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A/N at the end, in case ya'll are interested….Kindred
Chapter 10: Freaky Future (Epilogue)
"Stay there," Mikagami warned Fuuko as he cut the engine of his car. He went out and crossed over to the passenger seat where he opened his door for her and helped her out.
Fuuko rolled her eyes. "I can walk, you know," she snapped at him. She was getting sick of him treating her like a hot flower all the time.
"It's better to be sure," he said as he led her towards the familiar beach house.
"How about our stuff?" Fuuko protested as she tried to free herself out of Mikagami's grasp.
"I'll come back for it later," he refused to relinquish his hold.
"Fuu-chan!" They heard a familiar voice shout out.
"Miko!" Fuuko laughed as she finally shook free of Mikagami.
Miko ran the rest of the way to her and gave her a hug. "You're one of the last ones to arrive," he said. "Aunt Raye, Ganko, and Kaoru are already inside," he said. "Hey, Mikagami, I'll take Fuuko in the house. You take the luggage."
Mikagami gave a grateful wave.
"Why do you guys insist on helping me in everything?" Fuuko grumbled.
"Hey, doctor's orders. You're not even supposed to be out of bed, you know," Miko playfully pushed her nose.
"Watch it," she growled. She hesitated before taking a step. "What about my welcoming committee?"
Miko grinned at her. "I talked them into giving Cousin Fuu-chan a break. I can guarantee that there won't be a doggy-pile on the bandit this time,"
Fuuko looked distrustfully at him before walking forward.
Miko laughed as he carefully maneuvered his cousin up the steps. "Hey, everyone, look at what the cat dragged in,"
Laughter greeted Fuuko once she entered the house and she immediately forgot her complaints. It was nice to be surrounded by family again.
"Hey," Mikagami greeted as he dropped a kiss on Fuuko's cheek. "What's with the evil glint in your eyes?"
Fuuko smirked. "Pay back time," she whispered as Miko walked into the kitchen. "Miko, how about you make me a cup of hot chocolate."
Miko grinned. "Anything for my favorite cousin," he said.
Something told Mikagami that whatever Fuuko was planning, he didn't want to get caught in the middle of it. "I'll be in the living room, then," he said as he stood up and walked away.
Once in the living room, he was saw Yuri and Shoji watching TV while drinking beer. He decided to join the two.
Minutes later, Miko burst out of the kitchen looking pale and shaken. "Fuuko!" He gasped out. And then he mumbled something about water that the three men ignored on their hurry to get to Fuuko.
Mikagami was the first one in the kitchen. To his surprise, he saw Fuuko laughing her heart out. He frowned. "What's going on here?"
Fuuko looked up. She saw Miko clutching the kitchen door. "Gotcha," she told her cousin.
Miko slowly grinned. "I get it." He shook his head. "That wasn't a nice trick," he told her. "I almost had a heart attack,"
"You scared me," Mikagami gently admonished the purple-haired woman beside him.
But the laughter was already gone from her eyes.
"Fuuko?" Mikagami asked uncertainly.
Fuuko winced in pain. "Um, I think I need to go to the hospital," she said weakly.
"Fuu-chan, I just told you that isn't a nice joke," Miko told him with a frown.
"Who says I'm joking?" She asked, her skin as pale as a sheet.
"But you're early," Miko answered quickly.
"Are you trying to instigate a debate?" Fuuko screamed at him as a pain in her abdomen hit her. She rubbed her aching belly.
Mikagami sprang into action. "Yuri, call the hospital! Miko, call the ladies!"
"Mi-chan!" Fuuko yelped, unconsciously calling her husband with the old nickname she gave him as she grabbed his hand and squeezed like her life depended on it.
"It's OK, love," he soothed his very pregnant wife. "I'm here," he scooped her up in his arms.
Shoji grabbed the first set of keys he could find. "I'll drive,"
"I hate you!" Fuuko screamed out.
Mikagami almost winced as Fuuko gave his hand another tight squeeze.
"Fight back the urge to push until I tell you to," the doctor warned Fuuko with a frown.
"This is all your fault," panting, Fuuko growled at her husband.
Mikagami gave a pleading look at the doctor, one of his first. They had already spent hours in the delivery room and he had done things that he'd never done in his whole life.
