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Based off of these pictures drawn by the ikesen artist.
Based off of these pictures drawn by the ikesen artist.
Cabin in the woods ch 5
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They walked into the hospital to where they were directed to the ninth floor. As they got into the elevator she was smiling and almost laughing.
“Noelle what is It?” Mitsuhide asked as he looked at the unusual reaction.
“Mitsu the ninth floor is the ‘private’ floor. It basically means that if you have a certain amount of money you can be placed in that floor for recovering from lets say a cosmetic procedure.” She replied.
“Oh.” He replied. “You really don’t think anything is wrong?”
“No I really don’t. I know my parents. My mother is probably making arrangements to go somewhere and my father probably had another facelift or something and maybe had a twinge of pain during it so he must, of course, be dying.” She laughed. “This has happened before.”
“Your parents seem interesting.” He said flatly.
“Interesting is not the word I would use.” She said as the doors opened and they were greeted by pandemonium in front of them. “The Hanson’s at their best.”
“I forgot you have brothers and sisters.” He whispered.
“Stay close or they will try to bite.” She said under her breath as all eyes went to her and him as the got off the elevator. She was walking with her head high as she made her way to where her mother was staring down her nose at her youngest child.
“At least you had the sense to find a man Noelle. At least now your condition can be explained easier.” Her mother said as Noelle just smiled. “Now introduce me to my new son in law.”
“Where is father?” Noelle defiantly asked instead of introducing Mitsuhide.
“In a moment.” Her mother said standing her ground.
“Mother this is my husband Mitsuhide Akechi.” She said with a flourish of her hand.
“With a name like that you do sound foreign.” Her mother said as she looked him over. “However I do believe I like what I see. You will do for the Hanson’s. If you want to take on that.” She nodded to Noelle’s baby bump.
“Take on that?” Noelle bristled at her mothers words and she felt Mitsuhide’s hands on her shoulders calming her down.
“Ma’am I don’t believe this is the time or place for this. Noelle is my wife and all you are doing is stressing her out and our son."Mitsuhide replied. "Today has been a busy day for us and she would like to see her father. We both do have to be at the university in the morning.”
“Why would you have to be there? Either of you?” Her mother asked.
“I am a professor there and currently my wife is setting up a business with my contacts.” Mitsuhide said as he waited.
“Oh Noelle you chose well with this one.” Her mother said.
“Mother I didn’t choose him. He chose me and the baby.” Noelle was clenching her teeth. “Now as my husband said we had a long day and I need to get some rest. Can I see father?”
“Noelle it is slightly more dynamic that simply letting you see him."her mother stated and Noelle looked at her mother.
"Is something really wrong with him this time?” Noelle asked.
“He had a heart attack Noelle. A serious one. He is recovering for the open heart surgery but he had a few complications.” Her mother said again in her cold as ice tone.
“What kind of complications?” Mitsuhide asked.
“His heart wouldn’t restart even with the pace maker they installed.” Her mother said, “Noelle I am afraid it may be his time.”
“Well mother can I see him please?” Noelle asked.
“If you really want too. I mean you were not cut out of the will as of yet so you don’t have to do much.” Her mother replied.
“As if any of that matters Mother.” Noelle said as she looked at the room. Mitsuhide nodded and followed her as she slowly walked into the room with an open door. She stopped short if the bed looking at the man she thought was the most fearsome she had met in her life. It looked as if he was sleeping instead of possibly dying. She touched his hand and said, “Dad Im here.”
There was a flicker of movement in his hand. So she went on, “I am starting a business dad. Hopefully I won’t have to be like you but it should be good. Im starting it with my husband. I got married as well. He is a good man as well. I won’t have a marriage like you and mom but I think it will be a good one, a great one in fact. We named the baby. He will be named Maximus Nathanial. I hope you get to meet him. Everyone is here dad. I hope you recover but if you don’t just know we are all here.”
Mitsuhide looked at her and only saw the strength she had. This man who was in the hospital bed kicked her out and cut her off at her lowest moment and she was here holding his hands in what could be his lowest moment as well. Her strength only enhanced her beauty and he had to admit she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen before this.
“Noelle?” Mitsuhide asked as he saw the nurses waiting to come in.
“I see them too.” She said as she looked down. “We won’t be far dad.”
They walked out of the room and the two nurse walked in. Shortly after Noelle made the rounds of her siblings she looked up and swore she saw her father standing up in the room. She motioned for Mitsuhide to look but when he looked he didn’t see what she saw. Then the activity in the room exploded as doctors and nurses ran in.
Two hours later the family waited and watched but nothing the doctors could do could bring her father back. They called his time of death then. Her mother looked frazzled but never lost her composure. Her siblings also seemed distant and almost uncaring. She had to admit to herself that it was difficult to muster any real sadness. Her parents had had very little to do with them since they were mere toddlers. She looked around at everyone and sighed, she did not want to be the same as her family.
“I will be in touch for the arrangements.” Her mother said to everyone, “I am sure your fathers lawyers will be in touch with you all as well.”
Noelle and Mitsuhide stood along with the rest of her siblings and their spouses and the two watched as a group they all left. She began to feel lost and Mitsuhide helped guide her down the elevator hallway and then outside where she looked up at the stars.
“Mitsuhide I don’t want to be like them in thirty yers.” She said as they got to the car, “i grew up thinking that was a normal marriage. A man died today that was my father and no one cried. To be honest they want the lawyers to contact them before my mother.”
