Rine Tines disappeared on paper the following week. Mitsuhide knew that no one would notice if they left the house for a few hours one day. When they came back no one was there so he was free and clear. He looked her over and smiled, “You are now my wife.” He said chuckling, “You know I never thought I would have one of those?”
“Well at the rate I was going through men either good or bad but mostly bad I never thought I would want to get married.” Rine countered and Mitsuhide threw his head back and laughed hard.
“We make an interesting pair.” He said. “How is she doing?”
“Active.” Rine said as his hand drifted around Rine from behind to spread his hand over the growing bump that was there. He could feel the baby kicking and wiggling.
“Well after she comes, I want to teach you how to fight.” Mitsuhide said softly.
“I know.” She said, “Mitsuhide you talk in your sleep.”
“I do not.” He said as he stood up to his full height and looked down at her. There was no fear in her eyes or on her face as he did.
“You do.” She said laughing. “You never asked why I didn’t overreact to your proposal when you sprang it on me, or even when you wanted to rush this and get married now. The reason I didn’t is because it wasn’t the first time, I heard it. You very much talk in your sleep.”
“I never have before.” He said clearly surprised.
“Mitsuhide your secrets are safe with me.” She said with a smile. “We all will be safe with you.”
“that remains to be seen, my sweet.” He said as he smiled at her. “you do of course, realize this is our wedding night.”
“And?” Rine asked as she watched him as he looked her over, “It isn’t like we are a normal married couple.
“Let’s try to be for once.” He said with a chuckle. He leaned down and gave her a quick kiss on the lips as he smiled at her. “I mean we don’t have to make love tonight but let’s just be together.”
“I was planning on that.” She said with a smile. “I understand that you might not want me now.”
“What does that mean?” he asked as he looked at her.
“Well I am rather big.” Rine said as she looked up.
“You think I don’t want to make love to you because of that?” he asked as he looked at her. his face was in complete shock.
“I mean I just understand that you might not want me like this.” She said as an answer.
“Good god woman.” He said as he shook his head, “I was thinking that you would want to ease into that side of our marriage. It had nothing to do with your size. You are pregnant Rine. You are supposed to be that size or even bigger really. You do realize that I wanted you from the start? Your body is yours though and you dictate this not me.”
“What are you saying?” she asked as she looked at him.
“I am saying that you are beautiful the way you are right now. I would take you in a heartbeat, but you have to be the one who starts this. I know what he did to you. I know that this is a trust thing, Rine. I won’t push you or force you in anyway to please me that way. You just please me.” Mitsuhide said she ran his finger down her cheek. “I do want a normal marriage with you Rine but that will take time and trust. I want you for you. That’s all.”
“Mitsu.” She said softly as she walked into his arms. He chuckled at the fact it was getting harder for him to wrap his arms around her.
“You know I am finding that even in the few weeks you have been here you are doing better, and you are eating more which is good. I like you this way, Rine.” He said and he let his hands roam her back. She tipped her head up and he kissed her gently.
“Mitsu?” she asked as she looked up to him.
“Yes, my love?” he asked back.
“Let’s go to the bedroom.” She said softly.
“Rine.” He started to say.
“I trust you.” She said even softer.
“You don’t have too.” He said.
“I know.” She said with a smile, “That is what makes this okay.”
Mitsuhide swept her up in his arms. And laughed as she protested. She was still no bigger than a mite. He lifted haybales that weight more than her at his uncle’s farm. Though he wouldn’t say that to her right now. Right now, he wanted nothing more to show her that she was worth everything in the world to him. he was going to pour himself into her as he worshiped everything that she was. She deserved to know. He had fallen for her.
Hours later in the stillness of the house he laid on his back with her tiny body next to him on her side. He could feel the baby that he had begun to think of as his own. He knew that would be his first child. His daughter. A thing he never thought he would have for his own good. However, watching over this young woman had changed everything in him. he wanted this. He wanted her. He wanted this baby. He wanted the thing he was denied his entire life. he wanted a family.
He thought of the baby as his hand went to where she was. He moved a bit and then was right there. “You are my daughter now. I will make sure everything is different for you, princess.” He said softly to the mound that he knew she was in. the research he had done weeks ago he knew that the baby could hear him now. He kissed the spot and was greeted by a swift kick. He chuckled and then moved back to his spot and moved Rine closer to him.
The act of sex had never held any power to him before. He now knew there was a major different between sex and making love. Sex was something you did for a release with Rine however it was everything it had been lacking before. He knew why the other guys had settled down before. They had found there someone. He found his. though he knew they would have issues on things he also knew they would be able to work on fixing them better then most. They talked. They both knew each other’s secrets. The two broken ones would be the thing to fix the other.
“Why are you awake?” she asked as she snuggled into him.
“Thinking.” He said softly as he rubbed her back. “Why are you?”
“Bathroom.” She said as she got up. She walked out of the room and he smiled knowing this was how everything would be in their new life together. The woman he wanted to think of as a daughter, a sister, anything other than a woman was the only woman he wanted now. He chuckled when he thought of that first day. Covered in blood, broken and bruised and all he wanted to do was kill the person who did that to her. He still did but she was the most important thing now. She was his life.
“Mitsuhide what are you thinking about?” she asked as she curled back into the bed.
“How to train you to fight back without hurting you or her.” He said.
“I thought you said you wanted to wait until she was here.” Rine said as she looked up to him as she snuggled into her place on his chest.
“I want you to be able to fight back.” He said.
“Because?′ she asked.
“If I ever see that man, I will kill him you do know that right?” he said. “If you do I want you to be able to defend yourself and our daughter.”
“Mitsuhide.” She said as she looked at him. “Do you really think he would try something with me?”
“Sweetheart he is crazy.” He said softly, “Any man who does this to a woman is.”
“You don’t think maybe I was asking for it?” Rine asked.
“Did you ask for it?” Mitsuhide asked, “I mean with words? Did you ask him to beat you, to starve you?”
“You know I didn’t.” she said.
“Then no you didn’t ask for it. I think you made a quick decision in the moment and thought it would be good. It turned out that it wasn’t but you were trapped.” Mitsuhide said, “I think to many women make that quick decision and then they feel trapped. That is the point of these men. They like to feel power. I want you to have the power, my love. You have it with me. You will have it always with me. However, if you go out and someone like him or he is there I want to know and I want you to know you have it.”
“you know you are to good for me?” Rine said softly.
“No, my love. We are made for each other. We just had to find each other and when we did it fixed everything for the both of us.” Mitsuhide said as he kissed her softly on the head as he wrapped his arms around her. “Now my sweet wife. Go to sleep and rest you are growing our daughter.”