I rolled over and winced at the sunlight coming in through my window, urgh my skin’s getting more sensitive. As I rolled back over onto my shaded side my stomach gave a twist and I ran to the bathroom,
“Mina? Are you alright?”
“I’m just a bit ill, that’s all. Don’t worry G.”
“Oh good, it worked.”
“You asked me for a child, I granted your wish, did I do something wrong?”
“How exactly did you do that?”
“ETP, then DM.”
“Yeah, explain that in a human terms.”
“ETP is embryo transferral, that embryo is 100% of my DNA so I did a DNA merge so the child would receive around 50% from each of us, anymore and then it lacks viability.”
“So, I’m pregnant?” I rubbed the back of my neck with my hand, this is going to put a spanner in the works in terms of I don’t know, my entire life!
“Yes, and it may be worth noting that this pregnancy is highly advanced, I mean normal alien gestation time is probably 3 hours, but because she is half alien, I estimate the time at maybe 3 days?”
“Well you’re in a matriarchal family, Mina.”
This is insane, I’m like 14 hours pregnant and yet I’m already in maternity wear, how on earth do I explain this to Ronan? Or my family? Oh god Soph’s going to kill me.
After the crash the alien we’d found was taken for analysis and after a few months the whole event seemed like a dream, Ronan and I had now starting dating and we were so happy together.
“Ronan what the hell? What’s that doing here?”
“Boss wants you to dissect it, consider it an initiation, don’t worry he’s unconscious, I made sure of that.”
“Oh, um, lay him on the table then please.” Ronan nodded and nearly threw the body on the table,
“Hah, you’d be surprised at how resistant this guy is to harm.” I rolled my eyes and waved Ronan away, then I stood by the alien on my table (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say!) and looked at him, well, better get this over and done with. I went over to my desk and starting prepping the injection.
I walked over to the alien and shrieked when I saw his eyes were open and he was trying to sit up,
“Please. Don’t.” The syringe slipped through my fingers and landed on my tiled floor,
“You can talk,”
“Yes. And I can feel fear and pain. Let your friends know that one.”
“I-I’m sorry.” I loosened the restraints on his wrists and he sat up, rubbing his head.
“Where’s my ship?”
“I’m not sure. I think our boss sent it off to another lab.”
“Well crap. Where am I supposed to go now?”
“You could stay at my place for a while?” The alien looked at me incredulously,
“You were about to kill me and now you want me to stay with you? Why should I trust you?”
“Because I’m you’re only shot at getting out of here.”
“You’ve got a point there.”
“Mina this is ridiculous, they’re going to see us!”
“G, unless you have a better idea you should keep it down!” I quickly dragged the box out of the surprisingly empty corridor and to my car, throwing it in the back seat. I then ran back into my lab and screamed,
“Ronan help!!” Ronan came running in, concern etched across his face,
“Mina what’s wrong? Where’s the specimen?”
“He.. It.. woke up and threatened me then it just.. vanished.. I-I don’t understand, I’m so so sorry!” I choked out some sobs and Ronan’s face softened,
“It’s okay Mimi, I’ll explain to the boss. You go home and rest.” Ronan kissed my forehead and began tidying my lab as I left the door.
“Okay I can’t carry you up the stairs so come on!” G reluctantly climbed out of the box and allowed me to help him the up the stairs,
“Wow someone definitely brings their work home!”
“What of it? Now since I’m letting you stay here are you going to tell me your full name?”
“GX-450, I told you just call me G.”
“Okay fine. Now you will have to stay in this room when I’m not here, this here is where you can sleep, and try to avoid touching anything.”
“Is there anything I can do to make up for this?”
“Hah! Unless you could make Ronan want kids or straight up give me a kid?” G laughed,
“I don’t think I could manage that. Sorry!”
“That’s fine, G. I was joking. Anyway, I’m exhausted, so goodnight.”
“There’s my girls!!” Dad came running out the door behind mum and swept us both into his arms,
“Where are Hannah and Darius?” As Sophia spoke we saw Hannah waddling towards the door, smiling at us”
“Come in girls! You’ll catch your death of cold!”
“Dad! The twins are home!” Hannah called down the stairs into the basement and Vince came up shortly, his hair now greyed and signs of aging now visible, it took me a second to realise why Vince had aged, but once I looked into his eyes it was clear. He had given up vampirism.
It broke my heart to see Vince looking so low, but at least he had mum and dad to take care of him, and judging by the size of Hannah it was obvious that he’d have a grandchild to look after soon enough.
