3rd Person POV
After Edward flung her into the bolder, Victoria raced through the trees her natural gift allowing her to feel that Edward was not in pursuit so she assumed that he was with the wolf. Those Cullens were the strangest vampires she had ever come across, however she had no doubt that he would be hot on her trail soon. When she attacked Jacob, she heard a howl off in the distance and instinctively knew that it was too far east and not near the others. She was already near the water so she decided to take a swim up north around the small peninsula and come back south closer to the lonely howl. Victoria emerged from the water and wrung the extra water from her clothes, normally she didn't care, but she wanted to be able to move easily.
As she moved quickly the terrain began to get more rocky as the elevation grew higher and higher. Her gift was evasion and so she didn't normally pursue danger, but her instincts told her that this was where Bella would be and as she got closer she began to smell her. It was different, with the faint smell of wet dog mixed with multiple different smells that Victoria knew to be the Cullens, especially Alice. Bella baffled Victoria and she couldn't figure out how one human girl could have such an impact on her.
To Victoria humans were stupid and weak, she could murder hundreds in a matter of minutes if she wanted, how Bella remained alive was quite a mystery. She wanted Bella to suffer for being simply a pain in the ass, but even more so Victoria was curious about Bella. How was this girl able to surround herself with things that most humans considered to be monsters?
Victoria felt confident if the Cullens had not gotten involved then her army would have completely decimated the wolves. Once Victoria knew she was heading in the right direction she climbed up into the trees and began to softly float from branch to branch, trying not to jostle or give away her approach. She could feel that Edward was once again after her.
Edward followed her scent to the water and then assumed that she would head south towards either La Push or Forks. So Edward ran along the shore line, but he was running the wrong direction.
Victoria did not know that, but could feel Edward's pursuit which made her nervous and anxious. She saw Seth and Bella, she was awake, sitting at his side, and running her hand down his back. When the battle started, Seth kept flinching, while he watched his sister and brothers fighting and his movements kept Bella from sleeping. Alice and Bella continued to ask Seth yes or no questions, and for the first time he wished that he could speak in wolf form.
When Alice wasn't asking Seth questions she was trying desperately to see her family, especially Jasper. If there was ever a time that she was desperate to see his future it was then. She would get flashes of Jasper tearing apart a vampire, but then one of the wolves would get involved causing her to loose the image. It was extremely frustrating for Alice, and her head was starting to hurt trying to see things that were either fuzzy or just simply not going to appear. Alice probably should have been watching for Victoria's decisions, but she had to choose because she can't see two futures at the same time and Jasper was her priority.
There was a strong wind that helped disguise Victoria's movements and because Alice was worried and distracted trying to see her family, no one noticed Victoria getting closer and closer. Had Alice not been there or Bella not have so much vampire scent on her, Seth probably could have smelt Victoria coming, but with him already sitting with one vampire, smelling another one coming would have been more difficult. Victoria felt that, if she could incapacitate Alice and kill the dog, then she could take her time with Bella, and not have to rush it. She saw Alice leaning against the rock, with her eyes closed, deep in concentration as Victoria leaped from the tree, landing over Alice and immediately tore her tiny head from her body. Then she ripped Alice's arm and threw it at Bella, but Seth's paw smashed it into the ground.
Bella screamed and Seth howled fiercely as he stood over Bella, while she scampered behind him. Seth could feel that Leah and Jacob were on their way, but it didn't help him know how to fight and protect at the same time. He felt so unprepared and he was scared that he was going to let Jake down by not keeping Bella safe.
“You're next, dog!” Victoria hissed, and leaped at Seth who dodged once, but then instantly Victoria pounced again landing on Seth's back. He tried to buck her off, but he also had to try and be aware of where Bella was. The wolves smelled so terrible to Victoria that she really didn't want to bite another one, so instead she used both of her hands to squeeze hard on Seth's shoulder crushing the bones there. Seth whimpered as Victoria continued to move down his back crushing as many bones as she could. The further Victoria went the harder it was for Seth to remain standing and ended up crumbling to the ground.
“No! Please, stop hurting him!” Bella screamed as she scrambled to her feet. “You only have a few seconds before the rest of the pack and Cullens know you are here. Take me instead.” Bella wasn't sure what Victoria had planned for her, but based on the warning the Laurent gave, it was going to be something slow and painful. Bella just hoped that it was slow enough that Jacob could find her before Victoria finally killed her.
