It was early Thursday morning when she woke up for the third time that night. Her thoughts of only two more days until she saw Jimmy and told him the news had been eating at her. She knew Lynn was right when she said to tell him right away about the pregnancy, but she didn’t. So, instead, she had spent another long night, tossing and turning on what she was going to say when he saw her. And worst yet, it seemed that the more she procrastinated, the quicker her belly grew. Now when Jimmy walked in and saw her, he was going to know right away what she wanted to talk with him about… and that scared her to death.
She laid in bed, feeling the baby kicking inside her and stared up at the ceiling, trying to get her mind to stop racing. Justin had crawled into bed with her late last night and fell asleep, but now he was squirming under the covers, making it that much harder to get comfortable.
Her hand rubbed the growing stomach and sighed. “If I just told Jimmy when I found out, I wouldn’t be torturing myself right now.” She murmured and then glanced over at the alarm clock. “Already four a.m.… damn it. All I want to do is get a full eight hours of sleep.”
She laid in bed for another hour, but soon her alarm went off, and it was time to get up and start her morning routine. She ran to the bathroom and threw up once her feet hit the floor, took her shower, got dressed, and then ate, before getting all the kids up and getting them ready for school.
Soon the morning was in full swing with five children all running around. Tia had big bags under her eyes when she came out of her bedroom with Ester, but at least got three hours of sleep that night. So while Tia cleaned up breakfast Addison was upstairs cleaning the syrup off Justin’s face and out of his hair and then was going to work on braiding Ella’s hair when the doorbell rang. “Tia, you got that?” She hollered.
“Yeah, I’ve got it,” Tia yelled back.
Justin was cleaned, hair brushed, and making his way downstairs when she started to brush Ella’s hair when her cell went off. She ran over to the bed and picked it up and saw it was Margie. “Hey, you, don’t tell me... you’re in labor.” She chuckled, but there was no answer. “Margie, you okay?” She asked, only to hear gasps of air and sobbing. “Margie, do you need me to call 911?” She asked as her heart raced, putting Ella down and ran to find her shoes so she could head to Margie’s.
“Addison, he did it again!” Margie sobbed. “He did it to me again… that son of a bitch! After everything we’ve been through!”
“Margie, sweetie, what are you talking about?” She asked, but then an ear-piercing scream came from downstairs.
The phone dropped from her hand as she hurried down the stairs. “Tia, Tia, what’s wrong?”
When she ran into the kitchen, Tia was lying on the floor, crying. “What the hell is going on?” She asked, glancing up and seeing little ones with terrified looks on their faces. “Okay, guys, everything is fine. So just go back into the front room and watch some cartoons until it’s time for school.” She said with a smile. But none of them moved. “Girls, I promise everything is okay. Mommy is just tired.”
The girls all had tears streaming down their faces, so she got up and brought them into the front room. “Why don’t you guys watch some cartoons. I’ll come and get you when it’s time for school.” She smiled.
When she walked back to the kitchen, her heart was racing. From the sound of Margie and the sight of Tia, she was wondering if something terrible had happened to the guys. She picked up the cell that was on the floor next to Tia and closed her eyes. “Hello?”
“Ad, is that you?” Mindy’s voice asked.
Her hand went over her chest, taking a breath. “Oh my gosh, Mindy, I thought something had happened to the guys.” She smiled, but then frowned at the sight of Tia still on the floor. “What’s going on, what happened. Was there an accident? Are the guys hurt?” She asked.
“No, there’s no accident,” Mindy answered.
“Then what’s going on, why are Margie and Tia crying?”
“Because of the papers that came?”
“I received a bundle of the Export tabloids. The papers just showed up at my door in a box early this morning. When I opened it up and saw what it was, I called Tia right away, knowing it would destroy her. I told her not to open it, but it was too late. The next thing I knew, Tia dropped the phone, and then I was talking to you.”
“You got a bundle of magazines… why?”
“I don’t know why they were sent to me. But you guys... just go look, then you’ll see why.” Mindy sighed.
Addison saw the box on the table and walked over to see what the hell was going on. When she saw the cover, it took her a minute to let everything process what she was seeing. There, in big, bold, letters was the title… Death Ever After Midnight Orgy.
She took one of the papers off the top and then flipped through the pages until she got to what she was looking for. There were three full pages of vivid photos of Howie with some women, along with Jones, Dax, and Nickels. Then taking up one complete page, was Crystal straddling Jimmy’s lap, his hands up her skirt, while they were making out.
