Title: At What Cost

Author: Mareel

Author's email: Mareel@earthlink.net

Author's URL: http://www.geocities.com/bdebpr

Archive: Permission to archive granted to EntSTCommunity, Archer's Enterprise, Reed's Armory, Others welcome, please let me know.

Category: Slash (m/m)

Rating: G

Status: Complete

Pairing: Archer/Reed

Series: Just Before Morning

Sequel to: Mend

Number in Series: 12

Next Story: No Words

Disclaimer: They all still belong to Paramount, or, more likely, to themselves.

Summary: Cries and whispers… arms and heart full… each cradling hope

Notes: Raw thoughts tumbling out, unstructured, in the night. This is the twelfth in a series inspired by the Treksoap Jon and Mal, but aside from knowing that there was an mpreg, no familiarity with those characters or plots is needed to recognize Jon's situation as that of any father facing the possible loss of his partner to complications of childbirth. For those interested in specifics, at this point Mal's life is in danger following the birth of twins, conceived after he subjected to Xindi medical experimentation.

At what cost… these two priceless lives?

You chose to give them life…
did you choose to trade your life for theirs?
You would defend them now with your life…
if bearing them costs your life, is that cost too high?

You didn't choose to conceive them…
conception was impossible
without the violation you suffered.
Now you pay the price again.

But I love them with my life…
they are my life now.

You had no choice…
then you chose to bear them
for me… us… them
Now all choices are taken from you again
but one

Don't go, Mal…

*** Finis

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