Author's Note: Nightwing/Starfire family story. Enjoy!
Part 1 - Pregnancy
He smiled as he watched her from his position on the couch, flitting around the Tower's main room, continuing with her daily routine of cleaning. Her flaming red was gradually, bit by bit, falling out of what looked like could have been a bun and her jade eyes sparkled. She wore a pair of gray sweat pants along with a, slightly too small, baby blue T-shirt. She had appointed herself as the tower's housekeeper some time ago but viewed her job as a privilege rather than a chore. The others where just happy to have someone that kept their home tidy.
Watching her now, he found it hard to believe that he could have denied his feelings for her for so long. She was –
"Nightwing, what are you staring at?" She asked with a giggle, a faint blush rising to her cheeks as she placed the newly dusted vase back on the table.
"You." He replied simply. He had become Nightwing around 4 years ago; roughly a year after he and Starfire had started dating.
'Good times.' He thought with a smile. They had been young and inexperienced but they had been some of the best years of his life.
"And for what reason are you staring at me, Mr Grayson?" She questioned, placing her hands on her hips.
He grinned. "Because you're gorgeous."
Starfire let out a frustrated sigh. "I can not believe that is the reason." She replied, flopping onto the couch and stretching her legs out as the remainder of her hair fell out about her face. "I feel like an over-sized flagnorf."
It was true, Starfire was looking rather large these days but that was only due to the fact that she was 6 months pregnant. It had been an accident, of course. The couple hadn't even known conception was possible seeing as he was human and she was alien. But that hadn't meant that Nightwing wasn't thrilled when he found out. And pregnancy had by no means made Starfire any less attractive. Far from it! She was positively glowing! Being 21 years of age, she had swapped her teenaged body for a more curvaceous figure. Her bump was large but in perfect proportion and her skin was absolutely flawless.
Nightwing patted her baby bump affectionately and gave her a quick peck on the lips.
"Kory, trust me," He told her softly. "You've never looked more beautiful than you do now."
She smiled weakly and caressed his face with her hand allowing her eyes to drift shut. The tower was unusually peaceful. Raven and Changeling, formally known as Beastboy, were most likely out on a date and Cyborg was visiting the Titans East.
Starfire let out a sigh of satisfaction as Nightwing leant over her and began to trail delicate kisses down her throat. He moved lower and lower, his kisses becoming slower until he reached her belly. He let his lips linger over her bump, his breath tickling her skin and making her laugh.
"Richard, what are you doing?" She asked, eyeing him with curiosity.
"I'm talking to the baby." He replied as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.
She laughed again as he continued to murmur words of love into her belly and caress it gently with his hands. He stopped suddenly when something jolted against his palm and looked towards Starfire who was staring back at him. Both were wearing identical expressions of shock.
"Did you feel that?" Nightwing whispered.
Starfire nodded. "I did indeed."
"What was it?" He asked, cautiously moving his hands over her stomach with wide eyes.
Starfire placed her hands over her bump too and squeaked as they both felt the jolt again.
"The baby is kicking!" She exclaimed and cooed excitedly. "Hello in there, little one."
Swivelling around on the couch she positioned herself between Nightwing's legs and leant back against his chest, placing her hands back on her tummy and Nightwing's hands atop of hers. She sighed joyfully.
"Oh, Richard. Is this not the most magnificent thing you have ever witnessed?"
He nodded in agreement, a grin fixed permanently on his face. "I just can't believe it." He breathed. "I mean, I thought the scans were amazing but this…actually feeling the baby…it makes all of this seem so much more real. …God! I'm gonna be a dad in like, 3 months!"
"What's so funny?" He asked, mock pouting.
She giggled again. "Oh, I was just wondering how you could be so stern and emotionless in battle and yet at home you are just…one big softy!"
"Hey, I only show this side of myself to you." He explained, nuzzling her neck playfully.
She smiled lovingly in return. "And I am grateful for that."
The two fell into a peaceful silence. The only sounds were that of their breathing and the low hum that emitted from the computers in the room. It was a rare that they got to be by themselves like this. Such was the downside to living with 3 other people. They loved to be around their friends but moments like these were the moments they cherished; just being with each other.
