Eva didn't need to be told twice!
By the time she rushed into his room, Chase had already rolled out of bed and was running towards her. He gripped her shoulders, "Are you okay?" he asked.
Eva nodded, attempting to drag in a few breaths. "Mother's having the baby!"
"It's going to be okay," Chase told her, throwing on his clothes.
Chase smiled as Eva came rushing to see her newest sibling.
Chase's jaw dropped, stunned by the sadness in his little girl's eye. "No! Never! What makes you think that?" he asked with concern.
Eva shrugged. "I dunno," she mumbled.
"Hold on a second. I'll be right back," Chase said.
Then he rushed back out to Eva.
Her eyes immediately lit up.
Farrah cocked her head, but didn't seem very impressed.
"By all means, GO!" Yvonne said with a flourish of her hands.
Looking up, he saw his Dad at the back of the theater watching.
Chase hesitated. Part of him wanted to confide in his father all the difficulties he was having with his marriage. But, as he told his father that everything was fine, he realized that the other part of him worried that if he gave voice to his unhappiness that there would be no going back. His family had never been thrilled with his choice of Yvonne and he knew they'd stand behind him if he chose to leave her.
He shook his head slightly. What was he thinking? he thought frantically. It was just a rough patch. No need to even think about divorce...
Her gaze hit the recent photograph of her family. This is my family, she thought as she gazed at her children's smiling faces. Her eyes took in the look in Chase's eye and the way his arm was casually draped behind her back. This is my family...
She lowered her head with a sob and buried her face in her hands as her heart pinched uncomfortably.
Chase smiled. "Who else would it be?" he said teasingly.
Chase wrapped his arms around her and held her tight. "I know, Yvonne," he said, desperate to comfort her. "I know! I love you," he said, his voice full of emotion, close to tears himself. "I love you!"
Chase wiped the tear away from her cheek. "Never!" he promised.