“You really are a stupid girl.” Victoria hissed, as she sprung towards Bella. “Climb on and I'll let him live.”
Bella leaped onto her back, praying that she wasn't making the stupidest decision of her life.
I leaped, landing next to Leah and began to search for Bella, but I couldn't see her anywhere. Seth, where is Bella? I asked.
I thought she was here. She was right behind me. Seth answered panicked.
Where is Victoria? Leah asked.
I don't know. Seth began to cry and his body shook, which caused him to howl in pain.
The rest of the pack and the Cullens arrived. Jasper ran to Alice and frantically began to piece her back together, with Esme's and Carlisle's assistance. Leah continued to comfort Seth trying to get him to relax so his body could heal, his crying and shaking was making it worse. I began to sniff around trying to find Victoria's scent but it seems that she must have been up in the trees where her scent is much harder to trace. The harsh winds were making it extremely difficult.
The moment her pieces were back in place, Alice snapped back to life and she began screaming about Victoria.
“Victoria, has Bella!” Alice screamed.
Immediately my snout was in her face, and Jasper looked at me cautiously. Where? Where did she take Bella! I growled, and suddenly I heard Edward's voice interpreting it for me. It's about freaking time you showed up, I mumbled.
“Sorry, I followed her scent to the water and then I thought she would be heading back towards La Push for Bella, so I went that direction. I didn't realize that she figured out that Bella was here. I heard everyone running here, so that is when I changed directions and started running.” Edward explained.
“She is going back to Seattle, but hasn't decided specifically where.” Alice answered.
Let's go! I insisted.
Jake, we can't go chasing her around Seattle as wolves. Embry said, worried that I was going to get mad at him for contradicting me.
We need you, Jake. Leah insisted. Sam deserves to have you here, when we bury him.
I whined, because I knew that they were right. I needed to stay here for my pack.
“Jacob, Bella is alive . . .” Alice stated.
How do you know that? I questioned.
“Because Victoria is still planning different ways to kill her.” Edward answered fiercely.
I couldn't decide if I felt relieved or even more nervous. Of course I was glad that Bella was still alive, but I hated to think of what torture she would endure. Promise me, that you'll bring Bella back to me.I said to Edward.
“I will, Jacob.” Edward promised.
ALIVE! I clarified. And truly alive, not a frozen over corpse that moves.
“I'll do my best.” Edward answered.
I knew that was just going to have to be good enough, because that was the best answer he could give me.
The Cullen family ran together towards Seattle, except for Carlisle who offered to stay behind to treat Seth. Seth wasn't able to phase back yet so everyone, but myself, phased back and carried Seth towards La Push. I ran back to Sam, and I saw his broken and stiff body. I phased back and knelt down by his side, and I couldn't hold it together any longer. I cried for my alpha and wished that he would have been able to train me. I cried for my pack family who lost their leader and was now going to be following me. I cried for Bella and I wanted her here with me and not in the clutches of a sadistic vampire. I was so scared, so alone, and continued to cry until I couldn't cry any more.
Then with shaking arms I lifted Sam's body and carried him home. I knew that my life was never going to be the same, from now on, I was alpha.
I just played the song to this chapter and it is perfect! Plus I really love the song!!! [ Sometimes I don't have time to play the songs, but I gotta MAKE time -- you pick out such perfect songs for your chapters!!! ]
Aww thanks, I really enjoy picking out the songs for the chapters. Sometimes I know what the song will be as I write and sometimes I find the song after it is written. I'm really glad that you liked it. :D
i loved it
hmmmm where to start where to start....k first THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!i soo thought he imprinted oooo ur very clever lol
also that is soooooooo cool !!!!!i want to go to a loau!
3. I SORT OF KNEW IT!!! as soon as jake thought "it had pale blue and pink stirpes" i somehow guessed that it was a baby!!!that is soooooooo cute!!!!! just watch the volturi come wit h bella all bloated or sumthing lol :P
and i looved jakes present toooo !!!!!the meaning is soo great, shell always have her wolf <3
ps. cant wait till tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(really REALLY HOPE HE DOESNT IMPRINT!!!!!!!):D
I'm glad that you are relieved that he hadn't imprinted. I know that is very scary for them (and for the readers as well).
