This fic came to mind as I was thinking of Twists of Destiny's Chapter 4. Yea I know, I'm pretty weird. XD
Well this is sort of a break from my longer fic and I dedicate it to every AsuCaga fan out there, specially the people who read and reviewed on ToD! Thanks a lot you guys! XD
Disclaimer: Michiyo Hikari does not own anything from the anime/manga series, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed.
My sincere apologies to hibiscus8. I changed it already. n.n
Cagalli stared at the constellation of Libra, the balance of the Zodiac, as she lay at the blanket she set out earlier on the cold beach sand that she found relaxing. She clutched the other blanket that protected her from the warm summer's breeze as she moved her head on her pillow for a more comfortable position. Shifting her gaze in the star-filled sky, she spotted the Big Dipper. The blonde sighed and kept her eyes at the vast night sky, she smiled at the beautiful sight before her but a tugging feeling in her heart brought her back from her dreamland. An image of a certain dark blue haired Coordinator entered her mind and interrupted her thoughts. Cagalli scowled at the thought of her husband, Athrun Zala. She misses him so much that the fact that he was nowhere in sight, made her want to hit him in the head and bring back the old Athrun she married 7 months ago.
The Goddess of Victory sighed once more. Whatever, I don't give a damn even if he sleeps in his damn office. He can live and rot there for all I care!
Athrun had become a major workaholic since they tied the bonds at the altar on that very special day. A week after they got married, Athrun went to work with Cagalli and made sure she would stop tackling files and papers that the Head Representative of Orb need not bother. He worked as his wife's right hand and read all the important files that needed Cagalli's signature as she was busy attending meetings with the Council. He assured that Cagalli would just sign the documents that came to her office upon his approval. He couldn't take it when he watched his wife read a pile of documents that took all day when they were only about booths and food stands for an upcoming festival. She had more important things to do rather than read papers that could be managed by the Heads of the towns in Orb, but she persisted on seeing them all, insisting that it was for Orb's safety and prosperity.
Cagalli, being busy as hell as she already is, didn't notice that fact. She had to admit, since Athrun started working to help her, Cagalli's life became a little easier and not as stressful as before, but now, he was the one who needed her to drag him out of his office.
At 6 o'clock in the evening, 2 hours ago, Cagalli decided to call it a day. For the first time in a long, long while, she felt like she needed a break. Following her intuition, she checked on Athrun at his office and frowned at what she saw. He was busy reading, one by one, the files that have been neatly put on his table. Determined to get her husband out of that room, she pushed open the door and went inside.
"Hey." Cagalli greeted. Walking up to Athrun and giving him a kiss on his forehead, she smiled, "Let's go home."
Removing his reading glasses, Athrun looked up, smiled, and gently rubbed his wife's hand with his thumb. "I'll be done in an hour."
Cagalli pouted. "That's what you always say."
Athrun stood up from his chair as he chuckled. "Why don't you go ahead, you're tired, I'll be home soon."
This time, Cagalli glared at the man before her. "You're tired as we-"
The blonde was interrupted as Athrun peck her on the lips. "Go, I'll be home before you know it."
"Fine." Cagalli finally gave up, there was no way she can win this argument and she was far too tired to yell. "But be sure you go home right away or I'll wring your neck."
Athrun chuckled at his wife's last statement. "I'll try. Now get yourself some rest."
Cagalli nodded and headed out the door. Looking back at her husband who engaged himself on reading the said documents on his desk once more, she sighed and left the building. Upon arriving home, she decided that she needed some fresh air, she needed to go some place where it would make her calm. She needed to go to the beach house they own located at the small beach her family bought her as their wedding present.
Posting a sign at her bedroom door, she wrote:
I'm staying at the beach house tonight.
