The Last Kiss is served…
THE LAST KISS
It is sunset.
The sky looks magnificent with the golden glow from the sun rays that has spread across the sky in an amazing pattern.
Curtis and Alicia’s lives have fallen back to it’s normal blissful place after the Cynthia saga.
Curtis has declined suing Cynthia for the harm done him instead he had made her sign a bond to keep away from him, his wife and any member of his family until the sun falls from the sky.
Not able to handle the fact that Curtis is hopelessly in love with Alicia, which is very obvious in the way he strives to do good by her, Cynthia has decided to leave the country and join her parents in South Africa permanently.
The day she left town, Cynthia had written a short message to Alicia.
“I never thought I will say this but I know now how much Curtis loves you. Please take good care of him and never break his heart. Kindly send my apologies to him. Goodbye forever.”[stextbox id=”alert” caption=”WARNING”]Exlusive Content to aaron-ansah-agyeman.com Do not copy or share on any other site. Do not share on any WhatsApp, Facebook or Social Media page. ONLY SHARE THE LINKS TO THE STORY[/stextbox]
This particular beautiful day, Alicia and Curtis are walking down the road, hand in hand. It is one of the various routine activities the couple engage in.
This particular day, Alicia seems a bit too slow and can hardly move her legs which suddenly feels heavy. She has been experiencing some contractions for a while now but not wanting to alarm Curtis, she has kept it to herself.
They reach a bend and a sharp pain rips through her now. She unconsciously pulls her hand from Curtis’ grasp and scowls darkly to mirror her pain and stops dead in her tracks.
Curtis looks at her with worry on his face. “Are you alright, my love?”
Alicia stands gazing at him without saying anything. Looks like the contractions are becoming consistent. She starts to move, taking Curtis’ hand again.
“I’m alright, just a passing sharp pain. It’s gone now.”
They resume walking and in a short while it happens again and she stops, this time tightening her grip on Curtis’ hand.
“Are you having contractions?”
“Yes, started sometime in the afternoon but it’s getting frequent and consistent.”
“Then we have to head for the hospital. That is what the midwives said, right?”
“Yes, I think so.”
“Can you go back to the house or I should get a taxi home so we pick up the few necessaries?”
“It’s not that bad, I can walk back.”
“Are you sure?”
Curtis and Alicia walk cautiously back home.
He helps her change clothes and brings down the suitcase they have packed with baby clothes, diapers and other necessities for delivery.
He carries it to the car and helps Alicia to the car.
The huge gates open when he presses the remote control in his car and drives off, making sure the gates are securely closed behind them.
Soon, they hit the main stretch leading to the hospital. They had done a test drive a couple of times for the D-day and Curtis had steered though without any problems. Traffic is not bad that day, thankfully.
He takes a final turn to the hospital and blasts through the gates.
He parks hurriedly and rushes to Alicia’s side to help her down.
One look at her face and he can tell she is in so much pain but she is trying so hard to suppress it for his sake.
They go through the normal OPD routine and she is admitted to the labour ward. Two nurses are at post to take her in when they arrive.
The Labour ward has a main reception, not a very big one and wards at both ends.
Curtis is suddenly scared. What if something goes wrong? He waits till Alicia is comfortable in bed and steps out briefly to notify Alicia’s parents and his parents.
His mom asks a lot of questions and that keeps him on the phone for about forty-five minutes.
Curtis walks into the soundproof Labour Ward to a wailing Alicia.
He is so completely at a loss that he just stands in one place without moving, trying his best to understand what is making Alicia, the strongest woman he has known, wail in that manner.
He rushes to her side and takes her hand. She is still lying down but rolling from one end of the bed to the other obviously in great pain. There’s a midwife standing by her side trying to calm her down.
“What happened, Ally? What’s wrong?” he asks at his sixes.
“I can’t take the pain anymore, Curt.”
“It will be alright, Alicia. Childbirth is like that. You won’t remember the pain when the baby comes out. Just brace yourself and do as you are told. Breathe out when the contractions start. You do remember the breathing exercise we demonstrated at the antenatal classes, right?” Deborah Appiah-Boateng, the midwife, says as she strokes her back reassuringly. Ernestina Addai, the other midwife seems to be getting ready or something. She is seen pulling a lot of sheets and other items into a trolley.
Curtis is more confused now. He has gone with Alicia to every single pregnancy class but no one prepared him for what he is seeing now. For a brief moment, he has reasoned that something has gone terribly wrong and the baby is lost when he entered and Alicia was wailing like that. And all that wailing is part of the delivery process?
Every time Alicia screams out her pain, he feels as if his heart is being battered into pieces.
He tightens his hand on hers and looks at her teary eyes.
“I’m so sorry, Ally. I love you.”
For once, Alicia does not respond to his open show of affection. She just keeps turning her head from one angle to the other in uncontrollable tears and painful moans.[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”BE OUR FRIEND“]
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Curtis turns to the midwife and asks if there is anything they can do for the pain or if there is something he can do to help relieve her obvious pain and discomfort.
The nurse reassures him that everything is okay and Alicia is almost there.
Dr. Ray Annan walks in then and Curtis rushes to him looking for something that will give relief to his adorable wife who seems to be in a lot of pain but he gets none.
Curtis learns that Alicia has opted for delivery without the epidural and now it is too late to administer anything for the pain.
Curtis asks about the C-section but the doctor is adamant and assures him things are under control and if he sees the need for the C-section, he will not hesitate to use that option. He advices Curtis to pray and just wait.
Dr. Annan walks to the nurses’ desk and picks up Alicia’s folder to scan through. All the tests are good and the monitor sheets from the machine attached to Alicia’s belly to monitor the baby seem to be in order too.
Deborah updates Dr. Annan about Alicia stats and stage of delivery and he asks that she be transferred to the labour room.
The room has a bed with two leg stands for spreading the legs, an incubator and other gadgets in it.
Alicia is helped onto the bed and the midwife tells her she is in the transition stage of labour.
Curtis remembers one of the classes they attended had explained the stages comprehensively. She reckons Alicia has passed the active stage and she is almost hundred percent dilated.
He remembers the midwife saying the transition stage could last for an hour or more depending on the individual. Thankfully, Alicia graduates from transition to the second stage quickly and the actual labour work usually known as pushing, begins.
She is guided to use the breathing exercise to curb her pain whiles Curtis strokes her back and runs his hands through her hair every time the contractions occur.
The midwife guides her to push when the need arises and after lots of shouts and screams of pain and tears, the shrill cry of a baby reverberates through the soundproof labour ward.
Curtis’ tears of joy fall as he kisses first his wife and then his daughter.[stextbox id=”info” caption=”JOIN US ON WHATSAPP“]
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