(A/N – Well, here we are. Finally. The end of the greatest story I've ever written, hands down. One of the biggest accomplishments I've ever had in my writing career! The longest story I've ever written...actually the longest ANYTHING I've ever written! I have loads more that I want to say, so I'll wait until the end, but until then, please enjoy the final chapter of "Nine Months in the Socks of the Motamiya's!)
Nine Months in the Socks of the Motamiya's – Chapter 28: Epilogue.
"Come on, Dai-chan! We've got to go!"
"I'm coming, Kari-chan! I'm coming! Are you and Akiko ready?"
Kari looked down at the baby girl in the stroller and grinned. "Ready, Aki-chan?"
The nine-month-old infant cooed and gurgled, a small smile on her cheeks.
"That's my girl! You take after mommy, don't you?" Kari said, looking at her watch. "Dai, we're going to be late! We're waiting on you!"
"Here I come!" Davis called from the bedroom, his fast paced footfalls echoing through the apartment. "Don't worry, the wedding won't start without us!"
"Don't put money on that, Dai," Kari said, "She waited 7 years to get a hold of him; I doubt she'll wait seven minutes for you to get there."
"How do I look?" Davis said, padding out the bedroom into the living room where Kari and Akiko waited.
Kari stood and walked around him, studying her husband in his new black tuxedo with a scowl of concentration. She brushed off his shoulders, and adjusted his tie before giving him a quick peck on the cheek and announcing "Meh, you'll pass."
"Well, gee...thanks." Davis said playfully, giving Kari a kiss before looking down at his daughter in the stroller. "Look at daddy's little princess. You look like the queen of the cherry blossom festival--"
Kari and Davis looked at each other and grinned knowingly. "Cherry blossom festival."
"Matt, come on, dude. You're going to wear a canal into the floor with your pacing!" Davis said, taking a drink of water. "I'm telling you, there's nothing to it!"
"Sure, you can say that. You've done this before!" The blonde said, completing his fifth circuit around the small dressing room. "I've never been hitched before, in case you don't remember!"
"Don't worry about it, man," Tai said, clapping Matt on the back. "It's natural to be a little scared. I would be too in your position; Yamato Ishida, one of Japan's most eligible bachelors, is about to get married. Gone are the days of freedom and individuality. Gone are the carefree days—"
Tai stopped as he heard the bathroom door slam and the distinct sound of retching inside a ceramic bowl. Davis glared up at him angrily.
"Smooth, Tai. Very smooth."
Wow. This is…this is really happening! I'm actually standing up here! With HIM! And we're getting married! I'm getting married to my dream guy! This is so…
All heads in the chapel jerked up and stared at the altar, as June stood, frozen with her hands thrust triumphantly in the air, as though she just finished a long race.
TK smacked a hand to his forehead, his head shaking from side to side. Why is he bringing her into the family…Why…why…why..
"Hee hee. Sorry!" June giggled said, chuckling nervously as she fumbled with the bouquet in her hands.
The figure next to her looked at her with a grin on his face. "Good grief, June." Matt sighed. "Couldn't you have waited until the priest makes it official?"
"It runs in the family—"
Matt and June jumped and turned around to face the priest, who had a weary yet warm smile on his face. "If you don't mind, can we please get this show on the road?"
"Sorry." Matt said, returning his attention to the altar.
"My bad." June muttered, straightening her veil.
"Great. First I get the brother, now I get the sister…" The priest muttered, opening his bible. 0
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to witness the joining of Yamato Taro Ishida and June Midori Motomiya. If there is anyone here who doesn't believe that these two should not be joined together in holy matrimony, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace--"
"OH MY GOD, NO!"
The priest slapped his bible shut and looked up at the now standing figure in the congregation. "You know, a simple 'I object' is customary. There's no need to—"
"NO! Not that! My water just broke!" the figure said.
Every head in the congregation turned to face Mimi, who's face was now contorted in pain, her hands now gripping the bench seat in front of her tightly. Izzy was standing by her, looking panicked. His face bore a look of absolute panic.
"You're in labor! I knew it!" he said, pointing at her round stomach, which was now draped in a flowing pink and white dress. "You tried to play it off as indigestion, but I knew better!"
"Oh, whoop-de-freaking-do! Somebody get the boy genius an award!" Mimi growled. "In the meantime, I'm about to drop your freaking kid!"
"What are we going to do, priest?" Matt asked, returning his gaze to the altar.
"Well, first we should call an ambulance, and…umm…I think under the circumstances we should postpone the ceremony." The priest said, shrugging his shoulders.
"NO! No…" Mimi called loudly, still clearly in pain. "Don'! It'll take the ambulance about 20 minutes to get here! Go on with the ceremony! Don't mind me!"
"Mimi-chan, are you sure? We could be at the hospital long before the ambulance—"
"I want to see my best friends get married. I will not have the wedding postponed on my account. Besides, I paid too much for this dress only to get it soaked in birth fluids!"
