Chapter 17: Welcome to the New World
Everybody was busy preparing for my birthday party . . . but Haruhi never stops on surprising me either. Her birth due will be any week from now. Today is 22nd of November, and I was on the house, taking care of everything what should I wear, and assisting my pregnant wife.
“I think I shouldn’t wear this frilly gown that the twins gave me, Kyoya” she pouted as she was gawking on her own reflection on the mirror. She was wearing a frilly halter striped pink dress, with white-sequined rose designs on her top, and the halter strap was long enough to be a shoal, then the skirt flows from the chest up to her feet, blooming. She was still sexy as ever: her hair grows inches from the normal cut when we were still in high school. Kaoru put some curly extensions on her hair to make her face longer, her make-up was just as subtle as natural, as expected from Hikaru. Her chest grows from B to D (of course, what would Kichirou drink, anyway? In case you are asking) but her normal was C, then her soft milky skin electrifies every inch of my body, her seductive smile makes me want to go oh-la-la all day, and her eyes taught me who on earth really I am . . . his one and only husband.
“Why not, love? It looks good on you!” I said honestly as she wears my pink tie around my neck, then resting my arms on her waist.
“Seriously? You still bluffing like what you are doing in the host club days” she chuckled as I was giggling all over. She looks stunning as ever. That’s why I never stop on falling in love with her everyday . . . Beauty and brains combined into one.
“I am not, Haruhi Ootori, I would never bluff in front of my wife” I smirked as she looked at me seductively.
“You snake charmer . . .” she smirked as I plant kisses on her neck.
“Kyoya, stop that. We will never be in your birthday party and the baby shower on time” she moaned softly in my ear as I rested on her shoulder.
“Haruhi, this is it, my twenty-fourth birthday . . . and I am not getting any younger” I sighed and wrapping her arms around my waist.
“You’re still a crybaby, love. Cheer up, I am here for you” she whispered in my ear as I was lost in her embrace. I cupped her face to savor her pouty lips. When we break our kiss, I assisted her on the limousine going to the Ootori Estate where I lived all my life.
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“There they are!” Hani-senpai greeted as him and Takashi-senpai were ushers on the party. Takashi-senpai smiled at us both. Haruhi chuckled at Takashi as we heard him talk like nobody else’s can hear him talk for a long period of time.
“Mon ami! Happy birthday!” Tamaki greeted as he hugged me tight. I smiled at him as the twins captured me, leaving my wife and Tamaki on the sea of the crowd. I can see Tamaki lead to our fathers. She sits gracefully as my dad introduced my wife to his business associates. She was radiant all over the place, as she was sitting there proud than anyone, and I am also proud that she is mine, and she bears the surname Ootori.
“She will be fine, Kyoya-senpai . . .” Kaoru sighed.
“ . . . she can handle herself with those rich bastards” Hikaru chuckled. I smiled at them and nodded.
“Indeed, she was Haruhi Fujioka-Ootori after all” I smirked as I looked at the flow of the program.
Then, the twins started the program . . .
“Ladies and gentlemen! We thank you for coming tonight on his important birthday, and of course, the baby shower of his first son, Kichirou. We welcome you our birthday celebrant, the CEO of Ootori Medical Group, Mr. Kyoya Ootori!” the twins chorused as they welcomed me in an uproar of applause in the hall. I can see my host family from the foot of the stage, my brothers Akito and Yuuichi, my sister Fuyumi, my father and her father, and of course, my wife who was very alluring this night. I was given a chance to speak in front of everybody.
“Thank you Hikaru and Kaoru. I appreciate that you hosted this birthday party for me. Well, I didn’t know that they planed all of this, to the extent of my host club family. Tamaki, Hikaru and Kaoru, Takashi and Mitsukuni-senpai and to my beautiful wife who bears our first born who is very alluring right now, I can’t thank you enough for all the things we’ve been going through. To my family, my father, Yoshio Ootori, to my brothers Yuuichi and Akito and even my sister, Fuyumi, you mold me into something that from who I am right now. I really do thank you for everything that you did to me, and I know that our family tradition is changed by this extraordinary woman we met along the way when I was in my high school days with my host club family, she was the rose among us sharp thorns. She was really adorable, charming and smart. Now look at her, she survived challenges that ahead of her, and she would never change. May I present to you, my wife, Haruhi Fujioka Ootori”
I assisted her to her steps, carefully climbing the stage stairs. She bowed at everybody.
