***** CHAPTER 203 *****
After being introduced personally to every one of Urs’ family and friends, Kristina finally managed to break away from the crowd. At some point, Urs had been dragged away by his mother, insisting that she need to talk to him urgently and Leighanne, one of Urs’ three sisters took Urs’s place. Kristina eventually found Urs in the kitchen still with his mother and they were talking to each other in Swiss-German. They immediately stopped talking when they saw Kristina appear in the doorway.
“I’m sorry. Am I interrupting something?”
“No of course not.” Ursula insisted, gesturing for her to come in. “Sit down, take the weight off your feet. You should be taking it easy in your condition.”
Kristina looked accusingly at Urs, wondering exactly what he and his mother had been talking about.
“Mutti know’s your pregnant.” Urs told her when he saw the look on her face.
Kristina must’ve looked a little irritated that Urs had told her, without Kristina being present because Ursula patted her on the shoulder.
“Don’t be mad with him, it’s not his fault, Kristina. I kind of guessed when I saw you but I couldn’t be sure. You’ve just got this… look about you.”
“But I’m not even showing yet. I’m only a couple of months gone.”
“Believe me, when you’ve had five children, you get to know the look of a pregnant woman.”
“I guess so.” Kristina smiled.
Ursula sat down opposite Kristina and Urs went to stand behind Kristina, and gently placed his hands on her shoulders.
“So when are you due?” Ursula asked.
“The date they’ve given me is November 8th. But it might be sooner than that.”
“Yes, Urs told me that there might be complications.” Ursula continued, reaching for her hand and giving it a gentle squeeze.
“A few but we’ve got a great team looking after me.” Kristina looked up at Urs. “And I have Urs too.”
“Well, congratulations; to both of you.” Ursula then got up from her seat and hugged Kristina and then Urs. “I’m sure everything will be fine. I’m already looking forward to having another grandchild to dote on.”
Gabe then came bursting in to the kitchen, looking absolutely furious.
“Mutti, have you seen Martine?”
“The last time I saw her, she was upstairs changing Emily. Why? What’s wrong?”
“This!” Gabe replied, holding his hand up; with a dinner plate glued to it. “If that son of hers does it again, I swear I’ll…I’ll f…”
“Ah! Ah!” Ursula waved a finger at him. “There will be no swearing in this house; thank you. Have a look in my bedroom; there should be some nail polish remover up there. That seemed to work last time.”
Gabe stormed off mumbling to himself and as soon as he was out of sight, they all burst in to laughter.
“Kids. Just see what you have to look forward to.” Ursula laughed, holding her stomach.
“Does that sort of thing happen a lot?” Kristina asked, also laughing.
“Oh you wouldn’t believe some of the things they’ve done. I daren’t tell you because it might put you off children for life. But last Christmas, Gabriel brought himself a new laptop. I complained that he was glued to it all over Christmas and that we hardly saw him. Next thing we know, little Josef had put glue on his keyboard. You can guess the rest. That’s how little Josef loves playing the glue trick on his Uncle.”
“Mutii!” Gabe called out. “I can’t find it.”
Ursula gave a sigh and headed for the hallway.
“Typical man; can’t find anything unless it’s right infront of him and even then it has to jump out and bite him on the nose. Oh Urs, could you get the roast out of the oven before it burns?”
“Of course, mutti.” Urs replied, as she disappeared down the hall.
Kristina giggled as Urs picked up the apron from the hook on the wall and slipped it on and then put on the oven gloves.
“What’s so funny?” he asked, opening the oven door and taking out the roast and carefully placing it on the cooker top.
“Don’t you think you’re a little over dressed?”
“Pervert.” Urs chuckled, taking off the oven gloves. “Be quiet and eat this.”
Urs reached over to a plate of assorted confectionary and then popped a chocolate in her mouth.
“Oh my God, this is good.” Kristina sighed as it melted in her mouth. “Everything they say about Swiss chocolate is true.”
“And what do they say?” Urs asked.
“Well you do know that it’s not just the Swiss chocolate that’s orgasmic.” Urs muttered, pulling her close to him.
“Believe me, I know.” Kristina gave him a cheeky grin. “How else do you think I ended up like this?” she added, looking down at her tummy.
“So you don’t need me to remind you then?” Urs said, taking her hand and leading her to the hallway.
“Now?” Kristina now looked both worried and surprised.
“Why not?” he arched an eyerbrow.
“But… won’t people wonder where we are?”
“Come on, everyone’s too busy enjoying themselves to be worried about where we are.”
Urs led Kristina down the hallway still wearing the apron and they quietly made their way upstairs, making sure they weren’t spotted by anyone. No one was around, so they quickly slipped in to the bathroom, and Urs locked the door.
Kristina woke early the next morning. She had expected to be tired after the last couple of days but for some reason she had woken early and hadn’t been able to get back to sleep. So Kristina had found a spare blanket in the cupboard and had quietly made her way out in to the garden to watch the sun come up. Kristina had noticed that everything seemed so laid back here, there was no hurry. And she couldn’t understand why the Swiss had a reputation for being punctual when they were in no hurry. Everywhere she looked, it was like something from a travel brochure and the people were so friendly. As Kristina sat facing the back of the house, waiting for the new dawn, she saw Urs making his way towards her.
“Everything ok?” Urs asked as he joined her on the swingseat at the end of the garden, wearing a pair of boxers and with a blanket around his shoulders.
“Fine. I just woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to watch the sunrise.”
“It’s a beautiful sight.” Urs smiled, as he put an arm around her shoulder. “I’ve often done the same thing. There’s something quite humbling about watching the sun rise.”
