Author's Note: Here it lies before you, the anticipated last chapter of Run Away Puppy 2! It is quite sad to see this story ending in the eyes of its author! But I will not just fade away, oh no, Run Away Puppy 3 lies not far beyond this. And within it, lies the last battle Seto and Joey will face as a same-sex couple with a biological baby. It will make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and you'll fall in love with Seto and Joey over and over again. I must say I am very pleased with outcome and the support this story has received. If it weren't for you all this story would have fallen short and would have never been finished. I currently have two completed full-length stories! I am very proud of my work and the inspiration I have gotten from all of your reviews! Thank you all so much for taking this long journey with me, and now you may all bask in your accomplishments! Without further a due, I present to you chapter 20 of Run Away Puppy 2!
daughterofanubis: Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care! I am also looking forward to more of your new story! It is very exciting thus far and there is only ONE chapter! Just goes to show you're a great and talented writer.
Miru Amai: That's true people do change their minds, but I try not to. Sure I can read your story for ya! I can't wait to read it, I'm sure you're a very enthusiastic writer! Yup yup, dead, dead deadbeats! Mollano and Birdo couldn't be anymore dead than they already are! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
puffin: Yeah, I like to pick on Bakura because he's just so fun! Nope no more cliffies! I'm not a fan of them myself but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! I hope you enjoy this last chapter! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
dragonlady222: I don't have the heart to break the puppy and his master apart, I just wouldn't be able to live with myself! Another baby? Hmmm…I dunno, Joey just gave birth to Jouneth, that would be a bit rushed don't ya think? Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
Bloody Days of Dust: Ah, don't worry about it. You were only saying what you felt and I respect that! I think that mini Jou was laughing AT Bakura because he had to change his diaper, then he realized that he wanted mommy and daddy to change him. He is pretty damn cute, that's for sure! Yup, a part three and its in the works as I speak, I hope it gets out by next month. Yup, Mollano and Birdo are dead never to return again. I would like to kill Joey's mother off but then there would be no part three. If you think Jack is great now, just wait until you see what he's gotta say about Joey! I think Jouneth will end up calling Jack "papa" and Solomon "grandpa". Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
Dragonmaster1703: I'm not about to spoil the ending for you. Well I don't agree with that either but I guess it is easy to pretend Joey is a girl. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this chapter! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
FireieGurl: I can't bring myself to harm Seto. Just can't! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
RyuSenshi-DragonHawk: Those are all really great guesses but there is only ONE that is the closest to what happens in the end. Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
Hex-Saku: Don't cry, here is a tissue, (hands you a tissue). Don't worry there will be a Run Away Puppy 3, it is a definite! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
invisible girl: I'm not mean, I didn't make Bakura do anything, it was Seto and Joey! Yup, Seto is back to full strength and is ready to go. Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
mystictreasures: I can only write happy endings, I hate sad endings! Loved the Bakura part, it was classic that is for sure! I am happy to know that I will be meeting you for the next story! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
Inuyashaloverfan: Here is another chapter for you to enjoy! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!
LzfOx1379: Why am I so cruel! I don't mean to be, really I don't! Please forgive me! I can see that you were very excited about the last chapter! Hopefully this new one has the same effect! It sure is full of surprises! Yeah, I like to pick on Bakura! It's a fun thing to do! Yeah, poor Hunter! Sorry for the delayed update, I had to get everything in this chapter in order. I sure do have a big surprise in for my readers but I won't tell what it is, you must read for yourself it you want to know! Thank you so much for reading and putting effort into this story, it is highly appreciated. If it weren't for everyone's support this story would have been nothing. I can't stress enough how happy I am about all the support I received. Hopefully we will meet again in the last installment. Anyway, thank you so much and take care!Run Away Puppy 2: Mollano's Revenge Chapter Twenty: Four Small Words
"You've got some crazy friends puppy." Seto spoke in a restful tone. Said puppy smiled up at his boyfriend from his spot on a pillow in the brunette's lap. "What's Jouneth doing, he's awfully quiet." The baby's father looked to the floor and found that the tiniest Kaiba was fast asleep on his stomach suckling his ever-popular pacifier. The young father couldn't suppress a loving smile. "He's sleeping. What are you doing?" Joey yawned then nuzzled into his current pillow, "The same." Without warning the brunette swung his legs up onto the couch and maneuvered so he was now lying down on his back with Joey's head on his chest. "There that's better." The couple snuggled into the warmth of each other and relaxed into a peaceful sleep.
