Title: Whispers Of Childhood In The Eternal Night
Series: Andromeda
Pairing: Harper/Trance
Rating: PG
Archive: Fine by me, just tell me where.
Summary: What happens when Trance finds out that she is pregnant? How will she tell Harper? Takes place after 'Things Left Unsaid' and 'Speak Softly Once Again,' As well as the combined version of both, 'Softly Spoken Words In The Eternal Night.' Please read either the individual or the full story to know what's happening here.

Disclaimer: Andromeda and its characters are the property of Tribune Entertainment Co., and do not belong to me. The only characters that I own are the non-Canon ones, you'll know who they are. I am only using Tribune's characters for fun.

Author Note: The first song used in the Story is You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. It's a sad beautiful song that always makes me cry, so a little warning about that, By The Way it is considered a country song, but it really isn't. The second one is called Valentine by Jim Brickman and Jack Kugell, performed by Martina McBride.


One Month After The Wedding

"C'mon Trance, I want you to meet an old friend of mine." Harper told his wife as he pulled her through the drift.

"Harper, where are we going?" She asked as she struggled to keep up.

"We're going to a bar Trance. I know the bartender, I want you to meet him." He replied.

"Oh, ok." She said as they stopped in front of a bar in what isn't the best part of the drift.

The bar wasn't the best kept place on the drift, nor was it the worse. It had a slightly smoky atmosphere and smelled of stale beer and sweat. The sign above the door read: 'Poseidon's Deep.'

Looking over at Harper, Trance saw that he was smiling.

Noticing Trance's look, Harper gave her hand a squeeze and pushed the door to the bar open.

Looking around the bar, Harper's eyes fell on a large man behind the bar. His smile growing wider, he pulled Trance with him to the bar.

Without looking up from the bar he was cleaning, the man spoke in a gruff voice.

"What'll it be?" He asked.

"I don't know. What type of drink would a big stupid lump of worthless lard like you recommend?" Harper asked.

"You're treading on thin ice my friend, you'd better think about finding another bar before I throw ya out." The man said without looking up. When he did look up, his eyes became the size of saucers.

"Seamus? Seamus is that you?" He asked coming around to the front of the bar to give his friend a hug.

"Hiya Izzy. How ya been?" Harper asked as he returned the hug.

"Never been better." He replied, "And who is this beautiful young lady behind you?" He asked, taking Trance's hand and kissing it.

"This," Harper said pulling, Trance into his arms, "Is my wife. Her name is Trance."

Izzy's eyes grew even bigger and were filled with shock.

"You? Married? Seamus that is the best news I've heard in a long time. I never thought it would happen." He said, giving both Harper and Trance a hug.

"Thanks Izzy. Should we sit down, or are we gonna stand here all night?" Harper asked with a laugh.

Laughing and waving them to seats at the bar, Izzy returned to behind the counter to serve them.

"Not much business tonight." Harper pointed out, in fact, aside from Harper, Trance and Izzy, there were only 3 other patrons.

"Yeah, drift's between shipments now, everyone's out in the lanes. There'll be a crowd here tomorrow night, don't worry. So what'll it be?" He asked as he took a dish rag and cleaned two glasses.

"I'll have the usual, if you can still make it." Harper teased him.

"If I can still make it?" Izzy said, holding in the laughter, "Seamus, I invented it if you'll remember. One Mudfoot Pounder coming up. And for you Trance?" He asked.

"I'll just have some juice, if you have any." She said, he just nodded and turned towards the bar. Trance took the opportunity to size up Harper's friend. Izzy was a human, the same size and build as Tyr. He was probably a heavy worlder, she figured. He had short brown hair and brown eyes. His face was not unattractive, his nose was slightly bent from one bar fight too many, and there was always a smile tugging at his lips. There was a kindness in his eyes that made Trance instantly like him, it was the same thing she saw in Harper's eyes.

"How long have you know Izzy?" Trance whispered.

"I met him with Beka on the Maru before you came aboard. I had a few days off so I spent most of them here, getting drunk and making friends with Izzy." He replied with a grin.

At this point Izzy returned with a glass of grape juice for Trance and a strange looking brown drink for Harper.

"Here ya go. Enjoy." He said as he placed the glasses in front of the two.

"What is that Harper?" She had to ask.

"It's called a Mudfoot Pounder. Izzy made the drink for me, so I'm the mudfoot in the name." Harper grinned in remembrance. "It's a combination of Sparky Cola, a little coffee, and several malt liquors. Izzy won't tell me which ones either. After about two of these you'll either be passed out or so wired they could use you for a battery." Harper told her. Izzy smiled, she look at the drink in a combination of curiosity and mild disgust.

