The Second Chance

Chapter 20: Oscar´s condition

Oscar was speechless…Was she ill? She felt fine most of the days…but sometimes she did feel tired and sick. It had been going on for some time now, but since she didn´t have fever or anything of the sort, she had just ignore it…Maybe she had just been working too hard?

Oscar:“Do you know, what´s wrong with me?” she asked him.

Dagout smiled:“Well…Yes…I´ve been married and had children, so I know when a woman is expecting.”

Oscar was amazed…Was she pregnant?...That was only natural, since she and André were married and sleeping together as a husband and wife. She just hadn´t thought about that…She was busy saving everyone around her, making a better future… She never thought that a child could belong in their future, because in her nightmare they both died before that…

Oscar smiled:“Thank you…I will do as you say; I´ll quit, but not just yet…Please, take control here for today, while I´ll go to the doctor.” the words came out of her mouth, but she was still confused…

Dagout:“Yes, Madame.”

Oscar:“Please, don´t tell André. I want to be sure…”

She was in a cloud; she didn´t notice anything around her…She could only think of her pregnancy…and their baby. She was very happy, but scared at the same time…How would she manage? She did love children, but now she was going to be a mother. She didn´t know anything about being a mother…What if something would go wrong? Well, one thing she knew for certain; she knew that André would be an excellent father…If only they were to live…Now she wanted to stay alive more than ever…She wanted to raise their child together…Make a better future for their beloved child…

Later, Oscar and André were in their room at their manor…

The dusk had already fallen…Oscar lied in bed with André holding her head on his chest. She thought about her visit to the doctor; he had confirmed her pregnancy. She was so concentrated on her thoughts, that she didn´t pay attention to what André was talking about…

André:“…Oscar! Are you even listening?”

Oscar:“What?” she lifted her head up and looked at André.

André:“Oscar, something is on your mind. Please, tell me.”

Oscar smiled radiantly:“I was just thinking about this bed…”

André´:“This bed?” he was surprised by her answer…

She nodded:“You used to sneak in here at midnight so that we could be together in our sleep, too.”

André:“I remember that…It happened, when you thought you were a boy. We only thought it was natural being together at night, just like we did in daytime.” he smiled.

Oscar:“You were twelve… “her eyes shone brightly:“But after that time I slept alone for years...Alone in this huge bed…And now, there´s three of us.”

André was startled:“Three?!” Did he hear right? Did she say: Three?...“Oscar…”

Oscar laughed:“I went to see the doctor today…He said that I´m pregnant!” Tears of happiness fell down on her cheeks…“André! We´re going to have a baby!”

André was deeply touched:“Oscar! This is wonderful!” he shouted happily and kissed her.

Oscar:“André, I´ll quit the military soon, but there´s still something we need to do…”

That night they couldn´t sleep; they were so excited about having a baby that they talked all night. Dawn had already broken, when they finally fell in sleep.

The next morning Oscar had woken up early and had wanted to go out walking. André had been fast asleep, so Oscar sneaked quietly out…She didn´t want to wake him up…

Now she was in their garden thinking about all this that´s had happened to her…to them…ever since she woke up from her nightmare. If someone would have told her few years ago, that she would be expecting André´s child, she wouldn´t have believed it. It was so amazing…Tears fell from down on her cheeks, when she thought of a new life was growing inside her. She was so happy about having a baby…

Oscar touched her stomach…“You will be loved…” she was talking to her baby…

The baby that Oscar carried inside her was born from the beautiful love between Oscar and André…The baby would be the first one in their family to be a child of love. Every one of her sisters was forced to marry the man their father had chosen. Even their own mother had married their father, because she was told to…

Oscar could have never married anyone without love. But she couldn´t blame her father…She was just so happy that she had André…And in a way it was all due to her father…If he hadn´t persisted raising her as a boy, he would never had brought André into their manor to accompany her…

Then…Just right at that moment, when she was so happy…she remembered something bad…As if dark clouds had come over her…She remembered that in her nightmare she had had lung disease…

She got scared…Not for her own sake, but for the baby´s sake. What if she would catch the disease again? In her nightmare it had gone bad…It had already proceeded into the terminal point…She had been coughing blood many times before she had gone to see their doctor. The doctor had given her only a little time…It would have killed her…

Right now Oscar felt healthy. She had been avoiding every possible situation she might catch the disease…But in a way she had done that unwittingly…Only now she had remembered that situation…

Oscar:“I have to be careful…” she thought.

Then she looked at the morning sun that was rising…

“Beautiful, isn´t it?” she heard André talking to her behind her…

She turned towards him…

André:“Oscar…What are you doing here this early in the morning?”

Oscar smiled to him. She was happy to see him…“Oh, André…” she embraced him…“I just couldn´t sleep anymore. I`m thinking about the baby…”

André caressed her hair…“Oscar…I can´t stop thinking about our baby either…This is exactly like one of my dreams…”

Oscar:“Your dreams?”

André:“Yes…I have hoped for this. I always wanted us to be a family…I want to have children with you.”

Oscar buried her face into his chest…She was so happy…” We should probably get inside…” she said.

André:“Oscar…” he said and pushed her gently away. Then he grabbed her into his arms and started to carry her inside.

Oscar:“André…You don´t have to carry me…” she said.

André:“But I want to!” he smiled gently to her…“Grandma has made us breakfast!” he said happily…“And I´m hungry!”

Oscar just laughed…

In the evening Oscar and André told the news about their baby to everyone. Everybody was happy, especially Oscar´s father, who had been expecting these news for a while now. Both Mrs. de Jarjayes and André´s grandma offered their help with the baby… they wanted to help the young happy couple in every way they could.

As everyone was leaving the room, the general tapped André´s back…

General:“Well done.” he said and left the room.

André was…a bit confused…Did he heard right? He just stood still without saying anything. Oscar, instead, burst into laughter.

André:“Oscar! I don´t see anything funny in that!”

Oscar:“I´m sorry…But his words just sounded so…ridiculous!”

André felt embarrassed.

Oscar:“Looks like you did something right!” she continued laughing.

André was about to leave the room…“Oscar…If you keep on laughing, I´ll eat that ice cream alone…” he smiled…he was teasing her…Of course he wanted to get the ice cream her and spoil her…

Oscar:“André…I´m sorry! I won´t laugh again. I promise! Please, share that ice cream with me?!”

André laughed…“You just sit still, while I get the ice cream for you.” then he left the room to get his wife an ice cream…

Meanwhile Oscar sat down…“I wonder what will it be like…to have a baby of our own?” she started dreaming…

To be continued…

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