Changes: Chapter 4

By: Mira Elizabeth

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is the property of Disney/Pixar. All other characters are mine.

The dust from Khana'el 7's surface swirled around Star Cruiser 42 as the ship finally stopped and settled on the planet's sandy terrain. Lightyear opened his eyes and stared out through the cruiser's windshield as the dust settled. He blinked a few times and saw Khana'el's sand and rocks.

"Everyone okay and accounted for?" Buzz asked.

A collective moan of acknowledgement filled the cruiser's bridge. The cloud of smoke was lifting and Buzz was finally able to see his console. Warning lights blinked everywhere across the console, obviously showing that the ship was seriously damaged.

He heard Mira shifting in her seat and he looked in her direction.

"Are you all right?"

She nodded. "Yeah. The contractions are becoming more intense."

The Queen squeezed her eyes shut and gritted her teeth at the last part of the sentence.

"Buzz, what do you want first: the good news or the bad news?" XR asked from behind them. The little robot was screwing one of his arms back into place and staring at the systems console next to him.

"Uh…the good news." Lightyear answered.

"Well the good news is nobody's dead."

"And what's the bad news."

"We will be. 42's systems are almost completely down and there's quite a bit of damage to rear sections of the hull. This ship isn't going anywhere."


Both Lightyear and XR looked over in Mira's direction. The young woman was clutching her belly, her face twisted with pain.

"We have to get off of this planet somehow. Is the distress beacon working?" Buzz stood from his seat and cautiously moved over to Mira. He knelt down next to her chair, looking at her with concern.

"Yeah, I think so." The robot responded.

"You can't use it." Mira said breathlessly, recovering from a contraction. "Even if the beacon does get through the interference caused by the storms, if Lord Reno's cruiser is out there than they'll know we're here."

"Yeah but like you said before, they cannot reach the planet and I am not sure if they would be able to fight off a rescue team sent in by Star Command." Buzz smiled at her. "Don't worry, we'll send out the beacon and see what happens. Everything will be fine."

The Queen nodded slowly and squeezed her eyes shut once more as another pain hit her. At that moment the only thing concerning her was the baby and the pain she was feeling.

"We need to get off this ship and find some cover." Buzz said looking around the damaged 42. He looked out through the windshield and saw tall rock formations not far from their position. He pointed out to them. "Over there. Maybe there's a cave or something…"

He was interrupted by Mira groaning in pain. "We need to get her to shelter."

"Buzz, this could take hours. Just because I'm in labor, does not mean this baby is coming right this second." She said slowly. "Although I wish it would."

Terrin sat alone in the station's observation lounge, staring out at the stars. Tears stung his eyes and threatened to fall. He heard footsteps behind him.

"Please leave me alone."

"I can't do that." Nova's voice said from behind him. "She is my daughter and she is carrying my grandchild."

The older man sighed and took at seat next to his son-in-law. "I know we haven't gotten along. It is no secret that I would have preferred my daughter to have married a Tangean, but she didn't. She married you and she is having your baby."

"And I love her." Terrin said, turning to face the Tangean. "I love Mira very much. But she is gone and our child is gone and I don't know how I am supposed to accept that."

"You don't because she isn't dead. If there is one thing I do know from my dealing with Buzz Lightyear, it is that he will make sure that Mira gets back safe and sound. She is fine, I am sure of it."

"But Khana'el 7 is…" Terrin protested.

"Is very dangerous, I know, but she's safe. She is with Lightyear. The Commander told us that it could take a while for them to send out a distress beacon, especially if the ship was damaged. We just need to wait. It's all we can do."

Terrin nodded and sighed. He turned his attentions back to the stars.

"Buzz, help me! The baby's coming!"

It had been hours since the crash and Booster and XR were back in 42 trying to get a distress beacon launched. So far they had been unsuccessful. Buzz had been successful in finding shelter for the little group in a cave and using supplies that were found on 42, they had made a little camp. A fire had been started and Mira had rested on a pile of blankets and pillows, trying to get through each contraction as best she could. Buzz had bravely sat with her, holding her hand through each attack of pain and battling her outbursts of anger and frustration. Things had been as calm and controlled as they could be, but that was now over and Buzz was flipping frantically through a small book.

"Mira, there's nothing in the Space Ranger Mission Manual about..."

She glared at him. "Screw the damn manual. This baby is coming NOW!"

