Chapter Twenty-Four: The Birth of a New Generation
Gresha and Geena walked into Gabby’s room together. Gabby looked at them and smiled.
“My sisters.” She said as she held her arms out to them.
Gresha smiled as she moved with Geena to hug their oldest sister. Even though by blood, these women are her cousins, she will always think of them as her big sisters.
“Where’s the doctor?” Geena asked as she looked around the room.
“They went to talk with Mom and Dad. Pilar gave me something for the pain, and something to slow down the contractions, until they can figure out the best way to get the little one out, without losing either of us.” Gabby said with a smile.
“That’s good,” Geena said with a nod.
“Where’s Tim?” Gresha asked.
“With them, he wanted to hear every option Pilar and the other doctor have to offer.”
“Pilar will save you, Sister,” Geena said confidently.
Gabby laughed. “Spoken like a woman in love.”
“I’m not…” She stopped talking when she saw the looks on both her sister’s faces, then sighed and looked away. “Okay, I am.” She admitted.
Gresha and Gabby laughed. “We already knew that,” Gresha said with a bright smile.
“Look at this, all three of my girls together,” Gretchen said as she walked into the room.
“What did Pilar say?” Gabby asked as she looked at her mother.
“He and the other doctor have a plan, and your mother and I agree with it. We think you should too.” Garrett said as he entered the room.
“What about Tim?”
“He agrees with it, too,” Gretchen said with a nod.
“Anything to save my baby,” Gabby said as she watched them.
“Our main concern is you,” Gretchen said as she watched her girls.
“My baby is the first…”
“Don’t argue with your mother,” Tim said as he entered the room.
“He’s right,” Geena said as she looked at her big sister. “You are the first priority.”
“Gabby,” Gresha whispered.
Gabby looked at her cousin who she still thinks of as her baby sister. She has changed so much since they got their memories back. It was as though her memories returning had also restored Gresha’s personality. Gretta is gone forever. But Gabby still saw that girl in there. The one who grew up on Earth, with people who love her.
“Gresha,” Gabby said, still watching her face.
“Please listen to my brother. He knows what’s best, and he will try his hardest to save you both. You are family to him twice over, don’t forget that.”
Gabby looked from Gresha to Geena and sighed. She was right, as always. She nodded once, but something still nagged in her heart. Could she survive if she lost her baby?
“Are we ready?” Pilar asked as he came into the room.
“We are,” Gabby said with a hesitant nod.
“Okay folks, I need to take Gabby into the operating room. You can all wait in the waiting area.” Pilar said as he lowered the bed and pulled it to the door.
Tim moved to the foot of the bed and pushed it through the door. The others followed them out the door and stood in the hall as they watched them wheel Gabby down the hall, towards the surgery room, where Doctor Bengiene waited.
“Everything will be okay,” Leih said as he moved to stand behind Gresha.
“I know.” She whispered as she continued to watch down the hall with her family.
“Let’s move to the waiting area,” Leih said as he took his wife by the hand.
“Good idea,” Garrett said as he took hold of his wife and daughter’s hands.
“How long until we know?” Geena asked as they entered the waiting area.
“Hard to say,” Leih said as he helped Gresha to a chair.
“Could be minutes, could be hours,” Gresha said as she accepted her husband’s help.
“What’s going on here?” Gio asked as he entered the waiting area and looked around at the worried looks on his family’s faces. His eyes settled on his daughter and he sighed with relief.
“Hi, Daddy,” Gresha said as she smiled up at him.
Garrett watched his brother-in-law with the woman who had once been his daughter. He will never hear her call him dad again. He had thought he was okay with that, but every time he heard her call Gio, daddy, it hurt just a little more.
If only someone could create a serum to take away those memories… No, what a horrible thought. Even though she is not his by blood, he had raised her as his own, and he wouldn’t trade those memories for anything in the world. He looked from Gio to his youngest and smiled. Make that, the universe.
“Gabby went into Labor,” Gretchen said as she watched her brother-in-law.
“Everything okay?” Gio asked as he moved to sit next to his daughter.
“Complications. But Pilar and Doctor Bengiene have a plan.” Gresha said as she laid her head on her father’s large shoulder.
“Pilar is a smart boy; he will save them,” Gio said as he smiled down at his daughter.
“We hope so,” Gretchen mumbled as she leaned against her husband.
“He will,” Leih assured his family with a nod.
“Gabby,” Tim whispered into his wife’s ear.
