Chapter 47

Anyone would have thought it was some gala event about to take place by all the press and security at the hospital. Somehow, word had gotten out that Sarah was in labor and the press had descended in their usual over-eager way.

Howie looked around at the crowd and then at his wife. She really didn’t need the added stress of having to deal with all this. Thankfully, AJ had called Billy and that security was in place. Pulling Sarah just a little tighter, he pressed a kiss into her hair as the car slowed.

Raoul saw the anxious look on Howie’s face and said, "We’ll get you two in without any problems, boss."

"I know and thanks," acknowledged Howie.

Touching her gently on the knee, Raoul reassured her, "’Shorty’, Billy’s gonna carry you in but I’ll be right behind you with ‘D’."

Sarah was in the middle of a contraction but she nodded her head that she understood.

As the car came to a stop, Raoul got out first and the rest of security moved into position to hold the press back. Gathering Sarah in his arms, Billy moved quickly through the crowd using his body the best he could to shield her from the cameras. Howie followed answering a couple questions but his focus was on his wife.

Safely inside, an ER nurse met the couple with a wheelchair and Billy carefully set Sarah in it.

Kneeling down beside her, the giant rubbed her back as he took her hand in his. "You listen to me. You are one of the toughest ladies I know. Hell, you never let me back you down. Don’t be scared of a little thing like having these babies. You’ve done it before and look what a beautiful daughter you have. And this time, you’ve got ‘D’ with you…not some asshole who doesn’t give a damn about you."

"Thank you, Billy," whispered Sarah.

"You’ve got too many people looking out for you for you to be worried about a thing. Now go pop those babies out as easily as you and ‘D’ made them."

Through the tears, Sarah laughed, "That is so crude!"

"But it made you laugh. Don’t worry about a thing," smiled Billy and he gave her a kiss on the cheek.

As the nurse started to push Sarah towards Labor and Delivery, Billy put his hand on Howie’s shoulder, "Call me if you need me. We’re gonna get the others in and then clear out for a while. Raoul and Tommy are going to take turns staying with you and Sarah and the rest of us will be around."

"Thanks, Billy…for everything."

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