August 31, 2015

Haley: Week Twenty-Seven, Day One

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Maritza laid in her dark room, unsure of the time.. or even the day...

She'd missed so much of her pregnancy, she thought, running her hand over her stomach to feel the kick.  She'd been so lost in her grieving in the early months, Rachel and Haley had encouraged her to take her prenatal vitamins, dragged her to prenatal appointments and had generally forced her to live again.

"I'd be lost without them," she said aloud, reaching down to rub Mittens head. 
 Mittens sighed heavily and stretched out, rubbing herself against Maritza's leg.


Nooooo, I just got to sleep, Rachel thought with irritation when the stomping coming from the attic had woken little Shayla up.  She didn't remember Rio waking up this much in the night when he was a baby!  "I'm going to kill those boys!" she grumbled under her breath, throwing the covers off the bed.


"Do it again, Rio! Do it again!" Jason urged, giggling as he clung to Rio's back. 

"Are you ready?" Rio asked teasingly as he bounced up and down on Jason's bottom bunk.  "Heeeeere we go!"
Holding tight to Jason, he hopped off the bed and landed on the floor with a solid thunk.
Shrieking with laughter, the boys ran around the room wildly.
"Er HERM..." Rachel cleared her throat noisily as she stood at the top of the stairs with her arms crossed.
"Uh oh, we're in trouble!" Jason said, glancing up at his Auntie Rachel.

Rio glanced down at Jason.  Boy, were they ever...

"Any day now!" Haley said excitedly over breakfast.  "
Maritza nodded, quietly cutting into the pancakes on her plate.  It had only been 6 months since Daryl had passed away.  It still hurt to think about raising their child without him. 

Glancing up, she realized that Haley and Rachel had changed the subject and were chatting about Jason's birthday party scheduled for later that evening.  She was glad they hadn't waited for her to answer.  Some days she still got lost in her thoughts...
"Thank you for breakfast," Maritza said, reaching over to pick up plates.

"Maritza! Let me grab the dishes!" Haley said.

"No, no, I'm fine! I can do the dishes for goodness sakes!" Maritza said, determined to be more helpful.  She hated feeling so helpless all the time.
An ache in her back had her dropping the plates to the table and bending over in discomfort.  "Or not," she winced, breathing shallowly.  "Oh, that hurt!"
Haley set Jason down and started to gather up the dishes Maritza had put down.  "Let me get it Maritza," she said.  "You go lay down and rest. I'll take care of it!"

Maritza nodded and headed to her room.


Maritza found that she couldn't sleep.  She felt too full of energy, as though she had slept too long for all those weeks!  She lifted Mittens up, "I'm really feeling much better!" she said as she stroked her fur.


After doing the dishes, Haley hung the clothes up to dry, fed the baby chicks and had begun tending to her poor, neglected garden.
"Haley?" Maritza said with a slight sob as she came out the front door.

Haley glanced over her shoulder towards her friend.  "What is it? What's wrong?" she asked.
Maritza covered her heart with her hand. "I miss him so much! I can't do this without him!"

Haley dropped her watering can and hurried to Maritza's side.  "You can, Maritza. You have me! You have Rachel! It's all going to be okay," she said soothingly. 
Maritza shook her head as she wiped at the tears in her eyes. "It's not!" she said with another sob.  "Stop saying that! It's NOT okay!"
Haley's eyes widened when Maritza leaned forward, clutching her stomach.  "You're in labor?! We've got to get you to the hospital!"


Rachel was beside herself with worry.  Haley had left early afternoon to take Maritza to the hospital.  But, they still weren't home yet.  And everyone was here for Jason's birthday party!

She set out a tray of drinks.
"Have you heard from them yet?" Haley's mom, Eva, asked with concern.

Rachel shook her head.  "No," she glanced towards the window.  "Haley should've called by now.  Something's wrong. She never would've missed Jason's birthday!"
"Well, his birthday party's not over yet!" Ian, Haley's brother, offered hopefully.  "If something was wrong, she would've called."

