Prelude to the Surprise

By Sissy (

And Chris (

“C.D., what are you and Jimmy arguing about now?”

“Cordell, I’m just tryin’ to tell this kid from Ball-t-more the secrets to successful rabbit hunting.”

“Big Dog, how hard can it be to catch a bunny?”

Walker looks at Alex with a half smile and a slight nod towards the door.  Together they turn, grab their coats and sneak out the door as quietly as possible.

“Those two can argue about the dumbest things.”

“I know darling, but it makes them happy. Where are we going? It’s cold out here.”

“I thought we’d check on Amigo and Angel. I managed to grab a couple of carrots for them on the way out.”

With an arm around each other’s waist, they head for the barn. Walker opens the barn door just wide enough for them to squeeze through flips on the lights and goes over to the stalls.

Amigo gives a soft nicker and sticks his head out for some attention as Walker approaches. He strokes Amigo’s neck as he gives him the carrot, and Alex gives the other one to Angel.

“They sure seem content, don’t they?”

“Why shouldn’t they, they’ve got each other for company and they’re close enough to touch if

they feel like it.”

“How about you, Cowboy?” Putting her arms around his waist and pulling him close. “Are you content?”

“Oh, yes ma’am, I sure am. I’ve got you, that’s all I need.” Circling her shoulders with his arms, drawing her close, and looking into her eyes, he slowly brushes his lips across hers, barely touching them.  He moves back slightly then brushes them again before pressing his lips to hers,  this time with more pressure. As he repeats this seductive gesture, Alex slowly brings her hands up to the back of his head.  With a gentle push, he applies more pressure and she returns it. He brings her closer, deepening their kiss.  As her lips part, his tongue enters her mouth, finding hers and touching it with gentle caresses.

She feels her body responding to these caresses, as is his. She moves her hands down and inside his coat, pulling him tighter against her.  Moving her hips against him brings a soft moan to his lips.

He releases her slightly to look into her eyes and, seeing the desire she has for him, leans into her again capturing her mouth with his.  A tiny cry escapes her lips and, holding him more firmly, she pushes harder against him. Their kiss deepens and grows in intensity. Alex brings one hand around to his stomach, resting it on the top button of his jeans.  He gasps as her fingers slip between the denim and skin.  As she moves her hand back up behind his head, she feels the heat from his body, feels his desire pressing against her stomach as she melts into him.

He releases her lips and, looking into her eyes, sees them reflecting the same need that’s in his. He begins to move backward toward the hay pile in the empty stall, removing her coat, as she removes his. They fall into the hay, removing each other’s clothing, each needing to touch the other.  He hesitates and, grabbing his wallet from his pants takes a small packet from it.  Alex takes it from him, “Here, let me do that,” she murmurs as she takes the packet from him.

As they fall back together on the hay, finally skin to skin, he rolls on top of her and slowly thrusts into her. She whimpers as she moves against him.  His low groans of pleasure quickly turn more frenzied, as they move as one toward the edge.  Waves of pleasure roll through them as their bodies reach the peak of desire. With a sharp cry, they fall away into the fires of ecstasy.  As they lay spent in each other’s arms, their heartbeats and breathing slowly returning to normal, he whispers “I do love you, you know.”

“I know.” The soft breath came out through half opened lips. He grins, kissing her lightly, as he rolls to one side.

As they contentedly lay in each other’s arms, Walker says “You know, this is not exactly what I had in mind for our first time.”

“Oh, I think this is perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. We’ll just file this as a special time in our book of memories.”

“I’ll agree with you there. But right now I think we’d better be getting dressed before C.D. and Trivette come looking for us. That could be a special in our memory book, too.”

Alex gives a small giggle as they both quickly dress.  Pulling on their coats, they turn out the lights, leave the barn and walk arm in arm back to the house. As they reach the porch, they sit in the swing quietly reflecting on what had just happened a few minutes earlier.

“You do realize that after tonight things are going to change, don’t you?”

“Change? What do you mean?” panic filling her eyes.

“I mean I’ll have a harder time keeping my hands off of you.”

“Oh, darling,” the relief evident in her voice, “Maybe we should move the date for the wedding, preferably in the very near future.”

“Tomorrow would be fine with me ‘cause I want you all over again, right now.” He pulls her tighter and leans in to kiss her just as the door opens.

“I don’t know where they went Big Dog, but I’m sure they’re fine, and I really don’t think they want us interrupting them.”

