Chapter twelve: Tears, Soldiers, And Dolphins?


Six months later…

Friday, August seventeenth.

"I'll tell you what Paige; these babies are kicking me like a soccer ball." I told Paige, on the phone

Yes, I'm having twins.

"You are about to have the babies, it will be brutal." Paige laughed

I glanced at my ring finger.

I started to cry.

"I miss him so much Paige," I sniffed

"Oh honey, don't cry, you're gonna make me cry. He's gonna be back really soon," Paige soothed

"Do you think he'll be there when the babies are born?" I asked

"I don't know sweetie, I hope he is." Paige said

"I just miss him so much, it hurts." I sobbed

"Everything in this apartment reminds me of him, every time I look at my ring finger I break down into tears." I cried

"Oh sweetie, he's gonna be okay. I promise," Paige told me

I wiped away my tears and said,


"Knowing Tristan, he'll make it through without a scratch. All three of them will," Paige reassured me

"You're right," I said

"I know I am," Paige laughed

Someone knocked on my door.

"Hey Paige, someone is at the door. I'll talk to you later," I explained

"Talk to you later," Paige replied, hanging up the phone

I hung up the phone.

"Open this dang door!" Taylor yelled

I opened up the door to find Taylor, Brandon, and baby Max.

Taylor had one baby, a boy. She now shares her birthday with her baby boy.

Yes, she went in to labor and had her baby on her birthday. She's now fifteen and she has her learners permit for driving.

"Hey guys," I smiled

"Come on in," I waved a hand

Taylor, Brandon, and baby Max all came in.

I closed the door and walked over to them.

"How's it going?" I asked

"I'm tired," Taylor and Brandon said in unison

I laughed.

"Dang Steph, it looks like you're ready to pop." Taylor told me

"I'm due any day now," I nodded

"I'll be here for you when you go into labor," Taylor smiled

"Thanks Tay," I winked

"I'll be right back; I'm gonna go get some orange juice." I explained, standing up and walking into the kitchen

I got out a glass and the orange juice.

I opened the carton and just as I picked it up, I felt something warm gush down my leg.

My eyes widened.

My water just broke.

I put the carton of orange juice down.

"Uh, Taylor?" I questioned

I walked into the living room and said,

"My water just broke,"

"Oh my God," Taylor breathed, jumping up

I think she is more in a panic then I am.

"Come on, you need to get to the hospital." Brandon, who is much calmer than Taylor is, said

"He's right, let's go." Taylor nodded

Brandon, Taylor, baby Max, and I all rushed to the car.

Brandon strapped baby Max into his car-seat and sat next to him, I got in the passenger side and Taylor got in the driver side.

Taylor started the car and zoomed out of the driveway.

"Are you sure you know how to drive this thing Tay?" I asked, out of breath from pain

"Yeah, why do you ask?" Taylor questioned

"Well, for starters," I breathed "You've been driving the past mile, in first gear." I explained

"Ah heck," Brandon muttered

"What?" I asked, looking back at him

"This is my car; I forgot we drove it here." Brandon told me

"She's never driven a stick-shift a day in her life." Brandon laughed lightly

Suddenly, red and blue flashing lights were flashing behind our car.

"Dangit," Taylor mumbled, pulling over

Taylor rolled down the window as the officer came up to the window.

"License and registration please," The officer ordered

Taylor gave the officer her learners permit and registration for the car.

"Do you have a reason why you were doing thirty miles over the speed limit?" The officer asked

"Officer, she was going fast because of me." I told him

"I'm in labor," I breathed

"Oh," The officer looked surprised

"Here you go Miss Johnson, would you like me to give you a police escort?" The officer asked, handing Taylor back her permit and the registration

"Yes please," Taylor nodded, putting the papers back in the glove compartment

With the police escort, we got to the hospital in minutes.

Taylor and I rushed into the hospital while Brandon got baby Max.

"Miss, my sister is in labor." Taylor told the receptionist

"Alright, ma'am, sit down here in the wheelchair we'll get you back." The receptionist explained

Within minutes, I was in a hospital bed.