"Jeez, you're irritable." He said and Mira shot him a look that clearly said die. "Okay, okay. But shouldn't we get a doctor?"

"Buzz, look around. We happen to be in the middle of nowhere. You are going to have to be the doctor."

"But Mira..."

"Look, if you think I am thrilled about you seeing my…uh…never mind. We have no other choice, this..." A contraction caught her in mid sentence and she cried out in pain. Tears streamed down her cheeks. "Please, help."

"All right" Lightyear took her hand in his and squeezed it. "It'll be okay. I promise."

The queen squeezed her eyes shut as another contraction took hold of her body. She breathed several short panting breaths as the pain came and went. Buzz watched her with concern and uncertainty. He wasn't exactly sure of what to do. In all his years as a ranger, he had never dealt with an alien birth, much less any other birth.

"How do I…I mean, you're not human. I don't know…"

"Look, despite what my people may want the rest of the galaxy to think, there aren't that many differences between humans and Tangeans." She said through gritted teeth. "Just help me."

"All right." Lightyear sighed. He turned towards the cruiser and yelled. "Booster! XR! Help me! Bring more blankets!"

Mira put her hands over her ears and glared at Lightyear. "Did you have to yell like that? I am having enough pain as it is, I don't need a headache too."

"You know the storms interfere with the comm links." He watched as the other two rangers came racing towards their makeshift camp.

"I only found two more blankets." XR said. He looked down at the Queen whose face and hair were sweaty, her eyes squeezed shut in pain. "Mira, you don't look so good."

"Shut up." She glared at the robot, who seeing after seeing the expression on his friend's face decided to hide behind Booster.

"Okay, let's get this baby delivered…" Lightyear said, taking a deep breath.

"Still no word?"

The Commander shook his head. "No."

Nova sighed. "She is there. Alive. I can feel it."

Neither man said a word for a few moments, both looking out at the stars in front of them. LGMs and other rangers went about their normal routines on the command deck, but there was definitely an air of tension that filled the area. Three rangers and a queen were unaccounted for.

"I just hope Mira doesn't go into labor. Mira's mother had a difficult time of it and that worries me with my daughter."

"Buzz will take care of her. Space rangers can handle anything." The Commander said, smiling.

"C'mon dammit! Push!"

"I can't. I'm so tired." The young woman wailed. "I'm so tired."

"Mira, I know you're tired but I think you're almost through." Buzz said gently. "Now c'mon, just a few more pushes. Booster, help her."

The large red alien helped prop Mira up, making it a little easier for her to push. XR stood next to the queen, holding a couple of blankets he had carried from the damaged cruiser and monitoring her life signs.

"Okay, with the next contraction, big push." Lightyear ordered.

The young woman nodded and pain hit a few seconds later. She summoned all of her strength and pushed as hard as she could, crying out from the pain and the exertion. Then she heard a cry that was not her own and she sank back against Booster, exhausted and trying to catch her breath. Mira smiled weakly at Buzz, who smiled back at her.

"You did it!" He exclaimed. "It's a girl!"

Aided by Booster, Mira attempted to sit up. "Let me see! Is she all right?"

"She seems to be fine." Buzz said over the baby's wailing. He took one of the blankets from XR and gently cleaned the baby off. The other blanket was wrapped around the baby, the task made difficult by the child's squirming. But Buzz did the best that he could and he carefully handed the newborn to her exhausted, but happy mother.

Mira, still propped up against Booster, took her child in her arms and smiled.

"Ohhhh…" She breathed. "Look at her. She's so beautiful."

The new mother looked down at her baby girl with amazement, inspecting the child's face and her tiny hands. The baby was paler shade of blue than Mira and she had her mother's red hair. The newborn princess let out a wail of protest as Mira shifted her slightly in her arms.

"Yup, arguing and complaining right from the start. She's definitely Mira's child." XR commented, a grin playing across his metallic face.

Mira shook her head and rolled her eyes, trying hard not to smile. The baby squirmed a bit in her arms and the queen looked down. She tenderly caressed the infant girl's cheek with her fingertips and tears filled her eyes.

"I wish your father could have been here…" The queen whispered. The young woman was quiet for a few moments and then she spoke. "What do we do now?"

"We make you comfortable and get that distress beacon launched. Hopefully we can get off this planet soon." Buzz said. He patted Mira's arm. "Now you just rest."

The Queen nodded and looked once again at her child, praying silently to herself that she would get off of Khana'el 7 and the Terrin would see his new daughter.