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   Chapter 42 Reddish-brown mark

Fateful Destiny By Elria Cortez Characters: 8876

Updated: 2018-10-26 09:13


It was Hiro who answered Aki's question. He squatted so they are on eye level.

"Our son is now in heaven Aki. But you will meet our next child, soon. Then, can you promise to be a good sworn brother?"

Aki nodded, he wanted to ask another question but he felt it is not good.

Ivy turned her face sideways, suppressing her tears. Eto was totally surprised. He did not expect Hiro's answer. But he could tell that he was telling the truth. The sadness in his voice, added with Ivy's reaction made him want to know more.

But his sensitivity told him that it's not the proper time nor the proper place for such topic.

"Ok, why don't we get going to our dinner? It's getting pretty late." Eto put on an enthusiastic smile on his face. That time, Hiro thanked him silently. He will remember it.

Since it was Eto who invited them, the father and son decided to take them to a restaurant that serves sushi. It was Aki's request so the three of them just pampered the boy.

They had a hearty dinner after about an hour, mostly thanks to the bubbly presence of Aki. As Hiro was about to pay for the food, Eto stopped him.

"My treat, Mr. Yamamoto, " he said.

Hiro was used to be the one who always pay, but this time, he let Eto Iguchi paid. Hiro then stepped back and put his arm around Ivy's waist. It was a very personal gesture especially in a public place.

Aki was staring at Hiro's hand for a while. As Hiro felt the boy's stare, he winked at him and gave him an ok sign with the hand that was on Ivy's waist. Aki returned his smile knowingly.

As they went to the parking, Ivy bid them goodnight. Eto could still tell that she was not in her usual lively demeanor. His curiosity is killing him.

Before Ivy went back to Hiro, she would always happily talk about her son. What happened during the past months that the child would suddenly be gone? It's either he ask them directly or he investigate on the matter. Aki stared at his father's knitted eyebrows as they sat on the car.

"Father, what's wrong?" He wondered if he did or said something bad while they were dining.

"Nothing, " he said and smiled to Aki. He then asked the driver to drive home.

----

Several weeks passed, Ivy and Hiro gradually accepted what happened to their son. Ivy decided to focus her attention to her developing baby, who turned out to be a girl according to the ultrasound.

Although Hiro has always wanted a son, he was so delighted when he heard the news that it will be a baby girl. He lifted Ivy in the air. The good news was also met with joy by Andrea and Ivy's grandma, as well as Yukio and Mita.

When Ivy told her mother and grandmother that Shin was not their real son, they were also shocked, saddened and cried. All of them silently mourned the death of the first son, whose name should have been Shin.

Shin was also overjoyed when he heard that he would a have a little sister. Ivy visits Shin twice in a week since they learned that he was not their real son. After all, the little boy already occupied a special place in her heart.

New Year finished, and spring came.

Ivy gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the 2nd of April, on the same day that she turned 28 years old. This time, she had to undergo a caesarian operation as the baby's position was dangerous to be delivered normally. It took the doctors almost 5 hours to finish the operation. Yukio, Mita, and Andrea waited patiently in an awkward atmosphere outside the operating room.

As Hiro learned from their experience, he was with Ivy from the moment they cut her abdomen to the time they took the baby out. Normally, it was not allowed for any non-hospital staff to be in the operating room. But Hiro's influence as well as the previous incident allowed him to be present.

When the operation was finished, Hiro looked sick. He was not able to look at Ivy being operated upon. He kept his eyes looking towards the ceiling or on the floor the whole time.

The moment that he heard the baby crying, his eyes readily became teary at the sight of the small bundle covered with blood. Ivy's blood.

Their princess was born!

He ordered Yano to never leave the baby in the crib even for one second. They will not allow the same thing to happen for the second time. Especially now that Ivy's life was endangered from the operation.

Ivy opened her eyes 2 hours after the operation was finished. She immediately asked for

her daughter. Within minutes, their daughter was brought into her arms, she was in tears.

