Hey guys. Sorry I haven't updated in so long. School has been pretty hectic with transferring and all. Anyways, here is the next chapter.

Previously:

"I don't know. My stomach just really hurts," said Kagome gritting her teeth. Sousuke gathered Kaname up into his arms and ran to the nurse's office. It was only a few seconds but it felt like hours for the two. They got to the office in record time after Sousuke broke the door down. The nurse gasped.

"She's going to be fine. The baby will be fine, too. She seemed to be having a lot of stress occurring before this situation. That caused the baby distress and started some Braxton Hicks contractions or false contractions. These contractions do not cause the women to go into labor. Women can have these contractions toward the end of their second trimester and into their third.

After about a half an hour, Kaname's parents popped into the room and hugged their daughter. During that time, to give them some privacy, Sousuke stepped out into the hall to call Kyoko and the school nurse. Kyoko screeched into the phone and proceeded to tell the entire class the good news while the nurse let out a breath of relief. Once everyone was informed, Sousuke walked back into the room ecstatic to see the love of his life rubbing her pregnant stomach with a goofy smile on her face.

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2 weeks after incident:

It has been two weeks since Kaname was hospitalized. Since that time, Kaname has not left Sousuke's sight. He was more afraid for her now than ever. Well, Kaname appreciated what he was trying to do, but he was driving her crazy. Combine pregnancy hormones and an annoyed Kaname and you get Sousuke with a face full of dirt. She has already smacked him 10 in just that day.

They were going to their next class when Kyoko caught up to them.

"Hi Kaname. Hi Sousuke. How is SJ doing?" asked Kyoko.

"SJ?" questioned Kaname.

"SJ for Sousuke Jr. It's a boy right?" asked Kyoko.

"We don't know yet. We're supposed to go for my ultrasound today. She wants to check to make sure there are no problems with the baby especially after my scare and… we get to know the gender! I am so excited!" exclaimed Kaname. Kyoko danced around with Kaname while Sousuke watched on smiling. Suddenly Kaname made a funny face. She looked down at her stomach and put her hands on it. She looked up at both of them and was beaming.

"It kicked. This is the first time I've felt it. Sousuke, come feel," beckoned Kaname. Sousuke put his hands on her belly and moved them around to feel the kick. When he felt it, he was shocked. This made the whole all too real for him. He couldn't stop the smile on his face. He then proceeded to put his head on her belly and listen to the baby. Kaname looked at him lovingly thinking how great a father he would be.

"My turn!" exclaimed Kyoko. After she was done, they realized they were very late to class and ran except for Kaname who waddled behind.

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Four hours later:

School had ended and Kaname and Sousuke were on their way to the OB/GYN's office. Kaname was so excited she could hardly sit still. Sousuke tried to stay focused on the road, but snuck glances at her from time to time. He was excited too. He was just better at hiding it.

After another ten minutes, they arrived at the office. They filled out the necessary paperwork and signed in. After another twenty minutes, they were called in and Kaname changed into a gown. Luckily, the doctor came in right when she was done.

"Kaname, how are you? The baby doing okay?" asked the doctor.

"I'm fine and the baby's fine. We just felt it kick for the first time today," said Kaname.

"Great. So, today, I am going to measure your belly, feel around, and then do the ultrasound to find out the sex. Do you still want to know the sex?" asked the doctor.

"Yes please!" exclaimed Kaname. The doctor then proceeded with her exam which only took about ten minutes then fired up the ultrasound machine.

"Ready to know the sex of the baby?" asked the doctor. Kaname took Sousuke's hand and squeezed tight with him giving her a nod.

"Yes," answered Kaname.

"It's a…girl. Congratulations!" said the doctor. Kaname was so happy. She had a huge smile on her face. Even Sousuke looked really happy. The doctor proceeded to print out a picture for them to take home and told them to come back in a month. They both thanked the doctor and left the office. When they got home, Kaname copied and scanned the picture so she could send the picture to their loved ones. Sousuke even called Kalinin to tell him the good news.

"You must send me a picture of the baby when it comes. I want to see my new granddaughter when she arrives," said Kalinin. Sousuke stood shocked to find out his father figure shared this bond with him.

"Aye sir. I'll be sure to do that," said Sousuke and then he hung up. Around an hour later, both had come down from their high and were exhausted. As soon as their heads hit the pillow, they fell asleep.

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2 ½ months later:

Kaname was in the end of her third trimester. She was now 37 weeks pregnant and finishing her ninth month. She couldn't wait for her daughter to get here. Both her and Sousuke had picked a spare room to make a nursery. Kaname may have picked almost everything out, but Sousuke did all the lifting and I mean ALL the lifting. Kaname wasn't even allowed to hold the brush to paint the room. Sousuke sent her to Kyoko's to keep her out the house. She loved how concerned he was even though it got a little much at times. They were hardly apart and they wouldn't have it any other way.

