Bravowoman groaned as she awoke. Was she actually awake this time? She’d been having one of those really real dreams again. She’d been sleeping in Bravo’s bed…He’d come in and they had yelled at a each other for a while…it’d gotten pretty bad, but they made up…Then she’d gone to sleep and woke up here. Hopefully this was actually real; she was getting sick of those dreams.
"What happened?" She asked groggily. "Where are th’ others?"
He rocked back and looked upwards. “Sooooo much better! I fall apart without him around, and it’s tough taking care of Sigma all by myself. He’s so gaga over her, he pretty much took over every baby duty by himself before he left. So, it’s really been a learning experience!”
He giggled. “The only reason I’m not a useless pile of sleepy goo right now is because whenever Sigma has a nap, I have a nap. She didn’t get a good sleep lastnight, too fussy and excited over having Alpha back. But boy, did she get a good nap today! We cuddled and had a snooze in my bed after she had lunch.”
"You two are surprisingly good parents." She smiled. "You’re really a good team."
"It must be weird raising an alien, at least a little. Do you know, is she gonna grow at the same rate a human would?"
He rubbed the back of his head and smiled brightly. “Aww, thanks. That means a lot to me. I want to be the best parent I can be, and help my little girl get a great head-start on life!”
He was about to say something regarding her comment on how weird it is to have an alien baby. But instead, he went quiet for a moment and his face fell. He looked away and rubbed his arm. “Well… thing is… I don’t know. She’s half Alphan, and they grow a lot slower than humans do. I don’t know how quickly Thetans grow up. For all I know, she won’t even be in her teen years by the time I’m old and moldy and on my deathbed.”
He smiled weakly. “But that’s okay. I love her all the same. I don’t care if it takes her two years or a thousand years to grow to maturity. I’ll always be here for her.”