Noah opened his eyes slowly and blinked a few times to adjust to the sudden on slot of light. He recognized the top of Rex's bed and sat up slowly, knowing that moving too fast would make him sick. He turned to check if Rex was in the room too and was shocked to see Dr. Holiday sleeping in an awkward looking chair next to his left. She was the last person he expected to find at his bedside, short of Six that is. His movement made the older women stir and she looked at him dazedly for a moment before recognizing him.
Noah tried to smile tentatively for a split second before remembering what Dr. Holiday had told him before he'd fainted. Instinctively he reached for his stomach and gasped as he felt the small bump protruding from his abdomen.
His other hand covered his face as the realization sunk in.
"Crap, it wasn't a dream was it?" He asked desperately, praying it had been.
Dr. Holiday gave an apologetic smile and nodded softly.
"So I'm really preg- preg- ahhh!" Noah buried his face into his pillow and screamed his anxiety.
"I can't be pregnant! I'm a boy! I'm not supposed to have to worry about things like this!"
Dr. Holiday flashed him a sympathetic smile and placed a hand on his knee.
"Calm down Noah. I won't let anything bad happen to you. I'm actually here to discuss another option with you."
Noah raised a brow and looked at her suspiciously.
"What do you mean?"
Dr. Holiday looked at him uncomfortably and folded her hands in her lap.
"I wanted to talk to in private concerning what you're carrying. Your signs of pregnancy are much more rapid then they should be. You've only been pregnant a week, your body should not be displaying such signs yet. I wanted to talk to you alone about this before I inform Rex. I don't know what kind of creature is growing within you and we have no way of knowing if it'll be human. It's the nanites in Rex that caused you to become pregnant, and such an origin leaves many variables. There was only one other known conception like this and it ended very badly."
Noah's eyes widened and his mouth dropped open in shock.
"There's been another?"
Dr. Holiday fidgeted and her face became downcast.
"I just found out about it myself. It happened before I worked here, just after the nanite event. An Evo that had retained most of it's human form went wild and raped a young girl .She became pregnant with the Evo's child. Providence kept her here and recorded her development over the course of her 4 and a half month pregnancy. The creature developed in half the time of a normal human child and slowly killed it's mother. She displayed the same sighs as you are now and as the creature grew her stomach expanded to the point where she couldn't walk. The creature thrashed in her wildly and made her cough up blood on several occasions.
Instead of being born in the normal way the creature clawed it's way out her and attacked the assisting doctors. It looked more bat than human and drank every drop of human blood in the room. Eventually Providence gassed the room to kill it and autopsied the girl's body. It had been drinking her blood from the inside out and most of her vital organs had been eaten by it. What you're carrying will not be human Noah. It will be a nanite based being that may not have the genetic glitch that allows Rex to appear human and remain in control of his powers. Despite his control Rex is still an Evo. His child would be an Evo. Please know that I would normally not approve of this as an option, but I feel it would be in your best interest to consider it."
Noah glanced at the doctor guardedly and raised an eyebrow.
"What other option?"
Holiday sat up in her most professional manner and looked Noah directly in the eyes.
"As the doctor in charge of your care I have to recommend the immediate removal of the creature inside you before it can cause any permanent damage. The procedure would be quick and painless for you. I'm sorry to say that carrying it to term is just too dangerous to risk."
Noah's face turned ashen and he clutched his stomach protectively.
"You want me to kill it?"
The good doctor looked like she expected an argument and quickly tried to reassure the teen.
"It's not technically even a fetus yet, it would only be a minor surgery to get rid of something inside your body that will kill you. It's not a baby yet."
Noah looked down unsurely and pulled his knees up to his chest, subconsciously putting something between the doctor and himself. He sat there for a long moment, silent and thoughtful as Dr. Holiday waited for him to think it over. Finally he looked at her with resolve burning in his eyes.
"But it will be a baby. Mine and Rex's baby. I can't kill it for what it might be. Not when it will be our child. I can't hurt Rex like that. I love him and this baby will be a part of him and me. I can't hurt it. I just can't."
Noah face was scared and pained, but on the subject he would not waver. This would be his baby too, he couldn't hurt his child. No more than he could hurt Rex. The thought of Rex made the blonde look around suddenly and wonder where his boyfriend was.
"Where is Rex anyway?"
"He and Six had to go fight a giant hedgehog Evo in Seattle. It took a lot of convincing to make him leave your side, but I promised him I'd stay here in his place."
"Have you told him what you just told me?" He questioned quietly.
Dr. Holiday shook her head and frowned.
"But I explained it Six and he's going to talk to Rex about it on the flight back from their mission. We both know he won't approve of you keeping it Noah. Can you imagine the guilt he would feel if you died because you tried to have his child? What would he have left if you died and left him with only the creature that killed you? Rex can't handle losing you. Not over something he'll see as his fault. Don't hurt him like that Noah, you two can always adopt if you a child so bad."
Dr. Holiday's voice was pleading and soft as he begged the teen to reconsider his choice.
Noah would hear nothing of it.
"It's not a child I want so badly. It's this child. This child is worth fighting for. Rex will understand."
Dr. Holiday shook her head remorsefully and stretched in her seat.
"I hope you're wrong Noah, I really do."