A/N: Hey guys! I know this story has probably lost all the interest it had when I first posted it and I thought about just trying to forget about it, but I can't bring myself to do it... So here I am, typing up a new chapter for me and no one else :) I guess if there is anyone out there who still reads this story, leave a review and let me know! So without further ado, here we go?
The next couple of months had been nothing short of amazing. Elmont only continued to get better and better and now he was at a point where he didn't even need my help to get around. We had to keep our relationship pretty under wraps, in case there were people who disapproved of it, which there was bound to be with an age difference that we had. After that one amazing night we had, he hadn't mentioned anything more about starting a family, but that hadn't stopped us from continuing our… Nighttime activities, if you will. But little did I know at that point that our perfect lives were going to take a turn, and fast.
"Erika… Where do you think you're going?" Came the deep and raspy voice of a knight who had just woken up. I was half sitting up, attempting to get out of bed, when I was yanked back into the toned chest of my boyfriend. I laughed and snuggled into his neck.
"I wasn't going anywhere, why do you ask?" He pulled me even closer and grunted.
"Good. You better not ever leave me. Not after all the shit I went through to get you." I rolled my eyes and kissed his cheek, taking his arm off of me.
"Yeah yeah. But we have a day off today! Why don't we do something fun?" I suggested, jumping up on my knees and giving him my best puppy dog eyes. He groaned and sat up, attempting to rub the sleep out of his eyes. After a few more minutes of me poking and prodding him, he finally grumbled his way out of bed and I immediately blushed and looked away.
"What?" He asked, with a smug smirk on his face, "It's not like you haven't seen all of this before." He leaned back over towards the bed and kissed my cheek, chuckling at my reaction and moving to get dressed. Once he was fully clothed, I got up and got dressed as well, all the while thinking about what I wanted to do with Elmont today.
"Elmont… What should we do today?" I asked, wrapping my arms around his neck and kissing his nose. He pushed away and laughed.
"You're the most handsy woman I've ever met, I swear. But I do have an idea." I nodded, skeptical, "You're going to learn how to fight."
"I'm.. What?" I asked, tilting my head in confusion. What the hell did he mean, I was going to learn how to fight? Like sword fight? Or hand to hand? And why fighting?
"You obviously can't hold your own in a fight, you proved that to me when you came rushing into war and almost got yourself killed. I want to teach you so that you never are put in that situation again." He looked at me with such passion in that moment and I thought I would melt then and there. He slowly walked towards me and pulled me into a tender embrace, squeezing me as if I would disappear if he let go. Elmont seldom showed any amount of emotion, but when he did, I couldn't be happier. I pulled back after a few moments and kissed his cheek.
"Well I'm glad and all that you want to protect me, but how the hell am I going to learn to fight?" I laughed a little at the idea and ran a hand through my hair.
"That's what I'm going to teach you." And without another word, he was out of the room. His steps were fast and determined, much like his personality, and also much to my dismay as I struggled after him. We soon came to the door of the weapons room he showed me before.
"Hey, I recognize this place." I said, grabbing his arm. He shook me off and gave a small laugh.
"I would hope you wouldn't be that stupid." I stuck my tongue out at him and we went inside. Once inside, we gather things that he said we would be needing for the day's activities. We grabbed shields, swords, armor, you name it. I silently cursed to myself as we made our way outside, how could I stand fighting if I could barely carry all of this stuff outside?
"Thank god!" I breathed a sigh of relief as we stepped outside and I dropped all the equipment I had been carrying onto the ground.
"Oi! Careful with all that! You can't just treat it like trash!" Elmont sent a glare my way and I sent one back, challenging him.
"Don't tell me what to do, old man." That hit a nerve. I saw the corner of his mouth turn up slightly, and he was hiding his anger with a smirk.
"Oh yeah?" He stepped forward, grabbing my wrist and yanking my body towards him. "Could an old man make you scream the way I did last night? Huh?" He asked into my ear, causing my entire face to heat up uncomfortably. I pushed him off and turned around, picking up a sword.
"You said you wanted to fight, let's just fight then." He laughed and grabbed his own, nodding back at me.
The rest of the afternoon went.. Well I'd be lying if I said it went well. Elmont was that patient of a teacher, and the second I made a mistake, he was on me like a hawk.
