Isabel ran into the house to catch the ringing phone. From the caller ID she thought it was her husband.
“Isabel, I’m glad I caught you at home,” Doctor Frazier’s voice said over the phone.
“Oh, Janet, nice to talk to you. You just caught me,” she told her.
“I’d hate to call you in on your day off, but… I’d like you to come into the infirmary.”
“Is Daniel okay? He’s not hurt?” she replied, sounding almost frantic with the idea that something happened to him, again.
“No, Daniel’s fine. It’s probably nothing but I got some odd readings in your latest blood work and I’d like to run a second series.”
“And you want to do it today?”
“If you don’t mind,” Janet said, hoping she could convince her to come in.
Isabel sighed, “Sure, I’ll be right it, but you did say it was probably nothing, right?”
“I’d just feel better re-running the tests.”
“I’ll see you in an hour, okay?”
Isabel hung up the phone, dreading the idea of seeing Janet’s vampires but knew that if it was important enough for Janet to call her at home on her beloved day off, it was worth coming in for a few hours. Besides, she thought about the possibility of a ‘quick’ visit with her husband.
On her way into the mountain, Isabel called Daniel on her cell phone to let him know she was coming in. Even though they had been married for almost a full year, but with a very short engagement, she still felt the tickle of excitement with the idea of seeing Daniel again.
“So what’s the verdict, Doc? Nothing’s wrong with the results, right?” Isabel asked as she saw Daniel enter the infirmary.
“Were you exposed to anything on your last mission off world?” Janet asked as she looked at the results of her tests on her clipboard.
“No, it was an unpopulated planet. We were only there for four days and all I had to eat there were some of those nasty MREs. Anyone else on the team come back with funny results?”
“No, how about the mission before that? How much of a turnaround time did you have between them?” Janet inquired.
“Um, only four days,” Isabel replied.
“Didn’t you say that they scanned the team?” Daniel added, worried about what could be wrong with the test results.
“Yeah, and then we shared the evening meal with them. The Isoslians, they were very advanced medically. Do you think they did anything to me?” Isabel asked, starting to get very nervous about what could be wrong with her.
“And you were on stand down the same time as Isabel was?” Janet asked Daniel.
“Umm, yeah, I was,” he replied, turning red as he thought about what they had done for much of thier ‘down time’.
“I think we need to get in contact with the Isoslians because, well, it’s the only reason I can think of for these results.”
“Janet, what is wrong? Am I sick or something?” Isabel asked, almost trembling from what could be wrong with her. Daniel held Isabel’s hand tighter, worried for her.
“It’s nothing that won’t take care of itself. Isabel, it appears that you are three weeks pregnant.”
“I can’t get pregnant. You know that,” Isabel said once she could form words again.
“That must have changed sometime recently, because in your post mission blood work showed slightly elevated hormones in your blood and today’s cements the fact.”
Isabel looked at Daniel as the idea sunk into both of them. Her eyes began to brim over with tears as Daniel pulled her into his arms.
“A baby?” Daniel asked, amazed with the news.
“Congratulations Daddy,” Janet said with a smile across her face.
Janet gave the happy couple a few minutes to begin to get used to the idea before she had Isabel lie back to begin more testing, but Daniel stayed at Isabel’s side the entire time.
Eight and a half months later…
Daniel opened another gift and looked at it in puzzlement. “What is it?” he asked as he tried to straighten out what looked like straps and a lot of material.
“It’s a baby sling,” Janet instructed as she helped him figure out which end is up with the contraption while the rest of the guests laughed at his predicament.
“From all the times you’ve worn a sling, Daniel, I would have thought you’d have a clue by now,” Jack teased the father to be.
“I don’t see you helping me with this thing, Jack,” Daniel teased back as Janet straightened him out, the cotton canvas crossing his chest.
Isabel sat back in her chair and watched the whole thing. Her cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much, but it was wonderful to have such caring friends to throw them a co-ed baby shower. Their baby was going to have so many aunts and uncles that it made her heart swell.
“Tired?” Daniel asked as the last of their guests left their home later that afternoon.
“Yes, but I’d like to look at all the lovely things we got again,” she replied as she looped her arm around his and walked back to their living room where the opened gifts laid strewn about the room.
“Janet said you need to take things easy.”
“I will, I’ve been trying to but there’s so much to get done before this little one makes his or her presence known,” she said as she eased herself onto the couch.
“Do you need anything?”
“Just you,” she told him, gaining comfort in his presence. Isabel had been scared for her entire pregnancy, not only from the alien influence on her body but the idea that she, in a few weeks or days she would be a mother. Daniel sat down next to her and placed his hand on her swollen abdomen, feeling his child kick at his hand.
“You kicking your mother?” he asked their child, speaking into her stomach.
Isabel giggled and caressed her husband’s cheek, trying to seem relaxed.
“Are you sure you feel okay?”
“Yeah, just a bit nervous, I guess. I never thought I’d be carrying a child, much less your child.”
“We have a lifetime to get used to all this. And I’m going to make sure that nothing bad happens to you or this child, who I assume will be the most brilliant, beautiful child in the universe. We have nothing to worry about. I’m not going anywhere until I know that the both of you are doing just fine and after I hold both of you for at least a thousand times each.”
“Daniel…oof,” she said after making a face of deep concentration.
“Are you okay? Should I call Janet?” he asked concerned for her.
“Not yet, just a little contraction.”
“A contraction? Shouldn’t we be getting you to the hospital?” Daniel asked, about to spring from the couch.
“Not quite yet. Janet told me that I’d be getting them once in a while. Totally normal.”
“I’d still like it if you called Janet. So far things have been normal, but…”
“If you call her, all she’s going to do is tell me to come in. I’d just like to have a little more time with you,” Isabel said as she snuggled up to him knowing they were going to be parents in just a few hours.