4.45 am 14th February
Chris pulls up at the hospital doors and Neal jumps out "I'll park the car and be right in" Chris calls out to Neal's departing body
Entering the hospital Neal looks at the sign board 'Ward One, Two, Three, ICU, Outpatients, Theatre, Maternity?'
'Well I guess it must be maternity?' Then he sees the receptionist at her desk
"Excuse me, I'm looking for my wife, Mrs Hage she...we just had a baby?"he tell the receptionist
"Congratulation's!" She looks on her in-patient list
"Oh, yes, she's just been moved to room three in the maternity suit. That's on the second floor. The lift (elevator) is just over there!" she points
Neal rushes to the lift (elevator) and presses the button "Come on, come on"
A young woman stands next to him and smiles "Patience is a virtue" she tells him
"Not when your wife has just had a baby and you miss the birth! Actually I missed the pregnancy too!" Neal tells her.
Just then the lift (elevator) doors open and they both step inside. The woman gives Neal a strange look but politeness stops her from asking what he means. Instead she asks him what floor does he want?
"Second, please" Neal grins "Maternity"
4.47 am 14th February
Arriving on the second floor Neal steps from the lift (elevator). He looks around and sees a closed door marked maternity. He strides across the hall and presses the buzzer
BEEEEP ....Crackle crackle "Hello, can I help you?" comes the disembodied voice
"Amm yes, I think you have my wife? Sarah Hage!"
Brief pulse BEEEEEP click and the door opens
On entering the large open room he sees a nurse at the nurses station who smiles at him and beckons for him to follow her
She knocks on a door and Kandy calls out "come in"
The nurse opens the door and steps aside so Neal can enter.
Suddenly he feels overwhelmed by all that's happening around him and his feet feel like led. He stands in the doorway not able to move. Sarah and Kandy both look over at him. Then he sees the mix of love and fear in Sarah's eyes, the look that must be mirrored in his own eyes?
Pulling himself together he takes a step towards Sarah's bed. Two strides and he's at her side and she is in his arms. Kandy looks on and can't decide who's crying the most? "Amm... I think I'll just go and see if Chris is on his way?" she gets up a leaves
No response from Neal or Sarah, not that she expected one! As she reaches the door she sees Chris getting out of the lift (elevator)
"I think it's time to go home now, I'll come back later!" she tells them.
Looking at her watch it's nearly 5 o'clock it will soon be morning! Boy, what a night!!!