The Final Months


Maia clenched her teeth and eyes again, lying on her back in the bus. With Maia's legs spread apart, Kim was ready if she needed to deliver the baby. Suddenly Maia's staggered breathing stopped and her grip on Bosco's hand let go.

"Maia, Maia!" Bosco yelled shaking her hand fearfully. Just as soon as she had stopped breathing, she started again, yelling in pain at the contraction.

"She can't breathe!" Bosco stroked her hair. She seemed to be choking between her screams.

"Take this," Kim handed him an air bag and mask. "Carlos, what's our 20?!" Kim yelled behind her to Carlos in the driver's seat.

"Almost there!" Bosco and Kim could barely hear him over the bus' siren and the echoing sirens of the following police cruisers outside. Bosco quickly wiped a tear from his face before it had a chance to fall.

"I'm so sorry baby, I'm so sorry." The only thing he could do was shake his head. He wished he could tell her everything that was inside him at that moment, but he couldn't find the words.

"Hold on Maia, just hold on." He pumped the plastic bag on her face. Suddenly the ambulance stopped and the driver's side door opened and closed. Finally the back doors opened and Kim jumped up.

"Keep pumping the bag as you get out," Kim tapped Bosco's back.

"One, two, three," Kim and Bosco both jumped out of the ambulance with the stretcher and lowered the legs to the ground. Faith, Sully and Ty jumped out of their cruisers and raced for the hospital doors.

As soon as Maia was into a room and on a bed, doctors and nurses were hooking her up to all sorts of monitors and machines, and IV being hooked up right away. Bosco took the air bag off as they replaced it with a mechanical one.

"Sorry sir, but you're going to have to leave," one of the nurses took the air bag from him and set it down elsewhere.

"No, I'm not going anywhere!" Bosco stood by her side still covered in his fiancé's blood.

"Sir, this is not an option, you're going to have to leave."

"I am the father of that child and she's my fiancé, there's no way I'm going anywhere!" Maia screamed again with the next contraction, searching blindly with her hand until she found Bosco's.

"She's crowning," the doctor informed the nurse from the end of the bed. Maia pushed down as hard has she could with her feet up in the stirrups.

"That's it Maia, push," the nurse on her other side encouraged her. Maia's breath staggered even more. She gasped, pushing with all the strength she had left in her. Bosco, still holding her hand tightly, looked down between her legs.

"There's a head, I can see a head, the head's almost out. Keep going!" He smiled seeing the crown peeking out. Just then the pace of the heart monitor quickened and flat lined.

"What's going on?" Bosco looked back up at Maia who was unconscious and not breathing. "What's happening, what's happening to her?" He looked around at the doctors and nurses helplessly.

"Sir, you really need to leave now."

"Just tell me what the hell is happening to her!"

"Sir we need you to go, your fiancé's heart has stopped but we still need to deliver the baby. You're going to have to leave so we can do our jobs and maybe save them both," the doctor stopped quickly to explain. Just then Faith entered the room, taking hold of Bosco's arm.

"What do you mean maybe? What's going to happen to them?" Bosco pulled at his hair. He looked around helplessly waiting for an answer. "What's going to happen?"

"Come on Boz, let the doctors do their job," Faith pulled him unwillingly out of the ER.

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