The days passed quickly and spring's cool burst of life became summer's intense heat. Akari had finally gathered all of the wishes that were needed to restore the purple bell. She had dutifully climbed to the summit of the mountain and spoken to the Harvest King. After a small amount of confusion and anger, the two of them had discovered that they did have the means to restore the Harvest Goddess. Although the other residents of the town had no inkling of Akari's involvement in her revival, Akari was not keen on revealing it to anyone. The Harvest Goddess had returned, and that is what was important. Her crops had become more fruitful, the animals seemed more at ease, and the townspeople just appeared happier in general. Many weddings had occurred in a very short amount of time, setting the path for a plethora of subsequent pregnancies. Kathy was due any time now, and Akari had gone to visit her as she had so often in the past. Much to her protests, Kathy had been ordered on bed rest, and Owen was not about to let her skip out on what Irene had commanded her to do.
"Oh." Kathy grunted, looking over her enormous belly at Akari as she entered the room, "It's good to see you."
"And you. How has today been?"
"Irene told me that I should be ready to go into labor at pretty much any point now." Kathy told her, shrugging, "At this point, I just want this thing out."
"That's pretty harsh sounding." Akari told her, raising her eyebrows.
"That's because you don't know what it's like. Say, when are you gonna have kids anyway? Everyone else in town seems to have them, and you've been married longer than most of them. You gonna get on that or what?"
"Oh, I don't know. I've been thinking about it, but I'm just not sure." Akari fished around in her brain for a distraction, "So, you gonna have Irene tell you the baby's sex, or are you determined to wait?"
"Don't try to change the subject, but yeah, we're still going to wait. Roy if it's a boy, Rowena if it's a girl."
"Cute names." Akari commented.
"So, what with all the commotion that has swept through the town, I've noticed that you've once again been able to avoid the public ceremony that you once promised."
"oh… Have I?" Akari's face grew warm. She knew well that she had managed to dodge a bullet.
"Don't worry, I'm not going to bring it up." Kathy told her, waving her hand dismissively.
"Thanks, I'm sure my husband would thank you as well, if he were here."
"I'm sure. Well, it's just about time for my nap. I hate to kick you out, but I need all the sleep I can get at this point."
"By all means. Have a good sleep." Akari took her leave, absentmindedly plucking at the bracelet charm that Gale had given her on the night they were married. Did she want children? Or did she want to wait. There was no reason to rush things, they had a long time to make a decision. Was Gale even interested in children at all? The more she thought about it, the more the idea appealed to her. There was no reason that asking him could hurt. She returned to the house, finding him at the table, reading. She smiled at how familiar the image was to her.
"Oh, Akari… Welcome home." He smiled, closing his book and standing up to greet her. He placed a small kiss upon her forehead.
"Glad to be home. Say, Gale. I have a question, if you don't mind."
"Of course, go ahead…"
"Well, have you ever thought about having kids?" she asked, feeling a blush on her face. She couldn't place why this of all things embarrassed her, but there it remained.
"I have… Why do you ask?"
"Well, I mean, everyone else in the town is having them, so I dunno, I just thought that maybe we should think about it." Akari rambled.
"Hm… I do not think that I am ready for a child… Quite yet. I'd really rather keep you… To myself for a little while." Gale told her, scratching the back of his head. Akari mulled his words over in her head, feeling that this was a fair judgment to make. After all, having a baby would change everything, and now that Gale had voiced a certain amount of trepidation, Akari wasn't sure that she was ready to give their current lifestyle up just yet. She smiled broadly at Gale.
"That makes sense. There's no reason to rush."
"I do hope that you're not… Disappointed…" he said, looking apprehensive.
"Not at all. I don't want our child to be conceived on a whim." Akari told him, her voice joking but her intent serious. "Having a baby will be a great adventure, someday."
"I agree." Gale laughed, kissing her forehead once again, "Any child of yours couldn't help but be… special."
"I'll take that as a compliment." Akari laughed, ruffling her husband's hair. He offered her his hand and she took it, smiling softly. Yes, for now, Gale was the only love she needed in her life. And the island was bound to get far livelier due to the storm of incoming births. The pair of them were content, and she saw no reason to make any drastic changes any time soon. As her husband had once told her, being by themselves… Was simple.
Well, thank you all for reading. I'm afraid that this is all I could really conceive for this particular tale, but I will probably start a new story at some point in the near future. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed.