By Sakata Ri Houjun
AN: This story has garnered the most
amount of reviews in ratio to number of chapters. So I think it's
safe to say that this has to be the most popular fic in my
collection so far.
Special thanks to Jamie for beta-ing this. After all, it's her 'baby' too.
Warning: Angst and Sap seems to go well
with ice cream and pickles, ne?
Chichiri walked into
the room she shared with her lover, idly running her fingers over
her belly. How much bigger am I going to get, she wondered. For
the past couple of months she had watched her waistline grow
steadily grow. To the monk, she was huge, and the round belly
felt like a big ball. It was bad enough she had to get bigger
sized clothing to fit her, but to see the prominent stomach
continue to grow larger disrupted her spirits a bit.
sat at his desk, trying to compose a letter to deliver home. He
fiddled with the brush, trying to think of a way to ask for the
location of a reliable midwife without having to go into details
as to why. The redhead really didn't want to have to resort to
asking his ma or worse, Aidou, to come up. He knew if that
happened, they'd kill him once they found out he got a girl he
wasn't married to pregnant. Not to mention he didn't want to
contemplate what identifiable parts would be left of him should
they find out that Chichiri was actually a male.
"Who are you
writing to, no da?" The monk asked quietly, wandering closer
to her lover.
Startled, the bandit
looked over his shoulder at her, a tired frown on his face
despite the fact that he was happy to see her. "My ma."
dropped slightly, understanding. "I see no da... I wish I
could be of more help in this area, no da. But I really don't
know any women, no da."
Tasuki spun back
around in his seat, returning his attention to the unfinished
letter. "Hell, I know too many fucking women, but I
understand diddly shit about them."
seishi chuckled and shook her head, placing a comforting hand on
his shoulder. "Even being in a woman's form I still can't
understand them, no da. Don't feel too bad, no da."
Tasuki returned the
laugh before setting his brush down and standing up to guide
Chichiri to the bed. "Speaking of which, how do you
feel?" He asked, taking a seat next to her.
"Very big, no
da." She answered flatly, making a face.
The bandit gently
ran a hand over her prominent belly, his eyes never leaving her
face. "Really? I haven't noticed."
da." She whispered before leaning over and kissing him.
"I hope I don't get too huge, no da. But with two of them in
there I just might, no da."
Tasuki smirked and
kissed his lover back. "I'm not lying... I still think
you're just the same..."
her arms above her head a little. "I think sometimes I can
feel them moving, no da."
The bandit's golden
eyes lit up at that statement, a nervous smile crossing his lip.
"Hontou? You can...actually feel them moving around in
nodded. "Hontou ni."
seishi began stroking her stomach more, blinking in wonder as he
looked down. "What does it feel like?"
hard to describe, no da. Like, your tummy rumbling, no da."
Tasuki couldn't help
but raise an eyebrow as he met Chichiri's gaze again. "You
mean like Miaka's?"
The monk blinked
before shaking her head. "Not exactly, no da."
The younger seishi
grinned as he leaned down and placed an ear against the swell of
her belly, his hand still rubbing gently. This simple action
caused Chichiri to blush. It was sort of embarrassing, but she
let Tasuki do it knowing that his curiosity would not be sated.
And who knew, he might receive a slight kick for intruding.
Surprisingly, the bandit found his lover's soft warmth
comforting, relaxing even, as he rested against her. He began to
rub his cheek slowly along Chichiri's stomach, his eyes sliding
The monk felt a soft
smile spread across her face at the sight of the man she loved
bathing her in such attention. "You're going to be a great
father Tasuki..." she murmured quietly, combing fingers
through his unruly hair.
Tasuki angled his
head to look up at her, his golden orbs shimmering with so many
emotions. "As are you, Chiri..."
It was right about
then that Tasuki received a light kick, causing Chichiri to blink
in shock. The bandit lifted his head from Chichiri's stomach with
a start, blinking down at the offending area in astonishment
before looking up to meet her gaze. "What the fuck was
exactly sure, no da." She said, blinking again.
"Maybe...a kick or something, no da?"
Tasuki looked down
at her stomach again, still in shock. "A-a kick...?"
"Well they are
alive in there, no da. That's the only way I could describe it
as, no da. A kick."
The taller seishi
reached out with a shaking hand, feeling gently the very spot
that had moved earlier. "They kicked me...?"
slowly. "It seems so, no da."
kicked me..." he repeated his voice laced with a hint of
The monk interjected the urge to protect her unborn offspring
kicking in. "That's normal, no da!" It was just then
that Tasuki's hand received another kick for good measure.
