Roxy laughed anxiously as Lucas started playing with all the equipment. The distraction didn’t exactly ease away all her nerves, but it did make her feel a little bit better. She could tell Lucas was trying his best to make things feel as normal as possible, so she grinned at his question. “I’ve seen loads o’ nice maternity clothes, actually,” she said, the butterflies in her stomach returning as the nurse walked over to her. “So I can’t wait,” she added, her smile fading. The nurse told her there was nothing to worry about; the experience would be painless and only last a short while. Blah blah. None of it was really going in. Her eyes were fixated on the piece of equipment the nurse had in her hand. “This is called a transducer,” she said with a smile. “It looks scary, but it really isn’t. If I were to explain how this works in its entirety then we’d be here all day, so I’ll just give you a basic rundown.” The nurse sat down and picked up a bottle of gel. “I’ll pour this cold gel onto your belly. Then, I’ll run this transducer over the gel. The transducer contains crystals which will pick up sound waves and, basically, generate an image up on this screen. Depending on how the baby is lying, we might not be able to see him or her clearly, but we’ll be able to see its heartbeat and make sure everything’s alright.” Roxy nodded and smiled, leaning back and looking back over at Dean and Lucas. She then turned her head to look at the monitor as the nurse squeezed the gel onto her stomach, the cold making her wince slightly. The nurse smiled and ran the transducer over her stomach, looking over at the screen for a picture. Although blurry, Roxy was able to make out the shape of the baby and the nerves in her tummy soon turned into a stranger feeling. It wasn’t love, because she didn’t care for the baby at all. It was more happiness, happy that the baby seemed to be alright. But it was certainly weird looking up at the screen at a baby that was inside her stomach.
Dean’s stomach was tight with nerves, he felt horrible for thinking it, but this was what he was wanting to avoid, seeing the baby that could potentially be his on the screen, would it cause it to feel something for it? Or would it make him despise Roxy for not getting rid of it when she had the chance, he hoped it was neither and that he could deal with it, he had been dealing so far, but it still didn’t feel real and with the baby actually being on the screen he wasn’t going to be able to keep that feeling, it was going to be real, it was going to happen. He was pulled from these thoughts by Lucas’ comments on the maternity clothes and he couldn’t help but laugh, trust Lucas to try and make them laugh in this situation, Dean himself was being useless at helping, being far too silent and awkward. He was about to speak up himself when the nurse beat him to it. The equipment she was holding looked strange and he couldn’t wrap his head around how it would work. He bit the inside of his lip as his eyes flicked to the blank screen, flicking them back to Roxy as she lay down, when she looked over them he gave her his best reassuring smile, it probably looked more like a terrified grimace, but that’s how he felt in his head, absolutely bloody terrified, it was all going to be real in a couple of minutes and he felt as though he would hyperventilate at any moment, that’s until the screen started working and the images appeared on the screen. It was the strangest thing he had ever seen, he could tell what the baby was, but he felt…relieved? Relieved that he didn’t feel some undying love for the blurry image and relieved that he didn’t hate it, he felt sort of calm.
"Ew I feel sick, what is it?" he said, with a deep breath. Lucas stared intently at the screen, his eyes fixated on it, trying to make out what it was. He twisted his head sideways and in all different directions. "Are you sure there’s a human in there?" He asked, sounding as confused as anything. "I can see a splodge but that’s about it. I mean, where’s the head? Or does he not have one yet? Is he too young for that?" He asked, stupidly. He didn’t even know why he called it a ‘he’, it just felt natural. Lucas walked right up to the screen hoping that would help. It was probably amusing to watch, but he really couldn’t figure it out. "Roxy, I hate to break it to ya, but you definitely have some sorta alien hidin’ inside you." As Lucas strolled back over to stand besides the others he began to feel a different sort of overwhelming sensation. He’d managed to deal with this pressure well so far and he was proud of himself for it. Now though? He felt his legs turn to jelly and turn unsteady. Nausea overcome him, but for real this time. The emptiness of his stomach didn’t help towards the weakness he felt in his body and his vision quickly became more and more blurry. Striding quickly, he took the seat next to Roxy’s bed and took many deep breaths, trying his best not to let anyone else see. He didn’t know what was going on. He was a strong person. But he knew this had nothing to do with the baby, even though he was the only one who could know the true reason.
Got an answer for everythin’, you.
Do I get a prize?
How charming! Thank you, you’re not so bad yourself there, handsome.
Anyway it’s great to finally meet you. I’m Lucas. We should definitely hang sometime.
Yeah, have we met?
Nah, but Em’s such a proud little sister of ya. She’s told us all loads.
She was right when she mentioned how pretty you were!
Haha, sounds good!
Have we met?
Nah. Enjoyed tha peace.
Grumpy Nels! Come have some fun for once.
I think that’d only work if they also ‘ad 22 hands….
Their hands are so fat they can hold many-a-knife.
Have a good night?
Can’t remember it. So definitely!
Emilia’s sister, right?