Title: Baby Makes Three
Author: Savvy aka Eros494
Fandom: It Started with a Kiss/They Kiss Again
Summary: This is a continuation of the series They Kiss Again.
Disclaimer: I do not own ISWAK or TKA or any of the characters involved in the telling of his wonderful story.
Author Note: I hope I can do this series justice.
Word Count: 712
Zhi Shu watched as the second hand ticked in repeating circles around the face of the clock. Time seemed to slow to an uncomfortable pace around him as he sat waiting patiently for the news that he knew, being the genius he was, would change his life forever. Because that’s what babies did. They changed lives. They were like small, welcomed intruders whose very presence altered a family’s life, no matter how prepared they were for the baby's arrival.
His feet seemed to have a mind of their own. They tapped up and down to the accelerating beat of his heart as if itching for him to get up and move around. He eventually gave into their proposal and paced the corridor until he had made a practiced trail on the white tile beneath his feet. Several nurses passed him while he lapped back and forth. Though they called polite hellos he paid them no mind. Even if he’d been able to speak he didn’t know what he would have said to them, because a thousand things were fluttering through his mind as if on a never ending race track. He stopped pacing and stared ahead of him as if in a trance. He was going to be a father. A baby was going to come into this world and he would be responsible for it. Was he really ready for that responsibility?
He sighed heavily and continued pacing. He would have to be wouldn’t he? There was no turning back. No matter how unnerved he was about this all he was anticipating this child. He or she would be a product of his and Xiang Qin’s love, a symbol of their devotion to each other. He would love this child with his entire heart. He would show kindness, undying love and patience toward this child- patience that, he hated to admit it, was waning with every second he waited in the corridor.
What was taking so long? He wondered. He had never given an exam like this before but he was sure it didn’t take this long. He’d only been waiting, he checked the clock again, twenty minutes and she hadn’t come out yet. But what was he thinking? Twenty minutes wasn’t a reasonable amount of time to give an exam, discuss methods of pre-natal care and calm down an anxious, potential mother like Xiang Qin who he was sure was in a state of shock in the next room. She had to be because he surely was--had been since he’d awoken up this morning and walked with her to the clinic.
He hadn’t shown her his nervousness of course. She had enough to worry about. The bad news she’d been given about her vision had sent her into a fit of worry. He’d spent several terrifying hours searching for her the previous day only to find her in the last place he’d been expecting—his office. He had comforted her then and he would again today if the news she received wasn’t one that she expected. That was if she ever left the doctor’s office.
Then he heard it, the opening of a door and he literally fell as he spun around and watched Xiang Qin emerge. Her head was dropped down and her expression was grim. His heart dropped as he rushed to her side and looked down at her. “What did he say?” he asked. His voice was low, calm, and though it quivered just a bit, unusually steady.
Xiang Qin lifted her head, cocked it to the side and did the last thing he’d been expecting. She laughed. She then nodded and draped her arms around his neck. He hefted her up to hang around his waist as he pulled her closer into a hug.
“I’m pregnant,” she whispered, her lips brushing ever so slightly against his ear.
The relief he felt in that moment was like nothing he’d ever experienced before in his life. He grinned and just like that, all the worries he’d had before seeing her were gone. He was going to be a father and he was ready for whatever came next.
Their life altering journey had begun.