Finally reaching his destination, Athrun got out of his black, more advanced, C.E. 78 Aston Martin Vanquish car. Knowing that he just signed his death sentence in arriving home at 11:30 in the evening, he brought along a plastic bag of Baskin Robbins with a medium sized, round container, with his wife's favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
He walked towards the white beach house but stopped in his tracks when he noticed a figure lying onthe sand. Walking in the direction of the person, he saw his wife sleeping peacefully under the stars. He then put down the delight he carried in his hand and lied down beside Cagalli, watching her in her slumber with a smile on his face. With his hand, Athrun brushed away the blonde strands that covered her cheek and leaned forward as he kissed Cagalli on her forehead. He gently continued running his fingers through her blonde locks as he looked at her lovingly.
Feeling someone's hand stroking her hair, Cagalli slowly opened her eyes. Seeing her husband's emerald eyes greeting her, she smiled. "Hi."
"Did I wake you?" Athrun asked.
Cagalli nodded. "Somewhat." She then placed her hand on Athrun's cheek and giggled, "Thanks for waking me up anyway."
Athrun smiled. "Sorry, I couldn't help myself. You were just so… serene and beautiful."
The blonde blushed and looked away, Athrun chuckled at her reaction. Thinking of a topic to change the way the conversation was going, she sat up and lookedat the sky once again. Her eyes widened as she remembered the time.
Quickly turning to Athrun, "You just got home, didn't you?" she asked, surprising her husband that her voice showed no trace of anger.
The Coordinator sat up and merely nodded, not knowing what to say or if he should say something.
"What time is it?" Cagalli questioned, disappointment covered every word she spoke.
Glancing at his watch and having no choice but to tell her, he sighed to himself and spoke the truth, "12 o'clock."
Cagalli turned her gaze to the ocean this time. She expected his answer to be very late at night already, Athrun always came home around the said hour.
"I'm pregnant…" said Cagalli, she then faced Athrun again and awaited his response.
Shocked by the news, Athrun's eyes opened wide and his jaw hung as low as it could. He didn't know what to do, his emotions were a mixture of happiness and surprise. He was going to be father! He wanted to shout, he wanted to celebrate, until he heard Cagalli's laugh. Assuming he spaced out, he focused his eyes on the blonde and wondered what was so hilarious.
"…atleast that's what I want to say." Wiping the tears that slid off her eyes, she continued, "I…can't…believe…you…actually…bought…that!" Cagalli struggled to speak between her fit of laughter.
Athrun's eyes grew serious, that joke wasn't funny at all. But before he could give Cagalli a piece of his mind, she looked up the dark sky and spoke in a more calm, and serious tone.
"You know what, Athrun? You're like a star now."
A star? What does she mean? Dumbfounded to what she said and concluding that she had more to say, Athrun remained silent and listened.
Hugging her knees in her arms, Cagalli spoke softly. "You're always there, but you seem so far…so difficult to reach. I've miss you a whole lot." Pausing for a while, she took a deep breath and let it out. "You've been working your ass off every single day, not taking a break… at all! You'd leave at 6 in the morning and arrive mostly at midnight, while you tell me to take a rest. Athrun, I'm suppose to be the one working at those hours, I'm suppose to be the one who only sleeps for a couple of hours a day and go back to working again, it's my duty, not yours. I don't want to see you like this." Cagalli looked down as tears started falling from her eyes. It's my fault, it's all my damn fault!
Suddenly feeling a pair of arms embracing her, Cagalli whirled around and tightly hugged her husband back. "I'm so sorry." She whispered in his ear.
"Shh… it's alright." Athrun hushed. "It's my duty to take care of you, I promised you that in front of everyone the day we got married, didn't I? Cagalli, I'm sorry, I never knew how you felt. Please don't cry, I wanted to help you, I couldn't stand seeing you so stressful with all the work that you're facing everyday. I had to do something to make sure you don't over exert yourself."
As much as she didn't want to, Cagalli broke the embrace. "Me? You go through all that because of… me?" She asked, as she wiped her tears and tried to stop herself from crying. Cagalli lightly banged her fists at Athrun's chest when he nodded. "You jerk! You don't have to do that!"
Athrun chuckled. "Yes, I do."
The blonde's amber eyes glared at his emerald ones. "Idiot! Now you're the one who's working too hard! Just stop it ok? Go home when office hours are done and don't be the earliest person to go to work as well! Besides, I'm perfectly fine!"
