Celia Hier
You called? (Reply to Rob)
Thu Aug 10, 2017 00:39

Celia felt like she had barely closed her eyes when a shriek of toddler rage popped them open. Steven had not been happy about coming to live with his uncle and aunt, and had been expressing it frequently in classic two-year-old form. Celia groaned and hauled herself up out of bed to attempt to placate him before he managed to upset Julia and Jude. She noted briefly that the clock did read a couple hours later than it had when she had laid the kids and herself down for their naps, which was one good thing about the situation.

Too late. Jude's air raid siren of a wail rose to join Steven's shouts of, "WANT BLANKIE! BLANKIE!" Celia scooped up Jude from her crib and sprinted to Steven's room, to find the shrieking boy pounding the floor and rolling around. At least Jude had stopped screaming during Celia's sprint. Celia pulled Blankie from the gap between Steven's bed and the wall, where it had ended up every day this week when Steven couldn't find it upon waking, and gently draped it over the toddler's shoulders.

"Blankie's here, Steven," Celia said soothingly. "Blankie's right here, and so am I."

"I wanna go home," Steven sobbed as he calmed down. "Want Daddy."

"I know, kiddo," Celia said gently, scooting closer and allowing him to puddle into her lap. "I know. But this is your new home now." Steven kept crying. Jude, waiting for Mommy to pay attention to her again, began swinging her tiny fist at Celia. "I know, I know, I need to feed you," Celia said. "You always wake up hungry, don't you?" Celia made sure her squirmy baby couldn't accidentally kick Steven, who seemed to be running out of tears, and settled in to nurse on Steven's bedroom floor. Jude had barely latched on when Julia appeared in the doorway. Celia tensed for a moment, but one glance at Julia's expression and the board book she was carrying dispelled any notion that Julia was in one of her angry, distant moods. "All right," Celia said with a nod at the book, "but you have to turn the pages." Julia skipped happily in and attached herself to Celia's side like a remora. "Hold the book so that Steven can see it."

"It'd be a better book if the pictures moved," Julia said, but she held open Clifford the Big Red Dog eagerly nonetheless.

"That's because it came from my Muggle family," Celia told her. "And Muggles don't have magic that they can use to make the pictures move." As Celia read the story of Emily Elizabeth and Clifford, Steven finally stopped crying and turned to look at the book. Jude suckled happily as Celia read, with Julia asking, "Do I turn the page now?" whenever Celia paused for breath.

Steven seemed interested in the big doggie. Julia seemed slightly sad as the book ended, despite her excitement at the beginning of the story. Celia eyed her covertly as she burped Jude, and it wasn't long before Julia gave a deliberately heartfelt sigh and said, "I want a dog. A real dog, one that we can play with."

Celia was sure that statement would have earned Julia a Look from Lapis, the World's Most Sarcastic and Long-Suffering Service Dog, if Rob and Lapis hadn't just left for class. "A dog that you can play with, huh?" Great. Something else to try to remember to discuss with Rob before they both collapsed from exhaustion at the end of the day. "I need to talk to your Uncle Rob about it," Celia told Julia. "And then we'll see."

"It doesn't have to be a big dog!" Julia protested, figuring that might help her chances. "It just needs to be playful. With long floppy ears."

"Playful with long, floppy ears?" Celia repeated. "We'll see." She was spared having to make further promises by Jude, who decided to be loudly unhappy about the fact that she needed a diaper change. Jude wailed through the diaper change, which Celia had to admit was not the smoothest, with Steven clinging to her leg and Julia watching and providing commentary in awed disgust. Celia began walking around the apartment bouncing Jude, which usually helped, but not today. Steven was enjoying his lurching leg ride, at least, and Julia just trailed them with her fingers in her ears and an expression of profound unhappiness on her face at the sheer volume of noise Jude was making.

In the living room, Celia discovered that Steven had not put his wooden trains away before lunch and naptime and persuaded him to let go so he could catch the trains as they zoomed over the tracks. Julia had apparently dug through the entire basket of board books to find one about dogs and left all of them scattered on the floor. Celia had her put them away and moved with Jude into the kitchen. She needed to start dinner and make more milkwort infusion, and Jude would maybe be distracted enough by all the things Celia was pulling out to cook that she'd stop crying. Celia opened the fridge and realized immediately that her container of milkwort blossoms and leaves was gone, along with various fruits and all the Crokoa pods Celia had been saving to test how they interacted with the milkwort. Rob must have taken them to his lesson. Which was fine, maybe, because Kizzy was due to arrive any moment to help watch Steven and Julia, and Jude was spending more time looking at Rob's normal spot at the dinner table than she was looking inside the fridge.

"Fine, fine, everything will be just fine," Celia muttered under Jude's wails. A shout from the living room drew her attention, and she hurried to see that Steven had started playing with his trains instead of putting them away (fine) but that Julia had decided that some of the books belonged on the train table instead of in the basket (not fine, with either Steven or Celia). "But they're about trains!" she protested innocently when Celia told her to put them away in the right spot.

Kizzy cracked into the apartment at that moment, and Celia could have hugged the Head Elf. After explaining the situation to Kizzy and receiving her earnest promises to look after the children, Celia left with Jude still crying in her arms. "We're going to Daddy," Celia told her, trying to not sound as frazzled as the last fifteen minutes? half an hour? One hour? She wasn't sure - had left her feeling. "Daddy's not too far away. Were you looking for him when you woke up? Is that why you're unhappy, Jude? Is that why you're unhappy?" Celia wasn't sure if Jude was paying attention to her voice. Her baby was still crying, her little face red and wrinkled like a raisin. "We're almost there." Celia opened the door to the lab and stepped in, which of course meant that suddenly the loudest sound in the room was Jude, crying harder now that she could see Daddy and couldn't get to him. Celia flushed red, gave the class an embarrassed wave, and stepped forward to talk to Rob.

"I can't get her to stop crying," Celia confessed, everything suddenly catching up to her. She passed Jude to Rob, before Jude could fall out of Celia's arms as she reached for her daddy. "She's been crying since after naptime, since after I fed and burped and changed her. Steven had another tantrum. Julia wants a dog. And I think you have my milkwort."

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