The next day comes and Gaga has only gotten more fearful. She has lost confidence in herself and has become distant from Charlotte. Tara observes and takes care of the little baby while Gaga sits in bed, scrolling through twitter and not speaking a word. She knows it’s bad to ignore the little baby that has done nothing to her. She regrets ever having the baby and regrets letting Taylor know about her.
“He would have found out anyway baby. It’s okay, we’ll get through this.”
Tara has repeated this to Gaga so many times that she has actually given up and has left her alone. She believes that Gaga just needs some room right now to think. Luke storms into the apartment scaring Tara. She runs from the kitchen and throws a wet dish rag at him.
“Damn it Luke!”
She shouts as Charlotte’s piercing screams fill the apartment.
“I just got her to sleep!”
She runs to the crib and picks up the crying infant and begins to bounce her gently.
“Sorry Tara. I’m just excited!”
He whispers and Tara raises an eyebrow as Charlotte drifts back off into sleep. She puts the baby back into the crib carefully and Luke follows her back into the kitchen.
“So what are you so happy about?”
She asks and begins to stir the spaghetti sauce. Luke claps and his eyes grow as wide as they were when he found a puppy on the side of the road once. (He’s like a child)
“Stefani can keep Charlotte if Taylor agrees to share custody!”
Tara gives a small smile of recognition.
“Yes but getting him to agree is the hard part.”
Luke’s face turns from the excitement to the sadness that he showed when Tara told him they weren’t going to keep the puppy.
“Why do you girls always have to ruin my vibe?”
He asks and Tara turns the heat off of the sauce and noodles.
“Sorry Luke. I’m just trying to get her back to her normal self before I worry about strategic skills in the courtroom.”
He nods and helps Tara put plates and forks on the table before they mix the sauce and the noodles and dish some out onto each plate.
“I think that if spaghetti can’t cure her sadness then we need to take her to a mental hospital because nothing will.”
He laughs and Tara nods.
“Exactly why I made it. I’m going to go get her be right back. Watch Charlotte and DON’T touch her Luke!”
She glares at him and he puts his hands up in defense.
He replies making Tara smile. She walks into the bedroom and closes the door behind her.
She speaks softly and sits beside Gaga on the bed. Gaga gives a small, forced smile, but doesn’t respond.
“Come eat with us tonight?”
She asks and Gaga shakes her head.
She whispers and Tara sighs.
“But that’s what you said about dinner last night, then breakfast and lunch today.”
Tara replies and Gaga shrugs.
“Still not hungry.”
Tara stares at her a moment when she hears Gaga’s stomach grumbling.
“Alright come eat! No excuses!”
She smiles and stands with a hand out. Gaga groans and reluctantly stands taking Tara’s hand.
She mumbles. Tara and Gaga walk out of the bedroom and sit at the table where Luke is holding Charlotte.
Tara exclaims making him jump and look at her. Charlotte begins to cry and he curses under his breath as he bounces her back to sleep before putting her back in the crib.
“I told you not to touch her!”
Tara says and punches his arm. Luke shrieks and rubs the sore spot.
He whines and they gather around the table to eat. Gaga stares at her plate with her fork in hand.
“If you don’t cheer up because this meal is your favorite we are resorting to a mental institution.”
Tara claims making Gaga laugh a little.
“You two are crazy.”
She says and begins eating. She doesn’t want to, but she knows that she can’t begin to starve herself again. Gaga eats all of her food and begins to feel better.
“You ok now?”
Luke asks and she nods.
“Thank you Tara it was delicious.”
Gaga smiles and hugs her tightly. Tara mentally cheers with the success of the meal and Luke sneaks over to Charlotte.
“You touch her you die!”
Tara whispers harshly making him run to the kitchen and start doing dishes. The girls laugh at the silliness and begin to help him clean up the mess. When they finish, Gaga falls onto the couch.
“Wow that was tiring.”
Luke folds his arms and squints his eyes at her.
“You rinsed off your plate and put it in the dishwasher.”
He says. Gaga shrugs.
“Watching you two doing most of the work was tiring!”
She says and Tara walks in laughing.
“That sounds both cute, and annoying at the same time. Which makes it more-“
Luke interrupts and Tara nudges him in the side.
“No, it makes it cuter!”
She finishes and Luke rolls his eyes.
All of a sudden they hear a loud thud. The three are startled by three cops running into the apartment with their guns drawn.
“Hands up! Everyone freeze and put your hands up!”
They shout and the three quickly throw their hands in the air while another lady walks straight to Charlotte and picks her up.
“Hey! Put her down right now!”
Gaga screams and begins to run to her baby when an officer points his gun directly at her and shouts for her to freeze. Gaga obeys and tears flow out of her eyes as she watches the lady pull out a badge.
“Krystal Griffin is my name. I am with Child Protective Services and am currently removing Charlotte Rose Kinney from your custody.”
She simply states before walking straight out of the room with the baby. Tara and Luke’s jaws drop. They have been left completely speechless.
“Charlotte! No! Bring her back to me! Why are you doing this?!”
Gaga screams and falls to her knees crying.
“Which one of you is Stefani Germanotta?”
An officer asks and Tara points at Gaga.
“That’s her. What is this about?”
She asks. The officer lowers his gun ignoring her question. He pulls out a pair of handcuffs and forces Gaga to stand before putting her arms behind her back and placing the cuffs around her wrist.
“What? What is this? What are you doing?”
Tara asks and Gaga’s cries are suppressed by the shock and terror.
“Stefani Germanotta you are hereby under arrest for child abuse-“
He begins but is interrupted by Luke.
“WHAT?! This is ridiculous! She would NEVER abuse a child! This is outrageous!”
He screams but the cop ignores him and continues reading off Gaga’s rights while forcing her out of the apartment with Luke and Tara following closely behind.