I seem to have spent my entire pregnancy tinkering – with varying results.
When I have haven’t been at my table trying to make some more items to sell. I’ve been in the vacant lot behind the house – blowing things up.
I believe that I may have enjoyed that a little more than I should have.
I was out there with Novus and Tulip when I finally went into labour. Unfortunately the two of them panicked and rather than upset them further I called the babysitter and drove myself to the hospital.
I was at the hospital for longer than I expected. I am now the mother of triplets, all girls.
Ruby was first-born and has the Couch Potato and Good traits. I was pleased to see that she had inherited my father’s hair colour. I couldn’t wait to tell him. Surprisingly her wings were also the same colour mine had been.
Calla was next, she was born with the traits Eccentric and Friendly. Of the three girls Calla had inherited most of her colouring from her father, only her eye colour came from me.
and finally Maple who was born with the traits Friendly and Good. I wasn’t certain but I thought that Maple might have inherited my father’s pink skin-tone.
With three new toddlers in the house I realised that the Tulip and Finch were overdue for their birthdays. I had been delaying the birthdays for far too long, not wanting my older children to grow up but it was time. Both of the twins stepped up to the cake to blow out their candles.
Tulip received the Cat Person trait.
while her twin Finch received the Coward trait.
With Tulip and Finch now teenagers I decided to get started on Ruby’s toddler training. With her pink hair and yellow wings Ruby reminded me a lot of my younger sisters especially Nadine and Haley.
Ruby’s training went well and when it became clear that she had enough I switched to Maple and stared teaching her to walk.
and finally it was time for Calla to learn how to walk
and how to talk.
Both Finch and Tulip both helped out around the house it didn’t matter if cleaning up the dishes or helping with the triplets, I was grateful for the help.
Unfortunately for me, they had to attend school. I’m sure they enjoyed being out of the house and with their friends.
Tulip read a bedtime story to her brother Novus, even though she now had the little sister’s that she had originally wished for.
The following morning Novus could not contain his excitement. I had received a phone call from Leon the night before and he was going to visit us to meet his son. I’m not sure if he realised how big Novus would be as I had failed to mention the children’s accelerated growth rate the last time we had seen each other.
Finch and Tulip were a little curious as to why Novus’s dad would be visiting when their’s hadn’t even attempted to keep in contact.
“Well, the last time I saw your dad it didn’t go well” I explained, not really wanting to talk about what had happened between Anthony and I. “I’m not exactly his favourite person in the world.”
“Why?” asked Tulip, curious.
“Yeah, why?” Finch asked, taking Calla out of her high chair and coming closer to hear what I had to say.
“Umm, it’s complicated”
“Okay! I told Novus father what I was doing when I met him, I didn’t with your father.” I explained. “When he found out he was really angry and stormed out. I haven’t seen him since but I do have his phone number and address so if you do want to meet him after your next birthday, you can. I just can’t guarantee what kind of welcome you will get but you could try. It’s me he upset with, not you.”
When Leon arrived a couple of hours later, I had answered most of Tulip and Finch’s questions and they had decided to help me out today by looking after the younger children while Leon was visiting.
They did a wonderful job keeping the triplets occupied and feed while I was busy.
“So your my dad?” Novus asked when I took Leon up to meet him.
“Yes, Novus I am. It great to finally meet you” Leon spoke to his son.
“Mum says your the reason I can do that pointy teeth thing and destroy furniture when I don’t really mean to” Novus told him.
Leon glanced back towards me, laughing.
“That’s not how I put it” I said, “he has his own way of expressing things.”
“Right” Leon said, turning back to his son. “Do you have any questions? Do you want me to explain it to you?” he asked Novus.
“You don’t need to explain.” Novus said, “Mum’s grandpa is a one too, he explained it to me.”
“He is?” Leon said, I didn’t know that”
“How did it happen to you? Novus asked curious, “were you born with it like me? Or did you get bitten like Grandpa Dale?”
I backed quietly away, they seemed to be getting along well and they deserved to have some time to themselves. When I finally went to find them later, they were both in wolf form and Leon was reading Novus a bedtime story.
After our son was finally asleep, Leon came to find me. “He’s great Joanne, you’ve done a great job”, he said, drawing me into an embrace,
“Thankyou” I said, the hug felt nice. It would have been so easy to stay there. I sighed as I pulled away.
“So there’s no chance that…”
“No” I said quietly, “there’s not besides you put Novus to sleep in my bed”
“We could always…”
“I can’t Leon, I’m sorry” I told him, “but stay the night. The couch is free and Novus would love it if you were here in the morning. You don’t go back to work until Monday, right?” I leaned up to kiss him on the cheek. “Goodnight”