Friday. May 12th
6:00pm; Besaid Hospital
"How many centimetres have I dilated?" Yuna asked as the doctor examined her in the room.
"5 centimetres. You still have some time before your taken into the delivery room. Just use this time to relax. You're going to be a mother soon." The doctor replied, smiling at her. Once finished, nodding his head, he left the room to his next patient.
"Oh Yevon……I don't want to do this! I don't want to be a mother yet—someone help me out of bed, I'm getting out of here!" Yuna spoke struggling to sit up and out of bed.
"Whoa, oh no you don't." Lenne replied, holding her down. "Lulu, some help over here!"
"Yuna, you really think you can move in your condition?" Lulu asked, laughing.
"I'm terrified, I can't do this. I'm not ready!"
"You're as ready as anyone in your position would be. Yuna, you're going to be fine, okay? Everything will be alright."
"Don't try to flatter me with your little speech, Lu. You're not the one who's going to be popping a child out soon—" Yuna wined as her lips began to tremble with anxiety.
Lulu then sat down next to her on the bed and smiled, brushing the hair out of her face. "Yuna, you have every right to feel the way you do right now. But believe it or not, you're about to have a baby. In a few hours you're going to be a mother. All of us are so proud of you making it this far, don't hold back now." Lulu spoke, smiling. "You're almost there."
"I know and that's what scares me. Having a child, being a parent—its all so…"
"But that's okay. We're all here for you. We're all by your side."
Yuna took in a deep breath and nodded her head. "Yeah…I know."
"Good." She chuckled. "So what do you say? Ready to have a baby?"
Yuna sweat dropped. "Well its not like I have a choice at this point." She teased, laughing.
Laughing with the girls made Yuna smile, not feeling as scared anymore. She was happy—although she wished that Tidus were there with her, to hold her hand and kiss her cheeks. Just drifting into the thought of Tidus missing the birth saddened yet frightened her. She wanted him to be there with her. She wanted him with her now.
"Hurry up and get back out there before you're late." He taunted Tidus, smirking.
"Don't give me that look fruitcake. You have a game to win."
"And I also have a birth to whiteness." He replied, angered. "Why are you like this?"
Seymour laughed. "I'm just being me. No harm in that. I always get my way, Tidus."
"I thought that you never wanted to hurt Yuna. And now I see this side to you—I'm disappointed."
"Stop trying to swindle me, it won't work. I could care less at this point." He spoke, beginning to walk around the room. "Why should I let you go and see Yuna? HUH? You're the cause of everything. Yuna was supposed to be mine as well as senior year. But then you came, you took Yuna, took all the popularity for dating Yuna, and even joined the Blitz team to look good—the three things that I was suppose to have!"
"Chasing after someone who has no interest in you, trying to overpopulate me—the lowest loser in the school for all of high school, and now saying that I joined the team to look good—you were always head in Blitz! You had everything your entire life Seymour. And when a few things slip away you have a hussy fit and go insane." Tidus began, crossing his arms over his chest. "You were always better at everything. You always made he feel like crap by calling me names, beating me up and locking me in garbage dumpsters. Well no more! I should have stood up to you long ago."
"So what? You wanna fight? All kick your little creampuff ass."
"No, I'm not going to fight you." He spoke. "I don't have to do anything anymore, Seymour. I have two people waiting to see me."
"Were you not listening, fruitcake? You walk out now and so does your credit, scholarship and graduation." He provoked him.
"All my high school years I had to watch you be better than the rest and show off for it. You had every girl, all the popularity, the Blitz team, everything. All I ever had was my one friend, Wakka. But this year—changed my life. For once I was able to smile when I came to school. I had friends—Shuyin, Lenne, Rikku, Wakka, Lulu—I had a spot on the Blitz team—and Yuna, the girl I had a crush on my entire life. I would do anything for her." Beginning to feel a little emotional, he looked up at Seymour. "She is everything to me, Seymour. You should be able to understand that, right? You feel the same way about her. And that's why…I need to go. I need to see her—and be with her through this birth. And if I have to give up my credit, scholarship and graduation, then so be it. At least I'll have my dignity."
Seymour looked away, sighing and placing his hands on his hips, staring at the ground to think. "You care about Yuna that much, eh?" He asked. Without getting a response, he looked back up at Tidus across the room. "Well then…I guess…well…" He trailed off finding it hard to say the words he wanted to. "If you hurry you can still make it in time." He spoke, looking away once more.