"Hey Taylor," I said

"Yeah?" Taylor questioned

"Can I use your cell phone?" I asked

"Sure," Taylor replied, handing me her cell phone

I dialed Paige's number.

"Hello?" Paige answered

"Paige," I breathed

"Stephanie? What's wrong?" Paige asked frantically

"I'm at the hospital, in labor." I told her

"Oh my God," Paige squealed

"What? What's going on Paige?" A male in the background asked

"Paige, who is that in the background?" I questioned

"I have a surprise for you; I'll be there in five minutes." Paige told me

"Wait-"I started but Paige hung up

I hung up the cell phone and handed it back to Taylor.

"What was that about?" Taylor asked

"I don't know," I shrugged

I groaned.

"Contraction pain?" Taylor questioned

"Mhm," I hummed

"It'll be over soon." Taylor sat next to me and held my hand

I looked at my ring finger.

I started crying.

"Oh Steph," Taylor rubbed my hand

"Knock, knock," Paige said, walking into the room

I wiped away my tears and said,


"As I said on the phone, I have a surprise for you." Paige told me

"What do you mean?" I asked

"Alright, both of you get in here!" Paige exclaimed

"Hello to people of all ages!" Tristan and Ryan exclaimed

I smiled and covered my mouth.

"Tristan, Ryan," I breathed as tears fell down my face like rain

Ryan came over and hugged me.

"I missed you sis," He told me

"I missed you too," I sniffed

Ryan backed up and Tristan came over.

"I missed you so much baby," Tristan hugged me tightly

"You have no idea how much I missed you," I kissed him

"And you have no idea how much I wanted to do this for the last six months," Tristan stated

Tristan cupped my neck with his hand and kissed me passionately.

"I've missed you so much," I smiled

"I missed you too," Tristan told me

Tristan sat on the opposite side of me as Taylor and held my hand with my ring on it tightly.

"When did y'all get here?" I asked, a smile as from ear to ear appeared on my face

"Today, I wanted to surprise you so with a little help from Paige and finding out you went into labor, the surprise was a success." Tristan explained

"I was so afraid that you weren't going to be here." I sniffed

"It's okay baby, I'm here now." Tristan rubbed my hand, looking down

"I thought you guys were gonna be home until next year." I said

"They don't need us in Afghanistan anymore." Ryan explained

"We're gonna be home for two weeks to a year, maybe more." Tristan smiled

"That's wonder-"I started but contraction pain made me groan

"Are you okay?" Someone asked from the door

I turned my head to see Brooke, Jared, Matt, and Daddy in the doorway.

I gaped.

"How did y'all know?" I questioned

"I called Daddy," Ryan smiled

Brooke's eyes widened.

"R-R-R-Ryan," She breathed

Brooke squealed, ran over and hugged Ryan.

"I missed you so much!" Brooke squealed

"I missed you too sis," Ryan chuckled as they pulled away

"Let us through you dang morons!" Brandon yelled

"Brandon?" Taylor questioned

"Us?" Brooke started to cry

Taylor went to the door and said,

"Let them through, he's my husband and brother in law!"

"Husband?" I asked

Taylor's eyes widened.

"Long story, I can explain." Taylor nodded

"Hey honey," Brandon kissed Taylor's cheek

"Hey sexy," Taylor giggled

"Brooke?" A deep male voice questioned

I turned my head and saw Carson standing in the doorway.

"Carson!" Brooke yelled

Brooke ran over, jumped and put her legs around Carson's waist and her arms around his neck, kissing his face all over.

"I," Brooke kissed him "Missed," Again. "You," And again. "So," Once again. "Dang," Again. "Much!" Carson caught her lips in a French kiss.

"I love you so much!" Brooke kissed him, again.

"I love you too baby girl," Carson chuckled, putting Brooke down

"Speaking of, where's that baby bump?" Carson asked

Brooke smiled and held up three fingers.

Carson gaped.

"T-T-T-Triplets," Carson stuttered, a slight laugh in his voice

"Two boys, one girl," Brooke nodded

Carson picked Brooke and kissed her.

