Chapter Nine

The alarm woke both Suzaku and Euphemia. Suzaku groaned and rolled over to check the clock. It was his alarm, about ten minutes earlier than he had to actually get up. He hit the snooze button and rolled back over. Euphemia lay next to him, blinking sleepily. "Just go back to sleep, love," he murmured, brushing her bangs out of her eyes. She smiled a little and leaned up. Suzaku smiled and leaned down to kiss her. She kissed him back for a moment before she let her head lull back to her pillow. Then she was asleep once more.

Suzaku watched her quietly, an arm wrapped around her naked body. He pulled her closer to him and closed his eyes. He wished he could sleep in her bed longer, but it wasn't possible. He needed to get up. So he untangled his limbs from around and under her and slipped out of bed quietly. He knew by the time he got ready, it would be time for Euphemia to get up. He walked to her bathroom and turned on the shower. He attempted to brush out the tangles in his hair before he stepped into the shower.

It had been about a week since they learned Euphemia was pregnant and Suzaku had engaged to Euphemia. Since then, neither had hardly left the others side. Cornelia even set up a cot in Euphemia's room so Suzaku could be near her any time. It was a perfect excuse for the two to move things in together. Euphemia was ecstatic. It was almost liked they lived together.

Today was going to be a terrible day though. It had been stressing both Suzaku and Euphemia out. Today was the last day to plan for the trip to the Mainland. That night they would be leaving. Euphemia wasn't sure if she would tell her mother that Suzaku was the father. Her mother was extremely understanding, but Euphemia didn't know if she would handle it well or if she could keep the secret.

Suzaku was also making a trip to Ashford Academy to get some schoolwork. He wasn't sure why Cornelia was allowing him, but he had a feeling it had something to do with Euphemia. Especially the way Cornelia had been glaring at him lately. It made him extremely nervous.

The alarm went off again, waking Euphemia. She groaned and covered her face with a pillow. Wait… where was Suzaku? Just as she sat up, Suzaku walked out of the bathroom, half dressed, and towel drying his hair. Euphemia smiled and sat up, keeping the blanket wrapped around her.

"Morning you," Suzaku said softly, walking over and sitting on the edge of the bed by Euphemia. He kissed her softly. "I was just coming to wake you up."

"The alarm did the job," Euphemia murmured, closing her eyes and kissing Suzaku again. Just as she did, she felt a sudden urge to gag and knew what was coming. She pulled away and dashed for the bathroom. Suzaku went after her, just as she began puking. He held back her hair for her, and whispered soft, sweet words. He kissed her neck too. After about a minute, it was done. She closed the lid and flushed the toilet. Euphemia rested her head on the seat and closed her eyes.

"Are you okay, my love?" he whispered, kissing her neck again.

After a moment she nodded. "I hate getting up in the mornings now," she mumbled. Euphemia sat up. "I should probably get into the shower. Can I have a kiss?" she joked, but Suzaku surprised her by kissing her anyway.

"You're lips are too sweet to ever be spoiled," he said and helped Euphemia to her feet. Euphemia smiled at Suzaku and hugged him close.

"I love you so much," she said and looked up at him. He smiled back at her.

"Koi wa moumoku. I love you too," Suzaku whispered and kissed Euphemia softly.

When they pulled away, Euphemia asked, "What did you say in Japanese?"

Suzaku smiled, "It's 'Love is blind, Love sees no faults, Love is without reason'. I was just thinking about the phrase."

"Well, it's true," Euphemia sighed. Reluctantly, she stepped away. "I'll be out in ten minutes tops." Then she started getting undressed. While she was doing that, Suzaku turned to the sink and started brushing his teeth.

Once his teeth were done, Suzaku picked up all the dirty laundry and put it in his hamper. Cornelia had provided him one besides Euphemia's, so they could all be collected at once. She didn't want Euphemia's room becoming dirty just because Suzaku was there.

