THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM
rushed to answer the door as the bell continued to ring.
"Lorraine!" he said as he flung the door open, "what's
wrong? What's so urgent that you had to come over so unexpectedly?
Are you alright? The baby?"
"Oh, Douglas, I'm
fine," she muttered nervously as she stepped into the house and walked
slowly into the living room. "Well, as fine as I can be considering
everything that's happened."
"Then what's so
urgent?" He watched her closely as she approached the couch and sat
down. He could clearly see her anxiety despite the fact that she
seemed unable to look at him. "H-have you thought any more about my
have." She wrung her hands as she sat on the couch facing away from
him. She couldn't look at him; if she did, she'd surely loose her
nerve. This wasn't the way things were supposed to turn out, but she knew
she had no choice. Her phone call to her mother had assured that.
"Lorraine, darling, tell
me." He quickly followed her into the room and sat down beside
her. Tenderly he wrapped a supportive arm around her shoulders and pulled
her close. This entire situation had been hard on all of them. He
could only image how difficult it must have been for Lorraine to discover that
she was expecting his child. "Tell me, Lorraine. Have you
thought about my proposal? Are you going to let me be a father to my
child? Do you have an answer for me?"
"Yes, this entire
situation has been the only thing on my mind. How can I think of anything
else? All I can think about is everything that I'm doing to both you and Patterson." Dear, sweet Patterson...he'd waited so long for her to
love him. He had always been so devoted to her. Now she was
expecting another man's child and he had no idea.
spoke softly as he cautiously lifted her face so that their eyes met.
"Do you have an answer for me?"
"I've given this a lot of
thought," she began tentatively. "I now realize what's
best...best for this child." She paused for a moment as she took in a
deep breath and silently prayed for courage. "Yes, Douglas, I have an
answer to your marriage proposal."