Prettyinpinkgal: What I wrote 07/07/07: Hi! Like many of my story ideas, this idea just struck me right out of the blue. I hope you enjoy it! The title "The Last Fifteen Summers" is inspired by "The 1000th Summer". Much of this fanfiction will be my own guesses (like how Misuzu's real mother died) and whatnot, so yeah. I do not know Misuzu's real mother's name, so I made up one.
What I wrote on 10/21/10: I have decided to change some things about this chapter now that I rewatched the series and decided to do things more according to the series than the movie, so small details will be changed. By the way, Document Manager's being a jerk, so I apologize for any errors or formatting issues. Chances are they were fixed, but it's being a word I will refrain from saying, so who knows. Thanks for the reviews so far, updates are in the future!
Disclaimer: I don't own "AIR". If I did, I would have cried making the episodes.
THE LAST FIFTEEN SUMMERS
CHAPTER ONE: SPRING
"Keisuke!" Ikuko cried. She clutched her stomach in pain. "Keisuke!"
Her lover rushed into the kitchen, where Ikuko was lying against the wall. She was sweating and crying, her face contorted in pain.
"Ikuko!" Keisuke ran to her side. "Are you alright?"
She shook her head.
"Is the baby coming?"
Keisuke scrambled to his feet and ran for the phone, quickly dialing the number for the hospital. He informed them that he was driving Ikuko over. Hanging up, he went back to his wife. Helping her to her feet, he slowly walked her outside to the car.
Keisuke alternated between pacing, sitting down and drumming his fingers on the small table beside the chair, and pacing again. Just then, it hit him: The family didn't know about Ikuko! He hurried over to the payphone and dialed his family, then his girlfriend's.
Finally, he called Ikuko's younger sister, Haruko, on her cell phone.
"Hey, it's Haruko."
"Haruko, it's Keisuke..."
"Keisuke! Long time no chat! How's my big sis?"
Keisuke sighed. "Have you been drinking again? You're just out of high school; that's not goo-"
"I never get that drunk! Geez..."
"Anyway, the reason I called is that Ikuko is having her baby."
"Yes, so if you're able to, you should come over to the hospital here and..."
Keisuke blinked. She must be on her way, he thought.
Haruko yelled at the guy at the train station.
"WHADDYA MEAN, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY? MY SISTER'S HAVING A BABY AND I HAVE TO BE THERE! I JUST DROVE HERE FROM MY WORK PLACE, BREAKING PROBABLY A BAZILLION LAWS ON THE WAY OVER HERE, AND YOU TELL ME I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY?"
The man covered his ears. "Please, ma'am, keep it down..."
"KEEP IT DOWN? KEEP IT BLOODY DOWN? DID YOU HEAR ME? MY BIG SISTER IS HAVING A BABY IN TOKYO AND I HAVE TO GET THERE SO LET ME GET ON THAT FRIGGIN' TRAIN OR I'LL HAVE TO USE MY SECRET WEAPON!"
"Ma'am, please..." said the guy, holding his hands up as if it would calm Haruko down.
"SECRET WEAPON! HAH!" she shouted as she poked him in the eyes.
"My eyes!" He cried out, clutching his face. Many people watched in bewilderment as Haruko grabbed a ticket, leaving all the money she had on the desk and shouting a cheerful, "Thank you!" as she bolted towards the train.
The hospital doors flew open. Keisuke looked up and saw the disheveled girl, panting and sweating. Her eyes scanned the hospital's waiting room frantically until she spotted him. "You!" she shouted, pointing at Keisuke. She ran over, startling the nervous man. "How is she? Is Sis alright?"
"Er...yes, from what I heard so far, it sounds like she's doing fine so far-at least, she's as fine as any woman in labor can be." His eyes gave away that he was concerned nonetheless.
Seeing his concern, Haruko gave a smile. "Well, of course she's alright! She's my sister, after all! After Sis is feeling up to it, and the baby gets a sitter, we can all go out and celebrate with some sake!"
Keisuke laughed, and although it was weak, it was a laugh nonetheless.
"So," he said casually. "How many laws did you break on your way over here?"
Haruko laughed nervously.
Five hours later, Keisuke was the father of a healthy little girl. Haruko and Keisuke stood next to Ikuko, who held her daughter in her arms. "What should we name her?" she asked Keisuke weakly. To Haruko, she smiled and whispered, "I want your opinion on the name too."
"Suzume," Haruko said, smiling broadly at the sweet baby.
At the same time, Keisuke said, "Mitsuki." He and Haruko looked at each other, and laughed softly so as not to disturb the baby.
Ikuko chuckled quietly, and whispered, "How about Misuzu? It's like a compromise between Mitsuki and Suzume. Plus," she added rather bashfully, "I was sort of hoping that we could name her that."
Keisuke and Haruko grinned. "Misuzu," Haruko said, looking affectionately at the baby who was now gripping onto her index finger. "I like that."
"Ah, and one more thing," Ikuko quickly said after Keisuke began to insist that she should sleep to get her strength back. "I want to tell you something, Haruko. Keisuke and I decided to name you Misuzu's godmother. What do you say?"
Haruko laughed loudly, startling the couple and the baby, who let out a slurred mumble. "Don't be silly! I'd be terrible at it. I work all day, and I'm just not a 'motherly' type of person!"
"You'd be fine at it," Ikuko retorted. She could be just as stubborn as her sister. "Do you think I planned on being a mom? Whether you like it or not, you're her godmother."
Haruko waved it off in her roundabout way. "Whatever. Fine. It's not like anything'll happen to you guys. It's no big deal."
Sadly, this was perhaps the happiest moment the adults would experience. It all went downhill after this point, they would reflect later. However, for now, they felt content, and Misuzu didn't let go of her aunt's finger.
Prettyinpinkgal: Well, there's the first chapter! Some years will be longer than others, due to important events. For example, the fifteenth summer will be the longest of all, for obvious reasons. But it should be fun to write! Please review; thanks very much:D
10/21/10: Episode 10 of AIR will be my biggest reference for this story. I had forgotten, until rewatching it, that Misuzu hadn't been a wanted child, and Ikuko and Keisuke hadn't been married and were often feuding. Right now it's not very obvious, but in future chapters it will definitely come out. Also, this chapter is called Spring because since her age is basically 0 and I have it labeled as FIFTEEN summers, not sixteen, I'm just calling this spring, like a prelude. :)