"I hope you're not going to have two, I'd hate to see which you become." She replied, Harper and Izzy just laughed.

"Don't worry my lady, it'll take more than two to lay out old Seamus here. What was the record? Eight?" Izzy asked, looking to Harper for confirmation.

"Ten. The most I've ever been able to get down was ten, and that's without going down myself." Harper said, the shock that registered on Trance's face nearly made Harper choke on his drink.

"TEN of those?" She asked in shock.

"Yeah, it normally took six to get me. Like I said, I'm the one the drink is named after." Harper told her with a grin.

"Seamus Zelazny Harper, you are only having one tonight! Or so help me I'll get Beka and Dylan to back me up on this." She threatened.

Harper cringed at the thought of having both Beka and Dylan coming down here and forcing him to only have one Mudfoot Pounder.

"Don't worry Trance, I'm only having this one. I promise." He told her, holding up his hand as a closing to that oath.

"Ok then." She replied, in a much better frame of mind.


The hours passed quickly for the three, they sat in the bar exchanging stories about Harper. And Harper true to his word, only had one Mudfoot Pounder, the rest of the time he drank Sparky Colas.

"So you're telling me that Harper was so drunk he took the bet?" Trance asked.

"Yup, didn't know his up from his down, but he took the bet." Izzy nodded, Harper just groaned.

"So, when he lost the bet, we had to think up the worst punishment we could." Izzy said with an evil twinkle in his eye.

"What was the punishment?" Trance asked, completely enthralled in the story.

"Well, he had to stand naked in the corner until we closed, in three hours." The groan from Harper as he hid his face in his arms was enough to set both Trance and Izzy into a fit of laughter.

"Yeah, yeah, laugh all you want. But I've never gotten that drunk again, that day taught me a lesson. And to make things worse, this yahoo here took pictures!" Harper told Trance.

"You did?" She exclaimed in surprise.

"And I still got 'em too." Izzy replied with a nod as he fished the photos out of a drawer under the bar.

"I knew you'd be back one day Seamus, so I saved them to show to you when you returned."

Seeing the offending photos still existed, Harper tried to grab them from Izzy but failed as Trance took possession of them, her laugh said it all.

"Oh Harper." She said with a laugh, "I'm so sorry, I didn't realize that you made such a cute statue."

"Statue?" Harper asked. "Let me see those pictures." He said moving beside his wife and looking at the photos. He jaw dropped to the floor when he realized that he was posed like Michelangelo's David. "You dirty rotten, no good, sorry excuse for a dried up beer stain!" He said to Izzy, who still had a big grin on his face.

"Well, what did you expect Seamus? You lost the bet, you were totally falling down blind drunk, and we were bored. Plus, it's a great ice breaker." Izzy told him as Trance returned the photos..

"Yeah, yeah. Just wait Izzy, you'll get yours." Harper threatened, Izzy just grinned.

"Jeez," Trance said looking at the clock on the wall, "We need to get back to the ship." She told Harper.

"Ok. So Izzy, what do I owe you?" Harper asked as he pulled out his money.

"For you Seamus? It's on the house."

"Nah, I can't do that to you Izzy. Tell me how much and I'll pay it." Harper pressed.

"Well, it's about 50 thrones. Both for this stuff and to pay off your tab." Izzy said, no smile on his face, but the fragment of one in his voice.

"50 thrones? No problem. Here's 60, the last ten is to keep the photo from ever seeing the light of day again." Harper said grinning.

"You got it Seamus." Izzy replied as he reached over the bar and gave his friend a hug.

"Trance, it was a pleasure to meet the woman who finally snared Seamus Harper, the 'Exulted Love God'" He told her as he hugged her as well.

"It was nice to meet you too Izzy." She replied.

"I'll see you around Izzy." Harper said as he and Trance left the bar and headed towards the docking port.

"I don't doubt it." Izzy said as the couple dissappeared out of sight. He then went back to cleaning the bar with a dish rag.


Back on the Andromeda, Trance and Harper made their way to their quarters.

"Trance don't tell Beka about those photos. If you do I'll never live it down, you know her." Harper said as they entered the room.

"Can I tell Dylan?" She asked with a gleam in her eyes.

"NO!" Harper said, his voice softening when he saw the glint in her eyes. "If Dylan knows, then Rommie will know. If Rommie knows then everyone else will find out, and that is something I don't want anyone but you, Izzy and myself to know about." He told her as he pulled her into a hug.

