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Love Will keep us Alive...
Sequel to Crush
Chapter 21 - 32
The next few weeks were
hectic for Billy, what with moving into the apartment, and working at Jabot. He
found that he hardly had any time to think about Mac, and what she might be
doing and he was glad. He had added things to the apartment gradually, keeping
the brass bed and the ugly couch, until the place finally started to look like a
real home. His home. The one he had always thought he would share with her. The
job at Jabot was cool, though. He was working in the public relations department
and had been having a blast. John was happy that his son finally seemed to be
coming around to the idea of being involved in the family business.
It was on a hot night in
August that he was surprised by a visitor. Two, actually. He opened the
door to find Raul and Kate standing in the hallway. He smiled. The two had been
to the apartment before, and Kate had really been helpful to Billy with getting
the place fixed up. He opened the door and let them in, motioning for them to
have a seat.
" It's great to see you
guys, what have you two been up to?" He asked as he sat on a chair across
from them. " Would you guys like something to drink?" he asked. Raul
shook his head, his face was serious. " No, thanks Billy...Kate and I came
here to tell you something..." Kate nodded in agreement. "Why so
serious?" Billy asked. "It is serious..it's about you and Brittany and
what happened the night of the prom" Kate answered. Billy hadn't seen
Brittany since that day at his parents' house. He knew if he saw her again he
might do something he would regret. "What happened? Did you find out
something?" she shook her head. " I think so" she said softly.
" You know that I made varsity cheerleader,right?" she asked smiling.
He nodded. "Well, yesterday I was at school to pick up my uniform and I saw
Brittany... she was there talking to some of the new cheerleaders, giving them
some pointers, I guess. Guess who was with her?"
He shook his head, he had no
idea. " It was JT, he was there hitting on all the new girls, bragging
about how his dad bought him a car for his graduation. He said he was lucky he
got the car because when his mom found her pills missing she was furious"
"Pills?" Billy asked.
She nodded. " I got
curious, I didn't know JT's mom was sick, so I asked Brittany, you know, like I
was concerned, not just curious" Raul
and Billy smiled. She was something once she got started. "Well, Brittany
just laughed when I asked her. 'Sick?' she said, like it was a big joke or
something..anyway she said that JT's mother was a headcase..the doctor
prescribed all kinds of stuff for her. Mostly just to shut her up. I asked her
what kind of stuff and she told me they were mostly tranquilizers to calm her
down, she gets these anxiety attacks." She stopped to take a breath.
"Remember you said that you didn't remember anything after she gave you
that soda and you drank it?" Billy nodded and spoke " It all makes
sense now, Brittany had been talking to JT just before she came back with the
soda. The can was already opened and I remember asking her why. She said she got
thirsty and opened it to take a sip." Billy got up and paced around.
Raul stood up. "What are
you gonna do, Billy? You're not gonna do anything crazy are you?"
He looked at his friend and
shook his head. "No, I'm not..I'm just gonna have a little talk with Miss
Hodges" he turned to Kate. "When's the next time you have to be at
school?" he asked her. She smiled at him "First practice is
tomorrow." She said.
"Brittany said she'd stop by to give us some pointers. Can I be there when
you nail her?" she asked excitedly. Billy and Raul threw their heads back
and laughed at her. Raul turned to her. " I think Billy wants that pleasure
all to himself." Billy nodded. " Raul's right, Kate..I do. But how can
I ever thank you for this? You guys have been so great to me, I'll never forget
it, I mean it" Kate waved off
his thanks. " The way I figure it, I should be thanking you. Raul and I
would have never gotten together if you and Mac hadn't"
she stopped. " I'm sorry, Billy. I didn't mean to bring her up, I
just feel like I know her, everybody at the house talks about her all the time.
She still calls them, you know". "Kate!" Raul hissed. He loved
her all right, just sometimes her mouth got ahead of her. " I don't care,
he has a right to know, doesn't he? She's his wife...she still is, isn't she,
He nodded. " I guess that's
the next thing I have to take care of..but first," he continued forcing the
melancholy look off his face. " First I take care of Miss Hodges"
Billy stood behind the fence at
the far end of the athletic field. Brittany had just gotten out of a flashy new
red BMW. He wasn't surprised when JT got out from behind the wheel. The two
walked over to the cheerleaders and began talking. Billy walked over to where
they stood and Brittany noticed him immediately. He was dressed in a suit, he
had asked his Dad if he could come in a little later, telling him about what he
suspected had happened that night, and what he planned to do about it.
Brittany's heart fluttered a little as he walked towards her. What was he doing
there? Was he here to see her? It had to be, why else would he come back here?
She smiled and waved. "Hi,
Billy..what are you doing here?" JT turned from the gaggle of girls he was
flirting with at the sound of Billy's name. "Abbott, what's a big working
man hot shot like you doing here?" Billy smirked, still the same old JT.
" I need to talk to you two about something, mostly you, Britt. Can we go
sit over there?" He pointed to the bleachers behind them. They nodded and
walked over, sitting on the lowest benches. " It's about the night of the
prom" he began. " I've forgiven you for that, Billy... I think we
should move past it." Brittany began, afraid of what he may have found out.
" Oh, you have...well that's good to know..JT that's some car you got
there.Graduation present?" JT nodded. " I heard you almost didn't get
it" Billy continued. " Something about stealing pills from your mom,
tranquilizers, I think I heard..." " Yeah, so?" JT asked. "
What are you getting at, Abbott?" . Billy stood up on the ground while JT
remained seated. " I think you decided to help your little friend here on
prom night, and you gave her some of those pills. She slipped them to me and
then cried about our mad, passionate lovemaking. How about if I call the cops? I
could say you two tried to kill me. You could have you know." He looked at
the two of them and knew Kate had nailed it.
JT stood up. " Listen, man
it was just a little joke...you can't call the cops...I gave Britt the pills,
two little pills that's all...she crushed 'em up and put them in the soda can. I
don't know about anything else...please man, you gotta believe me.." He
looked at JT's desperate face and actually felt sorry for him. " What about
you, Britt? How do you feel about the police?"
"You cant do that Billy, I
didn't mean anything...I just wanted you the way it used to be before.."
"Tell me exactly what happened, I mean it tell me the truth or I will call
whispered. " I loosened your clothes and mine after you passed out, and
then I fell asleep. That's it, nothing happened.". Billy smiled. He knew he
couldn't have made love to her. It would have been cheating on Mac, and he would
never do that. Even though they weren't together anymore, she was still his
wife. "That's all I wanted to hear..thanks" he turned and left.
Brittany sat stunned, Jill would pay for this, the whole thing had been her
idea. Not the drugs, of course, but her continued pursuit of Billy, long past
the point when Brittany knew it was pointless.
Billy felt better than he had in
a long time. Brittany and he were finished, and he knew that JT and the rest of
that crowd were in his past now. He had begun a new life. Not the one he had
hoped for, with Mac, but one that he thought he could handle. Now the other
thing, the divorce. He knew that it was inevitable, but it still seemed so
fresh, their time together still felt as if it were yesterday instead of almost
9 months ago. He had to come to a decision soon.Maybe this was actually
something his mother could help him with. He headed towards the car, deciding to
pay his mother a little visit.
Brittany called Jill on her cell
phone, asking if she could come over to the office to see her.
She said certainly and asked JT
to drop her off there. They piled in the car, not too far ahead of Billy, who
was headed for the same place. Brittany got there first, and was already in
Jill's office when Billy approached the door. He paused outside before knocking,
having heard the voices inside and not wanting to disturb her. The voices became
more heated, and he couldn't help but listen.
"What are you talking
about? You drugged my son? You little witch....." Brittany laughed. "
You're calling me a witch? I'm not the one who forced
Mackenzie out of his life..." Billy's stomach turned over..oh God,
she hadn't... He put his ear next to the door. Jill froze.
"What?" she stammered.
" You really have gone off the deep end, haven't you? What makes you think
I had anything to do with that?" Brittany smiled. " Don't treat me
like an idiot, Jill. I can bring your whole world crashing down around your
knees. I heard you talking to someone named Sam on the phone when I was here a
few weeks ago. You said that his trip here wouldn't be necessary, you had gotten
rid of Mac all by yourself."
Jill tried to keep her
composure, surely she was bluffing. She walked around from behind her desk,
moving closer to Brittany. " What were you doing, listening at the
door?" Brittany smiled.
