Hi everyone. I'm here with a new story. I've been trying to get this uploaded for ages now, and when I say ages I mean like a couple of years XD. I've been working on trying to get the first chapter right as it wasn't turning out how I wanted. Hopefully I've got it right now and you'll like it. It's obviously a short chapter as its sort of setting out what's going to be happening in future chapters, which will be longer.
For those who like 'Life's Little Adventures' - don't worry, that's next on my list to update :)
And Baby Makes Five
Sora Kamiya sighed impatiently as she sat on the edge of the bathtub, waiting.
Her eyes were fixed firmly on the pregnancy test in her hands, specifically on the little screen that would display the result any minute now.
She had always wanted children; two or three to be exact.
Everyone had always told her she had a natural motherly instinct since their adventures in the Digital World. Even her mother had told her she would make a wonderful mother one day… when she was old enough and married of course. Her mother was very traditional in that department.
Sora shifted a little uncomfortably. The three minute mark had passed already, although it did feel she had been waiting longer.
Usually Tai was sat beside her, fidgeting with anticipation. But Sora had snuck out of bed a little early this morning, leaving him sleeping peacefully in their bedroom. She didn't want to get his hopes up again, only for them to be dashed within five minutes.
It had taken Sora a few seconds to realise the screen had now displayed the result, and her heart sank even quicker as her eyes fell upon the same two words.
Sighing sadly, she rose from the bathtub whilst placing the test and the packaging in a brown paper bag. She pressed her foot down on the peddle of the trash can underneath the sink and dropped the bag effortlessly inside before lifting her foot and allowing the lid to slam shut.
After freshening up, she headed over to the bathroom door and opened it; only to come face to face with her childhood best friend and husband of seven years.
He was casually leaning against the doorframe wearing his night shirt and boxers with a towel swung over his right shoulder. "About time," he said jokingly. "Some of us have work to get ready for, you know."
"Tai!" Sora yelped in fright, staggering back a little in the doorway. "Don't do that!"
"What? I'm just standing here waiting… what were you doing in there for so long?"
"Well why didn't you knock and let me know you were waiting instead of just standing there and scaring me half to death?"
"Last time I knocked you bit my head off and told me to be patient."
"That's because last time you knocked and then immediately barged straight in before I had chance to answer whilst I was taking a bath."
Tai shrugged his shoulders. "What's the problem? We're married."
Sora sighed, but she couldn't help but smile. "Just go take your shower." She said she stepped out of the doorway.
"Hey, don't I get a good morning kiss first?" her husband asked with a smirk as he leaned forward, resting one hand on the doorframe.
Sora's smile turned into a small giggle. Even now as an adult he still had that same cheeky boyish grin. She was about to reply when she caught the sight of something orange heading straight towards them…
"Coming through!" Agumon proclaimed as he rushed in between the couple and straight into the bathroom, closing the door behind him.
"Agumon!" Tai shouted as the door slammed shut in his face. "I was next!"
"Sorry… I couldn't hold it!" the rookie's voice replied meekly from the other side of the door.
Tai frowned and slumped back against the doorframe. "If we ever buy a new apartment we're getting one with two bathrooms." He grumbled.
"Well if you didn't insist on having your morning kiss then you would already be in there." His wife giggled.
Sora made the bed, tucking the duvet in before heading over to the corner of the room to pick up the laundry basket. It had been a couple of hours since Tai had left for work, so she had been catching up on the housework before Mimi was due to arrive.
It hadn't taken her long to complete the housework as their apartment was only a small one. They had moved in shortly before getting engaged, and it had been their first place together. It had two bedrooms and a balcony that overlooked Tokyo bay. It was close to both of their workplaces in the Minato region, and was just big enough for them and their partners.
Agumon and Biyomon had moved in shortly after they had settled in. After the Digital World had been deemed safe again the Digimon had wanted to be with their partners. So Gennai, and the government who had hired Izzy and her father, granted their wish and allowed them to live in Tokyo permanently under the very strict rule they were to stay out of sight from the public unless it was deemed necessary.
Sora bent down and picked up Tai's jeans from the floor that he had left there from the night before and placed them in the laundry basket.
He had a habit of getting changed and leaving his clothes almost anywhere.
But it came as no surprise to her. After years of being best friends throughout their childhood, she had seen his bedroom on a regular basis, and at twenty-nine years old he still hadn't changed much.
