At the mention of the word "host," all four of the Andalite's green eyes focused momentarily on Mal, the main two slightly narrowed, before the stalk eyes returned to roaming the scene freely. To his credit, although a certain racial intolerance for brain parasites had been imprinted on his psyche as part and parcel of his species' heritage, it hadn't had the opportunity to properly take root, and so he didn't immediately say something stupid. There was, however, a decidedly lengthy pause when Kaliel stopped speaking.
For that reason, he only got as far as <So—> before Barid and Voltarmi entered.
"'Ey, Ilraen," said Agent Barid of the APD. "It's been a while, mon." He waved to the Andalite as passed on his way to hand off his gift to Jenni.
"Hello, indeed," said Voltarmi, as she eyed Agent Ilraen up and down... well, mostly up. "Not so well muscled as the last time I saw you, more's the pity." With a blown kiss to Ilraen, Voltarmi went in search of something to eat.
Slightly dazed, Ilraen waved back to the pair of them before turning back to Kaliel. Maeryn. ... Them. He gave himself a little shake, scratched an ear, and tried again.
<Forgive me, but you're not a Yeerk, are you? I do not believe any Yeerk ever bothered to differentiate itself from its host so politely, but perhaps things have changed.>
Jenni intercepted Barid with a slightly worried look at his present. She had heard he was trying to get rid of a collection of shrunken Sue-heads at the behest of his partner, and one of them would definitely fit in that package. The raptors were nice, though. Well, creative, anyway. ... Were they wearing party hats?
"You can put that over there with the others, thanks," she said with a slightly forced grin. "Isn't Eamon with you?"
Derik nodded at William's answer. "Well, Jenni recruited me, and she's done her best to keep me sane since. Not her fault if there's no hope of that." He chuckled a bit darkly. In one of his abrupt shifts in demeanor, though, he looked toward Stephanie and brightened. "Cute kid. One thing I will say for this place, it understands the value of a creche. It's a life-saver in an environment like this, or a fighting Weyr."
Henry, meanwhile, had captured the ball and managed to get a grip on it sufficient to carry it around, with a huge grin on his face at his accomplishment. He couldn't see Artemis coming, of course. A collision was practically inevitable.
"I am nice t'babes," Kestrel replied, lowering Artemis into the playpen. "'Specially this'un. I loves 'im, I do." Small black wings suddenly appeared, protruding from Artemis's back. Flapping them... more
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There was a quiet knock on the door followed almost immediately by the door being flung open. Two pale complected boys, the slightly bigger one wearing ripped jeans, a black t-shirt, and glasses; and ... more
"Aye, cake an' ice cream," Kestrel echoed, her voice dreamy as she wandered away to the food. Kieran almost followed her, but he changed his mind and decided to keep an eye on Artemis. It was his... more
Henry toppled with a startled cry of "Uh-oh!" Fortunately, the padded floor prevented any damage from such a short fall, and he quickly recovered, sitting up and looking around to see what happened.... more
The squishy cloth apple was hastily returned to its former position in Artemis's mouth. He glanced around uncertainly and, not seeing the missing toy, removed the apple long enough to voice his... more
Miriam had since excused herself from the conversation with Jenni and the other adults to put her gift down, and was currently alternating between helping herself to some of the food and keeping... more
Stephanie had been watching Artemis and Henry rather closely, concerned in case they started fighting after Kieran's comment, but now gave Brad a huge grin. "'lo Brad! Been watchin' the babies," she... more
"I didn't mean it like that," Kieran told them. "Artie doesn't get into fights, really. He just starts them. Yesterday he pinched Molly's Noodle dolly and put it in my pocket, and she chased me for... more
Barid held his gift out to Jenni with a wide grin on his face. "You can put that over there with the others, thanks," Jenni said with a slightly forced grin. "Isn't Eamon with you?" "Eamon be workin' ... more
"I'm sure he will, Barid," Jenni said, planning a speech to explain to the two-year-old exactly why he couldn't have it. She had really expected the Troll's partner to provide some kind of quality... more
Cali made sure that Kevin and Kyle were headed away from obvious climbing opportunities and then he slid into a seat next to the small pink haired woman eating cocktail wienies. "Hi, I'm Cali Still." ... more
Artemis had been racing Henry for the ball, fluttering his wings in an attempt to boost his speed. At the sight of Helen holding it, he skidded to a halt, looking somewhat put out at being beaten to... more
Brad mulled this over for a few moments, before nodding sagely and turning his attention to the other kids. "Daddy says 's okay to fight if you've got a good reason," he said, his expression grave by ... more
Stephanie nodded knowingly. "Grown-ups always know best. Like Mummy and Uncle William." She glanced over at the snack table. "C'mon, let's go get some food!" She took Brad's hand and Kieran's paw and ... more
Laughing, Kieran allowed himself to be led away from the playpen. He hoped Artemis didn't get into trouble while he was gone, but the food looked so good. Artemis, in the meantime, had managed to... more