What Am I Doing In The Uterus?
Paris, France, 1890
Spike stormed up the street, away from the guilded flat, travel bag slung over his shoulder. He was
gone. No more would he put up with that crap -- from either of them. He was his own
vampire. He didn't need his sire to make him feel like something scraped off the bottom of a boot.
He could feel like that on his own!
The dishwater-blonde vampire's step faltered. Somehow, in his mind, that last bit didn't sound
correct. Shaking his head, he continued down the oil-lamp lit street. Dawn was approaching, and he
needed to find a place to hole up for the day. "Preferably somewhere as far away from that bloody
pillock as I can get," he grumbled to himself.
The sharp squeal of a metal tire taking a corner too fast caught Spike's attention, and he raised his
down-turned eyes in time to see a carriage wobble wildly on one wheel on the cobblestone street,
before it tipped over onto its side. The driver was thrown and the horses bucked and whinnied in
fright, trying to break their restraints. The oil-lamp that had hung from the front of the carriage had
broken on the wood and fire was starting to spread over the cab.
Alone on the street, Spike was the only witness to the accident. He approached the burning cab,
thinking perhaps the screams of a burning passenger would brighten his horrible night. On the far
side of the cab, in the middle of the street, the driver lay crumpled in an odd jumble of limbs, his
eyes staring sightlessly back at Spike.
"Oi! Buggery, bollocky hell!" came an angry female voice from inside the burning cab. "This is
just what I bloody needed!"
Intrigued, Spike stepped closer and was about to bend down to peer into the back window when a
head popped out of it. A tangled mop of dark brown hair covered the woman's features as she
struggled to crawl out the window. She blew angrily at her hair, trying to get it out of her face,
when she spotted him. Mahogany eyes glared at him from between the tangles. "Are you just going
to stand there like a bleedin' tosser, or are you going to help me out?"
"I'm rather enjoying watching you crawl out of there yourself," Spike replied with a wicked smile.
"A fellow countryman, how lovely," she said dryly. "Now, sod off."
Spike gave her a mock half-bow. "As the lady wishes." He started across the street, away from the
rapidly burning wreckage, a grin on his face at the most unladylike curses he heard behind him. A
strangled scream rang out and he had to look back to see if she'd caught on fire -- only to find she
had escaped the carriage and was presently on her hands and knees in the street, holding her hugely
"Christ on a cross!" the woman snarled. "I am going to kill the bloody wanker!"
A memory pricked at Spike's conscience. The woman was in duress; either in labor or
hemorrhaging from the accident. If she was over seven months along, the baby could survive
outside of the womb. First, check for dilation, blood, or other fluids leaking from the birth canal.
Then, check the position of the child and for any pain in the abdomen area. Next, decide if the
mother-to-be requires the child to be removed through the radical surgery of a cesarean section. He
was skilled enough in that area, having worked part-time at St. Bernadine's Hospital in London for
Spike practically smacked his forehead in disgust when he realized what he'd been thinking. He
wasn't a bloody doctor anymore; he was a vampire! When he saw blood, he wanted to drink it, not
find where it was coming from and stop it. He killed people, not healed them.
"Listen, you soddin' bastard," the woman hissed at him. "If you're not going to bloody help me,
then can you at least stop starin' at me like I was the main attraction in a bleedin' peep show!"
Spike scowled at her. "Don't tell me what to do." He'd enough of that from Angelus and Drusilla.
He didn't need it from some bint about to give birth in the middle of a Parisian street.
"I can tell you whatever I damn well please," the woman snapped. She screamed again through
clenched teeth, rocking on her knees, before adding, "You're the one standing there like a useless
sod with his thumb up his arse while I have a baby in the bloody street."
Before Spike knew what he was doing, he was crouched beside her, his hand pressing firmly against
her lower back. "I am not useless," he growled. Angelus called him useless on a nightly basis and
it was one of the reasons he was leaving the bog-trotting ponce. "Now, lay on your back and spread
"I thought I told you I'm not part of the cabaret," the woman said, although she slowly moved into
the requested position.
"I'm going to see how far you're dilated, you daft woman," Spike said, pushing his sleeves up. "If I
wanted to fondle a carpet, I certainly wouldn't choose you."
"I love you, too," she said sarcastically.
Spike flipped her dress up and set about removing her layers of undergarments. "Let's see how you
feel about me after I rip this baby from your body, eh?"
"I'll most likely love you more."
He snorted. "Wouldn't the little man put up a protest?"
"He's the bastard who did this to me in the first place," she said. "I could care less what he said."
"Quite a mouth you have there, pet," Spike said, looking between her now-bared legs. The burning
carriage provided enough light for him to see that the woman was not hemorrhaging externally.
"How you managed to get preggers with a gob like that is amazing."
"It got your hand up me chuff, now, didn't it?" she said slyly.
Spike threw his head back and laughed. The woman was a riot. After the babe was born, he might
have to turn her instead of feasting on the child in front of her and leaving her alive on the street.
"All right, precious," he said, calming down. He'd done his initial exam, and she seemed to simply
be in labor rather than something caused by the accident. "How many weeks are you?"
"Over thirty-five, at least," she replied, panting.
"Were you having contractions before the accident?"
"Yes, every few minutes. I was on my way to the hospital before the effin' carriage flipped," she
"Well, you are certainly fully dilated," Spike told her. "I want you to take a deep breath, then push
like you were having a bowel movement on my word, all right, luv?"
Mahogany eyes narrowed as she propped herself up on her elbows. "For a rat
bastard, you sound an awful lot like a doctor."
Spike winked. "That's cause I am, pet. Now, push."
With a minimum of fuss -- but a lot of cursing from the woman -- a new life was born into the
world just as Spike smelled the first rays of dawn about to crest the horizon. He'd been so wrapped
up in what he was doing and enjoying her blunt conversation that he hadn't been paying
attention to the time.
Cursing himself, Spike finished tying off the cord coming from the woman's body and pushed to his
feet. She looked up at him in surprise, the newborn wrapped in her petticoat and cradled in her
arms, as he grabbed his coat and bag. "What are you doing?" she asked.
"Time for me to go, ducks," Spike said, casting his eye around for a place to hide from the coming
daylight. "It's been a peach."
"Wait," she said quickly, as he was about to take off. "I didn't thank you. I don't even know your
"It's Spike," he told her before darting up the street, and therefore, he didn't hear her next words.
"Thank you, Doctor Spike," she said softly. She looked down at the fussing infant in her arms.
"Alexander Spike Harris says thank you, too."