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Love Thy Neighbor

By:Belle Aurora

n a show of brotherly support.

She brings up a static-looking screen and says softly, “There they are.” Pointing to what looks like bits of nothing.

Leaning closer, I frown, “Where?”

Tanya points out two little spots and almost whispers, “Right there.”


I rear back. Turning to face Tanya, I query, “They? Two? There are two babies?”

Tanya chuckles and nods. And I suddenly want to do a nudie run down the halls in triumph.

Raising both my hands to my head, I grip my hair and mutter, “Two. Instant family.”

Turning to a smiling Nat, I see her shake her head at me. I move forward and take her mouth in a deep kiss. She chuckles against my mouth. Tina smiles up at me and I lower myself to kiss her forehead. I whisper, “Thank you. So much.”

Tina cups my cheek and says, “Ghost, you’re gonna make me cry. Stop.”

Nik smiles at me and I almost jump on him. I wrap my arms around him and lift him. He laughs, “Take it easy, bro. You’re gonna tear something if you don’t calm down.”

Standing back, I look at everyone through wide eyes and shout, “This is the best day of my life!”

Then I pass out.


I watch Ash fall back onto the floor in a dead faint.

Everyone watches him closely for a second and when it’s clear he’s not waking anytime soon, I wave a hand at him and tell Tanya, “Show me more!”

Tina and Nik chuckle at me and Tanya says through a choked laugh, “How about I print off all the photos I have and make you an album.”

My throat clogs with emotion. I whisper, “I’d love that. Thank you.”

Tanya steps over Ash as she exits the room and I turn to Nik and Tina. Unsure where to start, I blurt out, “You’re making my dreams come true.”

Tina squeezes my hand and says, “No. We’re not.” Pointing to her belly, she goes on, “This. This is you and Ash. Just call me an oven.”

Nik comes forwards and kisses my forehead. He says, “Good things come to those who wait, babe.”

I look over at my husband on the floor. He’s waited his whole life for happiness.

He deserves this.

I deserve this.

A large smile spreads across my mouth. I tell my friends, “I love you both, and I’m going to love these babies like no one else could. I will cherish and protect them. And Ash is going to be a great daddy to them. We’re finally going to be a family.”

Warmth spreads through my belly.

My family is almost complete.

And my happy has returned to stay.

The End