Alright, since the original version of chapter got such a bad response I decided to rewrite it. So, well, here ya go. I know exactly what I want to have happen, but I'm not exactly sure how it's all going to come out. I'm praying the chapter doesn't turn into a total train wreck.
Thanks to Baby Capri 1990 for looking over this. And for putting up with my writer's block, as she always does :)
Also, I plan on starting work on part 3 of this story while I'm out of work for surgery. I'm having surgery on my knee on July 27th. And I'll be out of work for up to 12 weeks. Joy for me. But I'll have plenty of time to write and tie up loose ends on everything. Since I'll be basically under house arrest until I'm cleared to drive again.
The Simple Life
Chapter 15 – Rewrite
I've been torn. Things were going so smoothly. Fang and I were engaged to be married. A fate that I never once envisioned for myself. Each and every time I look at her I can't help but think of how wonderful everything's been over this past year. Her and I went from basically hating each other to being engaged.
I slipped out of the bed as quietly as I could. Honestly, I hadn't slept much. Well, I hadn't slept at all. All I could think about was Serah.
Once I wrapped my robe around my body I made my way out to the balcony. Maybe the cool 4AM air would help to clear my head. I couldn't stop the images of a heartbroken Serah from popping into my mind. Hell, even Snow. I'd never admit this out loud but he's a decent guy. He's actually perfect for Serah.
My eyes fell shut as I leaned against the railing and tilted my head toward the sky. Why couldn't I get the idea out of my head? Fang would never go for it. Wait. What am I thinking? Fang would think it was the most hilarious thing ever. She would no doubt accuse me of being a softie. But, honestly, when it came to Serah, I'd give my life if it would save hers.
"Do you realize how bloody cold it is out here?"
I nearly jumped out of my skin at the sound of her voice. "Don't scare me like that." I turned around to face her. "No wonder you're cold." I shook my head at her shorts and tank top.
"I got cold when ya left me." She stepped up beside me, her arms wrapped around her own body. She was probably trying to warm herself up some. "Why ya out here anyway?"
I just shook my head again and turned to look over the railing again. "A lot on my mind. I can't sleep."
"Care to share?" Her arms snaked around my waist.
It really was now or never. "I told you about Serah and Snow wanting to adopt." I saw out of the corner of my eye that she nodded. After taking a deep breath, I finally vocalized what had been running through my mind all day. "What if they were to look for surrogates instead? Adopting can be hard, not to mention expensive."
Fang froze. I felt her entire body tense up. Perhaps this wasn't such a good idea after all. "Did you have anybody in mind?" She pulled away to look down at me. I couldn't help but to divert my gaze from hers.
"I do." Was all I could force myself to spit out.
"Oh boy. I have a feeling I'm gonna need to sit down for this."
I just nodded to her. She was right. She was going to need to sit down for this. We made our way back inside and sat on the sofa in the living room. "I want to do it."
"I'm glad I sat down for that." She lifted her hand to rub her forehead. "Does Serah know this yet?"
I froze. Fang wasn't freaking out? She wasn't harassing me or laughing or yelling at me? I'm glad now that it's coming out at 4 in the morning. Maybe she's just too tired to wrap her mind around it right now. "It's just something that's been in my mind all day long. I know how much Serah wants a child of her own." I paused to let my head rest on Fang's shoulder. "She's my only family Fang. I'd do anything to make sure she's happy." I let out a content sigh when her fingers drew light patterns on my back.
"If that's what ya wanna do. Who am I to stop you?"
I shot up to meet her eyes. She wasn't fighting me on it? "What?"
She just smiled. "What do ya mean what?"
"I just thought-" I was never able to finish my sentence. Fang had her lips attached to mine in a heated kiss. I reluctantly pulled away from Fang's lips to look at her. "Will you still love me when I'm fat?"
She just chuckled before rolling us over to where I was on top of her. "Sweetheart, I'll love you no matter what."
I sighed and allowed my head to rest on her chest. "In a few months I might not be able to do this."
Fang's arms wrapped tightly around me, holding her close to her chest. "Pregnant or not. Skinny or Fat. It doesn't matter Light. I love you for you."
My heart melted at her words. It was simple moments like this that made me love her even more then I already did. "I love you too Fang." I closed my eyes and started to relax as I felt her fingers run through my hair.
"If this is some elaborate joke sis I swear-" Snow's rant was cut off by Serah shoving her hand over his mouth. I knew he would think I was lying to him. That I was lying to them.
"Why would I want to hurt Serah anymore then she already has been Snow?" He froze at my words. He knew I was speaking the truth.
Serah pulled away from her husband to approach me. "You mean-" Tears began to flow freely down her cheeks when I nodded. "-you'd really do that for us?" Again I nodded. This time she wrapped her arms tightly around my waist and cried on my shoulder.
"I'd do anything for you Serah. And I guess by extension… Snow as well."
I tensed when Snow's monstrous arms wrapped around both Serah and I. Usually I'd threaten him for even considering toughing me. But, with the news I'd just sprung on them, I figured I'd let it slide. Just this once.
"Alright Mr. Behemoth, let them go before ya crush em." Fang pulled on Snow's arms to pry them away from us. I nodded my thanks to her.
"I'm going to go make some phone calls." Snow announced before running out of the room. I let out a sigh.
What had I done?
See, look at that. Same ending, just going about it a new way. Hopefully that will draw people back in.
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