"No! You're holding it all wrong! Can't you do anything right?" I wiped the sweat from my forehead and sighed at him, sitting on the grass. The sun was starting to set and I was over this. I hadn't learned much, except for the fact that I wasn't any good at any of this.
I had been working with Erika all day and she's barely retained anything. I could barely get her to hold the damn sword right, let alone show her how to defend herself with it. My patience level was slowly dwindling and I think we both could tell.
"Can't you do anything right?" I screamed at her, and as soon as I did, I felt bad. But I knew she'd have a smart ass comment to retaliate back, like she always does. But what she did confused me. Instead of insulting me or snapping back, she just sighed and sat down, throwing the sword to the side.
"Apparently not." It was quiet, almost so much so that I didn't hear her. But when I did register what she said, I felt my heart drop.
"What's wrong with you?" I asked, crossing my arms across my chest. I never was good at showing compassion, one thing that I really hated about myself. But I couldn't help it, so all I could do was hope that Erika knew how much I cared for her.
"I'm no good. Okay?" She glared up at me and I could see the anger and sadness in her eyes.
"What the hell is up with you? Why did you just get so upset all the sudden?" I took a step closer and she sighed heavily again.
"I'm just not good enough for you. I can't even hold a damn sword right!" She pouted and looked down at the ground, picking at pieces of grass on the ground. I sighed and knelt down next to her, putting an arm around her stiffly.
"That may be true. You are very clumsy." I looked down and she was staring up at me with expectant eyes.
"But…?" She urged, leaning closer into me. I laughed.
"There is no but, you're just a mess."
"You're straight garbage at comforting people, did you know that?" I saw her smile slightly and I looked around to make sure that no one was watching before I leaned down to kiss her. Every time I kissed her made my heart flutter, just like the first time. I would never tell her this, but she makes me feel more emotions than anyone ever could. I've never cared about anyone as much as I care about her. She'd have a field day if I ever told her.
She brought her arms around my neck and I wrapped mine around her waist. I always felt my best while we were embracing like this, because I knew where she was and that I could keep her safe.
Elmont rarely ever kissed me first, and it made me smile into the kiss. It was nice when the stoic soldier showed that he really had a heart. But just as our kiss had begun, I started to get a very unsettling feeling in my stomach. Not a minute later and I was vomiting on the grass outside.
"Damn, I didn't think my kisses were that bad." Elmont's attempt at bad humor earned a nasty glare from me and I held my stomach tightly, trying not to be sick again.
"Screw off. I really don't feel good…" I trailed off, feeling like I was going to get sick again. He just nodded and sighed, putting an arm around me and helping me back into the castle. We passed by a few maids who asked how I was doing but Elmont just explained that I wasn't feeling great and he was helping me to the doctor.
"I really don't want to be sick." I said, leaning some of my weight on Elmont as he led me to the doctor.
"And I really don't need you being sick. I have enough to deal with without taking care of you." I pouted slightly at his words and he laughed back, kissing my cheek.
Finally we made it to the doctor and he smiled warmly at me.
"Well hello Erika. Odd seeing you here, you're one of the healthiest people I've seen in this castle. And Elmont? What brings you here?" He looked between us, as if trying to establish a reason as to why he and I would be together. I stuttered slightly, trying to think of something that would be even remotely believable.
"I was making my rounds and I saw Erika getting sick in the courtyard, so I thought I should take her here, just to make sure she was okay and not spreading any sort of sickness to anyone else." Elmont said it so coolly that I almost believed him myself. The doctor just nodded and smiled, motioning to a seat.
"Well that was nice of you. If you'd like to wait in this seat right now, I'll examine Erika quickly." Elmont nodded and took a seat, sending me a reassuring look as I went into the back room with the doctor.
"So doc, whats wrong with me?" I asked after he had done a few tests and asked me many questions. He left the wrong a little while ago and came back with a concerned look on his face.
"Erika… If you don't mind my asking, how old are you?" I was confused, but I answered him nonetheless.
"I'm nineteen, why? What does that have to do with anything?" He sighed and looked down at his clipboard.
"You're so young… But I guess there is no easy way to put this." I started shaking, worrying that I had some terminal illness that he was avoiding telling me. He was silent for a few more seconds.
"Can you just tell me what's wrong? I'm getting scared." I whispered out, tapping my fingers on my lap. He nodded, taking in a deep breath.
"Erika, you're pregnant."