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SERIES: Follows Spring is in the Air.
Part 2: House Call
Helena woke with a gasp the next morning. She sat up straight in the bed and quickly glanced around the room to see if something was wrong. Her head was still hurting from the loud bang that had woken her up. She grabbed a shirt from the chair next to the bed and was just about to get up when the door slowly opened. Helena reached for the Tesla on the nightstand, but stopped herself when she saw the tiny shadow.
"Mina?" she whispered.
The girl quickly came inside and closed the door behind her. To Helena's surprise she ran directly for the closet and hid. Puzzled by the girl's behavior she slipped out of bed. Grabbing Myka's robe she covered herself and opened the door.
"Good morning," Leena said and smiled at her from her spot at the top of the steps.
"Good morning," Helena said and bowed her head a little.
"Have you by any chance seen Mina?" Leena asked.
"I have. She's for some strange reason hiding in our room."
Leena sighed and rolled her eyes. She walked over and looked up at Helena.
"Dr. Calder is coming today, and apparently she is the ogre," Leena explained. "Mina is due for a shot."
"I see," Helena said and chuckled. "Still I don't know if I should reveal her hiding spot," she whispered conspiratorially. "Perhaps it would be better if I talk her out of there myself?"
"Fine with me," Leena said and shrugged.
"All right then. See you in a bit," Helena said and closed the door.
Helena took a deep breath and walked over to the closet. She tapped on the door.
"I haven't asked my question yet," Helena said a little miffed.
"May I have my pants and a shirt please?" she said and grinned at the door.
Some rumbling around and Helena chewed on her lip. The door opened and a white shirt on a hanger was shoved through the gap.
"Not that one," she said horrified. "I'd like the blue one."
"You can have this one," Mina said stubbornly.
"But I don't like that one," Helena pressed on, playing the game. "It makes me look fat."
She heard giggling through the crack in the door, but it quickly stopped.
"No it doesn't," Mina said. "Just take it."
"Why can't I have the blue one?" Helena whined, putting on a show. She almost stomped her foot, but stopped herself.
Rustling in the bed behind her made her realize that Myka was awake. She watched Myka's head pop up, her face surrounded by an adorable mess of curls. Helena made a sign to her to be quiet and then winked at her.
"I can't reach the blue one," Mina muttered.
"Perhaps I can just come in for a moment and grab it?" Helena asked.
"No," Mina said sullenly.
"Hey," Helena said slightly upset. "I'm not the bad guy."
"You were talking to the enemy," Mina said stubbornly.
Helena bit her lip trying not to laugh.
"Your mother? Well, she actually spoke to me first. It would have been very rude not to answer. Wouldn't you agree darling?"
Mina huffed. She opened the door a little wider and looked suspiciously up at Helena.
"Will you save me?"
"Sorry honeybun, I can't. I too have to see the good doctor," Helena said and made a face.
"Are you getting a shot too?" Mina said and gaped.
"No, but Myka wants me to see the doctor because I got hurt."
Forgetting all about why she wouldn't let Helena into the closet Mina stepped out and touched Helena's hand. She looked up at her with sad eyes.
"You're hurt?" she whispered. "Where?"
"It's just my leg, but it hurts a lot today." Helena moved her robe aside to show the bruise. "See?"
"Wow!" Mina gaped.
"My feet are getting cold," Helena said and made a face. "Can we talk in bed?"
Mina nodded and skipped across the room and jumped up on the bed. She grinned at Myka who was sitting up leaning against the headboard. Helena slipped under the covers and shivered a little. Mina stretched out on her stomach between them and smiled at her. She was kicking her little feet in the air.
"You cheated," Helena muttered at the girl. "You were wearing slippers."
Mina giggled and rolled over waving her feet in the air. Helena grabbed her and pulled her up for a hug. She kissed her cheek and tickled her.
"No, no tickles," Mina shrieked.
Helena hugged her and kissed her cheek again.
"All right, I promise. No more tickling."
"Maybe you can tell Dr. Calder that I don't need any shots?" Mina said hopefully.
"I've tried that. It doesn't work," Helena said and sighed. "She has this neat little thing that tells her exactly how much of the vaccine you have in your body."
"Not fair," Mina muttered.
"Tell me about it," Helena said and made a face. "I had to have five last time."
"Five!" Mina said and shivered. "I'm only getting one," she mumbled.
"You're lucky," Helena said and nodded. She sighed. "I'll probably get another one just for the bruise."
"Really?" Mina said and stared at her.
Helena shrugged. Myka was chewing her lip doing her best not to laugh at the conversation.
"It didn't hurt last time, so I don't really mind that much."
"It didn't?" Mina said surprised. "But it's a huge needle."
"I know," Helena said and nodded. "But it still didn't hurt. Did she hurt you last time?"
Mina thought about it. Helena could almost hear the little wheels turning inside her head.
"I can't remember," she finally admitted.