Although it did tend to grate on her a little at times, she wouldn't have him any other way. She loved Tai, even if it meant he would leave his clothes everywhere but the laundry basket, or leave his wet towel on the bed after showering.
Sora left the bedroom carrying the basket and headed towards the kitchen, where Biyomon was seated at the breakfast bar.
"Wasn't Mimi supposed to be here for eleven?" the rookie Digimon asked, to which her partner replied with a nod as she passed. "She's late."
Sora chuckled as she knelt down by the washer and began to place the dirty clothes inside. "Mimi's always late. I knew she wouldn't be here on time." She turned the washer on before standing back up. "Mimi likes to call it 'fashionably late'."
As if on cue, there was a knock on the front door, which Sora recognised as Mimi's signature knock.
"It's open!" Sora shouted.
The door opened, followed by Mimi's voice as she entered the apartment. "Sorry I'm late!" she called.
Sora smiled to herself. "You're not as late as usual," she replied as Mimi walked down the hallway and came into view, and that's when Sora noticed the shopping bags her friend was carrying. "Decided to take a detour to the mall huh?"
Mimi smiled a little sheepishly. "Sorry. I've been trying to find a pair of shoes to match my dress for my parents' anniversary dinner on Saturday. I thought I'd squeeze a couple of hours shopping in before coming here." She explained as she placed her bags down on the floor by the breakfast bar. "So, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?" she asked. She removed her jacket and draped it over the back of one of the chairs before sitting down next to Biyomon.
"I wanted to ask you a favour actually," Sora said as she began to make some coffee. Once it had been made, she and Mimi sat down at the small dining table. "I was wondering if you wouldn't mind making a cake for Tai's birthday."
"Isn't his birthday like three months away?" Mimi said as she took a sip of her drink.
Sora nodded. "Yes but I wanted to give you plenty of notice. I know you'll be busy with the launch of your new cooking show but I've checked out the local cake stores and they're not all that creative for what they charge."
Mimi smiled. "No problem. I'd be happy to. What did you have in mind? I'm guessing this is going to be a surprise?"
"Yeah, I want it to be something a little different and special as it's his thirtieth birthday. His favourite cake is chocolate cake so perhaps that with a soccer theme to it?"
"I saw a picture of a soccer cake in a book whilst I was in college…. If I remember it was a two tier cake with a soccer ball on top… I could use that as a starting point and improvise a little with it."
Sora smiled. "That would be great… you sure it's not going to be too much trouble?"
"Of course not, it'll be good practice for me. So, now you have the cake sorted, what else have you got planned for his birthday? Is there going to be a surprise party?"
"Um… well I'm not sure yet…"
"Sora! You can't have a thirtieth without a party!" Mimi exclaimed. "You, Tai and Matt are all going to be thirty this year. We've got to have at least one surprise party."
"Hey you never threw Joe a surprise party last year," Sora protested. "In fact, you never threw him a party at all."
"You know Joe hates surprises," Mimi replied as she leaned back in her chair. "Besides, I think I gave him enough of a surprise when I got him back for that horse riding stunt he sprung on one of my birthdays."
"Well, I've already bought Tai tickets for F.C Tokyo's home game on his birthday. So how am I supposed to get everything ready for a party when I'll be at the game with him?"
"Leave that to me," Mimi said with a broad smile. "You go to the game with Tai and keep him away long enough so I can get everything ready here."
"Hold it Mimi, I only wanted to ask you to bake the cake, not organise a whole party! I can't ask you to do all that!" Sora exclaimed.
"You're not asking, I'm offering. I've always wanted to organise a surprise party. It'll be so much fun. I'm already getting ideas for food and decorations oh please Sora!" Mimi said, almost begging.
Sora hesitated a little at first, casting a glance over to Biyomon. "What do you think Biyo?"
"I think it would be a great idea," the rookie chirped up smiling. "It'll give a chance to have the whole gang together. It's been a while since we all saw each other as a group."
"Well, okay then," Sora smiled turning back to look at Mimi. "Just promise you will let me overlook everything first. I don't want Tai having a heart attack when he walks in to see you've decorated our entire apartment in pink."
"You have my word." The bearer of Sincerity promised. "Oh this is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to start planning." She bent down and pulled out a small pad and pencil from her handbag and began to write things down.
