Welcome to a special Mother’s Day installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! This is one of several loosely related one-off stories set between the events of the various Spacemon campaigns. You can get caught up on the entire adventure here!
Malchion’s evening sky was buzzing with activity as Alex stepped out of the Institute shuttle port onto the raised walkway suspended high above the planet’s surface. It was starting to get late, and the initial rush of people leaving work was over, but the skylane traffic was just as busy as ever. People always had places to go in huge cities like this one.
Alex was starting to feel a bit tired as she crossed the walkway toward the mag-train station. She had stayed a bit late at the Institute to oversee the completion of a major project in her department, but now she was eager to get home. She was very much looking forward to spending a lovely dinner and a quiet evening with her wife, Naomi.
It had been a couple of years now since they had moved to Malchion together so Alex could begin to work at the Primary Research Institute the way she was supposed to, and this world was finally starting to feel like home. Alex really did love the planet. It had all the thrills and excitements of the big city, but it also had beautiful natural landscapes that reminded her of home.
As she entered the station, Alex sent a message to Naomi via her Pokedex letting her know that she would be getting on the train soon. Naomi replied quickly, saying that she would start cooking dinner so it would be ready when she got home. Alex had told her wife not to wait for her to eat dinner when she found out she was going to be staying at work late, but Naomi had insisted on waiting. Alex certainly didn’t mind; she enjoyed having romantic dinners alone with Naomi in their apartment.
One high-speed mag-train ride later, Alex was walking up to her apartment building. She was glad that she lived so close to the station as it made her commute to work so short. Most of the time it took getting to and from the Institute was spent riding the shuttle between Malchion’s surface and the orbital station where it was housed. After only a few minutes of walking, Alex stepped out of the rapidly cooling night air into the warmth of the lobby. Her high-heeled boots clunked along the marble floor as she crossed the lobby to the elevator. Moments later, Alex entered the apartment she shared with Naomi to see her wife setting the table.
Naomi smiled when she saw Alex. “Welcome home, babe,” she said as she set down the plate she was holding. “How was your day? Everything go okay?”
“Yup,” Alex answered as Naomi walked back to the kitchen counter to fetch the dish of food. “The final tests ran smoothly, so we can begin production soon.”
“That’s great!” Naomi said excitedly as she set the dish down. “Now, get your butt over here.”
Alex took off her suit jacket and laid it on the couch, then walked over to the table. “Something smells good,” she said as she caught a whiff of Naomi’s homemade tomato sauce.
“You’re just in time,” Naomi said. “The lasagna’s hot out of the oven.” She walked over to her wife and greeted her with a kiss. “You’re going to love it.”
“You didn’t have to wait for me, you know,” Alex said as she took her seat.
“I know, but I wanted to,” Naomi replied before pushing Alex’s chair in for her. “And besides, there’s something I wanted to talk to you about. What better time than over dinner?”
“Oh?” Alex asked as she watched her wife straighten out her skirt before sitting down herself. “What’s up?”
“There’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and, well, I wanted to get your opinion on it,” Naomi said. She took a bite of her food and looked across the table at Alex as if gauging her mood.
Alex swallowed the bit of lasagna she was chewing on, then asked, “what is it?”
“Well, we’ve been married for a couple of years now, and y’know, I’ve been thinking about what comes next.” Naomi reached across the table and placed her hand over Alex’s. “I’ve actually been thinking about it a lot. Alex, do you want to have a baby?”
The question caught Alex by surprise. The thought had never even crossed her mind. “What?” she asked.
Naomi smiled and squeezed her wife’s hand. “You heard me,” she said. “I want to have a baby with you. You, and me … together. I think we can handle raising a child together, don’t you?”
Alex didn’t know what to say. “I … well, uh, I’ve never thought about it before,” she managed to say. “I don’t know if I’m ready for that.”
“Come on,” Naomi said, letting out a laugh. “We’ve been through so much together already, so I think we can handle being moms. What do you say? Wanna give it a shot?”
Alex looked into Naomi’s beautiful green eyes and saw that passion and drive she loved so much. She knew her wife could do anything she set her mind to. If Naomi thought they were ready to have a baby, then Alex had to believe her. A smile appeared on her face. “If you’re up for it, then so am I.”
“There are several options available to you.”
