The funeral was a week later. Mitsuhide was shocked when he walked i to what he assumed was going to be family affair into the realm of business men and their wives all gathered together. Noelle had warned him that it would be something like this. She stood next to him at the entrance to the hall her mother had rented out and she had to shake her head mentally at the affair. She saw her mother and siblings at the front of the hall and made her way through the crowd to get to them.
“Noelle it is so good to see you again.” A woman said as she stopped directly in the way of her Noelle’s path. She looked down and smirked, “so the rumors are true.”
“Rumors?” Noelle asked in a voice Mitsuhide had not heard before that almost sounded like his new mother in laws.
“That you found yourself in some dire circumstances a few months ago.” The woman said snidely.
“I am not sure what you are speaking of.” Noelle responded. “Oh I should introduce my husband shouldn’t I however I am strapped for time. I need to make my way up to my family.”
“Husband?” The woman asked as she looked at Mitsuhide with a question in her eyes.
“Her very devoted husband.” Mitsuhide said as he moved Noelle through the crowd. “Are all rich people assholes?”
“Yes.” She replied easily. “That won’t be the last time someone questions about Maximus. So pace yourself.”
“wonderful.” Mitsuhide said under his breath. Noelle looked at him and chuckled to herself as she forced herself closer to the front where her family was . She looked at her mother who nodded at her to acknowledge that she was there. Her brother Henry leaned over , “Have you heard from the lawyers yet?”
“No.” she replied.
“Oh really then they must be going from oldest to youngest.” he said. Noelle looked at him and the face she gave him was pure disgust.
“Our father just died can you please not act like a vulture. Mother would have you behave better, you know that. People will be watching all of us and you do not want to risk mother’s wrath.” Noelle said in hushed tones. She knew her siblings would never try to upset her mother who was looking the part of the grieving widow with her dearest “friend” standing close by. Noelle shook her head at even her own mother’s behavior by bringing her longtime lover to her husbands funeral. She couldn’t imagine living a life like that when the baby kicked hard and almost made her fall down. Mitsuhide had his hands bracing her up as he leaned in.
“Is Max acting up?” he asked softly.
“Yes.” she said as she stood and tried to shake off the feeling that something about that kick was not normal. She was trying to breathe when Mitsuhide looked at her.
“Noelle is it something more? You look like you are in real pain. not just one of his hard kicks.” Mitsuhide asked as he moved her off to the side of the room.
“Mitsuhide I just have to get through this and we will be fine. I think I need to lay down.” she said.
“Noelle do you want to go home?” he asked.
“No honey.” she said as she was beginning to be able to breath when the doctor from the practice walked up.
“Noelle is everything alright?” he asked. “Stress can bring on labor if you are not careful.”
“I am not in labor.” she said softly. “I can’t be. It’s too early.”
“Noelle maybe we should go have you checked out.” Mitsuhide said.
“I am not in labor.” she said again. “I just had a pain.”
“Noelle.” Mitsuhide said to calm her down as she was starting to get emotional. he did have some experience with her losing it over the most ridiculous things. He knew that she would return to normal when she had the baby. She was trying to regain her composer as she focused on Mitsuhide’s face. Another pain went through her abdomen which made her gasp. “That’s it. we are going to the hospital.”
“Mitsuhide no.” she pleaded. “Just let me sit.”
“Noelle if you are in labor we need to be in the hospital.” he said as he looked at her with pleading eyes.
“I am not in labor. It is too soon." she repeated.
"Noelle.” Mitsuhide said as he had her sit down in a nearby chair.
“Noelle I think if you have another one of those pains you do need to be checked at least. The labor can be stopped until your water breaks at least.” the doctor said. “Though you are at least thirty five weeks now. The baby will be fine if he is born now for the most part.”
“Mitsuhide?” she asked.
“Yes my love?” he asked.
“Go get the car.” she said and he looked at her, “We need to go to the hospital.”
“Noelle?” he asked.
“My water just broke.” she said as she looked up at him. The panic in her voice was there and he could hear it.
“Okay sweetheart. I will bring the car to the door.” Mitsuhide sid calmly while internally he was screaming and jumping up and down. he walked out to the hall and got into the car as he tried to steady himself for what was going to come. He let out the air he had trapped in his lungs and drove up to the door and parked the car. the officer that was there looked at him, “My wife just went into labor. Can I leave it here while I get her?"
"Yeah. five minutes though.” the officer said.
“I hope it doesn’t take five minutes.” Mitsuhide said as he walked back in to the hall and located her on the side clutching her abdomen. The doctor was standing beside her and talking low to her. “Come on hun."