“They’ve been gone an awful long time, Jimmy, something might have happened to them.”

Walker replies, “Nothing’s happened, C.D., we’re right here. Just enjoying the peace and quiet.”

“Don’t you think it’s kinda cold to be sitting out here? You kid’s will catch your death of cold, Cordell.”  Walker looks at Alex and winks as they both remember how hot things were just minutes before.

“Are you two done arguing about rabbit hunting? If you are, then maybe we’ll come in for some coffee to warm up, before everyone turns in for the night.”

“Good. I’m about ready for bed. Got to get up early if we’re going rabbit hunting. C’mon Jimmy, let’s get the coffee.”

Walker and Alex slowly get up and head into the house.  “Well, all good things must come to an end.”


The next morning, as Alex is coming down the stairs, she sees Jimmy and C.D. heading out the back door with rifles and knapsacks. “Morning, Alex. Honey, we’ll see you later. Cordell’s out to the barn tending to the livestock.”

A smile comes to her lips as she thinks of what was tended to last night in the barn. She fixes herself breakfast and is just starting to clean up the dishes when Walker comes in the back door. He sees Alex and a smile brightens his face.  He walks up to her, looking around to see where C.D. and Trivette are, before taking her in his arms and kissing her tenderly.  “Where are they?” he murmurs in her ear.

“They’ve already left to go hunting, sweetheart, we’re all alone.”  The words have no sooner left her mouth and the phone rings.  Walker looks at it in annoyance then decides he’d better answer. “Walker.”

As he listens, his face becomes stern and his body stiffens. “Alright, I’ll be there in 30 minutes.” He hangs up and, turning to Alex says, “When Trivette comes back, send him to headquarters. There’s been a bank robbery.  A guard was killed.” He pulls Alex into his arms, holds her close and lovingly kisses her. “I’ve got to go.  Hopefully I’ll be back this evening, if not, I’ll call. This might be a good time for you to start planning our wedding, hon. Just make it real soon, okay?” He kisses her again and then heads upstairs to get his gun and hat. Alex is standing by the front door holding his coat when he comes down. She puts her arms around him, pulls him close, and kisses him softly saying, “Be careful, okay? I love you.”

“I’m always careful, Alex.  I love you, too.” He takes his coat and Alex watches as he goes out the door and drives away in the Ram.

Two months later:

C’mon Alex, let’s go sit in the swing before it gets any cooler outside. We’re all done in here aren’t we?”

“Yep, dishes are all done and put away.” She takes his arm and together they go out to the porch and sit in the swing.  Alex nestles into Walker’s side and his arms hold her tight.

“It’s so beautiful here in the spring with Mother Nature bringing the trees out of hibernation, flowers blooming and the grass turning green again. This is the time for new life, a new beginning, don’t you think so, darling?”

Walker tightens his arms around her and murmurs contentedly, “You’re right. I think Spring is the best time of the year. But as long as I have you, every day is like a new beginning for me. I love you.”

“Darling, I love you, too, and I think we’re going to really enjoy this spring.”

“Oh, and why is that?” He wonders as he snuggles closer.

“Another special for our book of memories, darling, I’m pregnant!!

The End of  The Beginning


By Sissy ( &

Chris (

“But Alex…How…” Walker stammers.

“Walker, I think that’s obvious.”

“Are you sure about this? You could be wrong, you know.”

“I’m not wrong, Walker, not this time, and not about this.”

“But, Alex, I thought,………..”

“Walker, it happens, it’s done. There’s nothing we can do about it.” She reaches out to touch him.

He just shakes his head back and forth. His face a picture of complete confusion, “But it was my responsibility.”

“I don’t know how you can say that. I think it’s a responsibility that has to be shared.”

“But it’s all my fault, Alex. I should have known better than to trust those…”

“Walker, stop it! This is not your fault!  This isn’t something you can blame on anyone.  Her voice softens, “Walker, aren’t you the one who has always said that everything happens for a reason.”

He nods.

“Well then, maybe this was meant to be”

“Are you all right with this, Alex?”

She looks at him with one raised eyebrow, “A little stunned at first, but I’m adjusting.”


“I don’t know, I don’t think it’s hit me yet.”

Alex shakes her head as she takes his hands in hers and looks deep into his eyes.  “Walker, if you’d have known that this would be the result, would you have done anything differently?”