"Have you thought of any names for the baby yet?" Nightwing asked; his voice was muffled as he had nestled his face into Starfire's red hair.
She shifted slightly. "I have." She replied simply.
"Well let's hear them then." He urged with a smile.
Leaning forward, Starfire moved yet again. This time, sitting cross-legged, opposite Nightwing. She took his hands in hers.
"If it is a boy," She explained. "I thought that you would like to chose the name. If it is a girl…I should like her to be called Mar'i."
Nightwing mouthed the word. "Is that Tamaranean?"
Starfire nodded. "It is. It means 'Star of the Night'."
Nightwing blinked. "Star of the Night." He repeated to himself. 'Star of the Night. Star, Night…. Starfire and Nightwing.'.
"Did you take that from our crime fighting names?" He asked curiously.
She nodded again, a slight blush creeping up into her cheeks. "If you do not like it we could always change-"
"Of course I like it!" Nightwing exclaimed. "It's better than anything I came up with, that's for sure."
Reaching out, he cupped her jaw with his hand and planted a quick kiss on her lips.
"I've been thinking about us a lot lately." He told her softly, curling a strand of her red hair around his finger.
"What about us?" She asked, her voice matching his level of volume. She briefly remembered how they used to whisper to each other when they were kids, even when they were the only ones in the room. She smiled at the memories.
"I've been thinking about our future. Y'know, after the baby is born and everything and I…" He paused and unravelled the hair from his finger.
Kori furrowed her brow. She knew he was trying to tell her something. What was he so nervous about?
'Oh X'Hal, he is not breaking up with me, is he!' She asked herself, her blood suddenly running cold.
"Richard, what are you trying to tell me?" She asked cautiously.
Lifting his gaze to meet hers, he smiled. "I'm not trying to tell you anything, Kory. I'm…I'm trying to ask you something."
This worried her even more.
'Ask me what?' She thought. But just as she was about to say it out loud, Richard began to speak again.
"I've been practicing different ways to ask you this for weeks but nothing seems right. Reason being, there simply are no words to describe how I feel about you. So I've decided that I'm just gonna come out and say it."
Starfire held her breath. 'Say what? Say what!'
Getting up off of the couch, Nightwing knelt down on the floor in front of her, never once letting go of her hand.
She gasped and held her other hand to her mouth to stifle it. 'He's…he's going to…'
"I love you." Nightwing continued. "And I realise that I probably should have asked you this question before you got pregnant but it's a little too late for that I guess." He smiled. "Koriand'r, I would be honoured if you would…take my hand in marriage."
He reached into his pocket to produce the ring he had bought several weeks ago but Starfire had tackled him to the ground before he could bring it out and smothered him with a hug.
"Is…that a yes?" He chocked, half joking, half serious.
She laughed and kissed him soundly on his lips. "Yes! Yes, I'll marry you Richard."
Nightwing grinned like he never grinned before as he slid the ring onto his new fiancée's finger. Starfire held her hand up and admired how the jewel on the ring caught the light that was streaming in through the large windows.
"It's beautiful." She murmured before gazing down at her baby bump and whispering excitedly. "We're going to be a real family."
Nightwing kissed Starfire's forehead gently. "You've made me so happy, Kory. Do you know that?"
Starfire leant forward and wrapped her arms around his torso, resting her head on his chest. She blinked back her tears of joy. "I love you, Richard Grayson."
"I love you too, Kory." He replied. "And I always will."
Author's Note: Ok, I totally hated that ending but ho-hum! Sorry about contastly changing from Nightwing to Richard and from Starfire to Kory. By the way, is it KorY or KorI? Anyway, I just like to use their real names when they are conversing with each other. It just seems more intimate and special. :) Right, so I would really love some reviews. I know I'm a bit out of practise with my writing but I'm sure this story isn't too terrible. Incase anyone was wondering, the decription of Starfire in the first paragraph was inspired by a piece of art drawn by Asukawa on deviantART. Take a look, the link is in my profile.
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