Noel flagged down a cab for Felicity as quickly as he could and asked the driver to rush to the nearest hospital. As they sat in the car anxiously and Felicity breathing heavily Noel held onto her hands tightly. She was obviously very scared but Noel kept telling her that she would be fine and that he'd make sure of it. Though going into labor wasn't Felicity's only concern.
"Noel, I'm so sorry," she said as she cried and continued to heavily breath.
"It's ok. We need to deal with this right now you know?" he said calmly.
"But I don't want you to hate me or the baby," she said crying even more now.
"Felicity, you know after all these years I could never hate you. I could also never hate our child. I just hope she has your hair and your smile," he said touching her cheek.
She smiled at him briefly and then started screaming from the pain as a contraction came on again. They quickly got themselves to the hospital and a nurse immediately took Felicity inside while Noel stayed in the lobby to deal with all the forms and such. Noel also made sure to call everyone, including Elena who had been her labor coach all this time.
Within an hour everyone else had shown up. Sean helped Noel deal with all the basic things while Noel could concentrate on Felicity. At one point Noel came out into the Lobby to get something for Felicity when Megean stopped him.
"Are you okay?" Megean asked as Noel stopped briefly to catch his breath.
"Yeah I'm okay, I can't believe all this time nobody told me she was pregnant," he said with an annoyed tone.
"Are you mad at her?"
"Well normally I might have been, but her water broke in the middle of everything."
"Well that's good. She was trying to do what was best for you even though it killed her the entire time."
"I hate to think she had to do this all on her own this whole time," he said sadly.
"Well, she doesn't have to anymore," she said as Noel smiled at her and went back in.
Just as he got back to the room she was gone. He found a nurse and asked where Felicity was taken. They said she was ready to deliver. They said there were a few complications.
Terrified, Noel ran down the hallway to where they directed him to go. They had him scrub in and put on all the necessary things to help out. When he got inside Felicity was crying and they were giving her drugs.
"Noel, where were you?" Felicity said reaching her hand out for his.
"I'm so sorry, I was…" he was about to say when she interrupted him.
"I don't care," she said in a moan. He ran over to her and held her hand. He smoothed her hair back from her face and then walked over to the doctor across the room.
"What's going on? Is she okay?" he asked quietly so Felicity wouldn't hear.
"The baby is stuck. We are going to have to do a Cecarian," the doctor said as he was preparing everything.
"So she's okay?" he asked nervously.
"She's going to be fine," he said as he headed over to Felicity.
"Is everything okay?" Felicity said amidst her breathing.
"You are going to be wonderful."
"Sure, once this is fucking over!" she bellowed in a voice he'd never heard out of her.
Soon after they did the Cesarean and things went pretty well. When Felicity was finally well they laid her new baby girl on her chest. Noel came up beside her and kissed the baby's head and then Felicity's. He couldn't believe how lucky he was. At 33 years old he finally had all his dreams come true, well…almost.
"You did so well," he said smiling down at Felicity and their new girl.
"She's so beautiful, what are we going to name her?" Felicity asked looking up and Noel and back down at her baby girl.
"It's up to you," he said with his hand on the baby's head smoothing out the sparse hair.
"Keegan," she said smiling at her and then kissing her on the forehead.
"I love it. Why Keegan?"
"It means small fiery," she said looking up at him and smiling.
"Sounds like a small you," he said staring into her eyes.
"I love you too," she said as he kissed her fully on the lips.
"Will you marry me?" he asked after they kissed.
Felicity started crying again. "Yes," she barely whispered between sobs.
"I didn't think you'd be crying when I asked you," he said laughing.
"Well, when you ask me after being in hours of labor that's what you get," she said trying to calm down the tears and then laughing.
"Well I planned to ask you in the park until you went into labor."
"Yeah, sorry about that," she said touching her hand to his face and smiling into his hazel eyes.
"I guess I'll forgive you."
When they brought Keegan home it was to Felicity's place. Sean had already brought a bunch of Noel's stuff there. The apartment was filled with flowers and balloons. Felicity had started decorating the nursery during her pregnancy but was surprised to come back to find it all done. She put Keegan into her crib and Noel walked up behind her to also look down at Keegan nestling into her new home.
