Author's Note: Another mando chapter. Goodbye. Said in very heavy accent. You can guess which accent. Use your imagination.
Red, Yellow, Brown, and White
I heard the calls but didn't respond just yet. I still had my face hidden in Zelos' silky red locks, and I was too stiff to move.
We hadn't spoken much during the two-and-a-half hour journey; although, at one point Zelos had conversed with me in order to keep me awake. He had been successful, if just barely.
He now landed the Rheaird smoothly and unlocked my hands carefully from around him. I rubbed my eyes and unboarded the blue aircraft then commenced to walk off the stiffness in my legs. I heard Zelos behind me as I made my way toward Dirk's cottage.
There was a flash of yellow, brown, red, and white as I crossed the little log bridge, and I was suddenly tackled by Colette and Lloyd. I collapsed against the sudden weight, but Zelos quickly prevented my fall with strong arms. Heh. I guess it would be a bad idea to fall when a fragile being was growing inside me, but no one other than Zelos, Raine, and I even knew that being existed.
"Sheena, Zelos, we missed you!" Colette's voice exclaimed as the two young adults pulled Zelos and I into a bear hug.
"It's great to see you too," I laughed, touched by their enthusiasm.
"Hey, bud; hey, Colette," Zelos added, and I have to give him credit for not addressing the 'Cute Little Angel' as such.
"Come in, you two!" exclaimed Lloyd when he and Colette finally released us.
So we followed them inside and exchanged greetings with the rest of the company, which, of course, included the Sages, Presea, Regal, and Dirk.
We all stood around talking for a while, catching up, and then we had lunch. To my surprise, I was very hungry, and I ate ravenously. Gosh. Being pregnant was so weird.
After lunch, we continued to catch up and hang out. The afternoon soon faded into dusk, and I was beginning to lose focus as my eyes drooped, and I yawned more and more.
Everyone went outside, and I followed the group. The air was warm for the middle of March, but I was thankful. I wasn't particularly fond of the cold.
I spotted Zelos sitting on one of a few benches that were arranged in a loose circle near the woods, and I automatically filled in the seat next to him. He glanced over at me and smiled. I smiled back and yawned again.
Our other companions filled up the benches, and we all sat in silence for a few moments as the light slowly left the sky. It was a very peaceful silence though, and I realized how much I missed the old days. I honestly wanted to go on another journey…
Colette gasped suddenly, shattering the silence, and the others turned their heads to look at her. She was staring at something in my direction, and I followed her gaze to my left hand. My stomach dropped.
"Sheena!" she exclaimed, cutting her eyes to mine. "Are you engaged to someone?"
Now everyone was looking at me. Oh, Martel…
"N-not exactly," I stammered in a small voice, sure my face was the color of Zelos' hair, ironically enough. "I'm…married."
And now everyone's jaw dropped—even Regal's.
"Sheena, you are married?" Presea asked, tilting her head curiously.
"Yup!" exclaimed Zelos, saving the day, I swear. "Everyone, meet my wife Sheena."
He wrapped a secure arm around my shoulders, and I looked up at him, surprised to see a goofy, lopsided grin on his face.
"You guys got married?" asked Lloyd in disbelief.
All the shocked looks we were receiving made me want to crawl away and curl up in a hole or something, and I nodded.
"Were you planning on telling us ever?" Raine inquired, narrowing her eyes. "Wait—don't answer that."
"I thought I would wait for the best time, " I mumbled, still blushing.
"How long have you two been married?" Colette asked, an eager expression on her face.
"About a month," I replied, glad for the distracting question.
Lloyd, still wearing a shocked look, spoke.
"Hey," he said suddenly, looking back and forth between the two of us. "Since when have you two been in love?"
"Well," my husband replied, a devious tone lurking in his voice. "You see, my demonic banshee just couldn't stay away from me for too long. I just exude too much masculine sexiness. So I solved the problem by marrying her."
He wiggled his eyebrows, ignoring my glare, and everyone else burst out laughing.
"You idiot!" I snapped, smacking him hard in the arm. "Did you forget the other part of my nickname, because I'd be more than happy to demonstrate."
He put his arm up in mock-defense.
"Heh," Genis commented, smirking. "I bet she beats you up every day, Zelos."
I imitated the smirk and looked at Zelos.
"Of course I do," I said smugly, but then I rolled my eyes as the redhead grinned at me.
"And I, for one, quite enjoy it," he said coyly.
"Oh, brother…" I muttered, and the talk finally shifted back to more trivial matters.
