Chapter 7

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  Sweating hard, Sheba managed to pull herself up onto the bed. "Sheba!" cried James. He helped her get comfortable.

     "What is going on in here?" asked Lafayette.

"Sheba's having her baby!" cried James.

Lafayette knelt down and held Sheba's hand. "You will be alright," he said, reassuring her.

"It hurts so much!" she cried.

"I know, I know," said Lafayette, "But you will make it. I remember when my wife had our first daughter. It was just like this."

     James sat on the other side of the bed. "What do I do?" he asked Lafayette.

"You stay here with Sheba and I'll go get Mrs Washington," he replied. He rode off on his horse to the Washington's home.

      "Don't worry, Sheba," said James, "I'm here."

"I'm not afraid, knowing that," she said.

      She cried out as another contraction hit her. She squeezed his hand so hard that she left marks.

"Ow!" cried James.

"Sorry, it just hurts so badly!"

"I know."

Sheba breathed hard.

      "Sheba!" cried Martha when she entered the room, "Who knew the baby would come the day you move in? Now boys, you go wait out their. Sheba will be just fine. Now go," she said, pushing them out the door.

      "Oh Martha," sighed Sheba, "Thank you for coming."

"You should thank Lafayette, not me," she said. "Now push!" Sheba pushed as hard as she could. "Once more, love," she said. Again, and a cry split the air. "A boy!" cried Martha.

"We aren't done yet," said Sheba.

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"James!" called Martha, "Come in!" The men entered timidly.    

"Sheba!" said James, "How did it go?"

"Wonderful," she said.

"Well, what is it?"

"You mean, what are THEY."

"They?!" cried the men.

"Yes, they," said Martha, "James, I am proud to announce that you are the father of three boys!" James looked faint.

"Are you alright, James?" asked Lafayette.

"Yes," he said, "I'm just so happy."

    "They all look like you, darling," said Sheba. Martha came in carrying three small bundles, handing one to Sheba, James, and Lafayette.

"He does looked like you!" cried Lafayette.

    "Sleep, Sheba," said Martha, taking the baby, "I'll care for them." Sheba nodded and drifted off to sleep.

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