Waking up in the morning was nice. I had a feeling today was going to be a good day:
It was my birthday. Naru said he had something planned for me when the day came, and I also had news for him. I just found out the other day, and I was very happy. I couldn't wait to see his reaction once I told him.
The scent of pancakes suddenly filled the room. I got out of bed and went into the kitchen to see that my husband and my little girl were waiting at the table for me with a plate piled with pancakes covered in whipped cream and a lit candle on top.
"Happy Birthday, Okaa-san!" Megumi cried. She ran up to me and I gave her a hug.
"Arigatou, Megumi-chan." I picked her up and kissed her cheek.
"Good morning, Mai," Naru greeted me. "Happy Birthday."
He gave me a kiss and I returned it. "Arigatou, Naru-chan."
"Otou-san and I made you pancakes!" Megumi said, jumping out of my arms and gesturing to the freshly made pancakes.
"I see." I released her and she immediately ran back to the table where the warm, fluffy pancakes were waiting to be consumed.
Megumi was a wonder. She was very mature for her age, but she still acted like a child around us. Naru made sure she was prompt, but I made sure she wasn't too much of a killjoy like her father. She was also a very jovial girl. She enjoyed simple things like art; she was our little Monet. Naru also treasured her dearly, which made her Daddy's little girl. But he became a bit too over-protective. For example, when she asked for ballet lesson, Naru also made her take karate classes.
"They both teach her balance and control, which will later help her control her powers. She might as well learn them both at the same time." That was his excuse, but I knew the real reason. Even though she was only four years old, he was still worried about boys. She was a pretty little girl; once she becomes a teenager, it would be a whole different story.
"I love the pancakes, you guys," I said. Megumi smiled at that and continued to eat her pancakes.
"We have more planned for you," Naru said.
"I can't wait."
"YAY!" Megumi jumped in her chair. Her face was a ridiculous mess of whipped cream and maple syrup. I giggled and wiped the mess off her face.
"Go to your room and get dressed," Naru told her. Megumi followed her father's orders and left.
"Are we going somewhere?" I asked.
Naru put his finger on his lips. "It's a surprise." He handed me a bag. "Now go get dressed." He kissed my cheek before he also retreated from the kitchen. I was going to have to tell him my surprise later.
"Now, open your eyes."
When Naru removed his hands, my eyes opened to see a beautiful field. It was full of flowers and there was a lake further ahead. This was the place Naru planned for us to have a picnic. I was speechless. "Naru, it's..."
"I know. Do you like it?"
I didn't need to answer. I put my arms around his neck and kissed him wholeheartedly. "Thank you," I said in English. Naru smiled. Then we remembered Megumi was behind us. We looked at her but she only gave us a smile. "Come on. Let's go."
We walked down the hill to the field with Megumi running ahead of us. "Megumi, slow down or you'll fall."
Naru and I setup the blanket and Megumi put down the picnic basket when we were done. In the basket, the only thing I could see was a huge cake. It said "Happy Birthday Mai" on the top. "Everything looks good. Who made the cake?"
"Auntie Ayako and Auntie Madoka," Megumi answered. "And I helped!"
"Then I'm sure it's delicious."
The food was excellent, but I enjoyed the view even more. The dazzling flowers, the glistening lake, and Megumi eating her cake. She absolutely loved sweets, and she couldn't get enough of them. She only had one piece of cake, but she was already on the move. She was near the lake, so Naru and I decided to spend some time to ourselves. We laid back on the blanket and held hands. This was probably a good time to tell him. But Naru was distracting me from telling him the news. He pecked kisses on my neck, which tickled.
"Naru! Stop-haha-!" I crushed my lips against his to stop him. I stopped to say, "You're acting unusually sweet today."
"It's your birthday, Mai. Should I not treat you this way?"
I blushed. "Oh, Naru. I have something to te-"
Megumi suddenly came back and jumped on us. She giggled uncontrollably, which became contagious. We all started laughing; what a sweet family moment.
This scene seems awfully familiar.
"You have so much energy, Megumi-chan," I said brushing off some of the grass that was on her dress. Then I whispered in her ear, "Stay here for awhile so I can talk to Daddy about something important, okay?"
"Hai!" She stayed put, eating one of the sandwiches Naru gave to her.
I took Naru's hand and led him a little farther away from the picnic. I stopped in front of the lake and held both of his hands. "Naru, I want to tell you something."
"What is it?" he asked. I could see the anticipation on his face.
"I..." I hesitated for a while. His reaction was very important to me, but I was still afraid. I had to tell him eventually, though. "I'm..."
Naru's face was impassive at first, which made me fear what he was thinking even more. I held my head down and continued, "I found out yesterday, and I thought today would be a good time to tell you. Please don't be mad-" He suddenly cupped my face and kissed me intensely. "N-Naru!"
"I'm not mad, idiot. I'm very happy you told me." He hugged me tightly. "I love you, Mai."
I hugged him back. "I love you, too."
I knew today was going to be a good day. Now our lives were going to get even better.
I knew from the beginning our love wasn't a mistake.