"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 toy snatched, apparently unprovoked, which drew Jenni's attention from whatever she was thinking about. "Oh. Ben, would you grab that fire-lizard toy for him? It's just over there." She pointed; it was out of reach, and she wasn't quite ready to let Helen go yet.
"Yes, unfortunately, we've all forgotten our Teaching Ballads at some point or another," Derik said. He couldn't help but notice the sympathy writ large on the other man's face, so he felt he had to do something to make up for it. "Let me see now... I haven't tried this in... well. 'Dragonman, avoid excess / Greed will bring the Weyr distress,'" he sang softly, then abruptly cleared his throat. His voice was noticeably trained, a clear, high-end baritone, but equally noticeably unused for the purpose for some time. "Rusty pipes, I'm afraid. Jenni demonstrated the birthday song for Ilraen and me earlier. That will be a challenge!"
"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