"Um… Mimi, like you said his birthday isn't until May. You don't have to start planning it right this minute." Sora said.
"I know," the young brunette replied as she continued to scribble things down. "I'm just making notes of ideas I have so I don't forget them."
Sora smiled. "I'm definitely going to owe you one after this Mimi."
Tai sighed, running a hand through his short hair. In front of him, presented elegantly in the display cabinets of Star Jewellery's window were a vast selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other assorted pieces of jewellery.
It was his and Sora's eight wedding anniversary in just over a week, as well as Valentine's day two days later so he was determined to buy Sora something special so there wasn't a repeat of what had happened the year before…
Last year Sora had made a comment about how Tai wasn't all that romantic, which then somehow snowballed into a huge fight; souring both their anniversary and Valentine's Day.
This year he had already reserved a table at one of Sora's favourite restaurants and ordered a bouquet of her favourite flowers. So all that was left now was her gift… something which now was turning out to be harder than he'd originally thought.
Why was it so hard to pick something out? He'd had the same problem when choosing Sora's engagement ring.
"Just pick something."
Tai had gotten so lost in his thoughts he had almost forgotten his sister had been standing there beside him with her nine month old daughter in her arms. He gave Kari a stern look for breaking his concentration. "Well you're not exactly helping me. I thought the whole idea of you meeting me here was so you could help me pick something."
"I shouldn't have to help you pick something. You've been best friends all your life and married for nearly eight years and you still can't pick out a gift?"
"I just don't want to screw it up. I want to get her something I know she will like."
"Well just stay clear of hairpins and you'll be fine."
Tai shot another look at his sister. "That's not funny Kari." He said sharply.
Kari giggled, her brother's stern glare only amusing her more. "I think Uncle Tai is trying a little too hard." She said softly to her daughter Margaret, who in response babbled happily.
"Oh that's good to hear. Sora tells me I'm not romantic enough and now you're saying I'm trying too hard."
"I didn't mean it like that Tai. You don't have to buy Sora something expensive to be more romantic. Sometimes it's just little things that make all the difference. Like surprising her with breakfast in bed, or taking a walk along the beach to watch the sunset… and it doesn't have to be your anniversary or Valentine's day to do those things either."
"Alright, I get your point. But I still need a gift." Tai said as he turned his attention back to the store window. As he did, two items displayed next to each other immediately caught his eye.
One was a diamond encrusted bracelet, whilst the other was a sterling silver heart shaped necklace that had a striking resemblance to Sora's crest. How had he not noticed them before now? He must have looked over every inch of the display cabinet about ten times and now they were jumping out at him.
"Hey Kar', what do you think of these two?" he asked, pointing to them both.
Kari leaned in closer. "They're both nice. The necklace looks like Sora's crest a little."
"That's what I thought… which one should I get? Sora's got plenty of necklaces… but that one looks so much like her crest it seems perfect for her."
Margaret giggled, babbling a little and prodding the glass with her small finger at the place where her mother and uncle were looking at.
"I think Margaret's agreeing with you there." Kari smiled. She then positioned her arm around her daughter more securely as the nine month old began to get a little restless. "I think she's getting hungry too. Why don't we go get some lunch then come back afterwards?"
"Yeah okay, I'm a little hungry myself." Tai replied. As they walked away from the jewellery store and in the direction of the food court, Tai took out his cell phone. He opened up a new message; addressing it to Sora. He hesitated for a moment before he quickly typed out a short message. He pressed the send button before stuffing his phone back in his jacket pocket.
Sora picked up her cell phone that lay just beside her on the coffee table as it beeped alerting her she had received a new message. She unlocked her screen and opened up the message. She blinked a little surprised at first before she smiled to herself as she read the message from her husband;
I love you x
"What is it?" Mimi asked as she looked up from the notes she was writing, noticing her friend across the table was staring almost lovingly at her phone screen.
"Huh? Oh nothing…" Sora replied, still smiling. "Tai's just messaged me saying he loves me."
It was now Mimi's turn to blink in surprise. "Alright, what's he done now?"
Sora couldn't help but laugh. "What makes you think he's done something?" she said looking up from her phone.
"He hasn't sent a message like that to you in years since you were newlyweds."
"That doesn't mean he's done something Mimi... he's just being.. romantic is all." Sora replied still smiling as she typed out her reply;
I love you too x
To be continued…