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The Price of Love
by AshleyTara

CHAPTER 38
Hospital

Ethan watched as his father paced up and down the floor of the waiting room. He looked over at Theresa who just squeezed his hand in an attempt to comfort him. He felt so helpless. He wanted to tell everyone that things were going to turn out okay, but he didn’t know that. Right now, his mother was fighting for her life and trying to save the lives of her two newest children.

Sam stopped pacing and looked around himself. Pilar was with Ethan and Theresa, trying her best to be supportive. Sheridan would have been there, but she was out of town visiting some old friends. Miguel was sitting in a corner with Kay and Jessica who were crying, blaming themselves for not being there. When they had arrived at the hospital with Luis, Kay had started to cry, "Dad, we should have been with her. We were going to the store with her, but I asked if we could go shopping instead."

Jessica had joined in, "We were so selfish. We could have been there and gotten the keys for her, then she wouldn’t have fallen down the stairs."

Sam had done his best to make them realize that it wasn’t their fault, but they were still taking it very hard. They had already lost one mother this year, and this was just too much. He had been so happy seeing Ivy’s relationship with the girls flourish. Not long after they had been married, the girls had started calling Ivy "Mother." He had been so proud of all of them for being able to work things out. The three were good for each other. Despite the fact that he had really loved Grace and that she was the girls real mother, he couldn’t help but notice that Kay was already much closer to Ivy than she had ever been to Grace.

Luis had stayed as long as he could with Sam, but there was an emergency at the station and he had had to leave. So, Sam stood alone, not sure what to do with himself.

The drive to the hospital had been awful. Ivy had been in hysterics the whole way. When Sam and Ivy got into the emergency room, the hospital staff had whisked Ivy away. He had tried to follow as Ivy screamed for him, but the nurses had stopped him, saying that he couldn’t come in and it would be better for everyone if he waited outside.

Ten minutes later everyone else had arrived. Luis had been making the phone calls in the car as he searched for Kay and Jessica on the wharf. Sam was in the middle of telling them about what had happened when Eve came out. "She’s lost a lot of blood and we’d like some of the family to donate for her." Ethan had jumped right away. Surprisingly, Kay and Jessica were also matches for Ivy’s blood type, so they too had donated what they could.

They’d been waiting almost four hours now. The only news they got was from the occasional nurse coming to tell them, "They’re still trying." Sam was about to just burst through the operating doors when Dr. Suthers came out. Everyone stood up and hurried over to her.

Sam wanted to know what happened, but he was scared to ask. What if…. He brushed away his worry. He needed to know. "Dr. Suthers, what’s going on? How is she? Did she…"

"Ivy is going to be just fine. She lost a lot of blood and the delivery was very hard on her, but she’s going to be okay. She’s sleeping now and I’d like to keep it that way for a couple of hours. She needs her rest."

Ethan asked the next question, "What about the babies? Are they –"

"The Winthrop babies are going to be just fine as well. Two girls," Dr. Suthers smiled. "There being checked over, measured, weighed and cleaned up right now."

Sam felt like he could finally breathe again, "Thanks, Dr. Suthers. I owe you a lot."

"It’s no problem, Sam. Ivy’s in room 314, but remember, not for another two hours," she said walking away.

Theresa was the first to speak, "Since Mother needs her rest and we won’t be able to see the babies for awhile, what do you say we all go down to the cafeteria and celebrate."

"I think my wife has the most marvelous ideas," Ethan said happily.

Sam put his arms around Kay and Jessica, "Come on girls, we’ll need to awake and alive when we go to greet you mother and new sisters." With that, they all headed down to the cafeteria.



Two hours later

They all stood in excitement outside of room 314. "Dad, what are you waiting for," Kay harassed Sam, "let’s go in."

"Okay, but let’s keep it down everyone. She’s had a long, emotional day." Sam slowly opened the door and walked over to the bed where his wife lay sleeping. He picked up her hand bent down and kissed it. Ivy began to stir and open her eyes. "Hi there sleepy head," Sam teased.

Ivy smiled, "Hello to you, too." Ivy looked up to see her children and closest friend lingering in the doorway.

Pilar was the first to step forward. "I’m so glad you and the babies are okay. I was praying for you," Pilar said hugging her friend.

"Thank you, Pilar. You’ve always been there for me."

Ethan couldn’t wait any longer. "Mother, I’ve been so worried about you."

Ivy clung to her son, "Oh Ethan, you don’t ever have to worry about me." Ivy spotted Theresa. "Come here Theresa."

Theresa came over to hug her mother-in-law. "I’m so happy for you," Theresa had tears in her eyes.

Ivy’s heart went out to her and she whispered in her ear, "Thank you so much, Dear. I know this is hard for you, but you’re their sister, and they’re going to love you so much."

Theresa smiled and backed away as Kay and Jessica were finally able to push their way to their mother. Ivy held her arms out open and the girls rushed into them. "We thought we were going to lose our mother again," Kay cried.

"Oh, I’m fine sweetie," Ivy soothed. "And so are the babies."

Jessica rubbed the tears from her eyes, "When can we see them?"

"Right now if you want," a nurse from the doorway replied. "I’ll bring them right in."

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