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Something In The Stars
by Rune Lai


Sonally rested her elbows on the balcony railing of her new house. She sucked in a deep breath of the crisp night air and slowly let it out, making only the barest of sounds. Tonight was a good night, fitting for her first evening in a strange house that would become a home all too soon. Climatrol planned for no rain this week, so Darren had told her. That was why they chose this week to move in.

She felt a sharp kick inside her and placed a hand on her swollen belly. Just another month, she told herself. The young woman smiled, thinking about the good times this house would see in the days to come. The old apartment she shared with Darren was much too small to try raising a child in, but he had saved up his money, and here they were.

So why then did she feel so uneasy? The stars appeared as welcome as ever, yet she could not bring herself to enjoy them as much as she wished. There was something wrong. Sonally knew she had grown increasingly more reflective the further she got into her pregnancy. Perhaps it was just her impending motherhood, or even the prospect of turning an empty house into a warm and welcome place to live. She still did not know if she would be up to either of them.

She heard someone come beside her, felt the air stirred by his arrival. Sonally smiled, gazing fondly at her husband's face as she turned. His dark blue hair looked enchanting beneath the starlight, and it framed his face in a becoming fashion.

"I've moved all our boxes out of the bedroom," he said. "I'll take them out to the bins for recycling pick-up tomorrow morning."

"Thank you," she murmured. She knew he went out of his way to help her so often in these past few months. She had always considered him a thoughtful man, and he had become the epitome of a gentleman since he discovered her pregnancy.

Darren grinned in response, drawing her close to him and managing to nuzzle a kiss into her pale green hair. "I can't have you straining yourself when our baby is so close to being born."

Sonally felt a thrill go through her. She still could not get over the electric feeling in her heart whenever Darren mentioned the child as "ours". She suddenly wanted very badly for the baby to be born, so that she could show Darren what a wonderful boy they would have.

She sighed, leaning her head on his shoulder, eyes turned up to the sky. "You're such a help. I don't know what I'd do without you."

He chuckled. "Don't worry. I intend on being here for a long time to come."

"True. But I can't shake this feeling I have." Sonally turned her gaze, hoping the sight of Darren's calm face would comfort her as usual. But tonight it could not. "I feel like I'm bringing a child into a dangerous world and something terrible will happen to him."

"You know that can't happen. Mother Brain takes care of us," came her mate's soft reply.

Sonally looked down. "Of course. I know. Maybe I'm just being silly, but I came outside here and I thought I'd feel better. Now I don't know. I just feel like I know something bad is going to happen and we won't be able to protect him from it."

Darren squeezed her gently against him. "We'll be there. If you want, even when I go on my space flights I'll see if he can come with us. I just wish I knew what made you think this."

She sighed and shook her head. "Oh, I don't know. It's just something in the stars." She leaned against him again. "You're right. I shouldn't worry."

He smiled. "Besides, we've got more important things to think about. Have you decided on a name for our baby?"

Sonally giggled. "Yes, I have, ever since I found out from the doctor that he's a boy." Her blue eyes sparkled as she returned her husband's smile. "How about Rolf? Rolf Landale sounds like a good name."

Darren thought about it and considered. "All right," he agreed. "Rolf is it."

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