A loau is pretty cool to go to, I hope that you'll be able to go to one some day. :)
I was actually curious when readers would figure out that Bella was pregnant. There are actually very small clues from the very start of their date with the description of Bella's appearance, Bella's over reaction to Jacob's gift and being so emotional (not that it isn't a great gift, but it wasn't THAT great). I really liked that she was able to surprise Jacob with her gift. I had plans for Jacob to give her a wolf charm when he stopped phasing, so that is why I changed the very first charm as her graduation present. I really like her having a wolf with her all the time. :D
When you said Bella seemed to be glowing, I thought 'maybe she's pregnant'! But then forgot to write abut it. I really didn't have much time that night with my birthday the next day & all ... we saw Breaking Dawn at a theater that serves food to your group of tables first! It was really fancy, large comfortable seats, and fabulous food!! Now a normal theater is gonna be the pits!! Ha ha!
That is awesome that you thought that early that Bella might be pregnant. I wrote it on purpose to leave those little clues and it is awesome when my readers catches those details.
I'm so glad that you had a fantastic birthday. :D
Thank you very much.
Chapter 23 – YEAH BABY!
We came back from our anniversary dinner completely ecstatic. A couple days later we threw a huge party and invited all of our friends. It was the first time that we really had company in our new home. It was sort of weird with the shop, cafe, bookstore, and home all being combined but it worked great. We all started out in the cafe eating together at the various tables. Bella made her famous chicken enchiladas and I helped with the beans and rice. Together we made cookies and had to clean up the kitchen and ourselves from the flour and sugar that “spilled” in the process.
After eating some brought their chair from the cafe into the bookstore and others lounged on the couches there.
“I'm so happy for you, Jacob.” My dad said, rubbing his lips together like he wanted to say more, but didn't.
“I'm sorry, Dad, I should have told you what I was doing.”
“It wasn't that, but I hated seeing what was happening to you and Bella because of it.” He took my hand and squeezed it. “However, I know you learned an important lesson all on your own. That is what being a couple is all about, learning and growing together.”
“Thanks Dad, I won't keep anything like that from her again.”
“What are you keeping from Bella?” Charlie asked.
“Umm...” I glanced at Dad, begging for him to help me out.
“It was from Rachel. Jacob kept the secret that Bella was pregnant for three days and she is pissed.” Dad smiled, and I nodded slightly at him grateful for the cover. It wasn't a complete lie, Rachel was upset, but it was more like an exaggeration because she got over it pretty quickly.
“I know, silly girl. We wanted to tell everyone together. Besides I figured she was busy with her new little one.” A few months ago Rachel had a little boy, they named him Patrick. I was a bear then, trying so hard to stop phasing that I know I wasn't near the supportive brother that I should have been. Luckily Bella covered for me, and the baby became a great distraction for her, visiting often to give me the space that I needed. Now that it was over I explained to Rachel and Paul what was going on and both of them understood. It was a difficult time when Paul had stopped phasing, even though him imprinting calmed him down his wolf still resisted being put aside.
“Oh, um, congrats Jacob.” Charlie slapped me on the back.
“Thanks.” We stared at each other a little awkwardly.
I really had no idea what it was like for the father of the girl you knocked up, even if she was your wife at the time. After a long pause Dad helped me out again changing the topic with Charlie and planning out their next fishing trip. I am seriously going to have to take Dad out, name the baby after him, or do something nice, he saved my butt twice today.
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Once Bella returned from going to the bathroom for the millionth time, she crawled into bed next to me. The first six months of Bella's pregnancy have not been easy. She was so sick to start out that she thought she would never leave the bathroom. Everything made her nauseous, even the soups and sandwiches from the cafe were unappealing to her, and she actually lost 15 pounds. Everyone said that the second trimester would get better, but nothing really changed.
“You need to figure out how to get some food in you.” I said concerned and wrapped my arms around her, placing my hands on her round stomach as she rested her head on my chest.
“Yeah, I know.” She took a deep sigh. “You are going to regret saying that when I eventually blow up like a balloon.” She whispered.
“Are you seriously worried about that? That I won't find you attractive?” I shook my head. “That's crazy Bella.”