“It’s really a pleasure to see you at my husband’s birthday. You’re getting older, sweetheart”
They all laughed. As expected of my wife.
“Throughout the years of looking on his existence, I can say that . . . he’s really a determined man. As the third son of Yoshio Ootori, my father-in-law, there are many of you knows who will be his new successor. There was a couple, who says that he doesn’t stand a chance on winning the next patriarch of the family. Thanks to you both, he achieved that goal, and yes, with no words coming from his mouth, he suffers most of the time studying hard in Ouran Private Academy. Thus where I met him, and through the years I am observing him, there is no doubt that he must impress you all, and especially his dearest father and siblings that he’s more capable of what he can do.”
The people are murmuring in the ball. My dad was pretty shocked. He still don't know that Haruhi was really sharp-tongued when she's pissed off.
"Sorry if I just say this once, but if you want to be blunt with people around you, do a good blow that will make you tear them apart, and that's what my husbnd is doing all over the years. If there's a single thing that I am proud of, is my husband being soft in spite of all the coldness he received from each one of you here right now. . . "
Her tears fell in her eyes, I wiped her ters and she continued talking.
"That's why Kyoya, love, don't ever change. Make your discouragements and expectations as your source of determination to achieve higher goals in life. Look at you right now, you are the CEO of the company at the age of 23, and even you have everybody. You also have Kichirou and me. I love you, Kyoya, and always I will. Happy birthday!"
She was chuckling as she kissed me on the cheek. I kissed her and our baby who was still in my wife's belly. I can hear everyone's "awws" as the twins were given our family a priviledge to say a message one-by-one to me.
As we stepped down from the stage, many people are approaching me, saying that they admired my prowess in hitting people indirectly. They praised my father-in-law for finding a fine matriarch of the Ootori family.
"It wasn't me either. It was my son who find her first" I chuckled as laughter covered in out circle.
"Congratulations, Attorney Ootori! You're having a bouncing baby boy!"one of the board of trustees lend her hands to me to shake it. She shook hands with her and smiled.
"Well, the two grandfathers are eager to have a grandson earlier than they expected" Haruhi answered as Yoshio-otou-sama smirked back at us. The crowd laughed as he tries to hide his face in embarassment.
"What would you want to be your son's future? Will he takes corporate business? Law? Medicine?" The other board of trustee asked.
"I prefer my son to choose his profession by himself. Of course, my father will make him take courses that what our child suits best. Just look how he handled me in an excellent way" I smiled as the other board of trustee nodded his head.
As some were dancing, eating and merrying around, I was on the garden of the Ootori estate, sitting and relaxing, thinking of my wife's Just hang in there, Kichirou. Soon, you will be coming out and you will see the beauty of the nature here. As Haruhi walked in, he sat on my side as I rested my head on her tummy to hear our son's heartbeat.
"Kichirou . . . Mommy and daddy can't wait to see you" I whispered to my wife's tummy as she chuckled that we felt that our baby kicked.
"Kyoya . . ." She squeaked
"Yes?" I replied
"Maybe we should go back right now. The party will be stop without you around" my wife smiled as I made her lie in my lap.
"Are you tired, love?" I asked her as she nodded her head.
"Well, you know what I really need, Kyoya" she smiled as I kissed her forehead. She squeaked as she made me bend lower as her lips met mine. When we break our kiss, she smiled and relieved a big sigh. We rise from our seat and heading back to the hall while our hands entwined.
We were on the way opening our baby shower gifts for our baby. My wife chuckled at what the people gave to our future son. She was taking a break as I opened my gifts. So, she was chuckling at me, looking on the gifts, and one of the idiots just gave me a small box of keychain. It was an elegant keychain for our family car, engrave to the back “When the chauffer forgets to fetch your baby home. Huehuehue. – Tamaki”
Oh, why thank you, Tamaki. That was very helpful. He was whimpering like a dog on the side of the hall, as usual. What should I expect from my only best friend?