It seemed like only minutes before Seto awoke to his son's little mewls, he looked over to his right and saw Jouneth pushing his chest off the floor. "What are you doing Jouneth?" The baby's chest fell back down and he looked for the familiar voice beckoning to him. The infant whimpered, letting Seto know that he was upset because he couldn't locate the sound. The blue-eyed parent skillfully pulled himself out from beneath his lover and tended to their son.
Though Jouneth was quite content with being held close he wasn't so pleased with his wet diaper and vacant stomach, so he continued to fuss. The young father knew exactly what to do. He laid out the diaper-changing mat and got to business. After that Seto filled his son's empty stomach with a bottle of warm formula. Jouneth twinkled his eyes in appreciation.
"Let's see how daddy's company is doing." Seto spoke while flicking on the television and placing it on the news channel. The infant ate happily and looked on as his father watched the TV with alertness. "Good news kiddo, Kaiba Corp. is still on top!" Came the young CEO's voice. The brunette placed the burp rag over his left shoulder then proceeded to burp his son.
"Hiya big brother!" Mokuba greeted with Hunter close behind. Said dog went over to the CEO and stood up on his hind legs while placing his front legs in the teen's lap. Seto's first reaction was pulling his child closer to his chest in a protective manner. "Hunter, down." Was the brunette's command. With a happy snort the golden puppy sat at the brunette's feet. "Good boy." Mokuba giggled and called the dog back over to him.
"Hey kiddo, what are you up to?" The elder Kaiba asked while cradling the infant once more to finish up his current feeding. "Not much actually, I was just gonna take the dog out back and play." Seto smiled, "Sorry I can't join you." Mokuba flashed his brother a forgiving smile and turned his path back to the back door with Hunter hot on his heels.
"Here boy." Mokuba showed the dog the tennis ball then tossed it across the yard. Happily, the golden fluff of a pet chased down the neon green object. The raven-haired boy sighed and sat on the lush green grass. For some reason, he had been feeling rather…down lately and he didn't know why. The dog brought the ball back to Mokuba and dropped it into the boy's lap.
"Sorry boy, guess I've been kinda distracted lately." Hunter nuzzled the boy and sat down next to him. "I dunno what it is…I guess I sorta feel…left out. Seto's just been so busy since the baby's been born. I know better, I shouldn't feel this way. I know babies need lots of attention in their first months…but…I need some recognition too!" It was then that Mokuba tossed his arms about Hunter's neck and sobbed into his pet's fur. The dog stayed still as if trying to comfort the boy.
Seto finished up Jouneth's feeding and placed the infant down on his stomach on his blanket. The baby busied himself and the brunette went to check on his kid brother. The young CEO went over to the back sliding glass doors in the kitchen and looked upon his weeping brother.
"Mokuba?" Seto asked while stepping outside. The raven-haired Kaiba quickly wiped away his tears and faced his brother. "Kiddo, what's wrong?" The boy sniffled, "N-nothing." The brunette sat down on the edge of the porch and motioned for the boy to sit next to him. Mokuba sniffled once more then complied with his brother's actions.
"Now, tell your big brother the truth. What's wrong?" Seto asked while wrapping an arm around his baby brother. "You would be ashamed of me…because I know better."
"I bet I wouldn't be." All the brunette got was complete silence. "Come on Mokuba, talk to me." The boy looked up at his brother through dark bangs, "You sure?" Seto nodded, "Of course."
