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Warning: You are approaching mild OOCness. Read at your own discretion....in other words don't waste your time flaming me.
"You should eat more Anzu. I remember when you couldn't get enough sustenance." Seto advised, looking at his heavily pregnant wife who was toying with her food. She turned to glare at him with angry blue eyes, and he held his breath, knowing he had provoked her unstable temper. Ignoring the flashing of those azure jewels, he proceeded to reason with her before she took the fork clutched in her fist, and stabbed him in the eye. "The doctor said you've done a remarkable job with keeping your weight down, but he didn't want you to starve yourself."
Anzu sighed, as she rest her elbows on the table, propping her chin on the bridge her hands created. "As if I would do that." She replied with irritation. "But I'm due any day now, so it hardly matters."
"It matters to me." He responded dismissively. "I don't want your body lacking the necessary strength when you deliver the baby. Now eat." His order didn't bode well for her, and she stood and pushed away from the dining table, disappearing into the living room without a word. Seto, not wanting her to wander around alone, dropped his eating utensils and followed the path to her. "Anzu."
"What!" She whirled around and he noted her posture had become strained.
"I'm only doing this because I'm worried about you." Anzu calmed down and breathed in deeply. She blew a few strands of hair from her face and walked closer to him.
"I know." She said softly, looking down at her burgeoning stomach. A soft smile came to her lips and she sighed happily. Soon, she would have her baby and then all those months of feeling like a blimp, would be forgotten. At least until she wanted another child. "But I'm sick and tired of you hovering around me like I'm some kind of invalid."
"Well that's your problem." Seto replied, smiling at her with more than amusement present in his eyes. She shook her head ruefully, brown hair swishing out of its delicate chignon.
Suddenly Anzu went very still, then stretched her hand to Seto, groping for his shirt as she bent over. "I think...I think my water just broke." His loud curse barely made it to her ringing ears, and her face paled when a sharp pain speared through her vitals. Seto dropped to his knees and held her face in his shaking hands, eyes wide with apprehension.
"Is it time? Should I call the doctor?" Anzu just nodded, her breath caught in her throat and she bit her lip.
"We need to get to the hospital." Another contraction, and she whispered in a strained yet hurried voice. "And fast!"
The next twenty five minutes were a blur, and she barely remembered anything but Seto's frantic calls for the car and his painstaking supervision, as he helped her into the vehicle.
Speeding down the streets like a maniac, and through the unpleasant sensations, she wondered why they weren't pulled over for reckless and dangerous driving. A sharp cry emitted from her throat and she gripped the seat, fingernails biting into the leather.
"Are you in pain Anzu? Don't worry, we'll be there momentarily." Anzu nodded and then moaned in agony, feeling her body shatter like glass, while Seto tore through the hospital parking lot, narrowly avoiding any obstacles along the way. She was rushed inside, and placed in a brightly lit room while he checked her in.
Her labor progressed through the night and Seto was beside her the entire time, holding her hand and whispering words of encouragement and reassurance. He was wonderful, Anzu thought, through the haze of pain and the pronounced medical scents. His eyes reflected apprehension, but his face was as solid as granite, not betraying any of his internal emotions. Another pain sliced through her and he increased his vice grip, talking to her softly, whispering that it was going to be alright.
"I'd like to trade places with you, then we'll see if you think it's alright." Anzu hissed through clenched teeth and her head lolled to the side, as another shaft of pain struck her body. They counted through it and she barely felt herself being wheeled into the delivery room.
"Are you ready Mrs. Kaiba?"
"What do you think!" Anzu yelled at the doctor, wanting to murder everyone present in the room. She was especially incensed when she heard laughter from her husband, and glared at him through tear filled eyes, when he smoothed her sweaty brow.
"You'd better not ask foolish questions like that, unless you want to die here doctor."
His light comment was left dangling in the air, and Anzu couldn't register anything but the unpleasant physical discomfort, the masked people crowding her, and the much awaited climax as the doctor held up a squirming, crying, baby girl.
She sighed, and gratefully allowed her worn body to sink onto the bed. Nurses were milling around, weighing the newborn infant and recording her footprint, while the doctor was still tending between the stirrups where her legs were draped. Anzu laughed and despite herself, she couldn't stop the flow of joyful tears cascading down her pale cheeks, as she held the life she had brought into this world.
"Beautiful?" Seto scoffed and tenderly touch the sleeping baby's head. "She's much more than that. She's...she's...perfect!" He squeezed Anzu's shoulder lovingly and peered at her with misted over eyes. "Thank you."
Akeno Kaiba slept in the hospital nursery, knees drawn close to her chin and tiny hands clutching the soft pink blanket. Her eyes were sealed and she had a peaceful expression on her heart shaped face. Her cheeks glowing with a rosy blush under the fluorescent lights, and Anzu couldn't be any happier.
"I can't believe she's finally here."
"I know." Seto said quietly, as he stared through the transparent glass. His admiration and love for his daughter shinning through his voice with every word he spoke. "She really is a beautiful baby. I'm sure she will be spoiled rotten."
Anzu laughed. "And I bet you'll be the one doing the most spoiling." Seto just shrugged before bending down to kiss her.
"Are you ready to go back?"
"I don't want to." She whispered forlornly. "But I'm tired, and I want to be well rested when I see her again." He nodded, unlocking the wheelchair's brake and escorting her back towards her room; the largest maternity suite the private hospital had to offer. Entering the room, Seto helped her to the bed, drawing the covers up to her chin and Anzu let her head rest heavily against the fluffy pillow.
"Did I say thank you?"
"Only every ten seconds." She replied teasingly, as he took his place beside her on the bed, their hands clasped tightly together.
"And I'll keep saying it every damn day." He leaned over and brushed his lips against hers. The chaste gesture was brief, yet held an abundance of love and care. "I should really let you get some rest." Even as he said those words, he made no move to vacate the bed.
"You really should." Anzu whispered drowsily as he stroked her still damp hair. "Wake me up when Akeno gets hungry okay?" Seto nodded and kissed her forehead.
"I will." He promised.
With one last brief kiss, Anzu closed her tired blue eyes and reclined listlessly against the mattress, eager for a well-earned rest, for her pleasantly weary body...
A/N: I know I haven't updated this story in ages. To tell you the truth, I kind of forgot about it. I had written this chapter before Christmas, but with the hectic holiday season and school the next month, it was easy to forget.
For Pride, I wanted it to be a little different from what one would expect. I know pride is defined as a feeling of superiority, blah, blah, blah. But that's too easy. So I decided to write about personal satisfaction instead. People often say that their children are their pride and joy no? Writing about children and infants is a task for me since I don't have any experience around them. And I really liked how this chapter turned out despite my handicap.
Throughout this story, you may notice that I didn't include any other original characters beside Seto and Anzu. The reason for that being, I wanted to have this story all about this couple and felt no need to include Yuugi and the rest.
I am also aware that Kaiba is somewhat OOC, but I did warn you. I'm not going to write about something which I don't believe in, and I think despite Kaiba's icy disposition, he would be happy to have a child. Who wouldn't be? And because it is fanfiction, I can do whatever I please. I appreciate your criticism as much as the next person but don't waste your time and mine, by saying that it wasn't "in character".
As always, I appreciate all the reviews and comments everyone has sent me. It was a wonderful story in my opinion, as well a few others, and it was a chance for me to try new things.
Thank you everyone for making this story a success!