Kanmuri rocked the bassinet in the nursery slowly, humming softly as she did. A slight smile crept onto her face as she took in a breath, watching as her son’s eyes at last started to close. The familiar scent of him, that wonderful baby smell of powder and milk, filled her nose and warmed her to her toes as she kneeled beside the sleeping basket, trying to lull Natsu to sleep for the night. She kept her singing voice low and even, reaching down and caressing her son’s cheek with the back of her hand gently. Her mother’s heart swelled slightly as his little face turned to rest against said hand, his long lashed eyes at last closing. She watched him for several more minutes, the way his hands and feet would twitch slightly, fingers grasping instinctively like all babies did when they dreamed.
It was hard to imagine that he had been in their lives already for almost a year. He was smaller than most 12 month old babies, naturally due to his early entrance into the world, but he was just as strong. He was crawling and pulling himself up to stand in his crib and play pen, no doubt indicating walking was right around the corner. Their child had also said his first word recently, “Mama”, which the incredulous parents had at first denied was really what he was saying, and not just baby noises. However, the way he reached for Kanmuri when he said it affirmed that he did in fact know exactly what it was he saying. Raiden had been a bit jealous at first, naturally; Kan couldn’t deny that she would have been as well had his first word been “Dada”, but he’d been overjoyed when the very next week he’d pointed at the blue-haired swordsman and matter-of-factly shouted out “Dada”.
The medic smiled as her son cooed in his sleep. Satisfied that he was out for the night she stood up quietly, ceasing her humming and rocking of the bassinet. She tiptoed out of the room and, with one last glance at Natsu, quietly shut the door, leaving him to his dreams. She chuckled softly as she headed to the kitchen to clean up from her day. For whatever reason, he had been a bit needy today, crying whenever she left the room. He’d played the usual baby games of tossing his new fox toy out of his play pen while she attempted to get paperwork done, crying when she wouldn’t toss it back in, and yet throwing them it one more time if she did give them back to him. Even his everyday bedtime routine had been a challenge. His bath had been an ordeal of its own, kicking and screaming in his bathing seat the entire time while Kan tried un-relentlessly to wash the small wisp of his light auburn on the top of his head and scrub his delicate skin with the gentle baby soap, removing some pureed food he’d spilled on himself earlier in the day.
Bedtime had been another matter altogether. Kanmuri had put Natsu in his crib as usual, kissing him goodnight, and turned to leave only to hear him screaming. While normally they would allow Natsu to calm down and soothe himself to sleep, this night he had continued to wail for an hour. Kan had had to return and only with the switch to his bassinet as opposed to the crib and his mother’s singing had he finally decided he was okay with the idea of falling asleep.
Nothing in Kan’s shinobi training had prepared her for this test of strength of being a mother.
She sighed a bit as she looked at the mess that was her house. She’d been left with no downtime to clean it that day. The kitchen and living room were open concept, so the messes from each separate room seemed only to make the entirety of the disaster that much worse. Their house looked as though one of Kan’s tornadoes had whipped through it several times, tossing food, dishes, clothes, and toys in every which direction.
The medic tiredly strode over to the couch and shoved aside a few teething rings and some of the papers from work she’d been trying to do and lay down, letting out an exhausted sigh. Raiden wouldn’t be home for several more hours; he’d been out of town on a mission and wasn’t expected back until the early hours of the morning. Kasai’s bell could be heard as the cat came trotting over, dodging around the minefield that was the floor before jumping up and curling up on Kanmuri’s stomach. Kan pet the grey cat’s back absentmindedly as she felt her own eyes start to close.
Tomorrow…she would worry about cleaning up tomorrow….
When the medic next opened her eyes it was dark and she was feeling herself being lowered down onto something. Her head hit something soft and she took in a deep breath as she realized she was being moved to bed. Her eyes opened a bit more widely, her vision clearing and adjusting to the dim light and watched as Raiden walked away, clearly not having noticed that he had inadvertently awoken his wife as he moved her from the couch to the bedroom. She smiled softly, waking up more now and she rolled onto her side, propping up her head with her hand and watching her husband walk over to their dresser. She watched as he started to take off his mission gear, first his headband, dropping it next to his pack on the floor. His jacket was next, revealing his broad shoulders as his back faced her, it too landing on the floor.
It was as Raiden had finished lifting his shirt up from over his head, leaving him naked on top, that Kan made her consciousness known.
“Hm…nice view to wake up to.”
Raiden turned around, and blinked, an expression of slight surprise on his face as his eyes settled on her in the dark. He smiled after a moment though. “I didn’t realize you were awake.” The weapons specialist continued to undress, stripped down to his boxers and leaving it there before coming to climb into bed with this wife. Kanmuri didn’t mind when her husband decided to forgo his pyjamas.
Raiden moved to hover over her a bit, one hand on either side of her head and he leaned down and kissed her softly. The medic’s arms reached up, wrapping around her husband’s neck and pulling him down closer against her, longing for more contact. He had only been gone for two days but already Kan had missed his touch: The soft way he ran his free hand through her curls as she opened her mouth to his, deepening the kiss. The way he then moved said hand downwards, resting it softly on her waist. Or the naughty way he moved his hand inwards to the center of her stomach and then downwards slightly, teasing as his fingertips reached underneath the hem of her lounging shorts.
Kanmuri pulled back, a bit breathless and her mouth dry from the kissing, feeling a blazing in her core as she looked up at her smirking husband. He grinned and leaned down, his lips ghosting up her shoulder to her neck, and then upwards towards her ear where she could feel his soft warm breath against her skin, causing goosebumps to follow the trail he was making.
Kan took in a deep breath and closed her eyes, and spoke two words before leaning up and forcing their mouths to capture one another once more.