"Sure. Yuna deserves the best and if she thinks that its you then, well, make her happy."
Tidus cocked up an awkward smile. "Are you actually being nice to me for once?"
"Just hurry up out of here before I change my mind." He spoke, beginning to leave the locker room.
"Yeah, what?" He asked placing his hand on the doorknob, staring down at it.
Seymour chuckled, opening the door and flapping his hand around. "Yeah, yeah."
And with that, Tidus then changed back into his normal clothes and ran out of the room to catch the next airship back to Besaid—it'd be the fastest way to get there.
"Yo, sorry I'm late." Cid began entering Yuna's hospital room. "How you holdin' out kid?"
"3 more centimetres. Almost there." Yuna smiled as he placed some flowers he had bought her in a vase beside her bed. "I'm terrified."
"Ah, you'll do great, don't worry too much." He replied looking around the room to find only the two girls with her. "Tidus not here yet?"
"Not yet but…he will be soon." Yuna spoke, her voice soft yet firm.
"Well he better be. Can't imagine what I'd do to him if he misses his child's birth." Cid spoke with a twitch in his eyes. Looking over at Yuna, he could tell that she looked disappointed in him. To reassure her, Cid gave Yuna a wink. "Just kiddin' you know? I'm sure he'll be here soon."
Yuna nodded her head. "He will be." Looking down at her stomach, she placed her hands on and rubbed it. "I know that he will be."
Finishing packing, Tidus then ran out of the stadium and over to a taxi where the driver helped place his bags in the trunk.
"YOOOO!" Came Wakka's voice as he ran over to him.
Tidus turned around to see the out-of-breath friend approach the taxi.
"Dude…" He spoke.
"Are you okay?" Tidus laughed.
"Yeah, yeah, I'm fine." Wakka replied placing his hand on Tidus' shoulder for support while he caught his breath. "Are you on your way to Besaid?"
"Yeah, why? Thinking of coming?"
"Wish I could. But being in the middle of the tournament, I can't exactly just walk out."
"That's okay. Besides, you'll see the baby when you get back."
"Of course. Well I just came out here to say good luck. Hope you make it in time."
"I hope I do too." Tidus replied, stepping into the cab. "I'll give you a call to let you know what he's like." Concluding, he then closed the door and the car drove off to the airship port down by the docks.
9:00pm; Besaid Hospital
Three hours later
"Well Yuna, looks you're just about ready to deliver." The doctor spoke, examining her. "Ready to go?"
"What? Wait, but—are you sure? It's still early! Tidus—my boyfriend—he hasn't arrived yet."
"Well you've dilated 8 centimetres, its time. Can't wait any longer Yuna." He replied. "I'll get the room ready and have my nurse come get you in a few minutes." Finishing, the doctor then left the room.
"Argh, I can't believe this, where is he?" Yuna wondered as Cid helped her out of bed.
Huffing and puffing, Rikku came running down the hall until she reached Yuna's room and saw her pops help Yuna into the wheelchair. "Hey, but, what? Where are you going? Its not time yet, is it?"
"Rikku?" Yuna asked looking over at her. "Did you get a hold of Tidus? Is he on his way?"
"I don't know, I think so. When I called, Seymour answered and he said that he'd tell Tidus but you know Seymour and all. That's all I could do." She replied, explaining.
Yuna began to bite her nail sitting there in the chair, worrying.
"Did you really have to tell Seymour?" Lulu questioned. "You know that he doesn't personality like Tidus. What made you think that he'd actually tell Tidus?"
"Well Tidus was in the middle of the game so I couldn't talk to him on the phone so what else was I suppose to do?" Rikku argued. "I didn't see you try and call, did I?"
"All right girls, that's enough." Cid broke them up. "Yuna has a baby to deliver, remember? She doesn't need all this yelling'."
The nurse came in shortly and smiled at the bunch of people. "We all ready?"
"No!" Yuna snapped. "I'm still good, you know? I don't have to go through all this right now, I can still wait for—" But she had to cut herself off and place her hands on her stomach from another rough contraction.
"Well I think the baby speaks for us all and says that its time to come out." The nurse replied, wheeling her out of the room and down the hall to the delivery room. "You are all to remain out here and wait, only the father is allowed in so you can tell him that when he arrives." She finished, wheeling Yuna in the delivery room and closing the door behind.
