"Shit." I cursed as I sat up in bed and placed a hand on my abdomen. It hurt so damn much. I had been having these stomach cramps for hours already. I don't know why, I'm not supposed to get sick. But yet here they are, plaguing me for hours on end. They had come with spaces in between each cramp, but the more painful they became, the faster they came and they were pretty much unbearable now. They were making my life so miserable right now. I could barely even walk as I tried to find that little infirmary area Eggman had build into his base. Yes, I was staying in one of Eggman's bases tonight. Considering myself a Robotnik aswell, I suppose I found it important to keep tabs on Ivo Robotnik, who I was technically the uncle of? Either way, we were both Robotniks and that was more than enough of an excuse, in my book, to pay him a friendly visit from time to time. Today had been one of those days, but due to the pain plaguing me so, I wasn't allowed to leave. Wouldn't you know, family was important to the rotund man aswell. Speaking of which. "What're you doing, Ivo?" I asked as I came upon the round man himself working in his 'scheme room' when I had believed him to be asleep already. I might not have found the infirmary, but this would do. "Shadow! I wasn't expecting to see you still walking around!" The man said as he looked up from whatever blueprint he was working on to face me, Orbot trying to inconspicuously rid the desk of it in the background before I caught sight of it. An attempt gone in vain, but I didn't bring it up. "I could ask you the same thing. Whatever happened to our agreement? You promised me not to scheme as long as I was ar- Argh!" I yelped and hunched over, grabbing for my abdomen. "Looks like you're not doing too well, Shadow. I may not be a medical doctor, but I do know quite a bit. I could do a quick check up on you. Free of charge! But only because you're family." Ivo repeated. He's told me this before today, but I had refused then. "No, I don't need a check up. What I need is some painkillers and you to put that bluepr- Oh Chaos!" I yelled as another heavy cramp wrecked my body, making my knees nearly give in beneath me. "Shadow-" "No, Ivo, I'm fine!" And then came a sudden relief out of nowhere, which was gone nearly as soon as it had come. "Are you sure? Because I know you're not making a mess of my floor of your own volition." Eggman stated, one of his brows raised. "Huh?" Was all I said before I looked down and noticed that I was standing in a puddle of water I had barely even known I had created because of the pain coursing through my body. "Oh Chaos, don't tell me I actually- Wait a minute, this isn't urine." I noted after catching scent of the strange liquid. What was this then? If I hadn't just soiled myself in front of my only living relative, than what did I do? It was then that Orbot decided to interrupt with a crucial piece of information. "I don't mean to interrupt, Dr. Eggman, Sir, but is it too late to tell you of a third presence my sensors are indicating?" The floating robot informed his master. "And intruder? Since when? Is it Sonic? That blue rat dares to come destroy my base while his mate is staying over?!" The rotund man immediatly concluded. "We had sex one time. We can hardly be called mates." I tried to defend myself, but it was no use. Sonic and I had one night of passion after a long day of work in my room above Club Rouge, that was all. We're still rivals, though a bit more friendly now and Sonic has been wanting to get me more involved in their activities. But its not like we were dating. Just friends. Yet, somehow alot of people seemed to disagree. I don't even know how Eggman knew. "Uhm... No, Sir, the presence came in with Shadow and has been here as long as him too." Orbot replied, catching his maker off guard. I could practically see and hear those gears working their magic in that bald head of his. "So tell me, Shadow. Exactly how long ago did you and that pesky blue rat become intimate?" Eggman asked, a question I've never wanted to hear him ask. "I don't know. About nine months ago now I suppose." I sighed before wincing and groaning as another cramp wrecked havoc on me. I actually had to lean with one hand on my knee while the other one held my stomach. Why was he asking me this question? I'm too tired and in pain for this. "I'm noticing that you're not quite getting it my furry relative. So I will have to spell it out for you. One night of passion is shared between a male and someone as unusually gendered as you, nine months later you experience heavy cramps in your abdomen without explanation