Another Saturday is here so welcome to Saturday Spankings. I’m still putting up snippets from my latest book, Secrets on the River. Allie and Ryan have done some thinking about the birth of their first child. When they share their decisions with the family Annie – the good one, the quiet one the one, the one who always speaks as a mature calm lad – has her own take on their plans.
“I just wanted all of you to know, Ryan and I have been doing a lot of talking and research and discussing it with my doctor and we’ve come to a decision. We’re planning on a home birth,” Allie said in one fast breath.
Everyone froze in silence, staring at her. “Now don’t freak out. It’s becoming more and more common these days. This town has two excellent midwives, they aren’t looked down on by the doctors. We’re working with Ruth Sanders. She and her assistant are a great team and they have a doctor on call too. They have emergency equipment with them just in case it’s needed. So it’s really very safe.”
Everyone continued looking at them, but no one spoke for a long moment. Then Tom asked, “Son, are you comfortable with this decision?”
“I wasn’t at first, I admit. But after talking with everyone involved I’ve really got on board. I like the idea of this little one being born in our home, right here on the river and I like that some of you all could be at the birth. That is, if you want to. You don’t have to or anything, but you’d be here to be able to see the baby right away.”
Cassie felt uneasy about the whole thing. “I don’t know. I know it’s your decision… but I’d rather you be at a hospital with equipment and a specialist right outside your door when the baby comes. Can this midwife, or whatever, give you sufficient pain medication? From what little I know about it you’re going to need some.”
Allie shook her head. “We’ve decided on natural childbirth. No drugs. The doctor and midwife say that’s fine. Women do it all different ways now. I want to be clear-headed and alert when the baby comes.”
“That the way God meant it to be,” Lily spoke up. “I got nothin’ ‘gainst ‘mergency ‘quipment, but I think babies does best when they comes natural-like.”
“You’re both nuts,” Sue said, sounding disgusted. “If I’d ever had a baby, I’d have demanded an epidural about the sixth month just to be safe.”
Everyone laughed and Cassie glanced back toward Annie. Cassie’s laughter stopped and she half rose. “Annie…?” Annie’s face had gone pale. Not pale, Cassie thought, totally bloodless. She looked as though she were in pain, but at the same time she seemed to shake with a fury that Cassie had never seen in her in all the time she’d known her.
“Stupid,” they heard. “Stupid, STUPID, STUPID!” Annie was shouting. She rose to her feet and slammed her hand down on the table as she rounded on Allie and Ryan. “A perfectly good hospital not three miles away and you’re willing to risk that baby’s life and your own on some romantic whim to ‘have the baby born on the river?’ Why not have it in the boat, or better yet, just give birth in the river itself? Would that be natural enough for you? Just take an aspirin and pop that baby right out in the water! You’re idiots! You’re too damn stupid to raise a child!”
Everyone has secrets, but most don’t have major implications. When Jenny tries to keep her weekend activities from Cal, the repercussions of him finding out land only on her. But some secrets are bigger and more far reaching. You would think that as long as Cassie, Sue and Annie have known each other, surely they could have no real secrets from one another. But you’d be surprised. The full truth behind one secret may never be known, another could change the face of The Landing forever.
From steamy sex to both playful and painful spankings, the people on the river continue to live and love and marvel at all that are learning.