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“I don't think I've ever seen so many flowers in one room!” Emily exclaimed moving slowly in Ashley's room admiring every single vase. “And they all are sent by one man.”
Emily looked with admiration at her sister-in-law as she sat in the armchair and she stared for a second at her belly. Ashley had always been a beautiful woman, but this pregnancy was making her glow. She seemed a goddess of fertility. Both she and Justin were beyond happy. They had been like this since Ash found out that she was waiting for their first child, almost nine months ago.
"Since he found out that we're having a boy, Justin went out of his mind. I don't know how I did it, but I managed to make him understand that all this is a bit over the top and we came to an understanding. From tomorrow on, he will give me only one bouquet of flowers a day. The rest will be sent straight to the “Amberville” clinic. I’m sure that everyone will enjoy their freshness and their colors," Ashley replied taking a glass of water from the tray.
“Very nice played! We have to use the iron fist with these men of ours, otherwise, who knows what other foolish things in the name of love they might do,” Emily said laughing. “Just the other day, your brother showed me a list of the most wonderful and romantic things to do on our first vacation together since we had Daisy. I read everything, I find it quite amusing and then I told him that all I want to do on this vacation is to be with him and with our daughter. I don't need anything else. I don't care about anything else.”
"You three are simply wonderful together," Ashley replied and hugged her sister-in-law for a moment. "Em, I… I wanted to thank you."
“Thank me for what, honey?” Emily asked taking the cup of coffee that Ashley had put on the table in front of her.
“Because you came at the right time in my brother's life, and you have turned him from a cynical man into a romantic soul. Because you took care of him and me. You have been our angel and you’re continuing to be so even now.”
Emily took Ashley’s hands in hers and looked at her with eyes filled with tears.
"I'm not an angel, sweetie, believe me," she replied, strongly moved by her words. “Let’s say that we saved each other. You know I never knew the warmth of a real family, a family of my own. Your brother came into my life when I needed him the most. He wrapped me in his love and I replied the same way. David is the love of my life, he was my one and only even before I knew him. Daisy is our miracle born out of our love. We've waited so much for her.”
"I remember that you were hurting so much last year when you lost the pregnancy..."
"I was so wrapped up on this idea of getting pregnant at all costs..." Emily murmured, shaking her head. “I was so taken by my suffering that I wasn't realizing that David was suffering even more, that we were moving away from each other. But in the end, our love found its way through the dark and here we are, more in love than ever and proud parents of the little Daisy,” she concluded smiling happily.
"My niece is a source of pure joy and happiness," Ashley replied, putting her hands on her belly. “I would have liked to see her today. Where did you leave Daisy?”
"Your brother had to stop at the clinic for a few things and decided to take her with him. He has this idea stuck in his head that his baby girl would become a very famous surgeon,” Emily answered smiling and shaking her head. “But I believe she will become an Olympic swimmer. You had to see her in the pool the other day... I swear that in another life she must’ve been a fish or something... I don't know how I'll break the news to your brother.”
“I'm sure that you'll be more than able to manage the situation in the best way, you've always been,” Ashley said laughing caressing again her belly. “Tell me, how are things at the clinic? How are the children? Are they all right? Ashley asked Emily.
“Everything works perfectly. The patients are many, but we manage to take care of everyone. Besides, since Norah has left David to take care of everything giving him total freedom in choosing a steady team for the clinic only, I have to say that I feel much better.”
“Please let my dwarves know that I will be back very soon.”
"I will, but for now, you'll have to stay put and rest as much as possible," Emily said, trying to calm her. “I know from good authority that lately, you didn't stay put or rest. You wanted at all costs to throw Norah a birthday party,” she added in a slightly angry voice.
“I had to do it, Em! I can't tell you how hard it was to convince her to accept. She left me no choice but to let her know that the party train was already on track. Even if she doesn’t think so, Norah needed this party. After all, she did for each and every one of us, after building this clinic, this little ‘thank you’ was the least I could do.”