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Several months later…
*Click Click Click!*
You're working on a machine that Kanako asked you to fix, when someone knocks on the door. It’s been months since you have moved to this house with Sanae. The popularity of items from the outside kept rising since then, thanks to your work on them. Kanako and Suwako keep supplying you with money, and villagers sometimes give offerings straight to you or to a shrine near your house after you’re done fixing their items, so you never really worry about your daily needs. Kanako briefed you about the grand introduction of electricity to the village, which will need a lot of stuff that you have to check or fix. Whatever she’s planning, it’s a big one.
“Yes, I’m coming!”
“Nobu, I’ll get the door, stay focused on fixing that machine, okay?”
You look at Sanae’s big belly as she walks out of the room. She’s now carrying your child in her womb, which surprises no one, thanks to your uncontrollable lusty mind. Kanako and Suwako gave your child some blessings through charms, but they gave them through you instead of giving them directly to Sanae. She had her doubt about receiving the charm at first, afraid that it’ll be cursed, but after some convincing words from you, she finally wore it for your child. You’re still not sure whether you’re ready to become a father or not… You can only do your best now…
“Reimu, Marisa, welcome! Ah, there’s Kasen too!”
You can hear her excitement from here. You’ve been urging her to rest and not investigate accidents or help you in the village, so she's always excited when one or two of her friends visit. You feel bad for her, staying in the house without television or some kind of entertainment to keep her busy, other than doing daily chores, some old music on cassettes at the attic and books that her magician friend sometimes brings her. You frequently bring her to the village for some amusement when not taking request to fix items, but it’s not very entertaining when there’s no events in the village.
“Did you follow my advice?”
“Of course Kasen, I rarely go to the village nowadays. I’ve followed Reisen's and Eirin's advices too, watched my diet, drinks…”
“And your daily chores?”
“I can’t possibly give them all to Nobu, he has his own work with stuff from the outside that villagers keep asking him-”
Ah, yes, that nagging hermit… You’ve been lectured by her several times when she visited to focus on Sanae’s health and activity. And one time to properly marry Sanae so that people don’t get the wrong idea, in which you just told her that you’ll do it later, since the only place that's fit for your wedding is the Moriya Shrine, with you being their shrine member and all. She fits the ‘nagging in-law’ type more than Suwako or Kanako… If Sanae didn’t hate them, and if Suwako weren't there to stop her, Kanako would probably nag you too… Not to mention Suwako has more right to nag you, since it’s her descendant that you've impregnated…
“No Sanae, sit down, I’ll make the tea for you-”
“Come on Marisa, you’re my guest, it’s my duty to serve you with something…”
“I think it should be your husband making the tea for us. He can’t just give all the housework to you, his pregnant wife!”
Huff… Nevertheless, she sometimes helps you practice dodging bullets in spell card duels to ‘grow your own spine versus youkai’ since you can’t fight in spell card duels without Sanae covering your sorry life, so she’s not that bad. Well, it’s not nice to just leave them to Sanae. You put down your tools and walk upstairs to meet your guests.
“Afternoon chump!” Marisa greets. “Busy with the outside stuff?”
“How about you lay it off for a while and do your wife a favor instead?” Kasen stares. “Being the head of the family has its duty…”
“Kasen, you don’t have-”
You stop Sanae and make her sit, then write that you better obey her words than listening to her nagging for a straight hour.
“Jeez, Nobu, that’s rude…”
Sanae deletes the message from the writing pad and gives it back to you.
“Nothing! Now, let’s sit down Kasen, you must be tired after flying here.”
“…Write something bad behind my back, eh?”
Gulp…Better retreat to the kitchen for now…
You put everyone’s cups on the table, and pour some tea into each of them from a pitcher.
“Is it sweet?”
You shake your head at the magician, and slightly bob your head in the hermit’s direction.
“You should control your consumption of sweet things, Marisa.”
“Still, I can’t find that kind of jug with a filter inside anywhere, and Kourin won’t share his with me. I want to easily brew tea without any problems, you know, it’s convenient!”
“I heard that some of the items are causing problems to their owners instead…”
“It’s just like any other tool, if you mishandle them, it can cause trouble for the owners themselves, sometimes a whole lot of trouble. Nobu always gives this warning to owners of the items, and put a warning on each shrine,” Sanae defends you. “Look at the light bulb above. It's a convenient source of light, and very easy to turn on and off, but if you mishandle it, the light bulb could explode and hurt us.”