"Ok, I won't tell Dylan or anyone else." She told him.

"Good" He said as he gently kissed her. There was a playfulness in his eyes that Trance only saw once in a while when he was drunk.

"Are you drunk Harper?" She asked him.

"Yeah, drunk on the intoxication that's you." He told her as he pushed her to the bed and flopped down beside her. Turning to her he gently took her head in his hands and kissed her on the lips.

Trance returned the kiss with all the love and passion that she felt for her husband. Trance decided to turn the kiss into more than just a kiss. Moving her hand to his back she began to remove his shirt, realizing what Trance was doing Harper decided to help her and removed the shirt himself. Harper then helped Trance remove her own clothing.

"I love you trance." He told her as he kissed her.

"I love you Harper." She replied.

Later, as Harper lay sleeping beside her, Trance knew that in that moment of passion she was going to have Harper's child.


The events of the next day were the same as usual. The ship was fired upon by another ship, the other ship was sent scurrying, the repairs went as well as they could, and Trance found out for certain that she was pregnant. All in all, it was a very normal day.

"Andromeda, please run the scan again." Trance asked the AI, as she sat on a bed in Medical.

"Of course Trance, but I don't see how this one will be any different than the previous twenty." She commented.

"Please. I just want to make sure, that's all." Trance begged.

"Hold still Trance." Andromeda told the girl as she initiated the scan for the twenty first time.

"The scan shows the same thing. You are pregnant Trance. Congratulations." Andromeda told her.

"Thanks. Could you do me a favor and not tell anyone, especially Harper." Trance asked as she got off the exam bed.

"Sure thing Trance. This is just between you, me, and the baby." Andromeda told her as her hologram winked out of sight.

As Trance got back to work getting medical in order, the doors swooshed open and Harper walked in.

"Hiya Trance, wanna go get some lunch with me?" He asked her, going to where she stood and giving her a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

"Sure, I'd love too." She told him as she set down the tray of instruments she was cleaning.

"Very well then, my Glamorous Golden Goddess, lead the way and your servant will follow." He said, giving a mock bow and pointing at the doors.

Giving a laugh, Trance grabbed him by the arm and walked with him arm-in- arm to the mess hall.


When they arrived, the mess hall was empty, everyone else was still at their posts.

"Well, looks like we have the place to ourselves." Harper said as he led Trance to a table. "What do you want to eat?" He asked her as she sat down.

"I'd like a Chicken Caesar salad and some apple juice." She told him, he nodded and moved to get their meals.

When he returned, Harper had two trays of food. Setting both down he place Trance's in front of her and put his on the table across from her.

"So what do you think of the salad?" Harper asked as Trance took a bite.

"I like it, I've never had a chicken Caesar salad before. I had a chicken salad, but this is better." She told him, seeing her happy made Harper smile, which in turn caused Trance to smile.

"What did you get?" She asked him, looking at the food on his plate.

"I got an open faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a Sparky of course." He told her with a grin.

"Looks good." Was her reply.

There was a comfortable silence as the two ate their lunches. When they had finished and Harper had removed the plates and trays, they sat back with their drinks and just talked.

"So Trance, what were you working on when I got you for lunch?" He asked, taking a sip of his Sparky.

"I was cleaning Medical up that's all. I was going to clean some instruments when you came in." She said, avoiding the fact she got a scan, she'd tell him later.

"Sounds fun." Harper joked.

"Yeah? Well what were you doing?" She asked in retaliation, a hint of playfulness in her voice.

"Well," he started, leaning forward and putting his elbows on the table, "I was running a check of the Slipstream drive, before that I had to fix Rommie's avatar. She got her hand stuck in a door and pulled it off." At Trance's surprised look Harper went on, "She pulled her hand off, not the door." He said with a laugh, Trance nodded her understanding.

"So what are you doing after lunch?" Harper asked.

"I was going to finish the Cleaning of Med Bay, then I was going to go work in Hydroponics." She said a she finished off her juice. "What about you?"

"Me? I'm going to finish the scan on the Slipstream. Then I'll do some minor repairs around the ship. What time you going to be home tonight?" He asked her as he too finished off his drink.

"I'm not sure, around 1900 hours I'd say." She replied.

"Cool, I'll see you then." He told her as they both got up and left the mess hall.

When they were leaving, Beka, Tyr, and Dylan were on their way into the mess hall. After the usual hello and 'how's your day going,' the five of them parted ways. Dylan, Tyr, and Beka to get some food, and Trance and Harper went back to work.


