Chapter 99: Bas

It took some work to get Gal to see a doctor. There came a point when it couldn’t not be a baby in there, unless she was right and it was a giant tumor…

“It’s a baby,” the guy in white said.

I couldn’t tell if it was that dry, dark sense of humor that most medical folks seemed to have or if he was new to the job… Wasn’t expecting a guy to feel up my woman, though.

“Are you sure?” Gal asked. “I thought techs weren’t qualified to give results or whatever. Couldn’t it be a baby-shaped tumor?”

“Looks a whole lot like a baby, Gal,” I said.

“Do you want to know the gender?” the handsy guy asked. “Looks like you’re just far enough along. I think. Maybe.”

“It’s a boy,” Gal and I said together.

So she knew, too. Could she tell it was fae? There was that–what had Dru called it, sparkliness?–coming from her belly, but if I said anything, she’d probably think it was a fat joke.

“We got this,” I told Gal. Every morning, I woke up worrying she’d change her mind–but it was too late now, unless she was gonna put the kid up for adoption. And…I didn’t think she would, even if I’d get first dibs.

I knew Galatea Straud’s instinctive panic when I saw it, but it seemed to be fading. Maybe she hadn’t really wanted to get rid of the kid at all, but fear took over. I just hoped she wouldn’t blame herself for all the normal fuck-ups every parent made.

“I wish there was a procedure that’d extract the damn thing and keep it in an incubator or a pod or whatever until it’s ready,” she said. “I have to pee all the time and my feet hurt. And I’m only getting bigger.”

Heh. I liked that part…

“Wipe that look off your face, horndog,” she said, even though she pounced on me at least half the time…

I waited another couple days before bringing up another subject I wasn’t sure how she’d react to–and buttered her up with a foot massage, which she never got tired of these days.

“My parents wanna meet you,” I began. “You know, uh, as the mother of their first grandkid, and, uh…all.” My future wife.

“I already met your dad, can’t he put in a good word for me?”

“…Weren’t you a kid?”

“I was a very belligerent, smart-assed, potty-mouthed little girl,” she said, “and now I’m older. Pretty much the same.”

“You’ll like Ma,” I said. “She’s like Daze but, uh, lower-energy. But even if she doesn’t smile a whole lot, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t like you. Used to be a vampire and all…”

“I don’t think I could handle a higher-energy version of your sister.” Even if she talked like that, I could still tell she liked her.

“…So you’ll take a trip to San Myshuno with me?”

“Fifteen more minutes of foot massage,” she said, “and I’ll think about it.”

“Damn,” I said, my eyes wandering. “They’re even bigger…” Her ass too, even if I couldn’t see it.

“Shh. Less eye-fucking, more foot-massaging.”

Guess I did a good job, because she headed on over to the city with me a week later.

“God,” she said after we stepped through the elevator doors leading to my parents’ apartment. “I wish I didn’t have to wear a fucking tent everywhere.”

“You look pretty,” I said. I’d learned that was the right answer, no matter the circumstances.

“Ma and Pops should be ready for us,” I said as we headed inside. “They’ll be glad–”

I stopped short.

“So that’s where you and Daisy get it from,” Gal said, laughing.

“Hey kids,” Pops said. “You’re here early. Day’s still getting ready.”

“Hey, Mr. Strider,” Gal said. “Good to see you again.” Was she flirting with my pops…? Shit, she was sitting down next to him…

“Your old man still a royal pain in the ass?”


Luckily, Ma appeared at the table a minute later. “Saul,” she said. “Please put some clothes on.”

Ma herded Pops into their bedroom before they both re-emerged fully-clothed–and pulled me into a hug. I’d warned them not to try hugging Gal–she wasn’t a hugger, especially not with strangers.

“Wow,” Gal said. “It’s so weird to see family members actually hug each other.”

Shit. Did she sound sad, or was I reading into things? Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones…

“We’re delighted to have you,” Ma said as she and Pops turned to Gal. From her voice, Ma was probably smiling one of her smiles that she didn’t have to work too hard at, taking Gal’s hand in hers. “Sebastian is lucky to have found someone so lovely.”

“Never thought anyone’d have him,” Pops said.

Gal was…smiling shyly back at them. “Pretty sure I’m the lucky one.”

All of us gravitated to the den, where me and Pops took one couch and Ma and Gal took the other.

“Sebastian Strider,” Pops said. “Thought I told you to stay out of motels until you were ready for kids.”

“I forgot. And, uh, I had other things on my mind.” Like a naked Gal showering just a few feet away from me.

He snorted. “Can’t say I blame you. You gonna make an honest woman out of her soon?”

Hopefully Gal couldn’t hear, but she was distracted by Ma, who could get…intense, in her own way.

“Gotta think of the perfect way to ask first…” Nothing cheesy or public, or Gal’d kill me.

“A grandson…” he said. “Thought your sister’d beat you to it. The first Strider in a generation’s always a boy, you know.”

“I’ve never been so excited for anything in my life,” I said. “Even if it doesn’t feel real. A son of my own…”

Ma was talking to Gal about something…was she trying to touch her belly? Gal practically bit the head off of any stranger who tried, saying she wasn’t a public park.

“I don’t know shit about being a mom,” Gal said.

Should I be listening in…? But I caught Ma’s next words anyhow.

“You’re welcome to stay with us,” she said. “We would be happy to help with our first grandchild.”

Gal laughed. “At least someone would…”

“You have nothing to fear, Galatea,” Ma said. “You’re forever part of our family.”

Gal was in a good mood when we left that day. “You’re right,” she said. “I do like your mom. And I can see where you get your pervy tastes from.”

“They’re not pervy.”

“Whatever you say, perv.”

But she sounded happy–and for the first time in a long time, unafraid.