"I will call the hospital to get you admitted right away.” the doctor said as they all walked out together. he watched as Mitsuhide place her into the car he took out his phone and made the call as the two drove off. Mitsuhide took her hand in his and kissed her hand as she cried out.
“I love you Noelle.” he said.
“I love you too.” she ground out as another wave of pain wracked her body. “I knew we wanted to meet Maximus but not right now.”
“Sweetheart.” Mitsuhide said as he made a turn to the left making a sharp turn. “We will all be fine.”
“Not if you drive like that!” she nearly screamed.
“Sorry.” Mitsuhide said. “Just trying to get us there. god damnit!”
“What?” Noelle asked as another pain hit.
“Construction.” Mitsuhide said with a tone that made her look at him. “Are you okay?”
“Mitsuhide I think I need to push.” she said.
“What?” he nearly screamed.
“Mitsuhide I think it is time to push. I feel him.” she said.
“Can you wait?” he asked.
“This isn;t like going to the bathroom.” she said. she moved her skirt a bit and touched herself lightly and she gasped. “Mitsu his head is right there.”
“Holy crap.” he said as he took out his phone to call for an ambulance. “Hello we are on University blvd and my wife is in labor. the baby is coming right now as his head is right there and she wants to push. White sedan."
As the operator gave him instructions he moved to the car door and he opened the door and helped her move to face him. she screamed out and Mitsuhide looked at her, "Sweetheart it is time. I am here and we will do this together.”
“Mitsuhide!” she said as she screamed again. they could hear the sounds of the ambluence headed towards them. She pushed without any prompting and Mitsuhide followed the instructions of the dispatcher and cleared out the mouth and then turned the baby slightly. she bared down again and soon the baby was out and was wrapped in Mitsuhide’s jacket. He placed the baby on Noelle who looked down at the baby. “Is he okay?”
“He looks it.” Mitsuhide said as he was looking at the baby again. when she cried out again.
“What?” Mitsuhide asked.
“Feels like another.” She said as he looked back on the seat and he saw the sight that floored him.
“Noelle, honey I am glad I bought all those clothes.” he said as he helped do the same thing again. After that he moved the jacket and placed another smaller but perfectly formed baby down in it. “Except one fact.”
“What’s that?” she said.
“The second one is a girl.” he said with a smile.
“We have two?” she said as she looked down at the babies.
“Sweetheart we have two.” he said with a smile. he let out a breath as the ambulance finally showed up and they helped her out of the car on to a stretcher. “Baby I will be right behind you okay.”
she nodded as she looked down at the two small babies in her arms wrapped in his jacket. she was in awe of the two little beings in front of her. The baby girl was smaller than Maximus. when she got to the hospital Mitsuhide was somehow magically next to her as she was wheeled up to the labor and delivery department. They finished the birthing process and processed both of the newborns which both seemed without issue despite them being a few weeks early and twins. Noelle was able to clean herself up as they cleaned up the babies as Mitsuhide stood next to them watching everything that was done.
“Are you the father?” the nurse said.
“Yes.” he said with a slight grin.
“Heard about the excitement so you delivered them?” she asked.
“Yes.” he replied as he looked at both of them in the tiny cradles. “She was a surprise.”
“What do you mean?” the nurse asked.
“We didn’t know we were having twins. We had two scans and she must have been hiding.” he replied.
“So you don’t have anything for her?” the nurse asked.
“Not really. we have tons for him though. I need to go get another car set but that won’t be an issue.” he said.
“Well dad here you go.” the nurse said as she placed the small baby girl in his arms and he looked into the pair of very alert eyes and he felt something he had never felt before. As the nurse place Maximus in his arms as well he looked back and forth between the two. His heart was gone. He was near tears as he walked toward the bed where his heart resided in her.
“Noelle?” he said as he looked at her.
“What Mitsuhide?’ she said almost afraid that this new development might be the thing that made him change his mind and want to run.
"Thank you.” he said as he looked back to the babies. “They both look like you. They are so perfect.”
“Your not upset?” she asked.
“Why would you think I would be?” he asked surprised. “I mean it is a surprise but a good one, honey. A baby girl as beautiful as her mother why would I be upset about that?”
“Just that you spent all that money on stuff for him.” she said.
“And you think that bothers me?” he asked laughing, “ I will spoil her as well.”
“Mitsuhide.” she said as she yawned.
“Sleep my sweet.” he said. “I will watch over them and start thinking of a name for our princess.”
“Nothing weird.” she said softly.