How do you think aliens would react to human nose bleeds? Or the fact that most of the time human beings dont require medical attention for them?
“Oh shit,” Officer Jones said, drawing Wermng’s attention to
them. A gruesome sight met xem – Officer Jones’ face bleeding heavily. Wermng
was about to call for a medic when the human next to Officer Jones – Officer
Williams – spoke up.
“Oh man, that sucks,” they said
conversationally, handing Officer Jones a serviette.
“Yeah, I guess my room was too dry
or something,” they replied with a shrug, sounding way too calm for someone who
very clearly had a head injury.
“Officer Jones, what medical
treatment is necessary to save your life? While Officer Williams have taken
actions to help you, I doubt tissue will save your life,” Wermng said, rising
to xir full height to be able to move as quickly as possible once an answer had
Officer Jones said something in
response, but the words were muffled through the serviette and blood. Fortunately,
Officer Williams conveyed the message. “It’s fine, honestly. It’s just a nose
“Yes, I realise that their nose is
the part that is haemorrhaging heavily, I am trying to ascertain what I can do
to be of assistance.”
“No, Wermng, you don’t understand.
It’s fine. They’re fine. These things
just happen to humans sometimes,” Officer Williams explained, surely in an
attempt to make a ‘joke’.
“What for? What beneficial effect
could that possibly have?” xe asked.
“Well, none. Like I said, these
things just happen sometimes. It’s annoying, but it usually passes pretty
quickly,” they said with a shrug. Xe was about to call them out on their joke
when xe saw Officer Jones nod – a human sign of agreement.
“And you are going to be fine,
Officer Jones?” xe asked, getting another nod.
“Alright,” xe said. “If you’ll just
excuse me. I need to have a conversation about updating the humanities guide,”
xe explained before leaving the room, queasy by the sight of all that blood. Xe
would have to check with another human before having the conversation, but it
definitely needed to be included in the guide if it was true.
Xe alerted the nearest medic to
their situation regardless.
Just a reminder that Danny Williams may act tough sometimes, but after he told Gracie about the divorce, he went to his room and cried loud enough that Grace heard it because he couldn’t handle the idea that he had hurt his baby girl.
She’s just started combing her hair to style it when there’s a tentative knock at her door. She tells whoever it is to come in and the door cracks open to reveal Uncle Steve poking his head into her room.
“Hey, Kiddo, you almost ready?“ Steve asks as he comes into her room, shutting the door behind him and sitting down on the edge of her bed. He’s already dressed for their dinner, wearing black dress pants and a dark blue button-down that she knows Danno loves.
“Almost, I just have to do my braid,“ she tells him, running her brush through her hair one last time.
“Can I do your hair?“ Steve asks, catching her eye in her dresser mirror. He looks nervous, he’s wringing his hands, and he won’t hold her gaze.
Steve practically leaps off of her bed in his eagerness and she stifles a laugh when he blushes in embarrassment. She sits up straighter as Steve starts to run his fingers through her hair, getting it ready to do a french braid. He’s gotten better about braiding, the years that he and Danno have been dating have given him plenty of opportunities to practice, and he’s good enough now that she doesn’t secretly have to redo the braids herself.
She watches as Steve works diligently on the braid, pulling each lock of hair into place methodically so that there isn’t a single fly away. She knows that he wants to ask her something, and she had a suspicion that she knows what has him so nervous, but she resolves to wait him out. That doesn’t last long and when, for the third time, she sees Steve start to ask her something before deciding against it, she cracks.
“Is there something you wanted to ask, Uncle Steve?” she starts talking for him, holding his gaze when he finally looks at her. He finishes off her braid and secures it with a hair tie, letting it drop down her back before he answers her.
“Turn around,“ he tells her softly, tapping her on her shoulder before he sits back down on her bed. She does and sees him cast a quick glance to the shut door, “So, your dad and I have been together for a while now,” he starts, rubbing a hand over the back of his neck.
“Four years today,“ she adds happily, knowing now that this is exactly the conversation she thought it was.
“Yeah,“ he says, ducking his head to hide his goofy, pleased smile. “The two of you have become my family, there’s nothing that matters more to me than seeing the two of you happy, and I’ve never been as happy as I am now since your dad moved in with me. I think you and Danno have been pretty happy here too. So, I wanted to get your blessing, because I think that it’s about time that I ask him to marry me, don’t you?” He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a black ring box, opening it to show her a silver engagement ring, and her eyes go wide.
