"Will Baby Make Three?" part eight.
Disclaimer: still in part one.
CJ and Danny arrived at the restaurant very early. She really wanted
to get everything done and still have time to go to the beach before
they left. Check out time was noon so that gave them time to eat and do
the test before they departed the motel.
She ordered her usual breakfast of non-descript food and coffee.
"I'll have the same."
"Danny, you don't have to do that. I don't eat the best tasting
breakfasts lately. Why torture yourself?"
"Because there are only so many ways that I can join in your
pregnancy. Eating the same foods is one of them." He smiled as he
took her hand. "Pretty soon we'll know for sure if you're pregnant
or if you just like eating weird food."
"You sure you want to do the test while we're here?"
"Yes. CJ, I'm a very nice person."
"I know that. Okay, we'll do it."
"Thanks." With that, he let go of her hand. They had to be
careful in public.
They made it through breakfast quickly enough and were able to find
the nearest drugstore. All that was left was to do the test accurately.
They both read the instructions. One can never be too careful! CJ
started to become anxious. "It'll be fine." Danny assured her.
"I have my trusty stop watch ready to go off in one minute so we
don't let it sit there too long. Come on." His encouragement was
very sincere and she knew it. "Okay, here we go." She began to
feel a slight panic as she let him know to start the watch. Walking into
the bathroom, he wrapped his arms around her from behind and moved both
their hands to her belly. "Soon, we'll know for sure." He was
kissing her neck and nibbling on her earlobe to pass the time. This was
definitely not how the minute of waiting had gone so many years before.
"It's time. What color is it?"
"Pink is good, that's what the instructions said." Danny was
turning her around to face him.
"That's not exactly what they said." She was smiling. Things
were going so much better for her this time around.
"Oh, really, you mean when I read 'Pink means pregnant' it wasn't
the company's way of saying 'Danny, you're going to be a father'?"
he teased her.
"No, but I'm glad you're taking it so well." He knew what she
meant by that. He wrapped his arms around her. "Are you taking it
well, too, CJ?"
"Yes." They kissed. Danny led her outside to the room. Sitting
her down on the end of the bed, he knelt on the floor as if
genuflecting. Taking her hand in his, he began to speak.
"CJ,..." He didn't get the chance to go any further. She knelt
down in front of him on the floor. "Danny, don't do this yet."
She kissed him.
"Why, because I...?" She kissed him again. "No, because
you're only doing it because I'm pregnant. I want you to do it some time
in the future when you really mean it. I want to know that when you
propose to me, it's from your heart and the only reason you're doing it
is because you really picture us together for the rest of our
lives." She kissed him again. They were sitting on the floor now.
"I'm not saying I'll never marry you, I'm just saying that now is
not the right time." This time Danny kissed her. "You are a
very considerate person, but what about the baby?"
"What about her? She'll be a Concannon. Your name will be on the
birth certificate as the father. We don't have to be married just for
the baby. We'll be married because it's right for us and the baby. And,
you know what? We'll both know when that time is. Okay?"
"Okay." He put his hand on her cheek, sliding it until it was
in her hair, then pulling her closer to him. Softly his lips touched
hers. The kiss was intensifying as he slowly lowered them to the floor.
She was beneath him before they broke apart. "The floor's
hard." He began kissing her again; then rolled them both over so
now she was on top of him. "Better?" Not wanting to stop, she
just mumbled, "Much."
After they checked out, CJ and Danny went to the beach. They should
be able to relax a bit before going back to their lives. "It'd be
nice to see Patrick again, too." CJ thought. As it turns out, she
was in luck. Patrick and Shannon were there. When he saw them approach,
he started jumping up and down. "You are so big!" He grabbed
her hand so she could play with him. Shannon apologized for his
outburst, even though Danny was laughing at her. "He's just never
seen any woman as tall as you are before, CJ, I'm very sorry."
"It's okay, Shannon, I didn't think he came across too many six
foot women in his lifetime." She smiled at her. Danny was still
laughing, but more to himself now. Patrick turned his attention to him.
"Hey, come play with us. CJ likes you, so you play, too."