Mum and dad essentially bundled us both into the house while Darius grabbed all our luggage. Mum called us into the kitchen and handed us some cookies,
“So you didn’t bring any friends home for Christmas dinner?” We shook our heads, and mum smiled,
“Well then lets hope everyones hungry because even Vince had trouble carrying this turkey in, I mean.. before he..” We both nodded, sparing mum the awkwardness but Sophia spoke up,
“Why did he give it up?”
“He told me he saw no point in living till the end of time itself if he couldn’t spend it with someone he loved and he doesn’t think he could ever find someone else.” As mum finished her sentence, Vince entered the room,
“You gossiping about me again Pan?” He smiled at mum, it didn’t reach his eyes but it was close enough.
Mum giggled slightly and dad came into the room, frowning slightly at Vince, before grabbing some beer out of the fridge,
“Ahem. Stefan, it’s 4 in the afternoon, put it back!” Dad smiled over at mum and put the beer back before sweeping mum up into his arms and planting a movie style kiss on her, Sophia and I gagged and laughed from behind them. We got up and went into our bedroom to unpack, the bunk beds still standing, in the bedding we had had since we were kids.
“Girls when you’re done unpacking could you come into my office for just a second? We need to have a talk about your grades.” We both nodded and shortly went into his office, he’d converted Hannah’s old room into the basement to an office space.
Dad looked up from his laptop when we entered the room and closed the lid,
“Sit down please,” we took the seats he gestured towards,
“So. Your grades, not so hot eh girls?”
“Let me finish. I know you two are very bright girls, and these exams are only worth 15% of your final grade so obviously your mother and I are not too upset about your grade, Mina. However, Sophia, if you dare even consider trying to cheat again we will disinherit you. That, my dear, is a promise.”
Sophia bowed her head and nodded,
“There’s no point in even trying to pretend I could be a spare.”
“Soph don’t be ridiculous, you can be spare as long as you aren’t cheating on tests.”
“Dad I cant be spare. I’m infertile.”
“Sophia how do you know that?”
“I had a scare at uni.. Mina took me to the doctors. I don’t have the required hormones to support a child to full term. So disinherit me here and now.”
“Sophia.. I’m sorry. I didn’t know! You aren’t going to be disinherited for being infertile, and as for being spare you know that area is nothing to do with me. Mina, go get your mother.”
“Sophia, sweetheart whats wrong?”
“Mum I can’t be spare.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I can’t have children. So there is no point in having me as spare.”
“Oh darling! You don’t need to carry the child yourself for her to be heiress! Didn’t I ever tell you about your great great grandma Emily?”
“Yes but didn’t her grandmother have a problem with her being heiress because she wasn’t seen as a full Tempest? Hell, are we even Tempests?”
“Yes you are. Don’t let anyone ever tell you you aren’t. Emily was binded to the family, allowing genes from even Rose to be passed down to us. That counts.”
“Whatever. I would never want to be leader anyway.”
“Well then you’d best pray that Mina doesn’t die before she’s provided an heiress. If this is what you want then fine. You are no longer spare. Hannah’s daughter, when she’s born will take over that title.” Sophia nodded, resting her head on her hand, she didn’t look unhappy, she looked peaceful.
“Girls, Santa’s been!!” Mum gently shook us to wake us up and groggily we followed her downstairs where Hannah lay on the sofa with Darius sitting on the floor in front of her. Presents were handed out and soon we began tucking into christmas lunch. During the lunch I noticed Hannah shifting about and rubbing her bump a lot. After dinner we all returned into the living room where Hannah took up her position on the sofa once more, with Darius by her feet.
“You okay Hannah?”
“Yup, this baby appears to think my bladder is some kind of trampoline though!” She smiled over at Darius, who returned her smile within an instant. Sophia and I flopped down onto some pillows on the floor, as dad began messing around with the tv, attempting to put on some christmasy dvds, eventually mum pushed him out of the way and got the dvd to play within seconds. Dad pulled mum into his arms while Vince sat in a rocking chair next to Hannah, who had now fallen asleep. Sure the tension between dad and Vince did make things awkward but this was probably one of the most peaceful christmases I’ve ever had.
“I’m not trying to be! But if you get caught you’re screwed!”
“I won’t get caught! Aand done!” Sophia finished her sheet and then threw herself on her bed,
“Are you going to get your nose out of that book any time soon Mina?”
“Another hour. Then I’ll go to sleep.”
“Okay well, I’m going to bed now so keep it down!”
“I’m reading a book Soph.. That’s hardly death metal.” Sophia grunted and slid under her sheets, turning away from me. After an hour I put my textbook on my side table and slid under my blankets, turning off my light as I did so.
“Sophia come on! We’ve gotta get down to the gym in 40 minutes!”
“Urgh,” Sophia rolled out of bed and stumbled into our bathroom, leaving me to do some last minute cramming.
