Pairing: Awayuki Himeno/Hayate
Theme: #29—the sound of waves
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Kaori Naruse. I claim none, I merely borrow them and take them to yummy shoes sales and put them through the horror of finding the perfect strappy sandal.
Summary: It’s said that to get rid of them, you have to be scared or shocked…
The beach was one of their special places.
Hayate had chased her to this place when she’d run off, unable to prêt.
Himeno had regained her power as Pretear here to protect him from the Princess of Darkness.
They’d come here so many times after the battle to walk along the sand in the sunlight.
He’d proposed to her here, amidst the glow of sunset and the sound of waves.
And now it remained one of their favorite places. They came here often—like right now, they were simply sitting on the sand, just above the line of high tide. Himeno’s sandals lay had been tossed off to one side, where they lay forgotten; she was nestled comfortably against him, her back against his chest and his arms around her waist and shoulders.
The moment was interrupted, however, when Hayate hiccupped. Himeno turned her head to look at him. It happened again. And again, in fairly rapid succession. Hayate removed his hand from her shoulder and clasped it over his mouth. “Damn…” he muttered, looking faintly embarrassed.
Himeno watched as they continued for a while, then spoke up. “They’re not going away.”
“I—hic!—noticed…” he said, bouncing slightly with each hiccup.
She seemed to think for a moment, then smiled. “I’ve heard that if you really want to get rid of hiccups, you should have someone scare them out of you, or give you a really big shock. Do you want to see if I can shock you out of your hiccups?”
Hayate raised an eyebrow. “Himeno, you—hic!—aren’t exactly a—hic!—scary person.”
“Can I try anyway? Please?” she asked, giving him Sad Puppy Dog Eyes.
He caved. “Sure—hic! Go ahead.”
The Pretear took a deep breath and closed her eyes. She squared her shoulders and seemed to prepare herself…then leaned in and gave him a chaste kiss on the nose. She sat back, grinning.
Hayate looked amused, but doubtful. “That—hic!—wasn’t shocking.”
Himeno’s smile didn’t falter a whit. All she said in response was, “I’m pregnant.”
PS. Inspired by my father, of all people, while we were watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. For those who might ask, yes, she’s telling the truth—I mentioned a proposal, they’re married. That makes twenty-seven—three more to go! Hope you’ll stick with me for the last couple of stories. Thanks for reading, everyone. Much love!