Chapter 9 Finally Married
I would personally like to thank ya'll for sticking with me for this long. This is the last chapter of Annihilation. You'll like how it ends, trust me.
P.S. For those of you that are confused about who the Phantom is, that'll be answered in this chapter.
Chapter 9: Finally Married
"Thank you everyone for your help. I'm in your debt." Johnny radios everyone.
"Don't worry about it Johnny. We were more than happy to help." Fox replies back. "But are we getting paid for this?"
"No Fox" Johnny answers. "The Cerinians don't use money."
"Oh, that sucks. But it was nice to finally get some action. Things were starting to get a little boring aboard the Great Fox."
Johnny laughs to himself. He knows from experience how boring peace can be.
"So now what do we do?" Katt asks. "We defeated these monsters and saved your home world. What's left for us to do?"
"Well I don't know about the rest of you but there's two things I gotta do." Johnny replies. "The rest of ya'll head back to Cerinia. That includes you Fara. I have to do this alone."
"What is it?" Fara asks.
"I have the Exodus in my hands. It's too powerful for anybody to use. It can't destroyed so I have to hide it. I have to do this alone. That a way there's only one person that knows where it is. And ya'll know that I'm not going to give it up to anybody."
"That's true Johnny. You didn't give up anything when the Zaldon Rebels tortured you during the Civil War, and they did some nasty stuff to you." Timothy reminds Johnny.
"Thanks for bringing those memories up Tim. I had almost forgotten them."
The Phantom is hanging back from the rest of the fighters. Everyone is heading towards Cerinia, excluding Johnny, but him. The Phantom knows that it is time to leave.
"It's been an honor fighting alongside you guys. But I cannot stay. I wish ya'll the best of luck. Johnny, Tim, good luck in everything you do."
"Good luck to you to JM." Johnny radios back.
Fox, I want you to know that you've made your father proud."
"You knew my father?" Fox replies shocked.
"I guess you can say that. I knew him pretty well."
With that, the Phantom disappears as quickly as he appeared.
"No wonder they call him the Phantom."
Six hours later Fara, Savannah, Timothy, Daniel, Fox, Slippy, Peppy, Katt, Fay, Miyu, and Katrina are standing around on Cerinia waiting for Johnny to return. At the moment the planet is almost void of any intelligent life. The Cerinians just now got the message that the Crocodiles are defeated. They're currently turning around and heading back.
Fox looks over and sees Fara sitting next to some blue fox/black wolf hybrid. Deep down, Fox still has feelings for Fara. He's known Fara since he was an arrogant teenager. They've been friends since the academy. When Fox's father was killed, Fara was there for him. When Fox started Star Fox, Fara was one of his first choices as a teammate. She has skill and attitude. They didn't start dating till after the Lylat Wars. They were very close to each other. Their relationship was a step short of love. Fox loved Fara but more as a sister. When Fara told Fox that she loved him, he broke her heart. But there was always the hope in Fox's heart that Fara would forgive him and they could together. When Fara told Fox that Johnny was her boyfriend, Fox couldn't help but be a little jealous. Deep down, Fox is hoping to get Fara alone and tell her how he feels.
Out of the corner his eye, Fox sees a young blue vixen appear. The fox/wolf hybrid jumps up and runs to her.
Daniel almost jumps on the vixen.
"Daniel, it's been so long since I've seen you. I think you've gotten bigger."
Fox sees an opportunity and takes it. He walks over and sits down next to Fara. Fara stares awkwardly at him. Fox has no idea what to say.
"Fara, whose kid is that?"
"That's Johnny's son Daniel."
"Johnny has a son?" Fox replies surprised.
"Yes" Fara responds a little shocked. "You remember the last time you meet Johnny. It was about four years ago. We were dating at the time. Johnny was with the Wild Cats Squadron at the time. They came into my father's factory to look at new ships. While they were there, Johnny told us that he was married. He married that girl's older sister. She was pregnant with him at the time."
"So where is she?" Fox asks thinking that Johnny is cheating on his wife.
"She passed away giving birth to their son."
"Oh, I am so sorry."
"It's ok Fox. You made an honest mistake." Fara replies and looks at Krystal. "You should ask her out Fox."
Fox looks at the blue vixen playing with Daniel. She is beautiful beyond anything that Fox has ever seen before. Fox can't help but feel attracted to her. The skimpy outfit she's wearing is definitely attracting him.
"Who is she?'
"That's Krystal, trust me you'd like her. She's smart, funny, tough, everything that you like in a woman."
