Summary: Post FFX-2, Post Return, Pre-marriage. Rikku finds out something, and has to figure out just -how- to tell Auron.
Rikku squinched her eyes closed, pacing in the front room of their suite. This couldn't be right. Well, it COULD be right, but it SHOULDN'T be right. She'd pretty much always taken the potion Yunie gave her, and...
She rushed into the bathroom to be sick. Again.
Normally, when she was sick, she just curled up on the couch and whined, and he would come in and give her that LOOK, but get her a blanket and sit with her.
But she felt fine, except the occasional barfing-up-your-stomach. She paced again, then shot a look back at the test on the counter.
It was bright, happy, glaringly pink. She threw it away, plopping down on the couch and she hid her head in her hands. He didn't want kids. Hell, he didn't LIKE kids - but there was no way to hide it (guessing that "Oh, honey! I swallowed a Blitzball! Whoops!") wasn't going to work, and there was no way in hell she was leaving it somewhere like his parents had. Now, all she had to do was wait for him to get home, and find... some way... of telling him.
Old habits die hard.
Auron had been in solitude for a day, meditating, centering himself. He found it wasn't as hard as it used to. He wasn't driven by hate any longer, for starters. And the emotion replacing it was just as powerful, but far less destructive.
He walked into the door, their small hut in the new developments of Besaid. He couldn't help but smirk at how damn domesticated he had truely gotten.
Rikku bolted out off of the couch, then stopped, her eyes wide like a
deer in the headlights. She pressed her lips together, then swallowed,
smiling a bizarre sort of smile. "Hi." She leaned up to kiss his
cheek, then did the one thing that always gave her away.
She started babbling in Al Bhed.
"Ed'c kuut ouin rusa- E sayh, upjeuicmo oui't pa rusa, frana amca fuimt oui pa? Hud dryd oui lyh'd ku yhofrana amca. Dryd fuimt pa cemmo! E cyf Lulu dutyo, oui ghuf dryd? Dra pypeac yna kaddehk cu pek yht vihhemo ahuikr fyed hajanseht dryd'c cu hud kuehk du fung yht syopa fa cruimt ced? Oayr? Un lyh E kad oui cusadrehk du ayd? Un tnehg? Un cusadrehk?" The flood of words from the mouth never seemed to stop, even though her eyes widened as she -tried- to stop them.
He wasn't an idiot, and he knew her habits well by now. There was a seed of panic in his chest.
"Rikku, what's wrong?"
Rikku's eyes were wide. "Wrong? Nothing's wrong." Her yes narrowed slightly. "Do you think it's wrong?" They filled with tears for some reason. "I knew you'd think it was wrong. This is AWFUL." She turned away, pulling out food to make a sandwich, dropping things on the table.
After all this time, Auron really still didn't know how to handle Rikku when she got like this. He did the only thing he could do, taking her in his arms and holding her still.
"You seem panicked. That is why I asked."
Rikku turned, looking at him.
She'd never been one to not have mood swings.
"Panicked? Of COURSE I'm panicked. You would be to, or you will be I guess, but not if you think it's WRONG." She glared at him. "It's not wrong. It just HAPPENED." She sniffled, and threw her arms around his waist. "Will you love me when I'm all fat?"
Auron had a distinct impression that he really wasn't a part of this conversation.
"I didn't think... well, you're acting as if something's wrong. And what makes you think you're getting fat?" Rikku looked up at him. "Because that's what HAPPENS." She shook her head. "You don't know anything about this, do you?"
She was kind of forgetting she never really told him -what- she was talking about.
Auron really, really didn't get it.
"About what you're talking about? No, not at the moment."
Rikku sniffled again. "Well, you BETTER. You don't have all that long, you know."
Auron sighed, deeply, cupping her face with his hands.
"Rikku, tell me what you're talking about."
Rikku sniffled again, looking up at him. "Pypo."
She wasn't able to get out any more, because she was crying. This was ridiculous - one second she was puking, the next anxious the next mad, and now... now all she could do was cry.
She hated being pregnant already.
This was what was causing the problems? If Auron had been another man, he would have laughed.
But he was Auron, so he didn't. Just held her closely. "Is that all? I had a guess already... shh... it's all right, Rikku."
Rikku sniffled. "But you don't WANT kids." She slipped her arms around his waist, her cheek against his chest. "You said it was WRONG."
"I thought by the way you were acting something was wrong," Auron clarifed.
"And I never said I didn't want children." The thought terrified him, but he could handle it. There wasn't much he couldn't, other than seeing her cry like this.