“Sweetheart we won’t be like that.” He said as he started the car. “You’re not like that. Why lawyers though?”
“My parents have lived completely separate lives for as long as i can remember. Mother was always off doing good somewhere her children were not. Her parents were the same. Cold and distant with each other. She is from what people call old money. She was born with it and always had it. My father was the opposite he fought and scraped by to make it. Marriage between them was a business transaction and not much more. They didn’t raise us. I think if that was one of our nannies we would be inconsolable right now. My father set up his will to be separated from our mother. She lived off of her allowance from her family and father off of his businesses. So fathers lawyers would handle his estate and our inherences. Thats why they showed up today. Not to see him but to make sure they were not forgotten.” She said.
“Thats a hard way to grow up.” Mitsuhide said.
“That is the reason when given the chance I didn’t run back to them.” She said with a smile. “The idea of a real family, one with love at the center is more important to me than any amount of money.”
“Noelle you are absolutely amazing.” Mitsuhide said. “And I do love the way you think. We will jot be like that and that is a promise I will keep til I die.”
“Mitsu I think you are pretty amazing as well.” She replied with a soft smile.
“Come on Mrs. Akechi I do believe it is time to rest.” He said as they pulled in to the driveway.
“Surprisingly Maximus has not been to active tonight.” She said.
“He is saving it for later.” Mitsuhide replied with a chuckle. “You know so he can wake both of us up.”
“Probably.” She shrugged her shoulders and laughed.
“Sweetheart i do know what it is like to lose a parent as well. It will hit you in a few days.” Mitsuhide said.
“Mitsu is almost hard to think about him or her as a parent. They were ones we had to submit a bank withdrawal notice too, not much more. That’s honestly why I was caught off guard about their reaction to the baby. It isn’t like they cared for us. It was their reputation they cared about and what we could do to it.” Noelle said softly. “They both would have used him if he was the right demographic for them to use, say if he looked like me. You saw how my mother was with you because of your name. You aren’t foreign but if you were it would have been a strike so to speak. Instead of looking at a person they look at what a person can do for them.”
“So they are typical rich people.” Mitsuhide said as he chuckled. “And you their daughter bucked their rules by defying them and keeping your baby then marrying a foreign sounding named man. Not to mention you lived in one of the cities worst drug dens for months. God Noelle I love you.”
“I love you too, Mitsuhide.” She said. “Just think that if it wasn’t for one decision and me standing up to them we wouldn’t be here now.”
“But we are.” Mitsuhide said softly.
“Yes we are.” She replied, “and tonight is our wedding night.”
“Our wedding night is somewhat rememberable and not for good reasons.” Mitsuhide said softly.
“Mitsuhide I don’t want to think about any of that right now.” She smiled at him. “Tonight is about us.”
“You’re right.” He said as he swooped her up into his arms.
“Mitsuhide put me down! You will hurt yourself carrying me!” Noelle yelped.
“No my dearest Mouse.” He said, “you weigh no more than a mite.”
“I weigh a lot more than a mite, Mitsuhide.” She said as he pushed through the door. “You’re going to throw your back out or something.”
“If I do it won’t be because of lifting you but there is always the possibility of something else causing it.” Mitsuhide chuckled.
“Mitsu!” She exclaimed.
“Quiet mouse. Its time for our wedding night. If you say my name it better be as you scream for me.” He said softly as he placed her down on the bed.
The weekend came and went as did the beginning of the week. Mitsuhide and Noelle both took Tuesday off much to the delight of his students who didn’t have to attend his class. As they stood in the local courthouse in front of a judge Mitsuhide couldn’t help but grin widely.
Noelle wore one of her business suits though it didn’t hide her pregnancy and judge couldn’t help but look her over a few times as he went through the ceremony. Two of the assistants stood as their witnesses and when it was over Mitsuhide was visibly ecstatic. It was rolling off of him in waves as Noelle looked at him she could feel his happiness as it matched her own. She had never thought that this would be the twist in fate that awaited her when she thought back to the dark days of being in her apartment. Everything worked out in a way she never imagined. This man before her loved her in a way she didn’t know was possible, let alone that he loved also her unborn son. The feelings that invoked by itself was a powerful thing. Mitsuhide had accepted on his own the fact that the child he did not contribute to at all was his and he would never back down from that thought. Now Maximus would be born an Akechi and he would never not know the love of both his parents.
Though this was not her dream wedding that she had deep in her thoughts from the time she was a little girl it was the one where she would get all her dreams answered. Her husband was a prominent member in his field. He was starting something she thought herself was a good thing to bring unity and streamline the process for the law enforcement community. It was something she could get behind and run with pride. She was happy and content the two things she had thought were beyond her a few months ago as she struggled with the day to day movements. His friendship and then his love were what gave that ability to her.
“I am sorry mouse.” He said softly as they got into the car after waiting for the paperwork to be finished.
“Sorry for what?” She asked.
“I know you probably had some huge event in your head about how this day should be. I rushed us. For that I am sorry.” He said as he took her hand in his and kissed each knuckle.
“You know I did at one point Mitsuhide.” She said after she thought for a few seconds. “However what you gave me is important.”
“And what exactly did I give you?” He asked slightly confused.
“Happiness.” She smiled, “and you.”
“Well it seems my love that I got the better end of the deal.” He chuckled, “because you, Mouse, are simply the most wonderful thing in the world.”
“You’re bias.” She said.