She couldn’t believe it as the magazine fell back to the table. Her hand went over her mouth, holding in the sob that wanted to escape her... but she’d be damned if she let it. “Yeah, I see what you’re talking about now.”
“Ad, you okay?” Mindy asked.
“Thanks, Mindy… but I’ve got to go.” She said, hanging up leaning down next to her sister and pulling her up from the floor. “Come on, sweetie, let’s go have you lay down for a little bit while I figure this out.” She whispered.
When she walked past her bedroom, she ran in and got her cell and was surprised to hear Margie still on it crying. “Margie, listen to me. I want you to lay down right now. I’m going to call Lynn and have her pick up the boys from your place, and then I’ll be over after I drop the kids off at school.”
“I can’t believe he would do this to me again, Ad… I just can’t?” Margie said in-between gasps of air.
“I know, I know, sweetie, but we’ll talk about it when I get there. Okay?” She answered.
“Yeah, okay.” Was all that was said before the line went dead.
Addison collapsed at the foot of the bed, her hands covering her face stifling the sob that escaped but knew she didn’t have the time to break down over it… yet. With a deep breath, she sat up and was about ready to call Lynn when the front door opened. “Addison!” Lynn shouted.
“Shh, Ester’s sleeping.” She said running down the stairs to meet Lynn.
“Can you believe this shit?” Lynn seethed, shaking the magazine in her hand.
“I don’t want to believe it, but it’s kind of hard to argue with.”
“Oh, and it gets even fucking better… here, read this.” Lynn growled, handing over a piece of purple paper.
She glanced down at the crumpled-up piece of paper. “What’s this?”
“Just fucking read it.” Lynn scowled, shoving it in her hand.
“Okay...” She said, opening the crumpled paper and began to read what was a letter written to Lynn...
“I told you that I would get my revenge. I knew your men would be easy to entice into a quick fuck... especially that asshole Jimmy. So, the last laugh is on you, bitch. You might have fucked up my marriage, but I fucked up all three of yours and fucked Jimmy just for old time’s sake. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
Addison’s hand flew over her mouth as a couple tears escaped her. “What a bitch. What a fucking bitch! This was her getting payback on you?”
“Oh yeah. Crystal played her shit good. She even put all this shit in the same tabloid where I put Mickey and me.” Lynn answered.
“Great, just great, Lynn… yeah, she’s a fucking genius,” She whispered, wiping the tears from her face.
Lynn frowned, coming over and giving her a hug. “Hey, we’ve gotten through this kind of this shit before, we can get through it again.”
“Yeah, but this time I’m having Jimmy’s baby.”
“I know, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes. Until then, we have other things to figure out.”
“Yeah, like what?”
“Like how we are going to destroy Nickels and his company. Then that will destroy all of them.” Lynn vowed.
“I guess that is something to look forward to.” She sighed, but then the cell went off. She glanced down and saw Margie’s name. “Hey sweetie, I’m going to have Lynn come and pick up the boys to take them to school in just a minute…”
“Ad, my water just broke.” Margie cried.
“I was getting up to go to the bathroom, and it just broke.”
“Okay, don’t worry, I’m on my way. Get the boys ready and get their stuff ready to go. Lynn will take them to school, and then we’ll go to the hospital.” She explained.
“Margie, do you want me to call Jones?”
“No, I don’t want to see him right now.”
“But to just let him know, at least?”
“No, Ad, I can’t deal with it right now,” Margie whispered.
“Okay, sweetie, okay. I won’t call him. Now, I’m going to the car, so get you and the boys ready.” She told her.
“Yeah… I will.” Was all Margie said before hanging up.
Lynn walked over, leaning against the banister crossing her arms. “What’s going on?”
“Margie’s water just broke.”
“Perfect.” Lynn sighed.
“Do you mind taking care of the kids and call Cynthia to let her know what’s going on.”
“Yeah, I’m on it,” Lynn said, then looked her over. “Hey, how are you doing?”
“Probably the same as you... I’m numb. There was a part of me that knew something like this would happen, but I guess I didn’t want to believe it.”
“Don’t worry about me Lynn, I don’t have time in my life to have a breakdown or anything else. Besides, I’ve lived through so much worse than this.” She said, then went to kiss the boy’s goodbye and get Margie to the hospital.
It had been a long morning and even a longer afternoon. Margie’s water did break, but the contractions were slow going and not progressing. By three in the afternoon, they started to induce labor, but even then, it took a long time.
