Skye smiled as Lorenzo stood aside to let her walk ahead of him into his apartment. She looked around, thinking to herself that this was definitely how she would have pictured Lorenzo’s place to be. It was dark, but not depressing. The leather couches actually looked comfortable and there were pictures lining the mantle in silver frames. Skye walked over to the pictures and smiled as she recognized a young Jessica smiling in most of the pictures. There was even a recent picture of Jessica and Diego that looked like it was taken at Kelly’s, and a couple of frames held pictures of Sage.
Lorenzo watched her, a small smile coming to his lips as his eyes followed her around the room. He took in the way she moved, how her hips swayed gently as she walked around the apartment. How her eyes roamed over everything appreciatively. How her hands skimmed lightly over the back of the couch as she made her way back to him.
“This is a lot more private,” she whispered with a seductive smile. He wondered if she knew what power she currently had over him.
Lorenzo moved closer to her, leaning his head down to taste her lips again. He brought one hand up and tangled it into her thick hair, holding her head closer to him as his other hand went to the small of her back.
If Skye was surprised by this, she didn’t show it. She actually felt very comfortable in his arms. As the kiss ended for air, Skye expected him to back off like he did at the Haunted Star; she was genuinely surprised and pleased when he didn’t. Instead he moved around so her back was now pressed against his chest. Lorenzo moved her hair to one side as he brought his lips to the side of her throat, feeling the vibrations as she moaned softly. Her hand came up to the back of his head as she leaned her own head to the side, offering more of her throat for Lorenzo to explore.
“Mmm . . . . Lorenzo, that feels so nice,” Skye whispered, shivering slightly as his arms snaked around her waist, pulling her closer to him. Being this close to him, Skye was aware of the effect she was having on him.
“I can certainly make you feel even better,” Lorenzo whispered in her ear. Turning her to face him, Lorenzo captured her lips again, running his tongue over her bottom lip until they parted enough for him to slide his tongue in. After a couple of minutes of this, Lorenzo bent slightly – not breaking the kiss – and scooped Skye into his arms. He then carried her to his bedroom.
When he set her down, Skye opened her eyes as Lorenzo gently broke the kiss and stood over the bed. She looked around, taking in the dark colors and the silk black and crimson sheets beneath her.
Lorenzo took in how her pale, porcelain skin contrasted against the darkness of the room, her hair blending in with the crimson of the pillows. He pulled off his suit jacket and unbuttoned his shirt before he joined her on the bed. Wrapping Skye in his arms again, Lorenzo hovered over her as he slid his hands over her body, eliciting moans and shivers wherever he touched.
As they continued to kiss and explore each other, their clothes were quickly discarded as they moved as one.
Jessica woke up suddenly early the next morning with a sharp pain in her abdomen. She cried out involuntarily as she sat up, her hand going to the spot where the pain was.
Diego heard the cry and bolted out of his bed, skidding on the floor in the short hallway and crashing into the opposite wall. Gaining his footing again, Diego rushed to Jessica’s side. “Jessica, what is it?” he asked her.
Jessica took a couple of deep breaths. “It stopped,” she said curiously, as she moved her hand over her swollen belly, tenderly pressing here and there to test if the pain would return.
“What stopped, what happened?” Diego asked urgently, his eyes wide as he crouched beside her bed.
“There was this pain, but it’s gone now,” she said, turning her head to look up at Diego.
“Get dressed, I’m taking you to GH,” Diego said as he stood and grabbed the phone, running his hand through his thick black hair – much like Lorenzo did when he was unsure or frustrated.
“Diego, I said it was gone. Who are you calling?” Jessica asked as she rolled her eyes and threw back the covers. “You know little one, your Uncle Diego can be just as paranoid as your daddy and grandpa,” she said to her stomach.
“I’m calling Dr. Meadows and having her meet us there,” he said, before turning his back to her and finishing his call. “I’ll call dad and Jason on the way there,” he added, looking for his shoes and then grabbing his keys off the counter.
“No. Come on Diego. It’s probably nothing. We can call them after we know everything is okay – which I know it is because I feel fine,” Jessica insisted, pouting.
Diego looked over at his sister’s pouty lips and puppy dog eyes. “That’s not gonna work Jessica. I have to call them. If either of them finds out and knew that I didn’t tell them, I am a dead man – literally. Or are you forgetting that both Jason and Dad are usually armed?”
Jessica just shook her head and sighed. “Don’t be so melodramatic Diego! Jason wouldn’t shoot you . . . on purpose,” she said, earning a glare from her younger brother. “And Dad wouldn’t actually pull the trigger himself – he would have someone else do it for him,” she said logically.
“Funny,” snapped Diego as he led her out of the loft and to his car.
By the time they reached the hospital, Diego had already called Lorenzo and Jason, both saying they would meet them there.
Diego parked the car, jumped out and waited for Jessica. “Come on!” he said impatiently.
Jessica glared at him. “You’re joking right? First you act like a mad man at the apartment, and then you insist on bringing me here. But instead of taking my car, you want to take your sports car, and now you expect your sister, who is almost six months pregnant to get out of this thing on her own?”
If Diego wasn’t so freaked out, he would have laughed, although he was sure Jessica would have found a way to hurt him if he did. Rolling his eyes, Diego opened the door and helped Jessica out of the car. “Sorry. Look, I was in a rush alright? And my car was closer.”
“There was no need to rush Diego! It’s not like I’m in labor or anything!”
“How do you know that?” Diego asked as they got into the elevator. “This is your first baby and all Jessica, how do you know you’re not going into premature labor or something?”