for a whole day, Orbot detects life besides you and me and you wet the floor. Add those clues together and see what you can come up with." The man said, his fingers tapping on the armrest as he waited. It felt like my brain was working abnormally slow as I tried to get to the same conclusion he's reached. When I did, my crimson eyes widened and panic spread through me. "Oh Chaos, I'm pregnant! I'm in labour! My water broke!" I blurted out in shock just as another cramp, which I now knew to be contractions, ran through me. That strange water that I thought to have soiled myself with must be amniotic fluid! No wonder it had smelled so strange. "Tell me, Shadow, how far apart are your contractions?" Ivo asked as he stood up from his chair. "I don't know. About- Oh crap! Less then a minute?" Another contraction ran through me as I spoke. I had expected it and yet it still caught me off guard. "Hhmm, I don't think you'll make it to the hospital. Looks like I'll have to play the hero for today!" The man said before leaving his scheme room, probably expecting me to follow. "What do you mean? What're you doing? What am I supposed to do?" I asked, not knowing what I'm supposed to be doing. "What do you think? I'm going to prepare the infirmary for you and I expect you to follow. Orbot, help him get there." Eggman ordered his robot before the door slid closed behind him. Orbot came to my side as told and waited patiently until I had recovered a little before helping me. Somehow, someway, I managed to limp over to the infirmary and managed to lie down on the examination table Eggman had quickly prepared for this occasion. "You're absolutely sure you know what you're doing, right?" I asked, breathing deeply. By now the pain had made me burst out into tears. I was lying on the examination table already, which had a few blankets on top of it to make it more comfortable and a pillow to rest my head on. "Well, I've read about it before, but I am very confident both you and the baby will be just fine." Ivo said as he made me spread my legs and pulled my underwear off. Without it, the only thing I was wearing was my white button-up shirt I had been wearing during the day. Not that it mattered much. I had been found by Rouge in one of the guy's bases pretty much naked, so he must know my anatomy by now. I wasn't embarrassed. And if I was, the pain and want to make this all go away would be much stronger. "Well, won't you look at that? You're already fully dilated." Eggman stated casually. "I'm what?! Oh no, no, this is going too fast." I said, panic suddenly overcoming my senses again. I had quite literally only minutes ago discovered that I have been pregnant this entire time and now I was nearly ready to push? This is all too much. "Breath, Shadow, you're not doing either one of you two a favour by panicking." The man said, practically scolding me. His comment didn't help me in the slightest, but the thought of what my panicking might possibly be doing to the bundle of joy I have apparently been carrying for the past nine months managed to help me find the strength I needed to calm down, breathing in and out deeply. "That's better. Now what do you feel?" The rotund man asked, noticing that I was finally calming down. "I feel this irresistable urge to push whenever a contra-argh! ction comes." I moaned in pain, my arms wrapping around my abdomen. How could it have come this far? How could I have not noticed a single thing? Why didn't I have morning sickness? Why didn't I gain any weight? I was still as flat as always. I had no symptoms at all. I never would've known if I hadn't gone into labour. "Then I believe its about time you start to push. As soon as the urge comes, just give in. I'll be here for you." Eggman reassured me, for once in his life a great source of comfort to me. "Oh Chaos!" I yelped as I began to push alongsides the next contraction. "Oh Chaos! I'm not ready for this. I'm not ready at all!" I pushed again. "I don't have any baby clothes, I don't have any toys, the baby room isn't ready and my room at Rouge's place isn't big enough for the two of us! What do I even feed it? I'm not prepared at all! What do I do? Oh Chaos, what do I do?" I asked myself out loud and began to panic all over again, still pushing along with every contraction that ran through me. "Shadow, get a hold of yourself! Is your chest feeling sensitive?" He asked. "Well, yes, it has been for a while now." I just managed to answer that. "Well, than, you'll just have to feed it milk like any other mother. The rest of those matters aren't important right now. Right now you should be focussed