“Good luck, womb buddy!” Sophia shoved my hat over my eyes playfully as we ran into the gym. As soon as the test began I heard her shift from behind me but thankfully none of the invigilators had noticed. I made my way steadily through the test when a piece of paper fell on the floor from behind me. Immediately invigilators grabbed Soph’s exam paper and walked away with it.
I tried to find Sophia after the exam but I was told she was in the Dean’s office and wouldn’t be out for a few hours.
“Soph what happened?!”
“I got caught. My exam is void but I’m allowed to do it again when it comes around to final exams. They phoned mum and dad. I’m in big trouble when we go back home.”
Our results were emailed to us, I wanted to throw up when my inbox pinged. I made Sophia open it and her eyes widened in surprise.
“What?? How bad is it?”
“You got a D.” A D? How did this happen? I revised all week!
“Mimi it’s okay. You can make up the grade during final exams!” I humphed and flopped down on the sofa, sulking like a spoilt child. It was silly to get so upset but I know I can do so much better than a D!
After she was caught cheating Sophia actually began studying for the exams, she even taught me a couple of study techniques! Sophia also began to spend more time with me and set aside saturday nights to either force me into going out or just watching movies with me, one night she turned to me, grinning,
“Lets go out tonight!”
“Urgh not another party Soph!”
“No, there’s a new tattoo bar opened, lets get tatted!”
“Sophia, do you honestly think that getting a tattoo is high on my list of priorities?”
“No, but we’re young and reckless, so lets go twinny!”
The second we got into the car I began to suspect Sophia was a tiny bit off her ass. She turned on the stereo and began blasting out Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy,
“We are wild, we are like young volcanoes. We are wild, Americana, exotica, come on Mina take it away!!”
“Sophia turn it down!!”
“No it goes, ‘Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby?’!”
Sighing heavily I raised my hands and shouted, “Yeah!” Sophia laughed as we sang along, horrendously out of tune. We entered the tattoo bar and Sophia began pointing out designs and insisting we get something ‘twinny’.
Eventually Sophia picked a design that was actually pretty cute, two swallows flying towards each other, Sophia got hers on the back of her shoulder blades, while I chose to have mine on my thighs.
“You promised mum.” I fixed the feather in my hair and tried to leave the room when Sophia grabbed my wrist,
“Dude seriously? Are you jealous of me or something?” I yanked my wrist away,
“Hurry up, the party’s starting soon.” I left the room and wobbled down the stairs on my new shoes.
“She’ll be down in a minute Daph, when is everyone arriving?” As soon as I asked the doorbell rang and the room began to fill up, I saw Sophia talking to the guy from last night and rolled my eyes, making a beeline for the keg, where Patricia was doing a kegstand, supported by Geri, I stayed for a while, even doing a kegstand myself before I became to uncomfortable to stay inside so I decided to go sit by the bonfire for a bit, and keep an eye out for Jimmy.
After a few minutes of watching drunken jocks throw herbs into the bonfire I stood up to leave but as I turned I found Alyssa and Jimmy wrapped around each other near the tree,
I stormed away from the fire and back to the keg where I began replacing any fluid in my body with alcohol, if Sophia could do it, then so could I! Almost in an instant my world became a bit brighter, I tried to walk and found my legs felt slightly jellylike, I staggered over to the sofa and tripped, finding myself on Geri’s lap,
“Mimi, are you okay?”
“I’m fine.. Better than fine.”
My head is pounding, what the hell happened last night? I struggled to sit up and found various people sleeping on the floor near me, I crept into the kitchen and began making coffee when some hands found my waist,
“You changed your costume Mina?”
“What? Jimmy get off!”
“That’s not what you said last night! And you were a fairy yesterday!”
“No I wasn’t Jimmy. This was my costume all night!”
“Then who the hell was I kissing by the bonfire? Oh god it wasn’t Sophia was it?!”
“No. It was Alyssa. Jimmy you should leave.”
“Just go, I’ve gotta start cleaning up.”
I’d cleaned up the kitchen when Sophia staggered in, shoving past me, and throwing up in the sink.
“Mimi. I think I might be pregnant.”
“What? Sophia that’s not possible! You wouldn’t be throwing up already!”
“No. Before we came here.”
“Oh you idiot! Come on!” I grabbed her arm and pulled her into the car,
“Where are we going?”
“I’m taking you to the doctors, we cant go round thinking you’re pregnant. We need to know now.”
“You know, you could have let me put some shoes on Mimi.”
“Sorry.. I’m just a little panicked, how can you be so calm?? You could be pregnant!” As she turned to answer me her doctor entered the room.
