A New Family
15 YEARS LATER …
"Mom, … I think our egg will be hatching today," a 21-year-old Ducky told her mother one bright, sunny morning.
Mama Swimmer smiled with delight and gently patted her now-grown-up daughter's back.
"Take me to your nest, dear. I'd be delighted to see your new child," the aging Swimmer said.
"I think you'll love our new baby, Mom. Yep, yep, yep!" chuckled Ducky delightfully, and she led her mother towards her nest.
Things had changed quite considerably in the Great Valley over the last fifteen years after Ducky and Petrie had endured their painful hearing over their interspecies relationship.
The Swimmer and Flyer spent the rest of their childhoods dating each other and occasionally hanging out in their still-secret getaways and hideouts, such as their forest cave. Eventually, though, once the pair reached their Time of Great Growing, they stopped going to their forest cave as Ducky was starting to get too big to fit in. The day they turned eighteen, Petrie had gathered their specially-decorated red shiny stone necklaces from the forest cave, and they each kept their neckwear placed in their special spots by their nests where their childhood love gifts had been placed. Only a few months later, Petrie proposed to Ducky, after they had been in love for twelve years, and they happily married, to the delight of many residents of the Great Valley, as it marked the first interspecies marriage in the valley. Everyone had been putting off doing such a thing until that bright evening when Ducky and Petrie's wedding took place in front of about a hundred Great Valley residents and all their friends, and now they all found the idea to be welcoming.
The day after their wedding, Ducky and Petrie had found what looked like a miniature mountain that was about a thousand times smaller than the size of a real mountain. Despite its small size, it was very strong, and it featured a large cave that would be perfect for a Flyer family. Furthermore, its location was right next to the river, and many lush trees surrounded it, blooming hundreds of tree stars and tree sweets. The small area looked so tropical, like today's equivalent of having a tiny piece of one of the jungles of South America. Feeling assured that it was just perfect for them, the two built their new nest on the beautifully green grass and happily settled into their new home. Their red shiny stone necklaces were hung over the entrance to the cave that Petrie could use whenever sky water came down.
Pink Forest had also found a new chapter. As Ducky and Petrie had promised Sparkle, after the hearing the two informed their friends about Pink Forest and how Sparkle wished it could regain its former glory, and they, in turn, told their families about it. Topps seemed skeptical at first, but after Cera told him that Sparkle just so happened to be a Threehorn, he was happy to get involved. Within a year, some of the green food surrounding Pink Forest had been eaten by all the residents combined, a few lines of new pink trees were grown, and the forest gained a new entrance for everyone to go through and admire the pink tree stars, to the delight of Sparkle and the Gang. It had become a delightful attraction again as it once was, and it gained at least twenty visitors a day.
A few years later, Sparkle met with another Threehorn who was so flabbergasted by the pink tree stars that he vowed to visit every day that he could. Over a period of several months, the two Threehorns gradually fell in love with each other, and they eventually mated and had a baby daughter.
Chomper and Ruby, like Ducky and Petrie, also built up on their interspecies relationship, and after fifteen years they were still dating, as Chomper was in the midst of his Time of Great Growing. He was sure that sixteen Cold Times was still too young for him to get married, so they decided they would wait another two Cold Times before they did so, all the while continuing to blossom on their love for each other.
The Sharptooth and Fast Runner still lived together in the Secret Caverns, and Ruby would occasionally visit her family every now and then. Chomper had been having a difficult time with his diet as crawlers were no longer supplemental enough to satisfy his daily eating habits, and since he had sworn on his life to never eat leafeater meat, he would venture into the Mysterious Beyond a few times a week to find anything to eat that wasn't a leafeater or even a carcass of one that had been killed by other Sharpteeth. Sometimes, he would get a meal out of Egg Stealers who would try to invade the Great Valley by killing them before tearing off their flesh with his sharp teeth. By doing that, he gained a reputation among the Great Valley residents as an excellent guard by protecting their eggs from those vicious Egg Stealers.