" I've known for a long
time just who and what I was dealing with here. I figured I'd play along with
you for as long as it was mutually beneficial" Her smile faded. " I
know now that it was pointless, Billy will never give up on her. Even if he
does, I ruined any chance I may have had with him. So now I figure I'm not the
only one who should have to pay." She folded her arms across her chest,
Jill took a deep breath and
forced a smile. " Well, it's seems you've done very nicely for
yourself....just one thing...what makes you think Billy would believe you? After
what you pulled on prom night, he'll never speak to you again...I just need some
time, that's all". "Sorry, Ma..times up.." Their heads both
whipped around at the sound of Billy's voice. "Billy..." Jill smiled,
not knowing how much he had heard. " Come in, honey..Brittany and I were
just having a lovely" "Please!" Billy said angrily. "
Please, just shut up....I heard the whole thing...Brittany, would you please get
out of here? I need to speak to my mother alone."
Brittany ducked out quickly,
grateful for the chance to escape. Billy's face was nearly purple with rage. She
shut the door after her, and Billy turned to face his mother. Mother..an
unfortunate accident of birth. She had never been a real mother to him, not in
the true sense of the word. Jill was afraid to speak. She looked at her son and
saw the hatred and disgust in his eyes. "Billy" she began, her eyes
filling with tears. " I don't know what you think you heard.."
"Save it" he said abruptly. " I heard everything...I know you
forced Mac out of my life, and you used that scumbag stepfather of hers. What I
don't understand is why she left...she told me the whole story of what
happened.." Jill snapped " Did she tell you that she tried to seduce
him? And that they split up because of her? No, I guess the little tramp left
that part out, didn't she?"
Billy had to physically restrain
himself from hitting her. He took a deep breath and continued.
" No, she told me the
truth...that Sam, your trusted source...tried to molest her, on more than one
occasion. Thank God he never succeeded, she ran away before he could. Mac could
only guess at why they split up, she was gone by then. Let me guess.. you told
Mac that she wasn't good enough for me, was that it?" Jill was in tears
now. She had known that the story from Sam was probably a
lie, but the thought that he was an attempted pedophile hadn't entered
her mind. " Yes, Billy...I told her that...I also told her that you would
be ashamed of her once everyone found out, that the only reason you would stay
with her would be out of guilt, not love. You have to believe me, I never
thought that she had been through all of that...." "What's the matter,
Ma? Feeling guilty all of a sudden?" Billy looked at her and realized it
was true. The tears in her eyes were genuine, or at least they seemed to be.
Jill nodded. " You have to
know that I did this for you, Billy.. I didn't think she could make you happy,
you two are so different. Please, I did it for your own good." He laughed.
"Trying to make yourself feel better? You didn't do it for 'my own good',
you did it because you hate her, you have from the moment you laid eyes on her.
How do you think Dad is gonna feel about this? Or Mrs Chancellor? Or Mac's
Dad?" Jill spoke, her voice
hoarse through her tears. "Billy, please...what can I do to make this up to
"Nothing..." he said
coldly. "There's nothing you can do...except...."
"What? Billy I will do anything, you have to believe me."
She was frantic now, she had never seen Billy so cold and distant. "
You are coming with me..to the Chancellor's. I call Dad and tell him to meet us
there. You are going to tell everyone the whole story, from the beginning. They
need to know" Jill nodded reluctantly and agreed. "Whatever you want
Billy, I'll do whatever you want". After leaving a message with John's
secretary, they left for the Chancellor estate. The whole truth would finally
come out, Billy would see to that. Then and only then, he could make things
right again with Mac.
Mac lay on the bed in her small
room. It had been very hot the last couple of days, and her feet had begun to
swell, even when she sat down. She was still acting as hostess, even though she
was nearly 8 1/2 months pregnant. Betty had been so good to her, she felt it was
the least she could do. Besides, she was young and strong, and she needed to
keep busy. The closer it came to her due date, the more she found herself
thinking about Billy. Somedays more than others, and today was one of those
days.She and Betty had just come from a small shopping trip. They had bought
diapers and some sleepers in strictly neutral colors. Mac had not wanted to know
the sex of her baby. The doctor assured her that everything was fine, and that
was more than enough for her. Boy or girl, she already loved it more than
anything. She already had just about everything she would need for the baby's
first few months. Betty had the crib brought down from the attic that she had
used for all of her grandchildren. Everything was in place, all that was left to
do now was wait.. She was still helping Betty whenever she could, but most of
the time it was too hot, or she was just too uncomfortable to do anything but
sit and wait. Wait for the day her
baby would be born, the day her new life would really begin. She would continue
to work for Betty, even after the baby's birth, she had decided. She hadn't yet
decided what she would do if Billy divorced her.
He had every right to, she had
abandoned him months ago, hadn't even told him he was about to be a father..he
had a right to know that, didn't he? She couldn't, not yet...maybe someday after
everything was settled, after Billy had filed for the divorce. They would both
have new lives by then. It sounded simple when she went over it in her head, but
she knew it would never be as easy as that. She wished he were here with her,
the closer the inevitable day came, the more frightened she became. She knew
that if he were here, all her fears would be gone. What was he doing now?
Summertime, probably partying the nights away with Brittany.
She got up from the bed, a task
that she no longer took from granted, it was becoming harder and harder to move
easily every day. She fingered the ring she wore, back on the chain around her
neck, it no longer fit on her swollen fingers. Very few people asked her where
her husband was, she figured they had been warned off by Betty. She still had
terrible bouts of homesickness, sometimes, like today, they were worse than
others. She wandered out of her room and into the hallway. Things were pretty
quiet, it was the time of day between lunch and dinner. She arched her back, it
had been aching all day and wandered into Betty's room. For some reason, she
felt the terrible need to hear a familiar voice and she sat down on the edge of
the bed, staring at the telephone.
She had just spoken with her Dad
yesterday, assuring him that everything was fine. She picked up the phone and
began to dial the Chancellor home.
Kay and Brock were standing in
the living room, wondering why Billy had sounded so frantic and serious on the
phone. Why was he headed here? He had deliberately stayed away since he had
returned from St.Louis after seeing Mac. And why was John Abbott on his way
here? Could he have found something out about Mackenzie, something she didn't
tell them yesterday? The phone ringing interrupted their conversation. Kay
picked it up. "Chancellor residence" she answered. " Hi,
Grandma" Mac answered, the sound of her voice was comforting, it sounded
like home. " Mackenzie? How wonderful to hear from you so soon again, dear.
Your father said you called yesterday...Is everything all right?" Brock
moved closer to his mother. "Yes, everything's fine Grandma, it's just that
I missed talking to you yesterday..." "Are you sure that everything's
all right, dear? " Kay asked again. The doorbell rang behind her and Esther
answered it. Mac heard the doorbell over the phone. " I'll let you go,
Grandma, I love you and Dad and I miss you both.. tell him for me, okay?"
She hung up. "Mackenzie...you don't.. Mackenzie..." Kay sighed. Billy
walked into the living room, followed by Jill. "Was that Mac?" he
asked Kay eagerly, and she nodded. " Is she allright?" "Yes,
she's fine...although that's the first time since she's been gone that she's
called two days in a row..Maybe she's homesick, she sounded a little
"Strange, strange how? She
didn't sound sick or hurt or anything...Mrs. Chancellor, tell me..." Betty
had said she would call him if anything was wrong. Nothing could go wrong now,
not when they were so close. Hang on Mac I'm coming, he thought silently. He let
out a sigh of relief when Kay touched his arm and shook her head. "She's
fine, Billy..or so she says. She sounds very lonely, and very homesick. I just
wish she would come home." " We've made a decision, and I think you
should hear it."
Brock spoke for the first time,
and Billy looked at him.
" If I can't convince her to come home the next time she
calls, I'm going to St. Louis to
get my daughter. This has gone on long enough, she needs to be here with the
people who love her." Billy smiled at him. " That's why I'm here,
Mr.Reynolds. I know now why she left in the first place. My mother has something
to say to all of you." He looked behind him at Jill. The doorbell rang, and
Esther led John Abbott into the living room. Esther turned to leave, and Billy
stopped her. "Wait,Esther..I think you deserve to hear this, too. Your
daughter and Raul have been great friends to me" Esther smiled and turned
back, standing next to Kay and Brock.
John spoke, "Well,
Billy..we're all here. What was so important?". " Mom has something to
say to all of you, don't you Mom?" Jill nodded. "Before I start, you
all have to understand that I thought that I was doing the best thing for
everyone concerned..I didn't mean to hurt any of you..especially you,
Billy." she paused and looked around, seeing no sympathy in any of the eyes
around her. "It's about Mackenzie...and why she really left. It was because
of me." She launched into her story, stopping frequently to wipe away
tears. She spoke quietly and when she was finished, the room was silent.