Rikku sniffled. "But you ACT that way." She looked up at him. "You want them?" She blinked up at him. "W... We're going to have a baby." She looked a bit... shocked.
Auron sighed against her temple, kissing it softly. "Rikku, I don't act any way. Yes. We're going to have a baby."
The fayth clearly had a wicked sense of humor.
Rikku's eyes widened. "A BABY." She blinked twice, then pulled back. "I need to sit. Come sit with me." She plopped on the couch, looking up at him. "You knew? And you didn't SAY anything?"
"I had a suspicon," Auron said softly, laying his katana against the wall. "You weren't hiding your sickness well. And we have been... lax. About protection."
She spoke quietly, looking up at him. "I'm suprised, but... I'm happy. Are you?" She held out her hand to him, just wanting him near.
Auron sat next to her, pulling him close against him. "Yes."
She scooted into his lap, her head on his chest. "I love you." She took his hand, and pressed it to her stomach. It just felt... right.
Auron closed his eyes, holding her tightly, thumbing against her stomach quite naturally. "I love you too." He didn't say it around other people, as it wasn't something they needed to know.
They would, however, need to get married. Hm.
Rikku hadn't even thought about it. She closed her eyes, just curling against his chest.
She had no idea way back when that this would happen, but now... she thanked the sand and stars. She was going to have a baby - and it would be theirs. Parents. She smiled, and giggled against his neck. "Suppose that means I'm going to need different clothes, hrm?"
"Most likely," Auron murmured, rummaging through one of the pockets of his gi. He pulled out a ring, old, slightly tarnished, his Orders ring from when he was a monk. He hadn't worn it since he started the Pilgramage with Braska.
Rikku blinked. "What?" She took it, but didn't know why. 'Er.. thanks?"
Auron couldn't help a smirk. Wasn't it obvious?
Rikku blinked, and her mouth dropped open. "Are you.. I mean.. " She swallowed. "You don't have to. We don't. Not just because of this, I mean if you don't want to. I'd rather you did because you wanted to." She pushed it back into his hands, the emotional rollercoaster starting again as she babbled.
Auron just pushed it back. "No, I want to. Take it."
He'd wanted to forever. But he couldn't imagine she'd want him. Now with this... he sort of saw she did. And that was enough.
She looked down at the ring in her hands. "You promise you wanted to before?" She turned it over in her fingers. Well, THERE'D be something to tell Yunie about. He just handed her a ring and said 'here'. Fabulous. And that's what she'd get to tell the... She shoved it back into his hand. "No. not until you actually ASK me. Not just saying "Here". You have to use at least..." She paused. "Ten words. Then I will."
Auron sighed. The sigh of the infinately patient.
"Rikku, my only. Please marry me. I need you always."
He was proud of that. It sounded poetic.
Rikku grinned, throwing her arms around his neck. "Yes! Yesyesyesyesyes." She kissed him hard, a smile on her face.
Auron grunted as he fell back against the sofa, but then wrapped his arms around her waist tightly. It had been exactly ten words, which also made him proud.
Rikku grinned, and kissed him again. "I love you, so raycd." She was so very excited. "Oh, WAIT until I tell Yunie! Auron! We get to be pregnant TOGETHER." She bounced with that spastic energy she'd always had - Yuna had announced her pregnancy the month before.
Auron just shook his head. "Do you want a boy or a girl?" He humored her energy. Her boundless energy.
Rikku thought for a moment, looknig down as she rubbed her stomach. "Girl? I think..." She looked up at him. "What would you like?" She blushed, scooting so she was stradling his lap still, her cheek on his chest. "Just seeing this little girl with blonde hair and chocolate brown swrily eyes... and you..." She smiled, her eyes looking far away.
Auron smiled. "... that would be nice. Or a boy. With your energy..."
He snorted. "I'm going to be dead on my feet in a year."
Rikku giggled, and paused. "Just... one, you think?" She flushed. "Always thought I'd have a brood, you know?" She kissed the side of his neck. "It's my energy or yours. Imagining haveing a son like you..." She smiled. "Serious. Maybe to help temper the excitability of another, if we do..." Her eyes widened. "What if it's TWINS?"
Auron had to swallow. Oh, it was getting a little hot in here.
"... we'll deal with it when the time comes. No way of knowing, after all."
Rikku nodded. "Well, yeah." She looked down at her stomach, a silly grin on her face. "Hiiii..." She looked up at him, and blushed.
Auron kissed her forehead. That was... well, adorable, but he simple did not use that word.
She smiled, and turned in his lap. "I love you, Auron." She sighed, snuggling in his arms.