The Birthing Suite – The Ending

Haven’t read part one and two? Start here.

As she slid back into consciousness, she wrestled the sheets and hit the bars of the hospital bed. A nurse would be in soon.  She vaguely remembered them pumping milk out of her breasts last time.  She didn’t even know they could do that while someone was only semi-conscious. Was that all she was to be now? A lactating cow, never to hold her babies again? And what happens when they decide the girls can go onto formula? She could move her limbs but they weren’t exactly working in time with the orders from her brain. She knew there would be no way she could sit up let alone escape.

Within minutes the next assault was upon her. The same nurse, who had taken her babies, appeared at her bedside and shined the torch in her eyes.  She started to thrash. No, no, no. Not again. It was too late.  She was driven further into a black void with every millilitre that was forced under her skin.

***

She opened her eyes slowly. Her head was resting on a pillow. The veil of fog had been lifted almost completely and her mind was clear enough to know not to move, to stay in that exact position lest they find her out. She couldn’t see anyone from where she lay, but she could hear light breathing. Someone was sitting at the end of the bed.

She wasn’t willing to risk another dose. Ensuring she made no sound, she carefully moved her head and looked down at her body. Her limbs weren’t strapped down but dark purple bruises stained her arms. Perhaps now, with her mind sharp, she could think about how to escape. The only option she could think of was to knock out the person sitting at the end of her bed, but she knew that would be impossible. She’d been lying in a hospital bed, probably for days, with a pretty potent drug keeping her there. There was no way her body would allow her to fight any time soon.

A noise startled her. She held her breath. She heard the noise again. A baby, she was sure there was a baby in the room. She sat bolt upright, not caring anymore if they held her down and put a needle through her flesh,  if she could just get a glimpse of her twins.

She froze, struggling to utter the word caught in her throat.

‘Marion?’

‘Yes, it’s me. Hello Melissa.’ The woman who looked so much like herself sat at the end of her bed, nursing her infant on her breast. It was almost like staring in to the mirror, except Marion’s hair was styled into a modern cut and she wasn’t dressed in a hospital robe.

‘Where are my girls?’ Melissa pleaded.

‘They are safe, I promise’ Marion paused. ‘I don’t have long but I’m so glad I was able to meet you.  Thank you for saving Alexandra’s life.’ She looked at the baby in her arms.

‘Uh, you’re welcome. Why are you here?’ She asked, feeling strangely calm.

‘I really needed to see you.  I found out about you a few years ago, although I think I had a suspicion earlier than that. There was a lot of whispering after I’d had a miscarriage and I remember overhearing my father talking about a twin. I only found out yesterday that your name was Melissa.’

‘What’s going to happen to me?’ Melissa asked.

Marion sighed. ‘Nothing, now. As soon as I was out of recovery, I demanded to see you and ensure you were safe. You saved my baby, after all. I wish things were different but they aren’t and it won’t be a happy ending if you don’t get out of here. I’ve arranged some transport for you.’ She paused and looked at the door.  ‘You might want to get away as soon as you’re able. You can’t trust anyone.’

‘I’m going home?’ She was stunned.

‘Yes, today. As much as I love my father, I don’t believe he always does the right thing. He will do whatever it takes to ensure you remain a secret, so you need to leave as soon as possible.’ She could see the dark sunken circles under Marion’s eyes.

Marion stood up abruptly, almost as though she’d been told to leave by an unseen force.

‘Good luck, Melissa, and thank you again.’ Marion moved towards the bed and gave her a kiss on the cheek.  She didn’t kiss Marion back but took a closer look at the bundled up newborn in her arms; her niece was the spitting image of her girls. Marion smiled and quickly walked out.

Now alone, Melissa moved her feet off the bed and although a little wobbly, she could stand.  She wanted to believe her sister but there was no certainty that she was telling the truth.  She did know that she wasn’t out of danger yet. She didn’t feel like she would ever be safe again. She saw that her hospital bag was still near the window sill and she opened it up. Someone had gone through it but she didn’t care. She took out some clothes and dressed herself, not worrying about her appearance.