John spoke first. " I never
thought I would see the day when you something you did would surprise me, but I
am speechless. How could you?" he shook his head. "Katherine..Brock..I
am so sorry.." Kay and Brock sat in stunned silence. Mac had not had the
chance to tell them about Sam before she left. "Why..why didn't she tell
us?" Kay asked. "And why would she go back there?" Billy grasped
her hands. " She wanted to, Mrs. Chancellor, she really did. When she told
me, I wanted her to tell you and she said she would....I guess she never got the
chance. And now it's my turn to tell the truth." He stood up. " I lied
when I told you Mac was in St.Louis....she would never go back there. I found
her in Colorado, in a small town called Henderson. She's fine..she has a job,
she's going to school. She works for a woman named Betty Johnson. I've been
calling Betty all along to check up on her. She's fine, really. I wanted to tell
you, both of you, where she's really been, but she threatened to take off to
someplace where I would never find her. At least I've known where she was, and
how she was..I'm sorry.."
Brock stood up and put his hand
across Billy's shoulders. "It's allright, Billy...I can see how hard this
has been on you...I know you never would have left if you didn't think she would
be ok. You did what you thought was best, we understand that, don't we,
Mother?" Kay nodded. " Of course, Billy...none of this is your
fault." She glared at Jill.
"We all know whose fault it
really is, don't we?" She stood up from the sofa and moved closer to Jill.
" I could kill you with my bare hands, do you know that Jill?
Except you're not worth it...get out of my house..I mean it..this is my
house now! Understand? Unless you want the whole world to find out about your
little trick? In fact, I'll have the car brought around, I wouldn't want you to
stay here any longer than necessary." Jill nodded, she had no choice.
Esther left to have the car brought around and Jill turned to leave, and looked
around. " I'll send someone to get my things," she whispered. She
walked out the door and paused outside. " You may think you've won, all of
you..I'm not through with any of you yet.." she walked down the step
towards the waiting car.
Billy turned towards the group
gathered before him. " I'm heading to Colorado, as soon as I can get
there...Will you all come with me? I really don't think I can handle this by
myself." Kay and Brock nodded, smiling " Try and stop us!" Kay
exclaimed. "If you think we're going to wait here to see Mackenzie, you are
sadly mistaken, young man!"
John stepped forward. "Are
you sure you want me to come along, son? I don't want to interfere in your life,
you seem to be doing just fine on your own." Billy smiled at his father,
they had really come a long way in a short time. "Please, Dad...I need you
to be there..." John returned his smile. " Of course... I'll even fire
up the company jet, we need to get there as quickly as possible. I'll call the
pilot right now..Katherine, may I?"
She nodded quickly and John
picked up the phone to call the pilot. Brock moved next to Billy and again put
his hand on his shoulder. " I can't wait to see her...I don't have to
ask you how you feel about this, do I?"
Billy smiled and shook his head.
" I guess not.. I have to tell you, Mr. Reynolds..when Mac comes back
here..I intend to stay her husband, if she'll have me...I hope you know
that." He looked at Brock. "Let's get her back here first, Billy. We
can discuss all that once she's home.." "There's nothing to discuss,
Mr. Reynolds....I won't bring her back here only to lose her again. I know you
need her, but you have to understand..I need her too. More than anything. I've
been walking around like a ghost the last few months..I realized more than ever
that we belong together. I know she may have something to say about that, but if
she wants to, we are going to stay married."
Brock looked at Billy and
realized there was no sense in arguing about it now. The important thing was to
bring Mackenzie home, as soon as possible.
Mac hung up the phone. She never
should have called, her Grandmother was probably freaking by now, wondering why
she had called two days in a row. She stood up slowly and sat back down again,
nearly doubled over by sharp, shooting pains in her back and stomach. She felt a
warm liquid dripping down her legs. Her water broke...Oh God.."Betty!
Betty!" she screamed. She heard footsteps running down the hallway and the
door burst open. Betty looked at her, and realized immediately what had
"Mac...be calm, honey..it's
ok...I'll call Doctor Lewis...we'll get you to the hospital..."
She picked up the phone and
dialed the number. She left a message with his secretary, asking her to tell the
Doctor to meet them at the hospital.
She hung up the phone and turned
to Mac, trying her best to reassure her. " It's going to be fine
sweetheart..really..breathe, honey, breathe...remember the Lamaze," Betty
had gone faithfully with Mac to her Lamaze classes, and before each one had
fought with herself not to call Billy. She would do that no longer. He deserved
to be here, but how could she call him? Mac would never let her.She would do it
when they got to the hospital. She would have a chance then. " I'll get
your bag, honey..remember? It's all ready for you..." She ran down the hall
and got the suitcase they had packed two weeks ago from the closet in her room.
"Can you stand?" Mac
nodded. She stood up slowly, grimacing with pain. They walked slowly down the
hallway and the stairs. Betty got her keys and put Mac in the car first and got
in. She drove slowly down the few blocks to the hospital. When they arrived at
the front desk, an orderly brought a wheelchair and Mac sat down. As they turned
to bring her to the labor room, she pulled on Betty's sleeve. "
Please..Betty...call Billy...I want Billy, please..." she whispered through
gritted teeth and tears. Betty nodded. " Of course, honey. We'll get you
checked in, and I'll call him right away...He'll be on the first flight
out...." Mac nodded and whispered "Thank you for everything,
Betty" and the orderly turned the chair around and headed down the hallway.
Betty gave the clerk Mac's information and filled out her
paperwork, leaving some of the information she didn't know blank. She told her
she would get the rest of the information from Mac later, and then asked to use
the telephone. The clerk nodded and pointed to the phone at the end of the desk.
Betty pulled out the small piece of paper that Billy had written his telephone
number on. She tried the cell phone first, no answer. She then dialed the number
of the Abbott house.The woman who answered the phone said that Billy had gone to
Colorado with his father, on the company jet. They had left about an hour ago,
they should be arriving in about two hours. Betty thanked her and sighed,
hanging up the phone. Get here Billy..please get here soon.
She called the Inn, Billy would
go there first, of course. She left a message at the desk to tell him where they
were. She hung up the phone and ran down the hallway towards the labor room.
Two hours later, Mac was still
in labor. Doctor Lewis said that it could last hours longer, or that it could
end any minute. Betty had been with her, sitting next to her, giving her ice
cubes and wiping her forehead, giving her encouragement. She looked at the clock
on the wall opposite the bed. "Betty..." Mac spoke softly. The
contractions had eased a bit, and she lay back against the pillows under her
back. " Why aren't they here yet? Hasn't it been two hours? Maybe they
decided not to come..." Betty patted her hand. "Considering how long
you've waited to see him...I think you can wait a little while longer...they
should be here soon....I think they'll be a little bit surprised, don't
you?" Betty chuckled. Mac smiled, but she was still worried. What if Billy
didn't want her? What if he was coming here to deliver divorce papers in person?
And why was his Dad coming with him?
Billy bolted out of the car that
John had waiting for them as soon as the plane landed. Why was she in the
hospital? The woman at the Inn didn't say..at least Billy hadn't given her a
chance to tell him, he had run out of there as soon as he had heard the word. He
walked in the door and up to the front desk, please God, let her be all right,
please...even if she doesn't want me...please let her be allright.... "Can
you help me, please?" he asked the clerk at the front desk. Kay, Brock and
John were just walking up to the front desk, all with looks ranging from frantic
to terrified. " Yes, sir.." the clerk answered. "Are you ill? Do
you need a doctor?" he shook his head. " No..I'm looking for
someone..my wife..Mackenzie Abbott.." he paused. "She may have checked
in under the last name of Reynolds.." The clerk smiled. "No, I checked
her in myself...Mackenzie Abbott.. she's down the hall in the labor room."
Billy's heart began to pound,
the blood swooshing around in his ears. Had he just heard that? Labor room?
" A baby?" he asked, looking at the clerk. The clerk smiled and
nodded. "That's usually what happens in a labor room..." Billy turned
around to face the others, staggering slightly. "Did you hear that? A
baby... I gotta go.." He bolted down the hallway, peeking in each door. The
clerk smiled. "Only the father is allowed in the labor room..You'll be able
to see her soon, I'm sure". Brock, Kay and John stood together, all in
shock. " A baby?' Kay was in tears. " How will they handle this?