It wasn't long before Euphemia was done in her shower. After brushing her teeth, she walked out into the bedroom. Suzaku wasn't there, which meant he was in the hallway. Euphemia sighed. She wished she didn't have to hide her feelings for Suzaku so much. They wouldn't have too much longer, but it was driving Euphemia insane. She wanted to be able to be with him whenever she felt like it.

Automatically, her hand trailed down to her still flat belly. She couldn't believe she was pregnant. It still seemed impossible. Yet, she knew it was true. She could just feel it. Not the child itself, but the presence that it was there. She wasn't exactly sure how to explain it.

Cornelia had warmed up to the idea as well. It took a lot of glaring and a several late night arguments, but now Cornelia seemed quite excited about being an aunt. Euphemia had been on her computer the other night and found all sorts of websites on crocheting and sewing. It was all for baby stuff. The only bad thing was, Cornelia was asking about the father. Euphemia had no idea what to say about it.

She had told Cornelia Suzaku had asked to marry her, but she refused to give any details about who Suzaku was or what his status was in Area 11. Cornelia was becoming more frustrated, but tried to be patient. Euphemia could tell and felt terrible about the fact she was keeping things quiet, but she knew. She knew if she told Cornelia, Cornelia would have a cow and then throw Suzaku out of an airplane. Euphemia was just too scared to tell Cornelia. And she had to eventually, but it could wait until the last possible minute.

Euphemia finished getting dressed for the day, in the most casual outfit possible. She was going into town that day, with Suzaku. It had been the only way she had convinced Cornelia to let Suzaku go to Ashford Academy to pick up his schoolwork. He said he also wanted to go speak with Lelouch. He figured to let the news get to Lelouch before it was announced publicly. Cornelia and Euphemia had both decided it would be shared after they got back from Britannia. Darlton was to get the arrangements set up for the broadcast while they were away.

There was a knock on Euphemia's door. "Yes, who is it?"

Suzaku opened her door just a enough to poke his head in. "Darlton was just here to leave a message. Breakfast will be served in fifteen minutes."

"Great, can you come in here real quick, Suzaku?"

Suzaku stepped into the room and closed the door. She nodded towards the door. Suzaku locked it. Then she walked forward, hugged Suzaku, and kissed him. This would be the last kiss for quite a while through the day, unless they could sneak one in the halls of Ashford. Suzaku kissed Euphemia back just as much, holding her just as close as he could get her. He tangled one hand in her hair and leaned her head back just slightly, kissing her more passionately, if possible. The sensations left Euphemia tingling all over. She leaned away just from the kiss long enough to move Suzaku back to her bed. They fell upon the bed together, Suzaku on the mattress, Euphemia straddling his hips while they kissed. They're wild, passionate kiss slowed, now one of loving and passion. Neither stopped. Suzaku continued to run his fingers through her damp hair and slowly sat up.

After a moment, they both stopped. They stared into each other's eyes, foreheads pressed together. "I love you so much, Euphy," he murmured, placing a quick kiss on Euphemia's lips.

"And I love you more," she whispered, kissing him too. After another sweet moment, they both pulled away. It was about perfect timing because then there was a knock on their door. Instantly, they were up and moving; Suzaku got situated at his post and Euphemia answered the door.

It was Cornelia. "Euphy, why on earth is your door locked?" she demanded, looking into Euphemia's bedroom. Suzaku nodded once to Cornelia, otherwise he stood like a statue.

Euphemia answered Cornelia, "I like to keep my door locked when I'm in the bathroom. And I have Suzaku here to answer the door if anyone knocks. But it seems today, I was just finished getting ready to answer the door. What is it that you need?"

"I was here to get you for breakfast."

Cornelia hadn't done that in a long time. It made Euphemia smile. For a moment she hesitated. She knew that she wanted to walk to breakfast with Suzaku, but at the same time, Cornelia was being so… sister-like… Euphemia glanced at Suzaku, who gave her a discreet smile and a nod. Euphemia grinned and nodded. "Let's head up then, big sister."

Cornelia smiled at Euphemia, then looked over at Suzaku. "Well, let's get moving then." Suzaku walked out with both of them. He trailed behind like Euphemia's shadow. Cornelia blatantly ignored Suzaku's presence.