“I am.” He replied as he pulled into the restaurant that everything started for the two. She looked at him and he grinned, “this was the place was the first we went to as a couple though you didn’t have a clue it was this dinner I knew I would have you next to me. I knew then I wanted to be sure that you allowed me to be in your and his life.”
“And you are.” She said.
“You gave in almost to easy mouse.” He said. “The fact was I was willing to wage a battle to win you.”
“Well I just need a friend at the time. You stayed up that night helping me with studying. Then you helped me through the days. I think I fell in love with you then.” She said.
“Oh you did? So thats why. I thought it was the night of the fire.” He said squeezing her hand across the table.
“No Mitsuhide it was well before that.” She smiled. “You know that he probably knew two voices from nearly the start. Yours and mine. He was always good when you were around like he was listening for you. He wanted you to be his dad as well.” She laughed.
“Well our son has the same awful taste as his mother." He said with his grin coming out. "Now we need to discuss something my sweet mouse.”
“What?” She asked.
“I want to add you to my insurance through the school.” He said, “but to do that you may lose your employment as a TA. The risks outweigh the loss in my mind because this will get you off your parents insurance and make it easier to put Max on mine. The fact you are still kn your parents insurance bothers me, I won’t lie. Noelle the idea they can access your records and also make decisions medically because of that makes me nervous. If they wanted to they could become a huge thorn in our sides later.”
“All of that makes sense.” She nodded. “You are my husband now and you will make the medical decisions for me if I can’t or for Max. But I hate the idea of losing my job. I kind of like working with you everyday.”
“You still can of you want. As the one running my side business you can consult for me.” He smiled.
“Mitsu.” She said softly.
“Your salary was pennies to me, my love. It doesn’t matter and to be honest I want you to be close in these last few months. You know just in case something happens. I want to be there when you need me to be.” He replied with a shrug.
“It is not a pleasant experience.” She laughed.
“No but I will do whatever I have too to get you through it. You are the most important thing to me, Mouse. Going through that with you will only make us stronger. At the end as well we will get to meet Maximus, and that is pretty amazing.” He smiled.
“Mitsuhide every time you say his name he moves. I think he likes it.” She smiled.
“I think he likes not being called alien any more.” He said with a grin. As they finished their meal he got up along with her and walked out to the car. “I think we should get a different car as well.”
“Why?” She asked.
“I think we will need more room soon. I can drive this one but you should get something bigger and has more safety features.” He said.
“More room?” She asked as she laughed.
“Well. Who could blame me?” He asked as she feigned innocence.
“We do have to wait on that.” She said.
“We will see.” He replied.
“We will.” She said knowing that he was right. They would be adding to their family. Maybe not as quickly as he wanted but there would be more children for them. Nothing could go wrong today.
They were in the home office later as they were going over the business side of everything when her cell phone went off and she looked and sighed as she declined the call. He looked at her and asked the silent question, “it was my mother.”
“Oh.” He said as the phone rang again. She declined it again.
“They will not ruin today for me.” She said rather strongly.
“Noelle let me answer it.” He said as it rang again.
She tossed it to him.
“Hello.” Mitsuhide aaid.
“Hello I am looking for my daughter Noelle Hanson.” A haughty voice replied.
“I am sorry she can’t come to the phone.” He said.
“ and you are?” The woman asked.
“Her husband.” Mitsuhide replied. Noelle rolled her eyes.
“So she married you.” The woman chuckled, “maybe she wasn’t a complete waste then.”
“Excuse me?” Mitsuhide’s tone went ice cold.
“Oh nothing.” The woman said, “the. You are my son in law now. Fine. What is your name?”
“Mitsuhide.” He replied trying to remain civil to her mother.
“Sounds foreign.” She said.
“Family name.” He replied.
“Well tell my daughter her father is in the hospital. Things do not look good at the moment and he wants all of his children here.” She said with no inflection that this was was of any importance.
“I will tell her.” Mitsuhide said as he looked at the phone as the woman hung up.
“Well?” Noelle asked ,“tell me what?”
“Your father is in the hospital.” He said, “ apparently it doesn’t look good. He wants all of you there.”
“Okay.” She said almost blankly.
“I hate to ask this but is your mother always so cold?” He asked.
“Yes, she is. How did she react to the news we are married?” Noelle asked.
“She seemed more worries I was foreign.” He laughed.
“She would.” Noelle said as she stood. “Well we should go to the hospital and get this over with.”
“Over with?” He asked.
“Not the first time I have received a call like that.” She said, “we will go and see what is really going on. Then we can come home.”
“Noelle are you sure about this?” He asked as he stood as well.
“Mitsuhide they can’t hurt me anymore. I have you. It is something that if something was actually wrong and I didn’t go I would regret that. So let’s just go.” Noelle said and he smiled with understanding.
“Then let’s go get this over with.” Mitsuhide said with a smile.
The drive over to the doctors was quiet. Neither of them said much as they finally pulled into the parking lot. Noelle tried to get herself out of the car though she was having some difficulty. Mitsuhide wanted to chuckle but knew if he did she would be mad for days. Though her mood swings were not as bad as some he had heard they were still there and he was not willing to risk her wrath most of the time. She normally would just start crying at the weirdest things and though he didn’t mind he would end up soothing her with hushed words and soft back rubs the best he could.
They entered the building and she checked in and then sat to wait her turn. This wasn’t Mitsuhide’s first time with her so he waited for her to chose her seat and dutifully sat next to her waiting for her turn. She gripped onto his hand like she expected some sort of problem ahead. This was supposed to be the last scan for her.
