October 10, 2013 by Lyn
Written by Rix ScaeduStrange Band Suite Addergoole School 3 September 2004
You’re probably surprised to be getting a letter from me so soon after you left here. You’re probably surprised to be getting a letter from me at all, but you’ll want to sit down to read the rest of this one.
I had my commencement medical with Dr Caitrin today and I’m already pregnant again. More fraternal twins, a boy and a girl this time. The point is, Dr Caitrin says she recognizes your Y-chromosome(!?!) so it seems you’re going to be a father again.
I would apologize, I really didn’t think I could get pregnant again so quickly, but Dr Caitrin went outside and asked Hylakaros, “What did you do?” This was followed a little later by, “I’m going to have to tell Doug.” I didn’t hear what Hylakaros said, I think he was taking precautions so I couldn’t hear him. Doug is cross and Hylakaros has gone all tight lipped on me. Departed Gods forfend that anyone should tell the pregnant one what’s going on! I believe that he’s had more to do with me being pregnant than is usual for someone who is not the father of either baby.
I suspect too that Hylakaros might have done something quite clever from the way Dr Caitrin was acting through the rest of the examination. Again though, no-one is telling me anything. I’ve been put on a sustaining diet, told not to overtrain and I’m scheduled for checkups more often than I was last year. I can keep writing if you want to hear about our progress.
Your son’s sister’s father is Speed. I told him after class and he was wandering around with an enormous grin. He seems slightly stunned so I hope he doesn’t get himself Kept by someone we or Gregori will have to rescue him from partway through the year.
I will finish up now as I still have homework to do. Stay safe and work hard.
P.S. Hylakaros says to say, “Hi.”
“Okay, I’ve put in your postscript.” Lemon looked over to where Hylakaros was doing his homework from Professor Valerian’s class. This year they were doing Asian History and Qin Shi Huang had begun unifying China. “Now you owe me that explanation.”
“Which one?” His pen paused in midair.
“Why you made sure I got pregnant again.” When he was being weaslish it paid to be precise. If she’d said he’d gotten her pregnant, Hylakaros would simply have pointed out that he was father of neither of the new set of twins.
“To help keep you safe from upper classmen who might want to Keep you so they can meet their graduation requirements. Second year students are still fairly low on the food chain around here.” Now he put the pen down and folded his hands over it and the page beneath it. “Now you’re pregnant, I only have to worry about the ones with good taste who want you because you’re you.”
“From my experience last year, there won’t be too many of them.” Lemon tried to laugh it off.
“More than you think,” Hylakaros told her. “It seems you didn’t notice Doug growling at your potential suitors before they’d even made a move.” He gave her a leer. “We both know how that turned out.”
“Well, I didn’t expect it,” Lemon pulled a prim face at him.
“You, sweetling,” Hylakaros returned firmly but in cadence, “need to start listening to the emotions around you more. No need to pry,” he forestalled, “just listen to what’s being broadcast. Any sort of head’s up you can get on trouble would cut down on the surprise factor. The five of you are my family and I’m not going to let any snot-nosed, half-trained teenager take you away from me for a year.”
Lemon smiled across at him, “Sometimes you say the nicest things, even if they do seem to involve beating someone else to a pulp.”
“Only if they don’t leave you alone or until they release you.” He looked down at the next question on the homework list, then asked, “So, have you seen anyone you want to Keep this year?”
“Why would I want to be completely responsible for someone else? I already have Kent and Penwyn.” Lemon stood up and walked over to him. “Besides, what would I do with a Kept?”
“Get them to do the heavy lifting, clean the bathroom, other stuff.” He leered up at her again for a moment.
“But I have you for most of those,” she smiled as she leaned down to kiss him on the forehead. “Besides, there’s not just the senior classmen, there’s the Zeroeth Cohort and the basement people trying to make their requirements too. Even if I wanted to Keep, I think this year would be a good one to sit out.”
“Fair point, sweetling.” He smiled, not leered, at her for a moment. “Let me get this finished, then when I come back from Doug’s I’ll give you a taste of what you keep me round for.”