Author's Notes: Just a drabble, and one I'm very proud of too for some reason. *shrugs* Oh well, enjoy! ^_^
Disclaimer: I don't own Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, and blah blah blah.......
It all started one day when Yako entered the apartment, closed the door behind her, and suddenly had her face grabbed by a large purple hand with claws. Then she heard the most bizarre string of words ever spoken to her in her life.
"Louse, your insides are mutating."
Yako just blinked at him.
"You have two hearts."
Neuro put the tip of his middle finger over her heart. "One here…" He moved his hand down and poked her hard in the stomach. "…and one here."
It took a long minute for the reality to suddenly hit Yako like a train, but when it did, her mind went completely blank. Her hand, shaking slightly, moved to her stomach, which was still a little sore from Neuro poking it so hard, but which also felt very sick. Was it a happy sort of feeling or something else? Fear? She wasn't sure. Now her mind was racing, so fast she was getting a headache just standing there. Neuro was saying something about how she was such a pig and ate such strange human foods it was no wonder she was mutating, but Yako could barely hear him. She clutched her shirt over her stomach.
"Right here…" she mumbled hoarsely, and then dashed from the room.
Neuro was on her in less than a second. Yako felt the grip on her head from behind, and suddenly she was lying on the ground on her back with the demon crouching over her.
"And where do you think you're going, mutant?" he demanded, that sadistic grin plastered on his face.
Was that going to be a new nickname for her? Yako ignored it and spouted frantically, "I just have to go to the store for something!"
"Perhaps your microscopic brain can't process this fact, but more eating will only make things worse," the demon announced.
Yako glared at him – something she was able to get away with now that they were actually married (the human still didn't know how that had happened) - and stated, almost coldly, "I'm not buying food, Neuro, I'm buying… an appliance."
She couldn't tell him. Could she really tell him? That was a stupid question, he would figure it out sooner or later, that was inevitable. But what would his reaction be? What if he didn't like it? What if he was angry, or worse? How could this possibly, in any dimension, work out?!
There was really no doubt in her mind that she was pregnant. Neuro's enhanced demon hearing was a far greater instrument than any store-bought test she could take. If he'd heard a heartbeat, then it was really there. Yako really didn't need to go to the store, and she really didn't plan to. She just needed a quiet moment to think, just for a minute.
"What sort of appliance would this be, louse?" Neuro asked, voice heavy with exasperation.
"It… the, um… the toaster is outdated, we need a new one." She winced as Neuro's grip on the back of her head tightened a little. She couldn't hope to deceive this demon.
"You're lying to me, Yako," he whispered dangerously. "What are you trying to hide?" He paused, grip tightening a little bit more as if to convince her to spill whatever her secret was, his emerald eyes boring into her deep brown ones, waiting for her to respond. "You're shaking," he added after a moment of silence, his hand suddenly loosening behind her head. He paused again, then frowned at her. "And crying. What are you afraid of, louse?" He seemed far more irritated than concerned, but Yako knew for a fact he was irritated because he didn't understand and not because he didn't care. If there was one thing she knew about Neuro, it was that he did care. A lot.
Still Yako hesitated, trying to stop the tears from falling but entirely unable to. This was crazy, insane! She was happy, incredibly, endlessly happy, but she was also frightened. Neuro wasn't human, who knew what he would think. And what about the baby, what sort of creature could the offspring of a demon and a human be like? And the pregnancy, too, would it be different from normal human pregnancies? What might happen to her? What might happen to the baby? Would it be hurt or deformed? It scared Yako out of her wits to think what could happen. She couldn't get the words past the painful lump in her throat.
"Are you injured?" Neuro demanded, losing his patience. "Do you know what's wrong with you? Is the sprouting of extra intestines a common human disease?"
This made Yako laugh in spite of herself. "It's not a disease!" she cried. "There's nothing wrong! It's… It's… It's a miracle, Neuro!" For good or bad, she didn't know, but it was a miracle nonetheless.
Neuro blinked at her. "Then what are you crying for, louse?!"
She would tell him. She had to, there really was no choice. How to word it though…
"Well, I'm… I'm just happy! I'm… we're… I'm… That heartbeat… It's not my heart that's beating, Neuro."
"You ate a beating heart? Really, louse, eating bizarre filth like that…"
"No, Neuro, I didn't eat anything, it's just… It's a baby's heart. I'm…" She took a deep breath. "Pregnant."
There was a very long pause where Yako began to feel very sick, all her fears rising to the front of her mind as she watched Neuro's face for his reaction, trying to crush her happiness. The demon didn't move. His face didn't even twitch. Every growing second Yako felt her heart sink further and further into her toes. He must be angry, or disappointed. She had no way of knowing how a pregnancy was viewed in Hell. What if it was considered a curse? Surely such a miserable place as Hell would see the blessing of a child as a bad thing. Her breathing began to grow shallow as she realized what she was truly afraid of.
What if Neuro didn't love her anymore?
Suddenly, the demon stood up. He turned his back to her and started walking away. Yako felt chills run through her as horror gripped her. She struggled to see through her tears, which were no longer happy, so that she could stand up. Her legs felt like jelly as she found her feet.
He spun around, his eyes burning like green fire. Grabbing Yako by the shoulders, he pushed her back into the wall, pinning her there. For a terrible second, real fear shot through the human as their eyes locked. Then Neuro shocked her even further by dropping his grip to her waist and falling to his knees in front of her. Very slowly, he turned his head, and pressed his ear against her stomach. His fingers tightened on her shirt, his whole body went stiff, then relaxed as he sighed. Was he listening to the baby's heartbeat? Yako felt her own heart settle back into her chest and beat pleasantly against her ribcage as relief flooded through her. Everything was all right, and as Neuro planted a kiss on her stomach, then went back to listening to what she knew was the beautiful melody of a heartbeat, something told her that everything would be all right as well.