Fight to Stay Alive Chapter 1Outside his house on Rainey Street in the suburbs of Arlen, Texas, Hank Hill and his friends were standing with their backs against the fence while they drank beer.
"Yep." Hank Hill simply stated.
"Yep." the gaunt Dale Gribble also said.
"Eeyup." the balding, portly Bill Dauterive said as well.
"Mm-hmm." blond and slender Boomhauer sounded.
At once, they all took a sip.
"These armadillos have become a real problem, I tell you what." Hank was the first to speak after their synchronized drink. "Why, just this morning, I was driving to work and I almost ran one over. Have you even seen the way they jump into the air like that?"
Boomhauer mumbled, "Yeah, they jump straught up in the air, man. I can't even tell ya how high they can jump, man, since I can't remember the last time I actually saw one jump..." before his speech devolved into unintelligible nonsense. He took another sip of his can of beer.
Dale contributed to the conversation with, "I bet them armadillos are gathering for a ritu
Starchild Chapter 13Two days later, Capri was allowed to go home with her father to the Crystal Temple. Sixteen-year-old Steven wanted to spend most of the day showing off his pride and joy rather than crying over Amethyst, so he did his best not to think about her too much. He tried to imagine how Connie would react if she wasn't living in Canada with her family right now, but it seemed like a rather daunting task since he hadn't seen her in four years, which quite frankly felt more like an eternity than anything else.
The first people to drop by were the Suzumiyas. Rumiko was the only one of Himika's children who wasn't there, since she and Ronaldo Fryman had gone on their honeymoon to Okinawa. Atari looked a little bit more enthusiastic than usual, Hitomi was overjoyed by the sight of the baby, Daisuke was excited about his first look at the child, and Juno seemed very curious about what the hub-bub was.
"She's so cute!" Hitomi squealed. She thought Capri was the cutest baby to ever exist. "Can I hold
Could I Have This Kiss Forever?The people of Elysion had always looked up to Helios as their guardian. It was an admittedly enormous task for him to follow through, but he always managed to do his best.
Chibiusa idolized him the most, not just because he was a priest who simply couldn't be rivalled but also because he had helped her mother and the Sailor Sensei in their time of need. She'd always be grateful of that. Ever since, she considered him to be just as important as her parents and her guardians Sailors Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas; in fact, she even trusted him with her life!
Lately, the young rose-haired princess had been mulling a precarious question over in her mind. Chibiusa knew that this one question would be a game-changer, but at the same time she couldn't be certain what her lover's overall reaction would be. Then again, their relationship probably hanged on the balance; and maybe, just maybe, they really needed this.
So Chibiusa decided that, as she and Helios were walking through the royal garde
Starchild Chapter 12 Part 7Back in the delivery room, Amethyst had disappeared seemingly without a trace. She had given up her form to bring a tiny baby girl into this world. This baby had violet-tinged skin and dark, dark straight hair that would eventually kink out; she also, to some degree, resembled Rose Quartz and was chubby like Steven was when he was a baby.
Speaking of Steven, he picked the newborn up and started crying over Amethyst.
"I miss her, too, Steven." Tanzanite was consoling the sobbing kid as he held his daughter in his arms. "We all do."
"It's just not fair..." the sixteen-year-old continued sobbing.
"Death has never been fair, child, but it's just how the grand scheme of things works."
"I know, but it's still not fair..."
Starchild Chapter 12 Part 6Meanwhile in the delivery room, Tanzanite had just come back with some choco-vanilla swirl frozen yogurt and given it to Amethyst. She watched her friend practically inhale the entire thing, all while the latter smiled in sheer pleasure. For once, the violet Gem seemed to have forgotten all about the pain she was in right now. But all good things must come to an end, for not long after she had eaten her treat, she screamed while yet another contraction came and went.
"Remind me again how we got here..." Amethyst muttered hoarsely.
After a while, it was finally time for Amethyst to push.
"I don't think I'm gonna like this." the violet Gem panted heavily. "I'm so afraid."
"I understand." the doctor answered her empathically. "But you've done a great job taking care of yourself and your baby, so everything should be fine."
"That's not what I meant. I don't want to have to go so soon..."
"Oh, I see..." The doctor suddenly remembered what happened to Crystal Gems when they gave birth. "Well
Starchild Chapter 12 Part 5Back outside in the waiting room, Kristina Dee had just joined her husband. Kristina Dee was a black music mogul with dyed blonde hair that was straight but curled at the ends. Her lower jaw was pretty rounded out, her eyes adequately set into her skull, her lips plump like a small plantain, and her nose was as straight as it naturally could be. In other words, she could pass for NeNe Leakes.
"I came as soon as I could." Kristina told everybody else who was waiting with her. "Have I missed anything?"
"Nope." Aquamarine yawned. "Who would've thought waiting for somebody to give birth would be so boring?"
"No kidding." Jade concurred. "I'm not even sure how long this'll go."
"How long have we been sitting here anyway?"
"I dunno. Maybe forty-five minutes?"
"Agh! I hate this!"
Kristina sighed. This'd be one hell of a wait, and the complaining probably wouldn't help much.
Starchild Chapter 12 Part 4Back in the delivery room, Tanzanite had already had Steven put on scrubs earlier. Now they were with Amethyst, sitting on either side of her to keep her company.
"You okay?" Steven asked his beloved.
"I guess." Amethyst winced while tears continuously ran down her cheeks. "I've never been in this much pain in my life." She yelped as another contraction hit her.
"I know, I know." Steven cooed while running his fingers through the violet Gem's thick hair.
"We're sorry to see you like this." Tanzanite quickly apologized. "Do you want anything?"
"Could you get me some frozen yogurt?" Amethyst managed to ask without letting yet another contraction interrupt her.
"Don't tell me you're still thinking about food." the blue Gem joked. She then said quickly, "But in all seriousness, yes I will."
She got up and left.
Starchild Chapter 12 Part 3Meanwhile, outside in the waiting room, the rest of the Gems sat with Roxanne and Greg while they tried to think of something to do.
"This is stupid." Aquamarine grumbled. "Why does it always take so long to give birth?"
"I don't have the answer to that, Aquamarine, but we just gotta be patient." Jade replied wearily.
"But it's just sooooo boring!"
"I know, but don't worry. We've got other people coming to join us."
"Yeah." Roxanne joined in. "'The more, the merrier,' people always say."
The cerulean-hued Gem let out a long, impatient sigh and leaned on Jade's shoulder. As she watched Aquamarine doze off, Jade petted her head and hoped that Amethyst would just give birth soon enough.
"Do you know when your wife Krissy's coming, Mr. Universe?" Roxanne asked Greg.
"Hopefully in a few minutes." the middle-aged man replied. "I believe she told me on our way here that she would be flying back from her record company in Las Vegas."
"Ah." Sadie's kid sister simply sounded. "Well, I hop