Luke puts out his cigarette and meets her halfway across the patio.
*Luke* "I signed it..."
*Laura* "Is that what has been bothering you all week? We don't have to do this, I love
you no matter what, Luke."
*Luke* "I'm fine. I signed it because I love you and I want you to be able to start your own business."
*Laura* "I know it's not what you expected but we didn't expect for me to get pregnant either."
*Luke* "Yeah, I know and I am sorry I got mad about it all, I never wanted to hurt you."
*Krystal* "Where's Laura?"
*Luke* "She 's upstairs in the baby room."
Krystal makes her way upstairs with the small blue bag and Scott stays down in the kitchen with Luke.
*Luke grabs his sunglasses off the table* "Yeah, I was a little surprised by it but I got over it. I understand now that it is a fair decision. The shop is doing well....it's been rough without a third employee, though. I was hoping to find someone before Laura had the baby...."
*Luke* "Okay, yeah...thanks. I could really use someone."
While the men have been talking downstairs, Krystal goes up and joins Laura in the newly furnished baby room.
*Laura* "Hi Mom! I didn't even hear the door....."
*Krystal* "How have you been? Any contractions?"
*Laura* "Not yet, but I am so ready to have this baby....."
*Krystal smiles* "Well, any day now right?...."
Krystal walks to stand in front of Laura.
*Krystal* "I got something for little Phoenix."
*Laura* "Thanks Mom...."
*Krystal* "I couldn't resist when I saw it...."
Laura takes the bag and opens it up.
*Laura* "This is nice, Mom, thank you!"
*Krystal* "I am just so excited about this baby, you know? I think this would be a cute set to bring him home in from the hospital...."
*Laura half smiles* "Yeah....it would be."
*Laura* "Yeah! Just really tired. I could not sleep well last night and neither could Luke."
*Krystal* "You two are anxious about the baby."
*Laura* "Yeah, I also think he was kinda still upset about the pre-nup, but he signed it this morning."
*Krystal* "I know it was a little hard springing that on him, but this will protect both of you if something ever happened."
*Laura* "Yeah, I know....He understands."
*Krystal* "Lets go get the food ready and check on those two make sure they are not making a mess in the kitchen!"
Laura laughs and the both head downstairs to go see what their men are up to. Laura immediately greets her Father with a hug and a kiss.
*Scott* "Hi, Sweetheart....how's my baby girl?"
Scott did mange to unload the bags of food that they brought over. Krystal turns to Luke ready to get things started.
*Krystal* "Luke, can you go ahead and start up the grill? I'll bring the meat up to you...Once it's ready..."
Laura interrupts, Krystal is ready to rule the roost and take over her kitchen.
*Laura* "Mom, I got it handled....I marinated the meat last night. I already have the brisket in the oven and and everything else can go on the grill."
*Krystal* "Okay....just trying to help out....don't want you to wear yourself out."
They all disperse to go do what they have all been tasked to do. Scott follows Luke out up to the patio and the ladies stay down in the kitchen and work on the side dishes."
Several hours later their first two guests arrive. Michelle and Benjamin. Laura answers the door and greets them both. Krystal comes over and says hello as well.
Benjamin heads out up to the roof to say hello to Luke and Scott. He grabs and beer and chills with them. While all the ladies stayed downstairs....
Shortly after Benjamin's arrival Peter comes out. He immediately greets Luke. They shake and pat each other on the back. Then Luke turns and introduces Peter to others.
*Luke* "Peter, this is Scott, Laura's dad...."
Scott says hello and Luke turns to Benjamin.
*Luke* "And this is Benjamin....."
Benjamin nods his head as a way of hello...
*Peter* "Hey aren't you the guy who got arrested on New Year's Eve?"
*Benjamin laughs* "Ah, yeah that was me..."
*Peter* "Yeah everyone was talking about it, I missed it."
*Benjamin looking at Luke* "Speaking of fights what the hell happened to you?"
*Luke* "A work related accident....dropped a box full of records and it hit me, pretty damn good."