She was staring at me while I am opening my gifts to the guests. I have the best gift right now, and it’s the life of my very beautiful wife, carrying another present for me for approximately nine months.
“Haruhi . . .” Takashi-senpai tapped her shoulder.
“. . . You are bleeding” my father gasped.
Suddenly, Haruhi was yelping in pain, grasping her tummy. I can see her tears falling in her eyes. I think . . .
“Kyoya! Help . . . me! He’s coming! I can feel him that he’s going out” she explained as she was succumbing in pain. I immediately carry her in my arms and looked scared. Tamaki patted my head.
“He’s coming out, Kyoya. Don’t be scared. God has given her second chance to live for you and Ichi. Please be strong” he whispered on my ear. My father was shocked at how Haruhi breathes abnormally.
“Kyoya, she can’t make it to the hospital. She can possibly deliver the child here in the mansion” my father explained.
“Kyoya, find the nearest room! Please, give me boiling water, clips and a medical scissor. Don’t forget the needle and the medical thread” Akito-nii-san instructed to the maids as we rushed in the nearest room. Haruhi was now crying in pain. I need to calm her down. I made her lie on the bed, sit on her side, holding her trembling hand.
“Kyoya . . . am I gonna die again?” she sobbed. I caress her head and kissed her trembling hands.
“You are not, love. You will have Ichi soon in your arms. Please be strong for us!” I reassure her as I kissed her in the forehead. I covered her with a blanket as father instructed her to take a deep breath and push as she can. Yuuichi-onii-sama pushed her tummy as Akito-onii-sama arrived from the room with the maids for all the needs before and after the delivery.
“Push Haruhi!” Father instructed. Her hands clenched, her back arched in pain as Yuuichi-nii-san and Akito-nii-san control her movements. After a few seconds, Yuuichi asked dad.
“Is there a crowning?”
“Yes, Yuuichi. Haruhi dear, please bear it a little longer. He’s coming out from any moment”
“Father, I will be fine” Haruhi smiled weakly at my dad. He smiled and instructed to push again.
“Love, you can do it. Please be strong enough for us and Ichi” I whispered in her ear as she was battling for life and death.
“You can do it, sis!” My sister cheered for her while daddy was really tensed in his seat. He was really nervous on how will Haruhi handle her delivery.
“I know that you can do that, Haruhi. We believe in you” Tamaki yelped in the doorstep.
“Relax and contract” Yuuichi-nii-san eased her tension and continues to push her limits.
“Think of the baby’s health, dear Haruhi. Push it!” Akito-nii-san added, making Haruhi stronger.
After a few pushing, we heard a baby’s loud cry. . .
Those tears that I have been hiding all my life suddenly pouring into my eyes as I can see my wife huffing in pain. She was crying when she saw the baby moving while crying in my father's arms. Haruhi's father was hushing the baby while he was smiling sweetly to his first grandson. Everyone was silent. As dad put Ichi in my wife's arms, she was smiling weakly and chuckling. She was hushing the baby, in which the baby calmed down. She passed the baby to me, smiling while her tears fell in her eyes.
"Happy birthday love. I hope you like our gift" she wailed.
As I carry the baby into my arms, I feel that my world shifted in a different path. I am no longer empty. I am already complete, and Ichi is the final piece of what Haruhi and I built. The baby was peacefully reaching for my cheeks when I lifted him a little and said . . .
"Welcome to the world, Kichirou Ootori"
The crowd outside gone wild as they were keeping on congratulating us, but our private police is indeed vigilant in this situation. They keep the guests secluded from the room in which where we are right now. As father injected the anaesthetic on her spine, dad carefully sew the stitches and she was quivering. As it was done, she was feeding the baby with her breast and gladly, Ichi was opening his eyes for the first time.
"Look Kyoya, his eyes" Haruhi smiled as she was staring at Ichi's eyes.
His eyes are onyx-colored, his skin was as porcelain as silk and his lips was same as mine.
A perfect genetic clone of me.