Like panicking. He knew that had Fuuko let go of his hand, he would have resorted to pacing the whole room in nervous anticipation.
And his hair was down. But it's not in its usual sleek and styled self. It was in disarray due to anxious sweat and to running his hand through it too many times.
"Breathe," he instructed his wife as he ran his free hand through his hair again, a nervous gesture.
"You are soo not helping," Fuuko glared at him as if to say that he deliver the baby if he knows so much about it. "I need to push," Fuuko pleaded to the doctor.
"I've been here for hours!" She cried. "I want it out, now!"
"Love," Mikagami tried to pacify her.
Her reply was to grip his hand harder.
Mikagami was sure that his hand was turning blue due to oxygen deprivation.
"Now!" The doctor finally gave her the go signal.
Fuuko threw her head back and pushed with all her might.
Shoji paced anxiously back and forth outside the delivery room. He remembered that the last time he was doing that was when his wife was delivering his second son. He sighed.
And now, his little imoutosan was going to be a mother.
He looked up to see his mother running down the corridor with Ganko, Kaoru, Miko, and nana.
"Did they find out if the baby's a boy or a girl yet?" An adolescent Ganko asked.
Shoji shook his head. Fuuko and Tokiya had opted not to know the gender of their child. "What took you?"
Miko scratched his head. "The whole family was in the cave. I had to look for a boat before I can find them,"
"And the rest of the family?"
Raye shook her head. "The boat Miko took can only accommodate seven passengers. The boat that's supposed to take us back won't return to the cave until much later,"
"Is Tokiya-niisan inside?" A teenaged Kaoru asked.
Shoji nodded. He had to admit, Tokiya had been taking good care of his sister. The two had gotten married right after Fuuko got her degree in meteorology while Tokiya was only an incoming sophomore law student. But Fuuko couldn't complain of being neglected. Tokiya divided his time equally between his studies, his work, and his wife. And the baby couldn't have come at a better time. Tokiya had just passed the bar exam and had been hired by a big-shot firm in Tokyo.
Then, they all froze when they heard Fuuko scream.
"I can see the head," Mikagami said seconds later as he saw something purple.
"Now, time for one final push," the doctor instructed.
Fuuko screamed as she gave her one last big push.
Mikagami's knees felt weak when a loud cry invaded the room. His baby was crying, trying to fill up tiny lungs with air.
"It's a girl. Congratulations," the doctor said as he gently laid down the baby on Fuuko.
"My baby," she cried softly. "Our baby,"
Mikagami smiled as he reached over to gently stroke his newborn. He was surprised as he found himself shedding tears.
"We now have the first Mikagami to be born in the family," Shoji commented when the guys were looking at the newborn in the nursery.
"What are you going to name her?" Miko asked a slightly dazed Mikagami.
Mikagami gazed lovingly at his baby girl.
"Mifuyu," Mikagami whispered. "Mifuyu Mikagami."
"Hey, sweetie," Tokiya walked inside his daughter's ridiculously pink room.
Mifuyu, buried under the blanket and her pile of toys on the bed, squirmed, indicating to Tokiya where his child was.
"Sweetie, it's time to take a bath," he said as he sat down on the bed and started to dig up his five-year old. Mifuyu's head popped out. "Or we'll be late for Yuu-chan's birthday party."
"No!" Obstinately, little Mifuyu crossed her arms. "Boys are gross," she scowled.
Tokiya grinned. He was once again struck about how much her little girl resembles his Mifuyu-neechan (or as Fuuko insisted, little Mifuyu resembled Yanagi) the only difference was Mifuyu had Fuuko's hair coloring and Tokiya's ice blue eyes. And that Yanagi had grown considerably bigger since she gave birth to her second child. But deep inside, she was a little Fuuko. "But I'm a boy," he argued.
Mifuyu shook her head. "You're a man! It's Unca Recca's who's a boy," she argued back. "You said so yourself,"
Tokiya instantly regretted the near-photographic memory that he passed on to his daughter.
"Hey, love," Fuuko walked in the room. "Is Mifu-chan ready yet?"
"Not yet," he replied. "She doesn't want to go to the Hanabishis. She says boys are gross."
"Sounds like someone I used to know," Fuuko teased as she sat beside her husband. "Come on, Mifu-chan, time to take a bath."
"Why not?" Tokiya asked gently.
