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Thirteen

Few Nights Later

Terrence was asleep when he heard someone let out a scream. He sat up immediately and saw that Gabby was no longer by his side. He looked towards the bathroom, the door was opened and the light was on.

He set the duvet aside and walked as fast as his legs could carry him to the bathroom. What he saw made his world crumble; Gabby was on the floor. He rushed to her and raised her head on his lap.

“Gabby. are you okay?” Terrence panicked.

Gabby opened her eyes weakly, she brushed her hands through her inner thigh and showed Terrence. Blood; she was bleeding.

“Ss...save..m..my..baby Terrence.” She said weakly as she gradually closed her eyes.

Terrence lifted her with full force and ran out of the bathroom. He got his car keys and headed to the car immediately. He carefully placed Gabby at the back seat before running over to the driver’s seat and started the car. Thank goodness Sophie wasn’t at home with them. She had gone to spend the night at her cousin’s place; Peyton and Finley.

Terrence was scared as hell, he could not comprehend what had happened or what was about to happen. Gabby was perfectly fine yesterday when they fell asleep.

He kept mumbling soft prayers to God. He did not want to lose Gabby neither does he want anything bad to happen to the baby.

As soon as they got to the hospital, Terrence rushed Gabby in. He handed her over to the nurses who took her into the emergency room.

It was the same hospital they were used to; the one where Debbie and Isabelle works but they were not present as the two of them were not on duty.

Terrence thought of who he could call at 2 am and he finally decided on calling Debbie and she answered on the 4th ring.

“Yes, Terry.“She answered in her sleepy voice.

“Gabby is in the hospital Debbie,” Terrence said in tears. Debbie flew up from her bed in fear.

“What happened?” She asked in shock.

“I don’t know. I woke up this midnight to a sudden scream and couldn’t find Gabby beside me. Then I saw her on the floor in the bathroom, she was bleeding.” He said as he busted into another round of tears.

“Its okay Terrence, I’m on my way there. Has she been attended to?” Debbie asked with a teary voice.

“Yes.” He whispered.

“I will be with you shortly.” Debbie ended the call. She put on the first dress she could come across and left her apartment for the hospital.

“Terrence,” Debbie called as soon as she saw him sitting on one of the chairs in the reception.

Debbie pulled Terrence into a hug and he sobbed on her shoulder.

“Its okay Terrence everything will be fine.” She assured.

“I hope so.” He pulled away from the hug. His eyes were swollen already and his face was red.

“Let me go check on them. I will be right back.” Debbie left for the emergency room.

An hour had passed since Debbie entered the emergency room and Terrence had not been given any update. He became restless as he kept on walking up and down the reception. He prayed Gabby and the baby are both safe. The thought of losing his child was making him go crazy and he was sure that was something he will never recover from.

Again, what will they tell Sophie? The little girl who has been over the moon since she found out about the baby. ‘How will they explain to her that there is no baby anymore when she does not even understand how babies are made’ Terrence thought to himself as he heaved a loud sigh.

Soon enough Debbie walked out of the emergency room and approached Terrence “Are they okay?” He asked with a blank expression and Debbie nodded positively as tears of joy fell from her eyes. Terrence pulled her into a bone-crushing hug as he cried also. He just had to cry; both tears of joy and relief.

After the siblings’ sentiments, Debbie guided Terrence as they both took a seat on a double couch in the reception.

“Your baby is a fighter,” Debbie whispered and Terrence smiled proudly.

“Gabby has been stressed lately so that was what caused the bleeding and the pains she was feeling in her lower abdomen. But everything is fine now.” Debbie said as she wiped Terrence tears with her right thumb.

“She will be transferred to the recovery room and you will be able to see her soon. She will need to be on bed rest for weeks. Not sure how many to be exact but the doctor will tell you and you will be given some prescriptions to get for her.” Debbie said.

“Thank you so much, Debbie, I was so scared” Terrence admitted.

“There’s nothing to thank me for. I got scared also.”

“I should get going, the kids will go into panic mode if they wake up and cannot find me. I will be here very early later on. Do you want me to bring something for you?” She asked.

“I guess a change of clothes and food for Gabby,” Terrence said.

“Alright then, Stay safe” Debbie kissed him on his right cheek before walking out of the hospital.

It was 5:30 am when Terrence was told that he could now see Gabby. He walked into her ward as he was greeted with the beeping sound of the monitor. He approached the bed and saw the love of his life Sleeping peacefully. He kissed her forehead then kissed her belly. She was almost 11 weeks and had just a tiny bump.

Terrence took a seat on the chair beside the bed and held Gabby’s right hand in his. He kept on caressing her hand till he fell asleep.

“Terrence.” He heard a weak voice call his name. He opened his eyes and saw that Gabby had woken up. He quickly stood up from the chair and took a seat on the bed.

“How are you feeling my love?” He asked concerned.

“The b..ba..baby?” Gabby asked, ignoring his question.

He smiled “The baby is fine.”

Upon hearing that sentence, Gabby closed her eyes as she let out a sigh of relief.

“You scared me Gabby” Terrence admitted.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.” She apologised.

“Its okay honey.” He kissed her forehead.

“I’m so happy you and the baby are safe. What happened?” Terrence could not help but ask.

“I woke up with a sharp pain around my abdomen and suddenly I felt like using the Bathroom. When I got to the Bathroom, the pain came again and I couldn’t bear it anymore. I remember screaming before my legs gave up.” She said.

“Debbie said you have been stressed lately that’s why. So you have to be on bed rest for some weeks.” He said and Gabby nodded. She could not put her baby’s life at risk again.

Shortly after, a Doctor came in to check up on Gabby and gave Terrence some prescriptions to get for her. Debbie also appeared with a change of clothes and brought breakfast for them.

Terrence and Gabby asked about Sophie and she told them Sophie was doing good and knows nothing about the situation. Debbie advised Gabby to rest for today and that she will bring Sophie over the next day.

Later on, Gabby was visited by Ian and Nikki first then by her Parents. Terrence mother couldn’t come as she was in the states but she had skyped them to know how Gabby was doing.

Terrence and Gabby were grateful for all the love they received.
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