"Well, lately…I haven't felt much like myself and…I didn't understand why. But then I realized I knew why." Mokuba glanced up at his brother. "And what would that be?"
"I feel…left out." The boy bravely but shakily confessed. "Please elaborate kiddo." Mokuba took in another shaky breath and spoke again, "I know you've been busy with work and all and I know Jouneth needs a lot of attention right now but…I feel really…alone." Seto smiled softly then kissed his baby brother's forehead and embraced him. "I'm so sorry kiddo, but you should have told me sooner, I may be Seto Kaiba, but I never learned to read my brother's mind." The brunette ruffled the boy's hair and elicited a set of happy giggles.
"I'm sorry that you felt left out of the picture, Joey and I never meant for that. Will you accept my apologizes?" Mokuba beamed brightly and tightly embraced Seto, "Of course nii-sama." Seto chuckled, "I have a very important errand to run tomorrow and I was hoping you would accompany me. I need to know if I have gone completely off the deep-end." The raven-haired boy's violet eyes sparkled happily. "Of course I'll go and news flash Seto, you went off the deep-end when you fell for Joey. Sorry for not telling you sooner." The young CEO laughed lightly.
Joey watched from the bed as Seto dressed himself in some loose fitting black khaki shorts and a loose fitting blue button down shirt. "Where are you going?"
"I have an informal meeting to attend today at one with an employee." Seto lied through his teeth. The blonde eyed his boyfriend's outfit. "You sure it ain't a date?"
"Puppy, look at what we have together, would I really do that to you?" Still, the blonde eyed his lover playfully. The brunette sighed, "I won't be long, this is just…mandatory, please don't doubt my love for you." Joey beamed, "Don't worry, I trust you." Jouneth cooed from his place on the bed and Seto took the liberty of taking his son into his arms. The baby smiled and laughed blissfully. "Do you want to with Daddy and Uncle Mokuba?"
"You're gonna take the baby to a meeting?" Joey asked with a raised eyebrow. 'Okay, I'm digging a deeper hole for myself. I hate the idea of lying to the puppy but I don't want him to know what I'm up to.' Seto thought to himself. The young father looked down at the child in his arms, "Mommy's right, you and Aunt Serenity keep him company while Mokuba and Daddy go into town." The infant Kaiba smiled and Seto placed him back on the bed with the puppy. "I'll be back, I love you pup." The blue-eyed teen kissed his boyfriend then gathered up his brother and left. Joey sighed, "You have an odd father Jou." The infant smiled.
"So nii-sama, what exactly am I helping you with?" Mokuba inquired. The brunette skillfully reached into the back seat of his 2005 black mustang GT, and placed a catalogue and an order form in his younger sibling's lap. "Hold please." The boy looked at the catalogue and his eyes widened. "Seto, are you really serious about this?" The blue-eyed teen nodded, "So little brother, have I completely gone off the deep-end?" Mokuba smiled enthusiastically, "I'm very proud of you Seto, one question though. When did you decide…"
"After Jouneth was born."
"Hey big brother of mine! Where is everybody?" Serenity asked while noting the absence of the Kaiba brothers. "Seto and Mokuba went to a meeting for Kaiba Corp." The girl sat next to her brother, "Oh okay." She became quiet for a moment after this and Joey eyed her closely. "Sis, you okay?" Serenity nodded, "Here, this is for you." The girl handed her brother a nicely wrapped gift. "Serenity?"
"It's a graduation gift." Joey smiled and opened it. The contents brought tears to the blonde's eyes. Serenity had given her brother an old family photo. Joey was three and Serenity was just a baby, no older than his own son. It was a picture that had been taken for Christmas, the children and their parents were together, sadly it was the last memory of happiness the Wheelers had as a united family. Serenity watched as her brother got up off the couch and entered the room to her left. She picked up her nephew and came in just as Joey placed the framed picture on the mantle of the fireplace, opposite another family photo. The amber-eyed teen stood back.