on the task at hand!" Eggman brought me back to my senses again, looking at me from over the white sheet he used to drape over my lower body. I tried my best to calm down again, breathing in and out deeply. "It's coming. I can feel it coming!" I stated as I swore I could feel my cervix and birth canal give way to allow a living being to pass through. "And you are correct in your assumption. I can already see the head. Keep going!" The mad scientist said and I listened, pushing harder as his words encouraged me to keep going. I pushed and pushed, not stopping until I could feel the whole thing leave and I could finally breath easy again. For one frightful moment it stayed quiet and I already felt my heart sink. I haven't exactly held back during my pregnancy. I've fought against robots and criminals, I've taken quite a few punches myself. What if something was wrong with it? What if my ignorance has cost it its life? And then it began to cry. "Congratulations, Shadow! Its a girl!" Eggman exclaimed happily as he held up a small crying bundle of fur and blankets in his large hands. My heart melted at the sight. "Let me hold her, please." I requested and held my arms out to hold her. Eggman handed her over to me without another word. As soon as I laid my eyes on the crying infant, though she was still bloody and slimy, I instantly fell in love with her. She obviously had black fur like me, she had Sonic's quills and his peach muzzle. I am willing to bet she has his eyes too. "Shadow, this is a magnificent creation you have made." The usually mad scientist, Dr. Eggman, had to admit as he stood by my side to look at the bundle of joy I was holding my arms, who I was now succesfully trying to comfort. Even he couldn't deny what I was holding was beautiful. "Are you crying?" I asked as I had to wipe my own cheeks dry. "No, of course not! That is preposterous!" Eggman denied while turning away from me to clean his glasses and dry his eyes. I looked back at the baby girl in my arms as she now slept and tried to use my sleeve to wipe her face a little clean. It was so strange. One moment I was on my own, single and unattached, and now I have suddenly given birth to a child I didn't even know I had been carrying. Out of nowhere my life had been turned upside down. This was unreal, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And then Orbot once again interrupted. "Dr. Eggman, Sir, is it too late to tell you that the base has been infiltr-" "I'm coming, Shadow!" A familiar voice called out in determination and suddenly the owner spindashed through the door. A cobalt hedgehog with six spines and emerald green eyes stood there, staring at me in shock when his loud entrance had caused the girl to wake up and cry again. It was Sonic and he wasn't alone. "Shadow, hun, we heard you scream so loud. What's-" Rouge was the second one to notice the infant in my arms and soon Tails, Amy and all the others noticed aswell. "Well, I've never- Haven't you people ever heard of knocking before?! How dare you interrupt mother and daughter like this?! Go on, shoo!" Eggman chased them out, following them until only Sonic, the baby and I were alone. The hedgehog just stood there, frozen in place. For once he needed a little push to be able to move again. "Sonic." I said as I held out a hand, hoping he'd take it. He did and so I pulled him to come closer to us. Finally the hedgehog found it in himself to move and speak again. "Is this..." "It's ours. It's a girl." I told him and showed him the crying infant. I could've sworn I saw his tail wag at the sight of her. "Shadow, why didn't you ever tell me about this?" He asked, slowly recovering from his shock. "Believe it or not, I didn't know myself until my water broke." I admitted, still feeling quite ashamed about that, though she seemed just fine. "That's possible?" Sonic asked, bending his knees a little so he could get a better look at our daughter. "Apparently... Do you want to hold her?" I asked, noticing how he had been itching for it. Sonic stood up straight and took the infant from me when I handed her over to him. I could just see it in his eyes just how fast his heart was melting at the sight of his daughter in his arms. Sonic had to take a seat, fearing that he just might fall over. He might've not known about her until just moments ago, but I know, just like me, he has instantly fallen in love with her. Both of our lives have been thrown head over heels in a matter of hours, minutes in Sonic's case, but we weren't alone. I'm certain we can rely on eachother, our friends and even Dr. Ivo Robotnik to help us through this.