One Hour Later.
San Myshuno Hospital | San Myshuno.
Salim made it to the hospital just as Aahana started pushing and 30 minutes later, two beautiful baby girls were born. It was a quick and easy delivery too, especially for a first time mom with twins, at least that’s what the nurse told Camilla after questioning her about her relation to the couple. Apparently, the hospital had very strict rules about giving out patient info of any kind, so before she answered any of Camilla’s questions, she had to answer hers.
Nurse, suspicious: So who are you exactly?
Camilla: Oh, I’m- Salim, the dad, he’s my boyfriend.
Nurse: [raises eyebrow] Boyfriend, huh?
Camilla: [nods] Yes.
Nurse: So, just to be clear, [points down the hall] the man that’s in that room over there, whose wife just delivered twins, is your boyfriend?
Camilla: No, he- they’re not married, well- not anymore, they’re divorced.
Camilla, flustered: No really, we didn’t even meet until after the fact and I was the one who brought her to the hospital- we weren’t messing around when they were together or anything.
Nurse: [looks her up and down] If you say so …
The nurse was annoying but Camilla could see how weird this situation was, especially to a stranger. It was weird to her too … hanging outside the delivery room while her boyfriend and his ex-wife brought their babies into the world? It was … odd and admittedly, she did feel out of place …
Nurse, annoyed: Do you need anything else?
Camilla: No- I-
Salim: [walks up] Everything okay?
Boy was she glad to see him.
Camilla: Yeah … it’s … fine … how’s everybody?
Salim: Good. They were checking the babies out and getting them cleaned up. It took longer than I thought though, I’m sorry. [kisses her forehead] I know you’ve been out here for awhile.
Camilla: It’s okay … [nods towards the nurse who was shooting them dirty looks] I don’t think the nurse over there likes me though.
Salim: [chuckles] She looks like she don’t like nobody.
Camilla: [giggles] You might be right.
When he put his arm around her, she felt so much better. He had a way of doing that.
Salim: I want you to meet the babies. You okay with that?
Camilla, nervous: … Yeah, but … is Aahana okay with it?
Salim: It was her idea.
When they got inside, Aahana was in bed, holding both of the babies. One with her right hand and one with her left, each dressed in little matching outfits. They were so tiny and so cute and looked so much like Salim.
Aahana motioned for Camilla to come over so she could properly introduce them.
Aahana, softly: [pats baby in right hand] So this is Maya [pats baby in left hand] and this is Yasmin.
Camilla: [smiles] They’re so cute.
Aahana: [smiles back] They are and they’ve been so good too … You wanna hold them?
Camilla, nervous: Oh … I don’t … really know how- I don’t want to drop them or-
Aahana: [chuckles] You won’t, relax. Just go wash your hands, then Salim’ll help you. [hands Maya to Salim]
Camilla washed her hands then stood next to the bed while Salim slid Maya into her, visibly nervous arms.
Aahana: Relax, okay? You’re not going to break her.
Following Aahana’s instructions, she took a deep breath and cradled her, holding her close to her chest. She smelled sooooo good and her little face as she slept … it was the sweetest thing ever.
Aahana: [clears throat] So … Salim and I were talking and … I- we think we should talk.
Salim: All three of us.
Aahana: [nods] All three of us.
That thing … about feeling out of place … she didn’t so much anymore …
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