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Bette asked to speak to James in her study while Tina helped Angie with her bath and got her ready for bed. She told him what had happened with Marci not showing up at the bus station, and then getting the phone call from Andrea telling them that she was in a hospital in Bridgeport, California.
Like Bette’s initial reaction his first thought was there’d been an accident or that Marci was hurt but Bette explained that wasn’t the case.
“So, she just asked you and Tina to come to Bridgeport?”
“Yes. We’re driving up there tomorrow morning.”
“I don’t suppose you’re taking Angie with you?”
“No, not without knowing what’s going on. Of course, we’re hoping for the best. Marci is far enough along in her pregnancy that there’s a lot in her favor and Logan should be fine, but we just don’t know. I wouldn’t want Angie there in either case. Tina and I need to be focused on Marci and the baby right now. We can’t be worried about taking care of Angie while we’re staying in a hotel or going back and forth to the hospital.”
“So, did you need Lisa and I to keep her.” James asked thinking that was the reason Bette wanted to talk to him. “You know we’d be happy to help with whatever you need.”
“I appreciate that James. We’ve already made arrangements for Angie to stay with Kit and Sonny, and we’ll have Shane as a back-up but if we’re gone longer than expected then I might ask you and Lisa to take her on the weekends.”
“We’d love to have her, and I’m sure Suzie would love the company. They had a really great sleepover and the day out shopping was a big hit.”
“I know. You saw how anxious Angie was to show us everything you bought. I can’t thank you enough for doing that James.”
“Don’t thank me. I’m just the chauffeur. The girls just tell me where they want to go, and what they want to do. Oh, yeah and they also let me tag along to carry all the shopping bags. I can’t believe how many bags you ladies accumulate needlessly. What with the whole keeping clothes on hangers, and shoes in the shoe boxes, then taking items from one store to another to match accessories…” Bette was amused by James’ expounding of his day at the mall with his wife, sister and two six year old girls.