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Rn_FTTM: Anyway, like I said, your first podding can be intense, especially for a cogenitor, but when our family had kids my cogenitor told me it was really rewarding for them to have a new sibling once the split happened.
h1v3_qu33n: Besides, the other two parents sound like they’re friendly. They’ll help you through it.
FlyBai: Hey, a new face!
Rn_CLI: That helps a lot. I’m gonna go talk to them now. Thanks for all the advice, everyone.
h1v3_qu33n: Bye dear
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Jenny_Barnes: Are there any other humans in this chatroom?
Barinade: dammit too late
h1v3_qu33n: Sorry Jenny_Barnes, I think you’re the only one. Not a lot of humans in this sector. Or on this channel. But you’re still welcome to join us.
Jenny_Barnes: I think I’d like that, yeah. I just really need someone to talk to.
h1v3_qu33n: That’s what we’re here for
h1v3_qu33n: Why don’t you introduce yourself?
Jenny_Barnes: So, my name is Jenny Barnes, same as my username.
Jenny_Barnes: Well actually it’s “Jennifer”, but my friends call me Jenny.
h1v3_qu33n: Hi Jenny
Jenny_Barnes: Hi :)
Jenny_Barnes: I’m a spacer – born and raised on starships. I work as an engineer on a survey vessel – I’m the one who keeps the engines running and the lights on. Stuff like that.
FlyBai: I think Wrathbone is a spacer too but she’s not online today
FlyBai: She’s Greturian though, not Human
Barinade: what kind of surveying do you do?
Jenny_Barnes: We spend a lot of time in asteroid belts, looking for asteroids with high-value ore or mineral deposits. When we find one, we slap a buoy on it so the Company can send a Cracker over later to break it open and extract the ore.
Rn_FTTM: What’s a Cracker?
h1v3_qu33n: It’s a kind of ship used to break open asteroids or moons and then process them for resources
Jenny_Barnes: Yeah; the models we have use a cannon to crack the asteroid open, then pull the bits in with tractor beams and process them right there on the ship.
Jenny_Barnes: Wait a sec
Jenny_Barnes: You don’t have Crackers? I thought everyone had them. What species are you?
h1v3_qu33n: Rn_FTTM is a Ren
Rn_FTTM: Yeah, we just grow anything we need. To be honest, my species needs more genetic engineers than technical engineers – my cogenitor’s a geneticist, actually. They helped grow the ship some new glands this last cycle. Not to belittle your job or anything.
Jenny_Barnes: Dumb question; sorry
Rn_FTTM: np I’m not offended
Jenny_Barnes: What’s a cogenitor btw?
Jenny_Barnes: Sorry if this sounds ignorant I just don’t know a lot about Ren
h1v3_qu33n: No need to apologize Jenny
Rn_FTTM: My species has three sexes; the cogenitor is the one that actually splits to produce new children. The other two just contribute gametes. Is this too technical?
Jenny_Barnes: No no I understand
Jenny_Barnes: Thanks for clearing that up
Jenny_Barnes: Anyway, as I was saying, my ship isn’t really that big: only me, my husband, and 3 other people, and I’m the only woman. We spend pretty much all of our time in space.
h1v3_qu33n: It sounds lonely
Jenny_Barnes: It can be.
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FlyBai: You only have the one husband?
FlyBai: Guess that would make it easier
h1v3_qu33n: What does your husband do?
Jenny_Barnes: He’s the navigator.
Jenny_Barnes: Anyway, I’m the only expectant mother on the ship, and I don’t have many people to talk to. Small ship, gossip gets around, you know?
Jenny_Barnes: Just feeling a little overwhelmed.
MoxMom: I don’t understand why this is such a big deal honestly
MoxMom: I know it kind of sucks when there’s just one male to fertilize the clutch but think how much worse it would be if there weren’t any around at all
MoxMom: Waste of a mating cycle. You should count your blessings
MoxMom: Oh you only lay one egg at a time?
FlyBai: She’s human MoxMom, their species doesn’t lay eggs at all.
MoxMom: Wait then where does the child come from
Jenny_Barnes: It grows in a specialized organ near the stomach after you conceive
Jenny_Barnes: Before anyone asks I’m not going into more detail about conception
Jenny_Barnes: I don’t feel comfortable talking about my sex life right now
h1v3_qu33n: That’s OK
MoxMom: wait are you serious? They grow inside you?
Jenny_Barnes: Yeah why?