It felt extremely awkward, especially when Cornelia asked Euphemia, "Did you start discussing baby names with your fiancée yet?" Both Euphemia and Suzaku tensed.

After an awkward silence, Euphemia said, "No, net yet."

"You should start thinking about it. We could always bring your fiancée with too."

"Sister, I already told you. Once this all settles down, you'll get to meet him." Euphemia glanced over her shoulder at Suzaku. He gave a half smile, looking extremely nervous.

Thankfully, Cornelia didn't ask more, but started talking away about babies. Thankfully, it wasn't too long before they arrived at the dining hall. Suzaku stood back from the table while Euphemia and Cornelia ate. He already knew he would be receiving a meal to go when he left for Ashford.

Cornelia was continuing to badger Euphemia about Suzaku, though Cornelia had no idea she was talking about Suzaku. She was asking similar questions like she always did lately. When Euphemia refused to give any history about Suzaku, Cornelia commented, "Euphy, you don't have to worry. I won't kill him. Besides, you know just as I do that it couldn't be an Eleven. Committing that crime is treason against Britannia and the penalty would be death."

Euphemia's spoon froze half way to her mouth. She stared at Cornelia with wide eyes. "Since when did this happen?"

Cornelia gave Euphemia a long look. "It was discussed at the last meeting… Oh, you weren't there. Yes, the law was just passed the other day." Cornelia continued to eat her breakfast like it was


"Why wasn't I at this meeting?" Euphemia demanded. "I have a right to help judge these laws."

"The law was already passed-"

"Well, then we're going to have another meeting! There is no right to agreeing on a law without the sub-viceroy there!"

"No one's going to change their minds, Euphy," Cornelia laughed. "It was unanimous. There's no way to change it now."

"When I get back at noon, there better be a meeting ready for me," Euphemia said. "I'm deciding this. You all decided on a law I was not present to judge. Doing this could be against the law as well."

Cornelia and Euphemia stared at each other across the table. Cornelia was pissed, everyone could see it. She worked her jaw for a moment before saying coldly, "Are you really going to do this, sub-viceroy?"

"Yes," Euphemia said, folding her arms across her chest.

Cornelia stood up. "Very well," she spat. "I'll have your damn meeting ready." Then Cornelia walked out of the room.

As soon as Cornelia was out of the room, Euphemia stood up. "Suzaku, let's get moving," she mumbled.

"Where are we going, sub-viceroy?"

"If you call me sub-viceroy again, I will hurt you."

"Sorry, Euphy. Where are we going?" Suzaku bowed his head formally.

"To Ashford. Sister was having me come with while you picked up and dropped of schoolwork. We can't be there too long and you wanted to meet up with your friend." She was talking about Lelouch.

"We should wait a while longer-" Suzaku started, but Euphemia cut him off.

"I want to get out of here, Suzaku. Let's get you a full meal and then head out."

"I'm not hungry."

"You're going to eat."

"If we're heading out, we'll wait to do it now," Suzaku said firmly. Euphemia sighed.

"Fine, let's go."

They got into a car prepared by Cornelia. Apparently Cornelia had had this planned for early in the morning. Both Suzaku and Euphemia sat in the car in silence. Euphemia had her hands in her lap, but they were curled up in fist. She was staring at the ground, back straight and her face blank. Suzaku continually glanced at Euphemia, nervous about what Euphemia was thinking about.

"It'll be all right, Euphy," he said after a moment. She shook her head feverishly.

"I have to figure this out. I have to figure out a solution," she said, but it seemed she was talking more to herself than to Suzaku. He nodded and took one of her hands. When she jumped and looked at him, he said, "I know you'll figure it all out."

She gave him a small smile and squeezed his hand. The driver in the front couldn't see what they were doing, so Suzaku continued to hold her hand. They sat in silence the whole way there, some of the time Euphemia would murmur something that Suzaku could barely make out, but he realized whatever he said didn't usually reach her. She was just trying to sort everything out.

