Title: AC 184 – January 17Author: RuthCharacters: Very young Sally Po, Original charactersPrompt: MiraclesRating: GWarnings/Kinks: AU from Ashura Nagisa's "Things Fall Apart"Disclaimers: Gundam Wing and it's characters are owned by the corporation Sotsu/Sunrise, Bandai and others and are being used for entertainment purposes only. You honestly think anyone would pay me for this?Summary: Every birth is a miracleSymbols: _italics_Word Count: 363********Dot Cohen grabbed the metal bar they'd attached just over the bed and nearly pulled herself upright as the intense pressure in her lower abdomen increased to the point where she was certain the baby was going to explode out of her like a squeezed grape. A high pitched, hoarse scream tore out of her throat."Breathe!" cried her husband. "Big breath, big breath and hold and push, push, push - you can do it! You can do it!""I'm _tired_ of doing it!" Dot wailed. "I've been doing it for nine hours!""Calm down," said the nurse midwife, "I've seen women go for sixteen, even twenty hours with their first." Dot stared at her, horrified. Whatever comment she was about to make was caught in her throat along with her breath as the next contraction began. The nurse wandered away to another cubical. The entire maternity floor was filled with couples and staffing had fallen short. All eyes were on the colonies and rumors of war were frightening many people."Big breath, big breath, big breath," John Cohen chanted. "And p -- !" Dot slammed her elbow backwards into his ribs."Sh-shut up!" she gasped, before giving another scream of pain.A young blonde girl came in. "Hello." She came over to the bed. "You'd better get the doctor, you're crowning.""What's crowning?" asked John.'The baby's head is starting to come out, see? It's already got hair. . ." John fell over backwards with a thud. "John? Oh, God," Dot tried to straighten up."Don't be afraid," said the blonde girl, patting Dot's leg. "It's going to be all right. My daddy is Doctor Kwan Po. He and I were here to take Doctor Smithers to the conference but Doctor Smithers has been called to an emergency c-section.""B-but!" Dot gasped."The worst is over," said the matter of fact child. "One more good push - you can do it. There! Head's out completely. All I do is catch and here she is! It's a girl!"Dot collapsed backwards, laughing a little hysterically as a strong, healthy wail filled the air. Everything was starting to blur and swim as sheer exhaustion left her limp. Voices seemed vague and far-away."There you are! Sally! What have you done?""Delivered my first baby, Father. Isn't she beautiful?""Where's the nurse? Good Lord, who's this on the floor?"
Hey. This is a really sweet story. I like the look at young, confident Sally. Thank you for posting it.But - 1. Like all stories, it needs to be behind a cut2. This is a holiday comm, and birthday is really kind of stretching it. I'm not asking you to remove it. Just - in the future. Holidays only here.