ABOUT 14 YEARS LATER…
"Mom!" cried Alfred from his room, "Where are my Superman boxers?"
"Did you look in your underwear draw?" called Lovino.
"They aren't there!"
At the table Alice and Maddie giggled into their cereal.
"Ok you two, where are Alfred's boxers?"
"He left them in our bathroom. They're in the back yard," answered Alice.
"It's what he gets," added Maddie.
"Girls, you don't own that bathroom," scolded Antonio.
Feli sighed, so far no memories had resurfaced and Gilbert and Ludwig's 16th birthday was right around the corner.
"Mama, did you pick up the sunflower seeds for the garden?" asked Ivan sticking his head into the dinning room.
"Kiku put them in the shed, sweetie," said Feli sipping his coffee.
"Kaa-san, what should I get Ludwig-niisan and Gilbert-niisan?" asked 13, nearly 14 year old Kiku.
Lovino piped up before his brother could and suggested, "Cash or a gift card's your best bet."
Feli sighed wistfully, "It seems like only yesterday my boys were starting kindergarten! Now they're nearly 16!" he then hugged Ludwig making him blush.
"And my little Gilbert!" he added hugging his other son.
"Pleas say you won't act," started Alfred who had walked in fully dressed during the hug fest.
"Like that on our birthday." finished Maddie.
"I'll try sweethearts," replied Lovino.
Alice glanced at her own Eggo waffle munching twin, "How come we never do stuff like that?"
"Cause we look nothing alike. I used to thing we were just adopted on the same day until we were shown those ultrasound DVDs," replied Kiku making his mother sweatdrop.
"I can't believe you just said that," chimed in Yao who was eating toast.
"I can," Francis replied before taking a bite of his breakfast.
A week later the odd family was at a fancy sea side restaurant that was on a cliff. The twin birthday boys stood on a mini-stage blushing as their relatives sang "Happy Birthday" at different levels of enthusiasm. On the last lyric something happened. Most people wouldn't notice but Feli did and it kind of scared him. He went out side to think, breathing in the sea air.
"Muti…" said Ludwig coming up behind the Italian.
"Oh...Ludwig, you startled me!"
"Are you ok?" asked the blond.
"To be honest…I'm not sure…I'm conflicted on how I should feel," replied Feli starting to walk over to him forgetting that it had rained earlier that day and the ground still slick until he slipped and fell…right off the cliff.
"No!" Ludwig shouted running to the side of the cliff just in time to see the splash.
The others had heard Ludwig holler and had run out to see what was wrong.
"Ludwig! What happened? Where's Mum?" asked Alice looking for Feliciano.
"He…he…" Ludwig stuttered, tears filling his eyes.
"He what?" asked Lovino.
"Slipped…and fell…" said the upset blond.
"No…" said the kids and Lovino.
Maddie started to cry into Antonio's shirt, Alfred and Yao hugged Ivan, and Francis held Alice close.
Gilbert put his hand on his little brother's shoulder, "We'll tell them when the others are in bed…It wasn't your fault, he slipped…"
A LITTLE OVER A MONTH LATER…
"Man…Mom's really having a baby…Kinda creepy considering what happened," said Alfred running a hand thought his hair.
"Its not like Mom and Dad did it that night," Maddie pointed out.
"I'm worried about Kiku and Alice, they're the youngest of us and they just lost the only parent they've ever known," piped up Yao.
Meanwhile in her room, Alice was playing with a stuffed unicorn when Kiku came in, "Hey sis…how're you doing?"
Alice's eye twitched, she hated everyone asking her if she was ok, even her secret Fairy friends had done it recently.
"Get out and leave me the bloody hell alone! I'm fine but I'm getting sick of being babied!" she snapped at her twin.
As the months passed the family found a new normal.
"Mmm…It smells good in here," said Alice walking to into the kitchen close to Christmas to find Maddie, Ivan, and Ludwig baking treats.
"Hey can I help?" she asked.
"Sure, you can cut out the cookies," said Maddie who was rolling out the dough.
Ivan sighed, "I miss Mama."
"We all do Ivan," Ludwig told his second closest sibling.
"Speaking of mothers, where's ours?" asked Yao sticking his head in, "I can't find him or Dad anywhere."
"Oh, Mom started having contractions so Daddy took him to the hospital. Ludwig, Gil, Al and I are in charge until they get back. Daddy said that if the baby's born today they should be home by Christmas day."
"But we don't have any presents for the new baby," Ivan pointed out.
"Wait, isn't the nursery unfinished? We could finish it! We can put the furniture together and arrange it," suggested Alfred who had just come in from getting the mail, "We could even get diapers and some of those "It's a _!" things."
"Run for your lives! Alfred had a good idea!" fake cried Kiku from the dinning room where he, Yao and Gilbert were playing a board game.
That fateful Christmas when Lovino and Antonio brought baby Feliciano home they were amazed and touched at what the kids had done. By far the sweetest part of that year was the baby looking right at Ludwig and smiling.