"It seems you and Seto had more in common then you knew." The blonde teen nodded, "Yes, that's why we found each other. From two broken families came one un-bondable family. One day our family portrait will stand proud in the middle of that mantle." Joey said while taking his son into his arms.
"Thank you, they look great." The brunette complimented with a smile. "Well our store is very pleased you chose us Mr. Kaiba, may your future with Joey be bright." With that, Seto and Mokuba went out the door.
"What do you think kiddo?" Seto inquired to his brother. "It's beautiful, Joey is gonna love it!"
"Jouneth…peek-a-boo!" Mokuba said playfully while uncovering his eyes. The infant just stared at the boy and wondered what in the world he was doing. "Peek-a-boo!" The boy tried again. Nothing, just a familiar blue gaze, 'He obviously inherited that from my nii-sama.' Mokuba told himself while smiling down at his nephew; it was then that the infant smiled back. "Well that was simple, if I would have known I just had to smile, I would've just smiled." The tiny Kaiba began to kick his legs and wiggle his little body and cooed loudly. "He's not quite ready to play peek-a-boo kiddo." Mokuba looked behind him and watched as Seto passed through the living room and headed upstairs. He looked back to the baby and watched as he took in his surroundings. The atmosphere had been calm until…
The raven-haired boy basically jumped a mile high in the air and Jouneth had been startled pretty good and now wanted the loving care of his parents.
"DERRIK! Look at what you did! You made him cry!" The middle Kaiba said while lifting his nephew into his arms. "Ooops, sorry about that. I didn't see the baby when I came in."
"You better be sorry."
"Hey, what's going on, what happened?" The young father asked while quickly descending the staircase and taking up his wailing son. "Sorry Mr. Kaiba, I wanted to give Mokie here a good scare but I didn't see the baby. Sorry sir."
"Seto, what's going on, what happened?" Joey asked while making himself present against the banister. "Uh, just a little scare is all, he'll be okay." Mokuba watched as his brother went back upstairs then glared at his school buddy. "What? I said I was sorry!"
"What are you doing here anyway Derrik?" Mokuba asked a little dumbfounded. "You mean you don't remember? You invited me over for a sleep over!"
Seto and Joey watched as their 2-month-old struggled to keep his eyes open while he was cradled as suckled his pacifier. The brunette got down close to the pup's ear and whispered, "You should put him down now, let him fall asleep on his own." The blonde shivered from the warmth of his boyfriend's breath then rose out of the nursery rocking chair and carefully laid his fragile child down into the safety of his crib. The parents said their good nights and turned out the light as they exited the room. Finally they both crawled into their own bed, but Seto was not tired just yet. He wanted to rekindle their recently unpracticed passion. Joey however got snuggled into the warmth of his bed and rested. The brunette reached over and pushed some lingering hair behind his lover's left ear. The puppy smiled and watched as his lover came forward and placed a gentle kiss on his lips. Finally Seto instigated his way into his lover's mouth and kissed him roughly. Without notice the brunette had made his way on top of his pup. Finally they pulled away and panted for air.
"Seto…what are…you doing?" The blue-eyed teen nuzzled the shorter teen's neck. "Come on pup, it's been forever." The blonde felt himself blush once he got what his boyfriend was referring to. Seto was right, it had been forever…just about anyway. Joey smiled and pulled Seto down closer, "So the tables have turned and now the master must beg the puppy."
"I can force you ya know." Seto said while roughly taking the puppy's wrists in one hand and pinning them above said boy's head then forcing his right knee between Joey's legs. The blonde moaned at the taller teen's forwardness. "That's called animal abuse Seto." The amber-eyed teen purred. The brunette chuckled, "You have no idea pup."
