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And by then, she was resolved and determined. She would not give him the satisfaction, no matter how many times his lips probed at hers and urged her to respond.He groaned softly and rested his forehead on hers. He was breathless, almost as bad as she was."Satisfied? Now get your damn hands off me. You'll be in for the ride of your life.""What?" Natsume scoffed. "You're still going on about suing me? Shall I prepare a judge?" His voice was sarcastic and bitter. "Don't kid yourself, Polka Dots. You're nothing like Imai or me.""Oh, and I bet you're going to regret saying that the minute Hotaru is up and about with her baby because there's a court order with our names on it."He looked at her as a strange expression passed over his face before he shook his head and chuckled. She didn't have to levitate him against the wall because he slowly extracted himself from on top of her. Grabbing his blazer, he headed out. Before turning the corner, he left with eight words lingering in the air."I forgot how much I loved our kisses."-;-He returned two hours later when she'd mechanically called him to say Hotaru wasat her second stage of labor and would be having the baby in mere minutes. He'd looked at her, smiling wryly before sitting in one of the seats with a clean suit to replace his wrinkled one from the other day and a fresher, cleaner looking face.She stood by the operating room doors to be in the room the second the baby was out.Neither one said a word to the other.The next half an hour was a blur of activity. Koko and the gang had been called down as well and they'd all began filing into the hallway, whispering and askingabout Hotaru before a low voice from inside the room murmured, "Congratulations.You have a baby boy."The second after, Mikan and Natsume were pushed into the room, being named godmother and godfather respectively. Mikan could've sworn she'd have appreciated the moment more if she hadn't looked over to smile at Ruka, only to find Natsume looking at her. Her spirits dampened until the baby was placed intoher arms and she cooed and rocked him back and forth, admiring the dark slivers of dark hair on its head.Hotaru took him back into her arms and murmured, "We'll name him Haori."Then she'd fallen asleep and Mikan had accepted Sumire's invitation for a morning brunch. She tossed her pancakes around moodily, adding the occasional nod and mhm when appropriate and soon, Sumire was throwing up her hands and Annahad added about three handfuls of sugar in her coffee."What is wrong with you, Mikan? You've been in your little bubble of doom all morning! If you're having one of those 'oh my god, Hotaru's growing up without me! What am I going to do?' moments, I'm honestly going to smack you in the faceand pull your intestines from your nose," Sumire snapped ominously. "Now drink your tea. No use in putting that to waste."
Anna was far gentler. "She's right, Mikan. Hotaru's just had a boy. It's a time of happiness! Not for" She waved at Mikan's general area and wrinkled her nose.�"that. Which reminds me, you probably haven't showered yet, right?"