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Chapter 7

Tough Decisions


Ben sat there, alone for almost an hour. Why was this so difficult a decision to make? After a while, he left the small infirmary and went to his private quarters.

He certainly wasn’t in love with Albedo, was he? He also couldn’t imagine having a child with him. If it were physically possible for him to have a child with another man, assuming he actually wanted that, Ben had to reluctantly admit to himself that it probably would be Kevin.

At the same time, he had the drive to help anyone who needed it. A knock came at his door, and he stood up and went to answer it. He was expecting to see Gwen, Grandpa Max, or Rook; to Ben’s considerable surprise, Kevin stood there. He had an expression that was unusual for him, he looked confused, and upset.

It certainly wasn’t the ‘rebel without a cause’ look Ben had come to expect from his best friend and confidant.

“What’re you gonna do,” Kevin asked him. Even though he had little in the way of formal education, Kevin was incredibly intelligent and insightful, and he could see that Ben was torn by the decision he was faced with.

“I really don’t know, Kevin,” Ben admitted, which like Kevin’s display of concern was unusual for him. He always acted self-confidant to the point of seeming cocky. But he really wasn’t feeling it right now.

Another knock came at the door, “Kevin do you mind getting that, it’s Gwen.”

Without bothering to ask how Ben could’ve known that, Kevin left his seat and answered Ben’s door.

“Ben,” she said moving over to him and giving him a hug, “You can’t be seriously thinking about what Albedo has asked.”

“I don’t know what to think, Gwen. I’ve never thought about raising a child with another guy; and even if I did it wouldn’t be him.”

“Then what’s the problem Ben, seems pretty cut-and-dry to me,” Kevin stated.

“The problem Kev, is what if I don’t agree to this, and Albedo really will die?”


“So, I couldn’t just let someone die if there was anything I could do to prevent it!”

“Ben, why are you so concerned about him?” Gwen asked.

“I don’t really know, but I feel like his ‘condition’ is in some way, my fault.”

“How is it your fault,” Kevin asked angrily.

“Because if I had never gotten the omnitrix, he wouldn’t have been jealous and tried to create his own version of one. Then he wouldn’t have been locked in human form when it didn’t work. And that is what put him in this predicament.”

“All of which are his issues to work out, not yours,” Max said, upon entering the room.

Ben respected and loved his family, and valued their opinions, but after much soul-searching he had made up his mind.

He got up from his seat and went to the door, “Where are you going,” Gwen asked.

“I’ve got somebody I have to talk to.”

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