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 the smaller one wearing shorts, a red t-shirt, and glasses burst into the room. They immediately spied the pile of presents and added impeccably neatly wrapped present to it. An older darker girl followed, much more calmly. She was wearing green overalls and had a green bow in her hair. She put a diaper bag down beside the playpen and went to stand near Maeryn/Kaliel and Ilraen.
Finally, a young man with extroidinarily wild bright blue hair, wearing a PPC uniform, and green rimmed mirrored sunglasses entered holding the hand of a still unsteady girl toddler. He walked her over to the playpen and placed her inside, well away from Artemis and Henry.
He looked around as if unsure of what to do, until he noticed that Kyle had already found a way to climb up a railing. Kevin was close behind him.
He ran over and grabbed Kevin and put him back on the floor. As he pulled Kyle down, he siad, "No climbing today! What did we talk abuut on the way over here? Huh?"
"That there was going to be cake and ice cream, Uncle Cali!" the boys said as he squirmed free and darted into the crowd.
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 ... 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