When they arrived at Ashford Academy, Suzaku let go of Euphemia's hand. She looked up, noticed where they were at, and put on a hat, tucking her hair into the hat. So she was still trying to hide herself. "We'll make a stop at Lelouch's house first. He should be awake and I'm sure he won't mind you staying there-"

"No, I'm going to be coming with you," Euphemia interrupted. "I'll be quiet. No one can recognize me."

After a moment, Suzaku nodded. "Let's go to my teachers real quick. I just want to get that done with and then talk with Lelouch."

Euphemia swallowed, stepping out of the limo. "Do you really think they'll execute our child?" she whispered, her hand grazing over her lower stomach.

"I won't allow them." They started walking towards Lelouch's home. "Did you know part of the Kururugi family is still in hiding? The Britannians aren't able to find them. I hear from them once a year."

"Who's still around?" Euphemia asked.

"There's still my mother. I have a young sister too. She was born right before the war."

"We should go meet them sometime," Euphemia smiled.

"My mother would love you," he replied. He grinned at Euphemia. Euphemia grinned back.

After a moment, Euphemia wrapped her arms around Suzaku's and leaned her head against his shoulder. She snuggled up next to him and smiled when he looked down at her. He grinned and kissed the top of her head.

When they eventually arrived at Suzaku's first class, Euphemia let go of Suzaku in the hallway. "Should I just wait out here?" she asked.

Suzaku took her hand. "No, of course not. Come on." He knocked on the door. When the teacher called him in, Suzaku walked in. Euphemia followed, though she let go of his hand. He explained to the teacher what was going on and the teacher and him sat down to meet about the rest of the school year. After this trip, it would be easier to go back to school for Suzaku so they just had to meet about for the week and if there were any other days where he would be missing school for any sort of long termed thing.

It took about fifteen minutes and then Suzaku and Euphemia were moving on to Suzaku's next class. The time there was a little less, but Suzaku still had to explain a lot. By now, Euphemia wasn't feeling too good. The last week she had been feeling fine. Not great, but fine. It was mostly because she was hardly moving around, but all the walking now was making her nauseous.

Suzaku seemed to sense this because he suggested, "Why don't you go visit Nunnally and Lelouch? It's only eight o'clock and there are no classes today."

Euphemia shook her head. "No, I'm okay," she tried to argue, but then she burped. It tasted terrible. It was also a sign she would puke soon. She groaned. "All right, fine, but you'll walk me there, right?"

"Of course," he said with a smile. Euphemia bit her lip and glanced around. No one was in the hall.

"Can I have a kiss for a little more persuasion?" she asked with a cute smile.

Suzaku laughed, leaned down, and kissed her. Euphemia sighed happily and wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him closer. After a moment, Suzaku pulled away with a regretful look. "Come on, I'll carry you there." With that said he hoisted Euphemia up on his back and started for Lelouch's home. She giggled, wrapping her arms around Suzaku's neck and resting her head against his.

"I'll miss getting piggyback rides when I'm big and round," she sighed.

"You'll just be more adorable," Suzaku replied, glancing back at Euphemia. She had a sad look on her face again. "Will you talk to me?" he asked quietly.

Euphemia nodded slowly. "It's the law they passed. What if I can't change it? We won't be able to be together then-"

"You'll be able to change it, I'm sure."

"But what if I can't? Then what?"

"We can always keep it quiet," Suzaku said.

"No, I'm not hiding our relationship. That will never happen."

Suzaku was quiet for a moment. "We could always leave. My mother told me if I ever needed to escape from Britannia, all I would have to do was contact her and I could stay with her as long as I needed to. You could come with."

Euphemia smiled and said softly, "That would be nice. Where is she anyway?"

Suzaku hesitated. "I'm uncomfortable talking about it right now. How about we go out for lunch and I'll tell you."

Euphemia nodded, kissing his cheek. They arrived at Lelouch's home at that moment. Euphemia got off of Suzaku. Suzaku took Euphemia's hand and went up and rang the doorbell. Sayoko answered the door. Sayoko smiled.

