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Out of Closet (TiBette time-travel romance), Ch. 67
Chapter: Long road back home
Place: Orange County, CA
Year: Early July 1886
The next morning Bette woke up at the crack of dawn with excruciating pain in her neck, realizing that she fell asleep at the table and didn’t move all night. The letter she wrote last night was propped against the inkwell, already sealed. She rubbed her eyes, trying to think when did she finish it. Last night was such a blur and all she remembered was the baby being born, Christina asking her to stay and that she made her final decision.
Bette was exhausted physically and mentally. She felt someone presence in the room and turned around, finding Christina sitting in a rocking chair with baby in her arms. “Oh my God, what are you doing here out of bed? I thought the doctor prescribed you more rest.”
“I’m a little fatigued but I’m feeling just fine. You disappeared so suddenly so after awhile I went to search for you.” Christina smiled, rocking slowly back and forth with little baby Daniel. “You were asleep so I just watched you for a few hours. You are so beautiful, Elizabeth.”
Bette blushed and stretched her arms to relieve the tension. “May I?” she asked and took the baby from Christina’s arms and the little boy stirred up, starting to cry. Bette began pacing around, but the baby kept fussing so she started humming softly, cradling little Daniel in her arms. Christina watched her every move, enthralled with her grace and beauty.
The baby finally calmed down and Bette gently kissed his forehead. “You are so natural with children, Elizabeth. Have you considered motherhood?”
Bette laughed softly and shook her head. “Tina and I haven’t discussed it. We were too busy getting to know each other while I was discovering the whole new world.”
“Oh yes, the future,” Christina stifled a yawn and winced from the soreness in her body.
“You should really be in bed, Christina,” Bette said worriedly. “Let me help you up.”
Bette held the baby close to her chest with one arm, trying not to wake him again. Christina took her other hand and they slowly walked up the stairs to Christina’s bedroom. The room was empty and Bette put baby Daniel back in his cradle, covering him with a soft wool blanket. She made sure he was fast asleep and then helped Christina to get into bed. She sat down on the edge and took Christina’s hand into hers, watching her relax.