Child's Play by Cindi Myers

Child's Play by Cindi Myers

Author:Cindi Myers [Myers, Cindi]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Category
ISBN: 9780373715497
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 2009-09-02T23:00:00+00:00

THE BABY SHOWER at Steve and Eric’s loft that Saturday was no mere cake-and-punch affair. The two men had prepared a mouthwatering array of gourmet munchies, and decorated with fresh flowers and satin streamers. “You sit here,” Steve said, leading Diana to an upholstered chair with a footstool. “Tell me what you want to eat and drink and I’ll bring it to you.”

“I’m perfectly capable of getting my own food,” she protested.“But you’re our guest,” Eric said. “It’s our turn to wait on you.”

“Take advantage of it.” Margery spoke around a mouthful of hors d’oeuvres. “You need more practice letting other people take care of you.”

Feeling only a little guilty, Diana settled back into the chair and put her feet up. Coworkers, neighbors and even some of Richard’s female university colleagues turned out for the event. Diana teared up more than once as she unwrapped the gifts Margery handed to her—tiny pink and white onesies, hand-knit receiving blankets, a soft infant bathtub and several months’ supply of diapers. Steve and Eric presented her with a deluxe stroller that started a fresh flood of tears.

“If you don’t like it, we can take it back,” Steve said anxiously.

“I love it.” She dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief. “Don’t mind me, it’s just the hormones.”

When the last gift was unwrapped and the giver enthusiastically thanked, Steve delivered a plate of cheese balls, puff-pastry-wrapped chicken, barbecue shrimp and other delicacies. “I can’t thank you and Eric enough for this party,” Diana said. “It’s been wonderful.”

“We had a blast putting it together.” He propped himself on the arm of her chair. “How are things going? Do you have everything ready for the baby?”

“I think so. Margery and I only have one more childbirth class.”

Margery settled into a folding chair beside Diana. “I’d forgotten how scary those classes could be,” she said. “They tell you everything that can go wrong. If women had to take those classes before they got pregnant, no one would ever have a baby.”

“I’m sure everything will be all right,” Diana said, hoping she sounded more confident than she felt. The prospect of giving birth was frightening, both the labor and delivery itself, as was the prospect of caring for a helpless infant who would be totally dependant on her.

“Do you have everything arranged at work so you can take some time off?” Margery asked.

“I only have two projects right now—a park in Fort Collins that’s almost done, and the playscape at the Evergreen Montessori School.”

“I thought that project fell through,” Marjorie said. “That the superintendent thought your design was bizarre.”

“He changed his mind. Or his board changed it for him. The contractors should start work there next week.” She hadn’t seen Jason since that awkward afternoon when he’d signed the contract and they’d shared that kiss. That incredible kiss she thought about too often, especially during long, dark evenings. As much as she believed not letting things go further was the prudent thing to do, her mind insisted on playing endless games of what-if.


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