As he looks at her, he sees all of the love she has for him reflected in her eyes.  He pulls her tightly into his arms and whispers, “No. Not a thing.”

Alex smiles at him, “Well, then. Get ready to be a Daddy, Cowboy.”

The End

The Sequel to The Surprise

By Chris (

& Sissy (

“Daddy.” He almost whispers the word. “Daddy.” He repeats softly with a sense of wonder.

“Daddy!” A smile lights up his face. “You know Alex, I think I’m gonna like the sound of that.” As he pulls Alex closer, he asks, “How about you, “MOM?”

“Oh, darling, I thought the day we said,  ‘I Do’ was the happiest day of my life, but this is certainly coming in a close second.  I love you so much.”

He looks into her eyes, tightens the embrace and kisses her tenderly. “C’mon, let’s go in, it’s getting chilly out here.”  Taking her hand and helping her from the swing, they go into the house arm in arm.  “I’ll start a fire, if you want to get the coffee.”

“Do you want anything to go with it? A snack, maybe?”

“No, just coffee, unless you’re on the menu!”

Smiling and shaking her head, Alex heads toward the kitchen.  Moments later she returns with one cup of coffee. “You’re not having a cup with me?”

“Nope, my coffee drinking days are over. At least for the next several months.” She sits down next to him on the couch, snuggling up to his side.

“How far along did the Doctor say you were?” He asks as he slides his arm around her.

“A little more than two months. If my calculations are right, I figure it happened the night we made love for the first time, out in the barn.  Our first special memory, remember?”

“I could never forget that evening, hon.  Our first child conceived the first time we made love.  Guess it really was meant to be.  It doesn’t get more special than that.  Ya know, Alex, I’m really beginning to get excited about this.” He stands, pulls her up and starts dancing around the room with her. “I can’t believe we’re going to be parents, sweetheart.  A new life that’s a little bit of both of us.”  He pulls her tight and kisses her several times with little butterfly kisses.  “God, how I love you, wife.”

“Walker, I don’t think I have ever seen you so happy!”

“I’ve been in heaven since the day I fell in love with you, and it seems like life just keeps getting better.”  They stop dancing and Walker begins kissing her again, deeply.  As their desire starts building, Alex breaks away just long enough to get the quilt off the back of the couch and spread it out on the floor in front of the fire.  Kneeling, she tugs on Walker’s hand to join her.  He drops to his knees taking her in his arms as they lie down entwined together.

Alex begins to pull Walker’s shirt out of his pants as he trails kisses over her face and down her throat, bringing a soft moan from her.  He helps her remove his shirt and, watching her eyes, he slowly unbuttons hers.  She places her hands on each side of his face, bringing him closer to her lips.  She slowly traces around his lips with her tongue before taking his mouth fully in hers. Their movements become more hurried as their need for each other grows.  They swiftly remove the last of the clothing between them as Walker positions himself over her.  Alex quivers as he enters her, slowly and deeply, moving together as one.  Both are carried away on a wave of desire.  She clings to him as he increases the pace.  They rise to the height of the wave, finally crashing at the final thrust and falling over the edge.  Slowly floating down from the crest and collapsing together, they lay exhausted in each other’s arms.

As Walker’s mind returns to reality, he looks to Alex with concern in his eyes.  “Alex, I wasn’t thinking, are you okay?”

“Of course I am.  What are you talking about?”

“Well, this, the baby, is it okay?”

Laughing, Alex pulls him close.  “Shh…Everything’s fine.  There’s no reason that we have to stop making love just because I’m pregnant.  The doctor said as long as I feel okay, there’s no danger to me or the baby.”

“But you’ll tell me if there’s a problem, right?  I don’t want to hurt you or the baby.”

“Walker, I promise, I’ll tell you.  Now stop worrying and kiss me.”

“Mmm…my pleasure!”

He brings her closer and kisses her softly.  Pulling back and staring lovingly into her beautiful blue eyes, he whispers, “I hope she has your eyes.”

“And what makes you think it’s a girl?”

“I don’t know, but if it is, I hope she has your eyes.”

“Well, I hope HE has your smile.”

“So, when do we tell “Grandpa C.D.” and “Uncle Jimmy”?  You know that they’re both going to fall over!  They know that we want children but I don’t think they expected us to get started so soon!  Neither did we I guess!”

Alex laughs and says “Well, we could invite them both out here for a ride this weekend and tell them then.  That is, if you think you can keep a secret for three days!”

“I can, if you can!”

