Disclaimer: All characters of Phineas and Ferb are the property of Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and the Disney Channel. I'm pretty sure Valentine's Day is owned by Hershey at this point.
Chapter 12 - Stop This World
"Love is timeless. It does not pause. It does not stop. It does not falter. Even though the time with our loved ones may be short, the moments and feelings that we have and share are anything but."
Isabella curled up in the bed, the early morning sunlight hitting her closed eyes.
She didn't want to get up.
She wanted to stay inside forever.
It was just the night before that he and her husband settled in their brand new home. The marriage ceremony had been quick, and the honeymoon had been short. But Isabella didn't care. She was with the man she loved.
Speaking of which...
She reached over to snuggle into the back of her husband, wanting to capture just a few more minutes of bliss.
And hit nothing but mattress.
Isabella straightened up, confused. She took a quick glance at the alarm clock. 7:30. He was known to be an early riser, but even this was a little ridiculous.
The smell of melting metal was just beginning to waft into the room. Things never change, Isabella thought. Even marriage didn't get in the way of his Big Ideas.
Although did he really have to start now?
She quickly got out of bed, throwing her nightgown over herself. It was no time at all before she walked out to the backyard, where a large metal cylinder was standing right in the middle of it. Kneeled before it was a man with a torch, sending up sparks with his metalwork.
Isabella smirked. Yep, this was the man she married.
She walked over to him, lightly tapping him on the shoulder.
"Phineas, what on Earth are you doing?"
"Oh. Hey, Isabella." The redhead lowered his blowtorch and raised the cover of his welder's mask. "I didn't hear you get up."
"That was probably because you couldn't hear an elephant go through the backyard, let alone anything else."
"Fair enough." He stood up and wiped the sweat from his brow. "I was just about done anyway."
"I'm afraid to ask, but...what is this thing?"
"I'm glad you asked." Phineas took of his mask as he looked his contraption up and down. "This is our brand new time machine."
Isabella looked at him, now even more confused. "You didn't try to spring for the one that's still at the museum?"
"Nope, that one's been gone for a while. I think Ferb has it."
"Anywho..." Phineas interrupted his wife. "I have a plan. We're going to use this time machine to travel back to right before our wedding. Then, we can continuously enjoy that week over and over again. It's foolproof."
"I...don't think that's how time travel works," Isabella said.
"C'mon, Isabella," Phineas pleaded. "It'll be fun. We'll go back and revisit our toasts, watch Baljeet attempt to dance with Ginger, watch Ferb trying to avoid both Vanessa and Gretchen at the same time. We don't need anything else."
Isabella's look was incredulous. "Phineas, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but this is the worst idea in the world."
"What do you mean?"
"You just want to live the same week over and over again?"
"What? Don't you?"
For a single second, Isabella wanted to shake him. "Phineas, don't you want to imagine the rest of our lives? Why would you want to just do the same thing over and over?"
"Because it was the best week of my life!"
Isabella stood still, hands on her hips. "And mine as well."
He never got the question out, as she had placed her finger over his mouth, cutting him off.
"Because we're going to miss all of the rest of the things that we'll love in the future if we just live in the present."
She held up her other hand, the wedding ring shining bright in the morning dawn.
"Imagine everything that we'll miss. Kids, growing old together, you doing wheelchair races with Ferb in the retirement home. We're never going to see that if we do this."
She stepped up to him, leaning against his frame. "I love you, Phineas. And as your wife, I'm telling you that this is a terrible idea. I haven't spent the last fifteen plus years trying to get your attention just so that I can get stuck in an infinite time loop."
Phineas put his hands around her body, bringing her closer. He didn't say anything immediately, although Isabella could tell that he was definitely pondering his response.
"Besides, Phineas, I can't exactly go off messing with the fabric of time. Who knows what that'll do to the baby?"
"Yeah, we wouldn't want anything to hap-"
And that's when for the first time in history, Phineas's brain stopped.
Isabella smiled as her husband's face went from dumbstruck to incredulous to confused to several other multi-syllabled words all in the span of about four seconds.
And that word was only one.
"Yes, Phineas." Isabella slipped her hand into his, interlocking their fingers. "I'm going to have a baby, and you are going to be there for your daughter and not going to be gorging on wedding cake for a bazillion times."
Emotion started coming back to the redhead's face. "How...how do you know it's a girl?"
"Call it women's intuition."
Phineas reeled back, dumbstruck. Isabella was almost forced to catch him. She wanted him to say something, anything. It looked like, under all of the shock, he was happy...and thinking about something.
"We have to start thinking of a name."
"Phineas!" Isabella yelled. She should've known this was coming. "I think we have a little bit of time before that happens."
"I wonder if something like Marie would work. Or Olivia. Or Fiona..." Phineas put his finger on his chin, thinking for a moment. "Oh, I got it!"
"I can turn this into a subatomic name generator! I just need to find the nanobots first!" He ran off toward the garage. "Let me go grab my toolkit!"
Isabella watched as he turned the corner. Grinning, she shook her head slightly. Yup, this was the man that she married. Thoughtful, caring...and always looking for the next Big Idea.
She looked down at her stomach, patting it lightly. "That, sweetheart, is your father. I apologize in about ten years when he starts infuriating you. But trust me, everything he does..."
She glanced back at the giant metal cylinder behind her, and smiled.
"It's all in the name of love."