Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Benched Leaves

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Nick did not want to disappoint Nicole again. He knew that when he had missed the baby's birth Nicole was deciding if she should stay or leave. He really did love her and their son made every day a joy. He sat on the bench at the airport trying to come up with a way to get back to Nebraska. The drive would take almost ten hours and that would mean he would have to rent a car.

Luckily he was at an airport that rental car kiosks. As he made his way over in that direction he could see the crowds around the counters. Apparently he was not the only one who was ready to leave the airport. By the time he made it to the front it was two o'clock; he knew then that he would end up driving all night. That was if he even could get a car.

"I'm sorry sir, but the only vehicles he have available are a mini-van or a jaguar. There are no economy or standard rate cars available."

"I'll take the jaguar. It is a one way trip and will be returned in Omaha tomorrow."

He filled out all the paperwork, called Nicole and told her he was on his way and that he would probably be home around three A.M., and he got into the car.

Driving all night was exhausting and by the time he pulled into the driveway he was ready to go to bed. Walking up the stairs he heard screaming. Nicole was pacing in the nursery with a screaming Bruce on her shoulder.  "Want some help?" Nick asked as he entered the room.

Relief washed over Nicole's face as she handed the baby over. Nick began talking soothingly to Bruce and he calmed down. "How long's this been going on?"

"Over and hour," she answered. "He woke up screaming and there was nothing I could do to calm him down. I've tried everything short of putting him in the car and going for a drive."

"Maybe he had a bad dream," Nick said. "He seems to be calming a bit now. Do you think we could lay on the bed with him? I'm totally wiped out."

"Of course," she nodded. "Do you want to give him back to me?"

"No, I'm okay with him and does seem to be settling. He might fall asleep with me. What time's the party?"

"I've told everyone one o'clock; that way Bruce will have had his nap and we should be able to have fun."

"What do you need me to do?" He asked, already lying flat on his back on their bed.

"I'll let you know in the morning. Go ahead and get some sleep now."

Linking up with my friend Josie at Two Shoes Tuesday where today's prompts were bench or leave.

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  1. Yea! Nick made it home! He has probably redeemed himself at the moment. But what next???

  2. Yeah he made it home!! he made a good decision
    *please be a good man chant intensifies*

  3. I was glad that Nick realized he was on thin ice after missing out on his son's birth and put himself full out to get home for his birthday. I'm hoping everything is ok with little Bruce, it is strangely common for children to get sick on their birthdays! I have my fingers crossed for Nick, and that he'll stay on track as a husband and a father, but that beginning was kind of ominous and I wonder if he's going to veer off in a bad direction. You are keeping the suspense factor growing strong here my friend, good job! :-)

  4. My immediate thought was "Let's hope he doesn't forget to take the rental car back!" as he is sure to sleep in in the morning after that drive. I too think he may be a bit changeable in his priorities. You will keep us on tenterhooks for sure.

  5. You have quite a story going here. I am glad you are writing, again. It appears you are having fun doing so, too!

  6. A wonderful segment in this great story. Last time I wanted to hit him over the head with a two by four. And Nicole is so loving and understanding. She let him sleep.

  7. I am glad that Nick arrived safely in time.

  8. I am so glad Nick made it home in time. I will have to read more. :)

  9. Love taking a break and reading your stories... This one certainly makes me want to pick up "the book" and sit in the tub and keep reading... :)


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