THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM
Douglas asked with worry as he looked at her. "Are you okay?
Did I do something wrong?"
"Douglas, how can you act like we have
this little storybook life?" she asked as she stared at him intently.
"We have nothing like that!" Letting out a deep sob, she
quickly turned away from him in hopes of hiding the tears that were about to
pour from her eyes.
"Honey, I'm not pretending
anything!" He quickly walked up behind her and reached out for
her. However, at the first touch of his hand on her shoulder, she pulled
herself away. "Please, Lorraine, please let me hold you. Please
let me try to help you through this."
she cried an anguish. "We are not some fairytale
romance! We did not meet and fall in love and decide to spend the rest of
our lives together because we couldn't stand to be without each other! You
married me because you had to!"
"N-no, Lorraine, that's not it at
all!" Douglas took a deep breath as he tried to think of a way to
reason with her. True, they had only married for the sake of their
unborn child, but that was no reason for them not to find happiness
together. Did the circumstances surrounding their marriage mean that they
had to be miserable for the rest of their lives?
"Yes, it is!" She began to
feel her hands shake as the stress of their entire situation began to get to
her. "You know that if I weren't having your baby, we wouldn't be
here right now. I would not be in this house and you would not
be my husband."
"But, I am your
husband." He started to reach out for her again, but reconsidered and
quickly pulled his hand away. "Lorraine, if we're actually going to
make this marriage work, we have to work together. I...I don't understand
what's happening to us. Why are you so distant from me, now?"
"Honey, we've always been close.
We've always been friends. I can remember when we used to talk to
each other about everything. Why can't we be that close now?"
"Because we're married!
We aren't just friends, anymore, Douglas! I am your wife and
I'm having your baby. Things are so utterly different
now!" Overcome with emotion, Lorraine threw herself onto the sofa and
buried her face in her hands as she continued to cry.
"Lorraine, you...you're getting
yourself all upset." He watched her cautiously as he remembered Dr.
Jackson's warnings. Undue stress could cause severe complications for both
her and their baby. "You've got to calm down for the baby's
"Oh, yes! For the baby's
sake!" She felt her face flush as she found herself growing more and
more hysterical. "Everything has to be for the baby's
sake! Our marriage is for the baby's sake! What about me?
What's for my sake? What?"
Douglas, unable to hold himself back any
longer, rushed to her side and pulled her into his arms. With clinched
fists, she began to pound on his shoulders, but he refused to let go.
After several moments of struggling, Lorraine finally gave in and buried her
face in his chest as she sobbed.
"O-oh, Douglas, t-this is all just a huge
mistake! This is never going to work out."
"Please, Lorraine," he said
softly as he stroked her hair in an attempt to settle her down.
"Please give this...us...a chance. Please give me a
chance to be a husband to you. I...I want to be a husband to
"You just want to be a father to this
"No! Not just that!"
He held her tightly in his arms and slowly began to rock her back in
"W-what?" she asked as she began
to find herself settling down in the security of his arms.
"Just give me a chance."
Lorraine pulled away from him and looked
deeply into his eyes. Did he mean it? Did he really want to
be a husband to her? Could they truly have a real marriage?