They're children themselves!" Brock
nodded. " I know, mother...all of this is a little overwhelming, why don't
we sit down? John?" he gestured towards the chairs in the lobby and they
sat down together. John rubbed his eyes, this was not what he had expected for
his son.Married, with a child at 18? With a wife only 17? He sighed. His son was
about to finish the rapid growing up he had started in a hurry. Brock smiled to
try and ease the tension. " A new life is always a blessing...maybe this
one came a little sooner than any of us may have expected..but we must welcome
this child, help them with this in any way we can. It's too late for regrets or
recriminations" Kay nodded, as did John. " I know, Brock and of course
we will all love this child...It's just that they have such a tough road ahead
of them...do you think they possibly know how rough this will be? What a huge
responsibility a child is?" John asked.
Kay spoke " I think they
know, John...Brock is right. This child is a blessing, we can't let them see
that we have any reservations about it. We must be happy for them." She
smiled. " I think I look pretty good for a great-grandmother, don't
you?" she asked and both men laughed. John extended his hand to Brock
"Congratulations, Grandpa!" Brock laughed and shook it. "Thank
you, Grandpa.. I never expected to be a father and a grandfather so close
together" and they all laughed again.
Billy raced down the hallway,
frantically peeking in doorways, until he reached the one at the end of the
hallway. He paused before opening the door, not knowing what to expect. He took
a deep breath and pushed it open. Mac was sitting straight up in bed, her knees
raised. She was wearing a hospital gown, her hair gathered into a ponytail at
the top of her head. She was panting and sweating, and Billy thought his heart
would explode from his chest. Betty smiled at him and he put his finger to his
lips. Mac hadn't noticed him come in, her eyes were closed as the contraction
passed. She lay back against the pillows and released Betty's hand. Betty crept
around the bed quietly, and out of the room. Billy sat in the chair next to the
bed and looked at her, amazed at her strength and determination. She spoke
"Betty, what time is it? Do you think they've gotten here yet?" He
slipped his hand in hers..She knew who it was immediately, she felt the same
electric charge she had the first time he touched her.
She opened her eyes. " I'm
here..." Billy said. " I should have never left you in the first
place..." he smiled. " you really meant it when you said you wanted to
keep surprising me every day, didn't you?" she laughed " A happy
surprise.. I hope?" her face showed her worry and pain. He leaned in and
kissed her softly. " The happiest...a baby..the two of us together in one
person.." he touched her cheek softly. " You look so
beautiful..." she laughed again. " Oh, sure..fat, sweaty..." she
gripped his hand tightly as another contraction began. He grabbed her hand
" What can I do? Tell me...You're supposed to breathe, right? Breathe,
honey..breathe..." He stroked her forehead. The height of the contraction
passed and she loosened her grip on his hand. " I think they're getting
closer together now...the last one was only about 5 minutes ago..." she
smiled. Billy kissed her again, he couldn't resist. She looked so different from
the last time they had been together, the smile was back, the anger seemed to be
Honey...I have to tell you...the reason I'm here, the reason we're all here...I
know what my mom did to you..why you left. Everyone knows...that's why we're all
here..." he ran his finger over her lips slowly. " She will never be
able to come between us again, do you understand? No one will break up our
family again, no one..." Mac smiled at his use of the word family, they
really were a family now. " I love you" he continued. " The last
few months have been the worst of my life, I was walking around like a dead
man..." she nodded. " I know how that is...I worked..I did
school...Oh, did I tell you I am a high school graduate?" she nodded.
" It's true! All that hard
work I did back home must have paid off, I guess. Once I found out I was
pregnant, I figured I should get it out of the way before the baby
came...between that and work I was busy, but it didn't stop me from thinking
about you every day and every night...I love you more than anything,
Billy.." She grabbed his hand tighter as the contractions began again.
" I think you should get the doctor, Billy. They're really close
He pushed the buzzer next to the
bed, and a nurse came into the room shortly after. Billy grabbed Mac's hand as
the nurse examined Mac. She smiled and patted her knee.
"I think baby Abbott is
about to make an appearance, I'll get Doctor Lewis" she left the room and
returned with the doctor. A kindly looking old man with a rumpled appearance. He
looked at Billy. " So, the father makes his appearance? Well, looks like
you arrived just in time young man." He extended his hand and Billy shook
" Are we going to the
delivery room now?" he asked. Doctor Lewis shook his head. " No, son
we're going next door, to the birthing room.. your wife has decided to go the
modern way..." The nurse walked in and handed Billy a set of scrubs. "
Put these on, I'll take your wife next door" Billy took them and nodded. He
leaned over and kissed Mac. " I'll be right in, honey..." and the
nurse carefully helped her into a wheelchair and took her next door. Billy put
on the scrubs and went next door. The room looked like a nursery, with lots of
color and nursery rhyme figures painted on the walls. A small crib sat next to a
large stretcher where Mac sat in an upright position.She smiled at the sight of
him in scrubs. He sat on a chair next to her and grabbed her hand. "Ready
to play Doctor?" she asked, laughing. He waggled his eyebrows up and down
at her suggestively, "Don't
you think we should have the baby first?" She laughed again and nodded.
The contraction began again,
stronger than any of the others and Billy grabbed Mac's hand. Doctor Lewis sat
before her legs and examined her. " Okay Mackenzie.. time to start
pushing..." Mac grabbed Billy's hand and began to push. Billy thought that
surely his fingers would be broken afterward, her grip on his hand was like a
vise. Her face was red, and the sweat was pouring off of her. She continued
pushing as the doctor instructed... " I can see the head Mackenzie...now
the shoulders...push Mac, push..." She pushed harder until she thought that
her heart would explode out of her chest,screaming in agony. Billy's heart
wrenched at the sound of her screams...he gripped her hand tighter, whispering
to her.. " Just a little more, honey....I know it hurts...please
honey...just a little longer." She opened her eyes and looked at him
briefly, seeing the tears running down his cheeks. " I'm ok...just don't
let go of my hand...please" she tightened her grip and bore down, pushing
The doctor was working quickly
now... " one more Mac...make it a big one..." She grabbed the bed rail
with her free hand and leaned forward, pushing with all her strength, still
grasping Billy's hand in a death grip. She screamed loudly and sat back, her
strength gone. She closed her eyes and heard a shrill cry. " Is it
okay?" she asked weakly. Doctor Lewis smiled at her and Billy. " Mr
and Mrs. Abbott... you have a son..." The doctor wrapped the baby in a
small white blanket and laid him on Mac's chest. She looked down at him, his
face red and wrinkled, screaming at the top of his lungs..and was filled with
such a deep and overwhelming love that she felt her heart would break. She
looked at Billy, whose tears had not stopped. " Look at him...." He
said softly.. " Our son..." she said. He leaned in and kissed her and
leaned down to touch the top of his newborn son's head with his lips. He
whispered to him.. "welcome to the world, little guy..do you know you have
the luckiest daddy in the world? The luckiest daddy and the most beautiful
Mac smiled and clutched his tiny
hand, he wrapped it around her finger tightly. She couldn't seem to stop looking
at him..he was so beautiful. The nurse took him, under protest from both his
parents. " I need to get him cleaned up and weighed, you know, hospital
stuff...and we need to get you back to your room.." She took the baby and
left the room, promising to bring him back as soon as possible.
Mac was exhausted, as was Billy
and she was asleep before they brought her back to her room. Doctor Lewis had
promised to tell the waiting family members in the lobby, but Billy wanted to
see them himself. He kissed her forehead and went down the hallway to the lobby.
They leapt up at the sight of him and Kay nearly knocked him over when she
hugged him tightly. "Where is that great-grandson of mine?" she asked
him. Brock was next to embrace him... " He's with the nurse, she promised
to bring him back as soon as possible. The doctor told you that they're
both fine?" they nodded. "good, she's asleep now, but we can
all go in and wait until she wakes up"
John stepped forward to embrace
his son. " I know you must be sick of hearing this, but I am so proud of
you son...You'll know what that's like now, you have a son of your own.."
Billy returned the embrace. " Thanks, Dad...I never get tired of hearing
that...I just hope I don't get as much trouble from him as I gave you.."
John laughed.. " It would serve you right..." he pulled away from his
son, who was also laughing. " No need to worry about that, his Mom is
pretty tough...my kid is gonna have to watch his step..C'mon, let's go see
him...I can't wait to show him off."
The happy group headed down the
hallway. Billy peeked his head in the room first. Mac was still fast asleep, and
they tiptoed inside. Next to the bed, swathed in a tiny blue blanket was his
son. He now wore a little blue knit cap to keep his head warm and as he walked
closer to him, he heard soft cooing sounds coming from the crib. He stood over
him, tears again forming in his eyes. Would he ever be able to look at
him without crying? He smiled and motioned for the rest of the family to
They walked softly, and Kay
began to cry almost immediately.. " Oh, dear...he's so beautiful," she
grasped Brock's hand. She leaned in with her other hand to touch his tiny
hand..The baby grabbed onto it immediately,wrapping his tiny fingers around
hers, not letting go. John leaned
in and smiled. “ He’s the image of Billy at the same age…”
Katherine shook her head, “ I hate to argue with you John, but look, he
has Mackenzie’s nose….” “ Hey”. Mac's voice was barely above a
whisper. " No arguing..."
