The Writer's Corner
Chapter 32 – The New Year
Written by Deanne Bertram
Mark and Hope had turned nineteen. Milly and Lucas had
celebrated their second wedding anniversary and Myra had
celebrated her first birthday, by the time the McCain family
finished seeing the New Year in.
As they arrived in town for church one Sunday morning, they saw
Micah and Hattie leading Johnny away from Doc’s office. He kept
anxiously looking over his shoulder.
“Lucas, Mark, need your help. Lou’s in labor. We need to keep
Johnny occupied until the baby is born,” Micah called over.
The hours passed in the Marshal’s Office as they waited for
word. It was difficult trying to keep Johnny’s mind from
worrying. At first Lucas thought of telling Johnny of when Mark
was born, but the more he thought on it, he knew it would only
add to Johnny’s worry. Lucas had almost lost Margaret that day.
Instead, Lucas told of when Myra was born and how Milly had
started in labor before midnight and Myra wasn’t born until
later in the morning.
“Lucas, I’m so scared. Even facing some of the fastest gun
fighters, I never felt this scared,” Johnny stated as he leaned
forward and placed his head in his hands.
“Johnny, fatherhood is a miracle. Granted the nine months of
waiting never fully prepares you for this day. Believe me, your
baby will melt your heart the first time you hold them in your
hands. I won’t say it gets any better in facing your fears, each
time the child sniffles or sneezes or coughs. Then when they
start crawling and then walking. You’ll be scared each time they
scrape their knees. Then one day, you’ll be teaching your child
how to ride a horse. And then watch as they head to school on
their own. Before you even know it, they’ll be graduating
school. And then one day, you watch as they walk down the aisle.
But you never stop worrying about them. Even after their married
and living their own life.”
“You talking from experience LucasBoy?” Micah asked. “Seems
you’re doing a little bit of traveling down memory lane.”
“Yeah Micah,” Lucas replied as he looked over at Mark and
smiled. “But believe me; it doesn’t get any easier when the
second one arrives.”
“That’s only because you let too many years pass between the two
of us,” Mark stated as he grinned.
Hattie, Milly, and Hope brought a tray of sandwiches to the
office and shared a late lunch with the men. It was late
afternoon when Johnny jumped up as he saw Abigail Burrage walk
past the window and enter the office.
“Abigail, Lou?” Johnny begged.
“Johnny, Thadd will have Lou ready to see you in a few minutes.
It was a difficult birth, but you do have a healthy child. If
you’d like, you can come with me?” Abigail stated.
Johnny grabbed his hat and hurried from the office and followed
Abigail to see his wife. Abigail led him to a back room. She
opened the door and let him in, then closed the door behind him.
Johnny quietly walked into the room and removed his hat, barely
whispering Lou’s name. Lou turned to look at Johnny and smiled,
“You have a son.” He sat down on the edge of the bed and leaned
forward and kissed his wife, “We have a son,” as he laid down on
the bed next to his wife, caressing the back of his son’s head.
Johnny grinned as he heard the suckling sounds while his son
nursed from his wife’s breast.
When Lou felt their son stop suckling, she handed him to Johnny
to hold. Johnny did feel his heart melt as he held his son, he
opened the blanket and counted each finger and every toe, twice.
“Well boy, what should we name you?” Johnny asked. “Lou, did you
have a name picked out?”
“I was thinking Connor Sean Drako.” Lou stated as she leaned
into her husband and looked at him.
“Connor. It’s a good strong name.” Then looking to his son, “So
Connor, how do you like your name?”
Soon, Lou and Connor were asleep. Johnny kept smiling, looking
back and forth between his wife and his son.
Thaddeus and Abigail Burrage walked to Micah’s office and let
everyone know the good news.
“Lou’s going to be confined to bed for about a week and then I’d
prefer she not return to working at the hotel for at least three
weeks more, but they have a fine, healthy son.”
It was decided that Hattie would fill in for Lou at the hotel
and restaurant, until Lou was given a clean bill of health.
As Spring returned to North Fork, the town council decided that
the town was growing and truly needed a second school, what once
was the town hall, just wasn’t big enough anymore. So, in
between the birthing of their livestock and planting their
fields, the men of North Fork set out to build a larger school
to meet the growing needs of the town.
As more and more women of North Fork appreciated a few hours in
town, without having to worry about their children, the room
that Hope used at the hotel was no longer large enough. It was
decided that the day care would move into the former school room
at the town hall. When Abigail Burrage wasn’t needed to help
Thaddeus, she spent the days helping Hope, watching the
youngsters of North Fork.
The Next Step — Myra, the Toddler
This is a story based on the TV
series The Rifleman
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