Nicky and Mike from We Work for Cheese challenge us with today’s topic, “Music.”
She had been in labor since yesterday. It had been two days since she slept, and she could not remember her last meal. Another wave of pain seared through her body. With clenched teeth she whimpered, “Oh God. No! I can’t do this anymore. Make it stop! I … can’t….. “
From a distance, which could have been another world for all she knew, she heard her husband’s voice. “You are almost there. Just hang on. Be strong honey. I promise you, you are almost there.”
She felt a hand tighten around hers. Had he been holding her hand this whole time? As the wave of pain slowly diminished, her raw insides relaxed momentarily. She took this chance to take a slow, yet shaky deep breath.
Through her tired, half opened eyes, she glanced at Jacob. Familiar dark curls were wet on his forehead, reminding her that he had indeed been with her from the start. And then it began again and she lost him, just as she lost everything currently surrounding her.
Her body was raw from the pain. She was weak. But she somehow kept on, feeling his hand enveloping her own. Another wave. And another. Then a sense of panic like she had never known before. Ears ringing, body surely splitting in two…
…and then she heard a small, beautiful cry.
It was music to her ears.
Looking down at the tiny wet bundle they placed on her chest, she noticed a head of dark, lovely curls. And all her pain was forgotten.