"So how do you know that it will hurt?"
"It's a needle!" Mina said and rolled her eyes.
"True, but I think she has a magic needle, because it doesn't hurt. Just as long as you don't look at it."
"Really?" Mina said suspiciously.
"Well, perhaps a tiny pinch, but that was it."
"Will you stay with me?" Mina whispered after a long moment.
"Of course honeybun," Helena said and hugged her.
Mina kissed Helena's cheek and crawled over her. She jumped down and waved before leaving.
"You are the mistress of sweet talking," Myka said and snuggled up next to Helena. She nuzzled her neck and ran her hand up and down Helena's thigh.
"I have no idea to what you are referring," Helena said innocently. She yelped when Myka nipped her shoulder.
"So what's this talk about Dr. Calder?"
"Apparently she's coming today," Helena said and traced the outline of Myka's breast. She chuckled when Myka stilled her hand. "I thought that perhaps I'd let her have a look at me." Noticing the raised eyebrow she smiled at Myka. "Not that I think that there's anything wrong, but you know, since she's here anyway."
"Thank you," Myka whispered and kissed her.
"I should probably take a shower before she gets here," Helena said and winked at Myka.
"Eh, yeah," Myka said and blushed thinking back to their activities from the night before.
"Helena, how nice to see you," Dr. Vanessa Calder said and smiled at her.
"Thank you," Helena said and smiled. "I would say the same, if it wasn't for that I am not that keen on seeing a doctor," she said with a smirk.
"I understand. Don't worry, I don't take offense," Vanessa said and smiled. She gestured for Helena to have a seat. "What can I do for you?"
"Two things actually. First of all, I hurt my leg during our last assignment. I'm sure it's just a bruise, but Myka is very upset so I told her I'd ask you to take a look."
"Okay, I'd be happy to. Why don't you take off your pants and hop up on the table?" Vanessa said and smiled.
Helena turned her back at the doctor and started to remove her pants. She folded them neatly and placed them on the chair. She turned and smiled at Vanessa.
"This little thing is what has Myka so upset," she said and showed Vanessa the bruise.
"Oh Helena, that must really hurt," Vanessa said and guided her up on the table.
She made Helena lay down before gently running her hand over Helena's thigh. She pulled out a small contraption from her pocket and placed it around Helena's thigh, right below the bruise. She looked at it for a moment and then smiled.
"Nothing broken my dear, just a really nasty bruise."
"Thank you," Helena said and smiled. She sat up and swung her legs over to the side.
"So what else did you want to ask me about?"
"Well," Helena blushed and looked down at her hands. "Myka and I've talked about starting a family."
"That's wonderful," Vanessa said and smiled. She patted Helena's knee affectionately. "What can I do to ease your worries about it?"
Helena chuckled. "I know you poked and prodded me when I was under your supervision a while back. Did you happen to figure out if it's even possible for me to have another child?" she whispered.
"Oh Helena," Vanessa said softly. "I didn't realize that you were considering it. I just assumed that Myka would be the mother."
"Well, we were actually thinking of not having one child, but two," Helena explained. She looked the doctor in the eyes. "I know that I've only been walking this earth for a little over thirty years, but my body is over a hundred, going on a hundred and fifty. What dangers would there be with that? In my time, even thirty-something was considered dangerous."
Vanessa nodded and leaned back in her chair. Finally she smiled at Helena.
"I think that I need to do a full examination of you. I never did that before, only for the reason that I didn't actually consider the possibility of you getting pregnant. I know that you're healthy. I tested you for everything there is. Do you still get your periods regularly?"
"That's very good," Vanessa said and smiled. "In the worst case scenario we could harvest your ova and have Myka carry the child."
"I kind of like that idea," Helena said and grinned.
"It's not without risk Helena," Vanessa said seriously. "If we find out that you're indeed fertile and that carrying a child would not be dangerous I think you should consider doing it the natural way. The fetus would most likely have a higher chance of surviving," she explained. When Helena frowned she smiled and squeezed her knee. "Not to mention that if I implant a fertilized egg in Myka, I would most likely do two or three to increase the chances. That could mean twins or in rare occasions even triplets."
"Oh dear," Helena said and laughed nervously. She shot Vanessa a glance. "I don't know if Myka would be thrilled with more than one of my offspring at the time. Granted Christina was the sweetest child and a delight as a baby, but that doesn't mean that the next child would be," she said and grinned. Then she laughed as she thought of something. "Actually, my brother was a good baby, slept through the night, never fussed. Then I was born and apparently I was most troublesome, never slept much and wailed at the top of my lungs when I was unhappy. If history repeats itself, well " she said and chuckled.
Vanessa laughed out loud and nodded. she patted Helena's knee.
"Perhaps we should hold off on sharing that with Myka for now. I'm sure she'll be plenty nervous as is," Vanessa said. "All right, if you remove your underwear we can do this right away. It will be over before you know it."
