“Congratulations, Ri Chan and Hakyeon. You’re pregnant with a baby boy.” The sonographer smiled at us. I put my hands to my over my mouth in shock and looked at Hakyeon through my tears to see matching tears in his eyes as a huge smile burst onto his face.
“Thank you.” He said to her and kissed my stomach, then immediately pulled back and wiped his mouth off with a look of disgust, causing me to laugh. “Don’t laugh at me..” He pouted, before his smile came back. The sonographer handed me a towel to wipe off the goo on my stomach. She printed out the pictures of our son and the rest of the appointment flew by in the blink of an eye.
“So have you two thought of any baby names?” She asked at the end.
“Noah. We were going to name him Taelee if he were a girl.” I told her, smiling and holding Hakyeon’s hand while rubbing my baby bump.
“Cha Noah. That’s cute.” She commented, smiling. “Well Noah looks healthy and adorable. Just a couple more months. So as you know, that was your last ultrasound. Now unless you go past your due date, we won’t have to put you through this again. That is, until you’re next baby.”
“Thank you.” Hakyeon and I said at the same time. We stood up and walked to the car, feeling on cloud nine.
“Well, your mom was right.” I told Hakyeon, laughing.
“Of course she was. She always is.” He smiled, grabbing my hand and kissing it.
“Should we go see her tonight? Tell her it’s a boy?” I asked him, pulling out my phone.
“No, she and my dad are busy tonight. We can tell them later.” He told me.
“The baby shower is soon anyway, maybe we should keep it a surprise from everyone until then.” I smiled.
“That’s a good idea.” He smiled back at me. “Now what does Mommy and Noah want to eat?”
I sat in a chair with my laptop open in front of me, writing down different ideas about baby showers down in a notebook. Hakyeon kissed my cheek as he walked past to the front door.
“Where are you going?” I asked him, not looking away from what I was writing.
“My brother wanted to hang out.”
“Okay, tell him I said hi. And don’t tell him about Noah yet!”
“Of course.” He laughed.
I sat there writing for another 2 hours before I leaned back in the chair and sighed, cracking my knuckles. Standing up, I walked over to the much more comfortable recliner and sat down, turning on the TV. Yawning, I reclined back and pulled my sleeves over my hands before getting slightly more comfortable. I closed my eyes as the front door opened.
“Oh, you’re back?” I said, opening my eyes and getting up. Hakyeon didn’t answer, nor did he walk in from the door. “Hakyeon?” I called out, walking over to the door. The door was wide open, but no one was there. Furrowing my eyebrows, I walked to the door and closed it before turning back around. Suddenly something grabbed my shoulders, causing me to scream and look back. A grey woman with sharp teeth and horns stood behind me with an evil grin.
“Okay! Okay! I’m sorry!” Hakyeon’s voice came from her mouth. I stepped back from her, rubbing my eyes. “Are you alright?” His voice came again. Opening my eyes, I saw she was gone and Hakyeon was in her place.
“H-huh..? Oh..yeah. I’m fine. Just really tired, I guess.” I said, looking around, still confused about the woman.
“Well, let’s go to bed then. You did eat right?” He asked me, holding my arms and kissing my cheek.
“No, I haven’t. I’m not hungry though.” I told him, rubbing my belly.
“Are you feeling sick?” He asked me, putting his hands on my belly.
“No, I’m just not hungry.” I told him, walking away.
“Wow, that’s a first. Usually, Noah is always hungry if not you.”
“Are you mad at me? For going to see Taekwoon?” He asked me, hugging me from behind.
“No, no. I thought I saw something. I’m just really tired. I promise.” I assured him, putting my hands on hips.
“Alright then, let’s go to bed.” He said, walking with me to the bedroom.
“I love you.” We said at the same time once we got into bed, causing both of us to laugh. Closing my eyes, I felt someone grab my ankles and pull me out of Hakyeon’s arms. My eyes flew open as I screamed and tried to grab Hakyeon.
“Ri Chan!” He yelled, reaching for me as I was pulled off the bed and towards the door. I looked down at who was dragging me to see the woman from before. Behind her I saw a giant hole in the floor of our house.
“Hakyeon!” I screamed for him as he stumbled his way out of the bedroom.
“Ri Chan! Imp! Stop!” He yelled as the woman dragged me into the hole.
“Let me go! Who are you?!” I yelled at her, trying to pull my ankles free and trying to protect my belly.
“Silent, wench!” She yelled back at me, yanking me harder. “Eris! I have her!” She yelled out in front of her.