“I imagine no one actually listened and used them recklessly just because of how convenient they are,” Kasen says after giving it a thought.
“Just like most people on the outside world do with their items…”
“Accidents happen often, then?”
“Not as often as you think…”
“Nevertheless people like those items either way. It’s a wonder that they’re getting more popular each day,” Reimu comments.
“Which means more work for Nobu,” the witch adds.
“And more faith,” The white-red shrine maiden stares at you. “Shouldn’t you a have different source of income other than relying on your goddesses’s money?”
What you could possibly do for additional income? You specialize in items from the outside world, and you're only good at it. You could teach at Keine’s school, but she’s not exactly looking for help nowadays, since she has hired some talented villagers for that. Besides, you could care for Sanae better if you work at home, if anything happens you can always pray to Suwako for help.
“Nevermind… Just don’t follow them blindly. If they start some trouble, you could get dragged in along with them.”
They’re your family, if they get in trouble, you should help them too. They’re your in-laws after all.
“Huff, I won’t tell you this if they’re not always making schemes that could destabilize Gensokyo…”
“I don’t know Reimu, they've been pretty passive lately, compared to Miko or Byakuren.”
“They have internal problems after all…” Reimu looks at Sanae. “Seriously though, not that I’m defending them or anything like that, but isn’t it about time you lay it off, Sanae? You’re not afraid your hatred will affect your child’s condition?”
“…Can we switch to a different topic here?”
“Sorry… When are you having your next checkup?”
“This evening. Reisen recommended me to stay over the last time I've been there, because of how close it is to labor but I don’t want to just lie on the bed waiting to deliver my baby. Nobu needs me in the house…
“You can’t trust your own husband to do normal housework?” Kasen stares at you again. “He can’t expect you to do any work after labor, he has to do the housework eventually!”
“Yes, but until then, I want to be useful for my household…”
“By letting him penetrate your womb every day?”
“Indecent!” Kasen hits Marisa’s head.
“Jeez, it was just a joke between friends, just a joke!”
“Still indecent! We’ll have a talk about this later.”
“You really had to say it in front of her... Your fault. No sympathy for me.”
“Uhm, sorry, I need to go to the toilet for a while.”
She quickly walks out of the room.
“Urgh, I don’t want to become a mother for a while, can’t stomach the thought about going through of all the suffering of being pregnant…”
“Well, you, on the other hand have to continue your bloodline. Well, how’s the prospect of that guy becoming a priest? He’s good, isn’t he?”
A loud noise comes from the outside of the room.
“What was that?”
You quickly run to the source of the sound, and find Sanae lying on the toilet floor, with lots of water coming from her tights.
Uh oh. You quickly help her back on her feet and walk her to the bed.
“What was- Oh my. Marisa, this is urgent, get Eirin or Reisen here. Now.”
“Wait, we’re not bringing her to Eirin’s place?”
“The smell of blood and screams during the labor pain will attract nearby youkai on our way, we can’t risk it!”
“Okay, I’m going as fast as I can!”
“I’ll help you!”
Reimu supports Sanae’s other shoulder and together, you bring her to the bed.
She practically buries her nails into your skin. You can’t imagine how painful it is, as her body is shaking from the pain. You and Reimu lay her on the bed inside your bedroom. Water keep gushing out from her tights.
“I can feel it… She’s coming Nobu…”
One hour later, Reisen comes in with her equipment in a doctor bag.
“Sorry, it became this messy-”
“Don’t mind it, focus on the baby. You’re lucky that we’re here to help.”
“Let’s see… Okay, breathe, then answer these questions when you can: When did your water break Sanae?” Reisen starts asking question.
“About one or two hours ago.”
“How often are your contractions?”
“About every thirty minutes, they’re sometimes very painful…”
“Don’t worry, its normal. Now, spread your legs.”
She does, and Reisen checks her cervix. Marisa enters the door with a bucket of water and a towel. She looks at Sanae’s vagina.
She faints, dropping the bucket, making the room wet.
“Seriously…” Reimu splashes some of the water that Marisa dropped on her face, and she wakes up. “Hey, you okay?”
“Sanae… does it hurt, to have it stretched like that?” The witch asks.
“Is it that bad?” Sanae asks Reisen.
“No, it’s not. Relax.”
You can see Marisa sometimes cover her crotch. Must feel like looking at someone that had their genitals kicked, or worse. Thankfully you were born a man…
“Okay, everything is fine. If everything goes well, you might be able to have a normal birth soon.”
