Melinda helped Zoey through the nursery and up the stairs, having to stop every few minutes for the young mother to catch her breath. Even as slowly as they moved, the pair of them made it to the table before most of the family. Three long folding tables and plastic chairs had been set outside on the new back deck, overlooking the field behind the house. It was the perfect set up for Melinda to throw herself off of for a quick escape depending on how conversation with her family went.
Melinda took a seat near the left end of the table, her back to the railing, while Zoey sat across from her, needing an extra foot of room to better accommodate her belly. More of the family began to slowly wander outside and take their place at the table, the wooden deck creaking and straining under the weight of the many pregnant rabbits. The women of the Wilkes family outnumbered the men roughly four-to-one, and Melinda estimated out of all the adult women there at the party, three-fourths of them were