“Are you serious? Yes!“ she squeals, jumping out of her chair and nearly knocking him backward in her excitement as she hugs him. He immediately wraps his arms around her and she can feel his sigh of relief as much as she hears it.
“So you’re okay with this?“ he asks when she pulls away and she rolls her eyes at him.
“Of course I am! Danno’s gonna be so happy,” she assures him. Steve smiles and hugs her again, rocking her back and forth and only pulling away when Danno calls through the door to them. Steve gets the ring box closed and back in his pocket just as her door opens to reveal Danno leaning against her door frame.
“Kono just texted to say that she, Adam, and Chin are already at the restaurant and, if it’s okay with the two of you, I would like to not be late to my own anniversary dinner,” he teases the both of them.
“We’re not going to be late, Danno,” Steve assures him, sliding an arm around his shoulder and leading him down the hallway as she follows. She lets her dad’s complaints wash over her and when she catches Steve’s eye she smiles and gives him two thumbs up. Steve gives her a wink, pulling Danny closer to his side and she smiles when Dany loops an arm around Steve’s waist, still waving his free hand as he complains about traffic and cold food. Danno has no idea that if he moved his hand down just a few inches, that he would be able to feel the ring box in Steve’s pocket, and she can’t wait to see his look of surprise when Steve asks Danno to marry him.
I have a confession to make: I’ve been slacking on the omgcp train because… I got a Nintendo Switch… and the new Zelda is just too good
It did get me thinking about how the Haus (really the frogs) would react if someone brought home a Nintendo Switch though. Probably Bitty (who’s in his senior year at this point)? As a gift from Jack, who bought it deciding he wanted to give it a try after a life of non-video gaming? The two probably had some fun playing Zelda and 1, 2 Switch in Providence but decided it was too much of a time-suck for the two of them (senior year, Bitty’s Samwell captaincy, NHL captaincy), so Bitty drags it along with him back to Samwell.
Of course, Chowder’s been keeping track of Nintendo stuff, and his family/friends back home have been posting on social media about it, taunting him, when he knows they’re sold out within a twenty-mile radius of campus, so the boy is DYING to play it. When he sees the Switch in front of the television downstairs, he lets out a squeal an opera singer would applaud at. Nursey and Dex are very confused.
Nursey and Dex have probably all played at least a few staple video game franchises in their childhood, but Nursey abandoned them kind of quickly in his attempts to “chill”, and Dex couldn’t really afford consoles as a kid, so he’s only really played them at someone else’s house or something. Chowder plays a bit of Zelda with them as witnesses, and they pass it off as “cool” and go on with their day. (Very reminiscent of a certain confession about someone dating a certain professional hockey player tbh)
Except they’re secretly fascinated by it. For different reasons. They sneak downstairs and swipe it to play for a few hours when they know everyone else is in class. Sure, they both know fuck-all about the plot, but they get the basic premise – walk around, explore, complete quests, kill monsters, stop Ganon – and that’s more than enough for them.
Dex loves it like he loves any good puzzle. An encampment of monsters hoarding a treasure chest to themselves? Obviously, it’s time to start a fire and ride the updraft it produces to get the drop on them. Enemy that’s way too big to take out one on one in a thunderstorm? Bait it with food and turn that sucker into a lightning rod by chucking something metal. Dex is all about this. (He does, however, wish you could repair equipment instead of passively watching it slowly get worn down.)
Nursey’s more into the exploration and the sights. He’s a hazard to himself, really. Chowder leaves off after the introductory tutorials and dungeons, and Nursey decides it’s a good idea to make a beeline for the castle swirling with black and purple clouds and a ravenous demon circling it. He dies. A lot. Until something pretty and glowing red calls his attention to the east, at which he point he turns his focus on it. And dies. Again. A lot. Even death in this game - in the form of crisp, deep red laser beams and soft blue, plush as hell explosions - is a thing to behold. There’s just too many beautiful sights and only four measly hearts to spare, but Nursey’s a trooper. Or a troubadour. Whatever. He perseveres.
