"Alicia!" Gay screamed, his gown drenched with sweat. Gentle hands quickly placed on both shoulders directed his attention to a familiar face. His lips formed into a relieved smile. "You're blonde."
"Y-yeah. I was, um, tired of seeing red," Alicia mumbled, tucking some loose strands of hair behind her ear. She looked very different with her natural hair color styled into a short bob, but not in a bad way. In fact, she looked quite refreshed.
"Burning in Hell? I pray so," she said, unapologetically. "It would be the kindest fate for him after what he did to you."
Gay gazed downward and instinctively rested his hands over his stomach. His eyes filled with panic at the flatness. "The baby!"
Alicia smiled. "Don't worry. He's fine."
"It's a... He's a..." Gay sat back. Tears of joy ran down his cheeks. "Where is he?"
Alicia's eyes began to water, but she shook her tears away. "Would you like to meet him before we leave?"
She couldn't fight back the tears anymore. "Y-Yeah. I don't know where yet, but it'll definitely be somewhere far away from you and your family. I have been nothing but a troublesome splinter in your palm!"
Gay adjusted his body to face Alicia, staring at her with much intensity in his eyes. Alicia slightly leaned back as a precaution. For what, she did not know. "Have I ever called you troublesome? I don't remember uttering such words."
"You got shot because of me! By your brother! All because I used him to stay closer to you! How is that not troublesome?"
"Nothing that happened to me was your fault. Gary suffered from psychosis long before he met you. I only wish he could have found the proper help he needed. Actually, Alicia, I want to thank you for loving him at one point. He felt genuine happiness with you, even if it was only temporary."
"You're only saying that to make me feel better."
"I'm only being honest. I care for you, Alicia."
"You do?" Alicia beamed.
Gay nodded. "I must apologize for my feelings not being in the same context as yours, unfortunately, but they still hold some weight. Don't they?"
Alicia lowered her head slightly. "May we stay with you?"
"I would want nothing more," Gay smiled. Alicia collapsed into Gay, burying her face in his chest. He cradled her in his arms as she sobbed uncontrollably.
Ten fingers and eleven toes, a head full of thin blonde hair, and skin that was slightly tented. Just like his mother. His big orchid eyes laced with wonder surveyed the room.
"He's so beautiful," Gay remarked to Alicia, both too absorbed in the infant to notice their visitors.
"Sorry to interrupt this precious moment but you needs to know I, Vaughn Archer Strait, have given birth to both of my offsprings," Vaughn proclaimed. "Naturally," he soon added.
"Congratulations," Gay smiled.
"Now you only look like you're pregnant with one average spawn," Iris bullied.
"Iris," Kendal called.
"At least I look pregnant," Vaughn snipped.
Pearl, whom Gay did not realize was there before, made her way through the bickering individuals to her infant cousin. She gushed about his appearance and asked to hold him. Gay carefully handed him to her and she returned to her former position next to Vaughn.
"So," Vaughn pointed back and forth between Gay and Alicia, "are you two...you know...?"
Gay glanced at Alicia before addressing the teenaged father of two. "Although Alicia's feelings for me are deeper than mine, she is still very precious to me. We are going to raise Amethyst together."
Kendal grinned admirably. "That's wonderful."
"Amethyst?" Iris repeated with disgust.
Vaughn rolled his eyes. "You act like Cadence is any better."
"Better than Bowen and Arrow! Like, seriously?"
"I will fucking shoot you with a bow and arrow!"
"Hey, language!" Gay and Alicia shout in unison.
Iris huffed and puffed a couple times before regaining his composure. "Look, I'm just happy you didn't die, Gay. Could you imagine dying without ever being kissed?"
"You've never been kissed?" Vaughn asked, his tone curious.
Gay shook his head sheepishly.
Suddenly, Vaughn approached Gay's bedside. He licked his lips before gently pressing them against the virgin school teacher's. Alicia's jaw dropped. It was a quick kiss, more awkward than passionate. "Now you can die happily."
"Vaughn!" Pearl screamed, alarming the baby.
"What? I've never taken anyone's first kiss before. It's not like I used my tongue."
"That's sexual harassment, idiot!"
Vaughn rolled his eyes in response. He glanced at the digital clock next to the television set in the room. "Pearl, let's go. It's babies feeding time."
It was Pearl's turn to roll her eyes, but she returned the baby to her uncle and accompanied Vaughn anyway. Roni and Duet also made a short surprise visit later that evening before leaving to loiter around the labor and delivery unit; Iris and Kendal departed shortly after. By nightfall, Gay, Alicia, and Amethyst were alone again.
"That Vaughn kid's sister is all kinds of strange! Her friend, too! Did you see the way she clung to Iris? Not like he minded, though," Alicia laughed.
"Duet and Roni are sweet girls."
"Yeah, you're right. I'm still mad at Vaughn for kissing you, though."
"I definitely was not expecting that," he blushed.
"You know, you really are a good guy, Gay."
Gay faced Alicia. He had a certain look in his eyes as he carefully leaned in closer to her, eventually pressing his lips against her cheek. "Please, call me Guy."
Alicia blushed into her hands, nodding her head continuously.