"My gosh! A little Kyoya Junior! How cute!" Daddy Ranka squealed as he was assisting Haruhi on handling the baby while sitting on the other side.
"My, my Kyoya! What a lovely child! What would you name him?" Fuyumi-onee-sama asked.
"We will name the baby Kichirou" Haruhi answerd weakly.
"Hello there, Ichi-kun! I am your Fuyumi-oba-chan! We will be playing from time to time, okay?" Fuyumi-nee- sama smiled at the baby as he cooed back at her.
"I guess that would be your reply" she chuckled as the both of us smiled at each other. The other maids are preparing for the crib, clothes and things used for taking care of the baby, since Haruhi and I will be staying here in the mansion not until her stitches are completely healed.
It may be a long journey, but this is the fruit of our labor and love. I am happy that he was born on the same date as me, and I am glad that the mother of my child is the only girl I loved for the rest of my life.
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Taking care of Ichi was not an easy task. For I don't know anything about taking care of an infant, in which Haruhi and I shared a classic quality time together with the baby.
"Ichi . . . Daddy is here!”
I was on the doorstep when my wife and my son were on the sofa, playing. Ichi cooed back at me as Haruhi chuckled. I went to the sofa to sit beside them. Putting my briefcase and my coat aside, I place my weary arms on my wife’s warm shoulders. It was really relaxing, indeed after a very long, tiring day.
“Welcome home, love. How was the company going?”
“Do you mean that five-hour proposal meeting? It was really disastrous and impeccable, love. I was hurrying my pace all the way home to be with you two right now”
Haruhi was smiling at me as she gave me the sweetest kiss she always gives me. I kiss her back passionately as we break it slowly. I carried the baby in my arms. Ichi’s features were really fragile, so I carefully snuggle him up in my arms and kissed him in the cheek.
“How was our baby boy? Did you take good care of mommy? Good, Ichi” I whispered as I placed the tip of my nose to his neck and Ichi back.
“It was time for him to sleep, darling. I just finished making him burp after I feed him with my breastmilk. Do you want to make him sleep?” Haruhi asked as Ichi cooed softly.
You know, I am not good when it comes to babysitting, so is she. We were learning it together, that’s why I never hold back when I say that “I really don’t know how”. I was always saved by the mother’s instinct.
“You know Kyoya, lower down you voice, hum the gentlest melody that you can by breathing in a normal pace, then with all your heart, give him the sweetest lullaby that you can give” she whispered in my ear.
We went to our room. Sitting at the edge of our California king bed with the sleepy infant, Haruhi went to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Leaving the two of us in the room, I take a deep breath and let it out, then the next thing I do was humming the same lullaby that my wife was humming me when at times that I can’t sleep. After swinging my son slowly as the breeze back and forth in my arms and a sweet lullaby for ten minutes, he was fast asleep. I kiss him first on his forehead after I place him softly on his comfortable crib.
“Wow, I never realize that Ichi feels more comfortable on you than me” Haruhi surprised me as she was leaning on the door.
“You were. . . spying on me while I am making Kichirou sleep” I was shocked at her reaction while she hugging back at me. She was the softest cuddly teddy bear that I had: she smells strawberries all over. Placing my arms around her, I put my head on her neck and smell her scent. She was giggling all over as she put her arms on the nape of my neck.
“I know you were up to something. . .” I whispered at her as I put a sinister smile on my face.
“And I know that you can do it. Remember Kyoya, you are an Ootori who changed and bend the rules of your clan. You don’t need to be stoic or to be cold to anyone anymore. Okay? You have us and Kichirou, okay? Don’t you ever forget that I am still here for you, and I love you so much that you can ever imagine” She smirked back at me as kisses start to rain on her neck as her hands was running on the back of my polo. We carefully break it and laughed. She begins to detangle my blue striped necktie that she gave me on my birthday three months ago.
“I think, I will finish cooking dinner” she chuckled.
“Maybe, after we finish our unfinished business, love. An Ootori never leaves unfinished business behind, remember that” I whispered at her as I close the door of our bedroom.
“I couldn’t agree more” she replied as she turned off the lights.