A/N: Okay, I'm going to take a stab at making this one-shot into a story. I don't have an ending in mind yet. Me continuing this story all depends on how it's received. If it doesn't do well, I'll take this down and leave it as a one-shot. So let me know what you think.
Disclaimer: I don't own Dark Angel.
The numbers on the clock read four twenty-five. She was pissed at ten, angry at one, now she was enraged. She yanked the door open and made her way down the stairs. "Last I heard from Kit was that they're still going at it. Apparently he's made his choice." She hadn't even bothered listening to the rest of the gossip; she only had one objective in mind: kick Alec's ass.
Everybody watched as she left HQ, giving her a wide berth. This was unbelievable. She wanted to say it was typical, but that would only be a half truth. He would never miss a debriefing about a mission even a minor one. She started to worry. The others hadn't said anything about him getting injured, but knowing him he wouldn't let them know. She blurred the rest of the way to his apartment building. Running up the stairs, she could smell the distinct scent. It grew stronger as she approached his door. She let out an angry growl.
"Damnit Alec!!" She was getting ready to bust down the door when a voice from behind stopped her.
"I wouldn't do that if I were you." She turned around to face Doc.
"And why not?"
"You know as well as I do how an X-series male gets when a female is in heat."
"Yeah and Alec knows better. He should've fought the urge and taken her to the ward."
"It's never that simple Max. You can only fight your instincts for so long," he said with a shrug. She leaned back against the wall. Her heightened sense of hearing started picking up the moans and growls from within the apartment.
"How long they been at it?," she asked nodding her head in the direction of the door.
"From what I understand since early this morning. Cash came down to the ward around six this morning and said something was happening at Alec's. He's still young and he's never seen the effects of heat so he didn't fully realize the complications that come with it. It wasn't until I heard the talk going around T.C. that I put two and two together. Made some rounds and came here to make sure everyone was okay."
"About…," he looked down at his watch, "ten minutes ago."
"Why didn't you get here earlier?" He shrugged.
"Didn't think there was a point. Not like this is the first heat T.C.'s experienced and it sure won't be the last." Max nodded.
"So why haven't you busted the door down to get to her yourself?" He chuckled as he shook his head. It always took little comments or questions like that to make him remember that Max hadn't grown up at Manticore. She was clueless about certain things, more specifically ones pertaining to their basic nature.
"I'm not stupid enough to come between a male and his mate when she's in heat. Besides I wouldn't stand a chance against Alec." Max nodded her head. He was right. Alec had been one of the top soldiers at Manticore and that hadn't changed being on the outside. A lot of the Xs still looked to him for answers and orders. She was glad she had him by her side in getting T.C. built. Finally realization dawned on her.
"Mate?" Doc found her shocked expression amusing. He wondered if there was a hint of jealousy in there. All of T.C. had thought that eventually Max would drop Logan and mate with Alec, but as he looked into her chocolate eyes he realized they were all wrong. Max had never had anything more than sibling affection for him. Perhaps it was because of her unit sibling 493 or Ben, as he had been named. That wouldn't allow for any mating to take place.
"Smell the air Max." She took a deep breath. A new scent hit her nose. She scrunched up her face trying to figure it out. It was definitely Alec, but a new scent seemed to be entwined with it. "He has scented her." He continued on when she still didn't get it. "Its kind of basic animal nature. A male rubs his scent over his mate so all the other males know that she is off limits. That smell is their two scents mixed together."
"But doesn't that happen anyway when a male gets with a female in heat?"
"It's never this potent. The basic scent mixing that results from a typical heat cycle fades within a couple of days and its never strong enough to deter other males from pursuing the female. This one is obvious of a male selecting a female as his mate. If he hadn't taken her, I wouldn't be standing here right now." She quirked her eyebrow.
"I'd probably be unconscious on his living room floor. See," he pushed himself off the wall and moved forward, "I wouldn't have been able to resist the urge to try to steal her from him for myself, but since they're mated it's like a big flashing neon warning sign that is saying touch and die." Max was still having a hard time wrapping her brain around it. Just when things were starting to feel normal, well as normal as they could get for a transgenic, something would come up and slap her in the face.