Mitsuhide just calmly smiled and held her hand as they were called back. He paced himself with her and supported her back as they walked. They went back to a small room and she was told to get into the chair and wait.
The doctor came in and looked over the two of them and then began to address only her. “So Miss Hanson have we decided on what you are going to do about the baby?” His voice boomed through the room and Noelle was sure every person in the building could have heard the statement. This doctor was the first she had seen at this office so many months ago, where as she had seen the others in the practice lately and they knew of her change in situation because of Mitsuhide. She also knew this doctor had been friends with her father.
“We have.” She replied snidely.
“We?” The doctor asked.
“My partner and I have decided to raise our child.” She said.
“I knew your story didn’t make much sense.” The doctor said as he went on to say,really Noelle the pain you put your poor parents through.”
“Excuse me sir,” Mitsuhide cut in, “Noelle and I will raise our child though the child is not biologically mine. Whatever Noelle’s relationship with her parents is I do believe as her doctor it is none of your business.”
“You are taking on a child that is not yours?” The doctor turned and asked Mitsuhide.
“But it is mine.” Mitsuhide smiled. “Any other questions?” Noelle shook her head knowing that this verbal back and forth could last all day. The tech finally came in and started the machine with a smile for her. The tech slightly glared at the doctor in the room. “Doctor there is a call for you.”
“Thank you.” The doctor said and he walked out of the room.
“I saw in your chart you requested for him not to be one of the doctors you see. Unfortunately he heard your name when they were pulling your chart. I am sorry for any discomfort he caused. He will be retiring soon we all hope.” The tech said softly and with a smile.
“He is a old friend of my fathers.” Noelle said, “I don’t mind him so much but the idea he is giving information to my parents still about me and the baby is enough to set me on edge.”
“If he did that would be a break of doctor confidentiality. You could sue him.” The tech said.
“I know I could but the idea of my personal information being in a courtroom Is just as scary to me.” Noelle replied. “I just got my life back on track with the help of my.” Noelle looked at Mitsuhide and smiled softly, “with the help of the man I am going to marry.”
“Congratulations.” The tech said as she looked down at the ring on Noelle’s finger. Mitsuhide’s grin took over as he held her hand as he brought it to his lips.
The tech smiled at them both and began to put the jelly on her abdomen and move the wand. “I put a cd in so everything about this scan with be on it for you. Do you want pictures as well?”
“Yes.” Mitsuhide said before Noelle could answer.
“Excited for the baby?” The tech asked Mitsuhide.
“My first son? Of course I am.” He replied as he looked at the woman and waited to see if she would say something instead she smiled gently and quietly said ,”I wish more men were like you.”
“No you don’t he can be a pain.” Noelle said as she chuckled and then in the screen she saw the face of her baby come into view. This scan was slightly more advanced then the normal ultrasound. It was a combination of 3d and 2d technology. She was looking at her unborn sons face clearly. She looked at Mitsuhide whose eyes were glued to the screen as well.
“That’s Maximus.” He said softly.
“That is.” Noelle beamed at her a smile that was breathtaking.
They sat there watching their son on the screen and waited as the tech printed about a hundred pictures for them. “Everything looks good. He is measuring about a week or two ahead of schedule but that is entirely normal at this stage. It will fluctuate until the end. He may be doing more this week and not much next. So don’t worry.”
“Thank you.” Mitsuhide said as he took the pictures and the cd so Noelle could clean her abdomen with the towel and he could help her up. They walked out hand in hand with huge grins on their faces.
“We can see him clearly in these.” Mitsuhide said as he looked down before he started to drive away.
“We can.” She said softly.
“What?” Mitsuhide asked as he heard the hesitation in her voice.
“Do you like him?” Noelle asked quietly.
“Noelle he is beautiful just like his beautiful mother. I see you in him. He has your nose.” He said chuckling. “Noelle it was never about what he looks like. He is my son regardless of all that. He is our son regardless of all that.”
“Mitsuhide.” She started.
“What?” He asked as he turned the key.
“Ask me again.” She said softly.
“Mouse will you marry me please.” He asked as he turned his golden eyes her way.
“Yes.” She said softly.
“Finally” Mitsuhide smiled and started the car.
“Where are we going?” She asked.
“Home.” He replied.
“I thought you would be slightly more excited I finally said yes.” She said softly.
“That is the reason we are going home Noelle.” He said equally softly. “So I can show you properly how much I love you.”
Hours later as the two lounged in bed dozing in and out of sleep filled bliss he rolled onto his side and looked at her. He placed his hand o. Her growing burden and felt the slightest movement of the baby. He had looked at the face of the unborn child she was carrying, the one he had claimed months ago as his own, and he had seen her in the babe. He studied the face and he only saw hers in it. He meant what he had said earlier to her it didn’t matter what the boy looked like but the fact he looked like her made him feel a surge of love more for the baby he had grown to love. He did really in his soul love the child as he would his own. He had watched her grow with it and he felt his life was better for everything that happened.
He knew people would have never believed it was possible for someone like him to feel so content in a domestic life. The truth was until she sat outside his door that day he would have never looked twice for someone like her. He had come to grips with the overwhelming need to take care of her. It was an overpowering need that had grown from that first night when he took her to dinner. He understood fate had thrown him a bone and he ran with it. He had found something that most people only dream about. He watched her blink her eyes open and look at him. Her soft expression in her eyes only called to him even more to secure her by his side.
