Babysitting Blues: Part Three
"Thanks again, Queen Fyora!" Trisha called as the two girls
walked out of the room.
"And thank you too, Miss Soup Faerie! And Miss
Library Faerie! Oh, and you also, Nausica!" The fire faerie smiled at Raven
and Trisha as they left.
"And obviously thanks to you too, Miss Healing
Springs Faerie!" Trisha finished as the enormous double doors shut behind them.
"They were really nice, weren't they?" Rae said
as they descended the large, spiraling marble staircase.
"Of course they were! Did you think they were
going to be rude or something?" Trish asked.
"I had no idea. I've never met royalty before,
"Oh yeah," Trisha replied.
"I think that Andy will be happy with this new
book Nausica gave me," Raven said, looking down at the hardcover book in her
arms. She had known how much Andrew liked to read and, after the introductions
had been made, she had asked Nausica if there was a book she would recommend
for her young Ruki. Now she had a reward for him when they got home. Andrew
would also be being paid by Trish when they got to the house.
"I can't wait to tell him what we did!" Raven
"Me neither. Lily will be so thrilled with this
new rattle that the Soup Faerie gave me!" Trisha replied.
They made their way down to the Uni Express
station and started to look for a strong pair of Unis to take them home.
"YES!" Andy yelled as the window opened easily
for him. He quickly jumped in and shut it.
"Lockey!" Lily reminded him.
"Oh yeah!" Andrew latched the lock on the window.
"I guess now it's time for your 'dinner.'"
"YIPPEE!" the baby Kacheek exclaimed.
The pair made their way into the kitchen. Again.
And Lily was placed onto her chair. Again. She sat patiently waiting for the
sweets she would get.
"Hey, Lily?" the shadow Ruki asked as he rummaged
through the fridge.
"Yup," she replied, looking at his back.
"We don't have any slushies or cinnamon rolls."
"Bu-buh you say I tan have it!" she wailed.
"I know. But we do have some baby tomatoes and
some hot soup." He looked at his cousin hopefully.
She let out a small sigh.
"Otay," Lily mumbled. YES! Andy shouted
in his head.
About ten minutes later a small feast was before
the young Kacheek. There were the hot soup and baby tomatoes, but there were
also an Ice Cream Sundae and a small portion of Chocolate Kougra Pudding.
Just as Lily was about to take a huge spoonful
of ice cream, Andrew pulled away the bowl of ice cream and the plate of pudding.
Lily looked at him like he was crazy.
"Why you do dat?" she asked quietly.
"You have to eat your dinner first. Then you
get the dessert, Lily," Andrew said. Hopefully she would get full before she
could eat the sweets. He had already broken one of Trisha's rules by giving
her an Iceberg Sundae earlier that evening. She gave him a moment more stare
and looked at the soup.
"Otay," Lily said sadly. She began to eat the
soup. Slowly at first, then a bit faster.
"Dis is vewy good, Anny!" she said as she slurped
more soup. "Tan I hab som mowe pwease?"
"Sure, Lily," Andrew went over to the stove
and took the pot of soup over to the table. Carefully, he poured some more into
her bowl. Hopefully this would make Lily full so she wouldn't want the sweets.
About half an hour and twelve bowls of soup
later, Lily was eating the ice cream sundae. Next to the bowl was an empty plate,
where minutes ago had been a serving of chocolate Kougra pudding.
Andrew let out a defeated sigh. This night was
not going well. Lily belched.
"Equse me," she said as she took another huge
bite of ice cream. Once she was finished eating Andy had promised to read Lily
"All done," Lily pushed the empty bowl away
"Okay. Now it's time for your story, then you're
going to go to bed!" Andy said. Lily said nothing as he picked her up and went
over to the sink.
A few minutes later the shadow Ruki was sitting
on the couch with his little cousin on his lap, reading "Baby Ixi Book." As
he opened closed it he looked at the clock. NINE-THIRTY! Lily was supposed to
be in bed, asleep, over an hour ago! How many of his aunt's rules was he going
to break in one evening? He just hoped she wouldn't be too upset with him.
"Okay, Lil, it's time for bed," Andrew said
as he carried her to their guest bedroom. This one had been especially made
for baby guests so it had a cot for her to sleep in.
"No wanna sweep, Anny," Lily whimpered. She
gave a big yawn and stretched in his arms.
"Oh you're not, are you? Not even a little bit?"
he asked as they entered the room.
"Uh-uh," she said quietly, her big eyes drooping
as she started to doze off.
"Well, I'll just lay you down in here and we
can talk, okay?"
"Tay, Anny." Andrew set her down into the cot
softly, pulling the covers up to her shoulders.
"Comfortable?" he asked.
"Yep. It verwy comfy," Lily replied sleepily.
"I just gonna cwose my eyes fow a minute, otay?"
