Amethyst woke up late and sat up in her bed, looking around almost as if she was lost. How long had she been asleep? Judging by the sun, she had been sleeping for quite a while. She rubbed her eyes and called out, “Lunia?”
Lunia came in and bowed.
“Where’s Bin?” Amethyst asked. “Did he not look for me?”
“He did,” Lunia said. “But the duke handled him. He brought the young master to the palace.”
“Alec did?” Amethyst asked, still worn from sleep. She almost laughed. If he had wanted her to rest, he shouldn’t have pushed her so hard last night. Or all the other nights, for that matter.
“Ma’am?” Lunia said. “You seem more tired lately. Do you think you should see a doctor?”
Amethyst shrugged. She thought that she was mainly tired because of all her duties. She was trying to start a nanny service business and Gen even advised that she be the head of the new government department. Alec ignored Gen’s suggestion of course because it meant she would spend less time with him. Still, she didn’t mind seeing the doctor.
“Sure,” she said. “It wouldn’t hurt to get a check-up.”
Besides, if the doctor told her to rest, maybe Alexcent would take it easier on her at night.
“Ma’am, I’ll start the examination now,” the doctor said.
“Sure,” she nodded.
When the doctor was done, he asked her a few questions.
“Have you been feeling more tired lately?” he asked.
Amethyst nodded. “I have.”
“Are you having trouble eating food?”
“May I ask when your last period was?” the doctor grimaced at having to ask the question.
She thought for a moment. “Well,” she said. “It’s pretty irregular.”
The doctor nodded. “Based on my current findings, I would say that you’re pregnant.
“What?” Amethyst’s eyes widened. It had barely been over a year since she’s had her first child and now she was going to have her second.
Lunia was already congratulating her while the doctor ran a few tests. He drew some of her blood then dropped it into a pregnancy test solution. And, just like it had with Bin, the potion went from clear to blue then purple.
The doctor congratulated her.
“Thank you,” Amethyst said.
“Well, I know you already know the drill, but please be careful,” the doctor told her. “I would recommend that you and the duke sleep separately for a while.”
Amethyst held her stomach. She wondered if Alec would like the news. He probably would.
“I’ll tell Alec myself,” she told Lunia.
Lunia nodded. “Of course.”
Alexcent was overjoyed when Amethyst came out to greet him. He was holding Bin’s sleeping form in his arms as he approached.
“How was it?” Amethyst asked.
“Good,” Alexcent told her.
She stroked her son’s head. “Did he behave?” she asked. “He didn’t bother you?”
“Oh, not at all,” he said. “As a matter of fact, our son is a genius.”
“You should’ve seen him!” Alexcent smiled. “He called all the shots at congress today.”
Amethyst looked amused at her husband’s giddiness. “What do you mean?”
“He could tell which proposals were good and which were bad,” Alexcent told her. “He was better than most people! Actually, no, he was the best! Definitely a genius.”
“Well, he gets his smarts from you,” Amethyst said.
“No, he gets it from you.”
Gen let out a sigh as he heard the couple compliment each other. He had been there when Bin was making decisions and it was obvious that he was just mirroring the way his father looked whenever he read a proposal. But he didn’t need to tell them that, maybe they would realize it on their own.
“Well, Alec, I have to tell you something,” Amethyst said.
“Is something wrong?” Alexcent asked worriedly.
“No, no.” His wife shook her head. “But Bin is going to have a sibling.”
Alexcent was shocked. “Really?”
“Yes, the doctor confirmed it earlier.”
The prince was overjoyed. He wanted to hold Amethyst and express his excitement. “Ash!”
“Careful, you’ll rattle the baby,” Amethyst chuckled. “And wake Bin up.”
Then, suddenly, Alexcent frowned. “Oh no,” he said. “Sorry?”
“You said you wanted to wait before having a second child,” he muttered. He felt like he had just forced it all on her.
Amethyst smiled and shook her head. “Are you happy?”
Alexcent looked at her cautiously. “Of course.”
“Then that’s all that matters,” Amethyst told him. “As long as you’re with me, everything will be fine.”
Alexcent grinned. I would love a beautiful daughter, one that looks like you, he thought. I wouldn’t have to worry when we have a daughter.
“Also, we need to sleep separately,” Amethyst said.
“What?” Alexcent nearly yelled.
“You can’t help yourself!”
“We can just hold hands!”
“No,” Amethyst shook her head. “You couldn’t help yourself when I was pregnant with Bin!”
Then, remembering that they weren’t alone, she turned to Gen and Lunia who were following closely behind them.
“Since when did you care that we were here?” Gen quipped. “It’s nothing new, Ma’am. Don’t worry.”
Amethyst rolled her eyes. Her heart warmed, knowing that her family was together. All together. As one.