Welcome back to another installment of Becca & Jake’s story. I think it’s time I come up with a title for this don’t you? I am open to suggestions! What do you think?

Mandi’s phone rang as she scooted to the edge of the couch so she could reach it and of course given her size and how fast she’d been moving lately she missed the call.

“Figures…” she mumbled as she looked at the caller ID. “What the hell…again?” She hit redial and waited for him to answer.

“Hi,” Jake said. “How are you doing?”

“I look and feel like a beached whale…. but other than that I’m alright I guess.”

“How’d your last appointment go?” He asked.

“Any day now is what they told me so I’m just sitting here and waiting.” Mandi paused for a moment and finally asked, “Do you think you’ll be here in time?”

“Yea,” he said. “I’m leaving tomorrow and should be there late in the evening.”


Mandi let out a blood curdling scream as she held on tight to Jake’s hand.

“Good job, Mandi!” The doctor said. “One more and you’re done.”

With one more push Jake watched his son born and then handed over to Mandi.

He leaned down and kissed her forehead as he gently touched his son…. lost for words.


Jake carried the car seat with Noah all bundled in it up into the house while Mandi took their bags into the bedroom.

“The nursery looks great,” he said as he peaked around the corner.

“Thanks,” Mandi replied. She didn’t really have a lot to say to him. She knew that he was leaving the next day and wouldn’t be back for a long time. It shouldn’t bother her… she knew that he had a life to return to and she had the most beautiful baby to raise.

“Are you ok?” Jake asked as he walked into the kitchen with the baby in his arms. “You seem distant.”

“I’m fine,” she replied. “I just don’t want things to get to comfortable… you’re leaving.”

“Mandi… I’m sorry… you know I have to.” He held his son close to him and looked down at him. “You know I’ll do anything I can to help you and I’m always going to be there for him. I just need time to talk to Becca and explain things.”

“I know,” she replied. “But she’s going to know that something is going on if you don’t tell her soon.”


Jake left mid morning after Mandi got up and around for the day.

When she finally got the baby to sleep and went to lay down on her bed she found an envelope lying on her pillow and when she opened it up she found close to $2000 in there with a note from Jake.


I know I can’t always be there for our son, but I hope that this helps for a bit.


Mandi held it close to her as the tears fell.

Write On Edge: Red-Writing-Hood

This week, write a fiction or creative non-fiction piece about a time one of your main characters finds himself or herself paying back a debt–financial or otherwise