We Can Love Again

The News

Robin and Regina both gave their children excited looks as they finished their morning breakfast before school.

"Boys, we have something we have to discuss with you." Robin said, putting his arm around his fiancé. "We're going to go to the hospital while you're both at school, and we're going to find out if the baby will be a boy or a girl."

It only took a few seconds for both Henry and Roland's faces to light up with an anticipated smile. "Really?!"

Regina smiled. "Yes really. We'll tell you the news after you get back home. David will pick you up from school if the appointment ends up taking longer than we think it will."

"Awh, Mom, do we have to go to school?" Henry pouted, "I wanna know if we'll have a little brother or a little sister!"

His parents both rolled their eyes at the same time. "You already missed one day this week; you don't need to miss any more."

"Do you two want to make a guess though?" Robin offered, "there's a fifty fifty chance you could be right."

Their twelve year old immediately had an answer. "A boy," he told them, as if it was obvious.

"What about you Roland?"

"Boy!" He piped, following his brother's example.

Regina raised an eyebrow towards Robin, who simply shrugged in response.

"Doesn't matter really, as long as he or she is healthy."

"Lame answer," she said sarcastically, "well I for one would like if it were a girl. It's hard being the only one!"

She then noticed how late it was. "You guys have to get going- walk fast to the bus stop. Henry, hold his hand when you get to the crosswalk and get him to his classroom, alright?"

The boy nodded, grabbing his backpack and opening the door. He was more than anxious to know what gender his new sibling would be.

"We should get going, too." Regina said, grabbing her keys. Robin took her hand in his and pulled her closer to his body.

"Are you nervous at all?" He asked, his voice tender and considerate.

Regina didn't know what to say. Of course she was nervous; the factor that would determine the rest of their lives was within a few minutes of being reached.

"You're with me now, so everything will be okay." She said, breaking into a small smile.

Robin slowly moved in closer, eliminating all the space between them. His breath was hot against her skin, making her heart flutter inside.

"Going down to the lake with you was the best day of my life," he whispered in her earlobe, his hands lightly brushing over her stomach.

Her breath caught in her throat as she let out a soft hum in response. Regina didn't know what to say, or what to do, for that matter. She was a mess of emotions, mostly because she had gone four months without being touched by his strong, caring hands.

"I love you," she finally managed to say, feeling like an idiotic mess inside. The old Regina who could manage her emotions was long gone, replaced by terribly imbalanced hormones and a mind clouded by love.

"Words cannot describe how much I love you," Robin countered, drawing out his words for emphasis.

Regina forced herself to break away from his glance to check the time again.

"Seriously, we're going to be late!"

"Are we going to take that car contraption of yours?" He asked, knowing the answer was probably going to be yes.

Twirling her keys around her finger, Regina took his hand and lead him outside.

"I still don't feel to safe in these things," he told her, figuring out how to work the seatbelt.

Regina laughed, helping him click it into place before starting up the vehicle. "It'll get easier, I promise!" She encouraged, beginning down the road that lead to the hospital. Thankfully, Doctor Whale opted to meet them for another appointment, even though it had only been three days since she had last visited.

"So you're the father," he said, immediately offering his hand out to the man.

Robin shook his hand and smiled. "Yup, that's me."

He glanced around at all the peculiar sights that surrounded him.

"Thanks again for agreeing to do this on such short notice," Regina told him, following him down to the examination room.

"Doesn't matter, I wouldn't deny Robin the chance of seeing his child."

His child. The phrase made her giddy inside.

"So, how does this all work?" Robin asked, looking at the machines as if they were foreign objects.

"It's... Difficult to explain, the whole concept of these types of things just takes time to understand. Killian has been here for six months, and he's finally getting the hang of things."

He figured he was right. Still, he wanted to understand the concept behind being able to see his child before he or she was even born.

"Basically, this thing I'm holding reads ultrasonic frequency," he attempted, already knowing he had lost Robin. "It senses the vibrations of the fetus, which creates an image on the monitor up there."

Regina sent Whale a look, one that immediately told him to quit patronizing her fiancé. So he got to work on setting everything up,

"You ready?" She asked Robin, ambition shining through her soft brown eyes.

Robin put his hands on her shoulders and kissed her head lightly. "So ready."

Whale arrived with the gel, and Regina prepared herself again for the rush of cold that was soon to come. He firmly pressed the transducer against her skin, moving it back and forth a couple of times. It took a few long seconds, but finally, a fuzzy image appeared on the screen.

Instantly, Robin's hand gripped her shoulders tighter. "That's... That's our baby?"

Tears sprung into her eyes as she soaking in the tender moment between the both of them. Regina simply nodded, fixing her glance on the black and white image of their child.

"I know it's a bit blurry, but if the baby cooperates we can know the gender in a matter of minutes. I can get clearer results once the images are done processing. Do you two want some time alone while I check up on them?"

Regina glanced up at Robin, quickly nodding. Before Whale could leave, though, she caught his attention.

"I'm sorry for the way I acted last time. I can't thank you enough for all the help you've been to me- to us."

Whale smiled, almost showing a hint of pride as he gently shut the door behind him, leaving the couple alone in the room. The picture of their unborn child was frozen on the monitor.

"Still have no opinion?" Regina asked, craning back her head to glance up at him.

Robin gave the fuzzy picture a long, hard look before answering.

"I'm leaning towards a boy- he looks like a boy to me. Still, it doesn't matter. I'll be happy either way."

His answer seemed to make Regina happy.

"I still can't believe that's our baby up there- ours, half yours half mine," Robin smiled, kissing her check gently, "I hope he or she looks more like you than me."

"Oh please," Regina rolled her eyes playfully, "when I hold our baby in my arms, I want to see your eyes."

They could argue on that topic all day. In a simple matter of a couple days, Regina had gone from dreading the arrival of their baby to anticipating it with all her heart.

The door opened again, and Doctor Whale returned into the room, holding about five papers tightly in his hand.

Regina instantly clutched Robin's hand in hers. It was all going to be revealed now and then, the factor that would determine the rest of their lives.

"Congratulations you two, you're both having a healthy baby boy."

The both of them let out the breaths they were holding and smiled excitedly.

"Guess your instincts were right," she told her fiancé, trying to retain her emotions. Never before had she felt such a connection between and her baby.

They were one step closer to having another son added to their family.

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