"She sounds like a good girl but there's a problem."
"What is it?"
"I'm in love with someone else, you."
Fara was dreading this. She knows that Fox still loves her. He hasn't taken his eyes off since they've arrived on Cerinia.
"Fox, I hate to tell you this but I've moved on. I still love you Fox and I will always love you. But my love for you has changed. I love you as a brother loves a sister. I've moved on since then Fox. I love Johnny now. I love him more than I thought I could ever someone. Johnny's a good man Fox. He very kind and gentle towards me. I know that he will treat me right. But Fox, we can still be friends."
Fox hangs his hang in disappointment. "Ok, I guess we can still be friends."
Fara suddenly looks up and sees the Phantom flying overhead. Johnny lands in a nearby clearing. As soon as Daniel sees him, he runs to his father.
Johnny kneels down with his arms out. Daniel jumps on Johnny almost knocking him down. He wraps his arms around his father's neck and refuses to let go. Johnny lifts Daniel up onto his shoulders and walks over to Fox and Fara.
"Did you take care of Exodus Johnny?" Fara asks.
"Yes, it's not going a problem to anyone ever again."
"You hid it that well?" Fox replies.
"Yep, even if someone does find it they won't be able to get it."
"That awesome Johnny, you think of everything." Fara compliments. "Now that's done, what's the second thing you have to do?"
Johnny takes Daniel off his shoulders and puts him on the ground. He takes Fara's hand and gets down on one knee. In Johnny's hand in the ring his mother gave him.
"Fara Phoenix, will you marry me?"
Fara is caught completely off guard. This is the last thing she expected for Johnny to do right now. Fara always thought that Johnny would wait till they were in private to pop the question. But he went above her expectations and asked her in front of all of her friends. A tear rolls down Fara's cheek. Fara jumps on Johnny, wraps her arms around his neck, and starts kissing him over and over.
"Yes, of course I'll marry you."
One month later
Jonathan is standing in front of the altar. The day of the wedding has finally arrived. Timothy, Fox, Slippy, and Peppy are standing beside him. Timothy is Jonathan's best man. Daniel is the ring bearer. Fox, Slippy, and Peppy are all grooms to be. Jonathan's father Joseph is the priest. He was the natural choice for the priest, being the leader of the Black Wolf clan. The building is packed with Cerinians, mostly Black Wolves. There are a few blue foxes and blue cougars. A few non – Cerinians are also there, the Wild Cats Squadron for example. They are there to support Jonathan and Fara. There was no way that they were going to miss their old friend getting married.
Fox looks out into the audience. He can't help but notice how big and fierce looking the Black Wolves are. Fox thought that it was just Jonathan. A couple of weeks ago, Fox got lost and ended up at the Black Wolf training arena. He saw how powerful they were. Not only are the Black Wolves big and muscular, they are the most talented fighters he has ever seen. Seeing their skills and power made him feel miniscule. Ever since then, Fox has been very careful to not angry any of them. Fox knows that even a Black Wolf teenager could kill him. Jonathan had to reassure Fox that his people are gentle giants. His people are good at restraining their anger and strength. They only use it when they have to.
Fox looks at Jonathan and notices that he looks really nervous. Jonathan looks like he's about to pass out. This is the last thing that Fox expected from Jonathan. Jonathan doesn't appear to be the kind of guy who gets nervous.
"You alright John"
"Yeah, I'm fine. It's just that I'm really excited. I'm about to marry the woman of my dreams. I've been looking forward to this for a long time."
At that moment, the here comes to bride music starts playing. Everyone comes to attention. Fara enters the room, led by her father, looking absolutely stunning. Jonathan and Fox never seen her so gussied up before. For once, Fara is actually wearing makeup. It makes her look even more beautiful, which Jonathan didn't even think was possible. Her hair is groomed and is not tied in a ponytail for once. The tube top wedding dress is definitely a factor. It brings out her bodily figure. Jonathan has to keep himself from drooling. Fox is having an even harder time controlling himself that Jonathan is. Fara is followed by Katt, Fay, Miyu, Katrina, and Krystal. Daniel is close behind them. Fara and her father stop at the altar. Joseph gathers his thoughts and starts the vows.
"We are gathered here today to join in holy matrimony to join together Charles and Zathora; which is an honorable and solemn estate and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and soberly. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace."
No one says a word.
"Who gives this woman to be married to this man?"
"I do" Fara's father answers.