"Hello, Suzaku. Are you here to see Lelouch and Nunnally?"

"Yes, are they in?"

"Of course. Come on in and make yourselves comfortable." Sayoko nodded to Euphemia with another polite smile. Euphemia smiled brightly back. Together they walked into Lelouch's home and Euphemia started taking off her shoes. Lelouch walked in when Suzaku was helping Euphemia balance as she took off her shoes.

"What does this visit call for?" Lelouch asked, leaning against one of the walls.

"Hey Lelouch!" Euphemia giggled, running forward and hugging her half-brother. Lelouch hugged her back and smiled at her.

"Nunnally's in the kitchen if you want to go see her," Lelouch told her. Euphemia nodded and walked out of the room.

Lelouch gave Suzaku a long 'What are you really here for?' look. Suzaku gave him a shrug. "Euphy had to come with to pick up my schoolwork and then we were going to visit you. But Euphemia's pretty exhausted so I thought I'd let you guys catch up while I get the rest of my schoolwork. We actually wanted to tell you something, but I figure we can tell you about it when I get back."

"All right, I'll have some tea ready for you when you get back," Lelouch nodded.

Suzaku smiled. "It shouldn't take too long hopefully," he replied and left Lelouch's home. It took about an hour to get the rest of his schoolwork and to meet up with the last four teachers. He ran into Shirley, Milly and Kallen on the way back to Lelouch's home, but managed to keep the conversation short. He just wanted to get the conversation with Lelouch over with.

When he arrived at Lelouch's home, Lelouch and Nunnally were outside. Suzaku walked up the steps. "Euphy's inside, Suzaku," Nunnally told him when he saw his questioning gaze. Suzaku smiled.

"Is everything okay?"

"She seems sick," Nunnally commented, "But she said she was fine."

"I'll go check on her," Suzaku said, starting for the door.

Lelouch stood up. "I'll come with to get you tea, Suzaku. We'll be right back, Nunnally." Then both boys walked into the house. As soon as the door was closed, Lelouch stopped Suzaku and gave him a long look.

Before Lelouch had a chance to question Suzaku, Euphemia walked into the hallway. "Oh, Suzaku, you're back!" she said happily, hugging Suzaku.

They both turned to Lelouch. He had a blank face, looking between the two. "What's going on with you two? I know Suzaku was appointed your Knight, but there's something more going on. I want to know before you tell both Nunnally and I."

Euphemia and Suzaku shared a glance and then Suzaku said, "Let's go get the tea. I'll get it ready, but you'll want to sit down."

Lelouch frowned slightly, but followed both of them into Lelouch's kitchen. He leaned against the counter while Suzaku prepared the tea packets. "So what is it?" Lelouch asked.

Euphemia sighed. "I should probably tell. There will be a broadcast about the news, but Suzaku and I figured we should tell you ourselves."

Suzaku glanced at Lelouch, but was otherwise silent. Euphemia took a deep breath. "Well, there's two things to tell you," Euphemia said. "Do you want to hear the shocking news or the extreme shocking news?"

"I'll hear shocking news first," he said slowly.

Euphemia smiled. "Well, we're engaged," she said, biting her lip.

Lelouch's eyes widened slightly. His mouth dropped open to speak, but he didn't say much. After several moments, he sputtered, "What's the extreme?" Euphemia dropped her eyes at this and didn't say anything. Lelouch gave off a nervous chuckle. "There can't be anything more surprising than that so just lay it on me."

Euphemia nodded and said, "I'm pregnant."

Lelouch's reaction wasn't exactly as they predicated. "WHAT?!"



It took about an hour or so before Lelouch was finally calm about the situation. He was lecturing both Euphemia and Suzaku a ton. He glared at Suzaku too and yelled a few times also. Nunnally had come in to see what was going on, but he asked Sayoko to take her somewhere else for the time being. Euphemia had had an idea it would take Lelouch that long to calm down. By the time he did, both Euphemia and Suzaku knew they should be leaving soon. Euphemia asked to be excused for a moment to call Cornelia to tell her she'd be late for the meeting. She asked Cornelia to push the meeting back one hour. Cornelia sounded angry, but said it would be fine.