"So who is it?"
"Not sure. This scent is fairly new but still familiar to me. We'll just have to wait and see."
"How long will that be?" Doc just shrugged, a small smile playing on his face. Max rolled her eyes and turned to head back to HQ. "Are you sticking around?" He nodded.
"An X-4 named Mattie lives here. She's pregnant and due for a checkup. Figured might as well give her a house call since I'm here." She gave him a short nod.
"Well if you see Alec when he gets done have him meet me at Headquarters." She started walking down the stairs before stopping and turning back to Doc. "And make sure he brings his mate."
"Oh there won't be a problem with that. He won't let her out of his sight for quite a while." Max just shook her head and continued on her way. She just couldn't believe it. Alec has a mate. Those two words just didn't seem like they should be in the same sentence. Alec had never come off as the one woman kind of guy. She wondered who it was that had captured her friend's attention so completely.
She finally arrived back to the hustle and bustle of HQ. She figured if she couldn't talk to Alec right now she might as well talk with the other person she intended to see today. She stopped by a table where Dalton was helping Mole clean some weapons. Dix sat nearby typing away on the computer and observing the patterns that flashed on the screen.
"Have any of you seen Ro?"
She collapsed back onto the bed, breathing heavily. She felt….well she really didn't know what she felt. Happy, relieved, excited, satisfied, so many emotions were flowing through her and she couldn't pin point exactly one.
"Oh God," she cried out. He smiled against her stomach as he trailed his lips over it. Crawling up her body, he nestled himself between her legs again. He wondered if this was what the ordinaries meant when they talked about Heaven. Everything was perfect. He had his mate under him and they were alone. He could stay like this forever with her. He leaned his head down, pressing their foreheads together, his smirk playing on his face.
"I prefer Alec." Then he captured her lips in a searing kiss. Her hands wound around his neck and slid into his hair. He was going to be the death of her, but damn what a way to go. He gently nudged her opening a little. He heard her moan in pain and pleasure. He knew she was tired and sore. Hell, it was her first time and they had been going at it for over ten hours with a little bit of sleep mixed in. It was taking all the restraint he had not to plow into her once again. That restraint was almost lost when her legs naturally wrapped around his waist. Every part of her fit him perfectly. It was like Manticore made her specifically for him, except they hadn't. He groaned as she pulled him closer, trying to get him inside of her. He had to stop. She needed time to recover. Her heat was starting to die down a bit. Her pheromones still scented the air, but they weren't as potent as when she had first arrived.
He pulled back and rolled over the side of the bed. She moaned in protest at the loss of his heat, but was quickly silenced when he pulled her against him. He tucked her into his side, her head resting on his chest. She could hear the rapid beating of his heart and felt pride knowing that she was the cause.
"Rest," he said softly. He placed a kiss on her head then rested his upon it. His arms were wrapped around her waist. One of his hands was on her hip while the other was splayed across her stomach. Something deep inside him purred with the knowledge that there was a very good chance his seed had taken root within her womb and even as they laid there quiet and content, their child was growing. A smile stretched across his face from ear to ear. He had never thought about being a father. Even when he was participating in the breeding program back at Manticore, the thought of his child running around never spurred any feeling in him. It was just another mission he had to carry out like a good little solider. Yet, laying here with Ro and the possibility that they could soon have a child to look after sparked something within him, something he never knew he had, and it raced to the surface like a freight train speeding down the track. A knock on the door shook them out of their comfortable tranquility.
"Alec? It's Doc." He let out a low growl. "Look man, I'm not here to take your mate. I just need to pass along a message from Max." He laid there for a moment, and then realization hit him.
"Shit," he said crawling out of bed and throwing his sweats back on.
"What's wrong?" He turned to see her sitting up in his bed with the sheet pulled up covering her chest. Her golden hair was a mass of tangles and her lips were bruised from fevered kisses. He had to shake his head to clear it before he ignored Doc and climbed back into bed with her.
