Post by Pally on Jan 12, 2018 1:52:17 GMT
It turned out my stomach upset was not just from seeing my three oldest out on their own. Soon I was announcing to Sunshine that we were expecting a murky bundle of our own. He was overjoyed and told me, "This is, like you know, one of the best days of my life. Our life," he grinned and then kissed me. Later that evening Mud stopped by to check on his girls and I broke the news to him. "So soon!?" he exclaimed. Then he handed me a red rose. When I asked what it was for he said,"For doing all I have asked of you, and more." He looked at me with his wickedly charming grin.
The next day I told Maddy and Muddia about the expected bundle. Muddia seemed to be excited and offered to help clean up. She had a softer side to her than Maddy, although it made her more unpredictable. You never knew if she was going to be hot or cold. With Maddy you knew to expect the negative or grumpy comments. "Babies stink, mom," she told me, while we were dancing together,"They are boring too."
That evening I held a little gathering and invited the Freegan camp to dinner to announce the pregnancy to Sunshine's 'family'. Brennachan and Veegan didn't come and I figured they must be on a mission for the Mayor. The others were all really excited to hear the news. I lit a big bonfire and we danced around it like old times.
The next day was a Saturday, the day I eat my weekly fish at the Dome. The thought of it made my stomach turn. I'd rather eat a truck load of trash fruits than a plate of fish. I came alone today, Sunshine was trying to clean up the jail some before the baby came, and as I walked to my table I saw Mud and the Mayor having a heated discussion. I would of loved to have been a fly on the wall near them. I'm not sure what they discussed but later the Mayor and his family were all standing around the little plaque they put up in Span's memory.
While waiting for my food, I talked with Dr. George. He heard I had been in the CDC basement and asked me some about it. I told him I didn't really get to look around much but I did notice most of the equipment was still running. He looked confused and said we would talk again sometime, then he left me to eat my fish. All through my meal I kept getting little back pains I thought maybe it was labor but they went away when I got up to walk around. Emilo, one of the waiters I had befriend was out mourning little Span. He felt bad because he had served them the fish. I joined Mud near the murky little pool out back and asked him if he would consider giving him time off to mourn but he grumpily told me that all his employees knew what they were getting into when he hired them.
That evening Muddia told me she was given a project to take back to class on Tuesday so we got to work. Maddy came out and informed me she was angry because there were only leftovers for dinner. I told her to eat her trash fruit if she didn't want the leftovers but she wasn't in the mood for it and stomped off to bed. Muddia and I finished her school assignment. It was some sort of spy rocket Mud had the class making for him. I praised her for a job well done but she looked at me unimpressed.
Sunday was a sweaty murky day in Murkland and I was super uncomfortable. I'd give anything to take a cold bath but since water was only really to be used on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I started cooking up a jar of murk-away cream. Soon I heard Sunshine gasp,"Is that safe? I mean, you know, should you be that close to the grill?!" I told him it was perfectly fine. I knew what I was doing. "I just want my little bun to come out safe and sound," he said, rubbing my belly. I smiled as he walked off merrily. I could tell he was going to make a great dad.
The next morning he got his chance to prove me right. I gave birth to two little sunbeams. Another set of girls. I couldn't help but wonder if both sets of girls would end up being a reflection of their fathers. How different they would be. Sort of like night and day. The sun and the murky moon. Sunshine came running in once he heard I'd had them and started freaking out because I was nursing in front of a window. After he calmed down, I let him feed them their bottle of cowplant milk. He was a natural with his girls. We were both so very happy by their arrival.
Later Mud's girls came in to look at their new siblings. "They sure are pink," Muddia frowned as she looked at one of the little wiggling babies. She wasn't very impressed so went off to play. Maddy walked in just as one of the babies filled it's pants,"Eww, gross! I told you babies stink!" Later that night I made it a point to read them both a story and kiss them good night. I didn't want them to feel I loved them any less than the new babies.
We named Sunshine's girls, Star and Dawn, after their daddy and because the sun is our bright star and it shines it's light on us each dawn. As they grew into toddlers, they both had their dad's hair and eye color. They were such sweet little things, always smiling and playful. Everyone loved to be around them, and we all were happier now that they had joined our family.
Even Maddy with her evil trait was more friendly and loving. I wasn't complaining. I loved all the hugs. I spent what time I could helping my older girls to learn their skills. They had to max all four childhood skills before Mud would let them eat the grow up cake. They worked hard on their daily tasks I gave them and then in the evenings I encourage them where I could. Before long, my two beautiful, mad, murky girls were ready to age up into teens. Mud came over to watch them eat their cake.
After the cake was eaten, and they each found their teenage style, we danced to celebrate. Once again they honored their father by wearing face paint in his style. I was proud of them and thought they looked beautiful, but couldn't help wonder if maybe I shouldn't feed my kids so many baked goods. I also wondered what the next couple of weeks with the two teenage daughters of Mad Mud would be like. I was sure that evil streak in Maddy would get her into trouble but thankfully she found a way to take out her frustrations. Poor Mr. Murkdragon.
One of the last tasks I had to complete for Mud was to test a death flower at the Puffer Dome. There was only one problem, people weren't eating the fish as much. Maybe the rumors of people dying was scaring them off. One Friday I went to try my luck with the flower and I ran into Ren from Crate City across the murky waters in Windblown Islands. He said he had been looking for me. I had forgotten to return the bio suit I borrowed. I told him about all I had been up to and we ended up having a good talk and became friends. We even showed off some dance moves to each other. Or I should say he tried.
When I got home I found Sunshine passed out in a hallway. He had been trying his best to keep up with the twins on his own, poor guy. Since it was a water day I told him I'd clean up the girls while he went and showered. The jail was starting to look like a murkfest was being held at it every day. Half eaten plates of food and messes were scattered around. I started thinking, between taking care of kids, plants and everything else I had to do each day, Sunshine and I had hardly spent much time together.
So later after we cleaned up, we asked the older twins to watch the younger while we took an early date night at the Puffer Dome. We sat and talked about the kids and old times. Sometime after midnight our food showed up so it was technically Saturday, the day I normally eat my fish. Sunshine had a couple of trash fruit while I made it through another plate of death fish. After dinner he winked at me and asked me to join him behind the restaurant.
We stood before one of the bushes,"Yeah, but hasn't everyone in Murkland been in this bush?" I asked, after he told me what he had in mind. "So it's a little used," he shrugged his shoulders and smiled his most flirty grin,"but, it's like the best bush in town!" I chuckled and we both jumped inside. After making the bush a little more used, we sat by the little pool and talked. It was a most perfect night, murky bushes and all. After all, murky moments with those you love are the best kind.
It was early morning and we decided we had better head home to check on the kids. Sunshine changed into some extra clothes he had apparently brought along. (I should of made him change back into his other outfit for sake of my pics but there is really no controlling that man!) As we headed out of the restaurant we came upon a horrid sight. An older woman had slumped over on her plate of fish. I recognized her at once, it was Fumiko from Windblown Islands, and I felt I had to stop old grim from taking her too soon. I pulled out one of my death flowers and offered it to him. He seemed distracted by the mystical plant and accepted my offer.
He waved his hand and Fumiko began to rise, life filling her body once more. We all gasped in surprise as she slowly returned to her seat. Once she realized what had happened to her she was over joyed and leaped from her seat and hugged me, "Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!" She exclaimed. I was happy to have saved her and to have completed another task. Emilo was excited too. He had seen so many Murklanders fall victim to grim lately. It was as if something was going on here. Something secret...something, fishy. I needed to find out what before someone really close to me was lost to the Puffer Dome of Death.