Billion Dollar Baby Bundle 2By: Simone Holloway
Dr. Graham smiled at them warmly as they entered the room. The doctor had just finished setting up his equipment in the library. He shook both of their hands and guided Selene to a chaise lounge.
After she laid down, Dr. Graham carefully lifted up her top exposing her belly.
“This’ll be cold,” he said.
He poured gel on her stomach then began the ultrasound. The fast paced echo of the babies heart beat reverberated through the room.
“Is that normal?” Ethan asked.
“It’s perfect. No worries,” the doctor responded. “Would you like to know the babies sex?”
Ethan and Selene exchanged a look. “Yes,” Selene said.
“Well, do you see this?” Dr. Graham said pointing to a white blur on the monitor. Selene couldn’t make anything out on the screen it looked like a Rorschach test to her. “It’s a boy,” he announced.
“A boy,” Selene repeated. Ethan took her hand and kissed it. She would have a son. The thought brought tears to her eyes. Ethan kissed her hand again and smiled down at her.
Dr. Graham let them have a moment, then ran through what would happen at the hospital (she was still a couple months away from delivery). He asked them if they had any questions. Before either could respond, there was a knock at the door.
Miss Miller entered. Selene was momentarily taken aback. She hadn’t seen the woman in months and wondered why she was here now.
Ignoring Selene, Miss Miller’s eyes were focused on Ethan. All business, Selene thought, typical Miss Miller.
She told Ethan he had an urgent phone call. He looked to Selene. She furrowed her brow, worried about who could be calling.
“We’re done here,” Dr. Graham said. “If you’re needed elsewhere,” he added with a smile.
“Go,” Selene said.
Ethan thanked the doctor and left the room. Selene pulled her top down and sat up. Dr.
Graham bent over and began rummaging in his bag for something.
“I want to thank you for making a house call,” Selene said. “We’re very-”
She was interrupted by the sound of a scream coming from the kitchen. The scream was followed by a thud and the sound of crashing, as if several people were fighting.
The hair on the back of her neck stood on end. She sat frozen, unsure what to do.
“Oh yes,” Dr Graham said cheerily. “I know what stress you’ve been under. No worries.
It’ll all be over soon.”
Finally finding what he was looking for, he sat up. In his hand was a long hypodermic needle. Selene opened her mouth to yell for Ethan but it was too late. The needle went into her neck and the world went dark.
A fast paced hollow beating sound, echoed through her mind. The ultrasound, she thought, the baby: a boy.
Selene smiled and opened her eyes. She floated on a bay of crystal clear blue water. The sun was warm on her skin. It shone brightly and pulsed with the sound of the baby’s heartbeat.
She felt the baby kick.
She wanted to rest her hands across the expanse of her full belly, but when she brought her hands to her midsection her belly was flat. No worries, she thought.
The tide carried her out further; the water around her grew darker. She knew she was drifting out to sea.
The current was soothing, it lulled her into a hypnotic state. She felt her eyelids grow heavy. I bet it’s peaceful in the deep, she thought. The urge to fall asleep and slip below the water was overwhelming.
The sound of a woman’s scream shot through the atmosphere like a bolt of lightning.
Selene opened her eyes. All was quiet except for the sound of gently lapping waves. Her eyes grew heavy again. Then came a voice: “You may come with me now. If you’re
“Ms. Miller?” Selene said out loud. Her voice sounded distant to her ears. She barely recognized it as her own.
The sound of the baby’s heartbeat grew faster and faster. The sun’s light grew brighter, filling the world with blinding white light.
Selene covered her eyes and began to kick wildly in the water. She was suddenly having trouble staying afloat. A hand grabbed her ankle. She tried to fight it but couldn’t, its grip was like a vice. It pulled her under, deep into the water. Her lungs burned desperate for oxygen. Finally, she let go: she breathed the water in.
To her surprise, her lungs did not fill with water. She opened her eyes. The blinding light was gone and replaced by darkness. She realized her hands still covered her eyes. A hand pulled at her wrist.
“Stop it!” the voice commanded.
Selene uncovered her eyes. It was Ms. Miller. She stood inches from Selene’s face. “I thought I was going to have to slap you,” she said matter-of-factly. “You’ve taken leave of your senses.”