Baby, Be Mine (Life, Love And Babies Book 3)(3)By: Samantha Chase
“Fine,” she said once more, only this time with an overwhelming sense of defeat. “I remember the house. I’ll be there in a little while.”
“Thanks, Liv,” Mike said with relief. “You’re a lifesaver.”
“Don’t get too ahead of yourself,” she said with a sense of bravado. “I only agreed to come over; I didn’t say that I’d be able to help.”
He didn’t argue. “I’ll see you soon.”
Hanging up her phone, Olivia threw it on her bed as she flopped back against the pillows. How was she supposed to survive facing Jake after almost eight years? And how was she supposed to do it without turning into a babbling idiot?
With a sigh of resignation, she stood and grabbed her purse. “I guess it’s time to find out.”
The drive over was way too short, and Olivia had hoped to have a minute or two to sit in the driveway and work up the courage to get out. Unfortunately, her brother and Jake were sitting on the front steps of the house – each looking more miserable than the next. As soon as she stepped out of the car, she was hit with an overwhelming sense of dread. “What’s going on?” She focused her attention and her question at her brother. Her eyes actually hurt from not looking at Jake.
Mike rose and walked over to hug her. “Thank you,” he whispered.
That was all fine and well, but Olivia was still clueless as to why her attendance here was of any relevance. Pulling back, she looked her brother in the eye. “Okay, I’m here. What is going on?” she repeated.
In the background, an infant’s cry was coming from the house. The kid certainly had a set of lungs, Olivia thought to herself. The cries were so loud that it sounded like more than one baby.
“Earlier today, Marilyn, Jake’s ex-fiancé, stopped by.”
Ex-fiancé? Jake had been engaged? That was another bit of news that no one had bothered to share with her. Ever. “And this pertains to me…how?”
He swiped a hand over his face, and Olivia forced herself to stay focused on him even as Jake came to stand beside him. “He hadn’t seen her in months, and she showed up here and dropped them off.” He motioned to the house behind him. “And then she left.”
“Wait…them?” Mike nodded. “As in more than one baby?” He nodded again, and Olivia felt a little faint. The sound of the crying, however, kept her in the moment. “So let me ask you this – if they’re in there, why are you out here?”
“They won’t stop,” Jake said, and Olivia heard the tremble in his voice. At any other time she might have taken a minute to let the sound of that masculine voice wash over her, but now was obviously not the time. Plus, he sounded like he was near hysterical.
“Have you fed them?” she asked, and both men nodded. “Changed them?” This time two blank faces stared back at her. “Oh, for crying out loud…” she huffed before walking around them and into the house.
It didn’t take long to find the babies – they were right in the family room in their infant carriers and even louder now that she was standing before them. “Hey, guys,” she whispered as she crouched down between them. They were so tiny that Olivia was almost afraid to touch them. “Okay, let’s see what we’ve got here,” she said and reached for the large canvas bag that was sitting between them. Rifling through, she found diapers and wipes and then did her best to lift baby number one from the seat.
Laying the child down on the carpet, she carefully undressed her. Of course she didn’t realize she was a she until she pulled the diaper off – her clothes were fairly gender neutral. “Okay, sweet girl,” she cooed, “Let’s get some dry clothes on you.” It didn’t take long to get the baby cleaned up and changed into clean, dry clothes. Olivia was hesitant to put her back in the infant seat, but there simply wasn’t anyplace else she could currently go.