“Well, in can vary between six to twelve hours, in your case, it’ll probably be faster since your contractions are strong. If it’s taking longer than twenty-four hours, then we'll have to induce the birth with some medicine. Remember your exercises, you do them, right?”
“Good. Now, let’s discuss in what position you feel most comfortable giving birth-”
“Hey, hey, anything more that we could do to help?”
“You want to go home?”
“Not much you can do. The husband will obviously stay here to support her mentally and help me a bit, but other than that, I can take it from here, if Sanae doesn’t mind, that is.”
“It’s okay… You will not be scared of becoming a mother because of me, right?”
“Euhm, well, to be honest, I want to shoo that thought away for a moment…”
“You want to become an old hag, Marisa?”
“Of course I won’t-”
A new voice talks to Marisa. The people in the room turn to the source of it: Yukari.
“My my, the joys of giving new life,” Yukari smiles at Sanae, and turns back to the rest of the people. “Need a fast travel home?”
“I feel bad leaving Sanae here…”
“Don’t worry Reimu, Reisen said I’ll be fine, right?”
“I’ll stay here. I don’t have anything else to do… Doesn’t mean we won’t have our talk later Marisa,” Kasen stares to her.
“Fine… We’ll be going now, please take care of yourselves.”
“Thank you for your visit guys!”
Reimu walks out of the room, followed by Marisa and Yukari. Kasen sighs and looks at you.
“I’ll clean the room for you… Where’s the mop, Nobu?”
“Put your boots on, quick.”
“I’m on it, I’m on it… Okay, Yukari, please-”
“Wait… I feel someone else around here…”
“Don’t worry about-”
Reimu pulls out her gohei and sneakily moves to the other side of the house, where there’s a window to Sanae’s room. She thinks she’ll see a peeking fairy or youkai, but instead, the one who're peeking at the window are Kanako and Suwako.
“…You should come inside.”
“Eh? Nah, I’ll only ruin her happy days…”
“She needs support from all of her family. I think she’ll forgive you if you go in now. You’ve felt how it is to be pregnant, right?”
“I don’t know…”
“…I’ll call Nobu here.”
Reimu goes away, and comes back with the man.
“You have two guests here.”
He sighs, grabs both of the goddesses’s hands and drags them inside the house.
Reimu walks in to the gap that Yukari opened before, back to her own shrine…
“Nobu, what’s the ruckus outside-”
Sanae stops talking when she sees her lover dragging her goddesses in.
“Uhm… Hi Sanae…”
“So… Everything is fine, right?”
“Uh huh… Nobu dragged you in here?”
“Yeah…” Suwako rubs the back of her own head. “Uhm, can we stay here Sanae? We want to accompany you through your pregnancy…”
“…Be quiet if you want to stay.”
“Thanks…” Suwako holds her left hand. “I know you can go through this.”
“Here Nobu, give it to Sanae.”
Suwako passes a glass full of water. You give it to Sanae, and she drinks, when suddenly-
Reisen checks Sanae’s cervix again, then looks at the notes that she wrote before.
“It’s time. Get into position, Sanae.”
You and Suwako help her move her body to a kneeling position, hugging the pillow, whilst Kanako and Kasen observe. Sweat keeps pouring from all over her body.
“Okay, now I want you to push as soon as you feel a contraction. Understand? Repeat after me.”
“Push… When I felt contraction…”
“Good. Be ready, it should happen in three, two, one-”
You want to hold her hand, but-
“Don’t touch her Nobu, she needs all the concentration that she has,” Suwako shakes her head. Calm down, Suwako has gone through this before, she knows what Sanae needs…
“Okay, take a deep breath, the next one should be the longest one…”
Reisen looks at a stopwatch, waiting for her next contraction.
“Three… Two… One… Push!”
“I can see her head! Keep on!”
Reisen covers the crying baby in a napkin after she’s done checking the baby, cutting the cord and cleaning her, and gives her to Sanae.
“Congratulation, she’s a healthy baby girl.”
“Thank you… Sttt, mommy’s here… Look, this is your father…”
She’s beautiful, just like her mother…
“Aww, she’s cute!” Kasen comments.
Suwako and Kanako only smile. You can see tears in both of their eyes, but they keep silent. Your newborn is latching on her mother’s breast, feeding herself.
“It’s tiring… And painful… But I’m so happy…”
“Have you decided on a name for her?” Reisen asks.
“Well, we’ve discussed it… Nobu wants to name the child after one of his parents, so he won’t forget them.”
“Oh, good. So what shall it be?”
“Rikako. Asakura Rikako.”