From my current work in progress Heartbreak Hill:
“Tara, I just don’t feel right.”
Tara Mansfield replaced the phone in its cradle and swung her chair around. Leslie Schultz, her boss, pressed her palm against her back, forcing her growing belly to strain against her tailored maternity shirt. She had given up trying to button her suit jacket over her protruding belly a month ago. “Something at lunch didn’t agree with me.”
“You should go lie down. Your next appointment isn’t for another twenty minutes.” Tara double-checked the schedule for the accounting office. At the height of tax season, it was almost unheard of to have a twenty minute break. Luckily, they’d had a cancellation this morning. Leslie looked like she could use a rest.
Leslie nodded slowly, rubbing her fingertips along the bottom of her belly. “If I didn’t know better I’d think I was having menstrual cramps.” She winced and hunched forward, clutching the door jamb with white knuckles. Tara dashed toward her, her heels sliding on the tiled floor. She grabbed Leslie’s arm and steered her toward the break room where there was futon. Leslie’s steps wavered until she sank on to the cushion. “At least it comes and goes. Maybe I will lie down for a few minutes.”
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