“Okay, then, we’ll invite them over on Saturday and make a day of it.  I’ll pack a picnic and we can take a ride out by the lake.”

“Sounds great.  I assume that there’s no problem with you riding, at least not for the next couple of months.”

“No, the doctor said I can do whatever I want as long as I feel good.  I’m sure that I’ll have to give it up eventually but for now, everything’s fine.”

As the fire dies down, Walker and Alex snuggle together, happily talking about the prospect of becoming parents.


Keeping a secret for three days proved to be a lot more difficult than either Alex or Walker had imagined.  Both were walking on Cloud 9 and it showed!

“Walker, come on, man, are you gonna tell me what has you so happy?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Trivette, I’m always happy.”

“Happy, yeah, but not like this!  I haven’t seen you smile this much since the day you proposed to Alex.”

“Okay, Trivette, I’ll make you a deal.  You come out to the ranch on Saturday and I promise I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on, okay?”

“Saturday!!  I have to wait until Saturday!  Can’t you tell me now?  I promise, I won’t say a word.”

“Yeah, right, Trivette, you can’t keep a secret if you life depends on it.  No way.  You’ll just have to wait until Saturday.  Now stop bugging me because it’s not going to work and you know it.”

“Okay, okay, I’ll wait til Saturday, but I’m not going to be happy about it!”

Later that evening at C.D.’s, Trivette and C.D. are standing at the bar watching Alex and Walker on the dance floor.  They are wrapped tightly in each other’s arms and both are smiling brightly.

“Look at them, Jimmy.  I can’t remember when I’ve seen Cordell so happy.  It’s so great to finally see those two together.  Never thought I’d live to see the day!”

“Yeah, I know what you mean, Big Dog.  It sure took him a while to finally admit how much he loved her but, from the looks of it, it was worth the wait.  Hey, do you know what’s going on with Walker?  He’s been grinning like a Cheshire cat all day and he won’t tell me what’s going on.  Asked me to come to the ranch on Saturday and he’d tell me all about it.”

“I know what you mean about his mood today but he hasn’t said anything to me.  He did invite me to the ranch on Saturday to go fishing.  Guess we’ll just have to wait ‘til Saturday.”

“Yeah, I guess.”


Saturday at the Ranch

“Alex, you finish packing the picnic basket and I’ll go saddle the horses. C.D. and Trivette will be here any minute.  Don’t carry it out; I’ll do that, okay?” Wrapping his arms around her, looking into her eyes for her promise.

“Walker, are you going to start mother-henning me already?   I’m not sick, I’m just pregnant.  The Doctor said I go about my normal routine as long as I feel good. I’ll know when to slow down.”

“I’m sorry, sweetheart, I’m new at this; have patience with me.”  He kisses her tenderly and starts running his hand up inside her loose shirt.  Just then they hear a car pull up outside. “Darn, what timing!” He kisses her again, turns and goes out the door.

The ride to the lake seems short with the talking and kibitzing that goes on with good friends. As they near the lake Trivette yells, “Hey, there’s the place.”

Alex smiles and says, “It’s always so beautiful here. Especially in the spring when everything’s so new and fresh.”

“C’mon, Alex, before you give everything away.” Walker says just loud enough for her to hear.

The men tend to the horses while Alex spreads a blanket on the ground beneath a tree and spreads out the items from the picnic basket.  Everyone joins her on the ground and begins enjoying the delicious meal that she had prepared earlier.

Once lunch is over, C.D. stretches out on the ground and is soon sound asleep.  Trivette goes down to check on the horses leaving Alex and Walker alone. “Come on, Alex, let’s see if we can walk off some of this food.  I’m stuffed and if I don’t watch it, I’m going to start gaining weight now that someone else is helping out in the kitchen.”

They stroll down along the bank of the lake arm in arm enjoying the beautiful scenery and each other.  As they continue along the bank, Alex pace slows and rests her head on Walker’s shoulder.

“Hey, you okay?”

“Yeah, I just don’t seem to have quite as much energy as before.”

“Why don’t we head back.  I’m sure Trivette is going to burst if we don’t tell him the secret soon.”

They return to find C.D. and Trivette arguing about fishing.  Walker and Alex walk up arm in arm listening to them for several minutes. “If you two can stop arguing for five minutes, there’s something that Alex and I would like to talk to you both about.”

“We weren’t arguing, Cordell, we were just discussing the finer points of fishing, right Jimmy?”