27 thoughts on “Chapter 99: Bas

  1. Saul! 😍😍😍

    Damn it though, it’s #TeamSTRAUDGroupHug, not Strider! 😛

    Seriously though, it was so awesome to see Saul and Daya again (that “stay out of motels” was gold. Ha!) and see them being so kind and supportive. And seeing Gal so happy (and well-behaved! Lol) with them. It’s clear that she loves Bas so much and really wanted to make a good impression.

    Can’t wait for the lil nooboo! (And the wedding? Maybe? Hehehe)

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    1. Poor Saul and Daya, their normal selves MIA for most of gen 2. I was excited to have them show up again!

      If Gal had joined in, would that make it a Straud group hug? 🤔

      Gal really did want to make a good impression–and make Bas happy. And it seemed like she did both~

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      1. I have consulted with my hugging scientists and you need at least two Strauds involved for it to count as a Straud group hug 😦

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  2. Ayyyy where’d you get that group hug from? 😉

    This reminded me and hopefully everyone why Saul and Daya are the actual best. Plus we’re close enough to the end where we don’t need shock and fighting over Bas’ out of wedlock baby. Just Saul and Daya being themselves and lending a helping hand.

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    1. Oh, you want this group hug pose? Where did I get it…? 🤔 (Thanks for that!! 😉 I can never get enough hug poses~)

      Saul and Daya really are the best. ❤ They're there for their son (and grandkid, and mother of that grandkid!) no matter what.

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  3. Ahh this makes me want to cry! Happy tears for Gal, who is finally happy(ish) 😭

    I love the Striders’, I’d love to see a spin-off to see what Bas and Daisy’s childhoods were like 😁

    Gal and Bas’s child(ren?) is going to be so beautiful

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    1. ❤ ❤ She really found a good place (and good people) in life~

      And LOL, Bas and Daisy had very nice childhoods! Very normal by Fangs standards. 😉

      It won't be long until Gal pops out their first kid…!

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  4. “Wasn’t expecting a guy to feel up my woman, though.”

    Gal’s boobs look amazing/sparkly, and watching them awkwardly trundle their way into imminent parenthood is wonderful and terrifying ❤

    "I wish there was a procedure that’d extract the damn thing and keep it in an incubator or a pod or whatever until it’s ready,” she said.
    LET ME SING YOU THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE. Seriously, I feel you, woman.

    But AHH, SAUL AND DAYA 😍 😍 😍 😱 😱 😱
    I missed them SO HARD 😭 😭 😭

    I love that Bas and Daisy inherited their father's underwear habits, ROFL.
    He still looks so good, 10/10 would bang (don't blame Gal at all if it WAS flirting)

    Omg, Daya looks so good too!
    Oh god I missed them 😭

    That look on Gal's face when she watched them all hug was priceless and made my cockles ache just a smidge; I'm glad she gets to roll around in Striderness a bit ❤

    “Sebastian Strider,” Pops said. “Thought I told you to stay out of motels until you were ready for kids.”
    Strider motel room magic.

    She fits right in ❤
    But who doesn't with the Striders?
    Family OTP
    Loved seeing Daya with Gal; she needs a Daya in her life (DON'T WE ALL)

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    1. I’m not sure about that dude’s medical qualifications tbh~ But maybe Gal tastes like fae.

      ❤ ❤ ❤ I was so excited for you to see Saul and Daya again, eee. I know they were (are?) your faves, and I wish I'd gotten to show them more this gen. I missed them too!

      I would flirt with Saul too, 100%. Bas and Daisy, continuing a proud Strider tradition…LOL.

      Motel rooms need to be banned from gen 3–if there's a Strider boy, that is. 😉

      ❤ ❤ ❤ Gal totally belongs in this family!

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      1. Gassy offspring sounds likes lots of farting! 😂😂😂

        I don’t know how I missed this until now! Great chapter even without Bas Ass

        Saul….I forgot how adorable he was and how gorgeous Daya is. And I snorted when I saw the picture of him in his underwear. OMG, the apples don’t fall far from the tree.

        Dare I say that Gal has fallen in love with Striders. ❤️❤️❤️ But who wouldn’t? It was so nice to see her happy and I thought it was sweet that Bas had learned what to say that made her happy. I love seeing her without glasses. So very pretty.

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      2. I feel like a Strider kid would probably fart a lot. 😉

        -5 points for lack of Bas Ass, I accept it. 😈

        Gal probably got a decent look at Saul’s apples. I mean, what, Daya is lovely~

        Gal’s absolutely in love with that family, though, and she finally found what makes her happy. ❤

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      3. Lol….I am sure they will fart a lot – especially a boy….I have three, four if you count my husband, I used to chase them around the house and spray them with Febreeze…..😂😂😂. Sadly I still have to do that to my husband sometimes.

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  5. Shipper WitcHazard: Saya looks so cute as old people! And they’re such close knit family it’s adorable and cute to the point of sickness! I can’t get enough!

    Lover WitcHazard: Definitely adding elder Saya to my threeway fantasy file! 😍💋 Also I can just seen Gen 3 “we told you stay away from motel rooms! But it was the jacuzzi next to a motel I thought it would count!”

    Dark WitcHazard: Gal in this chapter that moment you realize there’re good families out there that happen naturally and yours is shit for not trying harder!

    Emotional WitcHazard: Gal really needs the Striders to help her get over her own emotional hurdles and maybe help get her family dynamics to halfway decent!

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    1. LOL, all jacuzzis better have warning signs next gen! 😉 And I think older Saul and Daya make such a cute couple too. ❤

      Gal was definitely wishing her family was more like Bas's. But at least now she gets to be a part of it and enjoy herself (sorry, Dark~). They definitely have a lot to offer her and the next Strider kid!


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