"This is it." Rikku spoke taking a seat next to the others while they waited in the hall. "Everything's gonna change after this, you know?"
"Yuna having a baby, becoming a mother. It's still hard to believe it, you know?" Lenne spoke with a smile.
"She'll do great." Cid spoke crossing his arms over his chest. "You know, being a mother and all."
"Ah! So does that mean that you've decided not to put the baby up for adoption?" Rikku asked looking over at her pops.
And with Cid's thunderous laugh, he shook his head. "Of course not, I would never do that to my niece. I just said that to motivate the two."
Everyone sweat dropped and leaned back in their chairs.
"Figures." Rikku sighed with a smile. "That's my pops."
As the cab from the airport stopped at the Besaid Hospital, Tidus paid the gil fare and ran out, into the building. Approaching the front desk, he too a deep breath.
"Um, can I help you?" The nurse asked.
"Yes, its my girlfriend—she's pregnant, you see? I mean, uh, she's in labour." He spoke nervously.
"What's her name?"
The nurse took a minute to look it up on her computer, which left Tidus standing there patiently, tapping his finger. "It seems that she is already in the delivery room."
"What—already?" He snapped. "Where? Which room?"
The nurse giggled. "I presume you're the father, correct? Third floor, room 206."
"Thank you." Tidus finished, running off to the elevator.
Rikku closed her eyes with her hands over her ears from the groaning, screaming and cries coming from Yuna within the delivery room. It sounded incredibility painful and the cries only got louder and louder.
"Oooooh." Rikku groaned. "Sounds like they are torturing her inside…"
"Shouldn't be long now." Cid spoke, patting his daughter on the shoulder. "Your mother sounded just the same when you were being born—"
"—Too much details pops, too much!" Rikku interrupted. "Are you trying to make me pass out?"
"I don't see what's wrong with it—you'll probably sound the same when you have your kids, Rikku." He teased, laughing.
"Argh!" Rikku hissed standing up and walking away. "You suck pops."
Making her way down the hall to grab herself a drink from the vending machine, "Rikku!" She turned her head to see Tidus running up to her from down the hall.
She smiled. "You made it!"
"Is Yuna okay?"
"She's still in the delivery room, I'll take you there."
Running back over to everyone, Rikku pointed to the door and told him that he could enter. Dropping his bag and saying hi to everyone, he entered to hear more crying from Yuna. Suddenly feeling sick, Rikku decided that it'd be best if she stayed away from the room for a while and trailed back down the hall for that drink.
"Yuna." Tidus called running over to her side.
Opening her eyes, she smiled. "Tidus!"
Taking a seat next to her, he held and kissed her hand. "Don't worry, I'm right here, okay?"
"A few more pushes should do it Yuna." The doctor instructed.
Yuna pushed her hardest as the tears escaped her eyes. "I can't push anymore, it hurts too much!" She cried.
"You're almost there." The doctor continued.
Tidus took a tissue and wiped the tears and sweat from her face. "Come on Yuna. You can do this."
She squeezed Tidus hand tightly, panting. "I can't, I can't!" She closed her eyes. "Tidus…"
Tidus took his hand and pushed aside her bangs out of her face that were drenched with sweat and kissed her forehead. "I'm right here Yuna."
"One more push should do it." The doctor told her. "Come on, one more big one."
Yuna pushed with all the strength she had left until she and Tidus both heard the cry of he little one come out into the world.
"Good job Yuna, that's good." The doctor spoke, snipping her cord and handing the baby to the nurse to clean up. "A healthy baby boy, congratulations."
Yuna rested her head on the pillow and closed her eyes, panting. Tidus looked over at the nurse who was washing him up then looked back over at Yuna and kissed her lips. "Well done."
Yuna smiled, opening her tired eyes and over at Tidus who kissed her hand once more. "I'm glad that you were here with me Tidus…"
"I'm just sorry I couldn't get here sooner. I love you." He replied.
"I love you too."
"Okay so who's ready to see their mommy?" The nurse spoke, placing the baby boy wrapped in a blanket into Yuna's arms as she sat up.
"Ah…he's so small…" Yuna cried, playing with his small fingers.
Tidus stood up and wrapped one arm around Yuna and the other to stroke the baby's soft head. "He's perfect."
Yuna looked over at Tidus and he did the same with her, lead in for a kiss and smiled at their baby boy. "You want to hold him? …Dad?"
