Dayton hadn't meant to step out of bounds on this, but somebody had to step-up, didn't they?There was some confusion about the father of the baby. Naturally. Especially, when a nurse told Geoff he couldn't touch the baby since he wasn't the baby's father.
Dayton finally explained that Geoff was the baby's father. Possibly a big fat lie. OK, it was clearly a lie on so many levels. At least Geoff fumbled around and said something to the fact that Dayton was his cousin, and his cousin really felt the baby needed to be around family while Geoff was seeing about his wife's needs. Max said his peace to about the matter so it didn't get too far out of hand.
"Thank God, that's over." Dayton was all smiles as they were getting ready to take the baby home. At least Geoff was holding the baby.
"But you named the baby, you didn't give Nancy any say in the matter," Geoff was not in the best humor as they were getting ready to go.
"I- I'm-" Dayton just couldn't say he was sorry about the baby's name. "She'll be OK, with it."
"You don't know that." Geoff slightly snapped. After all, he was taking the baby to see her as if that alone would create a break through.
Of course, she just stared. Dayton felt like he was glaring at a zombie. It was so uncomfortable. He could take everything else, but not her looking half crazy and practically a statue. He kept hugging himself, thinking there was no way she was going to get better. Why did they have to be stuck with her? He hated to think it, but it was true. They were stuck with Nancy.
But Geoff was sweet and kissed Nancy's forehead which made Dayton grimace. He tried to let her hold the baby, but Trent was slightly fussy with his first days cry.
"Let me have him." Dayton knew they were going to drop the baby. Finally, Dayton took him while Geoff was all thoughtful with words of encouragement. Everything was going to be OK. Dayton knew he had to be quiet. He had too.
Finally, they managed out of the hospital with the baby.
"You're not mad at me, are you?" Dayton had to know as they got baby Trent into the car-seat in Geoff's pickup truck.
"No, I'm not mad at you." Geoff drove slowly home. "I don't know what to think. Its like I'm sure what ever I do will be wrong." He squinted tears.
"Don't say that." Dayton told him. "You know, it would be a hundred times worst if you hadn't came through for her. She wouldn't have the insurance to help her get better. And we're here. We can take care of Trent." He smiled at the baby then who let out an impressive yawn as he floated back to sleep.
"I guess so." Geoff was quiet. Dayton hated to see him so sad. It was all Nancy's fault. She'd done this to him, and Dayton wasn't sure if he knew how to get Geoff back the way he wanted him.