It's over! )
Did you expect this to be longer? I'm sorry if you did, because it was always meant to be a one-shot. Plus, I have no idea what kind of plot I would have after this, and... well...
If you liked this story, you should read the longer, Mega Man themed version of it! It is called "Just Like You, Only Different", and will be posted in the Mega Man or Rockman.EXE section soon!
I like this much better as a short story, anyway.
Nintendo owns the Zelda goodness.
"Can we tell the crew?"
Tetra felt Link shift against her. After Link had convinced her to get up off the floor, he had also convinced her to lie down for a rest in her bed. She didn't really understand how lying on the bed was any better than on the floor, but she did not put up a fight, not even when Link got in bed with her to lay side-by-side.
"So we're just going to wait until they notice you getting fat?"
Tetra frowned, and gave Link a light smack because he couldn't see her displeasure.
"That's a charming way to put it, but also no. I just… I don't want to do this again today. Don't make me."
"What if I tell them for you?" he offered.
"IF YOU DO, I'LL…" Tetra raised her hand again, but forced herself to stop. She mentally reminded herself that Link was concerned and only trying to help. "I… just… no. I'll do it. Please."
He sounded disappointed, and Tetra felt a spark of annoyance. Really, it was cute that he was pleased about becoming a father, but that didn't mean he had to gloat to everyone about it. With only eight people on board, the news was going to get old fairly quick.
The crew… what would they think? As much as she didn't want to believe it, she knew they'd all be happy. Oh sure, Niko would probably go slack-jawed at the news, and when she wasn't around they'd poke fun at Link and bully him a little, but every time Tetra tried to imagine how they'd react, she got a mental image of all six of them fighting to be the first to hug her. They would be happy. And they would understand. Like Link, their desire to find a new home would be doubled so that this new little life would have a suitable future.
Her nose crinkled in a tiny smile. She lifted a hand and put it gently on top of her "new little life". Maybe… maybe she could do this.
One of Link's hands suddenly closed on top of her own and added a reassuring pressure to her still-flat stomach.
Maybe they could do this. Cheered by this thought, Tetra snuggled a little closer. "I hope it's a girl."
Tetra felt Link chuckle. "Why is that?" he asked pleasantly.
"Because… The crew, they call me "Miss". If I had a girl, she'd be the "Little Miss". It would be so adorable!"
There was a pause.
"What?" Tetra faltered a little. "You don't think it's cute?"
"I… don't…" Link shifted and propped himself up on an elbow to give Tetra a critical look. "Cute? When have you ever thought something was cute?"
"I've always thought small children are cute," she stated.
"What is this? It's like you're… I don't know, a girl or something!" Link laughed.
Tetra gave Link another playful slap. "Shut up! I'm with child, I'm supposed to be feminine."
"You're also a princess, but do you act like one?"
"No, and sometimes I don't act like a pirate, either. I pick and choose what titles suit me best."
"And now we're adding "mother" to this mix?" Link groaned, but Tetra could see a twinkle of laughter in his eyes. "You're quite an interesting person!"
"Aren't you just thrilled to add me to your family?" she asked with a large sarcastic grin.
"Hey! My family is small, I'm sure my grandmother would take any addition she cou… she…"
His face had gone suddenly white and he looked like he had swallowed a fish whole, scales and all.
"Link? What's wrong?"
"…what?!" said Tetra, taken aback.
"I'm sorry; please marry me," he said.
Now Tetra found she was the one staring with her mouth open.
"I know… I know you don't like titles because they make people have certain expectations about who you are, but I know you love to ruin people's perception of you and I know there's no priest and we have no family and it wouldn't be really official but if it could be I really think I would ask you we could be happy and—"
Link stopped to inhale, but before he could start again Tetra clamped a hand over his mouth. Link only got this nervous when he was hiding something.
"What's the real reason behind this?" she asked, scowling.
"I… it's just…"
Link cringed and stared down at the bed sheets. "When my grandmother finds out about this, she is going to kill me."
For the first time in what seemed like eternity, Tetra laughed.