Littlefoot and Cera had also gotten together once they reached their Time of Great Growing, just as Cera's father had feared, but there was little he could do about it. Within a few years, the Longneck and Threehorn had developed their relationship to the point that they were ready to be married, and they did so a few months after Ducky and Petrie had married. Grandpa and Grandma Longneck, still living but likely on their last legs, were very proud, as their grandson's marriage to Cera would bring the two leading families of the Great Valley together and build an even stronger bond that would always ensure that the valley would remain a happy and peaceful place for all leafeaters who lived there or visited. Even Topps had to agree that he was proud of Cera for her marriage to Littlefoot because of his grandparents' strong leadership in the valley. He knew that once they would eventually pass the baton of leadership to them, they would become great leaders together that would help keep the valley living in peace and harmony. Cera's now-15-year-old sister, Tricia, was still living with Topps and Tria, but she was maturing very well as she was in the midst of her Time of Great Growing.
Cera had only just laid a clutch of three eggs a month ago, so it would be a while before they would hatch, and she and Littlefoot would become parents.
Spike, now at the age of 16, still lived with his foster Swimmer family, even after Ducky had moved out of their home once she married Petrie, and some of Ducky's siblings had found mates and moved on with their lives. He would visit with his foster sister and Flyer friend three times a week and would often help out with their tropical home whenever they needed it. To this day, he still didn't talk very much, but he would speak more fluently than he did when he was a hatchling.
Ducky had grown considerably over the last fifteen years after she started her relationship with Petrie. She was almost as big as her mother, although the aging Swimmer still towered over her daughter by about a foot. Her head crest had fully grown from the back of her head, and she appeared to be a spitting image of her mother, only slightly smaller and that she still had a greener tone of skin that wasn't as bright green as it was when she was a child. The Swimmer had also learned how to speak certain words correctly that she wasn't able to do as a kid, although she maintained her famous, "Yep, yep, yep" catchphrase that Petrie still loved to listen to. Her mother's bill had started to gain tiny wrinkles as she slowly began to age, but she still had lots of energy inside her for an adult who was in her late 40s.
Eventually, Ducky arrived at the nest she shared with Petrie, with her mother right behind her. Petrie was standing in front of the nest, looking anxiously at their one and only egg that Ducky had laid months ago.
Petrie had also grown quite a lot since he first fell in love with Ducky. He was now about the same size as his mother and uncle, and he had a fully-grown crest behind his head. His fingers and toes had grown considerably and gained small, harmless claws. He almost looked just like his uncle, Pterano. Of course, though, Ducky towered over him by quite a lot, since adult Swimmers were much larger than adult Flyers. It was hard to imagine that they would have a considerable size difference despite being nearly the same size as children.
Like Ducky, Petrie had also managed to learn how to talk properly, although it took him a little longer than Ducky did. He no longer had the most notable characteristic he had when he was a kid, but he still had a somewhat adorable laugh for a 21-year-old, since his voice had maintained the slightest bit of the cuteness it contained from his childhood.
Among those at the nest with Petrie when Ducky and Mama Swimmer arrived were Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Mama Flyer, and Petrie's uncle Pterano, who was welcomed back to the Great Valley after his five-year banishment for the Stone of Cold Fire incident had long since expired, to Petrie's delight. Petrie's siblings had all found other Flyers as mates and were now living their own lives, so Mama Flyer had moved to a cave just a quarter of a mile away from Ducky and Petrie's nest so that she could help her son and daughter-in-law prepare their home for their new child, and also because she wanted to stay near Petrie so they could continue to spend some mother-and-son time together like they had occasionally done when Petrie was a child.