“No, it's not.”
“Yes it is and sort of insulting, like I'm some jerk only after your smokin' hot bod.”
“Well you are, aren't ya?” Bella smirked, mischievously.
“Absolutely not! Now get over here.” I rolled her on top of me and began to kiss her passionately. I could feel her round stomach pressed into mine and slowly rolled her over. Her night shirt didn't really fit and I trailed kisses down her neck and lifted her shirt, kissing her belly. I continued to kiss her stomach and touched her skin when I felt a little bump against my lips.
I looked up at Bella in amazement. “Did you feel that?” She asked.
“Yeah, was that him?” I asked, still looking up at Bella.
Bella nodded. “It sure was, she really likes you.”
“Well he better.” I placed both of my hands over her stomach and I could feel our little baby kick and move around inside of her.
“How about Sandy?” Bella asked, as I continued to touch her stomach.
“For what? I asked.
“Um, too dog like.”
“Exactly.” Bella grinned and I rolled my eyes.
“Marie,” I suggested.
“Maybe, if you want family names.” Bella paused for a moment. “Sarah?”
I shook my head. “I don't think so. I love my mom, but it's also sad. It is like I can't remember as much as I want to about her. I don't want to feel that every time I call my kid.”
Bella gave me a small hug. “I understand that.”
“I also like something that can be shortened. You know like Jacob becomes Jake and Bella becomes Bells.”
“Umm,” Bella said thoughtfully. “We can keep thinking about it.”
“Sure, sure.” I took a deep breath, releasing it slowly.
Bella smiled and relaxed with her eyes closed, rolling over to her side and I snuggled in behind her, keeping my hands on her stomach.
The following morning we drove to Forks for Bella's doctor visit. They were normally once a month, but her doctor was a little concerned with how much weight she has lost so she wanted to have weekly appointments until Bella got the weight back on. We walked in hand in hand and Bella checked herself in at the counter while I waited. The room was nicely decorated with pictures of families or tiny babies wrapped in soft blankets. There was one with a small toddler with four tiny puppies crawling all over her and she was laughing.
“Do you think we will ever get a dog?” Bella asked wrapping her arms around me from behind.
I laughed. “You ready for a new pet already?”
“Maybe . . .” Bella smiled, shrugging her shoulders. “Charlie seems to really like Maggie.”
“Yeah, that was a great idea.” For Christmas we got Charlie a two year old Labrador mix. She brought some excitement to his quiet house and would curl up and sleep on his feet when watching TV, so it was a good combination.
Dr. Hobbs came and called us back for our appointment. She was an average woman with short blonde hair and soft smile. Bella removed her shoes and got on the scale.
“It looks like you have gained two pounds.” Dr. Hobbs said.
“Thats good, right?” I questioned.
“That is what we have been hoping for.” Bella nodded her head, even though she didn't look happy about it.
I took her hand as we walked to her appointment room. Bella sat down on the bed and the doctor asked her a series of questions.
“Well, lets take a look inside and see what we can see.” Dr. Hobbs said, as she got the sonogram machine set up. This wasn't our first one, but to be honest last time all I saw was a strange looking blob, thinking the doctor had to be on something to try and say what anything was. Bella on the other hand cried through the whole thing even calling the blob beautiful of all things.
The doctor got the gel smoothed over her stomach, pressing the wand over her and the images on the screen began to take shape.
“Oh, wow,” I murmured, the images looked so different. There was a clear profile and I could see my baby's round head and tiny arms and legs. Both legs were kicking and the doctor moved closer to the baby's face and I could see him sucking his thumb.
“Hello, baby.” Bella smiled, with tears streaming down her cheeks.
Then Dr. Hobbs clicked something on the screen and I saw my baby come to life. Against the black screen I could see his round cheeks and the point of his tiny nose. His tiny lips smacked together in search of the thumb that was now pressed against his chin. I held Bella's hand as we both watched the images on the screen.
“Are you sure that you don't want to know the gender?” Dr. Hobbs asked. We decided that we wanted to wait to find out what we were having once he or she was born. There aren't a whole lot of things in life that are a pleasant surprise. Right now we were going with simple green and brown decorations in the baby's room that we could then add pink or blue.
Bella and I looked at each other. “This is up to you, Bells. It doesn't make any difference to me.”
