I almost didn't make this chapter. But I decided to not just for myself, but for those of you who have stuck with me since Chapter 1. This is for you, for staying with me till the end.
I barely waited to shut off my car. I jumped out of my car and stormed for the hospital door. I ran to the information desk.
"I'm looking for my wife, Kneesocks Coleson," I said in a frenzy. "Please, it's an emergency. I must see her."
"Yes sir, I'll look her up right now," the woman said, typing quickly on her keyboard. I waited, knees weak and heart pouding.
"Here she is, 'Kneesocks Coleson: Room 371'," the woman said.
"Thank you so much, ma'am," I thanked her. I ran down the hallway and followed the directional signs. The only thing moving faster than my legs was my mind. I couldn't help but imagine the best and worst situations, soothing me and terrifying me at the same time. I finally found the corridor with her room. I speed walked down, glancing room after room for a sign of Kneesocks. I looked forward to see my wife's sister, Scanty, quietly stepping out of a room. I walked up to her and she suddenly scowled at me. As I stopped in front of her, she slapped me in the face.
"That's for getting here late," she barked at me.
"I know, I'm so sorry, traffic coming here was-" I began. Scanty then put her finger to my lips to silence me. She then gave me a brief kiss on each cheek followed by a tight, warm hug.
"And this is for you making me so proud to call you my brother-in-law," Scanty said, a few tears forming at the corners of her eyes.
"Thank you, Scanty," I said, returning her cheek kisses. "So...is she awake?"
"Why don't you go in there and find out," Scanty said. I turned to the door and, hesitating slightly, opened the door and walked in. I saw Kneesocks lying on the hospital bed. She was holding two bundles of blankets. I rushed forward and sat at her bedside.
"Oh my God," I uttered, apologetically, "Kneesocks, I'm so sorry I wasn't here earlier. I got the call and I flipped out. Then I couldn't find my car keys. Then there was this construction zone that made this huge traffic jam and-"
"Jake," Kneesocks stopped me, "it's fine. I'm fine. Now just shut up and take a look at our kids." I looked her in the eyes and then lowered my gaze to the bundles in her arms. I took one of the bundles in my arms, it was kinda a little heavy and warm. I slowly cleared the blanket from the face of the tiny creature inside. I nearly broke down when I saw the tiny face of my sleeping daughter. Her skin as red as her mother's, her hair a light shade of lavender, and her ears pointed as demon ears are.
"And that's not all," Kneesocks said, moving the blanket out of my son's face. He had skin like mine, and midnight blue hair. His small face also tranquil in slumber.
"Okay," I said, "I gotta say this, babe. We made some good looking kids." She giggled a bit, our children roused awake and were opening their tiny eyes. Our girl's eyes were a bright neon yellow. Our son's eyes were a bold red. I was almost taken aback, but then I considered the mix of demon in their blood and it made a little more sense to me.
"Hey there little guy," I greeted my newborn boy. "Kneesocks, hold him closer to me so he can his daddy." Kneesocks and I leaned closer together so I could take a closer look at my son. He gazed up at me, examining the newest face he had yet seen. He reached up and I let him touch and play with my face. I smiled and laughed as he grabbed at my nose and lips he smiled in return. It once again took all my self-contol to keep from breaking into an emotional fit of crying. Aside from marrying Kneesocks, I'd been waiting for this moment all my life. At that moment, Scanty walked in.
"Hey guys, you got some more visitors," Scanty said. Brief, Panty, and Stocking walked in after her.
"Hey you two," Panty greeted Kneesocks and I.
"Sup, guys," I said, "I'd give all of you a big hug, but I've kinda got my hands full." Stocking showed a sudden interest in the babies.
"Oh my God, they are the cutest little things I've ever seen," Stocking said. "What are you gonna name them?"
"Well, I was gonna wait to figure that out once Jake got here," Kneesocks said. They all looked at me.
"Oh, wow, you guys are really putting me on the spot here," I said. I took a look at each of my children, thinking fervently of what they should be named. I thought deeply and silently for a couple of minutes.
"Jeez, don't hurt yourself there, Jake," Panty said teasingly.
"Shut up a sec, Panty," I said. "Okay, I got it. Our son will be named Desmond and our daughter will be named Lily. Does that sound alright, Kneesocks?"
"It sounds wonderful, but let me ask you something," Kneesocks said.
"Yes," I replied.
"You got 'Desmond' from Assassin's Creed and 'Lily' from Harry Potter, didn't you," she asked with a smirk.
"Well...yeah," I answered bashfully. "B-but just because I got them from a video game and a book doesn't mean they're not good names."
"No, no it doesn't," she said, giving me a kiss. "I think they're just fine. Desmond and Lily Coleson."
"First my girlfriend, then my wife, now the mother of my children," I said lovingly to her, our foreheads touching and us gazing deeply into each other's eyes. "I'll always love you, you know that, Kneesocks?" We once again met our lips in a passionate kiss.
"Just as I'll always love you, Jake," Kneesocks said. "Always."
"I have been blessed.
From the day I layed eyes on you to this day, as I gaze at you at this altar.
Every moment of happiness and joy I've had these past 4 years have all been spent in your company.
Throughout all the hardships we have faced, our love has never faltered.
And after all this time, my theory has been proven. You most certainly look amazingly gorgeous in pure white.
I have never felt such feelings for anyone like I've felt for you.
I've never done what I've done for you for anyone else.
I don't hope, I know that my life would never be complete without you.
But with our union, I know that you will never leave my side.
As I have pledged to never leave yours for as long as I live.
You have given my life new meaning.
To love and cherish you for eternity.
To put all this simply, 'I love you just as you love me'.
And it is because of this love
that I am blessed."
- Jake Coleson's vow on he and Kneesocks' wedding day