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Jacob was awakened to an insistent pounding on the door to Rachel’s suite. He’d been spending a good deal of his time with her in the wake of her miscarriage, and all the other girls encouraged him in that. Several weeks had gone by and life was getting back to normal.
Because Rachel had so much support from her sisters, Jacob didn’t feel the need to take many days off work, especially since he was about to take time off when Leah’s baby arrived.
“Hang on,” he called through a groggy yawn to whoever was rude enough to disturb him at three in the morning. He tugged on a pair of sweatpants and stubbed his toe just before pulling open the door. “What?”
One of the night managers stood in the hall with his jaw dropped, and only then did Jacob realize this man probably thought he was cheating on his wife, Leah. The manager shook off his startled expression and pointed down the hall in the direction of Leah’s suite. “Mrs. Medad asked me to find her sister because her water broke, and she couldn’t find her… husband.”
The night manager, whose name tag said Duman, glanced down at Jacob’s half-dressed state and assumed correctly that he had located said husband.
Jacob glanced behind him and called out to Rachel, “Leah’s water broke!” Then he grabbed one of the keycards from the table by the door and followed the manager into the hall, already seeing that Rachel was climbing out of bed.
“Need I remind you, Duman, that your employee contract included a nondisclosure agreement about pretty much everything that happens inside this resort?”
“No, sir, you do not.” Duman shook his head adamantly.
“Good, now go down the hall and find the twins’ father. Then come right back here because there’s more I want to say to you.” Jacob mentally chastised himself for leaving his cell phone plugged in in the living room instead of next to the bed.
“Yes, sir, right away, sir.” Duman started to turn around, but Jacob placed his hand on the man’s shoulder.
“And, Duman, thank you for your help.”
“You’re welcome, sir.”
Jacob hurried down the hall and opened Leah’s suite, then rushed into the bathroom where she was sitting on the edge of the tub, a trail of fluid all the way from the bedroom. “Hey, babe! You look like you’re ready to bring my first son into the world.”
“Yeah, the little brat decided to come two weeks early.”
“How are you feeling?” Jacob tried to tiptoe around most of the fluid in order to get to his wife.
“Wet.” They both chuckled. “But no contractions yet. Just some cramping.”
“Sorry I wasn’t here.” He leaned down and kissed Leah on the top of her head.
“That’s okay, Rachel needed you. Besides, with this much baby I’m carrying around, I sleep better when you’re not in my bed so I can stretch out.”
“Let me grab you some dry clothes, and I’ll help you get cleaned up. Your sister should be right over too.”
“Give me one little kiss first.” Leah took his hand, and Jacob leaned down to give her a little more than a little kiss.
Rachel hurried into the suite and immediately called for housekeeping to come clean up the mess made by Leah’s water breaking, then took Leah’s clothes from Jacob and told him she’d help her sister while he got himself dressed.
By the time Jacob left the bedroom in jeans and a hoodie, the twins’ father was letting himself into the room, and Duman stood in the hall with his hands in the pockets of his slacks. Jacob met him at the door and pulled it almost closed behind him.
“Look, I wanted you to know that I’m not cheating on my wife. I’m married to both of them.”
“It’s really none of my business, sir.”
“I realize that, but I also want to be able to look you in the eye, man to man, for the rest of the time we know each other and have you understand that I’m doing what God has asked me to do.”
“I totally get that,” Duman said. “The first time I shook your hand, I knew there was something special about you, and I have a strong testimony that you are a man of God.”
“Thank you, my friend, that means a lot to me.” Jacob placed his hand on Duman’s shoulder. “I think we’ll have a staff meeting one of these days and explain things to the main team of employees who work in this building. Oh, and get our lawyer to draft a little more stringent nondisclosure agreement.”
“That’s understandable.” Duman nodded.
“Hey, man, I know you’re not a valet, but will you find my car and pull it around to the front of the building?”
Jacob hurried back over to Rachel’s suite and found his car keys. “It’s a silver Mercedes Cabriolet and should be in the south parking lot.”
“Trust me, I know your car. And it will be my honor just to sit in the leather seats for the two minutes it takes me to drive from there to here.”
They both chuckled and were distracted when Leah waddled into the hall with her twin sister, holding one arm and her father holding the other. They were all smiling and there was a general feeling of excitement in the air.
Bilhah stumbled out of her suite, wearing a pair of tiny, pink boy shorts and a pink tank top, and Zilpah came out of her suite, pulling a silky maroon robe around whatever pajamas she had on underneath. Jacob didn’t want to know… yet.
“Is the baby coming?” Bilhah asked through a yawn as if that wasn’t an obvious conclusion.
“Yes, sweetheart.” Without even thinking about the fact that Duman was still standing there waiting for the keys to Jacob’s car, he pulled Bilhah into his arms for a quick hug and kiss. Then he leaned over and kissed Zilpah on the lips, which wasn’t something he’d ever done before but felt entirely right.
“We’ll be praying for Leah,” Zilpah said, which startled Jacob. He wasn’t aware she regularly prayed, at least not as much as he and Rachel did.
“Thank you,” he whispered and kissed her one more time.
When Jacob turned back around, Duman mumbled, “Must be nice to be a prophet.”
“Dude, don’t even go there.”
“Sorry,” Duman said.
Jacob tossed him the car keys. “Run and get my car.”
Hurrying over to Leah, Jacob gently insisted that his father-in-law hand her over into his care, and he and Rachel helped her waddle down to the elevator.
His heart racing with excitement, Jacob realized within a few hours he was going to be a dad!
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