Prelude 58

They closed the door, placed the baby carrier in the middle of the lounge and sat on the sofa together. The little bundle of life that was their immense responsibility slept quietly, oblivious to the panic that had beset her new parents.

The pregnancy had been difficult and Fiona had needed to spend a week in hospital recovering, but now at last they were home.

Aaron put his arm around his wife and held her close.

“Isn't she beautiful?”

Fiona looked at Liesel and replied, “Yes. But I don't feel at all ready for this.”

Aaron looked at her, saw her weariness, and said, “Don't worry about it. You get some rest. I'll bring her to you when she needs you.”

Fiona smiled gratefully at her husband.

“You're a good man, Aaron.”