I grew more and more sleepy as the night wore on, and I leaned my head against Zelos' shoulder. He slipped his bare hand in mine—neither he nor I were wearing our gloves—and looked down at me.
"Are you okay, babe?" he asked very quietly.
"Yeah," I said just as quietly. "Just tired, is all."
He nodded in understanding, released my hand, and instead wrapped his arm around my shoulders. I closed my eyes, still leaning on him.
And I drifted off to sleep.
I looked around, scared. Where was I? I had fallen asleep…
I had fallen asleep on the bench, with Zelos. So where was I now?
After a moment, I woke up enough to recognize Lloyd's room. I was in his bed, and I was completely alone. I could hear laughing voices below. I calmed at the sound of Zelos' voice, and I felt drawn to it, like always. His voice was my own special melody…
Shaking my head to end the daze, I slid off Lloyd's bed and stepped out onto the little balcony adjoining the room. The stars shined brightly above, forcing a smile out of me, and the full moon highlighted Lloyd's yard with a ghostly luminescence. Lloyd and Zelos were still outside, talking about whichever thing. I couldn't make out their conversation from here, and I was a little too honest to try. Hmm… Maybe I would join them. I certainly didn't want to go back to sleep all alone in a strange place.
So I made my way to platform roof of Noishe's hideout, and I leapt from it and landed neatly next to Zelos. I remembered too late that I was pregnant. Oops.
"Hey, hun," Zelos said, not at all surprised at my strange entrance.
"Whoa, Sheena, where did you come from?" exclaimed Lloyd, jumping in shock.
I rolled my eyes.
"Lloyd, I traveled with you for months," I reminded him. "You should be used to it by now. I'm a ninja, remember?"
"Yeah, but…that was pretty cool! You popped up out of nowhere!"
I sighed and smiled.
"Good to know you haven't changed, Lloyd," I said, and I felt Zelos bristle very slightly next to me.
Didn't he ever learn? I still didn't feel anything for Lloyd.
"So, Sheena," Lloyd started. "Can you still Summon the Summon Spirits?"
"What?" I asked in some confusion at the sudden topic change. "Uh, yeah, I can, but I haven't since our last battle because they don't like to be bothered."
Lloyd nodded, then spoke again.
"That's awesome! You have to be the coolest ninja ever!"
"Oh-um-thanks," I stammered, blushing.
But I felt Zelos tense next to me, and I glanced up to see an expression that matched his posture planted on his face.
"You know what?" I said, suddenly very upset—though I did my best not to show it. "I'm gonna go inside. Night, Lloyd."
I wasn't going to say anything to Zelos.
Not a word.
Not if he was thinking what I thought he was thinking.
Once I was inside, I tried to lip upstairs by avoiding eye contact with everyone. But it took me a good ten minutes to get away from my friends. I was relieved when I finally reached the stairs and ascended them.
When I arrived at Lloyd's room, I knew I wasn't alone. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it was Zelos standing on the balcony. Why was he up here all of a sudden?
A little nervously, I went out and stood at his side. He barely even glanced at me. I studied his profile for a second, and I knew by the way his jaw was set and by the way his yes were clouded that he was mad. It was very rare that he became so angry, and so I wasn't sure what to do exactly.
"Hey," I said quietly in greeting.
"Hey," he said shortly, not even sparing me a glance.
I felt myself flare up with anger.
"Zelos, what the heck is your problem?" I demanded.
"I don't know, honey, why don't you go hang out with Lloyd, since he's so much fun?" he said cuttingly, still not looking at me.
I was so taken aback by the biting sound of his voice that I felt my eyes prick with tears.
Only he could make me cry with a tone of voice.
Well, I was not going to let him see me cry, so I turned on my heel and stalked down to Noishe's roof again. My mind, heart, and emotions were in turmoil, and I was just so frustrated.
I sat down o the edge of the roof and hugged my knees to my chest, and tears began to slide down my cheeks. But least it was the kind of crying that wasn't too noisy; it was the kind issued in only small gasps and sobs.
I felt someone behind me, and I wasn't surprised at all to hear Zelos speak.
I leapt up, whirled around to face him, and clenched my hands into fists at my sides.
"Zelos, I don't feel anything for Lloyd!" I hissed, not wanting our argument to reach anyone else's ears. "And I am pregnant with your baby, so don't you think that means something?"
Zelos' angry expression softened.
