James stumbled out of the taxi and paid the driver who gave him a disapproving look. James tried to walk in a straight line as much as possible with his suitcase because he knew he wouldn't get into the hospital otherwise. Rat was waiting for him just outside the hospital, his eyes widened and then he shook his head in disgust.
"Hi Rrrrat." James slurred. Rat put his face in his hands.
"James, please don't tell me you drunk?" Rat pleaded.
James shook his head vigorously, "Of course I'm-"
" For God sake James! You stupid son of a bitch!" Rat shouted.
Before James could speak Rat stopped him by holding up his hand,
" You know what, I don't care, Kerry is in the last stages of labour so we need to get their quickly. Take this mint, wash your face and spray this deodorant all over yourself in the toilets. Oh, and don't talk too much because your making no sense." He spat, shoving James in the direction of the toilets whilst tutting and shaking his head. He also took James's suitcase to put behind reception.
After drinking some water and buying some chewing gum, James hurried to the labour ward with Rat close behind him. He could hear the screams from down the corridor.
"Push! That's it, your so close- I can see the head!" A midwife encouraged. Kerry was breathing heavily and didn't notice James until he was by her side and holding her hand.
"James?" Kerry said between her gasps and laboured breathing .
"I'm going to bloody kill you when I have the energy." She gasped.
" I know and I'm so sorry, but I'm here now and I am so proud of you, so keep going" James encouraged, trying desperately not to show the alcohol that had taken over his body.
Kerry screamed and gripped James's hand so tight that he could feel her nails pierce his skin, but he didn't dare complain. The midwife grinned when a wrinkly, pink and wailing baby was in her arms. A couple of other nurses came to cut the umbilical cord and to check on the baby.
"A healthy boy" The midwife informed them. The baby lay on a mat while it was weighed and laid his blue eyes at James. Suddenly James forgot everything, he forgot about the past several months, he forgot about his fears and worries and how he was drunk and in that moment, he knew he would do anything for that little boy. Anything that it took to keep him safe. Kerry's screams brought James back to reality and she was still breathing hard with no signs of stopping any time soon.
10 minutes later a baby girl was born, she weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces. The baby boy- Samuel Choke, weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces and was currently in Kerry's arms. James was holding his daughter Gwen Choke and could not stop looking at her, even when the babies needed to be in their cots and Kerry was sleeping soundly he couldn't put her down.
Later in the evening James walked down the hospital corridor. He hadn't realised that he had just walked past Lauren until she stood deliberately in front of him smiling.
"How's the new Daddy?" She teased. James smiled back and gave Lauren a tight hug.
"Pretty damn happy." He replied. They pulled away from each other and James noticed the dark circles under Lauren's eyes.
"How have you been?" He asked. They began walking to the car park together. They passed busy doctors and nurses seeing various patients. They could hear the heart monitors going at different paces and the sound of the ambulances's sirens was getting closer.
"Yeah I've been fine. I've been pretty busy looking after your pregnant girlfriend though." There was some ice in Lauren's voice. James looked at her and noticed there was a lot of anger in her eyes. He stopped and turned towards Lauren.
"Look, I know I haven't been here but I'm here now, ok?" He told her desperately, he put his hand on her shoulder.
"But how long will you be here James?" Lauren asked quietly. She didn't look into his eyes.
"I'll be here until the new term starts..."
James looked bewildered, " Lauren I've got to finish my degree, I could finish it early, maybe be done in a year and a half-"
"Your leaving your children!"
"I'll be visiting all the time!" Luke exclaimed. Lauren shook her head in disbelief, she shook his hand of her shoulder and walked away.
" I'll be giving them financial support and I'll visit them like every 6 weeks." James said, trying to convince her that everything would be fine.
With her back turned to him she said " Either stay James, or go and never come back."
2 Years Later
James drank his fourth bottle of beer as he celebrated his graduation. He had transferred to London's Imperial College shortly after the twins were born. Kerry had just started a degree in Spanish, she did this part time whilst also looking after the twins. Both James and Kerry worked part time at CHERUB; James helped the red shirts in Maths while Kerry helped them in Spanish. James still had a lot of the money he had earned at CHERUB and some of his inheritance, this meant they had enough money to rent a small house in the outskirts of London. He had his hand down a women's skirt and didn't want to check the time; but, it was the twin's birthday and he didn't want to be too hungover for it. He finished making out and quickly checked his phone.
"Shit," he muttered. It was 2:45 am and he had promised Kerry that he would be back for 1 at the latest. The girl who sat next to him looked confused and slightly irritated.
"Uh, ssorry I've got to go, I'll see you laterr, yeah?" He slurred as he stood up to leave.
James walked in and started walking up the stairs. Kerry was waiting with her arms folded and an angry expression on her face.
"Where have you been?" She said coldly. She kept on glaring at James until he reached the top of the stairs.
"Believe it or not, I've been celebrating my graduation with some mates." James mumbled bitterly. He continued into their room and Kerry followed him.
"With some mates?" She laughed. "You've got a lipstick stain on your neck and cheek James."
James turned around. "Shit." He gasped. Kerry had tears running down her face, she wiped her eyes and walked past James. " Kerry, I just made out with this one girl, it didn't mean anything I-"
"I don't want to hear it." She snapped. She started to shove James's clothes into a bag.
"Kerry, please!" James pleaded. "You know I love you and the kids, I was just drunk-"
"Just shut up James!" She shouted, she still had tears running down her face.
"I've tried James, you know, I've really tried." She cried. "But I can't do this anymore, you've cheated on me with so many women..."
"But I don't love them like I love you!" James exclaimed.
"GET OUT JAMES" Kerry shouted. She threw the bag at him and pushed him out of the bedroom door.