They turned to see her sitting
up in bed, smiling. She held her arms out to her father and he sat on the edge
of the bed, embracing her. She beckoned to her grandmother to come closer, and
soon all three were embracing. When they finally broke apart, she smiled at
John. "Thank you for coming here, Mr. Abbott...I know this isn't exactly
what you were expecting..Thank you for bringing my family here." Billy
walked over and took her hand, standing next to the bed. " You're more than
welcome, Mackenzie..I know that we don't know each other very well, but I hope
we can change that..I don't know what to say about what you've been through... I
can only hope to make up for everything that Jill has done. I'll do everything I
can to help you two.." He stepped towards the bed, and Kay and Brock stood
up to allow him to move closer.
He took her hand and smiled.
"Thank you for my beautiful grandson..and for bringing my son closer to
me." He looked at the others.. " Guess this means every Christmas
together from now on?" and everyone laughed. When the laughter died down,
Brock spoke " Mackenzie, your grandmother and I know about Sam...and what
happened in St. Louis. I know you would have told us..We want to help you in
whatever way we can." She smiled and grasped Billy's hand. " I know
you do..and I'm sorry I never spoke about it earlier...I just wanted to forget
about it, and then things got so crazy.."
Her smile faded briefly, and
then brightened again. " Did Billy tell you that I am a high school
graduate?" Kay and Brock smiled and shook their heads. "It's true...I
have my diploma, it's back at the Inn.." She looked at Billy. " Did
you guys see Betty? You have to meet her, she's been so wonderful to me."
Kay nodded. "We met her in
the waiting room, she said to tell you that she would be back later, and that
your baby is almost as beautiful as her grandchildren were. She seems like a
wonderful woman. I would love to be able to thank her for everything she's
done." Billy nodded. " I could tell she was good people the minute I
met her.." He looked down at Mac. " I never would have left you here
if she wasn't. I never should have left you in the first place.." Mac
shushed him " Everything that's happened has been my fault, I should have
stood up to your mother...I knew deep down, that you would understand..I just
didn't want you to end up hating me."
Billy crouched down next to her,
still holding her hand. " You know that I will never let her or anyone else
come between us again, don't you?" She nodded. "Good." He said.
" My mother has done enough damage for two lifetimes...I don't want my son
anywhere near her." "Billy!" John spoke sharply. "She's
still your mother..Now she may have done some reprehensible things, but she
deserves to know her grandson.." Brock spoke next, nodding his head to
agree with John. " Your father is right, Billy...I know that Jill's
behavior has been awful, but you know that deep down, she loves you...she does
deserve to know this beautiful child." Kay interrupted. " Now is not
the time or place to discuss this, no anger or arguments today..Why don't we let
these two have some time alone with their child?" Kay leaned over and
kissed her granddaughter. " We'll go to the Inn...I would really like to
talk to Betty..We'll come back in a couple of hours, all right?" Billy
looked at Mac and she nodded. " If my old lady says it's ok by her, then
it's ok by me!" and Mac slapped at his arm. They said their goodbyes, and
left for the Inn.
As soon as they were out of the
room, Billy closed the door. He motioned for Mac to move over and she did so
slowly, she was still awfully sore, and had the feeling she would be for the
foreseeable future. Billy leaned over and picked up his son, careful to try and
hide the fact that his hands were shaking. He sat down on the bed next to her,
pulling his legs up after him, and when he was settled in, handed his son to his
She took him gently, being
careful to support his head, she had read that in one of the many baby books
that she had read over the long summer alone. She leaned her face in close to
his, rubbing her nose against his tiny one, gently. She felt so close to him,
the tiny person who had been inside her all this time was finally here. Billy
looked at both of them, realizing everything that mattered to him was in this
bed. " I'm sorry I wasn't there for you..when you found out for sure..I
feel like I missed so much." Mac looked up at him. " That's mostly my
fault, Billy..I should have told you, I never should have let you leave that
day.." She handed him his son carefully. " I've had nine months to get
to know him...You have the rest of our lives.." He nodded and looked at the
child in his arms. " Do you feel this? Like you would already do anything
for him?" She nodded.
" Pretty amazing, isn't it?
I felt that way even when he was still inside me..I guess it won't take you long
to catch up, huh?" she smiled. He shook his head. "Have you thought
about any names, Mac?" Knowing her, he knew she had done her research, and
he was right, she devoured baby name books along with all the others. She nodded
her head. " I've thought about it a lot...I couldn't decide.." She
looked up at him.. "Any ideas, Daddy?" he smiled. "We could call
him Brock, after your dad..or John after mine.." "And then, there's
always William Foster Abbott, Jr." she said. Billy's face lit up.
"Really? You thought about naming him after me? Even all that time when we
were apart?" she nodded. " I always came back to that one. I knew that
even if you never knew about him, it would keep a part of you with me" She
reached over and pulled the blanket closer around her now sleeping child. "
I talked to him about you, all the time he was inside me..how you saved me..how
wonderful you are.." He looked down at the sleeping child in his arms and
smiled. He looked at Mac " Just as long as he doesn't do half the stupid
things I've done.." She laughed. " You sound like a father already! I
don't think we hafta worry about that stuff for awhile yet...at least until he
can talk." They both laughed, the happiness inside them too big to keep
They sat like that for the next
hour or so, until the nurse came in to remind them that newborn babies need rest
and took the baby from them and brought him down the hall to the nursery. It was
the first time they were really alone since Billy had gotten here, and he was a
little bit glad. Things had been so hectic, the quiet was wonderful.
"Billy" Mac clutched his hand, he was still sitting next to her in the
bed. " Ummm?" he answered, his eyes were halfway closed..if he was
this tired, how come Mac seemed wide awake? He wondered.
" How did you find out? I mean about your mother and what really
happened? You didn't exactly say when you got here, you were kinda busy.."
she smiled at him and he opened his eyes to return the favor.
" Guess I was.." he
said, still smiling, although it faded slightly when he thought about his mother
and all the things she had done. He looked at Mac, and grasped her hand more
tightly. " You realize that she can't hurt us anymore?" He sat up
straighter and put his hand under her chin. " I mean it..anyone who tries
to hurt you or our son is someone who'll regret it, even if it is my own
mother." She nodded. " I know that now, Billy..Did she tell you what
happened?" He shook his head. " Of course not..I overhead her talking
with your old friend Brittany." Mac looked down. " I saw you two, you
know..at the prom.." He looked at her. " You knew about that?"
She nodded. " I used to read the Chronicle online sometimes...made me a
little less homesick, you know? I saw that you and she were king and
queen..." her voice faded a little at the end, she hadn't meant to bring it
up so soon.
"Mac, look at me." She
did and he continued. " I did it as a favor to her, she didn't have a
date...that was before I knew about her and my mother..." he told her the
whole story, about how the two of them had been conspiring together, and how he
had learned of his mother's efforts to break them apart. "Do you really
think that after all of that she's really given up?" He sighed and clutched
her hand. " I hope so, when your grandmother found out she threw her out of
the house and threatened to tell everyone what she had done. I only hope that
she learns a lesson this time.." Mac nodded and rested her head against
Billy's shoulder, closing her eyes. He looked down at her, she could barely keep
her eyes open. He waited until she was asleep and then slipped out, he wanted to
give her a chance to rest, and he needed to get to the Inn to thank Betty for
everything. He peeked in the nursery window at his son, who was also sleeping
quietly. He told the nurse to let Mac know that he would be back soon and
walked through the lobby and out the door, the inn was only a few blocks
When he got there he found his
father, Kay and Brock seated at one of the tables in the dining room. Betty was
there as well, and they were talking and laughing as if they had known each
other for years. He smiled and walked towards the table. " I hope I'm not
interrupting?" he asked. They turned at the sound of his voice. John stood
up . " Of course not, son..is everything all right?" Billy nodded.
" As much as I hated to leave,
Mac fell asleep and I figured she really needed the rest. I wanted to come by
and thank you in person, Betty." Betty stood up and walked over to Billy,
embracing him. " I'm so glad she trusted me enough to let me help
her." She pulled away from him and smiled.
Billy smiled back at her. "
You've done so much for her, for both of us.. we won't ever forget it."