“Are you sure? Cause you usually call her a him.” Bella asked.
“And you usually call him a her.” I smiled, with a small laugh. “But it doesn't matter to me what we are having, I just say him because that is what I'm used to. If we have a baby girl, I'll be just as happy.”
Bella sniffled from the tears that she had shed while watching our baby on the screen and dried them off her face. “Okay, then lets wait.”
I hugged her awkwardly, trying not to get the gel off her belly and kissed her softly.
Dr. Hobbs printed the pictures from the sonogram and gave them to us. She wanted to see Bella the next week as well, just to make sure that her weight gain continued. While in Forks we went to our childbirth class. I had gladly passed on helping Emily when she delivered Tommy, and was thrilled when her sister agreed to be her birthing coach. So everything about the delivery was all new to me, and quite frankly it scared me to death. What if something went wrong? What if he wouldn't come out? What if he came and we weren't ready? Bella was so tiny that I couldn't imagine something coming out of her.
We had an early lunch and then went to the hospital for our class. There were a total of five couples in class, three were married, one had her mother with her, the other couple was extremely quiet so I didn't know much about them. We started with a tour of the facilities, showing us the birthing beds used for labor and delivery and then took us by the recovery area. They explained that most stayed 1-3 days in the hospital after a normal delivery. The rooms were very basic with a standard hospital bed, a pull-out couch for a guest to sleep on, one additional chair and a TV mounted on the wall. Then we went to the nursery, there were six things lined in a row three of them had babies wrapped in blue blankets and one was wrapped in a pink.
All the girls awwed and cooed at the little bundles.
“Weren't they cute?” Bella asked.
I shrugged. “They were babies.”
“You don't think all babies are cute?” Bella asked, seeming to be surprised by that.
“Well I haven't seen a whole lot of babies, but no, I don't think they are all cute. I have seen enough to know there are some freaky looking babies.”
Bella glared, slapping my shoulder. “Don't say that. You're going to make our baby ugly.”
“What? How could I possibly do that?”
Bella looked really angry at me, like I had done something really terrible. “You'll jinx it or something. It has got to be bad luck to call other babies ugly.”
“Oh, jeez, sorry.” I rubbed her back, between her shoulder blades.
Bella stayed really stiff in her shoulders, still glaring until her lips started twitching and she started laughing so hard that she half snorted.
“Bella?” I asked, really confused.
“I was completely joking.” She said and then leaned forward, whispering in my ear. “I believe that there can be ugly babies too.” Then she put her hand over her mouth in a guilty gesture, biting her lip softly.
I pretended to gasp in surprise and then held her tight. “You silly girl.”
Then we went back to a small room with two long tables and twelve chairs. We received lots of papers, they were all pretty boring except for the topless pics in the breastfeeding stuff. I have to say that took me by surprise. Sure, I knew the concept of breastfeeding, but hadn't really given it a whole lot of thought and had no idea how it actually worked.
The pain doctor came in and talked about the process of getting an epidural and other techniques that could be used to manage pain. It didn't help my already nervous thoughts about the birth process. I didn't like the idea of Bella hurting so much.
“Are you going to do that?” I asked, talking about the epidural.
“I don't know. I hate needles and I have never really liked pain medication.” Bella grimaced.
“You are a tough girl.”
Bella took a deep breath, sighing slowly. “I sure, hope so.”
Then we moved into the last stages of her pregnancy and signs to watch for to know if she were going into labor. It was really amazing how a body was able to change to accommodate a growing baby inside them and even more amazing was the dramatic changes it takes in a matter of hours in order to go through the birth process.
“Are you scared?” I whispered to Bella, when our class was taking a break.
“Yes.” Bella nodded. “However I think there is a reason it takes nine months, it gives you time to adjust to the idea.” The baby inside her gave a hard kick and Bella winced a little. “This probably helps too and I can imagine in a few more months I'll be really ready to get her out.”
I smiled and rubbed her stomach softly. “That's true. It will be nice to be able to do something. I feel so helpless right now.”
Bella shook her head and placed her hand over mine that was still on her stomach. “You do far more than you realize. You have been so great, taking care of me when I've been so sick and you kept me from falling apart.”
“Thanks,” I sighed.