Pterano had been quite surprised when he was told that his nephew was in an interspecies relationship upon his return to the Great Valley after Petrie turned eleven, but he was happy for his nephew to have found love at such a young age, even if his then-girlfriend was a Swimmer. He couldn't help but realize that it was the same Ducky that he had nearly killed when looking for the Stone of Cold Fire, and it made him feel so guilty all over again, but his sister and nephew assured him that they had forgiven him for the incident, as did most of the other Great Valley residents, although it took Topps a lot longer to forgive him, not only for the incident with the Gang, but also for leaving all those other dinosaurs astray when they were searching for the Great Valley, which included Topps' entire family, except for Cera. Over the decade that followed, Pterano lived by himself in an old cave that was the previous home of another Flyer family, and he visited with Petrie very frequently, sometimes even when Ducky was with him. After Petrie's siblings moved out with their mates, he moved in with his sister so he could be an even better uncle to Petrie than he was already becoming, and so he could be around to see his nephew's new baby.
As the Flyers watched over the egg, Petrie looked up and saw his Swimmer wife and mother-in-law arrive, and he smiled nervously at them. Ducky cast a glance at the egg, and it was beginning to make small jittery movements. The couple had taken big responsibility in protecting their only egg from any Egg Stealers who tried to steal it, if any had been able to get past Chomper. Thankfully, after taking turns in protecting their unborn child for many months, their duties paid off, and now today was surely to be the day the egg would hatch, and Ducky and Petrie would be expecting their first child.
"It's moving, Petrie. It is, it is," Ducky said with a small gasp of hope and excitement.
"I sure hope we'll get to see our new baby soon," said Petrie anxiously.
"It should be just a few minutes away, Petrie," assured Mama Flyer, "From my experience with eggs, once it starts moving around like that, it means that it's almost ready."
"She's right," agreed Mama Swimmer, "I know for a fact that it should be just a few more minutes from the way it's moving."
"How is it going to feel being a grandmother, sis?" Pterano asked his sister.
"It'll make me feel old for one thing," chuckled Mama Flyer with the slightest hint of sarcasm in her voice, earning giggles from her brother and son, "On the other hand, it'll be great to be around kids again, … even though we've only got one egg in this nest."
Hearing that made Ducky sigh sadly, as having only one egg could often be troubling.
Some months ago, after making love with Petrie one night, Ducky was ready to lay her first clutch of eggs the following morning. The couple were expecting that they would have at least half a dozen eggs, but, to their shock, Ducky was only able to lay one egg into their nest. The pair didn't know why they only produced one egg from their extremely cozy evening the night before. Petrie thought that it was because of their difference in species, but Ducky's mother insisted that it was because it was her first time trying to lay eggs and that if she ever tried again in the future, she might be able to lay more than one at a time and make a small clutch. For now, though, the couple would settle with having just one child; their one and only hope for the future of their families that were combined by marriage.
"I wonder what our baby will be like," said Petrie in an effort to take Ducky's mind off the fact that this baby would, for now, be their only one.
"It could be a Flyer. It could be a Swimmer," Ducky replied thoughtfully.
"Maybe it could be both," added Littlefoot, and he smiled down at his Threehorn wife, "That reminds me, Cera, what do you think our babies will be like when they hatch in a couple of months?"
"I'm sure they'll be the way you described them, Littlefoot," answered Cera, "We could get some kids that share things from both of us."
Littlefoot chuckled at those words, and the Longneck and Threehorn nuzzled each other's heads before they shifted back towards Ducky and Petrie's egg.
"Look!" whispered Mama Flyer with wide eyes as she fixed her eyes on the nest.
The egg was beginning to roll slowly around the nest as if it was running laps over and over again. Ducky and Petrie watched with amazement as their heart rates sped up with excitement. They knew that their child could be born any minute now.
"It must be getting itself ready to come out," said Ducky.
"I can't wait to see if it will be a boy or a girl," added Petrie.
"I am so curious to see what it will look like," said Mama Swimmer, "It just might be the most adorable thing we'll have seen in quite a long time."
