In October of 2974, Todd Mason and Melissa Hill (two high school sweethearts who were in the senior year at Fox Valley
High) began their lives together as a couple by getting married at the same building that the Homecoming Dance was being held
that year. Todd and Melissa were thinking about waiting until after high school to get married, but when Todd's parents
left a substantial inheritance for him, they just couldn't wait that long. By the end of October, Todd had purchased
a TV station with part of the money received, he figured that he could turn it into something better than it was. At
that time, it was just a local TV station, with programming from several of the larger TV networks. Overall, Todd wasn't
pleased with the programming being turned out by the networks (partially because almost all the big TV networks were run by
ex-TV executives for the big 3 on earth.**) The programs were considered too violent, raunchy and or stupid by most
Vulpine standards. Todd had a vision of creating a TV network of his own someday, with programming made to satisfy the
cries of help from his fellow Vulpines, but to give the humans that wanted more suitable programming a much more suitable
Financially, the newlywed couple would have more than enough to get a strong start, but Melissa was concerned for her
new mate that he wouldn't be able to spend as much time with her or any of the pups they would surely have together.
But for now, everything was going just fine in their lives and they set off for a week-long honeymoon in Dolphin Bay.
By now it was early November, and Melissa was starting to get the urge that most newlywed vixens get, to have a litter of
pups with her new mate. Todd and Melissa had yiffed several times before, but Melissa had her tubes tied until she was
married. But now they were untied, and years of maternal instincts built up inside the young vixen to convince Todd
to yiff her. During the course of the honeymoon, Todd and Melissa would end up yiffing several times. By the time
the couple left to go back to Fox Valley High, Todd was exhausted and just hoped that Melissa was satisfied. Although
after several days of yiff, Melissa's maternal instincts were suppressed; there was no guarantee that she was pregnant.
The instincts may have been satisfied for now, but just because they're not there, doesn't mean she would have any pups.
It would take several days to find out.
The answer would come on Thanksgiving, after having two or three plates of Turkey, corn, mashed potatoes w/gravy and
stuffing. Melissa felt bloated and immediately ran for the bathroom. I don't think I would have to tell you what
happened next (well, I could, but then I'd have to raise the rating to R!!!)...
after the "bathroom incident". Melissa still looked like she had eaten too much Thanksgiving dinner, that's when she
remembered the 5-day "Yiff-a-thon" that Todd was STILL recovering from. The next day, Melissa went to the doctor's office
and discovered that she was indeed pregnant. Although, she was a bit disappointed when the doctor told her that she
was only pregnant with twins. But, as she'll find out later, quality is sometimes more important than quantity.
Over the next several weeks, Todd and Melissa prepared their new home for the arrival of their first litter while the
pups continued growing inside of her womb. By the time Christmas arrived, the nursery was all set for the new arrivals
and it's now a matter of waiting.
Then shortly after the New Year began, Todd received a letter from a small TV station in Minneapolis, MN. The owner
of the station had a similar vision that Todd had and was interested in the programming on his station. The owner of
the station in Minneapolis had arranged for Todd to come in to the station on January 12. But there was one problem...It
had been nearly 2 months since Melissa had become pregnant. If she were human, there wouldn't be any problem, but she's
not human now is she??? Todd knew that Melissa was due to give birth at any moment. He couldn't leave her back
home if she hadn't given birth yet. First, Todd tried to re-schedule the appointment for later in the month. However,
that was not an option, the TV station in Minneapolis was desperate for new ideas. Several of the larger TV stations
in town had already made offers to buy their station. But these were all network affiliated, and the owner didn't want
to sell it to become another "puppet**" to the "big 3". After an unsuccessful attempt to change the appointment, Todd
had no choice but to bring Melissa with him if she hadn't given birth by the time he left. Four days had passed and
Melissa was still pregnant. Both she and Todd were wondering if their pups would EVER come out of her womb. Finally,
on January 8, it was time for Todd to go to Minneapolis, and since she was still pregnant, he had no choice but to bring her
along. He just hoped that the pups inside of Melissa could wait until after they got back to make their entrance.
The first 36 hours in Minneapolis were rather uneventful for both young foxes. The humans in Minnesota had become
accustomed to Vulpines. At that time, Minnesota had the largest population of Vulpine citizens in the U.S. Since
their pups seemed to be in no hurry to leave Melissa's womb, They decided to go around town to see what it was like in the
Twin Cities. The weather was cold, but not terribly cold. Plus, their fur coats provided them with an extra layer
of protection. But then, late on the 9th, things began to change. The sky over downtown Minneapolis began to cloud
up and light snow began falling. This would eventually become the infamous "Storm of the Century" (in Minnesota, of
course***). And to make matters worse, around 3 AM on January 10, the pups that were growing inside of Melissa for two
months finally lost their patience. Todd soon awakened to discover that Melissa was in labor, at one of the worst possible
times (in an unfamiliar place, in a snow/ice storm). He spent nearly an hour figuring out what to do before he learned
about dialing "9-1-1" for emergency assistance (Up until about 10 years ago, Vulpes had a different system to dial for emergency
assistance). Soon, an ambulance and EMT's arrived at the hotel they were staying in. But when they got to their
room, another ambulance had to be called in, because after one of the EMT's discovered that they were foxes, he had a HEART
Anyway, after about an hour of getting both her and the EMT into separate ambulances and driving through one of the worst
storms in Minnesota's history, they pulled up to the Emergency room of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC...as seen on "Trauma:
Life in the E.R."). And while the EMT was rushed to one of the resusitation rooms to try to save his life, Melissa was
rushed to the Maternity Ward. Todd rushed to be with his mate, that is, until the head nurse stopped him and made him
fill out a mountain of paperwork that was as high as some of the piles of snow the plows were making outside. While
Todd was filling out some umpteen-million forms, the doctors and nurses in the Maternity Ward were scratching their heads
on how to handle this situation. On the one hand, Vulpine females were similar to humans since they can walk on two
legs, talk, and are very intelligent. But then again, they are also part-fox, mouse, etc. and have different variations
of similar body parts. One of the doctors tried to check to see if he could find any sign of the pups being born.