And the game is great! What’s not great is the fact that, at least twice a week, the two of them have a similar gap between classes, and they are itching to play. They’ve only played individually though, and they’re probably not looking to share, until one day, Dex cracks and asks, “If I get the game for the first hour, you get it for the next, and we just trade off, okay?” Nursey’s indignant and puts on a front to make things difficult, even though it’s a pretty reasonable offer, but ultimately gives in. Dex returns with the Switch in his hands like a kid stealing a cookie from a cookie jar.
But playing/watching each other play is an exercise in restraint.
Dex wants to work through whatever obstacles and monsters are in his way and complete the main story, but Nursey keeps pointing out randomly glowing things off in the distance no less than twice a minute, and it drives Dex crazy. He blows himself up on his own explosives no less than twice the first time they do this. It’s hard to play while swatting Nursey’s grabby hands away from the screen. (He also gets his hands on some pretty swanky treasure and weaponry thanks to Nursey’s observational skills, but he doesn’t say anything about that.)
Nursey just wants to go climb those icy peaks with the three oddly conspicuous conifers all in a row at the top, or go wander deep into that forest with the monstrously large skeleton in the center as dusk falls, but Dex is just screaming at him and playing backseat Zelda player the whole time. “You can’t go up there. You don’t even have a jacket for the cold! You’re gonna die!” or “Exactly what part of traipsing over the corpse of a dead monster, in a forest where there’s nothing else but undead monsters, is a good idea, Nurse?” Nursey starts to listen after the (reanimated!) skeleton sits on him to death a few times. Dex gives him the idea to maybe wait until the sun comes up before approaching the thing again, and if Nursey waits until Dex isn’t in the room before he tries it, well, that’s just a coincidence. (A coincidence with some kick ass swords as a prize, but hey.)
The third week they do this, Nursey grabs the Switch first and tries to suggest something new. “Yo, instead of us just messing with each other and pissing each other off, maybe we can just, you know…” He waves a hand in between them, half-sure Dex is going to do that squinty thing with his eyes to tell Nursey he’s making no sense and say no.
“Yeah, I actually did some research on that skeleton that dropped its ass on you last time. It turns out it-”
“Wait, bro, are you saying yes to this?” A pause. “And did you seriously just call googling Zelda tips and tricks ‘research’?”
Dex goes red in the face, and Nursey’s almost sure he’s about to take back his tentative agreement until Dex, the dick that he is, makes a solid case for why they should be working together. “Look, the game rewards exploration, and you’ve clearly got some affinity for the type of shiny things game designers set up as bait, but none of the survival skills. We’ve got what the other lacks.” Nursey’s mouth splits into a shit-eating grin. “Just work with me, Nurse.”
Nursey turns his head up in mock reconsideration for a second before remembering he’s one who asked in the first place; he knows it’s fruitless to keep it up any longer. So, he just does what comes naturally and opens his mouth again. “Aw, Dexy, that’s probably the sweetest thing you’ve said to me this year.”
And so begin their new Zelda escapades, whereby Dex picks an objective related to the main quest, and Nursey points out things that might be worth checking out on the way to their destination. They still trade off every hour, but there’s a lot less dying, and a lot more sweet, sweet treasure.
Chowder gets back from class early one day, and considers giving himself some Switch time before he notices it’s not in the dock. He decides he’ll live and is about to turn down the hall to his room when he hears some very distinctive piano notes echoing weakly from the attic.
‘Those fakers,’ he thinks to himself. He creeps up the stairs and swings open the door at the top, a chirp on his lips when he sees them. The chirp dies on the spot.
They’re both conked out, and Dex is lying next to Nursey on the bottom bunk, his head most definitely resting on his shoulder. Nursey’s is resting on top of his, the Switch still in his hand by the floor of his bed.
Chowder just giggles and snaps a picture of them before turning back around and leaving.
(Blackmail, he decides, is an even better way to get Switch time.)
Following their return from Antarctica, they’re both ordered to take a week’s medical leave. They’re meant to be resting and recovering from their trauma in their own homes, but predictably, Mulder has invaded Scully’s apartment within twenty-four hours, armed with more salvaged files, which he begs her to help him start re-organizing.
She’s sitting propped up in bed, glasses perched on the end of her nose, trying to bring some order to the chaos that has been dropped in front of her, while Mulder is sprawled by her feet like the world’s largest and most ungainly dog, combing through a file of his own. Lost in thought, he scans a list of names in front of him, victims of a long-dead serial killer, repeating their first names silently to himself.