"Everything finally feels right," she said leaning her head onto Noel's shoulder.
"I'm going to take a long bath," she said with a sigh.
"I'll get it ready for you," he said as he kissed her and went off to the bathroom.
When Felicity went in later in her bathrobe she found the bathroom lit up my candles. There was even a small cd player that was playing a mixture of Dido and John Mayber, both some of her favorite music. She sighed with happiness, took off her bathrobe and got in the warm water overflowing with bubbles. She leaned back and took in everything. Her mind filled up with thoughts of her newborn baby and her soon to be husband. If someone had told her 10 years ago that this was how her life was going to turn out she would have told them they were insane. She thought back to college when she first met Noel and how he was so adorable but she could never fully see that because of her infatuation with Ben. Noel had loved her just the way she was from the moment she met him but she was always too blind to see everything in him. She felt so lucky now though.
There was a knock at the door.
"Yes?" Felicity answered with a moan.
"Can I come in for a second?" Noel asked and she told him to just come in.
"Would you join me?" she asked.
"What about Keegan?"
"Bring in the baby monitor and we'll keep the bathroom door open," she said as he hurriedly got the baby monitor and came rushing back into the bathroom.
He climbed in behind her so she could lean again him. He gave her a back massage while constantly kissing her neck and shoulders. Then "Her Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer came on and he sang it softly to her in her ear. She giggled as he did it partially because it tickled her ear and also because singing was never really his forte but it was sweet nonetheless.
"I have a scar on my stomach from the C-section," she said pouting and pointing at her scar.
"Another way that makes you so unique," he said touching it with his fingers.
She giggled and turned back to kiss him.
"Shall we make a wedding date?" she suggested.
"Great idea, but let's wait until you are fully better," he said playing with the bubbles in interesting ways on her body which was making her laugh.
"How about in July?" she suggested.
"Sure, where did you want to do it?"
"At this point it doesn't really matter to me. I don't want anything big or fancy. Ben and I did that. I just want to marry you."
"Well that's good," he said hugging her.
"We should probably get out soon, I don't want to leave Keegan alone for too long," she said about to get out.
"Just one more minute," he said as his hands started roaming around in the bubbles.
"Noel, we can't do anything now. I just was in labor all night and you are supposed to wait like 6 weeks or something," she said hitting his arm.
"I'm glad to know you think so highly of me Felicity…but that's not what I was doing," he said as he pulled his hand out of the water and he had a gorgeous diamond ring in his hand, "I've been meaning to give this to you but you've been kinda busy."
Felicity was speechless as he placed the sudsy glowing ring onto her finger. She sat there staring at the ring for a moment just in awe of how beautiful it was. It was an antique silver ring with a round shaped diamond.
"Does that mean you like it?"
"Noel, it's gorgeous. Did you have it in the tub this entire time?" she asked with a big smile.
"I had it on my pinkie finger," he said holding out her hand to see how it looked on her hand. Then he kissed her hand.
"You're too cute," she said turning her head to kiss him.
"It's a gift, what can I say?" he said as he got out of the tub, put a towel around his waist and walked out of the room but popped back in to say "I love you."
She smiled at him as he closed the door.
When Felicity got out of the bathtub about 20 minutes later she blew out the candles and turned off the radio. As she stepped out of the bathroom and realized the stereo was playing in the living room. It was the song "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain. As she quietly walked into the living room she saw that Noel was slowly dancing with their daughter cradled in his arms. Her head was resting on his shoulder as she slept peacefully in his arms. As she watched the most beautiful moment in the world a tear rolled down her cheek. She then walked up to him and as more tears streamed down her face she touched his arm as she stood in front of him.
"This isn't going to work if you keep crying all the time," he said with a smile. She leaned in to kiss him and then she kissed her daughter. Noel then wiped her tears away with a free hand and then pulled her in to him. She also leaned her head against his shoulder and finally knew how truly amazing being madly in love could be.