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Soon to be parents

Posted on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 @ 2:25am by Lieutenant Azusa Nakano & Lieutenant Trei Jansum

1,166 words; about a 6 minute read

Mission: Making for a Hostile Environment.
Location: Treis quarters

Azusa left sickbay with several thoughts floating around. She had no idea what to do now, she didn't know what would be the right thing to do. She had two options, but she didn't want the second option at all. The first option was a good option for any Starfleet Officer, but it meant a huge change in her life.

She wandered aimlessly down the corridors until she found herself standing outside a door. 'I should tell him. Thats only fair right... thats the right thing to do...' she kept thinking over and over again. Her hand was trembling as she reached out for the chime on Trei's door. Her finger pressed the chime, the shakiness causing her to touch it multiple times making the bell ring several times over itself.

Trei heard the chime repeatedly over and over and called, "I'm coming!" He had just gotten his dinner from the replicator, but the chime began ringing insistently. He got up and opened the door. "Azusa," he said, surprised. "Hi. Come in." He saw the anguish on her face and felt it coming from her in waves along with thoughts of someone...someone who suddenly became very dear to him in that instant. He tamped down on his reactions for Azusa's sake.

Azusa walked in just enough for the door to shut behind her. She couldn't help it, it just started to happen. Tears began to flow from her hazel eyes and run down her cheeks. She looked up at him, her eyes glistening with her tears. "Trei...." she sobbed.

He rushed towards her, catching her in his arms. He carried her to the couch. He couldn't help smiling but he held her, stroking her back as she cried.

"Trei... somethings happened" she sobbed into him. Her emotional defences seemed to simply crumble around her as she allowed herself to be held in his arms. She eventually broke free of him after a few minutes, sitting looking up at him.

"I went to sickbay. I've not been feeling too great..." she sobbed as she began to wipe tears from her eyes. "I wanted to make sure everything was ok since we came back from the planet" she continued to explain to him. She paused and looked him directly in his eyes. "After what happened down there between us... Trei...."

She placed both hands on her belly. "Trei... I'm having your baby inside here..." she told him. "And I can't stop crying, I don't know what to do!"

Trei enveloped her in his long arms and shushed her. "Ssshhhh. It's fine. We'll figure it out together. We'll take cake care of her together. If you want to get married, that's fine. I don't mind. Anything to help take care of her." Trei's face felt like it was about to split in two, he was smiling so big.

"You promise?" She asked. She couldn't stop her emotions coming through. "How am I going to tell my family this? I'm not married. This is unheard of in my culture!" she replied. "How will I be a good Starfleet Officer when I'm... like this"

Trei shook his head. "Starfleet officers get pregnant all the time. There are married Starfleet officers and they have families while serving. As far as culture goes, I don't know much about Japanese culture." He sighed, rubbing her back. "We'll have trouble with my mother, too. I'm from one of the Thirteen Houses of Betazed. My sister will take over as head, but I was still supposed to marry a nice Betazoid girl and settle down and raise a bunch of Betazoid babies."

Azusa sniffled as she looked up back into his eyes. "Does that mean... I'm not good enough?" she asked sobbing slightly. "In my culture, you're only meant to have a family after marriage, at least traditionally"

Trei gazed tenderly at her. "You are more than good enough. You are a diamond among coals. It's just old traditions, is all. Besides, my father will be rooting for us, and so will my brother and sister. My father is not who my mother was supposed to marry, after all."

"Really?" Azusa asked. "So... will it really be alright? Its all new to me... I didn't think I would have this for a long time..."

He kissed her forehead before pulling her into his embrace again. "It really will be alright." He froze. "What is your father going to think?"

Azusa shook her head. "I don't know..." she said simply. "He's always been strict with me, I'm his only child. I don't know how he will take this" she explained to him. "But... I don't want anyone to know yet" she added.

Trei nodded. "We'll have to tell people before too long, because they're going to notice."

"Yes..." Azusa said. "But not right now" she said softly looking down at the floor. "I'm not ready to tell them yet. Lets... keep this between us for now"

Trei nodded again. "Alright, if that's what you want." He held out his hand, asking, "May I?"

Azusa simply nodded in response.

Trei touched his hand to her abdomen and caught his breath. He was really going to be a father! He couldn't wait to spoil that little girl. He smiled a little wonderingly and looked at Azusa. "I can't wait to see her."

"If the baby is a girl that is..." Azusa commented.

"Oh, I hope so," he said, smiling hugely. Then he sobered. "I'm all for helping with her, but...where do we stand with each other? I"

"I don't know..." Azusa replied. "We were kinda dating before right. But this is totally different now." she paused for a few moments trying to regain control of her emotions. "I think we carry on like we were before. This is just another fact of life that we need to work into this" she told him softly placing a hand over his on her belly.

He nodded. "In that case...join me for breakfast tomorrow? My father made sure I could cook and bake for my future wife. Things are kinda the other way round on Betazed. The women work while men take care of the home and kids. And the Oberon family has a great uttaberry muffin recipe."

"Thats different from my culture, especially Japanese" Azusa replied. In Japan women were seen as the ones who cared for the husband, bore and raised children and look after the house. "Tomorrow it is..." she said simply.

He kissed her forehead again. "In that case, good night. I'll see you in the morning, Zoos."

Azusa nodded simply. "I'll see you in the morning" she replied as she pulled herself up and headed to the door. "Not a word. Got it?"

Trei nodded. "Got it." He watched her go, then leaned back on his couch, grinning at the ceiling.

Posting by

Lieutenant Azusa Nakano
Chief Engineer
USS Aurora

Lt Trei Jansum
Chief Sec/Tac Officer
USS Aurora


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