Sitting on the tall stool and facing her friend, Ms. Keane (let's call her
Sandy from now on) recounted how she was not feeling well lately and had gone to visit her doctor to find what was the matter.
She confessed, with some shuddering, how terrified she was when she discovered the unexpected and frightening reason for her
At first Professor had listened rather impassively in a preoccupied way,
as if his mind was somewhere else. However, as Sandy went on his eyebrows slowly drew together as his square-jawed face
took on a more concerned look. As soon as the teacher finished he leaned back on his own stool and rubbed his whiskered
chin. "So...you think you're having an alien baby, eh?"
"Yes. I don't know what the alien did to me, but I do know one thing," Sandy
wringed her hands. "And I don't want to keep it! John, the question is, what am I going to do about it?"
"Um...I really don't know. I'm not an obstetrician. Why dont you go
back to your doctor and tell him? He would know what to advise you better than I can."
Sandy shook her head. "Actually, I'm afraid to. And even if the doctor can
keep it confidential, chances are they will find out anyway and blurt it all over Townsville. You know how it is." She
shuddered again. "I would never have a moment's peace. The newspapers will call me "mother of an alien kid" and all that trash.
Total strangers would harass me everywhere I go. No, I do not want to bring attention on me again..not ever!"
Professor ran his hand through his dark hair and shrugged helplessly. "Well...ummm...what
can I say? I'm sorry if I'm not much of a help to you."
Sandy sighed heavily. "It's all right, John. Like I said, I wouldn't want
to impose too much on you. Thanks anyway for listening...I feel a little better now just talking about it."
She bit her lower lip and got off the stool to pace forth and back across the room rather agitatedly, "I was thinking, I should
go out of town and...uh, find someone else to take this baby away...aaah! I just don't know!" As she passed one
of the tables that held all sorts of devices and lab equipments, one particular black box began beeping loudly. Both
Professor and Sandy looked at it, startled.
"What was that?" Sandy asked.
"Huh." Professor walked over to the table and picked up the before
mentioned box which had stopped beeping. "It's a little device I was working on some time ago. It is capable of detecting
concentrated fields of Chemical X energy. I was thinking that should one of the Powerpuff Girls get lost, this device
would prove useful and with it I could track her anywhere. That is, when my girls were alive then...." he blinked back the
sudden tears that welled up in his eyes and looked at the small radar screen on the detector. "That's odd. I did not
see anything that sets it off. Why did it beep then?"
"You still have the vital of Chemical X somewhere in here, right?"
"Yes, but I have it stashed away in a special box I built especially for
it and hid it in a way that it cannot be detected by even the most sophisticated technology. That way, it will not fall into
wrong hands. So," he turned around so he was facing Sandy, "there's no way even the large vital of Chemical X would
set it off..."
The box beeped again. Professor glanced down, and his jaw dropped open
when he saw three tiny blips flashing on the small radar screen. "What the blazes?!"
"What is it?" Sandy asked, suddenly concerned.
Professor was staring strangely at the teacher. "Sandy, will you allow
me to scan you? Just to make sure my detector is not malfunctioning or something
Sandy was confused. "But..." But Professor was already scanning her with
the detector from head to feet. The detector did not beep until it came in close proximity to Sandy's abdomen. Then
it beeped, loudly and clearly. Now Sandy was a little frightened. "What's it all about? Tell me, John, what's
Professor has the oddest expression on his face as he checked the radar screen.
There was no mistake about it. Three blinking blips. "I'm still not sure. It indicted that you have something that carried
some kind of Chemical X inside you - three of them, actually. Sandy...Sandy!" He began to get excited, "I don't
know why, but if I guessed correctly, it would appear that you are expecting triplets. Triplets, imbued with a substance
similar to Chemical X!"
"Triplets!" Sandy shouted. "You can't be serious! Triplets? Chemical
X? You must be kidding... then it dawned on her and she gasped. One look at Professors face and she knew right away
that Professor was thinking the same thing as well. "Wait a minute. Surely you're not thinking who they are... oh, no,
John, that's impossible!"
"Maybe I'm crazy. But why else would the device beeped for? Come on!"
Professor grabbed Sandy's hands and dragged the reluctant teacher over to one corner where the large gray box stood upright
with a medium-sized flat screen sitting atop it. "This is something that I developed solely for a local hospital, and the
patent is still pending. It's much like a highly-sensitive ultrasound Doppler device, only more advanced. With it, you
can actually see 3-D color images on this screen of the embryo or gestational sac as early as four to six weeks after conception!
And what's more, you can actually hear their heartbeats too!" Professor turned toward her. "Sandy, you're six weeks
pregnant, right? Would you mind if I scan you with this?"
Sandy took one look at the piece of technology and stepped back, putting
up her hands. "Whoa, John! I just don't know about that...it's all too much for me!"
Professor was taken aback. He blushed a little and said sheepishly, I'm sorry,
Sandy. Please forgive me, it's just that I...I thought for a moment it could be, um, *them* coming back to us...but I could
be wrong, he took deep breath and ran his hand through his hair again. "Just the same, before you decide to take any
drastic action, whatever it might be, I'd like to take a look at them. That is, if it's okay with you."
Sandy just looked at him. She felt a bit overwhelmed. It was all too fast
for her to take it in. On one hand, she was quite apprehensive about having babies, especially if they turned out to be smaller
version of red-faced aliens. But on another hand, she was beginning to get a little excited. As Professor had implied, what
if the triplets turned out to be to be who they think they are...? "Well, maybe, maybe it wouldn't hurt to have a look then,
John..." She said at last.
Professor smiled, nodded once, and picked up a smaller round object with
a long cord attaching it to the large gray device. He pushed the button on it and a quiet whirring sound was heard. "Okay,
then, what I'll do is pass this over your abdomen, and it will transmit the images to the monitor. We'll be able to see something
in a minute."
Sandy stood still as Professor, without touching her at all, moved the small
object forth and back in front of her. At once the monitor turned from black to dark pink, and soon they could see a faint
image of small forms coming into view. Gradually it became more 3-D and for the first time they could see three small embryos
floating, each curled up in its own sac. Although Sandy and Professor had seen pictures of a human embryo in various
developments before when they were in college some time ago, they immediately noticed right away that they are no ordinary
Even though they were still very, very tiny and completely hairless with
puny arms and legs and "tails", their heads were unusually big and more rounder than normal. Moreover, their eyes, although
still dark as yet, were extraordinarily large even for a normal human embryo. And much to Sandy's sheer relief, they
were not red at all. She stared at them with a mixture of wonderment, amazement, and even joy while listening to their steady
heartbeats. They're not aliens, she thought giddily, Oh, thank god they're not aliens! Overjoyed, she grabbed Professor
and held on to him, laughing and crying at same time. Professor was grinning too, with tears of happiness glistening in his
There was no question who they were. That she knew it for sure now.
How, and why they ended up inside her, Sandy have no idea. But she didn't care. The Powerpuff Girls have come back.
That's all it mattered now.