But as he would soon find out, Vixens in labor can get agitated VERY easily, and he moved out of the way just seconds before
her claws reached out and slashed his uniform and stethescope. He was lucky that he did move, otherwise his chest would
have resembled a tic-tac-toe board!
After that little incident, the doctors were afraid for hours to go anywhere near Melissa. But then, around 11
AM, a specialist was called in to assist in the delivery. Actually, she wasn't a specialist, she was another vixen who
had moved to Minneapolis a few years ago and had pups of her own. The hospital was so desperate that they found the
first vixen who had pups to come in to assist them. Once she told all the doctors and nurses that vixens in labor are
extremely agressive towards anyone who so much as touches them without their mate present. Melissa felt more relaxed
with another vixen who had gone through with what she was going through, but still, if one of the doctors or nurses got too
close, she would snap at them. Finally, around 11:30, Todd had finished the forms and found the room were Melissa was
in. Now that her mate was finally here and able to comfort her, the doctors could finally get close enough to Melissa
to help her without getting sliced and diced. Things happened pretty quickly after that. Within about another
20 minutes, the pups that were inside Melissa's womb had finally entered the world. The doctors and nurses soon figured
out why Melissa was so aggressive, because both of the pups came into the world AT THE SAME TIME. They figured that
this was normal for vixens, but even the vixen that they brought in from the street was scratching her head on this one.
It seems the pups didn't want to be separated (not even for a few moments), they had formed a very strong bond while inside
their mother. But that wasn't the only thing to cause mass confusion, all of the doctors and nurses looked at Todd and
Melissa and then looked at the newborn pups. They kept looking back and forth, thinking "if their parents are red foxes,
then how come their pups have yellow fur coats?" The only one who knew why their pups were golden foxes was Todd, although
he was a red fox, he was also part-golden fox. Up until Jennie was born, Mike and Michelle's birth certificates had
"Red Fox???" on their birth certificates.
Anyway, back to the story. You'd think by now that the doctors and nurses at HCMC would be used to the surprises
that the two fox pups were dishing out. But nothing prepared them for what would happen next. One of the nurses
took the two newborn pups to be weighed. However, in the middle of January, in Minnesota, things can get mighty cold.
And when the nurse put Mike on the scale...it was so cold that he lept 15 feet into the air and landed on his feet.
Everyone in the room was stunned (even Todd and Melissa were a bit surprised) at what the 10-minute old fox pup just did.
The young fox looked at all the doctors and nurses who were so shocked that their expressions resembled those of a typical
TEX AVERY CARTOON CHARACTER!!! Mike continued to look at the people in the room and finally said "What are all of you
starin' at?, Haven't you seen a fox before?" That was just about all the humans in the room could take. Some fainted,
some tried to play "instant door" and ended up running head first into a brick wall, and some immediately went to the director
of the hospital and turned in their stethescope! But the foxes in the room were not surprised, the average newborn fox
pup has the intellect of a 6-year old human child. But Mike and Michelle were different, they weren't just foxes, they
were ALPHA Golden Foxes (the first ones in nearly 3,000 years). They had the intelligence level of a 10-year old human
child at birth. Eventually, when the doctors and nurses came back from the cafeteria or a recovery room, they finally
got a hold of the situation and began to realize what they were dealing with. Meanwhile, news of the unusual circumstances
spread rapidly to not only the rest of the state, but to the rest of the nation. By early January 11, it had reached
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When President Gerald Ford received the news, he just about had a heart attack himself.
Although Vulpines had been living amongst humans for years, this was the first time that any were actually born in the U.S.
And according to the laws enacted by the government when Vulpines first came to the U.S., all Vulpines who are born on U.S.
soil will be treated the same way as all children born in the U.S. Therefore, Mike and Michelle became the first two
Vulpines to be "native" U.S. citizens. That wasn't all, as a gesture of goodwill, for being the parents of the first
U.S. born Vulpines, Todd and Melissa received honorary citizenship. This also included a special clause which would
allow any additional pups that they would have (Jennie and Miles) would also gain citizenship (no matter where they were born).
Gerald Ford went to the Twin Cities to deliver the paperwork himself. Melissa even let the President hold the then 1
day old fox pups (who reacted favorably to him). To this day, Todd and Melissa still have a picture of the former President,
themselves, Mike and Michelle as newborn pups somewhere in their home. Finally, on January 14, the "Storm of the Century"
had moved on, and things were slowly returning to normal in Minneapolis. Todd had met with the owner of the TV station
and joined it as a partner to the current owner. It was time for the new family to return home. Nearly 5,000 people
and Vulpines gathered at Twin Cities International Airport to see the family board their plane back to Mason City, MAI and
go home. At that time, none of them knew just how significant this event would be...for BOTH worlds.
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