Title: Special Delivery
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Author's Note: I've been kicking this idea around for the past couple of mornings. I do my best thinking on the shuttle from my main campus to downtown where my art classes are...too bad it's only about a five minute ride!! I could totally use more thinking time on that blasted shuttle bus!! But yeah, I thought ya'll might like to find out how Face and Murdock wound up with a baby in "Living the Dream". So, here's how it all happened.
A baby? As in a much tinier person? Someone completely unable to take care of themselves and relying on an adult for their every needs? Someone was honestly pushing a baby off on -me-? I didn't know the first thing about taking care of a baby!! Murdock did, but not me! Give me cars, women, scams, fine clothes...those I understand...but a -baby-?!
My mouth went dry when I heard those words leave her lips, "Templeton, I'm pregnant."
Sure, Murdock had always teased that my times seducing women was going to get me into trouble one day but, I never believed him! I was always so careful! Wore protection and generally tried to make sure I pulled out before getting off--well, after she got her happy ending first that is. I may be a player, but I'm at least gentlemanly, ladies first.
I especially never imagined to hear those words after hooking up with Murdock, and -definitely- not after we got married! Oh he was going to kill me! He was never going to forgive me for this one, you know. This was beyond anything hurtful I could ever say to him. How was I going to explain this to him?
See, we'd gotten into a fight a few months ago, a real big one with a lot of things being said that neither one of us truly meant. In the end, I stormed out, determined to be the one to end with the upper hand. Of course, going out to a bar and getting so drunk I couldn't see straight wasn't exactly the way to go...I know that now. I knew it when I woke up the next morning next to a beautiful young lady.
She was beautiful too...but she was also so very young...much younger than I usually go for. If I had to take a guess, I'd say she was just barely twenty-one and so very innocent. If I had to take guess from the few minutes I spent wandering her room trying to find my clothes, I'd say she was a girl from the Midwest, or a small town kind of life anyways, and was still in college. I really hated just leaving her alone, but...I had to!
I never told Murdock about that one night stand...and really, I don't know how she managed to find me! But she did and I for some foolish reason agreed to meet with her when she asked to speak with me. That's when she told me she was pregnant and that -she- didn't want it but she wasn't about to have an abortion. She told me if I didn't want it, she would understand and put it up for adoption.
I hate that word. Probably because I never got to experience it. I was always MIA on adoption day so I missed my chance at a family. I asked her if I could think about it; I didn't want to make any rash decisions without talking it over with Murdock first.
I thought for sure that he was going to be angry with me for sleeping around even though we were married, and in a way, I could see the hurt in his eyes that he tried to keep hidden. I knew it was there though, even when his mood changed and told me there was no thinking to it, we would take the kid! It was going to take awhile for the pain to leave his beautiful brown eyes, but at least he didn't say no to the kid.
So, here we are, almost a year later...a tiny two month old, crying, burping, messing little boy on our hands. Murdock is just eating it up; loving every minute of playing Mr. Mom. He doesn't complain in the least when John wakes up crying in the middle of the night wanting to be fed or changed. He just rolls out of bed and sometimes literally goes running for the nursery to get it all taken care of.
I still don't know much about taking care of a baby, but Murdock's a good teacher and I'm sure eventually I'll be of some help to the kid. Until then though, I'll just let him play mommy...I'm goin' back to sleep.
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