"Look! The shell is cracking!" gasped Petrie as he noticed that cracks were forming in the egg's shell.
This was an indicator that it would just be a matter of seconds before the baby would come poking through the shell, whether it would be its head, legs or tail.
Everyone fixed their eyes on the lone egg as it wiggled and jiggled in the nest. More cracks formed in the shell, and in seconds the shell had cracked into tiny fragments that were trying to stay intact.
Then, to everyone's amazement, a pair of Swimmer legs came poking out from the bottom of the egg, along with a Swimmer tail.
"It's got Swimmer legs," gasped Pterano.
Ducky and Petrie's hearts leaped with joy as they watched their baby emerge from the egg.
What happened next surprised everyone in the group …
After the bottom of the egg shell disintegrated to reveal what looked like a baby Swimmer, a pair of small Swimmer arms emerged, but what surprised everyone was that the arms each contained large wings that were attached to their very long fourth fingers.
"Wow!" gasped Cera to Littlefoot quietly, "It has wings!"
Finally, the hatchling shook its head to get the top of the shell off, and the couple gasped with astonishment …
The baby's head looked mostly like that of a Swimmer's, but its bill extended like that of a Flyer's beak and even formed the shape of a Flyer's beak. Tiny hairs could be seen on its forehead and on the back of its head, just like those that Petrie had when he was a toddler. Its body and legs were in Ducky's former shade of bright green, while its head and wings were in Petrie's shade of brown. Its beak-like bill was in greenish-light brown, sharing its parents' old colors. The baby even had Ducky's blue eyes.
"Wow!" Littlefoot gasped softly in amazement, "Look at that!"
"Oh, my," said Mama Flyer, "It's so beautiful."
"Aww, look at that little one," smiled Mama Swimmer.
"It's a boy, Petrie," gasped Ducky.
"How can you tell, Ducky?" asked Petrie.
"I can tell because of the shape of its crest," said Ducky, "We have a new son. We do, we do."
"Congratulations, Ducky and Petrie," chuckled Littlefoot and Cera.
"Thanks, guys," replied Petrie.
The Swimmer/Flyer baby looked up at Ducky and grinned at her.
"Hi there, little one," the Swimmer said kindly as she gently stroked his back.
"Ma-ma," the baby spoke in a cute voice.
Everyone chuckled in delight and giggled after hearing the baby's first word.
"He talks already," said Petrie.
"That's right, little guy. I'm your Mama," smiled Ducky.
"Hello there, sweet one," Petrie spoke with the slightest bit of cuteness his voice still had from his childhood, "Want to come here and meet your new Daddy?"
The baby turned to the Flyer and walked up to him with a smile on his face, then he jumped onto his beak in much the same way Petrie himself had done when he met up with his uncle before the Stone of Cold Fire incident. Petrie smiled and chuckled as his new son hugged his beak.
"Dad-dee," the baby chuckled cutely.
"Aww," said Ducky with a warm grin, "He really loves his new Daddy. He does, he does."
Petrie blushed and gently stroked the baby's back with his hand.
"Welcome to the world, … Waterwind," he said with a warm smile.
"Waterwind?" said Ducky curiously.
"Yeah," chuckled Petrie, "He's both a Swimmer and a Flyer. If he can learn how to swim and fly very well, … he deserves to be named after the places he can go. Once we teach him, he can glide through the water and fly like the wind."
"That's very thoughtful of you, Petrie," said Mama Flyer.
"I think it's perfect for him," agreed Pterano.
"I wonder if the baby likes that name?" said Ducky.
"I'm sure he does," said Littlefoot, with Spike nodding in agreement.
Once Ducky looked at the new baby, he was smiling happily at his father and was giggling with joy.
"Do you like that name, little one?" asked Petrie.
The hatchling nodded his head and kissed his father's beak.
"Aww," chuckled Petrie, "You sweet, little one!"