The bandit jerked
his hand away, scowling. "The moment they're born, I'm going
to punish the little bastards."
daaaaa." Chichiri pleaded, placing one hand over her stomach
as though to defend them from her lover's wrath.
The redhead lifted
his eyes and smirked then, causing the poor monk some confusion.
"I had you going there for a while, didn't I?"
questioned, her heart pounding.
answering, he leaned over and kissed her softly. "I know
they don't mean it... I'm actually overjoyed to feel them moving
around in there."
Chichiri smiled in
relief and returned the kiss. "Baka bandit, no da. I thought
you meant it, na no da."
"I would never
hurt our children, Chiri..." he stated firmly before sinking
his fangs gently into her lower lip, giving her a playful bite.
pretty mad to me, no da." She whispered, drawing away
"Oi, I can be a
good actor when I need to be..."
Chichiri shook her
head, smiling. "My baka bandit no da. Whatever shall I do
"I don't care
what, as long I'm yours..." he murmured back, kissing her
again, deeper this time.
The older seishi
melted into the kiss, her eye sliding shut, enjoying their
closeness. Slowly she settled back against the blankets of their
shared bed, pulling Tasuki with her. Over their years together,
she finally accepted that Tasuki was hers and she was Tasuki's,
and that nothing would ever separate them.
"I love you,
Chiri..." he whispered into her lips as he slipped one hand
underneath her shirt, smoothing his calloused fingers across her
rounded stomach lovingly.
lightly at the tickling sensation, her pale face flushed prettily
at his declaration. "Don't get kicked again, no da."
"I think you
are the single most beautiful creature." He continued,
unheeding of her warning. "The world has been honored to
have been graced by your presence." Slowly he closed the
distance between their lips before adding, "As have
I... You know I don't... I don't think that way..." she
protested, turning her flushed face away from his.
The bandit merely
smiled as he nuzzled her cheek. "I know, but that doesn't
mean that I do..." Chichiri smiled just a tiny bit and met
his loving gaze. Tasuki helped himself to another stolen kiss.
"I love you, only you. And with you carrying my offspring,
our children, you have succeeded in surpassing any high ideals I
had of you before, becoming the most perfect creation in
The monk's smile
deepened as she shook her head. "Baka bandit... We haven't
even thought of names have we?"
Tasuki resumed his
earlier action of rubbing at her stomach as he lay beside her on
the bed. "Do we even know the gender?"
Slowly, she shook
her head. "No. It's too early to tell yet."
Absently he traced
around her bellybutton, his touch light, as he thought.
"Then what do you suggest we do? I mean, do you have any
"None at all,
no da." She laughed before sighing. "This is a bit
harder than I thought, no da..."
Tasuki kissed her
cheek, hoping to encourage his distraught lover. "Don't
worry. We'll think of something... In the meantime..."
"What do you
think we should do?" He finished while nuzzling her cheek.
should get some baby things no da..."
Tasuki moved to kiss
at her neck. "Like...?"
da. And toys, na no da." After a moment's thought, she
quickly added, "And no stealing them, no da!"
The bandit jerked
back from his lover's warmth, his eyes wide. "Excuse
"I'm teasing, no da. I know you wouldn't steal things from
children, no da."
you." He huffed before returning to his position, his
The monk smiled and
leaned over the bandit to rub noses with him. "Gomen nasai,
no da. It was just a joke."
Tasuki grinned up at
her sheepishly. "Aw, damnit... I can't be pissed at you,
"Because I'm so
kawaii ne, no da?" She teased, stealing a quick kiss.
and..." He paused to lick at his lips, eyes lowering to gaze
at his lover with an almost feral look. "You're so damn
away, her face aflame with embarrassment. "If you say so, no
da. But you're sexier, na no da!" She protested, not meeting
that hungry gaze.
widened at her submissive posture and he moved in closer, sliding
one hand seductively up her arm. "You bet your irresistible
little ass I am sexy, but nowhere as beautiful as you."
no daaaaaa." She whimpered, trembling under his silky
caress. Half of her wanted to take him up on the promise that was
laced in that sultry voice, but another warred against that
decision, uncertain if such actions would harm her children.
Tasuki whispered reverently into her ear, causing her to shiver,
her body to tighten impulsively.
