Attention to Anything Going on Around Her. It Was Perfect

attention to anything going on around her. It was perfect. Jake had contemplated going to

his bedroom to read, but quickly decided against it. If he passed out, he didn’t want Abby

to find him unconscious on the bedroom floor. Besides, what if he hit his head and bled

to death? It might take Abby hours before she found him. Jake quietly laughed at his own

absurdity. He guessed that he was more nervous than Abby about this whole thing, and

he thought it showed. Jake only hoped that it didn’t show too much.

With another deep breath, Jake opened the cover and forced himself to look at the

pictures. The blood promptly began to drain from his head, and the young man had to

quickly slam it shut. Hearing the sound, Abby looked up from her keyboard to see her

Jake placing his head between his legs, apparently to keep himself from passing out.

“Are you all right?” she asked, puzzled by his behavior.

“I’m fine,” Jake called out, not bothering to look up, but discreetly shoving the book

under his leg so she couldn’t see what he had been reading.

“Another flashback?” wondered Abby, threatening to get up from her chair.

“No, no,” he quickly insisted, raising his head to look at his wife. “I was just relaxing a

little, that’s all.”

“Are you sure?” she hesitated, her hand on the armrest of the computer chair, as if poised

to cross the room to check on him.

Attempting to prove that he really was fine, Jake grabbed a nearby newspaper and kicked

his feet out on the coffee table. With an innocent smile, he tried to engross himself in

yesterday’s news until Abby was satisfied, and returned to her work. After a few minutes

of waiting, Jake peeked over the edge of his paper and pulled out the dreaded book once

more.

He had to do this. There was no other choice. He had gotten Abby into this predicament

in the first place, and he wasn’t about to abandon her when she needed him the most. It

wasn’t the screaming that he was afraid of, or even the sight of bleeding– it was the idea

that Abby was the one doing it. The book assured him that childbirth was a beautiful

thing, but Jake was having a difficult time believing it. In fact, the baby itself seemed to

be the only positive thing about this entire experience. He turned another page and was

greeted by a crying woman trying to pass a baby between her legs.

With a shudder, Jake closed the book and checked the clock. This time, he had made it all

the way to page twelve. Pleased that he was making progress, the expectant father

returned the volume to Abby’s nightstand without her noticing.

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