Betty waved her hand " I was happy to help her, she really is such a sweet
girl. Tougher than anyone I've ever met, I think. She really is going to be a
great mother" Billy nodded. " I know she will, I just hope I can be
half as good a father.."
Betty grasped his hand and
patted it. " Just love the both of them, that's a good start. You'll see,
the rest will kind of kick in, like instinct. You'll be fine." She looked
at the others sitting around the table. " Why don't you sit with us for
awhile? Would you like something to eat? Some coffee?" He nodded and sat
down. " Just some coffee, thanks Betty" He grabbed a cup and poured
some from the pot at the center of the table.
"Billy" Kay began.
" We were all just discussing what would happen when we returned to Genoa
City.." " Nothing's going to happen, Mrs. Chancellor. The three of us
are going to be together, that's all I know" Brock interjected. " Have
you thought about how you're going to manage? You've enrolled at the University,
haven't you?" He nodded. "That's fine, but how do you expect to
support a family of three?" Billy paused. " I have a job at Jabot,
working in the public relations department. I don't expect any charity,
Dad" He looked at John. " I promise to do a good job for you.."
" I know that, son and by
all accounts you've done spendidly this summer. But don't you think your
education is important, too? We're not trying to come down on you, son, or
Mackenzie. We just want to let you know that we can help you, if you'll let
Kay nodded. " Anything you
need, Billy." Brock added " We just want to let you know that even
though this is not necessarily what any of us expected, we want to help you
anyway we can." Billy looked around the table and smiled. " Thank you,
all of you. We both know that the odds are against us. To tell you the truth,
I'm kind of overwhelmed by the whole thing myself..I know it's not gonna be
easy, but I know we can make it."
John spoke again. " I think
we'll be able to work something out at Jabot, Billy. Flexible hours, work around
your school schedule. Just promise us that if things get too difficult, you'll
come to us..promise?" He nodded. " I promise... Are you guys ready to
go back to the hospital? I feel like I've been away forever.." They all
rose to their feet except Betty. " Betty?" Billy asked. " You're
coming too...you haven't met my son yet"
" I really was hoping I
could...I talked to that little guy so much, I feel like I've met him
already" She rose to her feet and joined them, letting the clerk behind the
front desk know that she was leaving, and they all set off for the hospital.
Mac had awoken a little while
after Billy left and after her initial panic, the nurse had assured her that he
would be back. She had asked the nurse if she could bring the baby back and she
had, and she had been holding him ever since. She had already counted his
fingers and toes, marvelling at how tiny and perfect his fingernails were. His
hair was a sandy brown color and his eyes were a deep navy blue. Mac knew from
her baby books that most babies had blue eyes at birth, she hoped they would
stay that way.
She couldn't seem to take her
eyes off him. His skin was so soft, and he smelled so good. " Will"
she whispered. " I think that's what we'll call you...if it's okay with
your daddy, of course." She stroked his tiny hand softly. " I know you
don't know him very well yet..but he loves you as much as I do...I promise to be
a good mom, the best one I can be..." " The best there is..." she
looked up at the sound and saw Billy standing in the doorway, a large bunch of
daisies in his hand. Her father and grandmother were close behind, followed by
John and Betty.Mac smiled as the group entered the room.
Billy walked over to the bed and
extended the daisies. "Trade ya?" he asked and she laughed. He placed
the daisies on the bed and took his son from her arms. She picked up the daisies
and held them against her, fingering the blossoms.
Billy carried his son over to
Betty. "Will' he whispered. " There's someone here who wants to meet
you" Betty leaned over to look closely at the tiny baby in his arms. "
Oh, he's beautiful!" she
cooed. " He has the best of both of you, it looks like" she reached in
and touched his soft cheek. " It's nice to finally meet you in person,
young man...I talked to you everyday when you were inside your mommy...I think
you'll like it out here in the world. You already have some lucky people here
who love you very much"
She stood up and walked towards
the bed, grasping Mac's hand. She looked around the room "You all should be
very proud of this young lady..and her young man...they been through a lot, and
they seem to have come out the other side fine." She leaned over and kissed
Mac on the cheek and then walked over to Billy, leaning in to kiss the baby on
the cheek, and reaching up to kiss Billy as well. " I'm going to leave you
all to get better accquainted with this sweet baby...I'll see you back at the
Inn" and she said her goodbyes and left.
"The doctor said we can go
home whenever I'm ready..." Mac spoke after Betty had left. " So
soon?" Kay asked. Mac nodded. John spoke next " I think we should all
get a good nights sleep, and then have the jet take off first thing in the
morning..." Brock nodded and smiled at the baby now asleep in his arms.
They had all been taking turns holding him, and Mac and Billy could sense that
they were all falling as much in love with him as they already were. " As
much as I hate to admit it, I'm exhausted.." Mac said softly. " I
would kind of like to have one night before I go back to Genoa City..regroup
before the hectic stuff begins.." she looked at Billy. " Would that be
okay?" she asked. He nodded and smiled. " I agree..things are probably
gonna get a little crazy back home.." Mac got up out of bed, slowly rising
to her feet. Billy took her hand and helped her to the bathroom so she could get
washed and dressed.
They were ready to go in about
an hour, and when they arrived at the Inn, Betty had their rooms waiting for
them. Mac sat down on the edge of the bed as Billy closed the door. Betty had
set up the crib next to the bed and the baby was already fast asleep. Billy
joined her on the edge of the bed, and took her hand. " Alone at
last..." he smiled and leaned in to kiss her. She looked at him and then
around the room. " I dreamed about this a lot in this very room.." she
said. " I never thought it would come true.." He grasped her hand more
tightly. She had been through so much, most of it without him there. " It's
true, believe it.." he smiled. " I want you to know that I intend to
make up for lost time..." he waggled his eyebrows at her again, in a way he
knew always made her laugh. She did and he continued " When we get home,
things are going to be the way we both dreamed they would be..count on it."
He looked at her, realizing how much she had been through in the last 24 hours.
"Why don't you get ready for bed? You must be exhausted, I know I am and I
didn't give birth today!" she laughed again and nodded. When she emerged
from the bathroom, dressed for sleep, she found him in his pajama pants, sitting
by the crib, his hand stroking his son's head.
He looked up and smiled, she
looked just as she had that night in her room, huge nightshirt,hair tied up in a
messy knot. She walked slowly, sometimes wincing, she still ached everywhere
except her heart. Her heart was so full, she had never felt anything like it
before. Billy's face was beaming, as if it were lit from within. " I can't
seem to stop looking at him. Is he like the best looking baby ever, or what? I
might be prejudiced, but anybody would say he's perfect..." She shook her
head. " I can't vote, I'm not impartial. He is the most beautiful, perfect
baby ever born. No question about it." He stood up and wrapped his arms
around her waist, kissing her forehead.
" Time for bed, c'mon we
all have a big trip ahead of us tomorrow..." He waited until she got in
bed, and then joined her. The bed was barely big enough to hold both of them,
but Billy had decided anything was better than spending another night without
her beside him. He reached over and shut the lamp on the beside table. Wrapping
his arms around her, and whispeing against her hair.” Goodnight Mommy…”
before closing his eyes to sleep.
Mac entered the apartment and
looked around slowly, with Billy right behind her, carrying his son. The ugly
couch was still there, as well as the lamp and other stuff she had bought months
ago. The rest of the place was now furnished and actually looked like a home.
She turned and looked back at him. " You did all this?" she asked, a
note of surprise in her voice. He nodded. " I've been living here since
graduation" he said.
"Do you like it? I mean..
we could change anything you want if you don't..." she shook her head and
smiled. She reached for his hand and took it in hers. " You did a great
job, Billy...it really looks like a home now...our home". He smiled and
looked down at the sleeping child in the carrier in his hand. " I've lived
here for three months, but it didn't really feel like home until right this
second..." He walked into the bedroom and Mac followed, smiling at the
sight of the brass bed, just as she had left it that horrible night so many
months ago. She shook the thought of that night from her head as Billy placed
the carrier on the bed.
"The only thing we need now
is stuff for this little guy..." he leaned over and lifted his sleeping son
from his carrier, cradling him in his arms. Mac smiled at the sight of him and
spoke. " I think we can keep his crib and stuff in here with us for the
time being..I like the idea of him being in here with us, don't you?" He
nodded. " I think it will be fine for the time being, but eventually he's
gonna need a room of his own. I was thinking that maybe we could get another
apartment in this building. I know that some of them have extra
bedrooms...." Mac smiled at his enthusiasm. " I think we'll be okay
for now, Billy. This is what we can afford, and it's perfectly fine." She
walked closer to him and kissed him. " Besides" she whispered into his
lips. " I'd live anywhere with my two favorite men...anywhere at
He sighed. He knew that Mac was
too proud to ever ask for help, but he knew that things were gonna be tough for
them. His salary at Jabot would cover the rent, but what about everything else?