"I forgot I had a debriefing this morning. I'm surprised Max didn't come over here and bust down the door," he said wirily. She smirked at him as she watched his muscles ripple with his movement, but it quickly turned into a frown when she registered what he had said. Her eyes widened and her heart rate increased, setting him on edge instantly.
"Hey," he said soothingly, quickly sitting down on the bed and brushing the hair out of the way so he could place a kiss on her forehead. He felt her relax a little with that gesture and it eased his tension as well. He was slightly scared at how quickly they were becoming in tune with each other, but he was even more scared by how right it felt. He had never been the one woman type. After Rachel he was just too scared to open his heart like that again. He pulled her face back and when their eyes connected, his fears disappeared. He knew that this was where he was supposed to be.
"Max." The way his face scrunched up in confusion was absolutely adorable. She just wanted to pull him back into bed and continue with their activities.
"What about her?" His question pulled her out of her thoughts and back into reality.
"She's going to kill me isn't she?" He looked at her incredulously and couldn't hold back his laugh.
"Why would she do that?," he asked as he caressed her face.
"Because…" She felt stupid for what she was about to say. He had already laughed at her last statement, but she was honestly afraid. There was no way she could take Max and she wondered if it came to them fighting who's side he would take. Would he realize he had made a mistake in mating with her? He gave her an encouraging look and she figured she might as well get it out there. "Because you were supposed to be her mate." He looked at her in shock.
"What in the hell are you talking about?" His hands dropped o his lap. This was absurd. Wasn't she listening when he explained the whole mate thing earlier?
"It's just…I heard that you were breeding partners back at Manticore. Everyone in T.C. has been talking about you two eventually mating when she decides to dump Logan." She twisted her fingers together refusing to look at him. He chuckled and then started laughing. He watched as her face heated up and her pale cheeks became red. Her embarrassment radiated through the room and he snapped his mouth shut. Shit, I shouldn't have laughed. He took her face back into his hands and made her look at him.
"Baby, Max isn't going to be upset with you. Shocked yes, but the only one she'll be pissed at is me."
"Why you?," she asked as she leaned more into his touch.
"She'll think I took advantage of you because it was your first heat and you didn't know anything about it." He softly brushed his thumb across the mark. Maybe I should've waited a while. At least until her second one. The animal within him roared at the thought. He was an alpha. He always got what he wanted, when he wanted it and he wanted her as his mate.
"Get dressed. I'm the only one that gets to see you like this." He pulled her up out of bed and swatted her butt. She turned to glare at him and he gave her a cheeky smirk. As she went to grab her clothes, he noticed she was walking a little stiffly. He had to bite his lip to keep from laughing out again. He would have to make her walk like that again. It boosted his ego. He got up and moved the dresser out of the way. Turning to see if she was dressed, he watched as she slipped on one of his shirts. Another knock at the door stopped him from undressing her once again. He walked out of the room and answered the door.
"Hey Doc." The other X-5 just looked Alec up and down. He could tell that his friend was feeling good and picked up the scent of his mate as it radiated off of him. He smiled, truly happy for Alec. With all the shit they were dealing with every little piece of happiness that they could get was greatly needed.
"So what girl was crazy enough to let you claim her?" Alec opened his mouth to reply, but before he could say anything Doc cut him off. "Ro?!" His shock was evident on his face.
"Hi Doc," she said bashfully, giving him a little wave. Seeing her in his shirt caused Alec to harden once more. To him she looked damn good in it. It hung to just past mid-thigh and if he hadn't seen her put on the shorts, he would've thought she had nothing on underneath. That wouldn't have been good with Doc here. Alec made his way over to her and wrapped his arm possessively around her, pulling her tightly into his side. She fit perfectly. Her head was at just the right height that she could lay her head on his shoulder without ending up with a crick in her neck.
Alec purred as she did just that and she had to stifle the laugh that wanted to bubble out. She liked the sound of his purr. It was soothing and caused her muscles to relax. She would definitely enjoying hearing it more. Doc was suppressing his laughter, but not his smile. He quirked an eyebrow at Alec.