When Euphemia returned, Suzaku and Lelouch were finishing up a conversation. She walked up to them and took hold of Suzaku's hands. "We have about another half hour before we need to go, Lelouch. Can we finish up this conversation a different time?" Euphemia asked.

Lelouch hesitantly nodded. "I can't believe you guys let this happen. You should have waited-"

"Trust me, we both think that," Euphemia said. "Did Suzaku tell you about the law big sister is trying to pass?"

Lelouch frowned. "No, what is it?"

She explained the law also. He was shocked. Not only with the fact of the law itself, but also with Suzaku's and Euphemia's situation. He figured he should tell Nunnally what was going on and called Sayoko to bring her back. They had another fifteen minute conversation about that with Nunnally and then tried thinking up both what Euphemia should say and what Suzaku and her could do if the law didn't get diminished.

They left at exactly eleven. "I figured we could go for lunch so I pushed the meeting back until one o'clock," Euphemia told him.

He grinned and kissed her cheek. "This is why I love you so much," he said, wrapping his arm around her waist and pulling her closer. She snuggled into him.

"I figured we could walk somewhere. The driver will pick us up at twelve-thirty."


They decided to grab two subs, some chips, and Ramune, since Euphemia had never had it before. They still sold the Japanese soda in Area 11 and it just happened Suzaku knew a good seller. Euphemia was eying the seller suspiciously when she met her. Yes, a her. And Euphemia was surprised when she felt a sting of jealousy. She didn't mean to get all physical either. She had wrapped her arms around Suzaku's again and leaned up a couple times to tell him something that would make him laugh.

The woman selling the soda just smiled and asked, "Suzaku, is this your girlfriend?"

Suzaku looked at Euphemia and smiled. "No, she's my fiancée."

The woman nodded, looking over Euphemia. "You have a great catch Suzaku. My husband would be jealous."

So the lady had a husband. Euphemia felt stupid, but she still couldn't help herself. For some reason, she felt extremely protective of Suzaku. When they walked away, Suzaku looked at Euphemia and gave her a questioning look.

"Is everything all right, Euphy?" he asked her.

She nodded. "Why wouldn't everything be okay?"

"You seemed jealous back there. You aren't, are you? She's an old friend of my mom's."

"I figured as much," Euphemia said, smiling sheepishly.

"Well, do you want to go to the park for lunch?" he asked. "We still have an hour and then I can tell you about my family."

"That sounds wonderful," she smiled. Suzaku could see she was starting to feel iffy. So he led her to a park just a few minutes away. They sat at a tree together, unwrapped their sandwiches and started eating.

After a moment of silence, Suzaku said to Euphemia, "My mother and sister are living in the mountains currently."

"Why do they live there? When was your sister born?"

Suzaku smiled, kissing Euphemia. She snuggled up to him. He started explaining, "Her name's Kiyomi. She's a little over seven now. My mother had her about a week before the war. As soon as the war began, my father…" Suzaku fell silent. "Well, my mother left and hid. She wasn't going to be under Britannian rule. She was going to come back for me, but the military had a hold on me before she could. There was nothing she could do by then. So I went into the military, but we stayed in contact. She isn't too happy about the fact that I'm an honorary Britannian, but she's still happy I'm doing something in life."

"What about your father? Is he there with her?" Euphemia asked. Suzaku froze up, quickly biting into his sandwich to avoid answering the question. Euphemia noticed instantly. A small frown worked onto her face. "What is it?"

"… He's dead."

"What happened to him?"

"… I'd rather not talk about it," he mumbled quietly.

"Suzaku, you can talk to me about anything."

Suzaku shook his head, taking the last bite of his sandwich. Euphemia was hurt. Why didn't he trust her with this? She asked him this. "I can't tell you Euphy," he said softly. "You won't ever be able to look at me the same way."

