When she’d been carrying Charles, Zahra wouldn’t have known she was pregnant if she hadn’t been as big as a whale. Cycl0n3 had made himself far sicker in anticipation than she’d felt herself.
That made this pregnancy a big, unpleasant surprise.
Over and over, she found herself running to the bathroom. She was sick constantly.
And that wasn’t the worst of it.
“Two weeks? I can’t go back to work for two weeks? You have GOT to be kidding! Can’t I just show up? Even if you don’t pay me?”
It was so beyond unfair. Between her unasked-for two days of honeymoon leave and her unasked-for maternity leave, which stacked on top, this child was going to be, well, a child before Zahra was allowed back to work. Zahra was crushed and frustrated. If she wanted to reach her lifetime ambition and reach the top of her career track, she should stop having babies.
(There’s some real-life feminist commentary in here about career and family balance. And, seriously, WTF? Why won’t the game let a character on maternity leave go back to work voluntarily? If you’re very far up on the promotion ladder, four paid working days off translates to a LOT of Sim-calendar time. This is a serious women-only career hit.)
Fabian was overwhelmed and delighted at the prospect of being a father so soon.
And he did the best he could to make it easier on Zahra.
But she felt like crap, and most of the time she couldn’t even handle being touched. Their sex life was a memory.
At least she could take her frustration out on the house and build a few skills that would help her when she finally got back to work.
Fabian, meanwhile, stayed out of Zahra’s way. And he started really paying a lot of attention to the maid, Kate Pistachio. After a couple of days of watching her as she moved around, cleaning their house, he approached her and asked her to meet him downtown.
Um, Fabian, does your WIFE know you’re doing this? The one who’s pregnant with your child?
They talked long into the evening. Fabian really turned up the charm, and soon Kate was telling him her life story.
Which he wrote down for his police report. Turned out their house was being cleaned by a Kleptomaniac with a list of customer complaints as long as your arm. He let her know he’d be watching her. In the nicest way possible.