“Hey, Scully?” he asks suddenly, putting the papers down and sitting up.
“Mmm?” She doesn’t look up from her own file, and for a moment, he hesitates. It’s maybe not the most sensitive of questions, just now, but… well, he’s curious, and he’s never been much good at ignoring his curiosity.
“Have you thought of names yet?” Now she does raise her eyes to his.
“Yeah, names. In case… you know…” He swallows. “In case the next round works.”
“Oh,” she says, dropping her gaze back into her lap. “I… honestly, I haven’t let myself think that far ahead, Mulder.”
“Why not?” She shifts uncomfortably against the headboard, and Mulder begins to regret asking the question, especially now, less than a week after learning that the first round of IVF didn’t take.
“Did you ever read any Steinbeck in high school, Mulder?” He frowns, taken aback at the sudden turn in the conversation.
“Sure, a little,” he says. “What, you want to name the kid after a Steinbeck character? Doesn’t seem like a good omen, Scully. None of them ever got much of a happy ending.” Scully chuckles softly.
“No, that’s not what I mean,” she says. “In one of Steinbeck’s books, The Pearl, the main character is in the process of prying open an oyster that has a pearl so large that its value could mean that he and his family will be wealthy beyond anything they could imagine. His wife, however, looks away as he’s opening the shell, because she believes that wanting something too much drives the luck away.” She blushes slightly and examines her hands, clasped atop the file. “Coming up with a list of names seems kind of like that. Like tempting fate.”
“Dana Katherine Scully,” says Mulder, delighted, “are you telling me that you’re holding off on picking out names because you’re being superstitious?” Her blush deepens, and she looks up at him through her lashes, head still ducked, biting her lip.
“I guess it’s a little ridiculous, isn’t it?” she says, and with a sigh, she sets the file aside. “There are names I like, of course, names I’ve heard through the years and thought, in an abstract way, that I might use them one day.” Mulder puts aside his own file and wriggles further up on the bed. His head’s not quite on the other pillow, but it’s pretty close, and for a moment, he expects Scully to object, but she doesn’t.
“Tell me,” he urges her. “I want to know what names you like.”
“Well… for a boy, I like Caleb,” she says. “And Jonah, Samuel, and David.”
“Big on the biblical names, huh?”
“Not on purpose,” says Scully, defensively. “I just like them, that’s all.” She bites her lip again. “And sometimes I’ve thought… maybe William.”
Mulder’s breath catches. William? As in, his father’s name? His own middle name? But then he remembers.
“Like your father,” he says.
“Well… yes,” Scully says, a slight crease appearing above her eyebrows. For a moment, he thinks she might be holding something back, but then her face smooths out and she continues. “But I feel like Bill would probably assume I was naming the baby after him, and his ego really doesn’t need the boost.”
“No, you’re probably right about that,” Mulder agrees, laughing. “And how about for a girl?”
“I like Elizabeth,” she says. “And Charlotte, and Claire. I used to really like Emma, but now, I feel like it’s… well, it’s too close to….” Her voice trails off, but Mulder doesn’t need her to finish the sentence. He nods. ”But if it’s a girl,” Scully continues, “her middle name will definitely be Margaret. For my mother.”
“She’d like that, I’m sure,” says Mulder.
“And have you bothered to ask her how she would feel aboutthat?”
The sharp voice from the bedroom doorway makes both Mulder and Scully jump… and when he turns and sees Maggie Scully standing there, her arms crossed and her mouth set in a thin line, he scrambles off the bed so fast he sends files spilling onto the floor.
“Mom!” Scully looks horrified. “I had no idea you were coming by today!”
“I made some soup and I thought I’d bring it over,” Maggie says shortly. “I thought I would probably find Fox here, but I certainly never thought….” She looks pointedly at her daughter. “Dana, is there something that you and Fox would like to tell me?”
“Are you pregnant?”
Scully’s face falls, her eyes filling with tears, and the only way Mulder keeps himself from rebuking Maggie for her callous question is by reminding himself that she doesn’t know she’s being callous.