"What?," Alec asked.
"Nothing. Nothing," he said shaking his head. "Just thought the girl had more sense that's all." Alec growled and took a step forward, but Ro's arm snaked around his waist and hugged him tightly to her.
"He's just kidding around baby." He looked down to her and then back at Doc.
"Of course man calm down. She chose a good mate. You just better do right by her or I'm sure Max will have your ass."
"I will," he said with conviction. Doc nodded his head and took one last look at the happy mates.
"Well I leave you two to get ready. I wouldn't keep Max waiting too much longer. She was pretty pissed when she showed up at your door." He turned to walk out. "Oh and you can thank me later for stopping her from breaking it down. You should probably come down to the clinic when you're done. I would like to get a blood sample and run some tests."
"Do you think something might be wrong with me?," Ro asked slightly scared. Alec tightened his hold on her. Doc smiled softly.
"No. I just want to run some tests and see if your heat cycle is different from an X-series. Yours hasn't lasted very long and I want to see if that is going to be normal for you. Besides I can also try and see if you're pregnant." Doc watched as their faces lit up at the thought of being parents. In all honesty he knew they would be good ones. He gave them one last wave and walked out the door.
Ro didn't know what to think. I might be pregnant. A soft smile formed on her face, but quickly fell off. Was she ready to be a parent? Did Alec want to be a dad yet? There's still so much going on, so many dangers. Was it right to bring a defenseless baby into it all? She looked up at Alec and he smiled down at her. All her fears fled with that smile. "What are you thinking?," he asked.
She smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck as his encircled his waist. I'm thinking about how funny it would be to see you change a dirty diaper." She giggled as he scoffed at her.
"I've been on assassin missions. I think I can handle a dirty diaper." She quirked her eyebrow at him and he growled, lifting her up and carrying her back into the bedroom. He gently tossed her on the bed before covering her once again.
"Alec," she chuckled as he trailed kisses over her face and down her neck. "Alec." She batted his hands away as they began to work her shirt off.
"What?" She looked him straight in the eyes.
"Do you want a baby?" The corner of his mouth quirked up.
"Sweetheart, you never have to ask me that. You are my mate and I would love nothing more than for us to have a baby." She smiled brightly at him and he felt himself purr at that. He coughed to stop it. "Well other than the baby making process of course." He wiggled his eyebrows as she rolled her eyes. "Can't help it sweetheart. I am a guy. In fact, I think we should start the process again right now." His lips dove for her neck and she let out a loud moan of pleasure, which caused him to double his efforts.
"Max can wait," he mumbled out as he trailed his lips up to her ear and began to nibble. She was about to agree with him, but she knew how every mission was important and she didn't want him to forget his duty to their people.
"Alec." She gently pushed him away. "She's been waiting all day." He groaned and dropped his head into the crook of her neck. "Listen we go in, you take care of the debriefing, we'll go see Doc, grab some food, and come back here." She took his head in her hands and forced him to look at her. "Then we can do anything you want."
"Anything." He gave her his devilish smile.
"I'm going to hold you to that woman." He quickly kissed her and hopped out of bed, smacking her butt as he went. "Hurry up and get dressed. The sooner we go the sooner we can get back." She shook her head, but she honestly wouldn't have him any other way.
"I have to go back to my place for some clothes."
"Alright then." Within two minutes Alec was dressed. "Let's go." He grabbed his keys and they headed down stairs. He climbed onto his bike and turned to hand her a helmet. He had bought it about a week ago and didn't know why. It wasn't like he needed it, but for some reason it drew his attention. Apparently his subconscious had fully intended to have Ro sitting behind him at some point and often enough for her to need her own helmet.
Once she had it on, he realized how much it really did fit her. The blue caused her eyes to stand out even more and the white wisps made her seem like a true angel. She climbed on behind him and he started the bike up. Kicking it into gear, he tore out onto the street towards her apartment. Tomorrow they would move her things to his place and then they could really start their life together.