“Good. Now get out of my sight.” A soft voice said and the gray woman let me go before disappearing into the shadows. I held my belly and looked around. A hand with gold bangles and rings was held out to me. I looked up to see a gorgeous black haired woman standing above me. I took her hand as she helped me stand.
“Who are you..?” I asked her, cautious.
“You don’t know of me, wench?” She asked, frowning.
“N..no. Why are you calling me ‘wench’?”
“Because, wench, I am the goddess Eris.”
“Yes. Quit stuttering, it’s annoying. I do not understand how my nephew can stand you. Regardless, I do not care about you, but the child in you.” I covered my bump and glared at her.
“What do you want with my son?”
“Your child does not deserve to grow up with a measly human such as yourself. Therefore, once you give birth, I will take him from you and give you to my uncle to play with.” She smiled, walk over to the ornate marble throne and sitting down.
“I don’t understand.”
“This is the thing with you simple-minded humans. You never understand. No matter. You will be taken care of by sirens until you are ready to give birth. I will see you in another 10 fortnights, that is, unless I can convince Hestia to speed up your pregnancy. Take her away.”
“No!” I yelled as the gray woman came back and started pulling me away.
“Shut up!” The gray woman yelled.
“Imp! Eris! Bring her back here.” A kind voice called out.
“Ah, Hestia, nice of you to show up.”
“You didn’t give me a choice.”
“Well, there’s the human. Get to it.”
“You want her to give birth in your throne room?”
“Fine. Imp, take the human and Hestia to another room.” Eris said. The gray woman lead me back into the throne room where I saw a short haired brunette standing next to Eris with tattoos spiraling down her arm.
“A..Amber?” I questioned.
“Hey Ri Chan.”
“Long story.” She said, taking me from Imp.
“No funny business.” Imp hissed at Amber.
“Threaten me again, minion and see what happens.” Amber warned her. Imp shrunk away and walked out of the room.
“What’s happening?” I asked Amber as she led me to a bed.
“It’s not my place to completely explain, but I’m the goddess Hestia. She is Eris. She’s my niece. Ares is her brother and they both enjoy the pain of others. So she is taking your child away from you. I can’t explain why. But I promise you I will keep your child safe. We can’t avoid this part though. I’m sorry.” She said, putting her hand on my belly and immediately it started to swell and feel heavier. I could feel Noah moving and getting bigger. Suddenly, there was a sharp pain. I tried to pry her hands off me as the pains got more and more painful. “I know it hurts, I’m so sorry.”
“Hestia, I’m here.” I heard a whispered familiar voice through my grunts of pain.
“Good, you’re just in time. We need to get her comfortable.” Amber’s voice soothed.
“Ri Chan. I’m here. It’s okay.” I looked over to see Hakyeon holding my arm.
“Hakye- AHHHH!” I screamed and dug my nails into Amber’s hand.
“Okay, she’s ready. Get her in the most comfortable position possible.” Amber said walking away to grab towels. “Once the baby comes, you need to take them both. Your mother, Athena, Artemis, and I will handle Eris.”
“Thank you, Hestia.” He said, helping me lay down.
“Aphrodite was the one who came up with the idea.”
“Tell her that she’ll meet her grandchild soon enough.”
“Grandchild?!” I asked him, panicking.
“I should have told you this sooner, but I’m not who you think I am. I’ll tell you more once this is over.” He assured me.
“Ri Chan, I’m sorry for this, but I need to lift up your dress and you need to give birth.” Amber said.
A lot of pushing, a sore throat, and a crushed Hakyeon hand later, my beautiful son was born. Amber handed him to Hakyeon then gave him a look before looking back at me as the dark brown room started blur.
“Oh no.” Amber whispered. “Eros you need to hurry and get her to a hospital. She’s hemorrhaging.”
“Eros..?” I mumbled, looking at my husband.
“I told you Hades will take her.” Eris’ voice came from the doorway. “You can keep the child as long as she dies.”
“Take Noah.” I looked at Hakyeon as Noah started to cry.
“No..” He said, handing my son to me. “I’m keeping them both.”
The room was suddenly filled with three more women. One blonde woman with bright blue eyes and two brunettes with green eyes.
“Eris, you have overstepped your bounds.” Athena said.
“Step away and call off the deal with Hades.” Artemis said, aiming her bow at Eris’ heart.
“Too late.” Eris smiled as she looked at the bed to see a blonde man standing over Ri Chan.
“Jaehwan..” Ri Chan whispered.
“My real name is Hades. It’s time to go, Ri Chan.”
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