"Waterwind it is, then!" cheered Ducky.
"Wonderful name!" said Mama Swimmer proudly.
"Let's see how well you can get around, Waterwind," said Petrie, and he carefully set his new son on the ground, standing on his Swimmer feet.
In no time at all, Waterwind was taking baby steps around the tropical nest area that would be his new home.
"Aww, look at that. He's already walking," chuckled Pterano.
"I wonder when you'll teach him how to swim?" asked Mama Swimmer.
"And how to fly?" added Mama Flyer.
"Maybe in a few weeks I'll teach Waterwind how to swim," answered Ducky.
"And after he's mastered all the basics of swimming, I'll teach him how to fly," put in Petrie.
"Right now, though, he needs to get used to walking," nodded Ducky.
Before long, Waterwind had walked right up to Mama Flyer and was gently rubbing her ankles. Mama Flyer smiled down at her new grandson and crouched down to pet him.
"Hello there, Waterwind," she spoke in a kind, gentle voice, "I see you know who one of your grandmothers are."
Mama Swimmer sat down next to the nest and motioned for Waterwind to walk up to her. He instantly obliged and climbed up her feet before smiling cutely at her.
"Aren't you just an adorable little guy?" chuckled Mama Swimmer.
"Grand-ma," Waterwind spoke.
"That's right, Waterwind," giggled Mama Swimmer, "You've got not one, but two loving grandmothers."
The others laughed softly as Mama Swimmer gently caressed her new grandson. Ducky and Petrie felt so happy that their new son just so happened to have two supportive grandmothers who would be around for at least the first twenty or so years of his life.
After Mama Swimmer finished embracing Waterwind, the hatchling jumped off and ran back to his parents.
"There's one more you should say 'hello' to, Waterwind," informed Petrie kindly, "You wanna meet your great uncle, Pterano?"
Waterwind glanced at his father's uncle and slowly walked up to him with a cute grin.
"Hello there, Waterwind," Pterano spoke softly as he gently patted his great nephew's back, "You are the most adorable thing I've ever seen."
Waterwind smiled at the compliment, and he giggled and embraced Pterano. Petrie smiled proudly and watched as his uncle bonded quickly with the newest addition of their family. He thought it was one of the most defining moments in the history of his family. Given how rough Pterano's life had been, perhaps spending time with his nephew's child would help him learn how to be a great family member, which he had failed at doing when Petrie was a child.
"I know you'll grow to be big and strong one day, Waterwind, just like me and your father," spoke Pterano, "You just wait, little one."
Waterwind giggled and jumped out of his great uncle's arms before walking back to his mother and father.
Ducky and Petrie exchanged warm, loving smiles before they sat down and cuddled their brand new son.
"Isn't he just beautiful, Petrie?" asked Ducky.
"He is so adorable, Ducky," answered Petrie, "Just about as beautiful as you, my dear."
The Flyer kissed his Swimmer wife's cheek, earning a smile from her, and she returned the kiss on his beak.
"Welcome to the family, Waterwind," the couple spoke to their baby.
"The first of a new kind, I'm sure," added Petrie.
"Yep, yep, yep," agreed Ducky.
"Me love you," Waterwind spoke softly, "Yep, yep, yep."
Petrie gasped as he heard his son speak in the way he used to.
"He talks just like the way you used to, Petrie. He does, he does," chuckled Ducky, earning laughs from the other adults.
"And he learned your catchphrase, Ducky," added Petrie with astonishment.
"That is the most adorable thing ever," chuckled Mama Flyer.
"So cute, I'll say," agreed Cera.
Ducky and Petrie looked down at their son and nuzzled him.
"We love you, too, Waterwind," Petrie smiled as he nuzzled Waterwind's beak-like bill with his own beak.
"We do, we do," added Ducky.
Waterwind then began to run happily around the nest and take curious glances at the nearby sheltering cave.