Two Weeks Later…
Poor Seto had been begged into throwing another party at his home, but this time it had more ups and surprises than the others he had thrown. He had two gifts to give to his beloved golden puppy and he was sure that Joey would love them. 'Man I have basically earned myself a lay each night for the next two weeks.' Seto joked to himself. He was holding, actually Mokuba and Serenity were holding a graduation party at the mansion to recognize the seniors in their group of friends. Seto only agreed to hold it as an excuse to spoil his pup once again. Tristan Taylor, Tea Gardner, Duke Devlin, along with Joey and Seto were to be celebrated for their excellence and achievement. Friends and family gathered from near and far to celebrate these successful graduates. Though it did hurt Seto and Joey that their own families were unable to attend, the blue-eyed teen was most hurt.
The party had been set up in the back yard with a table of refreshments and tables and chairs so the guests could sit. Joey was amazed at how many family members had shown up in celebration for their children. He wished his father could be here to join in on the festivities. Speaking of family, where was Seto? The brunette was sadly mistaken if he thought Joey was gonna let him skip out on this party. This was a commemoration of their hard work and Seto deserved the recognition. Joey searched through the crowd of the back yard looking for his missing lover. While on his mission he was stopped by familiar voices.
"Joseph honey!" The blonde turned to face the sound and saw Tristan's mother and father heading his way. He was happy to see them. "Hey guys!" The woman took the teen into a firm hug and kissed his forehead. It was true that she had basically adopted the boy, Joey and Tristan had been friends since kindergarten and she treated the blonde as if he were her own. So it was natural that he called them mother and father. "How are you doing darling?" He smiled, "Just fine, it's a great surprise to see you here!" Tristan's father took the boy into a hug. "We've missed you kid." The blonde beamed and Tristan chuckled.
"It seems my parents have sought you out." The amber-eyed teen smiled and hugged his long time friend. "Joseph dear."
"Yeah ma?" The woman held out a wrapped gift to the blonde and one out her own son. "These are for you, a little congratulations on our parts." The teens thanked the adults and Tristan ripped ferociously into his. "Well, aren't you gonna open yours?" The woman asked. "I will but I'm sorta looking for someone right now. Can it wait?" Tristan's parents nodded and Joey started looking for Seto once more. Finally he came to Mokuba.
"Hey kiddo, have you seen your brother anywhere?" The raven-haired boy looked up to Joey and thought for a moment, "Uh…the last place I saw him was upstairs in his office." The blonde nodded, "Thanks kiddo."
'I hope this is something that Joey will want and accept from me.' The young CEO thought to himself as he gazed at the object he was going to give to his puppy. A voice brought him out of his trance and quickly he stashed the object. "Seto!" Joey called as he turned into the brunette's office. "Oh, here you are. What are you doing up here, you should be down stairs with us." The blonde said happily. The taller teen stood up from behind his desk and walked around the desk so he could stand before his lover. He touched his lover's cheek then leant down and kissed him softly. "Seto?" The puppy inquired softly. Seto smiled genuinely and took his puppy's hand. "Come on we have an audience to entertain." So, the brunette led his lover back to the party and joined Yugi, who was currently cradling his godson.
"Look who finally decided to join the party." Duke said teasingly. Seto just tossed him an icy glare then went on to taking Jouneth into his arms. The baby was quite happy to have all this attention and was all smiles. Tristan noticed that his friend had finally come back.
"Hey mom." The brunette called to his mother. His parents gave him their full attention, "I have someone I want you to meet." The teen said while leading his parents over to Joey and Seto. "Mom, Dad, meet Joey's boyfriend Seto Kaiba and their son Jouneth." Tristan introduced. His parents were a bit stunned with their son's words and didn't know if he was being serious, especially about the baby part. However, Julie (I have named Tristan's mother) was the first to shake the CEO's free hand. "Nice to meet you Seto." The brunette nodded then was greeted by the teen's father. "Now, about this little one in your arms. Did you adopt him?" Seto shook his head and Joey spoke out, "Nope, Seto here got me pregnant and I carried this little boy for nine months then gave birth to him." Jadian and Julie said nothing. "You can't be serious."
