The Second Chance

Chapter 23: The beginning of a new life

At the French Guard´s barracks…

Oscar and André were watching the troops review; the last one for them. It was a memorable moment; it was a sad moment, because they had to leave; but a happy moment, because they would start a new life…And soon they would have time to be together and soon they would have a child of their own…

The troop´s review was splendid as always, maybe even more than before…because this time everyone wanted to do his best…

Right after the troop’s review, Oscar spoke few words for her group…Her men listened to her carefully as she was speaking…

Oscar:“When I was assigned as your Commander, I was warned about the rough manners of the Company. Where others might have been frightened, I took it as a challenge. I wanted to see the real you, my hopes were high…And I was right about you; you proved to be not only brave, but also loyal. You are very hard wording and tough. I have to say that you are the best Company I ever had the pleasure to command. I am very proud of you…” she smiled.

Oscar: “…As you already know, I will retire together with my husband, because we´re going to have a baby…” she continued and then looked at André. She gave him a gently smile full of radiance. He smiled back.

Everybody cheered…

“Thank you!” Oscar and André smiled.

Oscar: “…But don´t think that we are abandoning you; we will return, when the time is right and we´ll fight together with you.” Oscar promised to her men.

Dagout:“Thank you, Commander.” he said to Oscar…” You have done an excellent job; you have worked hard to improve the conditions here at the Barracks, you have gained men´s trust, which wasn´t an easy task. We…I think I can talk also on the behalf of everyone…wish you both all the best and hope that you will have a strong and healthy baby.”

Oscar and André were touched by his words…“thank you!“they said.

After that day, Oscar and André retired from the military and moved to a house in Arras together with André´s grandma. Time went by so quickly as they spend their time together without worrying…They ate grandma´s delicious food she made from the local ingredients, enjoyed the fresh country air and socialized with the local people; They had become popular there since their honeymoon…they used to have garden parties, where they invited everyone from the village, and Oscar´s family doctor came there regularly to check both Oscar and the local people…

The time went far too fast…Soon it was time for the baby to be born…

André was walking back and forth in the room…Sometimes he stopped to look at the moon that shone brightly at the night sky. He could see it clearly from their window…Even if he didn´t walk, his hands were shaking…It was hot in there…Or maybe he just felt it was hot…He didn´t know or cared…He could think only one thing; Oscar was having a baby…their baby.

Then he started to walk again…He couldn´t stay still…Not a moment longer…

André:” Why does it take so long!?” he wondered…

It had been for hours now…At least that`s what he felt like. The baby had wanted to come into this world…

He was really nervous…“why can´t I be beside her?” he asked…“…My Oscar…” he had tried to stay with Oscar, but he was thrown out of the room, and ever since then he´s been walking back and forth…

His grandma his literally kicked him out…“We don´t need men right now!” she had said and slammed the door behind her…right in front of his eyes.

Then, finally…The moment he had been waiting for finally came…

He heard baby´s bawling…He was so relieved…It was a strong and loud bawling…the most beautiful sound he ever had heard.

André:“Oscar!”

He rushed straight to Oscar…When he opened the bedroom door, he saw Oscar alone in the room, lying in their bed and rushed to her. Grandma had taken the baby to its first bath…

André:“Oscar!” he said gently petting her hair.

Oscar:“André.” she smiled to him…she looked tired, but happy.

André:“How are you doing?”

Oscar:“It wasn´t as awful as I have thought…” she became sentimental…“André… it was wonderful, when I heard our baby´s cry…”

André nodded…“Yeah, it was! A loud and clear voice…” he smiled and kissed her on her forehead…“Oscar, I love you…” he whispered…

Oscar:“I love you too, André…”

At the same time grandma came in holding the baby in her arms. She looked happy and touched…

Grandma:“Oscar! André! He is as lovely as an angel! Like a little prince!” she looked at him and smiled…

Oscar:“He? Did you hear that, André? We have a son!” she was happy.

“Yes, Oscar” André replied happily and walked to grandma…

Then grandma gave the baby to André…Tears of happiness fell down on his cheeks, when he held his son in his arms…He was a father now…

He walked to Oscar again carrying their just born baby in his lap…

André:“Look, Oscar…This is our son…” he said in a gentle voice showing the baby to Oscar…

He had beautiful bright blue eyes, that shone like the stars…His hair was as dark as his father´s. His white skin was beautiful…He was the most beautiful baby they had ever seen. He was their child in every way.

Oscar:“He´s perfect!” she cried.

André kissed his forehead…“Welcome to our family, little one…We are you’re your parents…” he smiled…he was deeply touched…

Grandma cried:“I was there, when our Oscar was born…She was a beautiful baby, like a little princess…And now, I have witnessed the birth of your son…my great grandson!”

Oscar took him into her arms and kissed him…“François Grandier…That´s your name…Our little François…” Her eyes became wet…“We love you.”

The baby stopped crying and looked at his mother´s eyes. He felt a warm lap surrounding him…It felt nice…

André:“Oh, look! Oscar, he is smiling!”

Oscar:“Yes, he is…Our little François is smiling to us.” she was so happy…

The young family spent the entire night together, Oscar and André just wanted to hold their baby…Finally, François fell in sleep and André put him gently into his cradle and tucked him in. He kissed his son on his forehead…“Good night, sweetheart.” he whispered and went to bed next to Oscar. He embraced her softly and they both fell in sleep right away.

Oscar had been careful and she hadn´t gotten any lung disease…She was living a healthy life and she felt better than ever before. She had had her rest from all her former duties and was energetic. She now wanted to concentrate on her family life…and on their new born baby boy…

To be continued…

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