"Well, Petrie, … we're parents now," Ducky said happily to her Flyer husband.
"This is the proudest moment of our lives right here," Petrie replied to his Swimmer wife, "I think Waterwind will grow up to be a great son to us."
"Me, too," agreed Ducky.
"I love you so much, Ducky," spoke Petrie softly.
"I love you so much, too, Petrie. Yep, yep, yep," replied Ducky, and the two kissed each other's faces passionately.
"Just from seeing this, I can't wait for the day our babies come into the world," sighed Littlefoot to Cera.
"I'm sure being a parent will be a lot more fun than it's been for my dad," added Cera, earning a chuckle from Littlefoot as he remembered that being a father had not been easy for Topps when they were children.
For the rest of that day, the Swimmer and Flyer couple spent their time caring for Waterwind and showing him around their home. They introduced him to tree stars and tree sweets, and began teaching him how to eat. Ducky would go for swims in the nearby river with Waterwind on her back to help him get used to the water so that he could later learn how to swim. Petrie would even go flying in the skies above their home, also carrying Waterwind piggyback, so that he could get accustomed to being in the air to ensure that he could eventually learn how to fly.
Within the first few days, Waterwind was talking in much the same way that Petrie had done when he was a kid, and even frequently used his mother's famous catchphrase, "Yep, yep, yep!" Before long, Ducky and Petrie even introduced Waterwind to Littlefoot, Cera and the rest of their old friends so that he could know them a little better.
Ducky and Petrie were so amazed that their child had inherited some traits from both of them. He reminded them of how they used to be like when they were kids, and they loved being reminded of their adventurous childhoods. Perhaps, Waterwind might become as adventurous as his parents had been when they were toddlers.
One thing was for certain, though. With Waterwind, the Great Valley's first Swimmer/Flyer hybrid, becoming an adventurous hatchling who spoke in the ways they did, Ducky and Petrie were in for more happiness and new family adventures as they started the next chapter in their happy lives that had brought their families together as one.
Whew! It's finally over! After two painful months, I have finally completed one of the longest stories I've written on FanFiction yet! I hope that you have found this enjoyable, and I might probably write another Land Before Time story at some point in the future, even though people are begging me to start writing Donkey Kong stories again.
I would like to thank the following authors for the inspiration they gave me for this story:
AllegroGiocoso - Your "Time of Great Growing" story was a major inspiration for this story, and thanks for all the reviews I got from you. It's great reviews that keep me motivated when writing stories, and the inspiration I got from you played a big part in getting this story completed! Thank you so much, bud, and I'll be happy to come up with another great LBT story one of these days if I have the time!
Jeff117 - Your "Ducky and Petrie Romance Story" was also an inspiration for this story, even though it had a notable amount of grammatical errors. Despite that, it was still a cute story when I first stumbled upon it, and it gave me ideas as to what to put in this fanfic. Thank you for your inspiration as well.
Magiku Maggi-Dixie Kong - The support you have always given me whenever I write stories, particularly romantic ones, has always kept me motivated, and I can never thank you enough for your everlasting love and support for me. I love you, sweetie!
Also, special thanks to other writers/readers for their favorable reviews: Vitani825, Korrasami 88, and many more! Thank you all for keeping me motivated and willing to complete this story as quickly as I could! Good reviews always encourage me to keep the story going!
Finally, for those of you who are still wondering if I will ever make a Littlefoot x Cera story, or a Chomper x Ruby story, I might probably make one at some point within the next few years; just not right now. With college up and running again, I'll have to devote most of my time this fall to my college work, so I at least won't be making those stories anytime soon. I have been considering making this a series, in which the Littlefoot x Cera and Chomper x Ruby stories take place concurrently with this Ducky x Petrie story and would take place within the same continuity, but I haven't made up my mind about that yet. Still though, anything could happen, so I might do it!
And so, this is DiddyKF1 signing out, and I'll see you all next time! ;)