Hello! I'm back with Chapter 2. To be honest I didn't really expect myself to continue this fic, as it was intended to be a one-shot. But here it is! Thank you so much to all those who reviewed. Hope you enjoy! :)
Disclaimer: I don't own Tangled. Disney does. Boo.
Eugene woke up to the sound of hurling in the bathroom. He sat up and rubbed his eyes. He could see from under the bathroom door that the light was on. Rapunzel was having morning sickness. He sighed and collapsed on the bed, clasping his arms under his head. She's been five months pregnant now, and the morning sickness isn't going to stop anytime soon. Even until now he still couldn't quite get over the fact that they were going to be parents soon. Sooner or later there would be sounds of high-pitched cries and bubbly laughter.
And more sleepless nights.
It took him a while to absorb his thoughts. He was going to be a father soon. A daddy. Woah. He jolted up from the bed again when he heard violent coughing from the bathroom.
"Rapunzel? You okay in there?" He called out. When he received no reply, he sat up again and swung his legs over to the side to stand up. As he strode to the door, he heard sniffing.
"Rapunzel?" He called out again.
"I'm okay, Eugene." He heard the sound of the faucet being turned and the rush of water.
"Mmhmm. I'll be out in a minute. You can go back to bed."
Of course, he didn't. He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms over his chest. He waited until the bathroom door opened. As Rapunzel stepped out, she saw Eugene unfold himself from the wall. She stared at him, his hair disheveled and eyes smoky from bed and sleep. Suddenly she launched herself at him, wrapping her arms around him waist as she buried her face in his chest.
Instinctively, he pulled her close, but at the same time he wondered about her embrace. "Hey, what's wrong?"
She snuggled into his warmth. "I'm scared."
His eyebrows rose. "Scared? Of what?"
"Of having the baby." She pulled away from him, but kept her hands on his chest. She looked up at him, searching his amber eyes with her emerald ones. "I don't know if we can do it, being parents. Well, I'm pretty sure you can handle it, coz you've had experience with little kids before. But I never had any experience with children before. What if I'll become a terrible mother?"
So this is what it's all about. He caressed her cheek, then tucked a strand of her brown hair behind her ear. "To be honest, I'm scared too."
Her eyes widened. "You are? Really?"
He smiled and pecked her on the forehead. "Yeah, but that doesn't mean we can't handle it. True, I've had the experience of taking care of the kids back in the orphanage, but that's different from what's going to happen to us. This is our kid. Our child. That's a whole new different playing field. And don't you tell me you never had experience with kids before. I've seen you with the kids whenever we go to Town Square. I've received a number of threats from 5-year old boys, telling me they'll marry you once they get rid of me."
She laughed, hugging him tight. "Oh, don't you worry. They'll have to go through me first before they lay a hand on you."
He smirked. "Shouldn't you be saying that about my fan girls?"
She looked up at him and raised an eyebrow. "That was a general statement."
He chuckled and drew her closer. He was relieved that she'd forgotten about the mommy issue, even for a while. As long as she's smiling now, it's all good. He'd actually been thinking about the same thing, only for him it'd be a daddy issue. What if he wasn't going to be a good dad? Not having any parents made it hard for him to even understand the notion of family, which explains his desire of becoming part of one someday. And now, he's about to have his own family.
"We'll be alright," he found himself saying. They'd take it a day at a time. People said having kids was a wild adventure, right? He loved the thrill of adventures, and he was sure Rapunzel enjoyed them as well, especially with him. He took her hand and led her back to the bed. Once they settled, he wrapped his arms around her. She cuddled against him. For the rest of the night peace reigned in the Kingdom of Corona.
Oh, gosh. That was a short one. Reviews are more than welcome. Perhaps that can be your Christmas gift for me? LOL. Hope you enjoyed this chapter! Happy Holidays, people of the world! I'll be back with a new chapter maybe after Christmas.