Naomi sat listening intently to the doctor sitting across from her and Alex. Dr. Campbell, a lovely brunette woman in her early thirties who ran the fertility clinic the two young women were visiting, was currently explaining the means by which Naomi and her wife could have a baby together. Excited and eager to take the dive into motherhood, Naomi was focused on the doctor’s words as she spoke.
“The easiest, most straightforward way is for one of you to carry an egg fertilized with the use of a sperm donor,” the doctor continued. “However, I’m assuming both of you would like to be involved?”
“Of course,” Naomi replied as Alex nodded beside her.
“Yes, I thought so,” Dr. Campbell said. “Given all the technology we have at our disposal in this day and age, most same-sex couples want to go that route. One option is to take an egg from one of you, fertilize it with a donor, and then have the other one of you carry the child to term.”
“It’s my understanding that there’s a way that we could have a child together where both of us are the biological parents,” Naomi said. She had been thinking about having a baby quite some time before mentioning it to Alex; she’d had plenty of time to do her research.
“Yes, I was getting to that,” the doctor said. “The process is a bit more involved, and you would only be able to have a daughter this way, but it is certainly possible. You can thank centuries of medical advances for that. I won’t bore you with the complexities of the procedure — unless, of course, you want me to — but the simple explanation is that we can take an egg cell from both of you and produce a fertilized egg from them.”
Naomi smiled and squeezed Alex’s hand with excitement. “Please, tell us all about it.”
“You’re sure about this? You don’t want to think it over more? This is a really big decision, after all.”
“Alex, this is the logical answer,” Naomi told her wife. Of course Alex was still worrying over the decision, even after they had discussed it many times. “You already have a full-time job, and I’m still working freelance. It just makes sense for me to be the one to carry our baby.”
Alex fell silent and sat herself down beside Naomi on the couch. By the look on her face, Naomi could tell she was thinking things over and considering her words. “I just want to make sure that we make the right choice,” she finally said after several moments passed.
“Trust me,” Naomi said, placing a hand on her wife’s leg. “This is the right one. Your work at the Institute is super important and you shouldn’t put it on hold for this when I don’t even have a stable job yet. And besides, I can still take freelance work while I’m pregnant and easily work from home. This will be for the best, so please stop worrying about it.”
The worried expression on Alex’s faded, replaced by a smile, and she placed a hand on top of Naomi’s. “Okay,” she said. “I’m sorry.”
Naomi let out a laugh. “No, you don’t need to apologize,” she told Alex. “I know you’re just trying to do what’s best for us. I’m lucky to have someone who cares so much in my life.” She lovingly leaned her head against her wife’s shoulder. “Our baby is going to be lucky to have you too.”
“She’ll be even luckier to have you,” Alex replied.
“She’ll have both of us,” Naomi said. “And we’ll make sure to give her the best life we can.”
Above all else, Naomi wanted their daughter to grow up with both her parents. She didn’t want her to know the pain of growing up with a broken family like she did, like either of them did. Naomi knew that Alex felt the same, and she knew that together they would be able to give their baby girl the life they wished they’d had as children.
As the two of them sat their on the couch together, Naomi savoured the moment as she looked toward the future. She was so ready to start her own family, and she couldn’t ask for a better partner to do it with.
“Are you nervous?”
“A little bit, yeah.”
Alex took her wife’s hand in her own and gave it a loving squeeze. “I’ll be right beside you the whole time.”
Naomi looked back at her and smiled. “I know,” she said. “And that fact alone is really calming my nerves.”
“Well, I’m happy to be here for you,” Alex replied.
The two were sat beside each other in the fertility clinic waiting room, patiently awaiting to be called. Alex couldn’t believe this day was finally here. Today was the day that a piece of her genetic code would be combined with a piece from her wife to create a new life, a life that the two of them would love and care for together.
Even though Naomi would be the one carrying their child, Alex couldn’t help but feel a little nervous herself. That was just the kind of person she was, always worried about the worst possible outcomes when she knew there was no reason to be. She just needed to keep reminding herself that she and Naomi were in Dr. Campbell’s very capable hands and everything would turn out okay.
“What are you thinking about?” Naomi asked. She always was able to tell when Alex was deep in thought.
“I’m just trying to keep calm,” Alex told her wife. “You know how I get.”