“What?” She asked after he brushed his soft lips against hers.
“Marry me next week mouse.” He said softly, “I wanted to give you the wedding of your dreams but I find I just want you as my wife now. If you still want the one that takes forever to plan we can do that one later. Just marry me.”
“You really want to get married next week?” She asked.
“If we could I would marry you today.” He sighed. “But there is paperwork to file. The earliest We could is next Tuesday if we fill everything out tomorrow and file it.”
“Mitsuhide.”she started but saw the look of love and wanting in his eyes. “Fine we will file it out tomorrow and file it. I will marry you on Tuesday.”
“Noelle, I promise you I will make you happy.” He said as he kissed her again.
“Mitsuhide you already do.” She smiled as she looked at him. “I don’t think I could be anymore happy than I am with you.”
It has been updated on wattpad with new content.
First the update. I know I have been absent this week. I have been reblogging some old stuff. Some big things in my personal life are happening so I have to deal with all of that for a bit.
Now the wip… terms of love… part of chapter one
“I need a favor mouse.” He said as he opened the door to her back deck.
“How about hello?” She countered.
“Hello Mouse, I need a favor.” He said as he sat down in a chair and not in his normal elegant way. It was nearly a flop.
“What is it?” She asked now really curious as to what had him so rattled. He was never thrown off his game. A named partner in his law firm at thirty one was just the tip of the iceberg as his accomplishments.
“Apparently being successful and intelligent is not enough.” He said with a sigh.
“What are you talking about?” She asked now concerned. She knew enough about him to see below the surface and he was seething and it was pulsing around him.
“So to be named partner in the firm I had to work long hours, give up on any personal relationships, and spend countless hours debating in mock trails but now the firm has gone to far.” He said. The thread holding him together seemed to be snapping and she knew what was underneath all of his tension was going to explode.
“What have they done?” She asked.
“Now for the meantime I won’t be able to meet with new clients. You know the reason?” His fingers strummed on the chair.
“No clue.” She said as she shrugged her shoulders.
“I need to be married.” He said. The words came out as if they were a poison all themselves.
“What?” She asked surprised.
“I need to be married. The other named partners all have an aura of respectability because of that fact. I supposedly need a wife to help host events and other such nonsense.” He said again with a sigh.
“So why are you here telling me this?” She inquired as she looked him over.
“If you haven’t noticed Mouse I do believe you are my only friend. Furthermore the only female who would understand the issue.” He said as he looked into her face.
“Mitsuhide what is the favor you wanted?” She asked not holding her impatience with this whole situation and him.
“Mouse I need a wife.” He said plainly. “You need a husband to restore your rightful place in society and make things right with your hob as well. I see this as beneficial for both of us. I say we lay down the terms as simple ones. We marry and stay married for at least eighteen months, that is the normal length for our two careers. I will go ahead and buy a house of your choosing and you keep it upon our divorce. Alimony and child support will be paid as well. The child will continue to keep my name and I will continue to help with it. Mouse I see this as the answers to both of our problems.”
She openly was confused by him and his statements. He wanted to get married to her? He wanted to help her?
“Mouse?” He said as he looked at her as she tried to process what he was saying.
“Mitsuhide you want to get married?” She asked, “you want to give her a name?”
“Mouse it really is the best for both us when you think about it logically.” He said. “It isn’t like we don’t get along. I mean you are my only real friend. You need a husband to justify your condition to your superiors as well. They were rather unjust with you and I wish you would allow me to go after them in a courtroom. We will have an over the top wedding and we will have it soon so no one but us knows about your condition, and you can just let everyone think the child is mine.”
“Mitsuhide I have to think about this.” She said as she rested her head against the chairs back.
“Mouse what is there else to think about. We can help each other In a rather simple way. I will handle all the payments for everything and you will get the house we buy.” He said.
“As if it is about money.” She said.
“ I know you aren’t about money Mouse.” He said. “You aren’t like that. As my wife however you can do whatever you want and you don’t have to worry about anything.”
“I never thought of marrying as anything other than two people in love, Mitsuhide. You are treating it like it is a transaction.” She said.
“Honestly what else is it besides two people entering a legal transaction?” He asked as he looked at her, “Look we are friends and we can set forth to make things easier for the other. What better way to show our friendship to each other. I won’t even ask for your fidelity just that you are discreet about it.”
“I don’t want to deal with any man.” She replied hastily.
“Understandable in your case.” He said. “All I am saying is we co-habituate for the allotted time. You act as my hostess during that time and I will take your child as my own. Mouse it is a perfect deal.”
“You’re right it is.” She said, “the simple answer to both of our issues.”
“So?” He asked as he leaned forward.
“I’m in.” She said.
“Good.” He said as he pulled out a diamond solitaire and handed it to her. “For formality’s sake. Mouse will you marry me?”
“Yes Mitsuhide I will marry you.” She said as he slid it on her finger.
“Good. Now we should begin discussing the ceremony as it should happen soon.” He said, “we can do this however you wish mouse.”
“Something simple.” She said quickly. “No offense but I have a dream wedding already planned and it doesn’t have a divorce in a year and half attached to it.”
“Whatever you wish Mouse.” He smirked.
“You can stop calling me mouse for one.” She replied.
“Now my dear, that will not happen.” He chuckled.
“Mitsuhide.” She said softly.
“My dear you already gave a verbal agreement to our plan. That is a binding contract regardless.” He chuckled.
