A/N: Let's see... songs received:

1. Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"

2. Colbie Calliat's Capri

3. Heaven by DJ sammy

4. Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of sunshine

And then there's mine, Martina's McBride's In My Daughter's Eyes. Which song will precede mine? Ooh, hard pick, hard pick. Because I've never seen a 16 track CD, I'll be picking two. Because the point of this fic was to be a challenge for me, I'll go with Choice 1 for that reason alone. Fortunately, I'm creative, and I can work with a song that would defy most logic in reality. And I think after my song, I'll add Choice 3 for a bittersweet end. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Disclaimer: The works produced here are not mine to own; I am merely advertising random songs while advertising my own work, Shard Card. Read it today in an anime section near you!

WARNING: Cursing ahead. Not that that would phase you.

Track 15- Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit

"Where is she, dammit!" There were clangs and clashes as Nanoha tried to toss and turn against the restraints. "I'll kill you if you're trying to keep her from me!"

"Nanoha, calm down!" Hayate did her best to both restrain and comfort the woman. "Fate is on her way. You're already earlier than scheduled; if you move around like this-"

"I don't. Fucking. Care. I want Fate here now!"

Yuuno came hurrying into the room. "Nanoha, I got you some ice! They said it's better for you to chew on-"

Nanoha thrust out her leg and caught Yuuno in the thigh, sending him and the ice chips sprawling. "Ice chips aren't worth a thing. I said, get Fate here! Now!"

Hayate whispered something to the nurse, who nodded and went for the doctor, who came in asking, "We have several medications available to make this process more comfortable for you and the baby. Which would you like? We have..."

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

Meanwhile, Fate was not faring much better. She was currently ten minutes away, stuck in traffic. "I could fly faster than these cars are moving at this point." She began to fidget, tapping her finger against the steering wheel. "But if I leave my baby here... who knows what could happen to it... Auto-pilot only works with someone in the car..."

She smiled when the cars started moving again, but frowned when she realized they had only gone all of two feet in the last ten minutes. To make matters worse, she couldn't even pull over because she was jammed in the middle lane.

"Nanoha... wait for me..."

She nearly missed it when the traffic started moving again and she saw her chance to weave through the gaps. It would be narrow but she could do it...

"Sir, incoming call."

"It's Nanoha, isn't it."

"The call is from Rein, sir. But my calculations deduct that it is coming from the vicinity of Raising Heart's master."

Fate took a deep breath and started to speed up in preparation for her test of weaving skills. "Put her through."

"Fate, where are you?"

Fate grit her teeth as she checked the nearest sign. "Still at least seven minutes away, stupid traffic. I think I can cut through though. How's Nanoha?"

"Let's just say she's refusing to deal with anyone but you. And frankly, I have to agree; I think you're the only one who actually received training to deal with her death grip."

Fate winced and smiled sympathetically. "Sorry about that. And I'm not that much better; I still have marks from when she first caught me off guard. I'll be there as soon as I can, okay?"

"Okay. We just gave her some meds, so she's a little quieter right now. I have a feeling her body will fight it off and she'll be just as rowdy in a few minutes though."

Fate cringed along with Hayate as a loud crash was heard from the hospital end. "That sounds like her. Has she been cussing a lot?"

"Horribly. I fear your child's first exposure to Mid-Childan is going to be a Japanese cuss word."

Fate laughed humorlessly. "All right, I have to concentrate on the road. Wish me luck!"

"Good luck and godspeed."

As soon as Hayate disconnected, Fate revved her engines and cut to the left, sped past a truck and cut back to the right, soon cutting through again, back and forth...

The honks came quickly. Fate grumbled, "Oh shut up. My bunny's waiting for me and I'm past the point of stopping out of politeness."

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Recall Alice
When she was just small

Nanoha groaned as she was hit with another sedative. "What the hell are you feeding me...?"

The doctor patted her arm, which felt numb now, and smiled. "Just hang on a little longer, Nanoha-san."

Nanoha threw her head to the side and saw Fate's picture on the table. She smiled a little, before it occurred to her that the bonafide Fate was not there. "I need to go to the bathroom."

The occupants of the room exchanged looks, the same thought seeming to run through all of their minds. Would Nanoha try to make a break for it and look for Fate?

No, that was crazy. Nanoha was dilated seven centimeters already.


Nanoha just might do it.

Nanoha sensed their hesitance like a horse sensed fear. "I said I need to go PI-"

"I'll take you!" Hayate hurriedly stepped forward and everyone took a moment to thank their lucky stars that Hayate was willing to be a martyr for them. "Nurse, could you show me where the bathroom is?"

When men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

Fate smiled wide as she saw the hospital looming in the distance. "Hold on, Nanoha, I'll be right there!"

"Sir, collision ahead, forced halt initiated."

Fate took matters into her own hands and enlisted the help of her barrier jacket to make her car fly straight off the road for the few seconds needed to soar over the place of collision. She took the jarring landing with only a brief wince, and sped on further.

At least, she tried.

Some sort of liquid had escaped the truck involved in the collision and had made the road slick and slippery. Not expecting it, Fate's wheels skidded when she tried to speed up, and the brief lapse of control sent her sprawling into another car. With her constant refinements, her car should have gotten the better end of the deal, had they not both skid straight into an intersection during a green light.

Fate only felt pain for a few minutes at best.

"Nanoha... I'm sorry..."

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said;

By the time the baby was ready to be born, Nanoha was far too gone to recognize much of anything, besides perhaps the pain of the contractions that ran into each other one right after the other.

She remembered smiling wide when her new baby girl was passed to her.

And Nanoha remembered asking, "Where's Fate?"

And she remembered everyone looking around, and Hayate acting the martyr and messenger again. "Nanoha... She got into a car accident on her way here."

Nanoha had looked up, disbelieving and not at all sure what to think. "What? Is she okay?"

When no one met her eye, Nanoha knew things had not gone as planned.



"That's what her name will be." Nanoha looked down at her baby girl. "Rather, Umei. That's what we decided before after all."

'Because Fate will always be by my side. She promised.'

NOTE: Track 16 and 17 will be pure music, as the lyrics suggest for themselves how things went down.

Track 16- Martina's McBride- In My Daughter's Eyes Nanoha

In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes

Track 17- DJ Sammy- Heaven Last Track- Nanoha to Fate

Baby you're all that I want.
When you're lying here in my arms
I'm finding it hard to believe
We're in heaven.

Oh, thinking about all our younger years,
There was only you and me,
We were young and wild and free.
Now nothing can take you away from me.
We've been down that road before,
But that's over now.
You keep me coming back for more.

And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart.
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven.

Now, nothing could change what you mean to me.
There's a lot that I could say
But just hold me now,
Cause our love will light the way.

Now our dreams are coming true.
Through the good times and the bad
I'll be standing there by you.

(We're in heaven.)

And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart.
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven.

A/N: I reached page 51! Thank you for reading this fic, and I dearly hope you read Shard Card to the end. In my defense for the way this ended... well... I won't offer a defense. It's just the way things came out. I tried to keep the fluff up as much as possible! Now I also recommend that you reread Track 01 for added significance. :3