I gasped, immediately swiping my hand to remove the foul smell from near my sensitive nose. As soon as it was gone, I blinked for a moment, trying to reorient myself with where I was. I stared at the ceiling for a long moment, remembering that I was in the den of my uncle's house and I'd just been told that Nova was pregnant. Nova was pregnant.
"Holy shit! Nova, you're pregnant!" I said, sitting up quickly and wrapping my arms around him tightly. He squeaked a bit in surprise, but then turned and buried his face in my shoulder. After a moment, I felt my shirt becoming damp and slid my hand up the back of his neck. "Sshh... It's alright, cutie. I was just... overwhelmed is all. We'll get through it together..."
"Someone should tell Tarot..." Conner said, looking pointedly over at my uncle. Uncle Jinx sighed, but nodded and scooped up Kross to go with him. He waited a minute before pulling back from how tightly he was hugging me.
"Can we... get off the floor now?" he asked. I nodded, shifting my hold on him before standing and taking Conner's place on one of the couches. The doctor followed us over, but his concern now seemed to be strictly for the boy I was I holding.
"Nova... would it be alright to go ahead and change your bandages before getting a base reading on your vitals?" he asked. My Uncle Brad took that cue and stood up, clapping his hands loudly.
"Alright, meeting's over. Scatter," he ordered, shooing my cousins and siblings from the room. Nova nodded some and shifted off my lap.
"If it helps, you can do whatever you need to do," he told Conner. I scowled some as I quickly put the pieces together for why Conner was so nervous and Nova upset.
"You told him?" I asked, a little angry about that. I had been trying hard to get the boy to relax some and if he'd told him the risks of white wolves mating with humans, then all of that was for naught.
"He needed to know," Conner replied as he took off Nova's shirt and started undoing the bandages around his torso.
"Not at this stage!" I protested. "The stress will just make it worse..." I was worried. I didn't want to deal with having a stillborn child. I didn't want Nova to have to deal with it or my father to remember all of my siblings who'd never had the chance to know him.
"Aiden..." Nova said, reaching out to put a hand on my bicep. "Just... not now?" he asked. I sighed and took his hand, bringing his fingers to my lips to kiss them.
"I'm sorry, cutie..." I murmured. I kept his hand, not giving it up as Conner changed the bandages on Nova's back before starting to give him a quick check up.