“Fine.” She huffed.
“I brought an overnight bag so you can even cook for me if you chose too.” He smirked.
“That was your ultimate plan all along as well.” She said as she laughed softly.
“Mouse you really are my only friend. You happen to keep me in check and make me feel human.” He said. “Plus I know tomorrow you have a scan. I think I want to be there.”
“You think?” She asked.
“Mouse I think that as the child’s father I should be there. It isn’t like you have many people who know let alone are willing to step up and take the responsibility. I am. I think I want to be there if you will allow me.” He replied nonchalantly.
“You really want to be her father?” She asked.
“You don’t know if it is a girl.” He chuckled. “And yes, Mouse. All kids need a father and I think I will enjoy being one.”
“You like kids?” She asked surprised.
“I find them entertaining.” He said. “I am sure I will like my own more.”
“Mitsuhide It isn’t a game.” She said.
“I know that Mouse. Even if marriage wasn’t the end goal and you said no, I would still want to spend the night and go tomorrow together. I was always willing to help you with it you know that.” He said.
“What kind of marriage will we have Mitsuhide?” She asked.
“Is that what worries you Mouse?” He asked as he leaned forward to cup her face. “Whatever kind you want.”
“What if things change between us?” She asked.
“Then they change Mouse. We can rewrite the terms if we both agree on the changes.” He said.
“Fine Mitsuhide.” She sighed again knowing everything changed between them already. She just didn’t know how much.
As they pulled into the house, she smiled as he helped her out of the car. There were a few packages at the front door which he expected as their shopping trip over the weekend had bee so fruitful. He was like a kid opening them when he brought them into the house one by one.
“Where are you going to put those?” she asked. “I don’t think there will be enough room in his room for him.”
“Noelle, really?” he asked.
“Mitsuhide things are already spilling into the loft and soon will be down here as well.” She laughed as he looked at the swing and realized she was right. Not that there was too much, but the fact the baby stuff was everywhere.
“You know what?” he asked.
“What?” she replied back knowing what he was going to say.
“I don’t care. This house was to empty before. Since you moved in it finally feels like a home.” Mitsuhide said as he stood up from putting the box down and looked at her.
“It has been less than a week.” She replied.
“It seems like forever.” He grinned. His phone started going off, and he saw the number and knew it. He picked up “Akechi.”
Noelle watched him as he nodded and he wasn’t saying much, but she knew he was more of a thinker than a sayer type person. It was one of the things she understood about him the most. He did like to watch people. He often found the things that made them tick, and he either teased them about it, or he used it to get under the other persons skin. He was just that way. It was one of the things she loved about him as well.
He then asked out of the blue, “So when?” and then the silence again and then, “now?” he looked at her and nodded to stand up. They were leaving again, but she had no idea to where they were going. He grabbed his keys off the counter and waited for her as he hung up the phone after agreeing to meet.
“What was that about?” she asked.
“The fire marshal has cleared the building, and that was the local police. The night of the fire I gave them my card to contact me about your apartment when the scene was cleared so we could get whatever was left. Tomorrow they will be releasing the building back to everyone else, but we can go now to get your things.” He said.
“How bad is it?” she asked she was trying to prepare herself for the worse.
“The back half of the building is bad. Your apartment, though, wasn’t hit as bad. The whole building was a firetrap, though. So whatever you want to get you can tonight.” He said. “I don’t know the extent of the damage, but they did say most of your stuff is intact.”
“Well, that is good.” She said with a sigh.
“I know you were worried about it, so it is.” He said with a smile. “I think we should get as much of your stuff as possible tonight before the looters get there.”
“Again, you are right.” She said.
“How much do you really have? One car full? A truck?” he asked.
“A car full maybe.” She said. “Most of it is clothes and books. I didn’t really have all that much except a bassinet for him.”
“Well, that is one thing we still need.” He said with a smile.
“Thank you, Mitsuhide.” She said.
“For what are you thanking me for?” he asked, slightly surprised.
“For being you.” She said as she took his hand and gave it a squeeze.
“I am not sure that is worth thanking me for.” He replied with a laugh.
“Mitsuhide you were just going to take me in, and buy anything and everything I need, that the baby needed or you thought he needed at least, for no other reason than you were attracted to me.” She said.
“There are other reasons besides that one.” He said softly.
“Like?” she asked.
“Noelle, you are good and decent. You were taken advantage of and left in an impossible situation. I watched you, and you tried your hardest to just survive and complete your degree. It was easy to see the things about you that I can relate too and the things that make you perfect for me.” He said. They arrived, and he flashed his id to the police officer there guarding the building as they were allowed to park in front of the building off the street. He took her hand and went up the stairs, and she walked to her old apartment. She opened the door and saw that the rooms were mostly untouched by fire damage. She looked around and started throwing things into the baskets she had from moving in.
Soon the place was mostly gutted, and she looked around one last time. He stood behind her as she glanced around. “Ready Mouse?”
“Ready Mitsuhide.” She said as she took his hand. “Why do you still call me mouse?”
“It fits.” He said. “You know people call me a snake because I seem to know peoples weaknesses and I am supposedly sneaky. Snakes eat mice for dinner but after playing with them. Though sometimes, when you place a mouse in a snakes cage, they will bond with it. They will continue to eat other mice, but they will love the one mouse forever.”
“Am I that mouse?’ she asked, laughing at him.
"You are my mouse, yes.” He said.
“What kind of snake are you though?” she asked.