“Hey, don’t worry. Everything will be fine,” Naomi said, placing her other hand atop Alex’s. “If anyone should be freaking out, it’s me,” she continued with a laugh. “I’m about to have another life growing inside of me!”
A wide smile formed on Alex’s face. “You were right, you know,” she said.
“About what?” Naomi asked.
“About it being better for you to carry the baby. I would be freaking out in your shoes. You’re going to handle this better than I ever could.”
Naomi gave Alex’s hand a firm squeeze. “Only because you’re going to help me through it.”
At the sound of the nurse calling them, the two young women shared a knowing look with each other, then got to their feet. It was finally time.
The bright rays of Malchion’s sun shone down as Alex jogged across the walkway leading out of the rooftop park near her apartment building with her Umbreon and Houndoom beside her. It was a beautiful weekend day, perfect for exercising with her Pokemon. The neighborhood around her building was quite pretty, and the young Sinai woman loved to spend days like these jogging through it with her four-legged friends. It certainly helped her and her Pokemon stay and shape, but above all the warm breeze rushing through her hair and the warmth of the sun on her skin made her feel so alive.
As she drew near her building, Alex began to slow her pace, lowering her speed to that of a leisurely stroll. She just wanted to savour the outdoors for just a little bit longer. Before heading inside, she gave Ebony and Diablo some loving pets, then recalled them to their Pokeballs. They deserved some rest after all their exercise.
Upon entering the apartment she and Naomi lived in together, Alex grabbed a drink of water from the fridge then walked over to the couch, where her now very pregnant wife sat, chatting on her Pokedex with someone. “Yes, everything is going fine,” she heard Naomi say. “She’s perfectly healthy.”
Seeing Alex return, Naomi gave her a smile and a wave, and signaled that she would be off the call soon. In the meantime, Alex headed into the bedroom and quickly changed into something that wasn’t covered in her sweat. It may have been a lovely day out, but it could get quite hot on Malchion.
“Love you too,” Alex heard her wife say as she walked back out of the bedroom. “Bye.” Naomi then placed her Pokedex down and looked over at Alex. “How was your run, babe?” she asked.
“It was good,” Alex replied before taking another sip of water. “Hot out there.” She then walked over to join Naomi on the couch and gave her a kiss.
“So that was my mom,” Naomi said. “She keeps calling all the time now.” She smiled and let out a laugh. “She’s so excited to have a grandchild on the way.”
Alex smiled back. “I bet she is.”
Naomi took a deep breath and placed her hands on her baby bump, which was quite large now. It was a constant reminder that their baby girl would be with them soon. Alex’s smile widened as she watched her wife sitting there. She couldn’t wait to meet her daughter.
“She keeps asking about what we’re going to name her,” Naomi continued. She looked down at her belly and smiled. “I think I finally know what I want to call her.”
“Oh?” Alex asked as she snuggled up against Naomi. The two of them had discussed names for their daughter a few times over the past few months, but they still hadn’t found the name that was just right.
“Mhm,” Naomi said, nodding. “I want to name her Ellie.”
As soon as she heard the name leave her wife’s lips, Alex knew that it was the one. “It’s beautiful,” she said, placing her hand on Naomi’s thigh. “Ellie it is.”
“I knew you’d think so,” Naomi said, looking back up at Alex. “It’s the perfect name for— Oh!” She suddenly perked up, cutting off her own words.
“What’s wrong?” Alex asked, her voice suddenly full of concern.
Naomi shook her head and smiled. “Nothing,” she said. She took Alex’s hand in her own, then placed it on her belly. As soon as her fingers made contact, Alex could feel a soft, rhythmic thumping. “She’s kicking,” Naomi said, her eyes wide with excitement.
Alex couldn’t quite describe it, but she felt herself overcome with joy and wonder. She could feel chills running through her body. This was the first time it really set in that something truly amazing was about to come into her life.
“Do you think she can hear us?” Alex asked, resting her head on her wife’s belly.
“Of course,” Naomi said as she ran her fingers through Alex’s hair.
“Do you think she knows who we are?” Alex asked. She felt her mind going a million miles an hour. “Does she knows she has two moms? Will she know I’m her mom too? Am I even going to be a good mom?”
Naomi just laughed. “Alex, calm down,” she said. “Of course you’re going to be a good mom. I’ve seen the way you care for your Pokemon. I’ve seen you do it for as long as I’ve known you. You’re always fretting over them and making sure they have the best care. You’ve had the instincts of a mother for years.”