Gabby slowly opened her eyes and looked into her husband’s face. She smiled, then frowned as her hand slowly moved to her almost flat stomach.
“Healthy baby girl,” Tim said with a grin.
“Thank God.” Gabby cried. “What happened?”
“You passed out when you saw the blood,” Tim said with a laugh as he shook his head.
“Oh.” Gabby almost laughed but caught herself. “Can I see her?”
“I thought you would never ask.”
They both looked up to find Pilar standing beside them with a pink bundle in his arms. With tears streaming down her cheeks, she held her arms out for her daughter. Pilar laid the bundle into her arms. Gabby smiled down at the beautiful face of her daughter.
“Hello.” She said as she fought back the tears that kept coming, making it hard for her to see. “I’m your mommy.”
“And I’m your daddy,” Tim said as he leaned over his daughter and kissing her forehead.
“Have you thought of a name, yet?” Pilar asked as he cleaned the area.
“I had thought Gloria, but looking at her now, she doesn’t look like a Gloria,” Gabby said with a smile.
“We had also discussed getting past the G names,” Tim said as he laughed softly.
“Yeah, my parents had done that with Nahla,” Pilar said with a laugh as he tossed the blood-soaked rags into the wastebasket.
“She is so heavenly.” Gabby breathed as she watched her daughter pucker her little lips like she was trying to kiss the air.
“That’s it,” Pilar said as he looked down at the bundle in Gabby’s arms.
“What is?” Gabby asked as she looked up at him.
“Heavenly,” Pilar said with a smile.
“Odd name,” Tim said as he watched his daughter who had just discovered her fist and was trying to fit it into her mouth.
Pilar laughed softly. “Perhaps.” He agreed. “But there is a name that means heavenly.”
“Oh?” Gabby asked, a spark of interest in her eyes.
Pilar nodded. “When Gwyneth was pregnant with Gresha and Gretta, I read several Earth baby name books. And as you know, we have a photographic memory.” He said with a smile.
“So, what name means heavenly?” Gabby asked intrigued.
“Celeste,” Gabby said as she rolled the name around in her mind, then smiled and looked down at her daughter. “I like it.”
“Sounds perfect to me,” Tim said as he kissed his wife’s forehead.
“Hello, Celeste,” Gabby said as she cooed down at her daughter. “It feels good.” She said with a nod.
“It does,” Tim said as he pulled his daughter’s hand from her mouth and held it. “Welcome Celeste, we’ve been waiting for you.”
“And we love you so much,” Gabby said as she smiled at her daughter and husband.
“I think I’ll go let the family know everything went well, while you two, bond with your daughter,” Pilar said as he opened the door.
He laughed softly as he left the room and headed for the waiting area. He doubted either of them had heard him. Their attention had been solely on their little bundle.
He entered the waiting area and watched as everyone stood from their seats. He noticed his father had joined them and smiled as he stopped just inside the door.
“How did it go, Doc?” Leih asked as he watched his cousin.
“It went splendidly,” Pilar said with a grin. “Gabby and Tim are bonding with their bundle of joy.”
“Thank God.” Gretchen breathed as she almost collapsed.
“What did she have?” Geena asked as she moved over to stand in front of Pilar.
“A girl.” He said as he smiled down into her beautiful face. She looked so much like his sister, but at the same time, so different.
“A girl!” Gretchen said excitedly.
“Can we see her?” Garrett asked as he watched Geena with the doctor.
“Sure,” Pilar said, still looking at Geena.
“Pilar,” Leih said as he got his cousin’s attention.
Pilar shook his head and looked at his cousin.
“Lead the way,” Leih said with a laugh.
“Right,” Pilar said with a nod, then ducked his head and led them to the room he had left Gabby and Tim, with their daughter.
Everyone piled into the room and oohed and awed over the new addition to the ever-growing family.
“What’s her name?” Gresha asked as she smiled at the baby.
“Celeste,” Gabby said with a smile.
“Pretty name,” Geena said as she looked at her niece.
“Isn’t it though. It means heavenly. Pilar helped us.” Gabby said with a smile.
“Nice job, Brother,” Gresha said as she smiled at Pilar.
They looked to the door to find Gavin standing there.
“A bit late, Son,” Garrett said as he looked at him.
“Yeah, sorry. I was in the control room helping them design something that can help with saving more humans.” Gavin said with a smile. “Didn’t hear about Gabby going into labor until about fifteen minutes ago. Took me that long to find you all.”