"Of course I always will be able to," Euphemia answered. "Don't you ever think otherwise!"

Suzaku hesitated. "…I just… I thought it was okay. I thought I was helping everyone in Japan; that the war would end."

"What happened?"

"I didn't mean to have it happen," he mumbled. He seemed to be missing now. Euphemia took hold of his hand. He held on tightly, much more tight than Euphemia expected. But she held on, despite the slight pain Suzaku was causing.

She kissed his cheek and whispered, "Just tell me when you're ready."

Suzaku closed his eyes and mumbled, "I killed him."

Euphemia was shocked. No, shocked couldn't describe what she felt. And she couldn't believe it. Suzaku was just so gentle and caring… "Why?" she managed out.

Suzaku shook his head. Euphemia could see he was beginning to cry. She shook away her shock. He was still Suzaku. Nothing had changed. "It's okay, Suzaku," she said, wrapping her arms around him and pulling him to her chest. He cried for only a few moments before he pulled away and looked at Euphemia. She looked back at him with a small smile. He hesitantly smiled back.

"Do you want to know everything?" he asked softly. She nodded. So they spent the next half hour talking about Suzaku's past. Euphemia was surprised on everything she heard. She never knew how little she knew about him.

When he was done speaking, Euphemia was sipping at the Ramune that she had. Suzaku gave her a small smile and asked, "Is the Ramune good?"

Euphemia nodded. "It's delicious. We should probably get ready to leave soon though."

Suzaku agreed. They started to get all their garbage picked up. Then they're hands brushed each other. They looked at each other and started to lean forward to kiss. Just as they were about to, the wind suddenly picked up. Euphemia's hat went flying. She was quick to cover herself up and Suzaku got hold of her hat before it blew away. It took them a few minutes before everything was situated, but it didn't seem that anyone noticed it was Euphemia.

They finished getting everything picked up and got ready to head back to Ashford Academy so they could be picked up. Suzaku disposed of all the garbage in a garbage can at the entrance of the park. Then they walked the five minutes back to the school.

When Suzaku and Euphemia arrived at the school, the driver was already there. They were smart enough to make sure to let go of their hands about a block from the school. Euphemia climbed into the black limousine. Suzaku went in after her. The driver gave Euphemia a look, to which she said, "Back to the Viceroys Palace." The driver nodded and pulled out into traffic.

It was a short, but quiet trip back to the palace. Euphemia found she enjoyed the peace and continued to hold Suzaku's hand while she looked out at the scenery until they arrived back to her home. Then she let go of his hand and stepped out of the car after him. He took hold of her hand as she stepped out of the car and helped her out. She smiled her thanks and then walked to the entrance.

Now she had a meeting she had to go to. And she had to win this battle.



The meeting was terribly wrong and not decided. It went on so long in fact that Cornelia had to actually cut it short so they could all make their flight to Britannia. The council agreed to look over the matter, but nothing would be decided. It sounded as if they really weren't going to do anything either. Euphemia was pissed.

Her and Cornelia agreed these matters would be dealt with later, but any feelings the two had about it, they should set aside the feelings while they were visiting their mother. When Euphemia talked to Suzaku about it, he thought it was a good idea too.

"I can only imagine what she's going to say when she figures out about us," Euphemia sighed, reaching for her suitcase. Suzaku took hold of it before she had a chance to.

She pouted at him. He ignored it and said, "So when do we want to tell her?"

"Probably right after we get back. There's no point in delaying the inevitable," she murmured. Then she raised her voice and said, "Let me take my own bag."

Suzaku shook his head. "I need to impress your sister and doing this will help. Besides, I don't want my baby mama to be straining herself."

Euphemia giggled. "Baby mama? Where'd that come from?"

Suzaku grinned. "Do you not like it?"

"It's strange. But I could get used to it." Suzaku smiled, glanced at Euphemia's bedroom door, and kissed her.

"If you don't like it, I won't say it again," he murmured, pulling away just barely from Euphemia. She shook her head and pulled on his collar, touching her lips to his again. They kissed gently, Suzaku taking hold of her waist and letting go of all the luggage. Euphemia wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him closer.