Harper had walked Trance all the way back to Med Bay.

"I'll see you tonight." He whispered in her ear as he kissed her cheek in goodbye.

Turning around and walking back towards engineering, Harper didn't catch the happy look on Trance's face as she watched the man she loved walk away. Walking into Med Bay, Trance picked up the tray of instruments she was cleaning and set to work finishing that up.


One and a half hours later, Trance was on her way to Hydroponics to take care of her plants.

Entering the bay, Trance was struck by a sense of wonder and calm as she approached her plants. She figured that the sense of wonder and calm had come from the environment of Hydroponics, the fresh air and greenness always made her feel better. However, what Trance didn't know was that the calm and wonder came from her overwhelming joy at having Harper's child and being a mother, but she would learn that in time.


Later that night at around 1900 hours, Harper arrived at the quarters that he and Trance shared. The quarters were larger than the ones that they had on their own. The furnishings that they had were a combination from both their quarters. There was Harper's couch, Trance had a few of her plants. The entertainment system from Harper's old quarters also made the move, as did his awards and a few of the posters. There was also a small workroom for Harper's 'project' that he always scattered around the room. Trance had managed to get a portion of the wall behind the video screen to grow some vine like plants, which were bathed in the same violet light as her old quarters. The kitchen area was slightly bigger than before, which allowed either of them to make a meal themselves, which they did on occasion. All in all the quarters were a perfect blend of the things that each loved, and they couldn't be happier with the furnishings.

As Harper entered their quarter's he caught the smell of food coming from the kitchen.

"Trance, I'm home." He called as he came in and place his tool belt in his workroom, no sense cluttering up the floor with it, and besides Trance would make him pick it up anyway.

"How was your day?" She asked as he came into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around her mid-section.

"Fine, and yours?" He asked as he nibbled on her ear, causing her to giggle before she answered.

"Fine, the plants are looking fine, Med Bay is clean as a whistle, and dinner is almost ready." She replied, turning her head to kiss him.

"Mmmm." He replied to both the kiss and the smell of the food. "So, what are we having?" He asked as he rested his chin on her shoulder.

"Well, I'm glad you asked. We are having Spaghetti in meat sauce, garlic bread, and for dessert, well you'll see." She told him with a wink.

"Sounds good, I can't wait. How long till it's ready? I want to get cleaned up first." He asked as he released his grip on her waist and moved towards the bathroom.

"About twenty minutes." She told him.

"Perfect, I'll be in the shower if you want to join me." He said with his customary grin as he removed his Hawaiian shirt and threw it in the dirty clothes hamper. Boy was Trance having a big influence on him, he thought.

"I think I'll stay here and watch the dinner. You go on ahead and get cleaned up. We'll play later." She told him as she whipped a dish towel at his retreating back side.

Smiling at her husband's actions, Trance returned to her cooking.

15 minutes later Harper had finished his shower and had donned a loose robe over the pajama pants and t-shirt that he wore. Entering the living room, or what passed for it anyway, Harper made his way to the kitchen to check on Trance.

"Hiya" He said as he saw her serving dinner.

"Sit down" She said, pointing at the table that also came from Harper's old quarters.

Grinning Harper went over and pulled out a chair and sat down, waiting for his wife to join him. She came in a few moments later with two plates of spaghetti and garlic bread. Placing the plates on the table, Trance returned to the kitchen to get the drinks, Sparky cola and water.

The meal passed like any other, they talked about their day, what they did, new ideas on how to better do their jobs, stuff like that.

Having finished dinner Trance gather the plates and took them to be cleaned.

"Harper? Why don't you choose a movie to watch?" She said through the kitchen door.

"Ok, I'll try to find something good." He told her. "A movie, a movie." He repeated to himself as he browsed the movie database. "This one looks good … nope too bloody. Maybe this one … nope too mushy." He was still looking when Trance came in and sat down next to him.

"I can't find a good movie to watch tonight." He told her, "so I thought that we'd just listen to some music. What do ya think?" He asked as he leaned back and put his arm around her shoulders.

"Sounds like a good idea. What did you have in mind?" She asked as she snuggled into his embrace.

"I thought I'd let Rommie choose the songs. Hey Rommie!" Harper called to the AI.

"Yes Harper?" She asked as she materialized in front of them.

"Could you please choose some romantic music to play? We don't care what it is, so long as it's relaxing and romantic." He told the hologram, who nodded and dissappeared from sight.

The sound of a trumpet filled the room as a song began to play.