Helena sighed and shimmied out of her panties. She laid down on her back staring up at the ceiling.
"The only time anyone has examined me intimately was the midwife before Christina was born," she mumbled.
"Don't worry. I'm not going to hurt you," Vanessa assured her. "I'll explain exactly what I'm doing before touching you. I know it's a bit uncomfortable, it is for everyone. I'll try to be as quick as I can."
"Thank you," Helena whispered. "It is a bit unsettling."
"I know dear," Vanessa said and gently pushed her legs up. "Just close your eyes and tell me a story."
Helena chuckled and did just that.
The examination had been faster than Helena expected and she sighed, relieved when she could get dressed again. She barely had time to thank Vanessa before she had Mina on her lap howling that she did not want any shots and that Vanessa was evil. With some coaxing and promises of a treat Mina finally gave in and a couple of minutes later the whole ordeal was over. Mina sat hiccupping on Helena's lap glaring at the band aid.
"Why don't you have one with princesses on it?" she asked Vanessa accusingly.
"I ran out sweetie," Vanessa said and grinned at Helena.
"I think we have some upstairs honeybun," Helena said and kissed Mina's cheek. "Why don't you run and ask Claudia if she can find you one? We can put it right on top."
"Okay," Mina said and slipped off of Helena's lap.
"What do you say?" Helena said and grabbed her arm.
Mina looked at her and then at the doctor. She sighed and looked up at Vanessa.
"Thank you Dr. Calder for not hurting me," she mumbled.
"You're most welcome sweetie," Vanessa said and smiled at her.
Mina smiled and ran to the door. A second later she was gone.
"Ungrateful customer," Helena mumbled and smiled at Vanessa.
"Comes with the job I'm afraid," Vanessa said with a chuckle. She handed Helena a prescription. "Some vitamins and other things that I'd like you to start taking. It would prepare you, and in any case will only be good for you."
"Thank you," Helena said and smiled. "For everything."
"My pleasure. Now get out of here. I have a promise of a drink in town that I'm getting dangerously close to being late for."
Helena laughed and nodded.
"Say hello to Artie," she teased. "But please don't tell him anything about our conversation today. I'm afraid that it will not be good for his health."
"Of course I wouldn't," Vanessa said seriously. "That's between you and me and absolutely confidential."
"Again I thank you," Helena said and bowed her head a little before leaving.
Helena reigned in Majeed and grinned at Angie.
"That was thrilling," she said excitedly.
"You're crazy," Angie muttered.
Helena just laughed. Her eyes sparkled and her hair moved in the wind. She was stunningly beautiful. She elegantly swung herself out of the saddle and landed gracefully like a cat. She grabbed Majeed's reins and walked next to Angie.
"Can I ask you something?" Helena mumbled.
"Anything," Angie said curious.
"Myka and I have talked about starting a family," Helena said and looked at her.
"Wow, that's exciting," Angie said and smiled. "What are you worried about?"
"Nothing, everything," Helena mumbled and ran her hand through her hair.
"You already had a child," Angie pointed out.
"That's part of the problem I think," Helena said and sighed. "I loved Christina more than life itself, but it wasn't enough, was it?"
Angie gently grabbed Helena's arm and made her stop. She looked seriously at her.
"It wasn't your fault. No matter how much we want to protect our loved ones, sometimes we can't."
"I know," Helena whispered. "It still worries me."
"Of course, that's only to be expected. I think the two of you would be wonderful parents," Angie said and smiled. "Just look at Mina. She adores you."
"Well, it is easier if the child is not yours," Helena teased. "I don't have to take full responsibility."
"But you do," Angie pointed out. "I notice how you watch over her. You're like a lioness watching her cub," she said and winked at Helena.
Helena laughed and playfully shoved her. Then her smile softened.
"Thank you. I appreciate your support."
"So when do you plan on knocking Myka up?" Angie teased.
"What?" Helena said confused.
"When do you plan on Myka getting pregnant?" Angie clarified.
"What makes you so sure Myka is the one to carry the child?" Helena teased.
"Well, I just assumed. I'm sorry."
"Don't be," Helena said and smiled at her. "As a matter of fact we've discussed both of us having a child."
"Not at the same time I hope," Angie said and stared at her.
"Perhaps," Helena teased.
"God help us," Angie muttered.
"Supportive friend you are," Helena muttered.
Angie just laughed and wrapped her arm around Helena's shoulders.
"Oh don't you worry, I'll drive two hours and feed you anchovies dipped in chocolate,' she said and laughed.
"Urgh," Helena made a disgusted sound and wrinkled her nose. "You're going to make me sick just thinking about it. I'd like you to know that I did not have any strange cravings like that while pregnant with Christina," she said smugly. "But I did require quite a few foot and shoulder rubs."
Angle chuckled and tugged her closer.
"All right then, I'll consider rubbing your big stinky feet."
"You are absolutely hopeless," Helena sighed and rolled her eyes.
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