"You don't have
anything to worry about." He continued, drawing away slowly
and taking her hand gently. "I know better than to mess
around while you're like this. I just wanted to show you that you
ain't any less desirable than when we first went into this whole
Chichiri looked up
at her lover, blinking in confusion, her body still crawling a
touch of want from Tasuki's earlier ministrations. Yet she felt
relieved and let out a sigh to signify so. Laughing, the bandit
wrapped her up in a strong embrace, kissing the top of her head
as his arms rubbed at her back comfortingly. "Not mad at me,
The monk buried her
face against his chest, inhaling his wonderful scent and shaking
her head. "Never, no da. Just like you can't stay mad at me
for very long, na no da."
"It has to be
more than that..." he murmured into her silky hair as he let
out a small sigh. "I love you...so much."
"I love you
too, no da." Came her muffled reply.
"And I love our
children too..." he continued, running his hand across her
swollen belly again. It was as if he couldn't get enough of that
soft warmth, or rather it was more a disbelief that this was
still happening to them and he needed reassurance that all this
was very real.
much I don't know about this, no da... It's sort of frightening,
no da." Chichiri admitted in a tiny voice laced with fear.
Tasuki moved to peer
down into her pale face, hands brushing aside loose strands of
her hair. "Are you having second thoughts?"
The monk blushed and
averted her gaze. "Hai... It's just... So many new things,
no da. It's so much to take all at once really."
The redhead blinked
at her, his heart racing in fear. "Are you...wishing that we
never...?" He left the question hanging in the air, afraid
to ask, to find out the truth.
Chichiri looked up
at him in shock. "Iie! Not at all... I just wish I knew
"Then how come
you haven't like, asked someone? Like the old bag or gone down to
the village to ask around?" He asked after sighing in
The monk blushed
even more at the question. "Normally a woman would have been
taught these things by their mother, Tasuki... If I do that,
other women might think it's odd..."
"Then why not
the old bag?"
"I... I'm not
sure how she'd view this... Me using my powers to do..
Tasuki raised an
eyebrow. "And you don't think she doesn't know
"Good point, no
He prompted, cupping her delicate face in his hands. "I
don't like involving Baba in this any more than you do, but if
you're really that worried..."
"She might send
a Nyan-Nyan to be midwife, no da."
The bandit made a
face, causing Chichiri to giggle lightly. "Hopefully not in
"It's hard to
tell with her, no da. They normally don't like to be in their
true forms, no da." She replied, lightly touching his lips.
might save me the trouble writing that damn letter to my Ma about
finding a proper midwife." He reasoned aloud, glancing back
at the desk and his unfinished letter.
"True, no da. I
hope you don't mind a Nyan-Nyan running around then, no da."
Tasuki moved his
gaze back on his lover, smiling warmly. "If it would make
you feel better and more certain about all this, then I'll endure
even Baba's presence here if I have to."
forward, her voice going ominous. "Want me to test that
theory, no da, and bring her here instead?"
A look of pure
terror flashed across the bandit's face. "I'd...rather not,
but if I had to..."
The monk smiled
beautifully and shook her head. "She wouldn't have the time,
no da. Don't worry, no da." This statement brought an utter
look of relief on the bandit's face. Chichiri chuckled and leaned
up to kiss him briefly. "Silly, no da"
began rather sheepishly. "You'll want to go soon,
da" she murmured, snuggling against him for warmth, loving
the way her smaller body fit against his strong frame, how
protected she felt in his arms.
"How soon is
today, no da."
muttered, a touch of disappointment in his voice.
wrapped her arms around the bandit's waist, pulling him closer.
"I won't be gone long, no da." She protested.
against her hair, inhaling her sweet scent deeply as though
trying to memorize it. "I know, but I wish I could go, be
there with you, you know?"
teleport the both of us, no da. It'll be too much of a strain on
me, no da."
Tenderly, he reached
down, taking one slender hand in his own, squeezing it slightly.
"I feel so torn right now, I want to be there with you every
step of the pregnancy, but I don't want to hurt you either."
Chichiri smiled up
at him, tears forming in her eye. "I understand, no da.
Really, I do. But I promise that I'll be back as soon as I can,
Blinking back tears
of his own, Tasuki brought her hand to his lips, kissing it.
"I don't want anything to happen to you or the
"It won't, I
promise no da." She leaned up, kissing her lover back and
smiled softly as she felt Tasuki's tears land on her cheek.
"Worry wart, no da." She teased with a sniffle, a tear
escaping her own eye.
"With you, how
can I not be?" Tasuki returned with a smile, his voice
breaking as he pulled her close and bestowed his soul mate a kiss
with every ounce of his love behind it.
Coming up: Boys' Night Out!