"Sure, kid, for a little while, then we're gonna walk a bit before
we leave." He looked at CJ who nodded her head in agreement.
Later, as they were walking along the beach, she seemed very quiet.
"Danny, we're going to have to tell people eventually."
"I know. I figured we could wait till the doctor tells us
everything is okay with the baby, and make the announcement to everyone
at once. Then, we make a run for it while their mouths are still
open." He squeezed her hand, while smiling at her.
"Well, the running part sounds good." She looked scared. He
put an arm around her. "Things'll work out. It won't be easy, but
it'll work out...somehow." he kissed her quickly on the mouth.
"Danny, be careful."
"I know. Let's go home."
On Monday morning, CJ began the 8:00 a.m. briefing. "Good
morning, again, Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats."
Looking directly at the camera, she said, "I'd like to begin by
saying 'hello' to a special friend I met over the weekend. Patrick, I
hope you remembered to watch. Thank you for being my friend at the
beach. Now you know what those letters on the shell mean."
Returning her attention to the task at hand, "And, now back to
business..." She looked in Danny's direction. He was smiling at
her. "That kid really got to her." he mused.
Later, in her office, she told him he didn't need to go with her to
the medical doctor. "He's just going to give me a referral slip to
the OB/GYN. His receptionist is a friend of mine and she already got me
an appointment for Saturday. You can go to that one with me." He
was standing next to the door. She walked over to him with a sly grin on
her face. Putting one hand on the door behind him and the other around
his waist, she kissed him deeply. "Want to meet me at home after
the appointment? I could make it worth your while." They kissed
again, content in the knowledge that no one could walk in on them.
"Who could pass up an invitation like that? I'll be there."
One last kiss and he was off.
Saturday seemed to come very quickly. Before either of them could
believe it, it was time for her appointment. They arrived about fifteen
minutes early to fill out any paperwork the doctor might need. The
office was actually a suite consisting of several doctors. CJ's doctor
would then refer her to the one who did sonograms. Danny got very
excited about being able to see their baby before it was born.
"Don't you think that's so cool, CJ?"
"Yes, I do. You ready? It looks like the nurse is coming for
She was in perfect health except for the nausea from the pregnancy.
The doctor did tell her, however, that she should get more sleep than
she does. She promised she would try to. "CJ, you'll be able to
have the sonogram today, if you're ready to."
"Oh, she's ready." Danny answered for her.
"It's nice to see two people so excited." CJ looked at Danny
and squeezed his hand.
"Doctor, I'd like a picture of the baby printed out, if you don't
mind." It was Danny speaking again.
"It's my pleasure."
The sonogram went well. CJ was nine weeks pregnant. She had most
likely conceived the night of the shooting. The doctor gave her the
printout of the baby and wished them both well.
Danny was floating on air as they left the office. "Earth to
Danny. Earth to Danny. Check in anytime you feel like it, Danny."
She tugged on his arm.
"Huh, yeah, I'm fine. Isn't it great? She looks so perfect...and
she's ours." He grabbed her and spun her around.
"Danny, be careful. People might become interested in us and
recognize us." she warned him. "Let's just go home to
That Monday at work, Danny and CJ still seemed to be floating. People
started wondering what was going on. Only Josh had the nerve to ask CJ.
Looking over her glasses at him, "What's up with what? I'm very
"You're so happy. Why?"
"The last time you came in here and asked me what was up, I was
crying my eyes out. You gave me great advice. Now, I'm happy and you're
still asking me the same question. Make up your mind, Joshua, you want
me to be sad or happy?" He knew she was teasing him.
"Claudia, Jean, I want you to be happy, of course. Now, I also
recall telling you to think about your feelings for Danny. He is very
happy, as well. And I wondering if you guys are being happy
together?" She could tell by his eyes that he wasn't just poking
fun at her. He was trying his best to just be her friend without too
much intrusion into her personal life.
"Yes, Josh, if you can keep your mouth shut, we're being happy
together. On the other hand, if you can't keep your mouth shut, I have
absolutely no idea what you're talking about and I need to get back to
work." She was smiling now.
My lips are glued. I'm happy for you guys. Good luck and I'm here for
you anytime you need me."