Fara hugs her father then gives her Jonathan. Fara takes her place by Jonathan's side. Katt, Fay, Miyu, Katrina, and Krystal take their places on the altar. Fara notices that Jonathan cannot take his eyes off her. That's the main reason she got all gussied up. Jonathan winks at her. Fara smiles playfully at Jonathan.
"You look absolutely beautiful honey." Jonathan whispers.
"You don't look so bad yourself Johnny."
Jonathan smirks to himself.
"Fara, do you take Jonathan to for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?"
"Jonathan, do you take Fara to be your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?"
"The bride and groom have written their own vows."
Jonathan goes first. "Fara, when I lost Jasmine I thought that I would never love again. It didn't take long for me to be proven wrong. I love you more than I ever thought possible. I have loved you for a long time now. I know that I'm not perfect but I promise you that I will do my best to make you happy. I will never do anything to hurt you. You have my word. I promise that I will always love you no matter what happens. All I need for the rest of my life is you."
Fara tries her best to hide her tears. She tries to gather her thoughts and takes a deep breath. "Jonathan, when I first met you I thought that you were nothing more than a brute. But regarding the situation in which we first met that's understandable. We were in combat after all. The way you slaughtered those rebels wasn't helping. But it didn't take me long to realize that I was wrong. You are not a brute. You are the sweetest, kindest, funniest, smartest, gentlest guy that I have ever met. You were there when I needed you to be. You comforted me when I was down. Words cannot describe how much I love you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life and having a family with you."
Jonathan wants so desperately to kiss Fara. But he manages to control himself. Joseph moves on to the ring bearing.
"May we have the rings?"
Daniel hands Jonathan the ring.
"May this wing be blessed so he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end." Jonathan places the ring on Fara's finger. "With this ring I wed thee. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment."
Daniel hands Fara the ring.
"May this wing be blessed so she who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end." Fara places the ring on Jonathan's finger. "With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment."
"May this couple be prepared to continue to give, be able to forgive and experience more and more joy with each passing day, with each passing year. Charles/Salvador and Zathora/Brenda are now beginning their married life together, we hope that they may have loving assistance from their family, the constant support of friends, and a long life with good health and everlasting love. In so much as Charles and Zathora have consented to live forever together in wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company, having given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and having declared same by the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husband and wife. You may know kiss the bride."
Fara almost jumps on Jonathan. Her lips hit her new husband's so hard that it almost knocks him down. Fara and Jonathan remained lip locked for almost a minute.
"I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Storm."
The audience jumps up shouting. Some are in tears. Everyone is happy for the newly wedded couple.
Half an hour later, everyone is gathered for the wedding reception. Jonathan and Fara are standing at the front of the dance floor. Everyone's coming by and congratulating them. Daniel's standing next to them as happy as can be.
"Hey Fara, do I have to call you mom now?"
"Only if you want to Daniel."
Fara can't help but smirk a little to herself. Her father is standing next to her when Daniel called her mom.
"I didn't realize that you were going to be a mother so soon Fara. I was kind of hoping that it'd be at least nine months from now."
"Very funny dad, Daniel is a very nice kid. Jonathan's done a good job raising him."
"Well at least you married someone who has experience raising kids. By the way, you've never told me where you were going on your honeymoon."
"We're going to the Titanian Resort."
"Good choice, if you need money to pay just ask."
"Thanks daddy" Fara hugs her father tight.
The music starts playing a few minutes later. Jonathan doesn't hesitate to lead Fara out onto the dance floor. Soon there is barely a single empty part on the dance floor. Everyone is dancing, that is everyone except Fox and a few others. Fox is standing at the edge of the table with Slippy and Peppy. Out of the corner of his eye, Fox sees Krystal approaching. She walks right up to their table.
"Fox, how are you doing?'
"Great I guess"
The moment quickly becomes awkward. Neither of them knows what to say to the other. Krystal has never had these feelings like this for anyone before. She's known him for only a month and yet she's already developing romantic feelings for Fox McCloud. Fox, on the other hand, is still dealing with his feelings for Fara. He's having difficultly letting her go.
"So Fox, do you want to dance?" Krystal finally asks.
"Sure, lead the way."
Krystal leads Fox into the middle of the crowd. She grabs Fox's hand and places them on her hips. Krystal places her hands on Fox's shoulders, their faces are inches apart.
"They make a cute couple." Fara whispers to Jonathan. They are a few feet away from Fox and Krystal.
"Yeah, their almost as cute as us."