Addison had gone home around four to check in on Tia, Lynn and the kids for about an hour before heading back to the hospital. Her cell had been going off all day with missed calls and text from Jimmy. But she was too tired, too sick, and too damn heartbroken to have a conversation with him. Instead, she went to work and help Margie deliver a beautiful eight-pound baby girl.
She sat in the chair, eating hospital food with Margie, kicking up her feet and smiling at one of her best friends with the bundle wrapped in pink in her arms. “So, what are you going to name her. I’m sure you already had a name picked out.” She grinned.
But Margie’s smile fell, and instead, a tear rolled down her face as the cell vibrated next to her. “I never really thought about it. I mean, I thought I was going to have another boy. Anyways, I thought Jones would be here to help me if this day ever came.”
Addison got up from the seat and sat on the bed. “Hey, listen, we don’t know the whole story to the tabloid, okay.” She said but then sighed when Margie didn’t answer. “I didn’t tell you this because of everything going on but, Lynn got a letter in the box of papers from Crystal.”
“Crystal, why?” Margie gasped, making the baby squirm.
“I’m not sure. But I’m sure Crystal had something to do with it, with all of this.”
“So what if she did... that isn’t an excuse for what they did! Is that what you’re going to do? Listen to some bull crap story that Jimmy tells you?” Margie snapped.
Addison made herself smile and shrugged her shoulders. “You know, I haven’t even thought about it. I was a little busy delivering a baby today.” She answered, patting Margie’s leg, then got up and took the baby from Margie and placed her in the bassinet. “I think you should get some rest. You’ve had a long day, and I could use some rest too, alright?”
“Yeah, I guess your right,” Margie answered, getting comfortable.
“Good, me or Lynn will be by in the morning.” She said, kissing her cheek and swiping her cell at the same time. “Night.”
“Night Ad... and thanks.”
“Anytime.” She smiled, shutting the door behind her.
She walked out onto the floor, saying goodnight to everyone and then looked at the time. “Midnight...” She sighed, walking out of the maternity ward and down a corridor to a waiting area that is usually empty. Margie’s phone started to vibrate again and wondered if she should do anything about it, then answered it.
“Pumpkin, are you okay? I’ve been trying to call you all fucking day. I was about ready to hop on a plane…” Jones was saying when she interrupted his rant.
“It’s not Margie Jones, It’s Addison.”
“Addie, what the hell are you doing with Margie’s phone?” He asked, but then stopped. “Wait, oh my god, is she okay, is Margie okay… please tell me that she’s okay, Addie!”
“Yes, she’s fine…” She started.
“The baby, did something happen to the baby?”
“No, the baby’s fine too. But the labor for her this time around was really hard.”
There was a moment of silence before Jones spoke again. “Are you telling me that Margie had the baby?”
“Yes, she did. But I also wanted to tell you that if you wanted to be out fucking around when your wife is nine months pregnant…. then maybe you shouldn’t be coming back at all.” She hissed.
“What are you talking about?”
“You know what I’m talking about, Jones. Crystal sent us all over a box of the newest tabloids with photos of you guys all fucking around at some party. Now Tia is a mess, Margie went into labor, and if Nickels were a smart man, he would stir clear of Lynn. The only reason I answered was to tell you to stop calling Margie so I can leave her damn cell in her room, so you don’t wake her up!”
“Addie, I don’t understand, hold on…” Jones started to say, but then there was muffling.
“Addison, what’s going on?” Jimmy’s voice asked, and just hearing him made everything she had kept bottled up inside all day come pouring out.
“You no-good son of a bitch. I believed you, I believed everything you said to me about you loving me! I’m so fucking stupid to think you’d changed your ways... I should’ve known better.” She cried.
“Baby girl, I do love you, and I don’t know what you’re talking about?”
“Crystal, Jimmy! You slept with Crystal!”
“What, no, no, I didn’t. I swear Addie, I would never touch that woman again… any woman!”
“How can I believe you when all you did was lie to me for so many years. So don’t think you can sweet-talk your way out of this one... I’ve heard all your excuses before. And for your information, your girlfriend Crystal sent all of us the tabloid proving what your saying is a complete fucking lie.” She seethed and then shook her head. “Seeing you touch her, I can’t even describe how much that stung… I can’t live through this again, I just can’t, not now, not with my boys.”
“Addison, please just listen to me…”
“You know what, I’m not listening to you anymore. I'm so done with this... just stay the fuck away from me!” She hissed and then hung up on him.
She tried to catch her breath to stop the tears that were going to fall, but couldn’t. The cell started to vibrate and didn’t stop. So, she dropped it on the cushion next to her, before her head fell into her hands and cried silently to herself in the empty waiting room.