A knock came at the door. She jumped. The whole time she’d been in the hospital no one had ever knocked.

She turned. ‘John?’

‘I’ve come to take you home.’ He came in and gave her a warm hug.

‘Oh, John,’ she hugged him back, breathing in the familiar smell of his aftershave. Her heart flowed on to his shirt, wetting it though. Finally she knew everything would be okay. He was here.

‘They have filled me in on what’s happening honey, I’ve been worried sick. They said you fainted and have been in the Intensive Care Unit for days. They wouldn’t let me talk to you. I wasn’t even allowed to see the girls.’

‘I have a lot to tell you but let’s get out of here first.’

***

She walked out of the hospital with John at her side, not knowing how she had gotten out of that situation, but thankful she had. The nurses were all very cooperative, too cooperative, but she wasn’t taking any chances. She knew she had to be quick just in case they changed their minds. She needed a good disguise and they needed to get a one way plane ticket to far, far away.

They secured the cubes in the car. She smiled. Her babies were safe and finally with her.

‘Is it okay if I drive?’  She asked.

‘Are you sure, honey?’ He looked concerned.

‘I need it. You know how it calms my nerves.’

‘Okay, just let me know if you need to swap back.’ He gave her a gentle kiss on the lips.

‘Thanks.’

John shut her door like he always did and started moving around to the passenger side. Melissa turned the ignition, took one more look at the man she’d loved and put her foot on the accelerator. She looked in the review mirror as she sped away, leaving him standing alone in the hospital car park.

She knew John was involved somehow. There was no way the President’s elaborate deception about her identity could have been maintained without John being a part of the plan. That was why the nurses had let her leave, because she was safely being monitored.

Marion confirmed her suspicions when she thought back to their conversation, Marion had said that she’d organized her transport, an odd way to say her husband was coming to pick her up and she made a note of reminding Melissa not to trust anyone.

She knew Marion had done her a big favor. Thanks to her sister, her girls, her twins, would never be a part of their game. She accelerated, leaving everything she ever knew behind her.

A Mum in the Wild
Also linking up with IBOT

*Firstly, I want to thank my readers and commenters over the last three weeks. Thank you so much for pushing me to continue this tale and  write in a genre I’m not use to and thank you for your wonderful supportive comments.

*Secondly, I’m considering moving Short Tale Tuesday to a fortnightly linky. I just feel like I don’t get enough time to sit down and correct my writing the way I want to and I really want to become a better writer. The Birthing Suite was a great indication of how much better this little series could have been had I  given myself a bit more time to pursue character development and plot. Yes, I could have left it and worked on it but I’m so limited in time (three children under five and I work two days a week) that I would have had nothing to post for Short Tale Tuesday. For my wonderful, supportive linkers, I would love to know your thoughts on switching it to a fortnightly link up.


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Comments

  1. Why have I only read this chapter?? I am going back to read the others now. I am a huge reader and loved it. You have talent for sure. Rachel x
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    • But now you know the ending! lol. Thanks for coming by and reading Rachel, my, oh my, It wasn;t such a Short Tale Tuesday this week!

  2. Great conclusion Pen! very well done xx
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    • Thanks Catherine. Glad you liked it. It was hard to come up with an ending. All the ones I thought of lead to another episode until I came up with this one. I love how my brain finds a solution when I start to write.

  3. Oh well done! Who’d have thought that hubby was involved!
    Great ending Pen!
    I’ve written a two parter myself this time. It would have been too long had I just kept going, and I would have had to cut out too much of the story to make it shorter.
    About fortnightly, I’m happy to link in however often it is! Two weeks would also give me more time to get it right, but it might also just give me extra time to slack off, if that makes sense. Sometimes the time pressure is what makes me get it done.
    Whatever you decide hun!
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    • Tracey, you better not slack off! Take the time to make your writing the best it can be. When I write a picture book, I set it aside for a good month (I usually think it’s finished) and go back to it. The amount of mistakes or areas that need reworking is amazing. That’s what I want to do. Write it one week, set it down for five days and go back to it before I hit publish. I just need that extra time to make it better. Plus, If I’m putting out rubbish and a publisher see’s it, yikes, no contract for me!