“You got it Big Dog.  But we can finish our discussion later, I’ve been waiting three days to find out what’s been making you two so happy.”

Alex takes a deep breath and smiles at both men.  “Well, we’re expecting a new addition to the family in about 7 months, and we wanted you two to be the first to know, except for my Dad.”

Both men’s mouths drop open in shock.  “A baby, really?” says Trivette.

Alex and Walker both nod.  “I know it’s kind of sudden.  We always said we wanted children but really didn’t expect it to happen quite this soon. 

C.D. stands and walks over to Alex and Walker placing a hand on each of their shoulders and pulling them both into a hug.  Tears glistening in his eyes, he says “Cordell, Alex, this is wonderful news!  Looks like I may be get to be a Grampa after all, huh?”

Trivette quickly joins in the hug, “And I get to be Uncle Jimmy!  Man, this is so great.  I couldn’t be happier for you two.”

“Thanks guys, we knew you’d be as excited as we were.  There is one favor we’d like to ask, though.”

“Sure, anything,” says Trivette.

“You know we’d do anything for you two, Cordell.”

“Well, we’d be honored if you would both agree to be Godfathers to the baby.”

“It would be our honor, right Big Dog?”

“You better believe it, Jimmy.  Boy, what a day.  It doesn’t get any better than this, huh.”

“Sure doesn’t, C.D.,” says Walker as he pulls Alex close and kisses her lightly on the cheek.

C.D. and Trivette spend the rest of the afternoon fishing down at the lake and arguing over whose technique will catch more fish.  Alex lies down on the blanket and is soon fast asleep, leaving Walker alone with his thoughts.  As he sits propped against the tree, he silently thanks the spirits for all the blessings they have graciously bestowed upon him.  A beautiful, loving wife, two of the best friends anyone could ever ask for and soon a child to make their “family” complete.


7 months later

Alex finally sits up, unable to find a comfortable sleeping position.

“Alex, are you alright?” Concern fills his voice as he touches her arm.

“I’m alright. Just can’t seem to get comfortable tonight. Go on back to sleep, hon. I’m fine.”

“You sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure. You’d think after so many restless nights, I’d be prepared for this. No sense both of us losing sleep.” She leans over and kisses him softly. “I think I’ll go sit in the chair for awhile. You go to sleep.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Sitting in the chair doesn’t help either so she decides to go downstairs for a glass of milk.  Moving slowly, she finally makes it to the kitchen.  As she opens the refrigerator, a pain hits. Groaning, she grabs the back of the chair, holding it tight. When the pain finally passes, she sits down, wondering if this is still false labor or the real thing. She’d had several slight twinges throughout the evening.  She finally decides it was another false alarm and gets up to go back upstairs.  As she leaves the kitchen, another pang, this one meaning business, shoots across her back. Holding her back, she leans against the wall, as she waits for it to pass.  As the pain slowly fades, she realizes that the baby is on the way.  She moves toward the foot of the stairs when another pain strikes, nearly doubling her over.  Hanging on to the railing to keep from falling, she knows she won’t make it back upstairs.  As the pain passes, she feels a flooding of liquid.  Panic sets in and she yells, “WALKER!”

He jumps up instantly, grabbing his sweatpants from the foot of the bed. Hurrying for the stairs and pulling on the pants at the same time he yells, “Alex, I’m coming,” He flies down the stairs to find her standing in a puddle, shaking slightly, holding out her arms for him.

“Darling, I think it’s time.” She smiles tenderly at him as he pulls her into his arms.

“We’re not going to make it to the hospital are we?”  Just then he feels her stiffen, signaling an oncoming contraction. “Hang on to me, Alex, breathe, just like in Lamaze class.”

Alex tries to breathe as she was taught in class and after several minutes, the contraction slowly fades.

“Alex, you need to lie down.” He takes her arm and helps her into the guest bedroom. Throwing the spread and blanket off the bed, he helps her to lie down and get in position for birthing.

Walker has delivered babies before, just not his own.  He puts a pillow under Alex’s head and takes her hand. “Looks like it’s just going to be you and me, babe.”

“Just like always, darling. We can do it.” She caresses his beard and kisses him softly.

“I’m going to call for the paramedics just to be on the safe side. Rest while you can, I’ve got to get some towels.”

He finishes the call just as another contraction starts. Walker takes her hand in his and she squeezes as the pain worsens. “Breathe with it Alex, breathe with it.” As the contractions ease, she leans back exhausted.