Both of them let out a small sigh, as the sun started to peak over the horizon, turning the sky a bright orange.
“Urs, I’ve been thinking….” Kristina broke the silence, a few minutes later.
“I don’t want to get married in the Spring anymore.”
“You’re having second thoughts?” Urs said taken aback.
“No, of course not. I still want to get married but I want to get married now.”
“Well, obviously not right this moment but as soon as possible.”
“But what about your spring wedding that you dreamt of? And your wedding dress; it hasn’t even been made yet?”
Kristina turned to face him properly.
“I don’t care about that. I don’t care about any of it anymore. I could get married in a sack for all I care. I just want us to get married as soon as we can.”
“What’s brought all this on?” Urs frowned. “Has something happened?”
“No, I… I was thinking though… when the baby’s born I want it to have your name.”
“Even if we’re not married, that’s easily sorted. It doesn’t mean you have to bring the wedding forward.”
“Yes, it does. I want everything to be done properly, just incase… just incase something happens to me.”
“Something ‘has’ happened, hasn’t it?”
“No, I’m just being practical. We all know that there are risks involved with the pregnancy and that it could be born premature and that it could mean complications. Even if the pregnancy is successful, my kidneys could fail and even if they opt for a transplant, there’s no guarantees I could find a donor in time. I just want to marry you before it’s too late.”
“Krissy…” Urs took her in his arms and pulled her closer to him. “Nothing’s going to go wrong but just incase… while you were in a coma, and Dr Mills told us about your dialysis, I asked him about being a donor.”
“You did what?” she asked in amazement.
“I’m still waiting to have a test but if it comes to it and you need a donor and I’m a match…”
“No, Urs. I won’t let you.” Kristina interrupted him. “I nearly lost my sister last time. I’m not going to risk losing you too.”
“Okay, look, there’s no need for us to talk about this now.” Urs hugged her. “I just wanted you to know that the option is always there, so that you don’t worry.”
“Thank you. I don’t know how I got so lucky with you.” Kristina smiled and kiss him softly. She then turned to look back at the sunrise. “You’re so lucky to live here. I wish we could stay forever.” She whispered, as she leant back in to him. “It’s so beautiful and quiet. It’s like another world.”
“Do you really like it?”
“I love it.” Kristina sighed. “It’s like heaven on earth.”
“Well, we’ll have to make sure we come back here more often. I must admit I haven’t been home in a long time since the group started. But now that we’re together and have a baby on the way, all of that will change.”
Kristina snuggled closer to Urs.
“About the wedding…” Urs said, a short while later. “How about we get married right here, in Switzerland?
“Really? Kristina said, her eyes wide with shock. “Is that possible?”
“Well, there’s probably a lot of paperwork to fill out with you not being a resident of Switzerland but I’m sure we could sort something out. And we do things a little differently over here, so it would only be a civil ceremony in a registry office, but you could always have the real thing afterwards.”
“Oh I don’t care Urs. I just want to marry you, to be able to call you my husband, for our baby to have your name and for us to be together.”
“Okay, I’ll make a few calls and see what needs to be done. But do you think your sister would be alright to travel? She might not want to leave Eliana with her being so young.”
“You just try stopping her. Do you know how long she’s been waiting for us two to get married? Since the year dot.”
“Yeah me too.” Urs said softly.
“I didn’t think you ever wanted to get married.”
“I didn’t.” Urs answered honestly. “But it was Natty that put the idea in my head.”
“Natty? I didn’t realize you two were still in touch.”
“To be honest, I haven’t spoken to her in a while. But it was the morning you left for New York with Tyler. She came to see me.”
“Oh.” Kristina said quietly, suddenly feeling guilty all over again, for hurting Urs.
“I’d never thought about marriage until then. I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you but marriage… it was such a big step.”
“And now?” Kristina asked.
“Now… I wish I’d thought about asking you months ago.”
Kristina closed her eyes and grinned to herself.
“And what are you looking so pleased about, madam?”
“I’m finally going to get my happy ending.” Kristina replied. “Just like Anna and William.”
“You remembered?” Kristina turned and looked round at him.
“Of course…” Urs smiled. “How could I forget after our conversation about men with big shoes?”
“And we all know what they say about men with big shoes. Men with big shoes have big...”
Urs quickly put a finger to her lips, silencing her.
“Someone might be listening.” Urs whispered, looking down at her tummy.
Kristina wrapped her hand around his, removing it from her lips as she giggled.
“Don’t worry. Your big secret it safe with me.” Kristina whispered, before giggling again.
“You talk too much.” Urs commented.
“Oh? Is that so?” Kristina said now innocently tracing a finger down his chest and along his thigh. “Well if you don’t want to talk, what else can we do?”
“How about you show me how much you love me?”
“Didn’t I show you enough last night?”
“I think you’d better refresh my memory.” Urs said, standing up and lifting her effortlessly in to his arms. “Last night was a long time ago.”
“You must be getting forgetful in your old age.” Kristina replied, trying not to smirk as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
As they entered the house, Urs turned and pushed the back door shut with his bare foot.
“Enough cheek and enough talk. In case you’ve forgotten, as my Genie you still owe me two wishes.”
“I do, don’t I.” Kristina smiled.
“What I want to know is what happens when I’ve used up all three wishes?”
“I’ll have to give you another three wishes but only if you be good. Now what did you have in mind for your second wish?”
When Urs reached the bedroom door he stopped, lowered his head and whispered against her ear his second wish.
“And that’s just for starters.” He added softly, as his wife to be blushed.
“Granted.” She whispered dreamily against his mouth.