Alex looked up at her wife with hopeful eyes. “Do you really think so?”
Naomi smiled and placed a comforting hand on Alex’s back. “I know so.”
“And then there’s Aviateon. It’s so cute and fluffy like a cloud and—”
“Wait, Aviateon?” Naomi asked, interrupting her wife. “Like aviation? Are their names all puns?”
An adorable smile appeared on Alex’s face. “Maybe,” she said in a mischievous tone.
Naomi smiled back at Alex. “I love it.”
It was a lovely evening on Malchion, and the two young women had just finished another romantic dinner together. Alex was currently in the middle of telling her pregnant wife all about her latest breakthrough at the Institute as she got everything cleaned up. After months upon months, her department had finally completed its latest project: the development of alternate evolutions for Eevee of every type. With their final breakthrough, Alex’s team had been able to successfully evolve Eevees into every single type.
“I’m glad,” Alex said, a huge grin on her face. She sounded so excited by the completion of the project, and it made Naomi happy to see her wife so happy.
“And I’m glad things are going so well at the Institute,” Naomi said as she got to her feet. She took a step forward to give Alex another congratulatory hug, but suddenly felt a sharp pain shoot through her. Starting to feel lightheaded, Naomi leaned on the table for support.
“Are you okay?” Alex asked, rushing to her wife’s side. “What happened?”
Naomi opened her mouth to speak, but only a pained sound came out as another sharp pain shot through her. “I … “ she eventually managed to grunt out. “I think the baby’s coming.”
“Are you sure?” Alex asked, worried.
“Yes, I’m sure!” Naomi cried out.
The next few seconds, minutes, or even hours were a blur to Naomi. One moment she and Alex were in a skycar, and then they were walking through the hospital. All that she could really focus on were the regular, painful feelings she was experiencing.
She remembered crying out in a room full of doctors and nurses while Alex squeezed her hand tightly. “It’s going to be okay,” she could hear her wife saying. “Just push.”
It was the most intense physical pain Naomi had ever felt. It was so overwhelming. She couldn’t take it anymore. But then everything fell silent and the pain seemed to dull away. And then she heard it, her baby’s cry. It was like the voice of an angel to her ears.
Naomi felt a wave of euphoria wash over her as the doctor placed her baby girl in her arms. “Hey there,” she breathed out softly as the crying infant quieted down. She was smiling from ear to ear as she looked to her wife. “Alex … look,” she said.
In that moment Naomi felt the strongest love she had ever felt before. In that moment, she knew nothing would ever be the same again.
Author’s Notes: Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I’d had loose ideas of scenes floating around my head for quiet a while of various moments in Alex and Naomi’s life together as they became parents, but when I realized Mother’s Day was coming up, I knew I had to synthesize them into an actual post. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
I think this piece is rather straightforward, but there are some fun and/or interesting bits in here that are worth discussing. Research is already happening today on ways for same-sex couples to be able to have biological children together, so I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that over one-thousand years into the future in a space setting that this is actually a thing that can happen now. I did some reading around the internet for this piece so I could try to be as grounded in reality as possible.
This piece is gives us another appearance of Malchion, which has appeared briefly in another Tales & Transmissions piece. Malchion is the site of the Primary Research Institute, the Federation research facility that H founded after the end of the original campaign. It’s also where Alex and Naomi moved after Naomi finished school, since Alex was in charge of the Institute’s Pokemon research branch.
Speaking of which, DragonStorm and I established shortly after the end of the original campaign that one of Alex’s big projects was the development of Eeveelutions of every type. The PTU devs had already done the legwork, making them an option in the sci-fi splat book (and they named them all using puns, which I thought was perfect for Alex). I decided to work that in at the end because when I mentioned a project when I started writing this piece. As I was writing I was thinking of what the project actually was, and then it hit me that this was obviously it.
I was actually originally planning this piece to go for a few more scenes with Alex and Naomi experiencing being moms, but after writing the birth scene, it just made sense to end it on that note. It’s just such a perfect ending. Overall, I’m really happy with how this turned out and I hope you enjoyed reading it.
That does it for this story. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this piece! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the rest of the Spacemon saga, join the Spacemon Discord server, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon!