"I hate you!" she yelled, kicking the gnome angrily.
Feeling somewhat calmer now that she'd released some pent-up rage, she headed back out of the attic. Her big mistake was now locked away and buried for all time!
She was going to give herself an ulcer if she kept stewing about it, though!
Maritza glanced over at Haley and smiled. "Good morning!" she called out happily while Rachel grunted her greeting.
Haley was used to it. Rachel was not a morning person, even before she got pregnant!
"I don't know why you have to be so damn chipper in the morning," Rachel snapped grumpily.
They were her very best friends, but Rachel and Maritza didn't always get a long! "Guys, can we please not do this again," Haley started to interrupt before the girls could really get going.
"Oh dammit!" Rachel said, vaulting from her seat, surprising everyone. "My water broke!"
Haley blanked on what she was supposed to do when it was time. She looked around the room in a panic until Maritza called out, "Haley! Call the doctor and tell her we're coming in!"
Maritza nodded. "I'm sure she's fine. I read that new mothers sometimes take hours to deliver."
Haley paled. "Hours?" she asked. That sounded awful.
"Don't worry, she's in good hands!"
Haley nodded, if anyone would know, it would be Maritza. She'd grown up in the hospital since her Dad was one of the doctors on call. That, and she was practically a genius!
Just then, Rachel came through the front door holding a precious bundle in her arms.
Haley turned to her friend and gave her a hug. "You did great, Rach! I'm so happy for you!" Tears pricked her eyelids.
"I know! But I couldn't have done it without you guys," Rachel said with tears of her own in her eyes. "Thank you both." She turned and squeezed Maritza's hand.
Unfortunately, it would just be her tonight. Rachel had gone over to her parent's house to show off Rio and Maritza had gone camping to find specimens.
That was fine with her, though. Haley certainly didn't have trouble being alone!
Haley dropped her basket and whirled around. "What?!" she asked nervously, taking a step back instinctively in the face of Gage's anger. "What are you talking about?"
She hadn't seen him since she'd called to tell him that she'd seen him at the park and it was over. He hadn't even cared that he'd been caught in a lie, he'd just been worried about her telling his wife. The jerk.
"Love letter?" she repeated, perplexed. Then it dawned on her. The love letter she'd sent to him. Back when she thought they'd had a real relationship. Just another reminder of how absolutely stupid she had been.
"EVER!" she yelled at his retreating back.
"There's my girl! And my grandson! Come in, come in!" he said, stepping back.
Rachel rolled her eyes. "I certainly don't miss her mood swings!"
"So how do you enjoy living at Haley's? You know you can always come home!" Sonja said. "Your father and I miss you! And now we're going to miss out on little Rio growing up!"
"Mom, I'm 5 minutes away! You're not going to miss anything!" Rachel responded.
"It's not the same," Sonja sighed. "Well, are you going to stay for dinner?"
Rachel beamed. Nobody cooked like her mom! "I was hoping we'd have spaghetti?" she asked hopefully.
"Whatever you want!" Sonja beamed. "Tomas, you keep Rio entertained while Rachel and I get dinner on the table."
Sonja smiled at her daughter, now a mother, and she felt tears prick her eyes. "Go on, go tell everyone to come to the table."
"As usual," Tomas added. Sonja did know her way around the kitchen and had made sure that all of her daughters could cook, as well!
"Naughty kitty!" Maritza reprimanded Mittens. "No eating lizards! We want to catch them so we can study them!"
So she'd just lain in bed, enjoying the peace and quiet. Sometimes it was nice to be alone...