"Because Yuu-chan's got a little brother," Mifuyu said. "I want one, too."
Fuuko glared at her husband. It was his fault for spoiling his daughter. Recca had a son a year older than Mifuyu. The two were playmates and somewhat rivals (sounds familiar, doesn't it? Tokiya had asked her once). Every time little Yuu-chan got a toy, it was imperative that Mifuyu got one also. And now, Yanagi had given birth to another boy. It seemed that Yuu-chan was very proud of his new brother, so much so that he began bragging to Mifuyu about him. And now, Mifuyu wanted one too.
"That can be arranged, right?" Tokiya whispered seductively to his wife.
Fuuko elbowed him rather roughly.
Tokiya coughed. "Honey, you sure you want one of those?"
Mifuyu nodded firmly. "I want to take care of him and feed him and bathe him and sing to him and…"
Fuuko laughed. "I get it, darling." She soothed her daughter. "I think one's on the way now. But you would have to wait for a few months."
"Really?" Mifuyu shot up from her bed to hug her mom. She then pulled away. "Is it also in there?" Her eyes wide open, she pointed at Fuuko's slim stomach.
Fuuko nodded as she smiled warmly.
"Wow," her eyes as big as saucers, she started to rub her mother's belly. "How did it get in there?" She asked.
Fuuko reddened. "Er, I'll tell you later. Right now, you have to take a bath to tell Yuu-chan that you're going to get a little sibling too."
Mifuyu nodded as she rushed out of her room, pausing only to grab her towel from a rack.
Fuuko stood up from the bed, poised to follow her daughter.
"And where do you think you're going?" The voice was cold, domineering, commanding. Yet, the sparkle in the speaker's ice-blue eyes reflected the happiness he felt from within.
"To take a shower." Fuuko replied. "We better get going too, you know. Recca expects us to help in the preparations."
"That sea-monkey can wait," he growled as he pulled his wife towards him. He sat her down on his lap and started placing butterfly kisses everywhere his lips could touch. "Is it true?" He asked huskily.
Fuuko turned to look at her husband. She sighed in content as she leaned back on her husband's strong chest. "Is what true?"
Tokiya's hand traveled from Fuuko's arm to her stomach. "We're going to have another baby?"
A smile grazed Fuuko's face. "Yes," she replied simply.
"Are you sure?" He asked tentatively.
"I was suspecting for some time now, but I went to a clinic yesterday." Fuuko told him with a smile.
Tokiya started rubbing Fuuko's stomach. "Another baby," he muttered, dazed.
Fuuko nodded as she laced her hand with her husband's.
"I love you," Tokiya told her as he continued with his kisses.
"I love you too,"
"Thank you for making me so happy," he muttered in between kisses.
"Hey, I couldn't have done it without you, you know," Fuuko grinned at him
"Fuu-chan, about that shower," he suggested slyly.
"Oh, and by the way," she whispered to her husband's ears. "Next time Mifuyu asked how the baby got in my belly, you can have the honor of explaining it to her, OK?"
Tokiya grinned. "Can you remind me then of how it's done?" He swept Fuuko up and stood.
Fuuko laughed as her husband draped her carefully on his shoulder.
Then Tokiya proceeded to the shower where he showed his wife just how much he loves her.
~and they lived happily ever after. The end.
OK, that's about as graphic as I can get laughs
I haven't given birth yet, so what I wrote are ripped off from books I've read or shows I've watched. =) Please forgive the mistakes.
And if Mikagami's more OOC than usual, it's OK. A few years had passed since last chapter so, the attitude change is explainable. Besides, he's happy now.
This is it! I'm done! Woo-hoo!
First of all, I would really like to thank Ranka. You rock! Thank you for being with me every step of the way. Thanks for beta-reading! Hope I didn't bother you too much. And if someday I could somehow return the favor, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks again. Thanks for the ultra-mega nice reviews too. And the suggestions. It jump started my brain more times than you'd ever imagine. =)
I really had a great ride with ya'll. Thank you. And I originally planned to answer each and every reviewer this time, but guess what? My professors decided to torture us students a little more and poured in the homework. So sorry, guys, so as per usual, I'm going to answer only those reviews that has a question for me to answer. Alrighty then?
