30 years from now, in the year 2050
Background: This story is set in the near future in a developing country like India/China/Brazil. The population has grown in huge numbers and spiraled out of control causing a severe scarcity of food, water and energy. The global warming and carbon foot print levels have gone up rapidly turning earth unsustainable to survive. There is a major crisis affecting the population and the government is overthrown and an authoritarian (dictatorship) government controlled by the military comes into power. In order to protect the people and the environment, and to make the population more sustainable, they immediately order the forced sterilization of all men and women so that they cannot reproduce and bring new babies into the burgeoning society. Especially women (who are physically weak) are forced in huge numbers in small camps all over the country for forced and mass sterilization. There are violent protests all around against this barbaric measure but the military uses force to dispel all the rebellion.
20 years later i.e. in 2070
There is a young tribal girl, an illegitimate child born on the day when the sterilization order was passed. She has no birth records and there is no record of her parents. Hence she is missing from all the government records and she is left untouched and unharmed. She is not sent to any of the camps for sterilization and grows up in fond memory of her mother before she died. All she remembers from her childhood is her mother's stories, warmth and love. And she aspires to become a mother one day in this strife torn world. She keeps this secret to herself and struggles hard to make a living in the city, by selling wild berries which are edible and makeup for the insufficient regular food. She knows it is 20 years since anyone in the world has become pregnant, anyone has seen a child being born and that it is illegal, with punishment by death. Meanwhile the government rations meager amount of food and oil to each family (on the condition that it is sterilized) though stringently monitored records.
A civil war kind of situation prevails in the country with open revolts and protests in the streets often turning bloody and violent. And during one of the riots by an unruly mob she almost gets killed in the cross fire and is rescued by a soldier who works for the military backed government. This soldier is a good-natured and kind-hearted person. Realizing that she is an orphan, he lets her stay with him until she recovers from her injuries. They stay together and eventually fall in love with each other over a number of days. Though marriages do not happen in the existing state of crisis, they exchange vows to remain together for life before a priest. Briefly they both share days filled with love and happiness.
She gets pregnant after a year. After spending many days silently in fear and suffering, she reveals her greatest secret to her husband that she can conceive. That she is pregnant with a child, their child. He is shocked to hear that and initially he resists her and urges her to undergo abortion secretly with the help of a doctor friend. He tries to convince her that punishment for illegal pregnancy is death, and even if they
are not caught their food supplies would be cut and they will be never able to raise their child in the current situation. She begs, cries and tries to convince him that this is what she wanted all her life, to become a mother and experience motherhood. Slowly as the months progress she feels the first signs of life in her bosom. She cries with happiness and shows it to him and he feels it too and they experience a mix of emotions. However they hug each other in pure joy and they decide that it is a cause worth fighting for. They have to survive for 9 months first.
He skips his government duties, stays at home and takes care of her. There are informants of the government all around the place and they are gradually targeted and spied upon. Suspicions start growing in the local community and some of notice the lump in the womanʼs belly. The couple soon realizes that they cannot stay in the city and they decide to go into hiding. Since no hospital is there to deliver the baby, she has to conceive naturally and they hope there would be no complications. They travel continuously along the country side covering her stomach all the time, without staying in any place for more than a few days. Her husband always stays with her and protects her all along. But when two months are left for delivery the bulge in the stomach becomes too big to hide.
Then she asks him to take her to her native tribal village which is surrounded by dense forest in the mountains. He agrees and takes her slowly to that place with lot of pain. Her native people seeing her state are moved to tears and worship her like a goddess. They pray for her and take good care of her. She is the girl to become pregnant in 25 years now. Slowly the news spreads like wildfire all across the country. The government fearing another major rebellion wants to crush this before it spreads too far. So they order a military strike on the tribal village to take the hiding couple into custody. Finally the 9th month comes and the woman is experiencing severe pains. There are a couple of old mid wives attending to her. Her husband decides to fight along with the tribal people and hold off the military forces for as much time as possible. He looks at her lovingly, touches her forehead tenderly, kisses their unborn baby and leaves her side. He fights bravely along with the tribal people but the military force is too great to hold back. Wave after wave of attacks hit them and he gets critically injured in the ensuing fight. He fights till his last breath and succumbs to his injuries. Then the baby is born with her cries tearing apart the silence of the forest. The woman comes out of the village in search of her husband carrying the baby in her arms. The soldiers are awestruck seeing the new born baby. All of them stare in shock and wonder at the beauty of it. They cannot harm her though they are ordered to do so. The woman sees her dead husband lying on the ground and grieves over his immobile body. The baby cries as if in mourning for all the death surrounding her. The head of the military forces comes forward and sympathizes with her. He takes the baby into his arms and holds her up against the shining night sky. The baby stops crying.
After a few days the baby and the mother are shown in a medical facility run by the government specially created for incubation and care of new born babies, bringing in a new revolution in the country. The baby smiles and giggles sleeping alongside her mother. The woman is singing a lullaby which her mother used to sing to her years ago.