Jessica sighed again and rolled her eyes, muttering in Spanish before she answered her brother. “First of all, I know I am not in labor because my water hasn’t broken and second of all, I have been fine since you freaked on me at the loft!” she shouted loud enough for the people standing outside the doors to hear her.
Dr. Meadows smiled as she looked at Jason, Lorenzo and Skye. “She sounds okay so far,” she assured the three of them. “Although I do wonder about Diego’s physical well-being at this point,” the doctor added as the doors opened.
Jessica glared at the people assembled in front of the doors. She turned to Diego. “You are so dead when I get out of here,” she hissed at him.
“Jessica, why don’t you and I go into my office and talk about what Diego was so worried about,” Dr. Meadows offered gently, taking the younger woman’s arm.
When Jason and Lorenzo went to follow, Jessica turned and held up her hand. “I don’t think so! I have had more than enough testosterone for one morning,” she said. Then Jessica grabbed Skye’s hand. “Skye can come with me and report back. And I expect the three of you to behave!”
Skye looked over her shoulder at Lorenzo, who shrugged and nodded. He knew Jessica and he was not even going to open his mouth right now. The fact that both Diego and Morgan were also quiet was testament to the fact that they knew Jessica’s temper as well. Lorenzo actually found himself feeling sorry for Morgan when Jessica did go into labor – almost.
Once Jessica, Skye and Dr. Meadows had disappeared, the three men moved toward the waiting area, taking seats on the couches and chairs.
“So, what happened?” Lorenzo asked his son after a moment of silence.
Diego sighed, ran his hand through his hair again and leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. “I was sleeping and all of a sudden I heard Jessica yell. I ran to her and asked her what was wrong. She looked a little surprised, but then said that the pain was gone. She was sort of moving her hand around her stomach and all,” said Diego.
“Well, Dr. Meadows, is everything okay with my baby?” Jessica asked. Now that she was here and all the excitement had quieted down, Jessica wanted to make sure everything was alright.
Dr. Meadows looked over her notes and then consulted to fetal monitor she had hooked Jessica up to. “Everything appears to be in order,” she said. “Why don’t you describe the pain,” she said.
“Well, it sort of came out of nowhere,” Jessica began slowly, remembering the events of that morning. “It was a sharp pain about here.” Jessica indicated the center of her abdomen, just below her belly button.
Dr. Meadows nodded as she made a couple of more notes. “About how long did the pain last?” she asked, looking at Jessica over the tops of her glasses. She had an idea exactly what happened.
Jessica thought about it a minute. “Less than a minute,” she remembered. “By the time Diego got to me, it was gone and I was fine. I just breathed through it a bit and it was over.”
“Are Jessica and the baby okay?” Skye asked a little nervously. Being that she was the one who was going to have to go out there and let the three men know what was going on, Skye preferred to not have to bring bad news, especially to Jason.
“Jessica and the baby are fine, Ms. Quartermaine,” Dr. Meadows concluded. “What happened is a condition called Braxton Hicks Contractions,” she said.
“What are Braxton Hicks Contractions?” Jessica asked.
“Braxton Hicks is a condition that is common in most pregnant woman. It can start as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy and can last throughout the remainder of it,” the doctor began. She pulled over a stool and sat. “What happens is that the muscles of your uterus tighten for anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. There are those that believe it’s the body’s way of preparing for the actual birth,” explained Dr. Meadows.
“Is it dangerous for the baby?” Jessica asked.
Dr. Meadows shook her head. “No. What you can do when this happens is to either lie down or walk around, depending on which one relieves the pain for you. I also want you to increase your water intake, as dehydration can also cause the pain. But if the pain lasts longer or comes more than four times in an hour, then I want you right back here.”
Jessica nodded, breathing a small sigh of relief. If she had been forced to admit it, Jessica would have said that she was a little nervous.
“So everything’s good, right?” Skye asked.
“Yes, everything’s good,” answered Dr. Meadows. “Jessica, you can get dressed and go home.”
“Thank you Dr. Meadows,” said Jessica. Once the doctor was gone, Jessica sat up with Skye’s help and gathered her clothes.
“Jessica, I do have a question,” said Skye, an amused smile coming to her lips.
“Sure, what is it?” Jessica asked as she turned to the other woman. She was also dying to ask Skye how things had gone the night before with her father. Jessica and Skye had become closer of the last month.
“Well, what exactly did Diego do that you were yelling at him like that?” she asked.
“Oh, him,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Besides acting like a freaking idiot, the genius that is my brother, thought it would be faster for us to take his Porsche,” she said.
“You’re kidding, right?” Skye asked as she tried to hide a smile.
“That’s what I said when he was waiting for me to get out of the car by myself,” Jessica said with a laugh.
“How did you manage to get in the car in the first place?” Skye asked as she eyes the younger woman’s large belly.
Jessica laughed again and rolled her eyes. “You know, I still have no idea!” she said.
Still laughing, Skye left Jessica to get dressed and said she would be waiting for Lorenzo, Diego and Jason for her.
The three men stood when they saw Skye, puzzled as to why she was laughing and shaking her head.
Jason was the first to speak. “What is it Skye? Are Jessica and the baby okay?” he asked.
“Relax Jason, they’re fine,” Skye assured them and then quickly explained about the Braxton Hicks Contractions. Then she looked at Diego. “Jessica and I were wondering how you managed to get her into that Porsche of yours,” she said.
Jason and Lorenzo both turned to Diego, wide eyed, amused looks on their faces. “You drove her here in your car?” Lorenzo asked his son, trying to hide his smile. Poor Diego looked so embarrassed.
“Well, I was nervous and it was right there,” the younger man said sheepishly.
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