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Prologue - In Happiness・B
Kino and Hermes arrived at the entrance of the large hospital.
Several nurses stood at the door to say goodbye. Waiting outside was a black car. The driver thoughtfully opened the door for his coming passengers.
Kino stopped Hermes behind the car and watched.
Finally, the happy young couple emerged from behind the hospital doors, showered with blessings. They both beamed. The husband carried a large bag, and his wife a basket in her arms.
The couple repeatedly thanked the nurses who had taken care of the mother, embracing them joyously.
And as they made their way to the car, they spotted Kino and Hermes.
“Well, if it isn't the traveler! Look! Our third baby.”
The woman beamed as she showed Kino and Hermes the baby inside the basket.
“That's wonderful. Congratulations,” said Kino.
The couple smiled brightly. “Thank you!”
“Are you headed for the Center now?” Hermes asked. The man and the woman shook their heads.
“Not yet,” said the woman, “We're going to hurry home and show him to his siblings first!”
“We'll take him to the Center straightaway after that.”