Key Sixteen: Ami:
Ami lay in her bed, clutching her stomach. The pains had been getting worse since she touched that Book of Amida last month. Lately, she had been hearing whispers around her. Out of the corner of her eye, the young mother-to-be saw shadows. Lavi tried his best to be there for her.
“Are you sure you don’t want to go to a doctor?” he asked.
“I’ve already been twice this week,” she complained.
“And they couldn’t find anything wrong?”
Lavi closed his mouth. His mind went to the one answer that he had hoped to avoid. He clenched his fists in his lap.
“Ami,” he said. “There is something I have say.”
“What?” the mother-to-be asked. Lavi opened his mouth to speak.
Lavi froze. Old man?
You cannot not tell her now. She’s in danger.
All the more to tell her the truth.
But how do you think she would handle it? How do you think she would take learning that she is carrying an abomination?
What else can I do?
Don’t tell her what you are yet?
Then when should I tell her? Bookman’s voice disappeared in his head. Lavi gritted his teeth.
Old man? Old man!
“Ami,” Lavi said. “I have something to tell you.”
“What is it?” his baby’s mother asked. He clenched his fists in his lap.
“I can’t tell you yet,” the angel said. “When the time is right, I will say it.”
“What do you mean?”
“Please! Just don’t ask me any questions now!” Lavi took in a deep breath. “I promise I will tell you everything when the time is right.” He took her by the hands.
“Trust me on this, please?” he asked. Ami puffed up her cheeks.
“Fine,” she said. Lavi kissed her on the forehead.
“Thank you for being understanding,” he whispered.
Outside the bedroom, Stacy floated, watching them. She smirked as she shook her head. You couldn’t do it, could you, Lavi? I almost feel sorry for you.
Lavi sat in the hallway, frowning. This would’ve been over with if Bookman hadn’t intervened. Still, he had a point. How would Ami take that Lavi was an angel and that she was carrying a nephilim in her belly? He could already see the scene playing out in his head. At first, Ami wouldn’t believe him. That would lead to Lavi having to reveal his powers and true nature to her. The rest would end in her screaming at him, being scared of him, and kicking him out of the house. Lavi closed his eyes and shook his head. He didn’t want that, but she would soon find out the truth soon enough.
You might as well get this over with, she’s going to find out anyway.
Lavi sat up, gritting his teeth. Stacy! What the hell are you doing in my head?
I saw your little talk and found myself disappointed in the outcome.
You were spying on me?!
Not my fault that kid keeps drawing the other demons to it. Haven’t you noticed the increase of bakeneko and cleaners everywhere lately?
The angel frowned. Unfortunately, how could I not?
You can stall with telling her all you want, but the truth is coming to come out in any way.
You don’t think I don’t know that?
So why won’t you just get on with it?
What type of reasons?
Just reasons, okay?
Did that Old Panda tell you not to? You still take orders from him?
The truth hurts, doesn’t it?
What about you and your boss? You still have to take orders for him?
Hey, that’s different! He can kick my ass if he wanted to!
Same with the Panda for me.
But he’s an old man.
So? That doesn’t stop him at all.
Anyway, you can’t put this off. You have to tell her the truth right away.
I know that, but how is she going to handle learning that she will give birth to a nephilim in a few months?
Would you rather her hear it from the various demons that will come to visit her.
Lavi frowned as he thought about it. No, good point.
So get to it or do you need me to help you?
The angel got up and walked down the hall.
Hey, her room is that way. You’re going the wrong way! You’re going the wrong way!
“I know that,” Lavi muttered under his breath as he arrived at the front door.
So where are you going?
“Away,” the angel said. He went outside and slammed the door behind him.
About eight o’clock at night, Ami awoke from her lap to see a boy about six years old sitting in the corner of her room. His hair and robes were whiter than snow. She sat up with a puzzled look on her face.
“Who the hell are you?!” the young mother-to-be asked. The child stared her with his light violet eyes and smirked. Suddenly, Ami screamed in pain as she clutched her stomach. It felt as if her unborn child was trying to claw its way out of her womb.
Help me! Help… me! Help… Lavi…
The whole time, the snowy white child watched her silent as the baby tried to reach out to him.