Round 4 - Winter 2032Last update/ Next update
Amanda and Corbin Gray are 36, Conner is 3 months, (Starema Orionious is 158, Celeste Sky is 23)
"I just don't understand why I had to be abducted. Surely there were other choices. It wasn't very......pleasant.....you know," he said.
"No Corbin I don't. I've told you countless times that I really don't know anything about the planet or it's people. I've never been there. Hell, I didn't even know who my real mother was until Starema appeared on my front lawn. All I know is what I've told you."
"But why not just keep leaving babies at orphanages? Isn't that what happened to you?" he asked.
"Guess that wasn't very successful now was it? I've been alienated, no pun intended, since I've been here. All I've ever known is human beings and human ways. And I've always been an outcast from all that. At least Conner has you guys to love him........"
"What's wrong with this milk? It's the best on the market!" Amanda exclaimed.
"He is not fully human, Amanda. Actually, he is not very human at all. Your bovine milk is very primitive and his systems are much more advanced. There is a special milk that he will require."
"Is there anything else that I need to know? He's not going to grow horns or anything is he?" Amanda asked.
"Only the most royal of our kind are endowed with horns. They would never be pollinators and there would never be a child on this planet with horns," Starema said distastefully.
"It was sarcasm. I just want to make sure we know all that we need to in raising him."
"Timtiu clan? What is that?" Amanda asked.
"Surely you've noticed that he does not look like either Celeste or I. Just as you have people of different skintones on Earth, we have the same on Titusanera. The Timtiu clan are a warrior people. They are very intelligent and excellent hunters. They have evolved over the years and are much more civil as we have colonized into cities. You should be very proud," Starema said.
"Warrior clan, huh? He isn't going to be really aggressive is he?"
"Not unless provoked. The clan has evolved, but the instincts are still there. He will also grow in fangs once his teeth begin to come in," Starema said.
"Me? I don't even think I can go.......I mean I guess I'm an alien too......but I don't really feel like one.....I feel human.....I don't know anything about other planets."
"Well, maybe you need to find out about them," Amanda said.
"Look I know you're mad at me, and I don't blame you. But you can't just ship me off to another planet!"
"I am mad at you Celeste. That's true. But I also know that you've never felt like you belong here. Aren't you even the least bit curious about where you come from?"
"Who's to say I will fit in there? Maybe I don't fit in anywhere........" she said.
"How will you know unless you try?"
"Yes, and now we have Conner."
"I know you love him Amanda........but you didn't have him. I know you were looking forward to the bonding of being pregnant. This is your chance to experience that. And then we'll have a little person who's a little of both of us," Corbin said.
"But we can't afford it, Corbin. We simply can't."
"Amanda, after all that has happened to us, don't you know that anything is possible?"
* So I'm gearing Celeste up for her trip. I didn't want to just ship her right off (well I do want to, but it's better for the story if I don't). She'll leave during her round and I'll add updates on her adventures in Peragama. I have to work out how she'll age while she's there though.....
* Conner will be drinking the smart milk from the aspiration rewards. If any kid should be glowing, it's Conner Gray! I never used that milk because of the glow, but now I can.
* I can't say that I'm upset that Amanda got pregnant. I'm convinced she will make adorable babies and should still have the chance to despite her husband being abducted. Baby Gray will be here Fall 2033