Food, diapers,clothing...and what about doctors? He had been thinking about this
for the last couple of days. He smiled, but inwardly his thoughts were swirling
wildly.He placed his son back into his carrier and straightened back up to face
Mac. She looked at his eyes, even though he was smiling, they were clouded with
worry. She took his hand and led him into the living room, sat down on the
couch, motioning for him to join her. When he did, she spoke " I know you
must be worried about all this Billy....A husband, and now a father? At
eighteen? I just want you to know that I understand...and don't think that
you're the only one worrying...I'm nervous too...Can we do this? Can we afford
this? I can keep my job...Maybe go to some classes here and there...." He
took her hand and smiled.
" I am worried...but not
about us...I know we love each other enough to get through anything...It's just
that all of this is so new....I think we need some time to get used to this,
don't you? And I think that we can't be too proud to ask for help, you know just
when we need it..."
Mac looked in his eyes. " I
know you think I'm stubborn sometimes...maybe I am...but it's helped me,
Billy....in more ways than you think...it's taught me to survive on my own,
without any help from anyone. I know this won't be easy on either of us...but I
promise, if we need help...I won't stop you from asking anyone....Okay?"
she smiled to break the tense mood that had suddenly appeared in the room. He
smiled back, and reached out to hug her. " I think we need to relax and
stop worrying, let things happen for awhile." A knock at the front door
interrupted their conversation, and Billy rose to his feet to answer it. He
opened the door to find Raul and Kate standing there, Raul holding a huge teddy
bear. Billy grinned from ear to ear, and motioned for them to come inside.
Mac rose from the couch.. "
Who is it, Billy?" and soon saw for herself. She smiled broadly and walked
over to Raul, giving him a hug. He embraced her, until Kate began to clear her
throat, waiting for her introduction. " Oh...I'm sorry....Mac this is
Kate...Kate, Mac" Kate smiled and Mac immediately saw that it was genuine.
She extended her hand.. " I feel as if I know you already..." she
looked at Raul. " We've spoken several times on the telephone..." Kate
nodded. " I know, I feel the same way..my guess is that's because we have
so many friends in common..." Billy smiled at the way the two reacted to
each other. Mac could use a close friend, especially another girl her own age.
Even though she was a wife and mother now, she still needed contact with people
her own age. " Why don't we all sit down...." He said and motioned for
Raul and Kate to have a seat on the couch. Mac sat next to them, and Billy took
one of the chairs. Raul put the teddy bear on the coffee table and patted its
head. " This is for the little guy, of course...where is he?" Kate
piped up. " Yes...we would love to see him.." Billy got up and walked
into the bedroom. The baby was still fast asleep and he carefully lifted him out
of the carrier and into his arms, walking slowly into the living room.
Raul and Kate jumped up to get a
closer look. " Oooohhh he's beautiful....." Kate whispered. "
He's so tiny....and so much hair!" Raul seemed stunned,unable to speak. He
cleared his throat before speaking softly. " He's incredible, you
guys....he looks just like you, Billy... congratulations..." Mac got up to
stand next to Billy. " Thank you, Raul...and you too, Kate, for everything
you did for Billy and for me..I know that we couldn't have gotten through
everything that's happened without you two..." Billy looked over at his
wife, smiling. " Mac's right...how can we ever pay you back?" Kate
smiled. " Well, to start with...can I hold him?" Billy nodded and
handed over the still sleeping baby.
Kate walked over to the couch,
followed by Mac, and soon the two of them were as thick as thieves, and Billy
and Raul smiled at each other silently. The two had hoped the women in their
lives would get along, and it seemed as if they were right. The
time flew by until Raul looked at his watch, and realized how late it
was. He grabbed Kate's elbow and they rose to their feet, saying their goodbyes.
Billy leaned against the closed door, smiling. Mac had put Will to bed and
walked back into the living room. She stood before him, her arms folded across
her chest. " Happy?" she asked, although she already knew the answer.
He nodded and wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her close to him.
" Happier than should be legal.." he whispered into her hair.
"Ready for bed?" she asked and he nodded. They walked arm in arm
towards the bedroom, shutting the lights, hoping the joy they felt tonight would
The next few weeks were a flurry
of activity, and eventually the young family had settled into somewhat of a
routine. Just as John had promised, Billy's routine at Abbott was flexible, and
he really was enjoying it. He was in public relations and one of his ideas had
really caught his father's imagination. It was for a line of mother\baby
products. John Abbott had fallen completely under the spell of his new grandson,
and any talk of babies Billy knew would catch his eye. The research and
development department had done their work, and John was ready to plunge full
He stood nervously in his
father's office, fiddling with his tie. The other part of his idea might not be
such an easy sell. Would he go for it? He wondered, and just then the door
opened, and John and Jack walked inside, followed by Ashley. Ashley had already
begun developing the products for the line, since she had always wanted a baby
of her own, she jumped at the idea. Jack remained skeptical, although he too had
fallen in love with his nephew at first sight.
"Good morning, son"
John smiled, and they sat down at the large conference table.
"Well, son" John
began.. " This idea of yours really seems to have taken off...the entire pr
dept is already working up a campaign, and the initial test results have been
extremely encouraging. Your sister has done a wonderful job, I think we have
really tapped into something here.." John was smiling broadly, prouder of
his youngest son than ever. He had grown remarkably in the last year. "
Thanks, Dad..I was wondering...what kind of campaign did you have in mind?"
Billy had an ulterior motive, but was trying his best to disguise it.
John opened a folder in front of
him. " Pretty much the usual, women's magazines, tv ads, billboards...why
do you ask?" Billy cleared his throat.. " Uh..no reason...I just
wondered if you had tested any models yet?" John shook his head. " No,
we haven't decided on what type of mother we're looking for...I've already asked
your sister if she was interested..." Ashley laughed. " Yes, and I
told him no thanks, I make the stuff, I refuse to help sell it!" and they
all laughed. Jack spoke up next. " I get the feeling you may have someone
in mind, Billy..." Billy laughed nervously, and nodded his head. " I
do, and I think you know who she is...." John interrupted. " You don't
mean Mackenzie, do you? Billy...I seriously doubt that she would consider
something like this...." " I've been thinking about this a lot,
Dad....I think Mac would be perfect...she's young, and fresh....a new face.
Maybe we could take some test shots, see how they come out? I might be able to
convince her to bring that grandson of yours along with her...." Ashley
interrupted Billy's sell... " I love the idea! We could have mothers of all
ages, young, and some not so young, I definitely think it's worth a shot...Jack
what about you?" Jack looked hesitant. " I like your idea about
mothers of all ages, Ash...we could even include grandmothers....mothers of all
colors, shapes and sizes...Billy...I think you should talk to your wife as soon
as possible....she would be perfect for the young mother..."
John smiled, he was pleasantly
surprised to see his children agreeing for a change. " I do like the idea
of all kinds of mothers for the ad campaign...." He looked at Billy, his
face was lit up with excitement. " Go ahead home and ask that wife of
yours...I'll see if we can get some studio time for tomorrow...." Billy
stood up and hugged his father. " Thanks, Dad... I know this is gonna work
out great....." Billy left the office, headed for the Chancellor home, she
had brought the baby there today for a visit .He could hardly wait to talk to
Mac. He just hoped he could convince her to do it.
He arrived at the Chancellor
house a few minutes later, and smiled at the scene before him. Brock and Kay
were sitting on the floor, baby Will lying on a blanket between them. They were
making baby talk noises, tickling and playing with his feet, and Will was
laughing and smiling. Mac sat on the couch, smiling, enjoying the sight of two
of the most dignified people she knew making complete fools of themselves, and
loving every second. Billy walked in and she lifted her face to his, kissing
him. He put a finger to his lips, they still hadn't realized he was here. He
walked over to Brock and placed a hand on his shoulder. " I hate to
interrupt this serious business..." he said, smiling broadly. He leaned
over and picked up his laughing son, holding him high in the air, causing him to
laugh even louder.