Carson put Brooke down right as the doctor came in.

"Hello Miss Johnson," Doctor Nathan greeted

"Hey Doctor Nathan…." I groaned from contraction pain

"Only two people can be in here with you Miss Johnson," Doctor Nathan explained

"My fiancé Tristan and my sister Taylor," I nodded

"Alright, everyone but Tristan and Taylor please go to the waiting room." Doctor Nathan said respectfully

"You're a trooper Steph!" They all exclaimed walking out of the room

"How far apart are the contraction pains?" Doctor Nathan asked

"About two or three minutes," I told him

Doctor Nathan snapped on a pair of gloves and checked to see how far dilated I am.

"I say you're about eight centimeters dilated," Doctor Nathan explained

"How long before I deliver?" I asked, groaning from pain

"Not too long, about fifteen minutes. Maybe less," Doctor Nathan nodded

"I'll be right back," Doctor Nathan said, walking out the door

I gripped Tristan's hand tightly.

"I love you so much, I'm so glad you and Taylor could be here." I told them

"I love you too baby," Tristan smiled

"That reminds me, are we having a boy or girl?" Tristan asked

"Both," I smirked

I never told him we were having twins.

"You mean we're having twins?" Tristan questioned, tears visible in his eyes

"Yeah," I nodded

"I'm so happy baby," Tristan kissed my lips softly

I lightly screamed from contraction pain.

"Alright, Miss Johnson, I believe you are ready to deliver." Doctor Nathan appeared out of no where

"Really?" I breathed

"Yes ma'am," Doctor Nathan nodded

I gripped Tristan's hand even harder.

"Uh, honey, you're kinda cutting off the blood circulation to my hand." Tristan cringed

I loosened my grip.

"Sorry baby," I told him

After about an hour, I had delivered both babies. Only three minutes apart.

With no epidural.

"Hey baby girl," Daddy smiled, pushing hair out of my eyes

"Hey Daddy," I greeted tiredly

"Hey sis," Brooke hugged me

"Hey Brooke," I said as we pulled away

"Hey little sissy," Ryan winked

"Hey Ryan," I waved slightly

"Hey girly," Jared hugged me

"Hey Jared," I replied, smiling

"Hey sis," Matt greeted

"Hey Matty," I waved

"Boy and a girl?" Brooke questioned

I nodded, smiling.

"What did y'all name them?" Daddy asked

"We named the boy Michael," Tristan told him, holding my hand

"And we named the girl Sarah," I smiled

Daddy grinned.

"That's adorable!" Brooke squealed

Tristan leaned over to me and whispered,

"I didn't know your sister spoke dolphin,"

I laughed.

"What? What did he whisper?" Brooke asked

"Nothing," I giggled

Brooke glared at me.

I yawned slightly.

"I think we should let her rest, we'll see you tomorrow sis." Matt said

"Bye Steph," Jared winked

"Bye little sis," Ryan smiled

"Bye baby girl," Daddy blew a kiss

"Bye Steph," Brooke saluted me

I laughed.

"Bye sissy," Taylor hugged me

We pulled away and I said,

"Bye guys,"

Right as they we're walking out Tristan muttered,

"Bye dolphin,"

I giggled.

"I love you so much," I told him

"I love you too baby doll," Tristan kissed my lips softly

"I'm so glad you're home," I said, tears filling my eyes

"Me too," Tristan bit his lip

"Lay with me," I patted the bed next to me

Tristan got up and laid with me on the hospital bed.

I laid my head on his chest and started to slowly drift off to sleep.

"I love you, Stephanie," Tristan whispered

"I love you too, Tristan," I murmured

A/N: Hello my lovely readers! I hope you are still interested in this story. What do you think of Tristan coming home right when Stephanie went into labor? Taylor called Brandon her husband instead of fiancé, innocent mess up? Or guilty conscious? What do you think of Brooke having two boys and a girl? And what do you think about Taylor having one baby? Let me know! Thanks to my reviewers!



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