Fara laughs quietly to Jonathan. "Do you think they'll make it Jonathan?"
Jonathan quickly looks at Fox and Krystal with his Wolf Sense. It tells him exactly how Fox and Krystal feel towards each other.
"I really don't think so. The Wolf Sense is telling me that Fox still has feelings for you. It's distracting him from Krystal. Give it a little more time and maybe. Krystal definitely has feelings for Fox. But since Fox is leaving immediately after the reception I have to say no."
"That sucks, I had high hopes for them."
Two days later Jonathan and Fara arrive at the Titanian Resort. The freighter they took to Titania got them to their destination late at night. Jonathan and Fara agree to go straight to bed. It's been a long ride.
An hour after they arrived, Jonathan is sitting on the bed watching TV. Fara is finishing up taking a shower. All Jonathan is wearing are pants. Jonathan hears the bathroom door open. He turns and sees Fara wearing only a towel. Any tiredness he was feeling immediately goes away.
"So Johnny, I was thinking about what we were going to do during our honeymoon. We haven't discussed anything yet."
A playful smiles makes its way across Johnny's face. "I have a few things that I want to do to you."
Knowing what Jonathan means Fara drops the towel on the floor.
"Yep, that's exactly what I was thinking. This is going to be a great honeymoon."
Savannah and Timothy have their arms wrapped around each other dancing. Being in Timothy's arms makes Savannah's heart jump. It's been like that ever since she first saw him. But when she found out about Timothy and Katrina's past her heart sank. Savannah has been reading Timothy's mind constantly. His thoughts have been their past love life. But as Savannah reads his mind now, it's different. He's thoughts are not as Katrina at all.
Timothy notices Savannah is distracted. He knows that she has feelings for him. Timothy also knows that Savannah is jealous of Katrina. "Savannah, there's something that I've been meaning to tell you."
"What is it Tim?"
"As you know Katrina and I had a thing several years ago. But I assure you we're done. Our relationship ended years ago. There's another woman in my life now."
Savannah's heart sinks. "Oh, well I wish you both the best of luck."
"Savannah, I was talking about you. I really like you."
Savannah almost jumps on Timothy. She forcefully kisses him on the lips. Everyone around stares at them. But Savannah and Timothy ddon't care.
A week later on Titania
Fara wakes up groggy but comfortable. She looks up and sees Johnny asleep next to her. The only thing cover them are the bed sheets. Fara is practically lying on top of Johnny. Her head is on his muscular shoulder. Johnny's muscles aren't much of a pillow. They are too strong and rough to be comfortable. But they are thick enough to sleep on. Fara can't help but admire Johnny's physic. She has never seen anyone in as good a shape as Johnny. Fara has to constantly remind herself that she didn't fall in love with for his looks. But his looks definitely help.
This last week has been heaven for her. The week has been almost nothing but constant sex. Fara can't help but feel sorry for the person that has to clean the bed sheets once they leave. Johnny has been a good sexual partner. He's been her only partner. But Johnny's previous experience with his first wife Jasmine has proven useful. Deep down, Fara can't help but wish that she was Johnny's first as well. That would definitely make the moment more sentimental. But Fara knows that those thoughts are wrong. Fara knows that Daniel wouldn't be around if she was Johnny's first. Plus she knows that there was a time when Johnny loved Fara, deep down, he still misses her deeply.
Fara strokes Johnny's bare chest. Her hand rolls over his masculine chest. Fara's fingers move softly through his long, chest fur. His fur feels a little rough. But that's what years in the snow and training will do. Johnny's fur is actually keeping Fara warm. It saved her life once.
"What's up beautiful?"
Johnny's sudden voice scares Fara. She didn't realize that Johnny was awake. "How long have you been awake honey?"
"A few minutes. I was pretending to be asleep when you woke up. I wanted to see what you'd do. You can continue rubbing my chest. That feels really good."
Fara cuddles up as close to her husband as she can. She plants a kiss on Johnny's chest and works her way up to his lips. Johnny is smooth at first. But he eventually gets "rough." He tries to make his way up top of Fara but she keeps him off.
"Is there a problem Fara?"
"Yes, I don't know how to say it but I think I may be pregnant."
"Are you sure Fara?"
"No, I've been feeling a little strange these past couple of days. I'm not leaping to any conclusions but I wouldn't rule it out."
Johnny can't help but laugh.
"What's so funny?"
"I'm actually not surprised. After everything we've done this past week I'd be surprised if you weren't pregnant."
"You've got a good point there Johnny."
