The Seal Lullaby: Chapter 5
This one might feel a little bit shorter than the last because I’ve just started a nine to five job for four weeks so thats soaking up a lot of time. But still, I’m very proud of this chapter, in which the makeshift Hamilton family gets another member. Feedback would be insanely appreciated!
Love you all
Alex sat cross legged on the sofa, his fingers so tightly tangled in his hair there was a definite chance he’d never get them loose. His eyes were fixed on Eliza as she paced back and forth like a caged tiger, anxiety and worry buzzing between the two of them.
“Alex?” Eliza moaned, stopping a minute to lean against the edge of the bookcase, pressing her free hand to the small of her back.
“Yeah?” he straightened up, waiting for instruction, eager for something, anything, to do to help.
“This fucking sucks,” she growled, her face twisting again.
Alex slumped, as lost as ever, as lost as he had been since Eliza had shaken him awake the night before after her first contraction. They must have passed fifty by now, a hundred, the sun was sinking below the horizon again and Alex had no more of an idea what to do now than he did then. Then, when his response to the fact that his wife was in labour had been to catapult to his feet so fast he nearly gave himself a concussion on the doorframe.
“I know, sweetheart,” Alex groaned, worrying the neck of his shirt now with anxious twisting hands, “Y’know I was reading, it’s because humans are bipedal? Like you guys evolved complex brains for thinking and the…the farming and the foraging and all that so that lead to bigger skulls on infants and then cos you walk on two legs that left less space for- “
“Alex?” Eliza grunted, cutting across his rambling, still braced against the bookshelf.
He bit his lip, “I…should shut up, shouldn’t I?”
“Good instincts,” she gasped, relaxing a little as the pain faded for now.