Double Trouble: Chapter 18

Wednesday Briefs

Josh deals with the aftermath of the ice storm. For more free flash reading check out the list of authors at the bottom of this post.

Chapter 18

“Daddy, I wanna go outside with Sammy. I wanna play.”

Trent paused from cleaning the twin’s room. “Danny. You know you can’t get up yet. If you want to go to the living room or something I can carry you, though.”

“This just stupid. I feel fine. I wanna go play.”

“No, the doctor said one more week and then you can start walking a little. But you have to be careful so you don’t end up back in the hospital.”

Danny crossed his arms over his chest and glared at Trent. “Don’t like hospital. All they do is poke me.”

“I know. Daddy had to help hold you down every time. I didn’t have fun either. So we don’t want to do that again, do we?”


“So you’re going to stay put then. Right?”

“Okay. But not happy about it.”

“No, I’m sure you aren’t. You be a big boy and we’ll see about a burger and fries today for supper. We can all ride to town together.”

“I want a good burger.”

“Yes, I know. Your favorite. Now, do you want to watch cartoons here, or in the living room?”

“Living room. Can I have lemonade?”

“Yes, Da just made a whole pitcher for you before he took Sammy outside.”


Trent scooped Danny into his arms, careful of the cast going from foot to upper thigh. He eased through the house and gently lowered the small figure to the couch. He searched around to find the remote, and handed it to Danny. “You all situated?”

Danny had already flipped on the TV, scanning the channels. “Yeah, I’m good.”

“Okay, I’ll be right here in the kitchen fixing lunch if you need me.”

“Okay.” Danny never looked up from the television as he flipped through channels.

Trent chuckled as he moved into the kitchen and started pulling food out of the refrigerator. He heard the door open and close, and then a pair of muscular arms wrap around him. He twisted in Josh’s embrace and they kissed. “He’s about to drive me crazy. He’s a worse patient than me.”

Josh glanced over his shoulder to see Danny sitting with his arms folded over his chest. He was a miniature of Trent. There was no question in Josh’s mind who’s sperm had fertilized the egg Danny hatched from.

“Yeah, he’s a little opinionated. He’s going to be so much fun when he starts school. I’m glad you’re the one who’s going to get called to come talk to his teachers.”

Trent let go of Josh and took a step back. “What’d you mean it’s my problem?”

“Well, I have a job off the ranch and your schedule is more flexible. You’re the one who’s here at the house too.”

“You’re going to be making some changes in your schedule, dearest,” Trent said.

Josh grinned at Trent and pulled them back together. “We’ll figure out something. We always do.”

Trent rolled his eyes and then relaxed. “I know. It’s just happening so fast.” He motioned to the refrigerator. “You hungry? I was going to make grumpy ass and I a sandwich.”

“Sounds good. I don’t think Sammy’s going to last much longer. Might as well feed everybody.”

Both of them continually checked on Sammy who was enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. She was trying to clip a hair bow onto the dog, and he was having nothing to do with it. After the last of checking on Sammy after a dozen times, Josh leaned against the counter and chuckled. “You know she told me to stop bugging her.”

“Danny’s tired of not being able to get outside. He’s getting to be difficult to live with too. At least Sammy can get out of the house on nice days.”

Josh pulled the last of the sandwich fixings from the fridge and spread them across the table. They automatically moved to make their kid’s favorite sandwiches. Before too long they had plates ready for everyone.

Josh went outside and returned quickly with the dog and a giggling Sammy. He took her into the living room in time for Trent to put trays around so everyone could eat together. It made life so much easier to not move Danny to the table. It had taken a melt down from Danny to prove it to them. He sat the kids sandwiches and milk on their trays then sat and began eating their own meals. After a minute or two of silence, Danny burped.

It wasn’t a quiet burp either. It was a burp that had the dishes rattling on the trays. There was a moment of silence, and Sammy started laughing at her brother. Then she took a couple of gulps of air, and belched.

Danny giggled. “Sammy, you’s so funny.”

The kids burped back and forth, each one laughing harder and harder with each successive eruption. After a while, Josh and Trent were laughing too. The four of them were beginning to calm down when a huge belch filled the room. The kids and Josh were shocked into silence.

“That. That is how you burp,” Trent said.

The kids roared in laughter as Josh rolled his eyes.



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