""I usually do"
Fara lays her head on Johnny's chest. Johnny runs his fingers through his wife's hair. Knowing the possibility of having a child puts both of them out of the mood.
"So what do you want to do now?" Fara asks.
"I kinda just want to lay here naked next to you."
Fara lets out a small giggle. Somehow she knew that Johnny would say something like that.
"I wouldn't mind doing that. But this is our last day here so I want to get out and do something."
"Are you sure, it's over a hundred degree out there?"
"Johnny, I know that you don't like that heat. That's why they got six pools here."
"Alright, as long as you don't make me go hiking in this heat, I'm in."
An hour later, Jonathan and Fara are down by the pool. Fara is sitting in a lawn chair wearing nothing but a skimpy bikini. Jonathan is in the pool trying to stay cool. The Titanian heat has been getting to him. Being a Black Wolf, Jonathan has long fur to keep him warm in the cold Cerinian Mountains. But now it's working against him. The only way Jonathan can keep from getting too hot is to stay in the pool. Jonathan floats on the surface of the water, exposing his body to all the beautiful women at the hotel, and there are quite a few of them. But Fara is the only woman he's interested in. Looking at her in the skimpy bikini, it's hard for him to imagine that she's possibly carrying his child. She's far too beautiful to be pregnant.
A horny Fennec Fox makes his way to Fara. He takes a seat in the chair next to her. Fara doesn't even acknowledge the fox's presence.
"Hey beautiful, how about we go back to my room and shake the bed a little."
Fara doesn't even look at the fox. She's not going to give him the satisfaction. Fara just shows him her wedding ring.
"I don't your husband anywhere near here. We can go the bathroom and be done before he arrives."
"It's a little too late for that buddy." Jonathan's overhead the entire conversation. When he saw the fox make a move towards his wife, Jonathan swam towards the side of the pool. He knew that Fara would refuse but was curious on how it would play out. The fox jumps when he sees Johnny leaning on the edge of the pool.
"What are you going to do to me?"
"If I were you I'd be more worried about what my wife's going to do if you don't back off."
The fox looks at Jonathan and Fara and laughs. He suddenly grabs Fara's leg, a big mistake. Fara grabs his hand and breaks it. The fox screams out in pain. Fara, smiling, finishes the fox off with an elbow to the jaw, breaking it. The fox falls back and lands with a thud.
"Dang it Fara, you sure know how to turn me on."
Fara gets up and walks to the edge of the pool.
"What can I say Johnny, I've known you for years. Now how about we go back upstairs and see if we can make a set of twins."
"Sounds good to me. Can you help me out of here?"
Fara bends down and offers Jonathan her hand. Jonathan takes it and pulls Fara into the pool. Fara screams as Jonathan pulls her in. She comes out of the water giggling.
"Johnny, that was so unexpected it was rude."
"So what are you going to do about it?" Jonathan replies playfully.
Fara wraps her arms around Jonathan's neck and leans in close to his ear to whisper: "By the time I'm done with you baby both of us are going to be walking funny for a month."
"Why don't you guys get a room?"
Colonel Bobcat Harrison is standing by the edge of the pool.
"How long have you been standing there Colonel?" Jonathan shouts.
"Long enough to see Fara beat that jackass lying on the ground over there."
Jonathan and Fara can't help but laugh.
"So what are you doing here Colonel? You here to wish us a happy marriage?" Fara asks.
"No, I'm here about the Star Ghost team you've started."
"You mean us and Timothy and Savannah? We bonded together to rescue Cerinia. The team is done." Jonathan replies.
"I don't think you realize what you've started Johnny. Zaldon needs mercenaries like yourselves right now. The galaxy is full of criminals who think that their above the law. We need you guys to be the ones to remind them that justice does exist. If you guys are willing Zaldon will pay you."
Jonathan looks at Fara. The look on her face says enough. She desperately wants him to accept Bobcat's offer. The thrill of battle still thrives in both of them. They still crave it.
"Alright Colonel, we're in."
"Great, I'll assume that you can get Timothy and Savannah on board."
"That won't be problem."
"Alright, when you guys finish your honeymoon come see me. I already a mission for you."
Nine Months Later on Cerinia
Johnny tries to gather his breath. This is one of the most important moments of his life. It's the moment that he's been waiting for the past nine months. Lying in the hospital bed is Fara. She went into labor last night. Johnny rushed her to the Cerinian hospital as fast as he could when she did. He moved so fast that he forgot to wake up Daniel. His grandmother had to wake him up and tell him that his little sibling is about to be born. Johnny hasn't seen him since then, but he knows that Daniel will be wanting an explanation as to why he was left behind.
