Brad seemed blissfully ignorant of what was going on with the adults as he wandered off to find somewhere quiet to sit and poke at the selection of sweets and vegetables that had been put on his plate. The sudden cries from the playpen startled him, but the grown-ups seemed to have everything in hand, so he pointed out a quieter part of the table to Stephanie and continued on. After a check to see if she was following or not, he put his plate up and began trying to climb into the nearest chair. Stephanie's mother had given him lots of nice snacks, and it struck him as somehow wrong not to eat them.
Ben almost abandoned the conversation with Barid as the cries reached him, his gaze snapping over to the playpen and demeanour shifting to that of a concerned father figure, but he thought better of being so rude to his new acquaintance. Instead, he looked back to the troll and gave a quick nod.
"Excuse me for a moment," he said. "I'll be back shortly."
Without further ado, he headed over to join Jenni at the playpen, not quite running but certainly making a quick pace across the auditorium, giving the kids around a careful once-over.
"Everything all right here, Jenni?"
A quick look round showed Miriam wasn't needed for anything, so she let herself relax slightly, directing a wry look to her partner.
"Looks like everything's getting off to a good start, at least."
"Whoops." Jenni straightened up at the cry, homing in on Helen like a beacon. "Little more serious than it looked over there, I guess. I got it." She stepped into the playpen and sat down to gently... more
Stephanie clambered up onto her own chair next to Brad and settled down to eat, only sparing the crying babies a brief glance. Cara watched the scene, rather amused now that the childrens' respective ... more
Kestrel leaned over the playpen, stroking Artemis's head. "There there, me little 'un, 'tis awright. 'Ere. Beggin' yore pardon, 'Enry." She nudged the toy apple closer to Artemis, who snatched it up... more
"Is that what it was all about?" Jenni wondered, regarding the apple. Some private thought made her grin a mischievous little grin. "Of course, he likes fruit." Henry whimpered a bit at having the... more
"Gets that bit from 'is father, I fink," Kestrel murmured to Jenni, smiling fondly at the toddler. Artemis removed the toy from his mouth and clutched it protectively with both hands. Then, still... more
Vicky had decided to risk leaving Luke alone for a bit in favour of helping Owen get some food. The little boy was less than impressed, but had long since learned that arguing with his mother wasn't... more
Ben gave another one of his quick nods. "Sure thing." The toy fire-lizard was easily retrieved, and he was soon handing it back to the young boy with a gentle smile on his face. "Here you go, Henry.... more
Cali had finally managed to get Kyle and Kevin wrangled over to the area of the play pen, with a small plate of healthy foods for each. Neither of them looked very happy, but for the moment they were ... more
Artemis observed Henry carefully, until he was absolutely certain the other toddler was sufficiently satisfied with his own toy, and thus wouldn't try coming after his. Feeling his point had been... more
Seeing everyone happy again, Jenni took a look around the room and made a decision. "I think we can do better than doughnut holes. Off you go, Helen. Here, here's a rattle." She did a double-take at... more
((Sorry I've been kind of quiet; school and work kind of ambushed me this week)) Kaliel, who had been listening with a quiet interest to Ilraen, turned at the sound of Jenni's voice. Ooh, cake!... more
Cara looked over to Jenni, then waved Stephanie over. The little girl put her plate aside and came to get a look, grinning hugely as she guessed what was about to happen. William had been listening,... more
Kieran had been trying to impress the younger kids by flipping strawberries into the air and catching them with his mouth. At Jenni's call for attention, however, the last strawberry missed his mouth ... more
Brad had gone over with the other kids when he heard Jenni, climbing into the first free seat to get a better look at what was going on. Ben, of course, had followed Jenni over to the table once the... more