Born and Raised

by Pkfan2004

Most toons I reference are mine, or belong to someone I know. I'll make sure to give credit when it's due.

Nancy Michaels, aka Omega Contingency, woke up restlessly. She got up from her nice comfy bed, waltzed into the bathroom and smiled. Then she quickly and painfully vomited into the sink.

"Ugh, ew! What the hell was that"

She dropped to her knees in front of the toilet, and spent the next ten minutes praying at the porcelain throne. A little bit woozy, she shed her bedclothes and warmed up her shower. As she cleaned the bile from her lips and the dirt from her body, she thought about why she'd be puking.

"Okay, let's see. Haven't dealt with zombies in a while, haven't been messing around with lab equipment, haven't gotten drunk in a while. Huh, I can't think of a damn thing"

Nancy finished while thinking, dried off while thinking and got dressed while thinking. Pulling on her tights, she felt her shirt to be a little tighter. Shrugging, she stepped out of her small apartment in Cap Au Diable and walked to the street.

Cap Au Diable was always quiet in the early morning. The gremlins hooted and howled on the pylons, the Goldbrickers stood around looking for goodplaces to hit, and the Luddites attended the morning sermons. She stopped in at a store, grabbed a quick breakfast and emptied the register. Nancy greeted a few passing Luddites, and walked to the doctor's office. This was already planned, she knew she'd be going to see Doctor Wallace for a while. Nancy sat in the lobby for a while, and was quickly ushered to Wallace's office.

"Why hello Nancy! So nice to see you. Has that arm fully healed yet?" Doctor Adam Wallace used to be a valuable asset to Vahzilok as an expert in Eidolons. After being captured, the good doctor went as straight as he could. His firm quickly became the most popular office in Cap, but that didn't mean he cut all ties with Vahzilok.

"Perfectly. Just glad it didn't take too long, if I'm out of action for a while the bills pile up. So, why do you need me"

"Oh, just your 'personal appointment'. So drop the tights and lie on the table."

I'm going to spare some readers, and just skip this part.

"Well, everything checks out. But there's a small problem. You're pregnant."

She laughed. "I'm not pregnant, I haven't been with a guy in a while."

"How long?"

"Almost two months."

"When was the last time you were on the clock."

"Uh, not recently."

"Well, that clinches it. You're pregnant."

She froze in shock. "Bu-bu-but the last time I screwed a guy was two months ago!" she stammered.

"Well, who did you do the deed with?"

"...a Luddite."

"Ah." he smirked. "Luddites do it old school. Chances are very good that anyone who hooks up with a Luddite will walk away with an extra gift. I doubt they believe in advanced protection"

Nancy buried her head in her hands. "Oh, son of a bitch. How do you even know I'm pregnant? I'm not swelling, I threw up this morning but I think it was something I ate, and I'm pretty sure you can't tell from popping the hood."

Dr. Wallace sighed. "You gave a urine sample today?"

"Yeah, you always make me."

"We test the samples each time. And we run pregnancy tests on all female patients. So I knew this without having to check the oven."

"Damnit!" Her anger peaking, Nancy's powers activated. Self sustaining flames seared the table and a natural aura of dark energy crackled in the air. "Damnit damnit damnit!" She silently seethed as her powers cooled.

Dr. Wallace smiled nervously. "Yes, well, there are things you can do if you don't want a baby."

"No way in hell. I may be a villain, but I'm not about to smack around an innocent baby."


"Nothing doing. If I'm gonna royally screw up, I might was well see the whole clusterfreak through. That thought broke my arm, and it's gonna break something else in me if I let this baby go."

"Huh, I never thought villains could be so passionate about birth. Anyway, if you're gonna see this little monster through you're gonna need a plan. This isn't the best place to raise a baby."

"Alright, as much as it's gonna hurt me I need to know"

After a long discussion, Nancy made a list.

1. Apply for maternity pay from Arachnos.
2. Ask if Arachnos Health Insurance covers birth costs.
3. Find a steady source of income if 1 and 2 fall through.
4. Get crap for the baby.

With her tasks full in mind, she picked up her cell phone and dialed.