Rachel was all but wringing her hangs.  "I hope so," she said, turning to fidget with the birthday cake.  She hated not knowing what was going on!
Haley trudged up the front steps to her home, alone... 
The minute she walked in the door, Rachel sprinted over to her side. "Is she okay? What took so long?!" she asked with an edge to her voice.

"Everything's fine," Haley assured Rachel.  "She has a beautiful little boy she's named Daryl Patel!" Haley said, remembering the look of joy in Maritza's face when she held him.
"Dr. Wyman just wanted to keep him overnight for observation.  They should be able to come home tomorrow!" 

Rachel sighed with relief.  "Oh great! Dr. Wyman is the best! He'll take great care of them!"


Jason glanced up from where he was watching football with Uncle Ian and Rio and saw his mom finally.  He ran to her side. "Mom! You're home! Is it time for my birthday yet?" he asked excitedly.

Haley smiled at her son and held her arms out for a hug.  "Of course it is!" 
"Let's go see the cake Aunt Rachel made!" she said, happily leading him towards the table.

"Alright!" Jason and Rio cheered, eager for cake and ice cream.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" everyone cheered, singing and blowing noise-makers to celebrate.
"Alright! Chocolate cake!" Jason cheered. "My favorite!"  Taking a deep breath, he blew all the candles out.

Rachel smiled proudly, "Of course! And it's going to be delicious! Your very own Rachel Vasquez Confection!" 

"I thought it was a cake," Jason said, giving his Auntie Rachel a weird look.

Rio nudged his arm. "Is is. Confection's just a fancy word," he told him knowledgeably.


The kids left the parents at the table, slipping away with their slices of cake to the bar.  Twisting in the bar stools, they ate quickly and quietly.
"What do you think they're talking about?" Jason asked, glancing over towards the adults. They were speaking quietly.
Rio shrugged.  "I dunno. Wanna go play upstairs?"

Jason nodded.  "Race you up there!"


The boys set up obstacles around the room and raced around, jumping and weaving around the toys.

"I'm faster than you!" Jason crowed unapologetically.

"No fair! You have shorter legs!" Rio complained as he pushed himself to try to speed past Jason.  Boy, that kid was fast!


  1. Aw. Maritza. She's really taken this hard. But unexpected deaths are often the worst. You have no way to prepare. :( At least she has little Daryl now. Maybe now he's been born she can move forward a little bit.

    Lol at Jason's confection. Poor kid! Yay for birthdays though!

    1. I feel bad for Maritza, hence the Maritza Intermission. She's going to miss Darryl, but I have a suspicion that she's going to move forward just fine. :)

      Lol. I just like Rio correcting Jason all the time. Snotty older siblings. :) (I don't know how many times my daughter corrects my son. Poor kid's going to be whooped when he gets married!)

  2. All caught up again..and wowsers! They sure have been through the wringer! Poor Maritza, to lose Daryl like that. Hopefully she can pull herself together a little bit now, she has someone depending on her!

    Haley is a really good friend, I hope she is able to get her happy ending. (Were you aware that they can have live in love interests once the youngest kid is half way through their teen years? Just saying...that would be an awesome time for Johnny to move back home, lol)

    1. I've been super mean to my ladies this generation! All because of the single with double help! Lol.

      The moment Johnny & Haley can get married is engraved in my spreadsheet. :) And since I always make the oldest child the heir, I'm even going to say that it's halfway through Jason's teen years! Lol. I'm not waiting for Darryl Jr & little Shaylynn to grow up!

  3. Maritza!! :,( I can't blame her, I don't think I'd ever get over losing my loved one like that. At least Daryl Jr came out healthy.

    Happy birthday, Jason!

    1. I know! Martiza wasn't very lucky in love! But now she has Daryl Jr. & her surrogate family. :)

  4. Yay, finally caught up! That was a lot of reading to do. Now I have to wait for more. :(

    Poor Maritza. Hopefully little Daryl will make her happy again. :)

    I get the idea Rio and Jason is going to be quite a handful now that they're both children...

    1. LoL! Thanks for reading! I keep staring at my old hard drive and sighing! Hubby promises to get to it this weekend. :)

      It certainly looks like Jaosn & Rio are going to keep their moms' hands full! It'll be nice for Rio to have someone to play with and confide in now!