The next day at school was their history presentations. Lucky for the couple, they were chosen to present their project together which made it easier since they were living together (officially since three months ago). They started their presentation off with a bang, but halfway through, Kaname started to feel some pains in her stomach. She dismissed them since they were not that bad. Throughout the day, the pains kept occurring. She was starting to get concerned, but didn't want to tell Sousuke just in case they were false labor pains again. Only during eighth period did she cry out. Sousuke was next to her in a second.

"Kaname. What's wrong?" asked Sousuke frantically.

"I think the baby's coming, for real this time," said Kaname.

Sousuke then proceeded to pick her up and run her to the nurse's office leaving the class worried. He put her on the first available bed and told the nurse what happened. The nurse gave her a quick exam and turned to Sousuke.

"Call 911. I think she is having the baby," said the nurse. He called and the ambulance was there within ten minutes. They wheeled her out with Sousuke at her side the entire time. She cried out in pain many times, but the paramedics put an oxygen mask on her face, so it worked sort of like a muffler.

They got to the hospital and this time he was able to stay with Kaname the entire time.

"Sousuke, I'm scared. I can't have this baby. We're too young and unprepared," said Kaname with tears in her eyes.

"Kaname. You are the strongest person I know. Just remember when we first felt her kick and when we set up the nursery. We were ready then and we're ready now. You can do this. I will be right at your side the whole time," coached Sousuke.

Kaname nodded and then proceeded to scrunch her face up in pain for the next contraction that hit her. Her labor was brutal but only lasted about five hours in the hospital since she had been having pains almost the whole day. It was now time to push.

"Alright Kaname. I need you to push real hard for me. On three. 1…2…3," instructed the doctor. Kaname pushed with all her might until the nurse counted all the way to ten for her. The doctor told her to push again. This went on for about twenty minutes with Sousuke coaching her on.

"Alright Kaname stop," said the doctor. Kaname felt that strong need to push but she held it in as hard as she could. The doctor gently pulled the cord from around the baby's neck.

"Alright Kaname. This is the last one. One more big push!" exclaimed the doctor. Kaname pushed and screamed out as the rest of the baby slid out. Kaname collapsed against the pillow while her baby let out her first cries.

"It's a girl!" said the doctor. Sousuke looked on with so much happiness he couldn't contain it. He let a few tears fall from his eyes. They wiped the baby off a bit and then put her on Kaname. Kaname was exhausted but started crying and cooing to her daughter regardless. The baby kept on crying as Kaname birthed the placenta.

"What should we name her?" asked Sousuke.

"How about Kumiko Hoshi?" said Kaname. Sousuke loved that name and fingered the box in his pocket. When the baby was fully cleaned up, they gave Kumiko back to Kaname. Sousuke then proceeded to hold her. When he was done and Kaname was resting he put Kumiko into her bed. He had called Kaname's parents and Kalinin a couple hours ago, so he went to the waiting room to tell her parents the good news. He knew Kalinin wouldn't come since he was on the submarine.

When he got to the waiting room, he was surprised by the number of people there. People from school including Kyoko, some of his crew as well as Kalinin and Tessa, and Kaname's parents were all there waiting. They looked so excited and all stood up.

Sousuke took a deep breath and said,"It's a girl!" Everybody cheered and patted Sousuke on the back. Kaname's parents both hugged him before running off to see their daughter and granddaughter. Kalinin even came up and gave him a hug. Sousuke stood rigid before relaxing and returning the hug. Tessa couldn't stop smiling and demanded pictures. Sousuke took out his phone and showed everyone the pictures he took. There were many awes and oohs. Everyone seemed taken with the new baby.

"What's her name Sousuke?" asked Kyoko.

"Kumiko Hoshi," said Sousuke. Everyone loved the name. After everyone got to look at the pictures, close friends and family members took turns going in to see Kaname and Kumiko. After many visits, the small family was exhausted. Before Kaname went to sleep again, Sousuke went to talk to her.

"Kaname. I know that we did not enjoy each other's company at first, but as I grew to know you and protect you, I saw all of your wonderful qualities as well as your not so wonderful qualities," Kaname frowned at this," but through it all, I was protecting you, but in actuality, you were protecting me, too. You saved me so many times and not just from death. You are the light of my life and I never want to let the two of you go. So, Kaname…will you marry me?" said Sousuke.

Kaname was so taken aback that it took her a few moments to answer.

"…Yes."

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Well I hope you guys liked this chapter and it made up for the wait. I think my writing has gotten better but it still needs work. I am probably going to do one more chapter and then a short epilogue. Btw, Kumiko means companion child; drawing together (since she did this for Kaname and Sousuke) and Hoshi means Star. Review please.

-Gaarasgirl93