Delivery

By: Tamara Black



“You ready to go?” he asked.

“We’re ready.”

“How is the little guy?”

He stepped forward and crouched down to see Danny better as I carried him in the combo car-seat.

“He’s doing better now. They kept me in the hospital a week.”

“Did they give you a special formula to give him to help him grow?”

I nodded.

“Good, good,” he said, standing up and looking at me. “Let’s do this.”

After I shut and locked the door, we headed to his car parked at the curb.

“The store’s really close,” I said.

“On the way back we can stop and get you a new battery too.”

“Yeah, it’s going to cost a lot, isn’t it?”

“Not too much if we go to this guy I know. You should really think about that survey, though. Fifty dollars a day isn’t too shabby for easy work. You’d just have to talk to me.”

“I’m still thinking about it,” I said. “I’ve just had a lot on my mind.”

I opened the back door and buckled Danny’s car-seat into place before getting in the front passenger side.

Daniel started up the car. “Where are we going?”

“Go to Lorain and I’ll show you.”

He drove away, me giving him directions. I kept staring at his face when he wasn’t looking. When he caught me looking, I didn’t turn away.

“I’m glad Danny is doing so well now,” he said as we reached the store.

“Me too. It’s been stressful, but I need to get back to work soon.”

“What are you going to do about a babysitter?”

“Delilah and my mom are going to help out some.”

“Cool. If you ever need a spare one, feel free to call me.”

“You would do that?” I asked.

He looked over and nodded at me. “Of course.”

I smiled before getting out of the car. Once I had Danny’s car-seat in a cart, we went inside the store. I got another cart for the actual food while Daniel carefully pushed the other one with much more precious cargo.

“You have a girlfriend?” I asked impulsively as we walked down the dairy aisle.

“I’m dating med-school right now,” he said then laughed.

“Yeah, I’d love to go back to become an RN.”

“You should,” he said.

“With a baby on my own? I don’t see that happening.”

“You’re a strong, smart woman. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.”

I smiled again. “You know me then, huh?”

“The good stuff anyway,” he teased.

He followed me through the store, making the entire process of shopping a bit easier. After we left, he insisted on stopping at his friend’s store to pick up a battery for my car. While I took the groceries and baby inside, he installed it for me.

“You have the keys?” he asked when he came back in.

“Yeah, hold on.” I fetched them from the bowl on the table next to the door. “Here you go.”

“I think I got it, but I want to make sure before I leave.”

“Thanks,” I said.

He smiled, turned and walked out to my car. I watched from the doorway, thanking God he had brought this man into my life.

The car fired up right away. Joy filled me in that particular moment in time. I watched him get out and walk back to me on the porch.

“Here you go,” he said, holding out my keys.

I held out my hand palm up and he dropped them into it.

“Anything else you need while I’m here?”

“No, but thanks again. This means a lot.”

“Don’t mention it.”

Well, I did mention it. So there.”

Our eyes met briefly. I looked away first.

“Can I cook dinner for you tomorrow night to thank you properly?” I asked, looking back into his eyes.

“That would be wonderful,” he said. “Just text me when. All my classes are over at four p.m. I’m free any time after that.”

“I’ll let you know. Any allergies?”

He shook his head. “Nothing other than bad puns.”

I laughed. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

Danny cried from inside the house.

“I have to go,” I said, lifting my hand in the air.

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