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 herself in a position to keep an eye on Stephanie. Luckily, this wasn't especially difficult, as she wasn't particularly hungry and her partner's daughter was easy to watch, but it did mean keeping a little apart from the others. Still, keeping an eye out seemed the least she could do, so she continued looking round, half searching for anything interesting going on and half making sure there'd be no trouble.
Meanwhile, the steady trickle of newcomers continued, as a bespectacled man who looked to be in his thirties or so led others into the auditorium, including a DTE agent with black hair and a red beret, along with a little boy determinedly latching onto the DTEer's leg. While the Technical Errors agent stumbled off to bring his son to the play area, the other - who looked like he could have passed for a Hogwarts teacher himself, with his robes and the way he carried himself - surveyed the area approvingly and headed over to Jenni.
"It looks like your party's starting well," Benjamin Roberts said. The Bad Slasher-turned-Nursery worker shot a look to the play area and couldn't quite help a small smile. "How's the birthday boy doing?"
At the aforesaid play area, Bradley Kent finally detached himself from his father's leg, as the sight of people near his own age seemed to finally convince him to stop playing limpet. After a few moments spent squirming out of the DTE agent's arms, he toddled over to Stephanie with a broad grin.
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