“Miss Tempest?” I pulled Sophia up, we’d be sitting waiting for the results for the past 20 minutes, Sophia’s hands clammy against mine, as we walked into the doctor’s office.
“Your test result was negative Miss Tempest. I’m afraid it doesn’t seem like you could ever conceive.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, based on your test result, it would seem you lack one of the hormones necessary to support a foetus to full term.”
“Oh. Well I guess mum’s screwed if you die Mimi.” The doctor handed Sophia some leaflets after she stated she never wants children anyway.
“Soph are you sure you’re okay?”
“I’m fine Mimi. Like I said, lucky mum didn’t pick me to be heiress. Now can we go into town and get me some goddamned shoes? And then maybe a coffee?”
“Shall we go back to the dorm and tell mum and dad?”
“We’re going home soon. We can tell them then. And hey, I’m going to save a fortune on birth control in the long run!”
Our first weeks at Uni were uneventful, we settled in quickly and began to enjoy the independence of university.
On our fourth week Daphne had called us all into the living room and announced that it was her birthday soon and wanted a costume party, so we all began party planning, besides the freshers evenings this would be the first uni party on campus so it needed to be HUGE.
I had noticed that Sophia was not really spending a lot of time with me anymore, she was out at the bowling alley with her friends, often leaving me in our room to study alone. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss her but it’s not fair of me to keep her away from her friends.
It was friday night, so obviously Sophia would be out at the bowling alley and then the bar with the guys, I sighed, settling down at the desk to get some revision in when I heard a knock,
“Mina? It’s Jemma, can I come in?”
“Sure!” I shut my laptop lid and spun round so I faced the door, Jemma leaned on the door fame,
“Sophia’s out again?”
“Do you mind if I hang out with you in here for a while, Patricia’s brought one of the fraternity boys over?”
I gestured to the sofa in my room,
“Feel free!” She flopped down on the sofa and examined the room,
“Our parents decorated, worried we’d miss our mother’s ‘home touch’.” She nodded once more, we must have stayed talking for a few hours about unimportant things until a crash downstairs alerted us to my twin’s return home, we heard Daphne going downstairs and making sure she was okay.
“She’s utterly hammered. Again. Mina you should go talk to her.”
“I’ll talk to her in the morning. I can’t stand her when she’s drunk.” Daphne shrugged,
“Well, she’s on the sofa downstairs, I tried to bring her up here but she told me to leave her alone. Although not so politely.”
“I’m so sorry Daphne!” She smiled,
“It’s no problem Mina, anyway, I’m gonna hit the sack.. after all it’s my birthday tomorrow!” She left and shortly after Jemma followed.
Urgh. I suppose I better go check on the alcoholic now, I crept downstairs, knowing she’d still be passed out, but I wasn’t expecting to find her how I did, curled up on the murphy bed with some random guy,
“Oh wow.. They really did pull out all of the stops when they decorated this room huh?” Sophia and I set our bags down on our beds. A girl with bright purple hair burst through our door and grinned at us,
“Hey!! My name’s Daphne, you guys must be the Tempest twins?”
“Yup! I’m Sophia and this is Mina.”
“Okay well when you guys are all settled in come down to the living room to meet the other girls!”
Walking into the living room, my ears almost began ringing with the noise from all the girls chatter, and the hair! Every girl appeared to have a crazy colour for their hair, except one of the girls sitting in the middle of the sofa, as we walked in, every girl ran towards us, squealing names and greetings, after a while I began to remember some of the hair colours and the names of the proud owners of said hair,
We of course recognised Daphne straight away, she had ran over a sofa to greet us.
Alyssa was the name of the girl without any crazy hair colour, a few other girls noted that Alyssa could easily be mine and Sophia’s triplet, it was strange being with a complete stranger who looked so much like myself.
Geri’s way of introducing herself had been leaping on Daphne’s back and screaming “hi” to myself and Sophia, we were rather surprised at first but Jemma had explained to us that they were cousins and incredibly close from what they’d seen just today.
Jemma had been the only girl that hadn’t rushed over to say hello, she’d stayed sitting reading her book and thankfully waited until the crowd had dispersed, she was quiet like myself and I could see myself becoming quite good friends with her.
Patricia and Sophia seemed to find a common interest straight away after Sophia noticed that Patricia’s top had the name of her favourite football team emblazoned across the back.
After the introductions we all decided to head to the orientation in the student union building, I made a beeline for the science rooms, determined to try and find my teacher and get ahold of the textbooks early when I ran into a guy about my age,
“Sorry!” I took a few steps back without meeting the guys eyes,
“Huh?” I looked up at the guys face.
P.S. In case there is any confusion, Mina is the twin in the red jacket and brown hat, and Sophia is wearing the blue top with her hair in bunches