The break was over and we all moved to the floor. They taught us the recommended breathing, it seemed kind of stupid to me, it wasn't like someone would forget to breathe. Not to mention the 'hee hee whoo, hee hee whoo' technique added to the silliness. To my surprise it was common for the mother to get light headed or pass out from lack of oxygen, so I guess breathing was more important than I would have thought. Then we went over how to push, another concept that seemed strange to me. I would have thought it would come naturally, something is there and needs to come out, so therefore push. However I tried really hard to not really think too hard about that process, but that failed miserably when they showed us a video of someone giving birth. It seriously was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen. First off, seeing lady parts that I have only seen on Bella in combination with the blood and screaming, it gave me the creeps.
“Jeez . . . They should have showed us that before you got knocked up.” I mumbled to Bella.
Bella with eyes wide slowly nodded her head. “I can't do this.”
I wanted to agree with her, but I felt like she needed my support at the moment. “Yes you can.”
Bella just kept shaking her head, taking slow deep breathes.
“I bet that pain medication is sounding pretty good right about now.” I smiled, trying to joke in order to lighten the mood.
“Yeah, no kidding.”
At the end a pediatrician came in and talked to us about what to expect after the baby was born. He answered a lot of questions and I couldn't think of much to ask. Bella and I walked away with a lot to think about and at least a general idea of what to expect.
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Bella progressed and suddenly went from all food being disgusting to not being able to eat enough. She was starving all the time, making us joke about her feeding our little wolf. In the next month Bella gained all the weight she lost plus an additional ten pounds.
“How about Gabriel? I asked. We were still debating baby names and would usually go to bed each night bantering different options.
“No, too angelic.” Bella shook her head.
“How can a baby name be too angelic?” I asked.
Bella shrugged. “It just is. How about Danielle or Daniel?”
“Would you mind Dani for a girl?”
“Sure, I don't mind.” Bella smiled, rolling over so that her body brushed against me.
Bella's belly grew, however the rest of her seemed to stay in great shape especially her chest that was filling quite nicely.
“Stop staring.” Bella slapped me in the back of the head when she caught me checking her out.
“No, I get to do that.” I winked at her. “And you thought I wouldn't find you attractive while you were pregnant.” I grinned, smirking slightly.
“Oh, jeez,” Bella rolled her eyes, but smiled, looking down at herself. “Yeah I sort of forgot about this part.”
“Me too.” I shrugged, but the grin on my face most likely gave away how much I really liked it.
Bella pretended like she didn't like my admiration as she got ready for bed.
“Did I tell you that I talked to Alice today?” Bella said, sleepily.
“Nope. How are they?”
“Good. They are enjoying France, but she wants to come visit before the baby is born for some shopping.”
“Wouldn't it be better to wait until we know what the baby is, after he or she is born?” I asked.
Bella started laughing. “No, Alice thinks it is great that we don't know that way she can buy double of everything.”
I rolled my eyes. “Of course. That is sooo Alice.”
Bella nodded her head and laced her hand through mine. “Yeah, she is really excited, and I think that Edward is going to join her when she visits.”
“When are you meeting?” I asked, rubbing her back.
“In a few weeks maybe, as soon as it works best for them. However they felt like it was too dangerous for them to come in this area, that someone might recognize them. And Edward spent too much time in Seattle for us to go there, so we might be going to Portland.”
“Do you mind if I come?” I asked.
“Sure,” she shrugged, looking at me confused. “You want to go shopping?”
I shrugged. “I don't really care, I just don't want you that far away, but I still want you to be able to go.”
“That will be fun, thanks for coming.” Bella reached up and kissed my lips. I kissed her back and we kissed each other late into the night, falling asleep in each other's arms.
Aww, THANK YOU!! :D
Awww... this is so sweet!!! And I reacted the same way Bella did when I saw the delivery movie at La Maze classes in 1964!!! I even went out of the room early and nearly panicked!! But then I was blessed with such easy births [ I'd had horrible period cramps !] that I needed almost no anesthesia except for the episiotomy for the first baby, none for the second, and had the third at home - the easiest one of them all!! But I know I'm lucky that way --sort of made up for all the years of monthly torture I endured!! Can't wait to see how the shopping goes!! And everything else!!! Oh, wait a minute --- I almost forgot -- the other shoe hasn't dropped yet!!!