“Lottie!” Harley says from her room and Charlotte didn’t hear it the first time so Harley screamed louder and Charlotte came in, running.
“Mummy? Are you alright?” she asks kneeling down next to Harley who was on the floor, with her head resting on the bed.
“Lottie, call Papa. Tell him that I am having stomach pains, severe ones,” Harley says through her teeth and Charlotte nods, calling Alex. He declined once. She called him again, he declined once more. Charlotte kept calling and he kept declining.
“Papa-,” she says as he picks up the phone.
“Not now Lottie. I’m busy,” he says quickly and Harley heard a woman asking him to come back to bed before he ended the call quickly and now Harley was crying out in pain. Charlotte called Alex once more, only to find him switched off his phone.
“Mummy, Papa isn’t picking up,” she says worried about Harley.
“Call someone baby. Call Harvey. Please,” she says and Charlotte called Harvey and he picked up on the second ring.
“Hello Lottie, how are you?” he asks unaware of the things that were happening.
“Uncle Harvey, mummy is in pain and Papa has switched off his phone and told me not now when he picked it up,” she says and that was all he needed.
“I’m on my way Lottie. In the meanwhile, try getting mummy downstairs and get her ready, we’ll take her to the hospital,” he says ending the call and Charlotte grabbed all of their things and helped Harley get downstairs.
Harley was in great pain. Her head was hurting so bad with severe lower back and lower tummy pain. She felt like she was dying and she was scared for her 20 week old baby in her tummy.
“Get in the car Lottie,” he says arriving soon and Charlotte sat in the back seat as Harvey helped Harley to the front seat and laid out the seat flat for her to lie down.
“We are almost there Ley, please hang on,” he says as she grunts and cries in pain. Lottie tried calming her down by running her hands through Harley’s hair and running her head but nothing worked.
They went through the emergency and she was laid out on the stretcher and taken inside. Her doctor came running and entered a room where Harley was taken and from the look on everyone’s face, Harvey and Charlotte knew that something was wrong.
“Doctor? What happened? How is she?” he asks walking up to her doctor. The doctor, Alaina had a very sad look on her face. She had been in the room for an hour and they were worried sick.
“Are you her husband?” she asks and Harvey shakes his head.
“I am her friend Doctor. Is she alright?” he asks and Alaina takes a deep breath.
“I’m so sorry but Harley lost her child,” Alaina says and their hearts dropped.
“She had a miscarriage on the way here. That was why she experienced those pains,” she says looking at the both of them.
“Can- can we see her?” he asks, his voice breaking and she nods. They walk in to find Harley, lying in bed with a bundle in her arms and she was crying silently. She looked up with red, teary eyes at Harvey and Charlotte.
“Mummy,” Charlotte says softly and walks over to her side but stayed behind since the doctor advised Charlotte to not look at the dead fetus. She waited in the waiting area.
“Harley?” Harvey says holding her shoulder and she cried out.
“My baby’s gone Harvey. He’s gone,” she says looking at her son, bundled up and dead in her arms and Harvey looked at that little human in her arms, lying dead still and he had tears in his eyes.
“How?” Harvey asks Alaina.
“Harley was very stressed and severely depressed throughout her pregnancy and she seemed to be too worried. That affected the child,” she says and Harvey immediately knew that she was stressed because of Alex and was depressed because of him.
“Is he here?” she asks and Harvey shakes his head slowly.
“Please call him. He doesn’t know I was even pregnant. Please,” Harley begged Harvey and he nods, walking out and calls Alex. This time Alex picked up and was annoyed.
“Lad, get your ass here. Harley is in the hospital,” he screams and Alex quickly made his way to the hospital and what he saw was not was he expected. He saw a baby in her arms and he looked unnaturally small and still.
“What’s happening here?” he asks and Harley looked at him.
“Our- my son is dead,” she says and he was surprised.
“What?” he asks confused.
“Alex, Harley was five months pregnant,” Harvey says and Alex glared at him.
“He knew about my baby and I didn’t?” Alex says staring at Harley.