It was several minutes before they actually quit kissing. Just as they pulled away and Suzaku had a hold of both Euphemia's suitcase and his pack, Cornelia came in. Euphemia had forgotten to lock the door. "Are you ready to go, Euphy?" Cornelia asked, glancing at Suzaku. "Good thinking carrying both hers and your luggage," she commented and looked at Euphemia for an answer.

"Yes, I guess I am," Euphemia sighed. "I really don't want to go yet."

"I know you don't, but when Mother heard about this and told our father, he wanted us to come as soon as possible. It's only a four day trip. We'll be back before you know it and then I'll get to meet the father," Cornelia said.

Euphemia nodded. The three walked towards the front of their home. Guilford met up with them part way to the entrance and then they got into the limousine that would take them to the airport for their private jet. The ride was awkward. Euphemia and Suzaku sat next to each other and Cornelia and Euphemia were talking. Unfortunately, Cornelia just wanted to learn more about the father of Euphy's child.

Suzaku was relieved when the car finally stopped. They all took hold of the luggage, meaning Guilford and Suzaku. Euphemia was trying to let Suzaku carry her own bags, but he firmly told her no. Cornelia watched the two quietly, unsure if she should be concerned by how they were behaving. She knew that they had a history before they were formally introduced. But how close were they exactly?

The wait to get on the jet was about an hour. They had to check-in at the airport, then wait as the jet was filled with fuel, and finally board. It was getting late, but the plane left right on schedule. They all had dinner on the plane together, Euphemia and Suzaku sitting together as close as possible without seeming too close. But Cornelia found a lot of their actions strange. She decided not to say anything.

Unfortunately for Euphemia, plane rides didn't go well with morning sickness. She was at the toilet a lot. Thankfully, Suzaku was able to be there beside her, holding back her hair and murmuring to her softly without it seeming too strange. In fact, Cornelia and Guilford didn't even come near the bathroom where she was at. They must have gone to the other one.

After about two hours of puking, it seemed Euphemia's stomach finally settled down. She decided to stay in the bathroom for a little while longer just to make sure she wouldn't get sick anymore. Suzaku had left temporarily to get a cool rag and dabbed at her forehead and cheeks. She closed her eyes at the cool feeling and smiled at Suzaku when she opened her eyes. "Do you have the water and breath mints?" she asked. He nodded and handed her both. She took some water, swished it around in her mouth and spit it out. Then she took a breath mint. She felt much better now.

She sat down by Suzaku and the toilet and leaned her head against Suzaku's shoulder. They were quiet for some time. Then Suzaku commented quietly, "I was thinking about what the Viceroy said."

Euphemia lifted her head and looked into his eyes. "What time?"

"About names for our child." He placed his hand on her lower stomach. Euphemia placed a hand over his.

"Do we want to start thinking about it?" Euphemia asked.

"… I don't know. Do you think so?" They were both quiet, thinking. Euphemia leaned up and kissed him softly.

"Why don't we think about names and then talk about it in like a couple days. We have all the time in the world to think about it," Euphemia suggested.

Suzaku nodded his agreement and kissed Euphemia one last time. Then they got up and headed back for their seats. A movie started playing, but before long, Euphemia was ready to sleep. She took a pillow and asked Suzaku loud enough that Cornelia could hear, but quiet enough so she wouldn't disturb anyone, "Can I lean against you? I'm more comfortable than leaning my head back against my seat…"

Suzaku looked at her and nodded, smiling a little at her. She smiled back, rested her pillow against his arm, pulled her blanket over her own hand and took hold of Suzaku's under it. Then she closed her eyes and fell asleep.

Cornelia watched Suzaku carefully. He was looking at Euphemia, eyes flickering in the light of the movie. They had something, but what was it? Cornelia had to figure out.

~Author's Note~

Finally, the chapter is done! I'm so excited. I hope you all enjoy it. Tell me what you think!

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Thank you for reading!