Yuna placed the baby into Tidus' arms then rested back against the pillow.
"Hey little guy." Tidus spoke to the young one. "I'm your…dad." A small tear escaped his eye as he smiled. "He's not even crying."
Tidus stared down at his newly born son while Yuna kept her eyes locked on the two.
"Okay, you two. I'm going to wash him up for you and get some clothes on him. Yuna will be rolled back in her room and stay there for the night." The nurse explained walking up to Tidus and taking the baby. "There will be lots of time later to be with your little bundle of joy." As she left the room, Tidus returned to Yuna and sat on the stood next to her.
"How do you feel?" He asked, caressing her cheek smiling.
"Exhausted." She replied with a giggle. "But very happy."
"Okay Yuna, let's get you back in your room. Sir, if you would step out." The doctor spoke walking up to the bed. Tidus gave her another kiss before being booted out of the room by the doctor.
"Oh, oh, which one is he? Well?" Rikku asked with her face pressed up against the glass staring at all the babies.
"That one in the blue." Tidus pointed.
"Aww, he's so cute. WAY cuter than any other babies in there."
"Rikku." Tidus laughed, messing up her hair.
"Well its true." She replied with a giggle. "Nah, they are all cute."
"Well we're going to head home and get some rest." Lenne spoke standing next to Lulu. "Rikku, you need a ride?"
"Nah, I'm going with pops in a few minutes."
"Okay. Well we'll all come by tomorrow to see the baby. Take care Tidus." Lulu said as she and Lenne headed down the hall.
"So are you gonna stay with Yunie all night?" Rikku asked.
"Well the hospital kicks everyone out in an hour at 11:00 so I'll leave then." He replied.
"Okay well I'm exhausted so I'll see you first thing in the morning to pick up Yunie."
Tidus nodded his head and waved at her as she walked down the hall.
With everyone gone to go home and sleep, Tidus returned to Yuna's room where she rested. He sat down next to her and held her hand, smiling. Not too long after, she opened her eyes and smiled down at him.
"Is everything okay?" She asked, tired.
"Yeah, everything is great. You just get some rest okay?"
"Its okay, I want to stay awake a little while longer with you." She spoke gazing at him. "So what happened in Luca?"
"Well I didn't get to talk with Wakka yet but I heard that we won the tournament." He replied with a cocky smile. "Yeah, surprisingly Seymour let me go. At first I had to argue my way through but in the end the guy had a change of heart."
"This birth would have been much harder if you weren't here with me. I'm happy for what Seymour did."
"Yeah me too. Seymour can be a good guy if he tries." He laughed. Gazing over at Yuna as she smiled at him, he then suddenly looked down. "Yuna…"
"There is something I want to ask you and I better do it now before I chicken out." He chuckled, looking back up at her. "You were incredible today and I'm happy that everything turned out okay. Now that we have a baby, I…I want us to become a family, you know? And I'm not saying this just because of Ryo but because I love you—I've always had for the longest time and I want to be with you. That's why I…well…" He continued, taking the ring out and presenting it to her. "I want to be with you forever."
"Oh Tidus…" She smiled, sitting up carefully.
Tidus then stood up and sat down next to her on the bed. "Will you Yuna?"
Her smile brightened, eyes gazing into his as she nodded her head. "Yes, of course I will Tidus."
He smiled, placing the ring on her finger then leaning in for a kiss. She cried, hugging him afterwards. Resting her head on his shoulder, Yuna closed her eyes. "I'm so glad. You've given me everything I could ever ask for. Thank you."
"You've given me just as much." He spoke pulling away so that he could see her face. Wiping her tears away, he then rested his forehead against hers. "You should get some rest now, eh?"
Pulling away, she nodded her head.
Tidus then stood up, tucked her in and sat back down on the stool. "I'll stay here until you fall asleep."
Yuna stretched out her hand and caressed his cheek. "I love you."
He placed his hand over hers. "I love you too."
And with that, Yuna closed her eyes to rest after a long tiring day. Tidus watched over her until he had to leave and gave her one last kiss before he would see her in the morning.
Pretty long chapter, hoped you enjoyed the big moment. Hopefully the next chapter won't take me too long to write. Anywho, this chapter didn't have a cliffhanger but the next—is it. The finale conclusion of Untouchable Love. Leave your review and we'll see you in the final chapter.