"It's true, every word of it." Tristan broke in. "But, how?" Julie inquired. "It's a long story and not one I'm willing to tell for it is between the puppy and I." Seto stated. Jouneth began to fuss and caught the attention of Tristan's parents. They watched as the brunette shifted the child. "So you have created a family." The woman spoke. Joey nodded. "It seems you will no longer need us, Seto appears as if he is able to take good care of you." Jadian said. "That's not true, yes Seto is a wonderful boyfriend but you guys have been a big part of my life and wish for you always to be a part of it. Besides, Tristan is Jouneth's uncle." Said teen smiled and took the child from the young CEO, who in return glared at the teen.
"You know Taylor, if you love my son so much why don't you just ask Tea to have one of your own together?" The blue-eyed teen snickered. Tristan bowed his head and blushed. Joey punched his lover in the arm, "Set, be nice." The master rolled his eyes at his puppy, "Oh…alright, sorry Taylor." The brown-eyed teen nodded, "Heh, no problem. No harm done." Suddenly Seto heard his cell phone go off and handed Jouneth to Joey and grabbed it from a near by table. Joey watched as his lover spoke into the phone. "Yes… Uh…I can… Alright I'll be on my way." With that he flipped his phone shut.
"Seto, where are you going?" Joey asked while stepping closer to his boyfriend. "The graduation cake is done and I need to run into town to get it." Seto half-lied. The blonde nodded, "Oh, then I'll come with you."
"No." The brunette said rather hastily. Joey gasped and took a step backward. Seto sighed and kissed his lover's forehead, "I just don't want to leave the house unattended. Please stay here and enjoy the party. I'll be an hour, if that. Okay?"
"Okay." The young CEO kissed his boyfriend and smiled. "Do you want me to take the baby or are you good." Joey shook his head, "No he can stay with me." Seto nodded then took his leave. Jouneth started to squirm and fuss.
"What's wrong kiddo? I suppose it is about time we change your diaper." The blonde cooed to his son. So without a second thought Joey took the infant into the house and into the nursery to change him on his changing table. Jouneth was grateful for his new diaper and squealed his appreciation as he kicked his legs happily. Joey couldn't help but laugh in return, it was just inescapable; Jouneth really installed a lot more happiness into the world. He squealed again and smiled at his mother. "You are just too cute." Joey said while walking over to the infant's closet and choosing a baby tigger denim overalls outfit and some white socks. Just as he had finished dressing his son the doorbell rang. For the moment the blonde laid his son in his crib and rushed to answer the door.
"Hello!" Came a cheerful greeting. "OH! Hi Vanessa!" Joey said while opening the screen door to let her in. She took the invitation and entered. "Seto invited me, he told me I was more than welcome to come since I was a part of your childhood." She explained. The amber-eyed teen nodded, "I'm glad he did and…" The blonde's sentence was interrupted by his son's upset wail. Vanessa's eyes lit up. "You had your baby?" She asked affectionately. The teen nodded, "Yeah, can you excuse me?" She nodded and watched as the boy disappeared up the stairs. She looked about the living room and was really impressed about how much this environment felt like a home instead of just a house. In front of the couch lay the baby's baby red-eyes blanket, a diaper bag, some stuffed animals, and various other things.
"Sorry about that Vanessa, the party is out back if want to join the crowd." Joey explained while descending the stairs with his arms full of a baby. "What about you?"
"I hafta feed my little one." He said while walking into the kitchen to prepare for Jouneth's afternoon feeding. The woman followed him and watched as he began his process. "Would you like me to hold the baby while you do that?"
"Uh… you can try, I don't know how well he'll do with you. He's still a little freaked out about strangers." Vanessa took the boy into her arms carefully and rocked him gently. "He's so adorable. He got Seto's eyes."
"That he does."
