As she approached Alpha's house, Epsilon could hear a baby wailing. She certainly didn't envy her sister the twins she'd given birth to! One baby was enough of a handful, let alone two. Nobody answered the front door, but the crying didn't really sound like it was coming from inside the house. Wandering around the side, she found the source.
Alpha smiled tiredly to Epsilon as the rain continued to pour down. "Hey Epsi. Sorry about all this, if I'd known you were coming by..."
Epsilon shook her head. "Don't worry about it, I've seen you dealing with worse. Why are you out in the rain, though?"
Alpha glanced down to the angry infant. "I'd be inside if I could, Marsha just won't stop screaming. She was setting Niki off, so Mason suggested that I bring her outside until she calmed down. I've been out here for almost twenty minutes, and she's still going strong. I don't know what to do!"
"Al. Give her here." Epsilon held out her arms for the infant, accepting the swaddled child and following Alpha towards the door.
Alpha glanced back as the baby's cries slowed, turning into coos. "How did you do that? I tried everything."
Epsilon shrugged, bouncing the baby for a few more moments before depositing her in a convenient playpen. "She might just like the sound of my voice. Or maybe she was all cried out anyway, and it was just a coincidence."
Alpha smiled as Epsilon walked over to her. "You'll make a great mom one day."
Alpha nodded. "I can understand that. Just wait, you might come around to the idea eventually. Or not, plenty of people never have kids. Have a seat, let's catch up. We haven't properly talked since before I went into labor."
Epsilon nodded and took a seat on the sofa, settling in for a long rainy afternoon's chat with her sister.
Soon after the seasons shifted to summer, Epsilon's graduation came. She graduated with the highest honor - of course - and quickly turned her attention to university admissions. She soon realized how painfully unprepared she was to pursue a degree in the area of medicine.
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Such a short chapter for such a long period of time. There really wasn't anything of note that happened in the last week the kids were teens. It was just running out the clock until they were old enough for things to start happening again. I originally had teen romance subplots planned for both kids, but generation 2 was dragging on. It was time to move things along.
If you're keeping count at home, there two "years" left on Orcus's ultimatum, meaning that it's due to expire at the end of Epsilon's second term at university, which is also when Omicron will age up to YA. Not that that means anything, necessarily. ;)
Yes, Alpha really was standing out in the yard, in the rain, with her baby. I don't even...
To make the short update up to you guys, I have a few outtakes!