*Chapter 12: The Ten Wise Baby-sitters*
"So these are the songs you guys wrote?" Indalecio
asked, grabbing a small stack of papers with one hand while
holding Ronixis in the other.
"Yup," Marsilio said. "Thought you might want
to look at them."
Indalecio looked over the various pieces of paper. At the top
of each was the song title, followed by lyrics and guitar tabs.
"Hmmm..." Indalecio said, pondering the song titles.
"BURN YOU SCUM...FRY, MAGGOTS...DOES NOT
COMPUTE... Shigeo wrote these, didn't he?"
"How'd you guess?" Berle asked.
"I just had a notion," Indalecio said. Suddenly,
his eyes got incredibly large as he lifted Ronixis off his lap,
revealing a large wet spot where the child was sitting. "Wet
baby!" he shouted at the top of his lungs.
"HAHAHAHAHA..." Shigeo, who was holding Kenneth,
said. "RONIXIS MADE WET ON...YOUR...LAAAAAAA..." He
then fell limp as the lights in his eyes went dim. Nicolus caught
Kenneth before he fell to the floor.
"This one needs changing too..." he said, examining
the diaper. "Any volunteers?" Before he could react,
he was the only one in the room, now holding both twins in his
* * *
Filia walked down the hall, carrying two heated bottles of
formula. Soon she met up with a rather moist Nicolus, who was
making his way to the bathroom.
"The kids are changed..." Nicolus grumbled. "They're
sleeping in the living room now..."
"Why are you dripping wet?" Filia asked Nicolus.
"I'd rather not say..." Nicolus growled, ducking
into the bathroom. Filia thought a moment, and then burst out
"Screw you too!" an angry Nicolus shouted from beyond
"Ahahahaha! Oh dear lord...too funny..." Filia cried
"What's so funny?" Vesper said as he met Filia in
"Nothing...nevermind..." Filia said, struggling to
recover her composure. "I need some help feeding the twins,
wanna join me?"
"I guess so..." Vesper said.
* * *
"These little guys sure downed those bottles fast..."
Vesper said, burping Ronixis.
"Yeah. They must have been hungry," Filia said, who
was burping the other. "By the way, you did put a spit
rag on your shoulder before you started burping him, right?"
"A what?" Vesper asked.
* * *
"Jeez, man!" Ruprecht said, meeting Vesper in the
line to use the bathroom for the night. "You smell like
sour milk!" Vesper decided not to speak, but to stew angrily
for a while. Ruprecht, turning his attention to Decus, the person
in line before him, said, "Is Nicolus still in there?"
"Yeah," Decus said. "I don't know if he's washing
or just too embarrassed to come out."
"Well, you know, it is kinda embarrassing what happened
to him." Just then, the door to the bathroom opened, and
out walked Nicolus, wearing a paper bag over his head. A burst
of laughter resounded through the halls of the Wise Men's house,
directed at Nicolus.
"Leave me alone..." Nicolus said angrily. "Just
leave me alone..."
* * *
A cry echoed through the halls, waking Indalecio up from his
blissful sleep. He checked his clock, which proudly displayed
the time 3:30 AM.
"Dammit, don't these kids ever sleep?" Indalecio
said, thrusting his head back into the pillow. "I can't
wait until morning comes..."
* * *
"Hey!" Claude said, opening the door to the Wise
Men's house that morning. "How'd everything go?" The
Ten Wise Men, sleep-deprived and worse-for-wear, stared angrily
at them. Indalecio looked beside him towards Cyril, who gave
a slight nod.
He then punched Claude in the face, thrust the twins unceremoniously
into Rena's arms, and slammed the door so hard the foundation
"What do you suppose got into them?" Claude asked,
rubbing his swelling eye.
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