Lessons learned ch 13
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.