There was sunlight when Ash finally reopened her eyes. She was lying in the guest bed at the back of the house. She tried to sit up, but was pushed back down by Renee’s strong, cool hands.
“You need to stay in bed, Ash. You’re too weak right now.”
“What’s wrong with me?” Ash managed to ask in a thin voice.
Renee sighed. “I’m not sure. There was no blood, so I don’t think that you’ll be gaining any water powers. Another reason I think that it because I ran a few more tests on the hydrogen and oxygen cells, and they’re only a week old, at the oldest cell.”
“So what does that mean?”
Renee pierced Ash with vivid blue eyes. “I’ve seen this happen twice, when your mother was pregnant with you. There were methane, nitrogen, and petrol cells in her blood, along with the normal cells and her hydrogen and oxygen cells. She got those new cells because she was carrying a child with a different talent than hers. The same thing happened to me when I was carrying Taiga and Tundra.”
Ash closed her eyes. “So you’re saying I’m pregnant?”
“I’m saying it’s possible. Now I’m going to have to know if you and Will have…done anything that could’ve led to this. And yes, I am his mother, so I know it’s awkward. But I’m not asking you as a mother, I’m asking you as a doctor.”
Ash remained silent for a few moments, then answered. “Yes.”
“How long ago?”
“The night we escaped,” she answered, her eyes still closed.
“That was around a week ago.”
Ash reopened her eyes. “But a week isn’t long enough to tell, it takes a month, right?”
Renee shook her head. “Not with people like us. I’m not sure why, but the fetal process is sped up a bit with people who have type m blood. But I’d like to run just a couple more conclusive tests just to be sure.”
Ash sighed. “Okay. But if I am, don’t tell Will, I’ll tell him after we destroy the facility.”
Renee nodded. “Okay. But we could just be jumping to conclusions here, but I’d like to make sure to put the mothering side of my mind at ease.”
Ash stared at the ceiling as Renee turned and walked out of the room.
Will walked in a minute after his mom walked out and pulled a chair beside the bed. "How are you feeling?"
She smiled. "Somewhat better."
Will returned her smile. "Good. I don't like seeing you in pain."
Ash sat up. “When are we going to leave?”
Will shrugged. “I don’t want you to get hurt, or you have another episode and me not be able to take care of you. We both need to be as focused as we can when we go back there.”
“I know we do. And we need to go soon. I don’t want to take a chance on Taiga and Tundra ending up there.”
“I don’t either,” Will said as he reached for her hand. “But I also don’t want you to get hurt or worse while we’re there. Why don’t I just go alone?”
“Because you know you wouldn’t be able to leave your property without me catching up, and your mind would be back here with me instead of on what you need to do.”
Will half-smiled. “Why is it that you’re usually right?”
Ash smiled. “Because I’m a girl. And because I know you too well.”
“Just as well as I know you,” he said.
Ash’s smile fell. “How can you know me when I hardly know myself?”
“Because I remember who you were. And you will, too. I just don’t know when.”
“I hope so,” Ash said softly. “I’m tired of not being able to remember anything.”
Will opened his mouth to say something when Renee walked in.
“Well, I have good news. Or bad news, depended on how you want to take it,” Renee said.
Will turned around. “What is it?”
“Ash, you can’t control water. But that coughing spell was just part of a cold from your swim in the river a week ago.”
“But that was a week ago, why am I still sick from it?”
Renee shrugged. “Maybe because of your temperature. It’s already so high that it probably helped prevent you from getting sick for awhile.” She turned to her son. “Will, go check on Taiga and Tundra, I’ll take care of Ash.”
Will nodded and reluctantly walked out of the room. After he closed the door behind him, Renee shook her head.
“I’m not really sick, am I?” Ash asked.
Renee shook her head again. “No. My first guess was right.”
“So Will’s going to be a father?”
Renee nodded. “When are you going to tell him?”
Ash shrugged and pushed the blankets back. “I’m not sure. I guess after we’re done at the facility so that way he can concentrate on what we’re there to do.”
Renee looked away. “If your parents were still alive, they’d kill me for letting you go and do this, especially now that you have someone else to take care of.”
Ash slowly got out of bed and leaned against the wall for a moment, trying to make the room stop spinning. “Well sadly, neither of them are here anymore, and that’s part of the reason I have to go do this.”
“Just promise me you’ll be careful. Especially now that you have two lives to take care of.”
“I have three. Mine, Will’s, and our child’s. It’s different than only taking care of one, but I think I should be able to do that.”
Renee nodded as Will walked back in the room.
“They’re still asleep,” he reported. “I take it you’re feeling better?” Ash shrugged. "I'd feel better if we were going back to the facility to get rid of it."
Will smiled and leaned against the doorframe. "I don't know if you should go if you're sick."
With a glare thrown in his direction, Ash stepped away from the wall and stood on her own. "I'm fine, let's go."
"Go. I'll keep Taiga and Tundra occupied while you're gone," Renee said to her son as she pulled him into a tight hug. "Come back to me sooner this time. And make it safe for the twins," she whispered.
Will hugged her tightly back and nodded. "I promise."