“Whatever kind that will protect you forever.” He said as he got into the car. “Now let’s go home for good mouse.”
“I like that idea.” She said as he pulled away and she didn’t have to think about that apartment again.
At dinner, she asked for the business ideas he had. He began to outline it to her, and she looked at him and thought it was a brilliant idea.
“I didn’t know it was all by word of mouth.” She said.
“It is. Which for the most part has built my name up and I can work with any department, but the fact is there are many of us that can do the job and they get passed over. So I think that having a centralized company in which people can be matched up to the correct job for their specialty would be best.” He said.
“It would. Not only for all of you but for law enforcement too. If we streamline all the information, we could double or triple the productivity for both you guys and them.” She said.
“Do you think you could do it?’ he asked.
"You mean start it up?” she asked as she looked at him.
“Yes. I mean start it up and keep it running.” He asked.
“I think I could with a little help. The thing is I don’t know exactly what you need to do. I have a good clue that you need a database of people that will contract out from the company, but I am not sure on the details of what they will do exactly.” She said.
“I will handle that part.” He said with a grin. “The business part you can do, though.”
“That part is easy.” She said.
“How long do you see it taking to set it up?” he asked.
“Mitsuhide if it is this straightforward, I can have it up and running before the baby is born.” She said, and he smiled.
“Then you can stay home and run the business and take care of the baby.” He said.
“I could do that.” She smiled.
“Good. Now you tell me what you need, and I will get it for you.” He said.
“Right now, I need to go shower and rest.” She said as she looked at him. “I will start making lists of things we need to do tomorrow while I am supposed to be working for some professor.”
“That’s fine.” He smiled, “I am sure that professor doesn’t have much for you to do except sit there so he can look at you.”
“You are one weird man.” She said as she shook her head and walked to the kitchen with her plate. She went to turn and found herself encircled in his arms. “Mitsuhide.”
“Yes, my love?” he said softly in her ear.
“Time for a warm shower.” She said.
“I couldn’t agree more.” He whispered and began moving her towards the master bedroom.
“I can take a shower by myself.” She said.
“I dare say you can. However, I want to help you.” He said.
“Help is not what you want to do.” She replied, and he laughed.
“I just want to love you, Noelle.” He said.
“When you put it that way.” She said over her shoulder as she walked into the bathroom and left the door open for him to follow. He did, and neither of them said much more for the rest of the night.
They lay in the bed together as she was sleeping, and he was awake rubbing her back as she took deep breaths. He was in heaven. He felt the baby move again and smiled to himself. His life had changed so much in the last few days he had to lay back and love it. He was feeling like everything in the world was for his taking at the moment. He moved closer to her and held her against him with the baby in between them moving slightly he never felt so much for two people in his life. this was his life now. His heart was now outside of his body, and it was in the form of this tiny woman. He let his eyes fall slowly as he wanted the last thing he saw to be her, and the first thing he saw in the morning to be her. Soon their lives would change again when the baby would be born. He was going to enjoy every moment of both of them for the rest of his life. He sighed as his eyes finally closed, and he went to sleep to only see her face again in his dreams.
I thought i posted this a few days ago. If i did I forgot to tag it. @famousclamcashweasel for you
The doctors all told him it would be like this but he didn’t want to believe them. He wasn’t ready for this to happen. He had not told her yet. She still believed that he did this for some reason like getting out of work not the truth of the fact he was deeply in love with the small woman. She had to of seen the truth over the two weeks he cared for her, living in her house and watching over her. He knew she had to have seen it regardless of the words not being said aloud.
She had two good days. It looked like she was getting better. The fever that had
Taken hold of her body had eased. When he had called the doctors office with that news they told him to watch closer. This was a sign. She had more energy on those two days then she had in weeks prior. He had thought that the infection had been beaten finally. The nurse that called back had warned him but he was too hopeful to listen.
She was burning up now. Her swallow breaths coming hard and labored. Her eyes closed a few hours ago and had not reopened despite him begging and pleading with her to open them. She was to tired to move from the couch and she had told him before if it was her time she would find her place. She wanted the couch curled up under the soft fake fur blanket she favored. She was in the corner of the v shaped couch. Every few minutes it seemed like time would stand still as the longer it took for her to take a breath.
It was getting close. His heart was breaking with every second she was struggling. He had to tell her. He needed to say the words even just once. He moved closer to her along with a box of frozen ice packs and he scooped her up into his arms with ease as he settled back into the same spot she had been in before. She had chosen her place but he would adjust that. If she was going to die it would be in his arms as he told her the truth.
“My love, can you hear me?”, he asked as he started placing the ice packs around her gently. She didn’t speak but he felt her move slightly closer to him. He took her almost lifeless hand in his and intertwined his fingers with her tiny digits. He brought it to his face so she could feel his face one more time as he then brought the tiny hand to his lips. He spoke again this time as he held her hand against his face, cupping his cheeks. “Sweetheart I know you think that I volunteered to take care of you because I wanted to get out of work or some other stupid thing. That isn’t the truth though, I hope you know that. The fact is I had feelings for you that even I didn’t understand until maybe a week ago. Princess I can’t let you go without you knowing the truth. I don’t want to let you go at all. I love you. I need you to stay with me. I know it is hard right now. I know your tiny body has fought so hard but god damnit I need you. Please don’t leave me.”
He never wanted anything in this life more than for her to return to him. He began to mutter to himself something he remembered from school,“over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.”
He wished fairies were real at this moment and he could call on them to fix her.