"How old is he?" Vanessa inquired while gazing at the infant in wonder. "He's about 2 and a half months old." She smiled at the child when he made eye contact. Jouneth was a bit shocked when he realized that he didn't recognize the person who was holding him. To say the least it startled him and he didn't like being startled. "Uh-oh, no don't cry." The woman cooed softly trying to coax the baby from crying. Her efforts were in vain. "Hang on Jou, your bottle is almost done." Joey said while checking the temperature, it was lukewarm, that would have to do. The blonde took the bottle and his fussy baby outside and sat in a chair under a table umbrella and started to feed his infant. "There that's much better." The baby settled down and started to eat. The woman sat at the table with the blonde and started to make conversation with him, catching up on old and new times. Just as they were discussing Mollano's fiery death a smooth monotone called out to the blonde, "Oh, puppy."
Joey stood up from his seat and turned to face his boyfriend. Seto drew the blonde nearer to him, beckoning the puppy with his right index finger. Just before the amber-eyed teen stood in front of Seto, the brunette moved aside and gift number one was revealed to his lover. The blonde stood frozen in his tracks as he saw his father exit the back door and stand before him.
"Dad?" Came Joey's soft voice. "Yeah kiddo?" The blonde felt tears come to his eyes, he was just so happy to see his father well. Seto came forward and took his son. The teen ran up to his father and hugged him. By now the guests had become quiet and looked on as father and son were reunited. Jack held his only son close and tight. He was happy that Seto had put him through that rigorous rehabilitation; he was now able to see his son with sober eyes. He remembered all the emotions he had felt about his baby boy the day he was born and those very emotions were back. "Dad…I've missed you." Joey whispered. The dark-haired man broke down and held the teen closer. I've missed you too kiddo."
"DADDY!" Came a girl's excited voice. Jack looked up to see his daughter running at him and caught her in his open arms and there he held both his children for the first time in years. "My children, I am here to apologize for my wrong doings and I solemnly swear that I will be the best father I can to you two for the rest of my life." Both the Wheeler children were in tears and hugged their long lost father close. Finally they broke apart but Joey was still in tears, he had gone through so much with his father that this moment was just that much more meaningful to him. Seto walked up behind his lover and placed a free hand on his shoulder. Joey turned about and smiled up at his lover. "Happy graduation, puppy." The blonde snaked his arms around the brunette's back and hugged him close. Seto had his lover in one arm and his son in another. "Thank you so much Seto, for everything. I will never, ever be able to repay you for everything you have done for me." The young CEO kissed the blonde's head and held him close, "You gave me a family, you have done more than enough." 'But I do know of one way you can repay me with.' Seto thought to himself. It was hard not to just give the puppy his second gift right away but he wanted to wait until the seniors did their speeches.
Jack looked up at his son and smiled then a familiar figure in the back caught his attention. "Vanessa?" She smiled, "So you do remember me." The man walked over to her and hugged her close, "It's been forever. How are you? How is Nick?" Vanessa was pained to remember the memory of their deceased son. She got quiet then spoke softly, "Come I must tell you the whole story." She led the man inside and began to tell him the devastating story of Mollano and his goons.
"It was all my fault that Joey and Nick were harmed. I was still so upset about my wife leaving and taking my daughter. I tried to blame everything on Joey. I was so angry. I lost sight of my life and my son. I did things that I cannot take back but I can make it to him. Whatever it is, I'll do it for my children." Jack explained to her. Vanessa took him into a loving embrace, "You have taken the biggest step in your journey to recover a forgotten life, now you must press forward and count your blessings." Jack smiled at Vanessa. "Uh, Mr. Wheeler, you would like to say a few words about your son before Joey and Seto do their graduation speeches?" Mokuba asked from the frame of the sliding back door. The man nodded and followed the boy to the stairs of the deck and ascended them.