Walker kisses her forehead and says, “Let me check to see how things are going.” He moves to the foot of the bed and raises the sheet.  What he sees brings the biggest smile to his face.  He looks back up into Alex’s eyes, and with love in his eyes, “I see red hair, Alex.”

“Oh, Walker,” she murmurs just as another contraction starts, “Walker……………..ahhhhhhh,”

“It’s coming, Alex, it’s coming. Come on, one more push, baby, here……..comes.” Walker is quiet as he cuts the cord and wipes the baby off.  He cleans its mouth out, smacks it on the bottom and as the baby cries, Walker looks to Alex and softly says, “It’s a girl, Alex! We’ve got a baby girl!” He wraps the baby in a blanket and gently places her on Alex’s chest.

He sits beside Alex with his arm wrapped tightly around her and both gaze at their new baby daughter. “Oh, darling, she’s beautiful.”

“Yes she is, just like her Mom!  And you know something else, she has your eyes”

“I love you, Walker”

Leaning down and kissing her passionately on the lips, he replies, “And I love you.”

They lie together holding each other and their new addition to the family.  Watching the baby twitch, eyes flickering, hands flexing, and lips puckering, simply fascinates the new parents.

The phone rings and Walker reluctantly leaves his family to answer it. As he hangs up, he turns to Alex, “That was the paramedics. There’s been an accident on the interstate. I’m afraid it will be awhile before they get here. He said to go ahead and get everyone cleaned up and they’ll be here as soon as they can.”

“That’s alright. We’re fine and we’re not going anywhere.”

Walker takes the baby from Alex and gets her washed, diapered, gowned and placed in the cradle that he had brought down from upstairs.  He then helps Alex get cleaned up and changed into a fresh gown.

“Alex, do you want to move back upstairs?”

“It might be better to stay here, since the paramedics will want to take us to the hospital, anyway.”

“You’re right, let me move you to the chair so I can change the bed.” He gently picks Alex up, kisses her softly and places her in the chair.

After he has remade the bed, he puts Alex back in the bed, propping her up with pillows and then after kissing the baby, places her back in Alex’s arms. “The paramedics said to let the baby nurse, if she wanted to; it will help bring your milk in.”

Alex bares her breast and places the baby close.  Feeling the slight pressure on her cheek, the baby turns her head and begins hunting for the nipple, finds it and begins sucking.

“Oh, God, Walker, I’m so happy!” Alex’s face radiates her happiness, which in turn makes Walker feel like he’s sitting on top of the world.

Walker sits beside Alex and murmurs, “You know, hon, we need to name her, and quit calling her baby. You know the name that we had picked out for a girl, are you still OK with it?”

“You mean Jessica? Yes, if you are?”

“Sounds good to me.” Placing his hand on the baby’s head, “I dub thee, Jessica Alexandra Walker.” He then leans over and kisses Jessica lovingly on the head.

“Darling, I’ve got an idea. Since it’s going to be awhile before the paramedics get here why don’t we call C.D. and Jimmy and have them come out to meet their new godchild?”

“That’s a great idea.  Reaching for the phone beside the bed, Walker makes the call. “Trivette? Hey, pard, something’s come up.  Can you pick C.D. up and come out to the ranch?  No, nothing’s wrong, I just need to talk to you two about something and don’t want to do it on the phone.  Okay. See you soon.”


"They’re here, Alex. Now, be quiet, let them come to us. Okay?”

Trivette approaches the front door.  “Wonder where they are? Walker, you in there?”

“Well, Jimmy, see if the door is locked.”

Jimmy turns the knob, “It’s open.  Reckon we ought to go in?”

“For God’s sake Jimmy, open the door.” As they push the door open, they hear Alex’s distinctive giggle.

“Cordell, where are you?”

“In here, C.D., come on in. Took you guys long enough to get here.”

“Well, what are you two doing hidin’ in here?” C.D. pushes the door open and what he sees brings the biggest smile to his face. “Oh, my Lord.”

“C’mon C.D., move, what’s going on?  Oh, my god, oh my god. Would you look at that.” Both walk quickly to the bed, beaming from ear to ear.

“C.D. would you look at that. Ain’t that the prettiest sight you’ve ever seen? A little Walker. What is it, Alex, boy or girl?”

“C.D., Jimmy? We would like for you to meet your godchild, Jessica Alexandra Walker.”