"I know, honey," he sighed. "I'm sorry. I… Babe, you are the one good thing I've ever had; the one good thing I've ever wanted. Sheena, I love you more than the world, so much, and any time I'm afraid I might lose you…I just…I love you so much…"
I cooled down significantly.
"I love you too, you idiot," I half-whispered with a small smile. "Only you, remember? I swear."
He smiled back, and he crossed the wooden roof to pull me into a tight embrace. Clutching the pink tunic in front of me, I pressed my face against Zelos' smooth warm neck, enjoying my lover while I could.
I jumped at the sound of someone's voice, and I pulled away from Zelos, red-faced with embarrassment. Raine was standing on the balcony just outside Lloyd's room.
"Zelos," she began, her silvery-white hair glinting in the moonlight. "You said you wished to speak with me?"
"Oh, yeah," the redhead replied, and he glanced at me. "C'mon babe. Now we can ask her about this morning."
I looked at Zelos uncertainly, but he placed his warm hand around mine and led me up the ramp. Once on the balcony, he addressed Raine.
"Sheena needs to ask you something," he explained, and Raine turned to me.
"You have my undivided attention," she informed me.
"First off," I started. "How'd you know I was pregnant?"
"I can sense the Mana of a new life," she said. "Actually, I must admit, Genis sensed it first, but he didn't understand what it was because I've never explained the connection to him.
"Also, you repeatedly touched your stomach during the short time we were there, and that helped to confirm my belief."
"Oh," I said, a little awed at her ability and a little surprised that I touched my stomach all the time. "Now the other thing—I'm not sure how to say this, exactly, but to begin with, I have morning sickness a lot. I'm used to that by now, but this morning it was different. I got really dizzy, and I almost fainted, and I was just wondering if you could tell me why."
"Hmm," the half-elf said thoughtfully, putting her chin in her hand. "That could be a number of things, such as some sort of sickness, overexertion, lack of sleep… How far into the pregnancy are you?"
"About eight weeks," I answered, mulling over what she had said, and I then nervously asked the last final thing on my mind.
"Can-can pregnancy cause…nightmares?"
"Well, I suppose anything is possible," the Professor stated. "What kind of nightmares are they?"
"I don't know… Each one is different…"
"The only thing I can suggest for the dizziness is some sleep," she concluded. "Perhaps your nightmares will fade over time as well."
"All right," I said. "Thanks a lot, Raine."
She smiled and left, leaving Zelos and I alone on the balcony.
My husband turned to me.
"Is that why you haven't been sleeping?" he asked quietly.
"Yeah," I nodded. "But I guess I'm just gonna have to deal with them."
"When do you usually have the nightmares?"
"When-when I'm alone…"
"Well, I guess I'll just have to be there every time you fall asleep, babe," he concluded.
"Zelos," I said quickly. "Uh, you don't have to go out of your way to—"
He held a finger to my lips to silence me.
"Don't worry about it," he said, his blue eyes searching my brown ones. "I love you, and I don't like to see you hurting."
"Thanks, Zelos," I whispered, smiling.
He leaned down, and our mouths met. Heat wen through me as his lips touched mind. Reaching up, I tangled my fingers in his fiery hair and moved my lips in sync with his hot ones, and he placed his hands on my back and came closer.
I backed up a little, and I felt a wall behind me. Zelos placed his hands against the wall on either side of my hips, and I closed my eyes and let bliss take over for a short time.
Zelos moved away from my mouth, and he left a tender row of kisses along my neck. He made his way back up to my mouth and put his hands on my waist, and I shivered in delight as he renewed his kiss.
We stayed like that for a few eternal moments, just enjoying each other's nearness, and I was thankful for the support of the wall behind me. Even though I had been with Zelos for more than six months, the man's kisses still had the uncanny ability to make my heart stop and my knees tremble.
Finally, Zelos stopped for air, and I struggled to catch my breath as well.
"D—, Zelos," I said breathlessly. "Every time you kiss me I completely lose myself."
He grinned, still breathing hard, and his heated oceanic gaze held captive.
"Would you believe me if I said the same about you?" he asked with a trace of humor in his eyes. "I don't know if you know this, Sheena, but you drive me crazy."
I smiled and could feel the emotion through my own eyes as I looked at him.
"I love you," I murmured for the millionth time that day, and Zelos wrapped his arms around my middle and held me close.
I closed my eyes against his neck, never happier.
"Love you too," Zelos said softly. "'Cuz, babe, you complete me."
Author's Note: Thanks as always for reading. XD The next chapter will take a new turn, sort of, like, it will be a new month.