For My Sister

         “Hold on a sec Babe, I’ll get those for you. Grab ahold of my arm and watch your step,” Chase instructed Rebecca as they boarded their flight on route to Oahu.

         Rebecca simpered as she replied, “I’m glad you care so much about my well-being, but you know, I’m perfectly capable of doing things independently. You don’t have to treat me like I’m helpless all the time.”

         “I know. I know. But you can never be too careful especially since you’re eight months pregnant. I still believe that we should have opted to stay at home, considering the conditions you’re in. There’s a reason that airlines such as this one have specific safety precautions for  pregnant passengers. If they put us through all the trouble of getting a doctor’s note, then it’s easy to assume that you shouldn’t be flying unless it is absolutely important. ”

         “Chase, it’s my sister’s wedding. My sister who I’ve lived with and spent my entire life playing, learning, and growing up with. How often is it that your sibling finds true love and decides to pursue an everlasting bond with that person? If this was your brother getting married, I’m certain that you wouldn’t even hesitate to be there. I mean come on, loosen up. We get to travel to Hawaii, and you finally get to meet my family. Don’t let this baby distract you too much. I’m fine.”

         Chase withdrew from the conversation, and put the luggage into the overhead bin. They both took their seats and awaited as the plane was ready for take-off. As the turbines sputtered and the airliner began to ascend, Chase was taking notice of every intricate movement or signal which brought fright upon him through the possibility of a dilemma.

         Rebecca took ahold of Chase’s hand and murmured, “I can sense your anxiety from a mile away. Try not to worry too much. This trip is meant to be enjoyable, and it’s disheartening to see you act so stiff. It’s only an eight hour flight. Just sleep it off, and we’ll be there in no time. I’m sure this baby would also want you to be comfortable.”

         Chase smiled and leaned over to Rebecca’s stomach. “Is that true little guy? Do you want me to be comfortable?”

Suddenly, Rebecca felt a slight kick in her abdomen, which forced her to reposition herself into a more comfortable position.

“I’m guessing that’s a ‘yes’. Okay little dude, I’ll try to be comfortable for you. You probably can’t wait to see mommy, can you?”

“Yep, that’s why he’s been kicking a lot recently. He can’t contain his excitement to finally see such a fine, gorgeous lady much like myself,” Rebecca uttered proudly. “The connection between a mother and child is such a fascinating experience to behold. In a way, I saw my older sister as my own mother figure because of how she disciplined me. Though, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for her guidance and compassion. Which is why I care so much about attending this wedding.”

“Okay Becca, I get it. You can stop. Not really much I can do about it now. I’m going to take a nap then. If you can, wake me up when we’re almost there, or if I begin to snore. I don’t want to annoy the other passengers,” Chase chuckled.

Chase slowly drifted into a deep sleep. Five hours goes by in the blink of the eye. Chase continued to sleep until he was woken up by the sound of a crying baby in the back of the plane. While a bit groggy, he notices that his wife isn’t in her seat.

         Chase momentarily wondered, “Where did that woman go? Well, there’s only so many places she could’ve gone in an airplane. She probably just had to use the restroom. This flight is pretty long, and she did have a lot of water to drink before we boarded the plane. Damn baby had to wake me up. Just go back to sleep Chase. Three more hours left.”

         Twenty minutes went by, but the baby’s noise didn’t cease. There was no way that Chase could go back to sleep with all the consistent noise going on. He realizes that his wife was still gone, so he decides to go check up on her and walks over to the restroom.

         “Becca, you in there? Do you need help with anything? Don’t hesitate to ask.”

         Rebecca replies faintly, “The door’s open.”

         Chase opens the door to see his wife sitting on the toilet, breathing heavily, and sweating profusely. The floor was wet, and toilet paper was scattered everywhere.

         “Babe- ,” Chase said unsettled. “Tell me. Are you okay? What’s wrong? Do you need help? How long have you been in here?”

         “Chase, I know I told you that everything was going to be fine, but it isn’t. Yesterday I started to have heavy contractions, but I assumed they were false contractions. But then earlier while you were asleep, I started to have such sharp pains in my back, and the contractions returned. Don’t freak out-” Rebecca paused and begins to tear up. “-but I think the baby is coming. My water broke, and I could feel my cervix dilating.”

         Chase blanks out for a second filled with disbelief. His mind is pacing back and forth thinking of what to do.

         “Okay. This is what we’re going to do. The best thing is to stay calm. Rebecca, you’re going to have this baby right now, and there’s no stopping that. I’m going to find help. I’ll only be gone for a second.”

         In order to minimize attention, Chase informed the flight attendant who used the PA system to inquire whether there were any doctors on board who could report to the back of the plane. A couple minutes went by, and luckily, a doctor arrived at the scene. He was informed of the situation and proceeded to examine Rebecca.

         The doctor said, “She’s crowning, which means we don’t have much time before the baby comes out. Get me some blankets, a pair of scissors, alcohol, foil, and a washcloth.”

         Rebecca panted and urged, “Ugh! Hurry! I don’t think I can hold him in much longer!”

         The flight attendant retrieved the alcohol, foil, and scissors, while Chase was able to locate some blankets and hand towels. The doctor sterilized the scissors with the alcohol, put the wet hand towel on Rebecca’s forehead, and placed the blankets underneath her. Everyone on board had already took notice of the mysterious situation.

         The doctor instructed, “Okay Rebecca. You’re going to give me a nice big push on the count of three. One. Two. Three. Push! Good. You’re doing great Rebecca. Now give me another big push. One. Two. Three. Push!”

         After eight more attempts, Rebecca had given birth to a healthy baby boy. The doctor cut the cord, cleaned the baby, and wrapped him with foil and blankets.

         Chase exerted, “He’s beautiful Rebecca. He has your eyes.”

         Rebecca replied, “You mean my sister’s eyes. I’m real sorry Babe for all the trouble I put you through. I was being selfish and ambitious. A part of me really wished for the baby to be with her mom right when he was born. It would have completed the newlyweds, and maybe give them a nice surprise.”

         “That doesn’t matter to me. All that matters is that you’re okay, and the baby is healthy. This for sure will make one hell of the story. I wonder how your sister will react,” Chase joked.

         The plane wasn’t able to emergency land until they reached their destination of Oahu in another two hours. When they landed, Chase and Rebecca were rushed to the hospital where Rebecca’s sister and her husband arrived to meet their new baby boy.

© Zachary Alba

 

BIO:  Zachary Alba believes that a bright, sunny morning is the appropriate way for the day to begin. The perfect weather allows him to go outside and walk his dog, while exploring for new places and experiences that are right at his fingertips. When it is cold and gloomy outside, he opts to wear an oversized sweater, while continuing his exploration through the confines of his home.