The Final Months


"Maia?" Bosco looked into her frightened eyes, "I would never hurt you, you know that right? I love you," Bosco slowly reached for her other hand and she let him take it. They watched each other for a while before the doctor came back in with a nurse pushing the baby in a plastic crib.

As soon as Maia saw the baby she began to breathe even heavier. Sitting up straight, she wiped the tears from her face. The nurse wheeled the baby right up to the side of the bed where Maia could see her properly. Leaning over, she reached out to touch her daughter for the first time. Her skin was soft and smooth, under her fingertips.

"She's so light," Maia smiled, expecting the baby to have more of her chocolate complexion. "She's so pretty," Maia could hardly get the words out, choking on her emotions. The baby opened her eyes and immediately grabbed hold on Maia's finger.

"It's like she knows me," Maia tried her hardest to smile at the tiny, bright, blue eyes staring up at her.

"She should, you've been the one feeding her for the past two weeks," Bosco rubbed the baby's head. Faith moved back and stepped towards the door, taking out her cell phone. After dialling, she looked back at Maia and left the room.

"What do you mean? Maia stopped short.

"Well, the doctor showed me how to help you feed the baby while you were asleep. I know how important it was for you to be able to breastfeed her, so we found a way for it to happen."

"I fed her?" Bosco nodded. "While I was asleep?" Maia's face was stricken with worry.

"Maia, we talked about it, remember? You said that you wanted to, no matter what, that it wouldn't have formulas or anything, you said because it was healthier, Maia you said you…"

"Maurice," Maia pulled her hand away from the baby and looked up at him. He looked up, almost taken aback by the sound of her saying his name, "Did you name her?" She looked at him with a sudden emptiness in her eyes and voice.

"Uh, no, I wanted to wait until you woke up. I didn't want to do it without you," Bosco paused, waiting for Maia to say something. Maia looked back over at the baby. "I know you wanted to name the girl…"

"Lilly, with two l's," as she touched the baby again, it started to cry frightening and upsetting Maia. "I… I…" Maia pulled her hand away and turned her head as the nurse checked over the baby. "I'm sorry," Maia sat with the sheets pulled up and her head turned away.

"It's okay, honey," Bosco tried to cup her cheek but it made her uncomfortable and she pulled away.

"Just a dirty diaper, would you like me to change her now?" The nurse looked up at Maia who turned away.

"Please," Bosco answered for her. As the nurse took the baby away, the new doctor came in knocking before she entered the room.


"Come on in," Dr. Preston signalled her to come in the room. "Maia this is Dr. Levin, she's just going to do a minor check-up on you right now, but we will have to schedule a CAT scan for you later." Maia just looked around at the faces that surrounded her in the room. She looked up at Dr. Levin and nodded reluctantly.

"This won't hurt at all, it's just a routine check-up, but I will have to put my hands under your gown to listen to your heartbeat, okay? You just tell me if you feel any pain or discomfort," she smiled as she prepared her stethoscope. As she put the cold bell under Maia's gown and onto her skin, Maia took hold of Bosco's hand tightly, catching him off guard again. Maia closed her eyes as if she were in pain while the doctor took her time examining her carefully.

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