“Better late, than never,” Gabby said as she smiled at her brother. “Come meet your niece.”
Gwyneth slowly opened her eyes and smiled when she found her husband beside her bed. He smiled back as he moved her hair from her forehead.
“Good morning, Tiey Vail.” He said as he kissed her lips.
“Morning.” She whispered.
“Are you up for visitors?” He asked, still smiling down at her.
“Of course.” She said as she looked over at the door.
He laughed softly when she frowned. “They’re waiting in the waiting area. I will go get them.” He said. then kissed her again, this time, a bit longer.
She sighed against his mouth. He backed away, still smiling, and headed out the door.
Gwyneth watched her husband leave the room. She still can’t believe it’s been over twenty years. It was as though she had slept her life away. Well, technically she had, well her children’s lives, anyways.
Gwyneth looked at the door and smiled at the young woman standing in the doorway. She knew that young face all too well. Geena, all grown up.
“Geena.” She said as she tried her hardest to not cry.
Geena rushed into her aunt’s arms. Gwyneth sighed as she held her niece. She had also missed her sister’s children growing up.
“I’m so glad you’re alive.” She mumbled against her.
Gwyneth smiled as she held her tighter. Geena backed out of her arms and smiled down at her. She looked so much like Gresha.
“Where’s your brother and sister?” Gwyneth asked as she looked over at the door.
“Gavin will be here soon, and Gabby is in the recovery room, she had her baby last night,” Geena said with a smile.
“Oh, how wonderful,” Gwyneth said as she smiled at the door.
“Yeah, she had a little girl. She’s so adorable. She named her Celeste.” Geena said as she leaned against the bed.
“Beautiful name,” Gwyneth said, still smiling.
“I know, right. Pilar helped them pick the name. It means heavenly or something like that.”
“Pilar is such a sweetheart,” Gwyneth said as she watched her niece. She had noticed the spark in the girl’s eyes when she had said Pilar’s name.
“He is,” Geena said gushing.
Gwyneth laughed softly as she shook her head. “I see you two found each other again, like Gresha and Leih.”
“We have,” Geena said with a smile.
“And you are head over heels,” Gwyneth said as she laughed a bit louder.
“You are what?”
They looked over at the door to find Gavin standing just inside the room.
Gwyneth smiled at her nephew. “Gavin.” She said as she held her arms out to him.
Gavin moved into the room and over to his aunt. He leaned over the bed and gave her a tight hug. Gwyneth sighed as she hugged her nephew. They were both so big, and so good looking. She and her sister had made some really good-looking kids. She chuckled as Gavin backed out of the hug.
“So, what did I walk in on?” Gavin asked as he watched his aunt.
“We were just talking about your sister and Pilar,” Gwyneth said as she watched his face. He wrinkled his nose when she mentioned his sister and the alien doctor.
“Two of my sisters fell for aliens, go figure.” He said, still wrinkling his nose.
Gwyneth smiled; she was happy to see they still loved her daughter enough to still consider her their little sister. She will always be grateful to her sister and her family, for raising her daughter to be such a wonderful woman.
“Don’t forget about me,” Gwyneth said with a grin.
“Right, and my aunt. Great, am I next?” He asked as he looked between his aunt and sister.
Both Gwyneth and Geena laughed at the look on his face. “Only if you want to be,” Gwyneth said, still laughing.
“I don’t know. Not that I have anything against Sobriehtons, they’re great for taking us in like this. But if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have to hide out.” He said as he shook his head.
“Don’t forget our sister, I mean cousin, is one of them. And if not for them, she would be dead.” Geena reminded her brother.
“And if not for them, Gresha and Nahla wouldn’t be in our lives,” Gwyneth said with a smile.
“I know,” Gavin said with a nod. “But even then, I don’t know about finding the right Sobriehton for me. I mean, they don’t have breasts, what kind of a man would I be if I looked past that?”
Gwyneth and Geena burst into laughter. “A very good man,” Gwyneth said between laughter. “To look past, it.”
“I guess,” Gavin said with a nod. “Maybe she would agree to breast implants.”
“Gavin!” Gwyneth and Geena said at the same time.
“Just kidding, sheesh,” Gavin said as he grinned at them.
“You are such a male,” Geena said as she shook her head at her brother.
“Why thank you,” Gavin said as he pulled his sister into a hug and smiled at them.
Geena looked at their aunt and they both started laughing again.