“No, Mom, I’m not,” she says, her voice trembling. Mulder wants badly to go to her and put his arms around her, but he senses that this would not be the wisest course of action at the moment. Instead, he begins gathering up the fallen files and stacking them on Scully’s nightstand. Scully hands the papers she’s still holding to him. “Mulder, would you mind letting my mother and I talk? We can get back to this tomorrow, if you’re feeling up to it.”
“Sure, Scully,” he says. He wants badly to kiss her cheek, the way he’s taken to doing whenever they part, this past week, but somehow, it doesn’t seem like a good idea just now. “I’ll see you tomorrow.” He turns to Maggie. “Mrs. Scully, good to see you.”
“You as well, Fox,” she says, but she doesn’t sound as though she means it.
Maybe it makes him a coward, but right at this moment, Mulder feels nothing but relief to be escaping this room. This is not a conversation that he wants to be a part of.
“So let me get all of this straight,” Maggie says. She’s sitting in the armchair across from Scully’s bed, her posture rigid, her arms still crossed over her chest. “First, you tell me last Christmas that you cannot have children. Then, days later, you tell me you already have a child, but you don’t know how it happened. Now, you’re telling me that maybe you can have children, because Fox… did you say he stole your ova from someone?”
“I don’t think you can call it stealing if he was just taking back what was mine,” Scully says dully. “But yes, that’s the gist of it.”
“And why did you say nothing about these ova at Christmas, when you told me that you couldn’t conceive?” asks Maggie.
“Because I didn’t know about them then,” says Scully. “The specialist that Mulder had taken them to told had him that they weren’t viable, and he didn’t want to give me more bad news when I was already using all my energy to fight my cancer.”
“But he kept them anyway?” asks Maggie, frowning. “Even though they weren’t viable?”
“Yeah,” says Scully softly, smiling down into her lap. “He did. He paid to have them stored for over a year, until he was ready to tell me about them. He knew I would want a second opinion.” It never fails to touch her, the way Mulder had refused to give up on the hopes he has for her. “He was right- I did.”
“Well, he certainly knows you well,” Maggie concedes. “And he’s agreed to… what, exactly? To father a child for you?”
“He’s agreed to be my donor,” Scully says. “We haven’t… we haven’t really worked anything out beyond that.”
“But he’ll be this baby’s father, Dana,” Maggie says.
“I don’t really know if he wants that, Mom,” says Scully. “I don’t know how involved he wants to be- if this works. And that’s a big ‘if.’“
“What if he doesn’t want to be involved? What will you do then?” demands Maggie. “How could you possibly do this without deciding all of these things first, Dana?”
“Because, Mom,” Scully sighs, “I want to do it, one way or another. If he wants his involvement to end with his donation, it’s not going to change my decision. Even if he had said no to donating in the first place, I would have found an anonymous donor and gone ahead with it anyway.”
“But that would mean being a single mother, Dana,” Maggie protests. “Unwed, with a child, and a demanding job. And that’s not even getting into what the Church says about beginning a pregnancy this way.”
“I think I’ve made my feelings on the subject of the Church’s right to dictate what a woman does with her own body perfectly clear in the past,” says Scully coldly.
“Yes, you certainly have,” says Maggie, her lips pressed into a thin line. “Have you thought about any other options? What about adopting?”
“Mom,” sighs Scully, exasperated, “there is absolutely no way any adoption agency is going to consider placing a child with me. I’m a single woman in a high-risk job, a year into remission from what should have been terminal cancer. If I want to be a mother, this is the only option left to me.” She looks at Maggie pleadingly. “Don’t you want this for me, Mom? Wouldn’t you love having a grandchild living this close to you?” Maggie’s face softens.
“Of course I would, Dana,” she says. “And I know you well enough to know that you wouldn’t have decided to do this unless you were certain about it… and I have to say, if any of my children could handle being a single parent, it would be you.” She stands up from the armchair and crosses the room, sitting next to Scully on the bed. She puts her arm around Scully’s shoulder, and her daughter doesn’t hesitate to lean against her.
“I want this so badly, Mom,” says Scully, her voice cracking. “And this is the only way it can happen for me.”
“I know, Sweetheart,” says Maggie. She sighs. “And I have to believe, whatever the Church might say, that God would not have given you such a strong desire to be a mother if there wasn’t some way to make your wish a reality.” She strokes her daughter’s hair. “And if you do have a girl… I would be honored if her middle name was Margaret.”