      I adored reading your story yesterday Tracey, seriously beautiful writing. I really can’t wait for the next one!

  4. I loved this series – loved it! You’re a captivating writer
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    • Naww Thank you! I might have to think about doing another series in future but I can’t wait to get back to my picture book writing niche.

  5. Great way to end it Penny, especially since there is still room to pick it up again later if you wish. I think that moving it to fortnightly is a great idea. I struggled coming up with two tales in two weeks.
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    • I know, it’s quite a challenge isn’t it. I think moving it to fortnightly is now the plan, so the 1st and 3rd week of every month. I might organise a date schedual so it makes it easier for everyone to know when it’s on. I’m very glad everyone feels that way. I just need a little extra time to edit and rework my writing before I publish. If we are putting our creative work out there we should at least give it the time it deserves. You never know who’s reading!

  6. Oh this was so good. It would make a fantastic movie, I can really see it all happening.
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    • Thank so much for visiting every week Jess and supporting this crazy series. I think I’m going to have to write another series soon. Perhaps some lovey stuff this time? LOL

  7. Ooooh, that was an awesome ending!!! Still left me wanting to know more…where does she run away to ? What happens to the twins ?
    Love it!
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    • I can p;ick it up again later, I’m sure there could be much more to this story BUT I am glad it’s over for now and you’re not all asking me to write more. It’s been a full on slog to get this written and edited in time but It was worth it just to see people coming back each week to read. I’m on such a high right now. Perfect timing because I’m going to a writing conference on Saturday!

  8. Wow!! What a great ending.. I want MORE!! haha

    looking forward to reading other stories you come up with.. I might even attempt to write my own!!
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    • Noooo! Don’t ask me for more! I might write more in future but at the moment I’m really glad it’s finished for the moment. I’m looking forward to a nice little happy piece coming up!

  9. Wow! Beautifully written I absolutely lost any sense of what was really going around me I was so absorbed in this story.
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    • Thanks Carly. I should also mention my best freind and editor, Emma was a great help through all this series. In such short time frame she looked over my work critically and fixed any errors that appeared. If it weren’t for her it wouldn’t have been a three week series, more like a month! Thank you so much for reading. I know it was a super long one this week. There will be a nice happy Short Tale soon. :)

  10. I am so glad you finished this, loved it. Kept me right to the end – and Jess is right, great premise for a movie!!!!

    • I don’t know about a movie.. You’re all being far too nice. Would it be a drama, or horror? lol

  11. This was just gripping Pen, I couldn’t read it quick enough. I loved the story line. Absolutely loved it.

    I like the idea of a fortnightly STT, I’m struggling at the moment finding writing time but I have more chance of committing to a fortnightly gig x
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    • Thank you sooo much Jac. I did have quite a bit of help from my bestie. I couldn’t have written it to this level in a week if I tried. She was my hard core editor for each series and she only had a day to rip it to shreds. I ca’t wait for writing inspiration we will get for CYA. So excited!

  12. Loved this series! :)

    • Thank you Kim. Thanks so much for visiting again. It was a long read this tiem around, thanks for taking the time to read it!

  13. Great conclusion! Will you develop this further into something longer? You write so well – I’ll be following along with your short tales in the future.
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    • Thanks so much Jayne. I might do. I’ll see where my head it at in the next couple of weeks. I may want to continue the series. It was only meant to be one Short Tale but so many people wanted more I just couldn’t say no. It was hard work writing these in a week. I’d like to take some time to develop the characters further. You may see another series yet!

  14. Excellent story! I loved it!! You’re a very talented and captivating writer :)
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    • Thanks so much Tubbah! I’m hoping I will keep you interested in my writing in future. I don’t usually write in this genre but I think I’ll need to write more like this in future just to keep you guys coming back! Thanks so much for your support!

  15. I’m so relieved there is a happy ending to this!
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  16. Phew! That was gripping. There was a noticeable release in my shoulders after finishing the second part of the story. So relieved!! Great job Pen.
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