“Look, Shay. Isn’t he just a cutie?”
The Lampent came up to the cradle, floating by the Kingdra. The baby couldn’t have been more than a few months old… And it was so tiny. It looked up at him with bright blue eyes, as it sucked on its tiny bare feet. Shatter tilted his hat in greeting, before looking up at Andrea.
“What is he?” he asked flatly, not moved by the sight of a cheerful baby.
“Oh, he’s a baby Joltik, which is why he’s so small. Pat his head, Shay, his hair is really fluffy! I know how much you love fluffy things.” Followed by the Kingdra’s kind gaze, Shatter looked down at the baby, and ran his hand through the little one’s hair. He couldn’t help but break into a slight smile. It felt really nice against his palm…
Andrea watched as the baby stopped sucking on its feet, and reached out for the Lampent, placing his sticky hands on the elder’s hand. She laughed softly as Shatter flinched, and made a disapproving face at the oblivious baby, but didn’t move his hand as the baby took it into his grip. She couldn’t help but laugh a bit louder when the Lampent completely froze, when the baby was pulling his hand to his mouth…
She decided now would be a nice time to save him. “Shay, would you like to prepare some baby food for-”
“Yes,” he said instantly, easing his hands away from the baby, and zipping off to the kitchen.
Andrea shook her head, and leant down to pick up the Joltik baby. “Hey there little guy!” He sure was a sticky little thing… Well, she didn’t expect anything less from a bug-type! She kept it in mind to give him a bath later, especially before introducing him to the other children when they got back from playing in the woods. It had gone back to sucking on his foot, looking around at the house.
“What’s his name?” Shatter had returned, with a bowl of baby food mush that he was lightly heating with his hands, alight with purple fire. She coaxed the baby’s foot of his mouth, before messily starting to feed it.
“Why don’t you name him, Shay?” She was greeted with a scowl from the Lampent, which made her chuckle. “I’m just teasing, don’t look at me like that!” Gee, he sure was sensitive about the fact that he was quite terrible at naming things…
She looked at the little Joltik thoughtfully, as baby food mush dribbled out of his mouth. Andrea wiped it up with a piece of cloth, and then smiled wider. “He looks like a Toby to me, don’t you think, Shay?” The Lampent just shrugged, making her lightly roll her eyes. Ever so helpful… “Yes, I think his name will be Toby! Do you like that name, Toby?”
“You’re talking to babies again…” Shatter said, still scowling. Andrea smiled at him, then, with her free hand, took off his hat, and kissed him top his waxy white hair. He jolted, but couldn’t do anything to stop her, since he was holding a bowl. He just frowned at her even more.
“Shatter, lighten up! You take things much too seriously. Besides, Toby likes it when I talk to him, right Toby?” She had switched to her baby-ing voice with the last part, and tickled the Joltik, making him squeal in delight, and dribble out more food mush. Generally disturbed by the scene, Shatter put down the bowl on the bedside table, mumbling something about telling the other kids that there was a new orphan and going out to get them, before he drifted out through the wall.
She smiled, and shook her head, before turning her attention back to the baby, trying to feed him again. “Don’t mind Shay, he really does like you! He’s gonna be your big brother now, and he’ll protect you. You’ll like that, right Toby?” He didn’t really respond, more intent on staring at everything else but her and the food.
In the distance, she could hear the clamouring of the children through the back door, eager to meet the new addition to the orphanage. She kissed the little Joltik on the forehead with a silent prayer, before readying for when the children burst in the room.