When her dear friend had come into her kingdom that day, and asked her to join in on a short trip to the mountains, she was ecstatic. It had been ages since Amelia wil Tesla Saillune, daughter of the Crown Prince Philionel, had seen her friend Lina; she was so excited, it seems, that it never dawned on her to find out exactly why that was. Something was very obviously different about the sorceress, but Amelia was too caught up to notice. Lina, for her part, said nothing, doing her best not to cackle out loud at her friend's obliviousness.
Eventually they came to a quiet pond at the base of the mountains. It was a gorgeous spring day, with a light, warm breeze flowing across the plains and circling gently around the base of the mountainside. The water was still save for the slight ripples caused by the light air flow, and for quite a ways around it looked utterly peaceful and without a threat.
"Hey, slow down a minute. Let's take a break here," said Lina. She had barely been keeping up with Amelia the whole way, reduced to a waddle which the younger woman also didn't manage to notice. "You know, kick off our boots and have a bit of a soak, yeah?"
Amelia came to a halt and, pondering this, agreed. The water did look quite refreshing, and even a warrior of justice needed a break from time to time.
It was only after Lina Inverse had shed her cloak, removed her boots (with great struggle), and sat down at the edge of the water that Amelia finally caught on to things. They both were dipping their bare feet in the cool pond, sitting side by side, and then Amelia looked over to thank Lina for the idea when she realized how much of the landscape Lina's massive belly was blocking from view. "Whoah! Lina, what happened to you?" she cried, shocked at this turn of events.
Lina finally started to laugh. "I cannot believe how long it took you to notice! I've been like this for months, you twerp!" She rolled her eyes and looked off down the path they had come up on. "Honestly I was just trying to con you into giving me room and board for a while with a guilt trip but you didn't even notice!"
But Amelia wasn't about to let this bother her. Her friend's massive stomach was just too enthralling at the moment. It dominated her petite frame, and with the sorceress herself only clocking in at about four foot ten, it seemed like she could just about fit herself entirely into it. Amelia prodded it once or twice with her fingers, and found it to be just as taught as it looked. "Oh my..." she said in daze.
"There's eight of them in there, in case you're wondering." When Amelia looked up at her, confused, she continued. "Ugh. Babies. And they're all the lunkhead's."
"Oh!" she chirped, realization dawning. "You mean, you and Mr. Gourry actually...well, you know. This?"
Lina nodded. "I really should've seen this coming, though. Big, goofy jerk plus poor little me? I was always going to be uncomfortable."
"Do multiple run in his family or something?"
The red-head blushed. "Ah...well..no. Not in mine either. I may have, well, tried a tiny bit of white magic on my own." She scratched the back of her head.
"What do you mean?"
"Well...I mean, we'd been trying for a little while, and...look, I tried to cast a fertility spell that I had lying around, and..." She trailed off.
Amelia paled. "It didn't work?"
Lina stared at her dumbly for a second. "Didn't wor- Look at me! It worked all right. I just didn't control it properly."
"Oh, oh, okay." said Amelia while her friend huffed beside her. "Well, look at the bright side!"
"Oh this'll be good. What's that?"
"At least you're not so small anymore!"