close to my hand. I pull his hair since I can't reach him fully.
"T—" I clear my throat.
"Tay?" I whisper and he groans but wakes up. He looks confused for a minute but when he sees me he is on his feet in seconds.
"Oh my God! I can't believe you are really awake. Do you want something? Are you comfortable enough? Are you in any pa—" I touch his arm and he finally breathes and looks at me.
"Calm down," I tell him and he pushes his hair back and it's now I notice how long his hair is. He could even do a ponytail if he wanted.
"Your hair....is long," I clear my throat again. Tay grabs a bottle of water and opens it and brings it to my mouth.
"Yeah, a haircut was the last thing on my mind," he says helping me drink the water.
"What happened? Why am I in a hospital?" I ask, trying to move again and wince in pain.
"Easy," Tay says and the door opens to reveal everyone chatting and when Nora looks at me she halts with wide eyes.
"Oh my God!" Nate says and I frown at everyone's behavior.
"Why do you guys look like you have seen a ghost?" I ask, truly confused.
"I can't believe this," Nora says walking towards me.
"I am glad you are awake?" Nora hugs me causing me to wince in pain.
"Sorry, it's just good to see you," Nora says with a smile on her face.
"I will go get a doctor," Andrew says and hands Nate a brown paper bag.
"It's good to see you, sister-in-law. I was starting to think you enjoyed being in a co....ah!" Nate glares at Tay for smacking the back of his head and I also look at him confused as to why he smacked Nate.
"What the hell man!" Nate rubs the back of his head. The door opens and James walks in with Andrew and dad behind him.
"Hey! How are you feeling?" James asks and comes to my side?
"Sore," I inform him and he chuckles.
"Is to be expected. I will give you something for the pain but now I need you to answer some questions. Do you think you could do that for me?" He asks and I nod. I feel a thumb drawing circles on my hand and I already know who it is.
"Can you tell me what year it is?" James asks.
"2020," I reply.
"What is the last thing you remember?" He asks and I relax on the bed.
"I remember—" and just like that everything comes to me like a waterfall. Me handing myself to Chad to save Jessica and Kyle. My conversation with Chad, him shooting David in front of my eyes, his past, and gunshots.
"I know," a voice says and I turn to look at Tay and notice everyone is gone.
"It's okay, it will be fine," Tay wipes my tears off but will it? Will I ever be able to get the image of David in his own pool of blood out of my head?
"How long have I been in the hospital?" I ask.
"7 months," Tay informs me, and my heart pounds against my chest.
"Was I hurt that bad?"
"Yes but you were in a coma for something else too," Tay says.
"You were pregnant," he informs, and my breath hitches in my throat.
"I lost it didn't I?" I ask even though I already have the answer to my question.
"No, you didn't. You gave birth to two beautiful twins. Do you want to meet them?" Tay asks with a bright smile on his face.
"I gave birth to twins! Are you sure? I mean the doctors said I would never be able to carry a baby full term, "
"I am sure," he chuckles and pushes a wheelchair close to my bed. I want to believe him, I really do but I find it hard to believe. He lifts me up from the bed and places me on the chair and he wheels me out of the room.
"I have proof also," Tay hands me his phone and I see pictures of me with a pregnancy bomb laying on a hospital bed and my heart beats so fast it feels like it's going to pop out of my chest.
"Oh my God!" Tay pushes the wheelchair through double doors. He puts gloves and a mask on my face and pushes me into a small room. Two incubators greet me.
"I may have forgotten to mention that we have a girl and a boy," Tay says, helping me to stand up.
"It's Hope and Hero," he says and I place my hand on the glass.
"They are beautiful!"
"They are so small," I comment, and Tay chuckles.
"Nora said the same thing when she first saw them too, "
"I still can't believe this! I missed so much," I say with tears running down my cheeks.
"I made sure that I wrote everything down," Tay informs.
"What do you mean?"
"I bought a big journal and wrote everything about the pregnancy every day." He informs and my smile forms a smile.
Days turn into months and it was finally time to take the twins home. We decided to wait until the twins are old enough to travel to move to Cape Town. So much has happened in two months and I still can't believe it. I signed a contract with SK studios and my books are doing well. I have been going to therapy because of the trauma Chad did to me and so far it's going well. Sometimes Tay goes with me. Everyone is great and I don't have any complaints.
"How are they doing?" Tay asks and I look back at the backseat at the twins.
"They are asleep," I chuckle and Tay pulls the car into our house's driveway. Everyone's cars are already parked. We decided to do a small brunch to celebrate life. I climb out of the car and open the backseat and take out Hero and Tay hold Hope. We walk inside the house.
"Look who's back!" Nora rushes to us.
"They are asleep," I inform her and she nods.
"Everyone is in the backyard. Food is ready," she kisses my forehead and heads out. Tay and I walk to the twin's room and place them in their crib. I grab the monitor with me and we join the others in the backyard.
Loud cheers greet us and I smile seeing everyone so happy. Nate is holding a beer talking to Andrew at the braai stand. They are in charge of braaing meat for us. Shawn is sitting with my father and James not far from Andrew and Nate also holding a beer. Kyle is playing with Eric. Emilly, Future, and Jessica are setting the table.
"Guys! Food is ready," Nora yells and we all walk to the table. Nate places the tray of meat they braaied on the table.
We sat around the table and ate and laughed and it was the best feeling ever.
Hours later the baby monitor rings and I excuse myself to check on the twins. I walk into the twins' room and find both Hero and Hope awake.
"Hey, you two!" I say and the door opens and Tay walks in.
"I came to see if you needed any help" Tay informs and wraps his arms around me from behind.
"We are fine," I chuckle and he places a kiss on my shoulder.
"We did it!" I say looking at the twins playing around.
"We really did!" Tay places his jaw on my shoulder and looks at the twins.
"I love you," Tay says and a smile breaks on my face.
"I love you more, "
And we really did it! Despite all those challenges life threw at us, we did it. We came out stronger than ever, together.
We loved with a love that was more than love, one of my favorite authors Edgar Allan Poe once said, and that quote was meant for me and Tay.