October 13, 2013 by Lyn
To Rix-Scaedu’s prompt
5 September 2004
“She’s pregnant with twins.” Nurse Jo shook her head. ”After her first set.”
“That’s teach that boy to be meddlesome.” Dr. Caitrin was cross; Jo could tell by the way she started pronouncing all of her consonants as if she were biting them off.
“You can’t fault him for the first pair.”
“No, I imagine it runs in the family a bit, too. See Penny.”
“Penny had help, or, at least, helped herself.”
“That’s true.” Caitrin shook her head. ”I wish they’d stop doing that. It’s not healthy for the infants or the mothers. Akaterina, Eluned… like they just want to get it over as fast as possible.”
“Well, can you really fault them for that?” Jo normally kept her opinions about that part of the school to herself. In this case, however… ”Being told at fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, that, surprise, you’re going to be a mother…”
“I’m willing to bet neither Eluned nor Akaterina made the choice for themselves.”
“Likely not. And that again, is a problem.”
Caitrin glanced at her. ”How would you suggest we change the policy, then?”
Jo pursed her lips. ”Hasn’t the Director been making noises about the, mmm, Mabina-and-Cassidy-style answer to the requirements?” Mabina-and-Cassidy, insisting on having their two children with each other and touching no one else.
She’d hit a nerve. Caitin put down a pile of towels and stared at her full-on.
“Is it a lesser evil?” Jo pitched her voice very low. ”Or a greater one? Most students already have two children with two different partners.”
“It wouldn’t have fixed the problem with Eluned.”
Jo’s felt her smile like a muscle strain; there was no mirth in it. ”I have an idea for that, too.”