Sunday, July 19, 2015

The state of things

The state of things




All Josie could think of was a paper bag. She didn't have a paper bag.

"What..what do we do?" Josie jumped up like she might do something, but all she could manage was to watch.

Gage casually pushed the button from up above and the little apparatus came down and he put it on Halie's face after he handed off Alec to Josie who of course, handed the baby to Henry.

Josie started deep breathing as if the panic attack might be contagious. We're they ever getting home?

Finally, Halie's breathing pattern settled down by the time the stewardess made it to her seat. Josie got back in her seat.

Alec was still drowsy and went to sleep in Henry's arms.

"Well, if I'd only known he was going to do that," she said.

Henry politely hushed her and smiled.

"You, wish you could go to sleep that easy." He told her.

She nodded.

All this traveling was exhilarating, yet tiring. She leaned back in her seat. A part of her wished she knew what Gage was saying to Halie, but she knew they needed some alone time. She and Henry could look after Alec.

She shut her eyes, and could only here her mother say one more time, "Are you out of your mind!"

OK, so maybe mentioning her plans with Henry over the phone wasn't the best plan, but she was happy about the decision. Still, her eyes ached. She yawned. Perhaps, she wasn't in any hurry to get home, after all.


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Gage guessed he was reprimanded. Still, he thought it was an emergency with Halie. He didn't know she had these kind of episodes.

"I don't." She told him. "I've never had one." She sounded like she didn't even know what a panic attack was.

"OK." He shrugged. He imagined her traveling a lot. After all, she'd flown to States before. He didn't think it was that big of a deal.

"I haven't really gone anywhere after having Alec," Halie finally said.

He nodded.

"Maybe..maybe..you're upset..that you should have called your Dad, at least." Gage looked at her, as if he understood her stress.

"He got married." She closed her eyes. "He has never seen Alec."

"Really?" Gage winced.

"It doesn't matter."

"Sounds like it does." Gage nursed his bottom lip. He knew his dad sounded furious, but he had a feeling his Dad would be happy to see his grandson.

Then Gage remembered his plans with Macy. So suddenly. He didn't want to think of her. But he remembered what he'd said so blatant on her voice mail. He closed his eyes, hoping she hadn't heard, but he was pretty sure she did.

He kind of hoped Macy stayed in England. If that was what she wanted. He could picture her with Dustin. Traveling. Happy. Smiling.

He knew it was hard for her losing her grandmother. Even if she said, she was fine. Gage knew they were close, even if she liked to say they weren't.

But here was Halie. He knew she was scared. He put his arm around her.

Yes, he knew deep down he had to love her. He did. She was Alec's mother, after all.

Never, in his wildest dreams did he think they'd be here. Together.


2 comments:

cat eyes & skinny jeans said...

This is such an exciting time for them!

xx

Launna said...

I am glad Josie is happy with Henry regardless of what others think...

I am not sure about Gage and Halie, it will remain to be seen xox