MoxMom: what the fuck
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MoxMom: That’s disgusting. Your children grow inside you? That’s just weird
Barinade: all mammals have their children grow inside them idiot
h1v3_qu33n: It’s not just mammals, dearie ;)
Barinade: and you’d know that if you did some **** research once in your **** life
MoxMom: **** you it’s unnatural
Barinade: no **** you swamp-dwelling ****
Barinade: ignorant ****
Rn_FTTM: Could we maybe tone down the language please
MoxMom: **** smelling **** kill yourself
h1v3_qu33n: ok 1 sec
FlyBai: Maybe try keeping an open mind MoxMom. I lay eggs too, for what it’s worth but this is supposed to be a safe place to talk about our experiences.
MoxMom: You’re all disgusting
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h1v3_qu33n: Bye sweetie ;)
FlyBai: Sorry about that Jenny, we get a lot of trolls in here sometimes.
FlyBai: I promise not all Maro are like that; some are quite nice
Barinade: yeah when they’re not killing one another
h1v3_qu33n: Positive talk only please
Jenny_Barnes: It’s OK. Thanks everyone for standing up for me. Honestly, it’s a little upsetting to be dogpiled like that, when I just wanted to get some advice.
FlyBai: What is a dogpile? I just looked up “dogs”, and they don’t seem like they stack easily or often.
Jenny_Barnes: It’s just a figure of speech.
Rn_FTTM: Look we’re getting sidetracked here; I think Jenny was telling us about herself before that unpleasantness.
Jenny_Barnes: So, look, I just don’t have anyone to talk to about this. My mom, she’s halfway across the galaxy out of comms range, and I don’t know where else to turn.
h1v3_qu33n: It’s OK. It’s overwhelming for anyone.
h1v3_qu33n: Look, I understand you’re nervous, but trust me: it gets easier after the first time
h1v3_qu33n: I think I’ve had about 1,500,000 kids so far and it’s all really smooth now.
Jenny_Barnes: That’s impressive
h1v3_qu33n: I know it’s not too many for my species, and my parent-hive is always bothering me about why I’m not producing faster (she wants more grandkids), but it’s just that I feel like I wouldn’t really know myself if I had so many children.
h1v3_qu33n: Not sure how to describe it in human terms
h1v3_qu33n: My mind would be all over the place? Does that make any sense?
Jenny_Barnes: Sort of
Jenny_Barnes: It’s not really the pregnancy I’m worried about; it’s just figuring out how to start a family on a ship with only 300 square meters of deckplating total
Jenny_Barnes: When I was born it was on a way bigger ship than this, and I actually had kids my age to talk to
FlyBai: You can’t transfer or anything?
Jenny_Barnes: It’s a deep-space assignment; we have another nine months out here on a twelve-month contract and it’s two weeks away from the nearest human colony anyway
Jenny_Barnes: (I mean in Earth time btw)
Jenny_Barnes: And I can’t just make them turn back
Jenny_Barnes: We have a contract to complete
Jenny_Barnes: I should have waited, but I just always wanted kids and I didn’t want to wait forever
Jenny_Barnes: I’m already in my thirties
Barinade: yeah I had kids at an inconvenient time in my life too
Barinade: in my defence I was in heat
h1v3_qu33n: I’m going to admit it’s a little difficult for me to give advice here, since I have kids in batches of hundreds and I usually have the rest of the colony to deal with care & feeding
h1v3_qu33n: But look: I assume your husband will help you raise the child
h1v3_qu33n: It’s only a few months, and the two of you can plan a transfer to a bigger ship after the contract is done
Jenny_Barnes: If there are any openings
h1v3_qu33n: Try and think positive, dear
h1v3_qu33n: Something will come along, you’ll see
FlyBai: Besides, work/life balance shouldn’t be too hard
FlyBai: And it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your fledgling. Teach them all about running a ship and all
FlyBai: I think that’s really poetic
Rn_FTTM: And you can worry about getting them to meet other kids when they’re older
Jenny_Barnes: You’re right. Maybe I’m just winding myself up
Barinade: I had my first litter when I was in the planetary defence force and that was a chore and a half let me tell you
FlyBai: We know.
Rn_FTTM: We know.
h1v3_qu33n: We’ve heard that story already dear
Barinade: this should be nothing
Jenny_Barnes: Thanks, everyone. I feel a bit better
h1v3_qu33n: You can always come here to talk if you need to
h1v3_qu33n: That’s what we’re here for
FlyBai: It’s what we have in common
Rn_FTTM: Also we usually have more people than this; it’s just a slow day.
Jenny_Barnes: I appreciate that
Jenny_Barnes: I have to go on duty in a few minutes, but I’ll be back
h1v3_qu33n: Look forward to it
h1v3_qu33n: Best of luck darling :)
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