"Ladies and gentlemen, seniors of the class of 2006! Please, may I have your attention?" Jack's voice boomed. The guests got quiet and watched the man. "I was never the best father in the whole world and I did loose sight of what I had. I regret those days. Loosing my grip on life caused me to loose my grasp on my family, especially my son, Joseph Nathaniel Wheeler. I have committed acts that I will never be able to take back but I am able to make up my faults to my son if he so let me. And I am more than willing to bet he will. Yes my son is very strong willed and he stands up for what he believes in, but he is also the most forgiving and loving son I will ever know. I stand here today to congratulate him on his achievement, my son graduated at the top of his class, making me a very proud father. Not only had he finished his high schooling but he has also taken the most prevalent step in life, 2 and a half months ago my son became a parent to my first grandchild…, Jouneth Katsuya Seto Kaiba. It saddens me to confess that I missed my son's pregnancy and the birth of my grandchild, but I cannot take back time, I can only make good use of what I have left. I vow on this day to be the best father I can to both my son and daughter and I can only anticipate my daughter's graduation and my grandson's first day of kindergarten. I wish my son the brightest future and congratulate him on his success. Joseph, I am proud of you." Such heart felt words and emotions earned the Wheeler a standing ovation. He bowed and smiled at his tearful son.
Seto was next to climb the steps of his deck and call the guest to his attention. Holding up his glass of champagne he cried, "06!"(1) The guests repeated this back to him and he took a sip of his liquid. "I want to thank you all for coming out tonight and celebrating this once in a life time event and thank you all seniors for your speeches. I too have a speech but since I am Seto Kaiba, mine is going to be a bit…different," Seto said while fingering an object he had in his shorts pocket, "…I want to say thank you to all the teachers that put up with all the fighting Joey and I used to do and for also putting up with all the make out sessions we would have out in the court yard. But most of all, I would like to thank the greatest woman in the world, Ms. Vicky Gray." Seto pointed to her and the guests cheered her on. "Ms. Gray is an excellent woman and teacher. She made Joey's pregnancy that much easier to get through, especially for him. She was always full of good advice and facts and now for her hard work I would like to ask her if she would accept being Jouneth's godmother. What do you say?" The red-haired woman stood up from her seat and smiled, "It would be an honor." The guests applauded her acceptance. "Now I have one more question to ask one special person, if Joey could come up here with me I would be delighted." The blonde smiled and handed his son to his father and went up to stand next to Seto. The brunette took his boyfriend's left hand and held it firmly.
"Puppy, Joey. I would like at this time to tell you how much you mean to me and how wonderful our life has been together. You gave me the family I so desired and have given unrelenting love. I was not capable at these things at one point but you showed me the way. You were willing to give everything you had to me and now there is only way to repay you. I can offer you all the material things of the world but you have shown me that I cannot buy you a gift to make you happy. All you really need is all I am. I promise to love you and cherish you through all of time and now I wish to make this vow more real than it will ever get." Joey watched as Seto pulled a little black object from his pocket then held it quickly behind his back. The blonde averted his questioning amber eyes back to loving azure. Still, with Joey's left hand in his, Seto slowly went down on one knee and brought the object to the blonde's view. The blonde teen could now feel his heart pounding in his chest and watched as Seto let go of his hand to open the velvet black box, as the piece of jewelry inside caught the blonde's eyes tears of happiness began to form. "Joseph Nathaniel Wheeler, will you marry me?" That was all Joey's current composure could hold. Tears fell down his face at a quick pace and he beamed at his boyfriend, "Seto…of course I will." With that the guests cheered them on while Seto took out the sterling silver band from its box and placed it on Joey's ring finger. The blonde watched as Seto stood up straight and claimed his lips in a passionate kiss. They pulled apart as Mokuba bounded up the steps and handed Joey a similar velvet box he opened it and placed the ring inside on his boy…fiancé's ring finger. Mokuba hugged his brother and looked on as Jack handed Joey his son and Seto kissed his lover once again.
Author's Note: YAY! GO SETO! GO SETO! Well folks that's it for now, another successful happy ending and another successful story under my belt. Lets give another round of applause for Joey and Seto and big congratulations on the successful birth of a baby and a well-anticipated wedding! Thank you all so much for your support and time. I have plans to start Run Away Puppy 3 before the month is out and hopefully have it out the third week of December! Thank you all so much for reading and don't forget to review! See you all next story!
(1) Okay so all the guys in my school cry out our graduation year, "06". I just thought it would be classic for Seto to have some school spirit.
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