That night after the boys had said their goodbyes, It was time for Dale and I to say ours. He was leaving very early in the morning and it was unlikely that I would be awake.
We took the opportunity to watch the stars together.
“You’ll be good while I’m away, yeah?”, he asked. His smile telling me that he only half serious.
“I somehow don’t think that’s the idea”, I joked. “but I’ll try”
We didn’t mention it again, I knew it was hard for him but I was getting closer to being done.
I did wonder if each separation between the two of us would become harder or easier; at the moment it was a little hard to tell.
Rolan was still acting strange, he often just sat there staring. In the kitchen; the nursery, it didn’t matter where he was he always ended up with a blank stare on his face.
What is wrong with you?, Loise asked.
“I just don’t feel right”
”You want to know what I think?”, she replied.
“I think that old lady alien did something to you. You haven’t been right since then. Your actually being nice to people. It’s weird, and a little creepy.”
“Are you finished?”, Rolan asked.
“I think I liked you more before” Loise said. “Just saying…”
Rolan had also started to gain massive amounts of weight without any explanation.
Occasionally he even developed a weird green glow around his stomach.
After that I decided to do a little research, everything I could find was extremely vague but I did notice that there had been a recent increase of strange occurrences. I even found one fleeting reference that I found a little worrying.
Unfortunately there seemed to be no way to stop what was happening to Rolan. Apparently it wouldn’t hurt him long-term it was just a situation that required us to wait it out.
While I was making sure Rolan was okay, I had been forgetting the other task that had to be completed while Dale was away. With only five of us living here and Dale being away, the house felt extremely quiet and empty, something I wasn’t used to.
I had been putting off finding a father for my next children when I paid a visit by yet another ghost.
“I hear you are looking for father’s for your 100 baby destiny?”
“I’m sorry? What did you just say?”
”There’s a rumour circulating through the cemetery that you have a destiny that requires you to have one hundred babies. I could help you with that if you’d like?”
”Please tell me that isn’t the reason I’ve been getting constant ghostly visitations?”I asked, a little horrified. Was I a constant topic of conversation at the graveyard?
”They were just curious, I just thought I would offer to help out”, he smiled.
Despite being creeped out by the idea that the entire population of the Queenstown Cemetary was obviously going to find out about this, I accepted his offer. Afterall it meant that I didn’t need to go and search for a new man to father my children.
”Are you okay?”
”Am I okay? Really? Have you seen me lately, I mean look at me!”
“You know, I think it might be almost over” I said looking at my son. It had to be, I didn’t know how much larger he could become.
I was right, shortly after my son started to glow, his body surrounded by a green light. A short time later he held a small, slightly green baby in his arms.
The babies green skin colour slowly faded until he wad a slightly darker skin tone than his father.
Rolan was shocked, I managed to get the both of them into the kitchen so Rolan could age up his son.
This is my grandson Crux Young. Isn’t he the cutest?
Following Crux’s birth Rolan seemed to be a little withdrawn. He would sit in the nursery with Crux for ages, until Crux actually required his care and then he was nowhere to be found.
Any care Crux needed usually fell to me to provide. Not that I minded, I thought my new grandson was beautiful.
Eventually, Rolan came and told me he would be moving out in the morning and that he wouldn’t be taking Crux with him.
“But he’s your son!” I asked, not understanding how he could just leave him behind.
“I know I can’t handle this!”
“I didn’t ask for this, it’s not what I want. I just can’t be what he needs”, he explained. “I’m not you, Mum. He’ll be much better off here with you than he ever would be with me.”
A part of me understood, but mostly I didn’t. Leaving one of my children with someone else would have been unthinkable for me.
The following morning I plastered on my happy face as I said goodbye to Rolan.
A/N: Poor Rolan got knocked up with his alien baby while he was teen. I seriously did not know this could happen, I guess being aged up shortly after an alien abduction means they can get pregnant. Weird…..