==Crawford Estate, Colorado, Earth - Almost Three Months after Commiseration Plot==
Jenny yawned as she stared at the terminal in front of her, the morning sun streaming through the window and casting an annoying glare on the monitor. Grunting with annoyance, Jenny rose from her feet to adjust the blinds to reduce the glare so she could get back to work and took a moment to enjoy the breeze and the sunlight. In the eight weeks since the Artemis had returned to Earth for repairs and upgrades at Utopia Planitia, things in Jenny's life had taken an unexpected turn for the chaotic.
First, the endless debriefings had made Jenny wonder whether she was being recommended for a medal or court-martial. Star Fleet Command had praised her plan and the tenacity with which it had been carried out, but had pointed out casualties were higher than they had deemed acceptable - something Jenny had refuted rather loudly, requiring a recess to be taken while the uniformed bureaucrats and Jenny each restrained themselves from attempting to murder the other.
Then, there had been the "official" wedding ceremony. Originally Jenny had hoped they might get away with something discrete, but fate had intervened and the wedding had been a much grander affair than either she or Bryan would have liked. It was still small and intimate enough that neither had been overwhelmed by the ceremony and the number of guests, but rather than the ten or twenty individuals Jenny had wanted, there had been about a hundred friends, family and miscellaneous other well-wishers in Dress Whites on the day.
And then there was the challenge that not even Jenny had been adequately prepared for. Motherhood.
Closing the blind, Jenny turned to the small carrier she had placed on the floor beside her desk and crouched down to gaze at the small infant contentedly sleeping within. The pregnancy had been a shock, Jenny had been under the impression she'd been created infertile to prevent the secrets of her creation accidentally becoming public knowledge, but she had been mistaken. Bryan had been just as shocked as she, and a little hurt she had not confided in him before having the embryo "tubed" in an Artificial Womb, but it had been necessary - the baby had developed at nearly twice the rate of an average Human, and Jenny had been almost eight weeks pregnant when she found out that the weight gain and irritability were not due to changes in diet and stress after all.
Carly Mackenzie Crawford, named after Tyra and Bryan's deceased sister and Jenny's adopted mother, opened sleepy eyes and gazed upon her mother for a moment, and Jenny's heart swelled. It had not been an easy two weeks since she'd emerged from the Artifical Womb; the baby needed a lot of attention and poor Raiju had started to feel a little left out, but she'd managed so far - not without help from her mother, Tonya Crawford (who had been delighted to gain a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter), and Alex LaHaye, of course... Things were improving now, Raiju loved the small bundle and Jenny and Bryan were steadily getting used to late-night feedings and changings, which would end far sooner than most parents due to the tiny Human's accelerated ageing - a remnant of the Genetic Engineering her mother had been subjected to during her creation.
She'll be the equivalent of one year old before Alex can slow it down safely, but don't grow up too fast little one; I don't think you'll be getting a brother or sister any time soon!
Blinking violet eyes slowly as Jenny's finger caressed a tiny cheek, the baby regarded her mother before yawning, stretching, and going back to sleep. Raiju, curled up next to the carrier, lifted his head to ensure his smallest charge was safe and content, before himself going back to sleep with a contented sigh. Forcing herself away from the sleeping infant, Jenny stretched and returned to her desk; her book wasn't going to write itself, after all!
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