The past nine months have been a little hectic for the couple. This being Fara's first child, she's been a little afraid and cautious. She wants to know every little thing that happening inside of her. It's been a little annoying to Johnny. Fortunately, Johnny's experience with Daniel was very helpful. Plus they've have help from the other Cerinians. Johnny's parents have been very helpful. Krystal, Savannah, Timothy, and Elizabeth have also been there for them. It's been a real blessing having them. Being mercenaries have made it a little difficult. When Colonel Bobcat found out that Johnny and Fare were having a baby he gave them simple missions. Fara flew alongside Johnny, Savannah, and Timothy for the first four months of her pregnancy. But once the she started showing, Fara stayed out of the cockpit. She was mainly there for support. When Fara started getting really big, Johnny and Fara temporarily shut Star Ghost down. At the moment, they plan on waiting till their child is weaned before restarting the team. Timothy has been busy making the Spectra baby proof.
Fara suddenly screams in pain. Johnny suddenly wakes up and snaps to attention. He was starting to doze off. Fara's been in labor for eight hours. She's moving faster than most Cerinians. Fara's contractions catch the doctors off guard.
"OH MY GOSH THIS HURTS!" Fara screams.
Johnny grabs a hold of Fara's hand to comfort her. "I'm here for you honey."
Fara looks at Johnny with tears in her eyes. Johnny knows that they are tears of pain. He doesn't know what to say. Johnny has experienced pain throughout his entire life, but nothing compared to what Fara is experiencing. Fara screams again, this time almost loud enough to break the window glass. She squeezes Johnny's hand so hard that it actually starts to hurt. Fara's strength never ceases to amaze Johnny. The doctor tries to comfort Fara. "You're doing good Mrs. Storm. We're almost there. Just give it one more big push."
Fara digs as deep as she can and gives a big push. She screams loudly, nearly shattering Johnny and the doctor's eardrum. The doctor sees the head, grabs it, and pulls. Within moments, the doctor is holding Johnny and Fara's baby.
"It's a girl."
The doctor hands the girl to Fara. Fara cradles her newborn baby in her arms. Johnny and Fara admire the beautiful girl. She is the most beautiful thing that they have ever seen. She has her mother's soft, sand – colored fur, her long ears, and tail. She has her father's wolf body figure and features. Neither Johnny nor Fara can say a word. They are just in awe of her. Johnny reaches over and lightly touches his daughter's cheek. She grasps Johnny little finger. Johnny's heart feels like it is bouncing in his chest. His daughter hasn't been born for more than a minute and he already loves her so much that he is willing to give his own life for her.
"She's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen." Johnny says.
"That's because she came from you and me."
"You did a good job. She is of perfect health." The doctor asks. "So what are you going to name her?"
Fara looks at Johnny like she has no idea. She thought that she was having boy. Fara had the name Hunter on her mind. But if they had a girl, Fara was expecting for Johnny to recommend Jasmine to honor his first wife.
"How about Jennifer?" Johnny recommends.
Fara stares at Johnny shocked. He has just recommended that they name their daughter after Fara's mother who passed away a few years ago. She was very close to her mother. It brings tears of joy to her eyes.
"Are you sure Johnny? You never met my mother."
"I know, but you talk about her all the time. I had a feeling that the two of you were close. So I figured that it'd be a good way to honor her."
"Thank you Johnny." Fara says with tears in her eyes. She holds up their baby. "Welcome to the world Jennifer."
The moment is ruined by a knock on the door. Daniel enters the room. Fara puts Jennifer in Johnny's arms. She wants Daniel to see his little sister. He is not tall enough to see Jennifer from Fara's arms. Johnny gets down on his knees so Daniel can see the little miracle.
"Hey Daniel, say hello to your baby sister Jennifer."
Daniel stares in awe at his little sister. He walks right up to her not knowing what to do or say. The thought of being a big brother is almost too much for him. He's afraid he's going to break her. "It's ok Daniel, you're not going to hurt her."
"Are you sure daddy?"
"I'm sure buddy, just be gentle."
Daniel lightly touches Jennifer's cheek. Jennifer grasps Daniel's hand. "She's absolutely beautiful."
"I know, she gets that from her mother."
"She gets it from you to Johnny." Fara adds.
"That may be an overstatement Fara. Her looks definitely come from you."