And can I just say it was such a
shock to find a lot of Pinoy fans of Flame of Recca. Half the people I know
doesn't even like it, let alone know about it. An author that I really admire
here in ff.net, bishounen lovah, had told me once that there are a lot of
Pinoys hooked in FoR. That fact never sunk in until I started receiving reviews
in Filipino. To my Pinoy readers…anime-luverjc (btw, thanks for pointing
out that this is NOT an angsty fic and yes, you can have Shoji. Brothers like
that are pains in the behind. I should now, I'm 'blessed' with three), ??????
(how mysterious thy name!), ^naVs^, denise (who is
incidentally the first reviewer of this fic! Yey!). If I missed anymore Pinoys
out there, sorry guys!
To those who reviewed saying that they're interested in reading about how Fuuko felt about these stuff, like Mei-chan (it's OK about the signed reviews and stuff!) and smurtle (who wanted Mi-chan to remember Raiha), sorry guys, this is all about Mi-chan. =)
Thanks to those who helped me plow through the fic by explaining Japanese and FoR stuff to me: Dark Phoenix (why do I get this feeling that you LOOOVE angsty stories? Or maybe it's just me…), Kurei (just goes to show you how much I really know about FoR =p not my fault they don't sell the latest mangas here), and Kitsushito Sage.
Lady Penguin, yeah, now that you mentioned it, the Kirisawas are kinda perfect…but I swear, your reviews are just like a quick fix for me. It's like an upper. And speaking of fixes and uppers, thanks to cattleya who swear that both of her (or is it them) are addicted to my story. Hehehe.
To those who found Mikagami OOC, akira, spiritblade, and mateo, I swear guys, I tried my best, but I'm a naturally bubbly and babbling person so writing someone who isn't is really hard for me…
I also like to apologize to those people I confused with the number of OCs I have in my story, like xabie, I'd like you to know that you're now alone. I tend to confuse myself too. And to Haruko, I hope I updated fast enough for you.
And I'll admit something to Claire de Lune, remember that lizard tidbit, my brother actually did that because of me. I told him that eating lizards cure asthma. Turned out, it's nothing but bull, but of course, when we found out, he already ate the lizard.
I hope this chap contains enough mush to keep Jamjam-chan happy! =) And lookie, pratz, mi-chan isn't a pain in the neck anymore! He's thawed! And did you just say that you love me? Aw, shucks blushes and uncomfortably shuffles feet
And someone didn't like it when the two protagonist got into an accident, I even had an anonymous threat that they'd better be alive, firstname.lastname@example.org pleaded that I not kill Fuuko, and Misaki Asuka even cried, I hope ya'll are happy with how I ended this chap! Plus nobody's asked me what is it with cliffhangers and authors. My answer: well, personally, I just ran out of stuff to say! Yeah! That's it!
And to those who reviewed my fic only once, Yi Mei-chan (are you by any chance the same as Mei-chan?), Frostmourne, Kenren19, ayumi, evil panda, meia, fire arrow (btw, I'm still waiting for your fic update), jeslene, Takari Reader Only (did you read my msg to you last chap?), ToFu lovah, Mizumi Saeko, and kaji-chan, I hope that leaving only one review doesn't mean that I scared you off my fic!
And to Lilian, my fellow Yanagi-hater, thanks for confirming that I'm not going insane in not liking the main heroine in the story! To mikoe-zuya, I originally planned for Mi-chan to dance the night away, but I scrapped that out last minute because he would then be too OOC. And to Lafine who found a horny Tokiya hilarious, darling, that makes two of us!
Kaze Yurei, don't think I forgot about your flash fiction thingy. You now have my permission to do it, whatever it is, if you're still interested, as long as you send me a copy or something.
And I'm very honored that G-Cleft had left me a review. I almost fell out of my chair when I read it. God, I love your fic, G-Cleft! When are you going to do a new one?
And to lime who was with me every step of the way… thanks for reviewing all the chapters. And you flatter me with the title and the alliteration thing. Actually, I wrote it that way because I really suck at thinking of titles. So I figured that maybe, if a have a theme…
Wait a minute…I think I just enlisted all people who reviewed LOL anyway, sorry if I missed anyone, but there's a certain day when ff.net messed up and lost some of the reviews so, it's not my fault! Blame them, not me!
Thank you people. Thanks for the ride.