Key Eleven: Lavi:
Lavi leaned back in a chair in the waiting room. He walked Ami to the local clinic to examine their unborn child. An hour earlier, she fled from the outdoor market with holding her stomach. She wouldn't tell him what happened. He buried his face in his hands.
You can't stay with her, you know.
The red-haired angel frowned. Do you have to talk to me in my head like this, you old Panda?
It's the only way to get your attention.
I know I can't stay with her. You keep saying the same thing over and over.
This time I really mean it.
Lavi puffed up his cheeks. What is it now?
I had a dream last night.
This child will bring our ruin.
Lavi sat up, looking pale. What do you mean?
I saw fire consuming Heaven. All of the angels fell into the Fallen City. This disaster will be worse than the Great Crash.
That can't be right. The Great Crash couldn't do any more damage than it had to Asia all those years ago.
But it is. This child's birth will open the gates to the Land of the Dead once again.
Lavi's stomach dropped. You can't be serious. He remembered hearing the horror stories of how the Land of the Dead opened up the first time wiped Ikebukuro off the map. The poison didn't stop there. Most of Japan ended up being swallowed whole in the Wasteland. A small number of cities managed to recover. Japan and possibly the rest of the world couldn't handle another calling card from the Wasteland itself.
I wish I could be wrong. But this dream just feels too real.
And you think my child is at the center of all of this?
You must not think of this child as your own. It will be a complete stranger to you.
Lavi frowned and puffed up his cheeks. Yeah, yeah.
"How is it?" Ami asked in the doctor's office. The OBGYN broke into a huge smile.
"Your baby is fine," she said. "I don't exactly know how to answer your questions about what you described happened earlier. The scan came up clear now."
Ami nodded. "Okay…"
"How you had any stress in your home life lately?"
The spoiled heir frowned with a cold look in her eyes. "If you count my grandmother being a bitch towards me and my boyfriend's grandpa giving me judgmental eyes, then yes I am stressed at home."
The OBGYN nervously chuckled before she cleared her throat. "Anyway, just come back in a month to do a follow-up."
"Okay." Ami bowed in the doorway. "Goodbye." She turned and walked away.
Lavi looked up when he heard the door open. Ami stood looking rather stoic.
"How's the baby?" he asked.
"Fine," she said. "The baby's fine." Her boyfriend exhaled.
"Good." He rose to his feet. "You ready to go?"
"Yeah, I'm tired. Take me home."
"Yes, ma'am." Lavi led her out of the clinic. Despite the unease he felt, he grabbed her onto her hand. He tried to cuddle up to her, but Ami pushed him off.