They named her Aiko. It means beloved child.

When Aiko drank Ivy's breast milk for the first time, Hiro could not understand the emotion that surged in his chest. It was indescribably delightful.

He hugged the two most important female in his life. The paternity test was not undertaken as Hiro had no doubt anymore that the baby girl is his daughter.

Andrea went back to the Philippines 3 days after Ivy gave birth. She was sent to the airport by Yukio and Mita.

Hiro never went to the office for 2 weeks that Ivy and their daughter was in the hospital. Kaname presided for all the meetings, and Yano brought all the documents that has to be personally signed by Hiro to the hospital.

A personal crib was also made for Aiko and she was placed next to her mother's bed.

Two weeks later, the family of three happily left the hospital. Yukio and Mita were waiting for them at their house, along with Shin.

Shin excitedly waited for the arrival of his sister. He started living in the house with them at Ivy's insistence. In his heart, he has already accepted Ivy as his own mother. Although Hiro's behavior toward him has improved a lot, an invisible line has been drawn forever between them.

After another week, Eto, Aki, and Eto's fiancée visited them. Aki intently observed the newborn Aiko. As he was about to touch the baby's cheek, Aiko sucked his finger. Aki was thrilled, and tickled, but he did not withdraw his finger. The four adults smiled in harmony.

Upon meeting Eto's fiancée, Hiro became at ease with Eto around Ivy. He could tell that Eto has been captivated by Yuki Nakamura, but he seemed unaware of it.

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Two weeks after, in Hiro's office, he was in a deep thought. The result of the fingerprint test on Ivy's seal was delivered. Hiro actually already forgot about the seal, until he saw it on his desk one time. He then asked Yano to have it tested.

There were two different finger prints there. One was Ivy's, as expected.

He could not believe the other one.

He told Yano and the other two to keep the matter a secret for now. Hiro would like to gather more concrete evidences than just the fingerprint.

At that moment, his phone vibrated, indicating an incoming call. It was from his wife.

"Hon, " he said, "Honey, Shin's 3rd birthday is coming soon. May we hold a party for him?."

Hiro looked at the calendar. How come the time flew so fast?

"That's up to you Ivy. But don't tire yourself with the details. Remember, you just got out of the hospital 2 weeks ago. Your wounds are not yet healed."

"I know hon, thanks."

Ivy told him that Mita volunteered to help so there would be no problem.

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That night, Ivy was in the bathroom cleaning herself when Aiko cried. Hiro immediately went over to his daughter's crib and discovered that she's wet. He wondered if he should wait for Ivy, but realizing that he is the father, he decided to do the job.

He took off the wet diaper and wiped her clean with baby wipes. He was about to put on a clean diaper when he noticed a reddish-brown mark on Aiko's lower left breast. His brows twisted.

He seemed to have seen the same mark before.

As he tried to think about it, Ivy came from the bathroom. She saw Hiro holding a diaper, but his hands were frozen in mid-air, as if contemplating whether to put the diaper or not.

Thinking that it would be Hiro's first to put on a diaper, she smiled softly. She walked towards them, and Hiro turned to her.

He has a confused look on his face.

"What's the matter?" she asked him.

Hiro pointed to the mark on Aiko.

"I think I have seen this kind of mark before Ivy, "

Ivy squinted her eyes to look closely at what Hiro was pointing at, then she understood. She smiled nonchalantly and removed the tie on her robe.

Hiro thought that Ivy was tempting him, and his eyes darkened with desire at her half-naked body. It has been almost 4 months…

At Hiro's obvious look, Ivy's cheeks burned. She lightly pinched him on his chest, and as he reacted, she giggled.

"You're such a pervert, Hiro, " she taunted. "I was just showing you my birthmark. See here, Aiko has the same birthmark with me, it's just that hers is still too small. It becomes bigger with age. Even my grandma and my mother have the same birthmark. It runs in the family."

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