The blue haired Coordinator raised a brow and stroked his chin as he pondered on what his wife just said. Just then, a grin formed on his face as an idea crossed his mind. "I'll stop when you do."
Cagalli gaped at Athrun. Regaining her composure, she yelled. "What the hell are you talking about? I'm the Head Representative and I can do what I want!"
Athrun raised his hands in surrender to calm down the blonde. "True, you can do whatever you please but that doesn't mean they're all good for you." He calmly stated. "Plus, office hours are office hours and even Orb's Head Representative is no exception. So I'm proposing a deal, we both go to work together and go home together like everyone else in that building. Sounds good to you?"
The daughter of Uzumi Nara Attha wanted to decline and shout a fierce "Hell no!". However, seeing she had no other options, she nodded her head in approval. "Fine."
Athrun smiled and pulled Cagalli to a warm hug, taking her pleasant scent in his lungs. "Thanks."
"Whatever, Zala. You better have something to lighten up my mood or you'll be sorry you ever left your office." Cagalli warned.
Athrun laughed to himself. "You bet I do, and it's going to melt if you don't eat it quick."
Looking around her surroundings, Cagalli spotted the bag of ice cream sitting on the sand. Letting go of Athrun's embrace, she quickly stood up, walked towards it, and held the delicacy close to her chest. The droplets of water that was caused by the warming of the cold food stained the blonde's light blue, spaghetti strapped, satin nightgown, that hugged her upper body, and were 4 inches above her knees.
Athrun shook his head as he smiled at Cagalli's childish act. "It seems that you love it more than you love me." He couldn't help but tease. Upon noticing his wife's sleeping wear, he couldn't help but stare at her. That said dress, was the one she hated to wear the first time she laid eyes on it but now, she was actually wearing it without any complains whatsoever.
Cagalli looked at Athrun and saw him staring at her, disbelief obvious in his emerald eyes. She knew why, her dress, his birthday present for her, the one she wanted to rip to shreds when she saw it. She blushed at the way he was watching her, she wore the dress mainly because she missed Athrun so much. "W-What are you gawking at?" Cagalli pretended not to know.
Mentally hitting himself to get back to his senses, "T-That dress…y-you're wearing it. Are you alright? I mean, did I miss something here?" Athrun asked.
The blonde put on an annoyed face. "So? I-I just wanted to try it out a-and see h-how it f-feels like. I-uh…forgot to change before I went out here and dozed off."
Athrun shook his head as he walked towards her and held her by the waist, hugging her from behind as he buried his face on her locks. "Don't change…please, just this once, I want you to wear it. You look absolutely gorgeous."
Her cheeks turning to a deeper shade of pink, Cagalli unconsciously dropped the bag of ice cream she held and turned around to place her hands around her husband's neck. Biting her lower lip, she looked down to avoid his gaze and nodded. Athrun amused yet again of her reaction, chuckled. He cupped her cheek and gently raised her face to look at him. Her eyes, a beautiful shade of amber, mesmerized him. He leaned forward and his lips slowly met hers. They kissed like there was no tomorrow, their lips taking their time, savouring every contact. The kiss ever so passionate, made them long for more of each other.
"I-Ice…c-cream?" The question escaped Athrun's mouth as he deepened the kiss.
"N-Not…n-now." Cagalli managed to answer.
Their lips finally letting go of each other, the couple looked into each other's eyes with smiles on their faces. "Never knew you could still kiss me like that." Cagalli teased, one brow raised mockingly.
"I didn't think you still could either." Athrun responded back. Seeing the anger forming within his wife, Athrun chuckled, closed his eyes, and pulled Cagalli in a heavenly embrace, "Kidding, my queen," then he whispered a sweet… "I love you."
Hugging Athrun tightly, Cagalli answered, "I love you too."
"I want you..."
A bit shock by Athrun's words, Cagalli retorted, "I'm already your wife, aren't I?"
Athrun quietly laughed. "I meant in bed…now."
"The feeling's mutual."
And I leave the rest to you…
There! Done! XD
Hope you guys like it!
Version 2 is on the next page…same beginning, different endings! LoL.
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