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I miss you
Please don't take my sunshine away

I'll always love you and make you happy,
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me to love another,
You'll regret it all some day:

As the song played Trance couldn't help but think how accurately the words described her relationship with Harper. Snuggling closer to her husband Trance listened to the singer sing the beautiful yet sad words.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I miss you
Please don't take my sunshine away

You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But not you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all my dreams:

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I miss you
Please don't take my sunshine away.

As the final notes of the song faded away, the next one started, however Trance wasn't paying any attention to the new song. Her mind had started to wonder to the fact she now carried Harper's child, the only think that she had any difficulty with was tell him. She finally decided to just tell him outright, after the next song was over.

If there were no words
No way to speak
I would still hear you
If there were no tears
No way to feel inside
I'd still feel for you

And even if the sun refused to shine
Even if romance ran out of rhyme
You would still have my heart until the end of time
You're all I need, my love, my Valentine

All of my life
I have been waiting for
All you give to me
You've opened my eyes
And showed me how to love unselfishly

I've dreamed of this a thousand times before
But in my dreams I couldn't love you more
I will give you my heart
Until the end of time...
You're all I need, my love, my Valentine

And even if the sun refused to shine
Even if romance ran out of rhyme
You would still have my heart until the end of time
'Cause all I need is you, my Valentine
You're all I need, my love, my Valentine.

"Harper I need to tell you something important, something about us." She said, this of course caught his attention and forced him to fully awaken.

"Huh, what is it Trance?" He asked, fear clutching his guts, fear that she wanted a divorce and that she didn't love him anymore. The same fear hat haunted his dreams since their wedding night.

"Harper, I don't know how to tell you this," She began.

'Oh no, here it comes, she doesn't love and thinks this marriage was a mistake. I'll die if she tells me that, I just know it.' That and other similar things went through his mind in the time it took to draw a single breath. Meanwhile Trance was trying to find the words she needed.

"Harper, I don't know how to tell you this so I'll straight out and say it." Harper prepared himself for the shock of her denial of his love. "Harper, I'm pregnant." She said.

It took a moment for Harper to realize that she didn't want a divorce and that she said nothing about not loving him. It took another minute for him to realize what she had said.

"Your pregnant?" He asked, grabbing her shoulders and locking his eyes on hers, she nodded affirmation. "Your pregnant! We're gonna have a baby. I'm gonna be a father." As soon as the realization that he was indeed going to be a father sunk in he got up from the couch and went over to the cooler and searched around for a bottle of champagne.

"If I'm going to be a father, I'm gonna need a drink." He said as he found the non-alcoholic champagne he had bought for Trance. "And I thing you need one too." He said looking over at Trance who smiled, know he had the non- alcoholic champagne.

Sitting down on the couch with the champagne and two glass, Harper filled both glasses and handed one to Trance.

"Harper, does this have any alcohol in it? You know that alcohol is bad for a fetus." She scolded him.

"Don't worry, it's non-alcoholic, its really just carbonated juice and won't hurt you or the baby." He assured her.

"Ok then, so what's the toast?" She asked.

"A toast, to us and the baby." He said taking a sip of his champagne, Trance did the same.

"How long have you known?" Harper asked as they set their glasses on the coffee table.

"Since last night. I had Rommie run some scans to make sure, and sure enough we're going to have a child in 9 months." She told him, the joy bursting out of her.

"Wow, we're gonna be parents. I can't believe it." Harper said as he grabbed his wife and held her in a huge hug. "I'm so happy, and here I thought life couldn't get any better." He said.

"I'm glad your happy Harper, I really am. I love you." She said, he just smiled and held her closer. As they sat and listened to the music continue to play Trance had another thought.

"You know what I just realized?" She asked.

"No, what did you just realize?" He asked in response.

"That we didn't have dessert." She said as she got up and took his hand.

"Where are we going Trance?" Harper asked as Trance led him from the living room and into the kitchen.

"To the kitchen silly." She told him, Harper just rolled his eyes.

"So, what's for dessert?" He asked when they arrived in the kitchen, he was silenced by Trance suddenly turning on him and kissing him.

Pulling away from Harper she looked into his eyes and smiled.

"This." She said as she kissed him again, effectively pinning him against the wall.

"I could have that for dessert every night." He said as the kiss ended.

"There's more my love." She said as she led him into the bedroom and closed the door.

As they entered, Harper had a huge grin on his face.

"Oh yes, I could most definitely have that for dessert every night." He said as the door closed behind them.


To Be Continued …