Brock rose to his feet, and
helped his mother to hers. " Sure." Kay said. " Interrupt all the
fun...no fair..." Billy and Mac laughed, she sounded like a five year old
who had her ice cream taken away. " I'm sorry," Billy said. "But
you guys have had him all afternoon...my turn now" He put the baby over his
shoulder, rubbing his back gently, and Mac smiled. He was so good with him, so
gentle. They had bonded immediately, and any fears she may have had about his
willingness to be a father had disappeared. She rose from the couch to stand
next to him, the enormous love she felt for both her husband and son welling up
inside her. He looked over at her and smiled. " So...you guys had a nice
visit?" he asked and she nodded. " Yes...I tried not to let them spoil
him too much, but you know how it is...How was work? Everything go ok?" he
had told her about John's expected decision today, and she knew he had been
nervous about it.
" Billy had a big idea
submitted to his Dad today, did you know he's a genius?' she asked.
"Really?" Kay asked. " Well, Billy...how did it go?" He
smiled again. " Great!" he said excitedly. " They loved it, I was
nervous at first, and it took a little talking, but the idea is going full steam
" That's wonderful news,
Billy..." Brock said. He too, had been nervous about Billy and his pattern
of past irresponsible behavior, but he seemed to be settling down happily.
"Thanks..." Billy answered. " I think I've surprised myself...I
didn't expect to like working at Jabot as much as I do....I seem to like
everything these days, I just can't seem to help myself..." " And
school?" Kay asked. " School's been going okay...I know I'll never be
a 'genius', in spite of what Mackenzie thinks.." he smiled at her before
continuing. " But I'll be fine, really...it's only part-time for now, just
until things settle down a little.." "
He's being modest, Grandma..." Mac spoke up.. " He's doing
Billy's face reddened a little..
" Geez...all the compliments....guy could get a swelled head around
here...listen up, Will.." he whispered against his son's cheek.. "
These guys really seem to like your old man..." He looked over at Mac..
" Are you ready to hit the road? As much as I would love to hang around
here and listen to all of you gush over me, I would really like to get home...if
you don't mind, I mean.." he looked at Kay and Brock. Brock shook his head.
" Of course not...just don't be strangers, you two, allright?" he
leaned in and kissed his grandson. Kay did the same and said
" You know that if you two need anything, babysitting services are
available 24 hours a day around here...except I may have to have a wrestling
match with Esther, she can't seem to keep her hands off this child
They laughed, and Mac got her
coat and bag and put it on, taking the baby from Billy as they headed to the
front door and out to the car. The car had been a gift from John, not a fancy
one, but fine for what they needed. Mac was anxious to hear more about Billy's
day at Jabot, but he refused to tell her anything, saying he wanted to wait
until they were home to tell her the details. They were home and settled, Will
asleep in his crib in the bedroom, and Mac was pacing the living room floor,
Billy had insisted on getting comfortable before he told her anything. "
Billy" she called out, trying to keep her voice low in order not to wake
the baby.. " are you deliberately trying to drive me crazy? I wanna hear
what happened today? Billy?" He
emerged from the bedroom,closing the door halfway so they could still hear Will.
" Geesh....what a nag..." he said. He had changed into jeans and a
sweater, and he was amused by Mac's impatience. She crossed her arms and glared
at him, " Nag? Now I'm a nag?..How dare you?"
until he smiled and she realized he was teasing her. She returned the
smile..what was he up to now?
" Tell me what happened
this minute Billy Abbott..." she crossed her arms again. He did the same
and walked over to her, pretending to glare at her, but having a hard time
keeping a straight face. " I feel an ' or else' coming..." he said.
" go ahead...or else what?" Now it was her turn to tease him..
" Well...I went to the doctor today..." she began, and he
uncrossed his arms, his face turning pale. " What...what happened at the
doctor? Is everything ok? Will..is it Will?" She was sorry, she hadn't
meant to alarm him.. She wrapped her arms around his waist, and pulled him close
to her. " Everything's fine...I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you...I
just wanted to tell you that the doctor said that the waiting is over.."
She pulled back to look at his face, and was relieved to see that the fear was
gone.. he was smiling. " Does this mean what I think it means?" he
said and pulled her close again. They had not made love in so many months, it
seemed like an eternity. Being together had made the waiting easier, but both
had been secretly counting the days. She pulled back, again teasing him.. "
Only if I get some answers first.." she pulled him by the hand to the couch
and sat him down with a gentle shove. She sat down next to him and turned to
"Now.." she began.
"Tell me everything..." He laughed because she had that look on her
face, the same look he had seen there so many times before. " Okay...I know
that look..." and he launched into his story, excited to see how happy she
was, and hoping she would stay that way once he told her the whole thing. "
And because it's getting close to the holidays..they want to launch as soon as
possible, to get the Christmas business..." he ended. Mac was grinning from
ear to ear, and she hugged him close, tears in her eyes visible when she pulled
away. She kissed him softly, stroking his cheek. " I'm so proud of
you.." she whispered. " do you know how wonderful you are?"
He touched her lips with his
fingers.. " thanks.." he whispered. " there's just one more
thing..I had another idea, and everyone loved it..." She looked in his
eyes, seeing the hesitation there.. " tell me!" she said. " I
sort of made a suggestion..for the person to use as the young mother, in the
ads...." He looked at her hopefully.. " I sort of..well you see, I
kind of...I suggested that we use you..." She looked at him, her face
reading both shock and surprise... " Me?" she asked. " Are you
kidding? Me? A model?" she laughed.
" What's so funny?" he
asked. She continued laughing.. " A model? Billy, are you crazy? Billy, I
know you love me, but I think you really have lost your mind..." she stood
up before him. " Look at me! I'm still fat...my hair is a mess....not
exactly the model type..." Billy looked at her. She looked the same as she
always did to him, beautiful.” I seem to remember you wearing those very same
jeans back when we first met…If you’re so fat, how come they still fit
. She looked at him. "
Okay, so maybe I'm not fat anymore.." She wasn't, she fit into all her old
clothes again, same as before. " but me? Why would they want me?" she
asked. He rose from the couch, and put his arms around her. "Because...they
want an ideal of what a young mother should
be...happy..glowing..beautiful..." He moved behind her, and turned her
around to face the mirror that hung on the opposite wall. She smiled at the
sight of the two of them together. " Look at yourself..." he said into
her hair. " Don't you see it?" he leaned his cheek against her hair.
" I feel it...it radiates from you...you'll be perfect..." he
whispered. " I just want you to see what I do everytime I look at you..the
most beautiful thing there is...the love we share shining in those eyes, coming
out of you with every smile..." She leaned back against him, his arms
tightening around her waist. " No fair" she said " I always look
happy when I'm with you...I can't help it...but I wouldn't know what to do...how
to act, how to stand...." He smiled, he could tell she was interested. He
moved his hand to her hair, stroking the ends.. " All you have to do is
show up, honey..the rest will take care of itself.."
She turned around in his arms,
her face very close to his. " Do you really think I can do this?" He
smiled. " Of course I do, I would never have suggested it if
I didn't.." he leaned in and kissed her. " Will you at least
give it a shot?" he asked. " Dad said he would set up some studio time
tomorrow..." " Tomorrow?" she asked. " So soon?" he
nodded. " I told you they were anxious... all you have to do is show up
tomorrow, take some test shots and see how everything goes...whaddya say?"
She smiled, and he could tell she was warming up to the idea. " I
guess it could be fun...Can I bring Will along?" He nodded. " I don't
think Dad would let us in if we didn't..." she laughed and placed her head
against his chest. " Are you hungry?" she asked. " I could make
us some dinner..." " I'm hungry..." he said and placed his hand
under her chin, pulling her face very close to his. " but not for
food.." and she smiled when he leaned in to kiss her. It deepened quickly,
and Mac pulled away, leaving Billy with his mouth hanging open. She walked
backwards into the bedroom, whispering.. " hold that thought...I'll just be
a second..." and closed the door. He sighed and sat down on the couch. That
had been pretty easy, he thought. Just when he thought he had her completely
figured out, she surprised him again. He smile widened, that was one of the many
things he loved about her, the way she kept him on his toes, surprising him. The
sound of the bedroom door opening interrupted his thoughts, and he looked up.
Mac walked into the living room
slowly. She was wearing the nightgown he had bought her for their honeymoon, and
she looked just the same as she had that night, so many months ago. As Billy
rose to his feet to join her, he realized he was wrong. She looked more
beautiful than she had that night, he hadn't thought it possible, but looking at
her now, he realized it was true. She was radiant, confident, she seemed more
sure of herself. He wrapped his arms around her, stroking the silky skin of her
bare back with his hands, greeted by the familiar scent of vanilla. He pressed
his cheek against her hair, breathing in the scent of her. " You
like?" she whispered. He nodded against her hair. " It's been so long,
Billy...I've missed you so..." she said. He pulled away slightly and looked
into her eyes. " Don't miss me..I'm right here.." he said and his
mouth crashed down on hers.
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