“Yes he did because you were so busy fucking every girl you saw and he was there when I needed him,” Harley snaps back. They decided to wait till they put their son at rest to figure out what was the state of their relationship. They buried their son in the family burial ground near the hospital and Harley was admitted to the hospital for the night.
“I-I called you because I was in terrible pain Alex but you- you were too busy with another girl,” Harley says crying again and Harvey tried calming her down.
“How come you never told me you were pregnant?” Alex asks furiously as their family was in the family common room and they could hear everything Harley and Alex were talking about.
“I tried telling you Alex. I tried from the day I found out but you were pre-occupied,” she says and he scoffs.
“Don’t fucking blame this on me. You were depressed and stressed,” he says and she couldn’t believe him.
“And did you ever wonder why or because of whom? Let me give you a hint, you!” she says raising her voice.
“I stayed at home, worried sick for my absent husband all alone while he worried about his pleasure. I cried every day to sleep because he smelt like different perfume every night and none of it was mine. I had to hang my head down in shame and embarrassment when someone asked me where you were because I couldn’t tell them about your adultery,” she says staring at him as angry tears rolled down her face.
“If you had a problem with it, why didn’t you tell me?” he asks and she couldn’t believe him.
“I begged you Alex. I fucking begged you not to cheat on me and you lied to my face and whose wife or husband would be fine with their partner cheating?” she asks.
“I don’t know, cool wives?” he says and she looked him dead in the eyes.
“Oh I’m sorry. I’m not one of those cool wives,” she says mocking him and that made him angry.
“You fired Blake when he cheated on me. What’s the difference between you and him now? You both are the same but he was better because you and I are married and have a daughter while him and I were dating,” she says and he just looked at her.
“I’ve had enough Harley,” he says and she laughs.
“You’ve had enough? No Alex, I have had enough. I’ve had enough of you playing with my emotions, my heart and our marriage. I am tired of seeing my husband’s name with a new woman every single day and I am tired of hanging on to our memories when there is no fucking future for us together. I’ve had enough,” she says staring at him.
“What do you mean H?” he asks calmly.
“I mean that I am done with us and you. I’m done loving and forgiving you and your stupid mistakes. I am done saving you ass. I am done listening to your lies. I am done accepting your lame excuses and I am done with you,” she says wiping her tears and takes a deep breath.
“I need a divorce Alex,” she says and everyone, including Alex was shocked.
“What? You can’t ask me for a divorce. I love you H,” he says but she shakes her head.
“No you don’t Alex. You don’t love me. You used to but you not anymore. And I can ask you for a divorce. I am not asking for it, mind you. I am telling you. I am informing you that we are getting one,” she says and he was shocked.
“What did you expect when you did that to me? I was done forgiving you,” she says.
“You should have told me H,” he says and she laughs.
“I shouldn’t have to tell you Alex,” she says and goes quiet after it. Alex knew that this was done. Their marriage was over. He just looked at her and she stopped looking at him. He walks out of the room and cries.
Their families were crying too. They knew this was very close but they didn’t expect it to happen on the day they lost their son. Harley was absolutely devastated because her world had come crashing down in front of her eyes.
“Mummy?” Charlotte says peeking into her room and Harley wiped her tears.
“Come in love,” she says smiling.
“Papa and I-,” Harley started.
“I know,” she says softly as she gets into Harley’s bed and lies on her chest.
“Will you still love me mummy? Will I still be able to be with you?” she asks and Harley nods, kissing her head.
“Yes love. I will always love you and you will be able to be with both Papa and me. Just not together,” she says and wipes her own tears.
“I’m sorry mummy,” she says and Harley kissed her head and stroked it.
“Don’t ever be sorry love. You were and are the best thing that happened to me. You are my diamond and my life,” she says kissing her head and Charlotte held her mom tight. She hated to see her mom cry but she had no choice.
Charlotte fell asleep on Harley and Harley refused for Charlotte to be taken away from her when her family offered. Medicines were given to her and even though she felt tired, she couldn’t sleep.
She just lay there wide awake, staring at the glow from the machines plugged to her and thought about how different everything would’ve been if only she had left Alex long ago or if he didn’t cheat or if she never fell for him.
But what had happened had happened. Now she could do nothing but grieve for her son and failed marriage.