Her blue eyes flickered open slightly. He knew that was more than he could have asked for. She tried moving her arm, he could feel the muscles trying to work. He helped it up and let her direct it to his shoulder. She moved her finger against his neck and tried to look him in the eyes. She was struggling with her eyes and he didn’t want her to use her last bit of energy to appease him in someway. He continued to place the ice packed over her in a last ditch effort for some miracle to happen.
Hours past. He never moved from the spot with her in his lap cradled against him as he hummed or even sang to her to keep her going. Her arm slung over his shoulder would flicker with moment every once in a while. Her breathing was still swallow but seemed slightly more eased. He was afraid to fall asleep though. If this was her last night he wanted to be there till the end. He had a cup of ice that was mostly water at this point but he would dip his fingers in it and find a chip or two and placed it in her mouth. On the few times he couldn’t he would place his dripping finger on her mouth to at least try to keep her hydrated. He was now also burning but only because of the heat she was producing.
His eyes fell. His head went into the corner of the walls and rested there. Every so often he would wake with a start and then he would remember and stare at her. She was still breathing. He would then rest his head again and then drift off for a few minutes. He did that throughout the night. When daybreak happened and he saw the new days light for the first time he again remembered the tiny woman in his arms. He looked down at her and waited. It seemed like forever he just started at her. Her cheeks had paled throughout the night no longer flushed with the raging fever she had the night prior. It seemed her hand had gripped tighter onto his shoulder. He was frantic for a moment when he realized her breathing has ease and was not so loud as to echo throughout the silence of the large room.
He felt her move and he released a breath of pure relief. Though he had slept some the first few moments had already worn him out completely. He brushed a finger down her soft skin of her face. She was cooler now. Still had the fever but she was cooler than the night before. He let out a chuckle.
“Only you could laugh like that.” She said softly.
“Do you remember last night, my love?” He asked softly.
“All of it Mitsuhide.” She replied and tried to smile and it came out looking lopsided.
“All of it?” He asked as he peered into her eyes.
“Did you mean it?” She asked softly.
“Of course I meant it,silly girl.” He chuckled. “I’m surprised though that you actually heard me. I thought it was time.”
“It was.” She said even softer. “I can’t explain it I wasn’t really here though.”
“You were here, my love.” He said looking down at her.
“No, Mitsuhide I wasn’t. My body was here but I was not. I heard you though. You seemed so far away at the time. I knew what you were saying and as soon as you said it I felt differently. I’m not saying I was in a white light or something like that but I was dying.I could feel myself shutting down and not being able to do a damn thing about it. Then you spoke.” She spoke with a dry throat and it was still raspy and forced.
“And That did what exactly?” He asked as he brushed the hair off her face as he looked into her eyes.
“It made me want to fight.” She said evenly.
“It did?” He was shocked.
“I needed to know you were here.” She said as she touched his neck and shoulder lightly. “The more I could feel you the more I wanted to fight.”
“So what happens now?” He asked softly.
“We fight.” She tried smiling again.
“We do, how?” He asked.
“Western medicine isn’t helping. In fact I think it is making every single thing worse. We treat it my way now.” She said softly. “Give me a reason to fight Mitsuhide I am not better now. I just have more fight now.”
“Okay princess, we will try this your way.” He said softly as he bent and kissed her forehead. “At this point what do we have to lose?”
“Everything, Mitsuhide, now we could lose everything.” She whispered as she closed her eyes. He touched her back softly as she snuggled closer to him. He hoped he had not just dreamed that whole thing. He had hope again. She had indeed survived the night. She was a fighter. She was a warrior. She was so much stronger than him and she wanted to fight because of him. He looked down at her with so much open love he wished she would open her eyes just to see it. “Stop staring at me.”
He chuckled to himself and kissed her forehead again, “never my love. For this moment on you are the only woman I see and I will look as long and as hard at you as I want to. Get used to it.”
“I could just die you know.” She said softly.
“Doesn’t matter anymore. In this life or the next I will find you and love you then too.” He said to her softly as her breathing became more even. “Now sleep my love. You need your strength more than ever.”
He was holding his phone and was looking up things to help her when she opened her eyes. He knew there was many things that he needed get. He was looking up where to get the different things. He was making plans to get everything that day if she could sit long enough in the car. He was continually reading different articles and different treatment options. He knew the hardest thing to to combat was the infection in her blood. The first round of antibiotics did nothing for her except make things worse. She had a allergic reaction to the medication and it seemed she went down hill from that day. She had gotten worse instead of better since the horrid reaction. That had to be the first thing he help her attack so she could start to get better.
“Sweetheart can you sit in the car?” He asked.
“I think so, why?” She said.
“While you have been sleeping I have been researching things.” He stated as he brushed his fingers through her hair slowly.
“What did you find?” She asked trying to sit more up on her own and failing. He helped her and handed her a glass of water.
“Some things that we can try.” He said as he handed her a slip of paper. She looked at the list and nodded.
“I think this might work. You want to get my chair into the car?” She asked.
“I will just carry you.” He said as he looked at her.
“I want to go into the store with you.” She said.
“No.” He said.
“Why not?” She asked.
“I can’t leave you here but I am not going to expose you to anything more to fight off.” He said and she began to pout. He shook his head, “Princess you can get mad at me all you want I will not risk you like that.”
“Fine.” She said with a huff.
“Come my love let us begin a new treatment for you.” He said. “Let’s begin to fight this together.”