"Well…umm…If you insist…"
"Ohhhh…." Mimi groaned as she slowly sat back down. "DO IT!"
"Very well…" the priest sighed, opening his bible. "Umm…"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to witness the joining of Yamato Taro Ishida and June Midori Motomiya—"
"Holy crap, this hurts!" Mimi shouted, her voice echoing in the high arched cathedral.
"If there is anyone here who doesn't believe that these two should not be joined together in holy matrimony, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace--"
"Oh, here it comes again!" Mimi cried before letting loose another loud volley of moans and groans.
The priest looked up to the heavens and took a deep breath. "Stay with me…" he prayed silently. "Please stay with me…"
"By the powers vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss your bride."
"Finally! It's about time!" June thought as Matt lifted her veil. "I thought that priest would never get through the ceremony, what with Mimi yelling and screaming."
June wrapped her arms around Matt, allowing their foreheads to touch before she gently pressed her lips against his, enjoying the scent and taste of her new husband. She closed her eyes and saw flashes of light like fireworks in her eyelids.
"So, this is what brother was talking about…"
After a minute, the pair finally broke apart, June opened her eyes and blinked, a wide smile spread on her face along with a dark red flush on her cheeks.
"It is my esteemed pleasure to present to you, Yamato and Jun—"
The priest smacked his hand to his forehead as Matt gave a leap, his fist punching through the air. He gave a sigh as he closed his bible. "Yamato and June Ishida."
The congregation gave a loud cheer and stood up as Matt and June, hand in hand, walked down the aisle towards the doors.
Outside, they were met with a flurry of sunflower seeds, thrown by their cheering friends and family along the path to the waiting vehicle.
June looked to her left and grinned. There was Mimi, lying on an ambulance gurney, forcing a grin through the pain that was now stabbing the inside of her stomach. She was throwing sunflower seeds in one hand, while clutching Izzy's hand in another.
The paramedics were standing on the right, throwing sunflower seeds and laughing along with the other guests; their uniforms the only thing distinguishing them from the others.
"Okay, that's enough of that. Let's get the patient to the hospital." One of the paramedics said, as soon as his bag of seeds was empty.
"Awww, can't we stay for the bouquet and garter toss, boss?" the other paramedic said. "We were having so much fun!"
"Yeah, you can, and maybe you can catch another job while you're at it! Come on!" he said, walking behind Mimi's gurney and wheeling it to the waiting ambulance.
"Man, what a day!" Davis groaned, kicking off his shoes in the doorway and padding in the house. "A wedding and a birth all in one day! How did it happen?"
"You're asking me?" Kari said, wryly as she pushed Akiko's stroller inside. "I can't believe that Mimi had a baby boy. After she brought all that girl stuff."
"She couldn't believe it either…she asked the doctor about five times was he sure it was a boy." Davis said, slumping on the couch. "She'll get over the shock. I know I did."
Kari sighed contently as she picked up Akiko and joined Davis on the couch. "Oh, so you were expecting a boy, huh?"
"I don't know… Davis said, looking at his daughter in his wife's arms. "With the way she was kicking inside your stomach and with the way you were carrying, I thought for sure it was a boy. But…"
He then scooped the baby girl out of Kari's hands and gave the infant a kiss on the forehead. "I wouldn't trade you for anything in the world, my baby girl."
Akiko cooed and blew a few spit bubbles in her mouth.
"But don't think I forgot about your moving and shifting you did in mommy's tummy when you were in there." Davis said, tickling the baby girl on her stomach, causing her to giggle. "You didn't have to do all that moving around."
"Well, we'll know what to expect when this new baby is born nine months from now." Kari said, grinning coyly.
"Good. Because I refuse to …WHAT DID YOU SAY!"
(A/N – Four hundred and forty-three kilobytes...twenty eight chapters…One hundred and thirty six pages…two thousand two hundred and ninety-nine paragraphs…six hundred three hundred thirty-one pages…two hundred eighty thousand four hundred twenty seven characters. That's the physical breakdown of my story, but nothing compares to the overwhelming response I've received from each and every one of you…the readers! Over two hundred reviews and more than five THOUSAND hits! I never thought any of my stories would EVER hit these marks or milestones! It almost brings me to tears thinking about it. TO think that something I wrote could be this popular really is humbling. I have to thank a few people for this story's success:
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Now, I know you don't think that's it from me, do you? Well, you're wrong! As per usual, I'm going to write a director's edition, which will include all new scenes, and my commentary on scenes throughout the story! And also keep on the look out for my next story, which will be a PataGato…my first all Digimon story! It's something to look forward to!
Well, it's almost three o'clock in the morning, and I have to get some sleep! Once again, thank you all, and I hope to see your final reviews for "Nine Months in the Socks of the Motamiya's". I'm KhakiBlueSocks, and I bid you all good night, God bless and clean socks!)