3. Word Gets Around
"What the hell?" Speedy demanded, coming into the tower to discove he was suddenly the oldest one there.
He was greeted by several giggles.
"Hell! Hell!" baby Bumblbee proclaimed, sipping around the air giggling.
"Hell!" baby Aqualad shouted, floating in the tub.
"Demonios!" a baby Mas and Menos proclaimed, the word being translated into Spanish.
Speedy sweatdropped. "I am in WAY over my head here..."
Working hard, he managed to get everyone situated. He mixed up a kelp mix for Aqualad, and some formula for the other babies. He had a real hard time getting Bumblebee to drink her formula, and Mas and Menos kept dashing around the Tower like crazy. He even went so far as to disconnect the alarm so he wouldn't have any headaches he couldn't handle.
He'd finally gotten Aqualad, Mas, and Menos situated in seperate sleeping areas (the tub for Aqualad, and cribs seperated by a wall for the twins), and was chasing Bumblebee around the Tower - and was THIS close to shooting her out of the air - when there was a knock on the door. He went to answer it.
"You know, a girl might think a guy wasn't serious about the relationship if he stood her up twice in a row," Cheshire said, tossing two bags of loot at him. "Stealing's really no fun without you trying to stop me. I made sure the silent alarm went off so you'd know and everything!"
"I'm sorry, Cheshire," Speedy said, face in his hands. "The Tower alarm's off just now, I just have my hands so full."
"The alarm's off? How'd you slip that one past Bumblebee?"
Bumblebee chose that exact moment to break for freedom. "WHEE!" she shouted, zipping out the door into the city.
"AARRGGHH!" Speedy shouted, reaching for his bow. Cheshire stopped him.
"Karen!" she called, her voice honeyed. Bumblebee turned towards her. "Want a sweetie?" she said, pulling a lolipop out of her sleeve.
"Lolli!" Bumblebee shouted, zipping down into Cheshire's arms. She opened the lollipop and began to suck on it. After a while, she finished it and fell asleep.
Cheshire turned to a shocked Speedy. "Children respond to kindness and sweets. And if you want them to sleep, lace the sweets with a child sized dose of nock out powder."
Speedy shook his head. "You never cease to amaze me. How'd you have the lollipop prepared so fast?"
"I had it ready ahead of time. I was trained to be prepared for anything."
Speedy smirked at her. "Have you always been prepared for everything that came your way?"
She was quiet for a while. "Everything but you, Roy."
He smiled softly. "Think you could give me a hand, Jade? I have no clue what I'm doing, and could really use your help."
She removed her mask. "I think I'd like that." She went inside with him.
Jinx got back to her tower, pushing a cart full of diapers and baby formula. "Wildebeast, thanks so much for finding that villain making a ruckus in Sector 12. No one was anywhere near to see what I was buying, thank goodness. Think you could handle any future neccessarry trips?"
Wildebeast snorted and nodded.
Cyborg smiled. "You got back just in time, Jinx." He gestured to the cradles he'd built. "I just got everything finished. The babies are safely ensconed in their cribs, and we're ready to feed them once the formula's prepared."
Jinx smiled. "Thanks, tin man. Don't know what I'd do without you." She gave him a quick kiss and went to prepare the formula.
"I'll handle any changing that needs doing," Cyborg said pleasently. "After all, I can turn my nose off!"
"Cyborg, you're a godsend!" Jinx declared with relief. "I don't know if I could handle that."
There was a squelching sound, followed by the scent of burning. Hot Spot started to cry. Cyborg sighed. "Guess it's time for the first change."
Wilsebeast snorted at Jinx and pointed towards Argent. THinking about it, Jinx nodded. "Cyborg, I think I'd better handle changing Argent. I mean, she might not like you knowing what her lady parts look like once she's back to normal, know what I'm saying?"
"Yeah, I getcha, Jinx." Everyone was quiet for a while.
"You...will be able to reverse this, won't you, Cyborg?"
Cyborg finished changing Hot Spot's diaper. "I don't know Jinx. I'll do what I can to figure out what's going on...but I don't even know what's causing it."
Magic made dealing with babies so much easier, in Raven's opinion. Both Star and Robin had needed changing before she'd finished two chapters, and she hadn't even needed to get near them until the dirty diaper was disposed of and a fresh one was back on. It felt wierd, handling them this wat with her magic, but they'd found it great fun, giggling the entire time. She guessed it tickled. Currently, though, theu were in need of contact, apparantly, as they didn't stop crying until she was holding both of them, and reading her book with her magic.
She glanced at the clock. It had only been an hour since Beast Boy clonked out. She'd give him at least another hour before declaring it his shift, but she was getting so tired...
She was woken by Beast Boy lifting the babies out of her arms. "I'll take over for now," he said simply. "You get some rest."
Nodding, still to tired to talk, she fell full length on Starfire's bed, too tired to move to her own room. However, she couldn't seem to settle, but was too exhausted to get up. As she felt embarrasment fill her, she turned. "Beast Boy?"
"Yeah?" he said quickly. "Did you need something?"
"...something from my room..." she said, not meeting his eyes.
"I'll get it for you. Where is it?"
"In my closet...behind my clothes, on top of the chest with Malchior's book in it." She dreaded what he'd say when he saw what he was fetching.
Nodding, he left the room. He was back soon, smiling happily...carrying the giant chicken. Gently, he set it down next to her, and watched as she pulled it against her. "Not one word," she said, trying to glare.
"It's okay," he said simply. "I usually curl up to a pillow, myself. We all have our night time quirks."
He wasn't going to make a fuss over it. She wanted to do something...say something more...but then he started singing a lullaby to the babies, and she slowly drifted off...
Beast Boy smiled down at Raven as her soft breathing told him she had fallen asleep. To think, she needed to cuddle up to the chicken he gave her to sleep. She'd said he had hidden depths, but there were just so many things he didn't know about her, and everything he learned made her love her all the more...
He glanced down at the cribs. The babies were sleeping peacefully. He was torn. On the one hand, he wanted his friends to be back to normal as soon as possible. On the other hand...this setting, sitting here, watching the kids like this, being the Daddy with Raven the Mommy...he didn't want to lose that. He was half afraid that if this ended...he'd never get it back...