Luke glances quickly at Peter, who already knows all that transpired. Luke only confided in him. He doesn't trust Benjamin to keep his mouth shut. Luke turns back around to check on the food while Peter hangs out next to him. Cynthia comes up sent from the kitchen to see if the meat is ready.
*Cynthia* "Peter, it's so wonderful to see you! How have you been?"
*Peter* "Hi! Good! Good! How are you?"
*Cynthia* "I have been great! I love it down here and I am so excited about being a grandma! It's crazy!"
Peter smiles and Luke interrupts them. His mother the perpetual flirt. Even with Peter...
*Luke* "Mom? There something you need?"
*Cynthia* "I was sent up here to see if the food is ready...."
*Luke* "Um, Yeah its all ready, I just need a plate to put it all on."
So everyone eats and enjoys each others company. A short time later all the ladies have gathered into the nursery to chit chat...While all the men are out up on the patio finishing their beers
*Cynthia* "It's crazy we're gonna be grandmas. huh?...I still remember holding Luke after he was born."
*Krystal* "It is exciting! I remember the day Laura was born too..."
*Cynthia* "Yes, little Phoenix Elis Cooper is going to be well loved!"
*Krystal* "I couldn't agree with you more, Cynthia!..."
Back out on the patio all the young fellas are still talking. Scott heads down to find his wife, and grab himself some of her homemade cake she brought.....
*Scott* "This cake is divine, just like you, Darlin'..."
He grabs her around the waist and pats her backside.
*Krystal* "It's the same one I always make, Sweetie..."
*Cynthia* "It is very good, Krystal and you two are so sweet! I am so glad Luke has a healthy relationship with your daughter...His Father and I could never get along for very long..."
Krystal and Scott smile, Luke an Laura seem to be very happy and everyone is excited about little baby Phoenix being born any day now....
*James* "What was up with you and that red head at the bar? Isolde was looking at you like she wanted to choke you or something...."
*Luke* "Oh sh*t! You saw that?!"
*Benjamin* "What redhead? What'd I miss?!"
*James* "Yeah, Isolde and I went to have a drink after our movie and say hi to Aric. That's when she spotted you and gave you the most evil eye. Aric told her he would handle it..Then we left."
Luke fills in Benjamin and James on what sorta took place that night. He left out how Cade agreed to kidnap Rufus...
*Luke* "Now how did you meet, Isolde exactly?"
James reminds them that he was the friend who was there with Andrew that New Year's Eve night Benjamin knocked him out. Then tells them how he won her over on Valentine's day....
*Benjamin* "That's right! I hope your not still friends with that assh*le!
*James* "I only knew him from work, I don't talk to him anymore...He was quite pissed you got his charges dropped...Once I realized how petty he was, I didn't care much to hang out with him."
The guys finish their beers then little by little everyone starts leaving. Krystal and Michelle clean up the kitchen so Laura doesn't have to. Then when all is quiet and it is just Luke and Laura again at the house, Laura goes up stairs to peek into the baby room one last time before getting ready for bed.
As she is just about to the crib a strong contraction hits her, Laura grabs her back and leans over, she takes a deep breath. The last time this happened she passed out. She calls for Luke immediately...
Once he sees her, he knows what is going on.
*Luke* "The baby?"
*Laura* "I think I'm going into labor!..."
Laura sits on the bed and Luke sits down next to her. The contraction passes then she takes a deep breath.
*Luke* "Did it stop?'
*Laura* "Yes, but if I get another one in about 10 minutes or so then we need to go..."
Luke sits and waits with her, they talk about their day and whatever else to pass the time. Then she winces again when another contraction hits.
*Luke* "I'm getting ready, we're going to the hospital!...."
*Laura stops him* "Wait!....just wait with me till it passes..."
Once it is over she looks up at him.
*Laura* "This is it, Luke.....ohmygod! We're gonna be parents!"
*Luke* "You're gonna do fine, Babe...."Then Luke gets up to go get ready. Phoenix Elis Cooper is on his way!