"Yeah, that's fine with me." He walked over
and turned on a nightlight for her and shut off the main light. Now the room
was mostly dark. Lily's breathing was gentle now and Andy was just walking out
of the room when he heard Lily talking.
"Anny?" she whispered.
"Yeah, Lily?" Andrew asked quietly, turning
to look at her. She was sitting up in the cot looking at him.
"I waned to tewl you somting," Lily said.
"What is it?"
"I wuv you, Anny. Yow de bestest cousin in de
whole wide wowld," she said lovingly. Andy smiled and walked back over to his
"I love you too, Lily," he whispered. He gave
her a big hug and kissed her on the forehead.
"See you later," he said as he walked out of
"Night Lil." Andrew shut the door quietly and
went back into the kitchen to pick up and eat. He was starving!
"What about these two?" Raven asked, looking
over a pair of muscular brown Uni brothers.
"Nah," Trish replied immediately. She spotted
a pair of white Uni sisters and exclaimed, "These ones!"
"Whatever, as long as they get us home safely,"
Rae replied, handing over her half of Neopoints to the Uni she was riding.
"Where to?" Trisha's Uni asked.
"Neopia Central, please," Raven answered.
"You got it!" both Unis galloped down a starting
road and took off moments later. Raven had always loved flying in the night.
She didn't know why; it was just really cool to see all of the lights going
on and off down below her.
"How long until we get there?" she asked her
"About forty to forty-five minutes," the Uni
replied kindly. The rest of the trip was pretty silent, except for little outbursts
from Trish when she saw something she said she swore looked like the Space Faerie.
Raven just shook her head in amusement. Her sister could sometimes be one of
the weirdest people in all of Neopia.
Andrew finished washing his plate. He had just
settled on eating a BBQ Omelette and some strawberry jelly and was putting the
plates away when the front door opened.
"We're back!" Trisha exclaimed. "Did you and
Lily have a good time?"
"Yeah. She's asleep right now."
"Where is she? We really should get going,"
"In the first room on the right," Andy directed.
Once Trisha was out of the room Raven walked over to her pet.
"What happened?" she asked quietly.
"Nothing!" Andrew answered just a little bit
too quickly. Rae gave him a hard look.
"Okay, I broke a few of Trisha's rules," he
"Which ones?" she asked.
"Well, the no sweets rule and when she went
"What did you feed her?"
"Um, well, a lot of things... "
"Like what?" Raven asked in a hard tone.
"Like an ice cream sundae, an iceberg sundae
and some chocolate Kougra pudding," he whispered, pretending to be fascinated
by the tiled floor.
"And why was she late being put to bed?"
"We had been playing hide and seek before she
ate dinner and I couldn't find her. Then when I found her she was outside, hanging
onto the tree branch and I had to make a deal with her before she would come
"Then the front door was locked and we had to
go in through my bedroom window. Once we were inside I had to make her dinner
and by the time she was finished I had already promised her that I would read
her the book Trisha had brought for me to read to her. Then once I was done,
it was about nine-thirty. I'm sorry, mom. I did a horrible job, I know. But
please don't be too mad." Andrew looked up at his mom.
"Well," she said after a moment of silence.
"I guess I can't be too mad anyways. You did your best at taking care of Lily,
and you told me the truth. That was very mature and I know it took a lot of
courage. But I do want to know why you gave her all that sugar when Trisha told
you explicitly not to give her any."
"Well, the iceberg sundae was because as soon
as you left she wouldn't get off of my head and that was the only way she would
come down!" he explained.
"Understandable. At least on my part. I don't
know how understanding Trish will be, though. What about the other two things?"
"That was when she was hanging on the tree."
"Okay. I understand that. I had to do almost
the exact same thing with you when you were growing up, Andy." Raven's eyes
got a misted look to them.
"Yes. But you need to let Trisha know about
this. Tonight," she added, seeing him about to ask something.
"Fine, mom." Just then Trisha walked in holding
a sleepy-eyed Lily.
"I heard everything you just said, Andrew, and
I can't believe you would go behind my back and disobey me." Her tone was bitter
"I know. And there isn't an excuse for it, and
I'm truly sorry, Trish. I hope that you can forgive me and you'll let me watch
Lily again. We really did have a good time." Andy looked at his aunt hopefully.
"Well, I am glad that you apologized to me.
But it is going to be awhile before I will trust you to watch my Lily again."
"I understand." Raven looked from her pet to
"Trish, you can't go too hard on him. He's still
a kid too, you know. I think that under the circumstances he did a very good
job and you should let him watch Lily again." She looked her older sister in
Trisha sighed heavily. "You're right. I know."
She looked over at Andrew. "And I'm sorry for being so hard on you, Andy. You
did do a great job watching her. Would you like to do it again next Saturday?"
The shadow Ruki looked from his aunt to his mom, then to his sleeping cousin,
Lily. A smile spread across his face.
"I'd love to."