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Tellerman Legacy: No Less Loved

No Less Loved
Requestor: seidoo_ryuu, "interaction between Pax and Apollo's father"
Wordcount: 923 or thereabouts
Warnings: None
We never did see Apollo's father in-game, because he died as an elder when Apollo was a toddler.

Pax Tellerman had never counted on fairy-tale love or even one that was life everlasting. She was handsome, not pretty; she was uninterested in the usual physical urges that other people indulged in. It wasn't that she found romantic activities unpleasant. She enjoyed them enough, when they happened. She just didn't care if they happened in the first place.

As a result, Pax anticipated she would live alone her entire life. She accepted this in her sophomore year at Rutherford B. Hayes Polytechnic.

Her junior year, she decided she'd minor in history, and fell in love with the classes taught by Dr. Theodore Celu. Not the man himself, though she developed a deep friendship with him. But how he taught! She took any of his classes from there on: twenty-second century human migration patterns, the impact of the clone revolt on Second World values, the origins of the Blood Angels cult in the later days of the Rikti War and its effect on fundamentalism. Yes, the classes were esoteric, they were unlikely to have long-term use. But Pax already knew her desire to go into the military was viewed the same way.

~ ~ ~

She kept in touch with Theodore after graduation. Once she was no longer his student, they used first names. They wrote frequently, Pax relating discoveries in history from wherever she was stationed, Theo sharing his new research. And they met when their careers caused them to be in close location.

He had never married, though he came close once, he told her. He was more than thirty years older than her. Pax loved him for his mind.

~ ~ ~

She was surprised when he proposed to her. By this time she was thirty and he sixty-one, and she had had no idea he felt that way toward her.

"Come now, Pax," he said, his clear, dark blue eyes twinkling. "I know I'm no spring chicken, but I'm still a man, and you've caught me." She hadn't even known he was trying to be caught.

She liked him, though, and he already knew she had no other, outside relationships; she was not one to cheat on him due to distance or time apart. So they married. She kept her maiden name, as was common with military of the time, because of the hassle of changing it. They went to see the reconstruction of the Valley of the Kings after the ceremony. Their mutual love of history came first.

~ ~ ~

Pax was more than surprised to discover she was pregnant. She knew exactly which day it had happened, since "relations" were so infrequent. Theo's libido was a little higher than hers, but just barely. Something must've failed or gone wrong, she presumed, as they'd taken the usual precautions.

She was thirty-six years old, just over the cusp of "high risk". Though medical science had prolonged childbearing years, over thirty-five was still considered too old for trouble-free childbearing. Pax didn't believe that, as there were plenty of examples on both sides. But what to do now?

Theo seemed just as startled as her, especially as she was in Miami-Dade and he was on sabbatical in Cyprus when she told him. But, yes, the dates matched up.

"I suppose," he said after a moment, "this means I should be at your side from here on, taking birthing classes with you?"

Pax laughed with him. "Spare me, Theo! I intend this one to spring fully formed from my forehead or thigh."

"In which case, if it is a girl, you should name her Athena," Theo chuckled. "Or Hephaestus for a boy."

"No, not Hephaestus. Wasn't he the ugly dwarf? Or am I thinking of Bes?" There followed a quick refresher course on ancient myths, and discussion of the Cyprian dig.

~ ~ ~

To his credit, Theo arrived at her side just in time to hold her hand as she gave birth to their son. "Do you have a name?" he asked her.

Pax looked at him. "I thought you were going to choose."

"Theodosius, then."

"Oh, no, Theo, as much as I love you. Not two Theos in the family."

The baby had a scattering of dark hair, impossibly long lashes for a boy, and -

"Mon dieu," Theo said, adjusting his opticals, "I believe he has your nose in miniature, my dear."

"Any Greek heroes known for noses?" she said, settling the baby at her breast. "I'm not calling him Proboscis."

Now it was Theo's turn to laugh. "No, that would be truly unfair, wouldn't it?" He crooked his finger into the baby's tight fist. "Especially among his peers, who would make all sorts of 'probing' jokes. But why a Greek name in the first place? We are both mongrels as much as anyone."

"I don't know... I want something classical. I thought perhaps Isaac, for the Biblical allusions, but there are already three Isaacs born to my unit this year and last. Maybe the Muse of History, if we can masculinize it."

"Apollo?" Theo suggested. "Good allusions to civilization and learning on that one, as well as the early space program." He knew of Pax's dream to get into the Space Exploration Corps.

"Maybe." Pax yawned. "Are you going to escape back to your lecture hall, now that the dig is finished and your son is born?"

"I thought I might stay a little while." Theo tugged his finger free from the baby's grip. "At least to find out what his name is." They smiled at each other.

Comments

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music_simbol
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
This was a really nice insight into Pax's world, and Apollo's history. When we first see them again in the legacy, all the info we get is that Apollo's father is dead, so it's very nice to see Theo's and Pax's relationship.

It's amazing how different Pax and Paragon are. He being all about women and music, her being into the military. With Pax a bit more fleshed out, I like her even more. :)
laridian
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is where Apollo gets his love of history, too. And I'm glad you like her even more. :) (I really should have a Pax/Paragon dual icon)
shewolfe
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. :D

I agree with music simbol, great insight into Pax's world, and so sweet it's giving me a sugar rush. XD
laridian
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. ^_^ I saw it as more bittersweet, myself, but I'm glad you liked it ^_^
silentsteel
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Awwww, so sweet, and so nerdy. :D

I agree with Music Simbol, this is a wonderful insight into Pax, and I really enjoyed seeing what brought about Apollo. :)
laridian
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^ I'm glad you liked it.
seidoo_ryuu
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I liked this a lot. ^___^ I was always very curious about Apollo's father, so I'm so very glad you wrote this. I also enjoyed this because it gives more insight to Pax's character, which is fascinating in its own respect. I really liked how you portrayed their relationship as being extremely intense, but on a mental level.

I also rather liked how Pax, who is so capable and steady throughout the legacy, is managed to be caught completely off-guard by the marriage proposal and the pregnancy. ^^
laridian
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Pax is very much the polar opposite to Paragon, in that she really doesn't care about dating and parties and woohoo (particularly for a Popularity sim), and instead is quiet and steady and very level-headed. She wouldn't have married someone who she couldn't appreciate on a mental level, for instance.

I think Pax anticipated she'd always be single, and she was fine with that, so Theo's proposal was a complete surprise to her. The pregnancy would've been equally surprising, but can you imagine the first doctor visit? "[Day x] is when the baby was conceived. No, really, I know exactly the date and time. No, it wasn't a special occasion, we just both felt like doing it for the first time in months. No, no problems in our marriage, why do you ask?"

I'm glad you liked the fic, too!
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