Baby, Be Mine (Life, Love And Babies Book 3)(4)By: Samantha Chase
Once the baby was quieted and back in her seat, Olivia gave her a pacifier, then turned her attention to her twin. “Now it’s your turn, sweet pea,” she said softly as she lay the baby down. “How about we…” She stopped when she took the diaper off. “Okay, wasn’t expecting that.” With a smile she cleaned the baby up. “Well now, young man, now you have some clean pants, too.” The baby’s eyes watched her intently as she worked, and when she settled him back into his seat, Olivia swore that he understood her.
She wanted to pick them both up and hug them and snuggle with them and just breathe in their sweet baby smell, but she knew that she couldn’t. These were Jake’s babies. Well, Jake and Marilyn’s, and it was too much to wrap her brain around right now. Satisfied that they were both all right and about to fall asleep, Olivia backed out of the room and went in search of the two who were responsible for this situation.
Walking out the front door, she found her brother and Jake exactly where she had left them – standing in the middle of the driveway. “What is wrong with the two of you?” she demanded as she stomped down the steps toward them. “Both of those babies were soaked to the skin! How could you have left them like that?”
Jake didn’t look at her, and Mike stammered. “How…I…how am I supposed to know how to change a diaper?”
“It’s not brain surgery, you moron! Those poor babies cannot take care of themselves. They need the adults around them to do it.”
“That’s why I called you, Liv! We have no idea what to do!”
She pinched the bridge of her nose and did her best to not wind up and punch her brother in the face. “Where is their mother?” she asked. “When is she coming back?”
“She’s not,” Jake said quietly.
Olivia looked at him in shock, but Jake still wouldn’t meet her gaze. “Excuse me?”
“I never even knew she was pregnant. She said she found out after we broke up and figured that I’d be willing to pay child support.” He sighed and looked at the ground. “She wasn’t planning on twins. When she showed up here this morning, she told me that she had met someone, and that twins – or any kids for that matter – don’t fit into her plans.”
Olivia felt sick. “So she just dropped them off and walked away?”
Jake was silent for a long time until Mike spoke up. “Not exactly…”
“Mike,” Jake warned.
“She deserves to know. Especially if she’s going to help.”
“Know what?” Olivia asked even though she knew she wasn’t going to like the answer.
Mike waited for Jake to speak but when he remained silent, he turned to his sister. “She asked for money. Said that she’d sign over custody for a lump sum.” He said the words with disgust. “So Jake wrote her a check and sent her on her way.”
“So basically she used her womb as her own personal ATM?” Olivia asked to no one in general. “Charming.” She always knew that Jake picked the wrong kind of women. That was why all those years ago she had been so sure that he would see that she was the right one for him.
Pushing those thoughts aside, she straightened and faced Mike. “I still don’t see what this has to do with me. I’m not a nanny, nor do I want to be.”
“It’s after five in the afternoon, Liv,” Mike said. “Jake has no idea how to handle a baby, let alone two! He just needs a hand until he can hire someone.”
Olivia let those words sink in for a minute. She glanced at Jake who was still staring at the ground and then back to her brother. “Sorry,” she said and watched as both men paled. “Like I said, I’m not a nanny. I’m sure between the two of you, you can get through the night and begin making calls in the morning. You’re both successful businessmen. You’ll figure it out.” Turning, she walked over to her car.