Eleven Stars Daycare

Welcome,

This story is about a group of friends who become stranded and find themselves at a daycare which is run by a demon.

This is the sequel to my other story Mother; The Demon, but you don’t need to have read that to read this one. Unlike the last one I am not going to rush this story so updates may take some time. I do hope inspiration will stick with me and updates happen fairly often.

So thank you for reading and please enjoy!


Chapter 1: Friends Until the End.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock the slow heartbeat of a clock. Every second felt like a minute, every minute an hour. The cute little blonde watched the clock as the second hand moved slowly around the face. Did the damn cogs have rust or syrup on them? She asked herself. The thought of syrup had her thinking of pancakes, then waffles. How she loved waffles, getting small pools of butter and syrup in every square trap, light sprinkling of powdered sugar with strawberries and their wonderful sugary liquid. The crispness of a well cooked waffle…if not crispy then fluffy and if it was fluffy makeup that wonderful crispiness with fried chicken. A wonderful, magical, exotic and almost forbidden combination! Chicken and Waffles. A bit of ranch or honey mustard on the side. Sure it was weird and not everyone appreciated the platter of goodness but those odd flavors mixed together perfectly somehow.

Kylie grabbed a candy from her purse, the sweet caramel confection helping her sate her appetite for a well made pattern of chicken and waffles all while she glanced over at the clock. A mere 5 seconds had passed yet she felt she had daydreamed of one of her favorite brunches for an hour. The little caramel treat helped distract her, scones, ice cream, parfait, crepes, fudge, fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies who cared if they would burn your mouth. She longed for them all and couldn’t wait to get out of work.

Summer was on the fast track to being over. She longed to just once get to do things she wanted to before it was over. Binge eat sweet treats and lay about the beach, maybe even hit up a theme park. Today was exciting though it had been two months ago that she and her closest friends would set out on that one good trip and hit up all the good spots, there was a campground that had both a high quality beach and hiking trail. A town along the way that held high end restaurants and a theme park near the end for the high excitement and lastly another campsite to end it all one that their electronics would be useless, a last respite before returning to civilization with the honks of traffic the beeps of phones and the bright lights of a night time city.

Kylie sighed as her caramel was bearing the end. She checked the clock as she fantasized about the trip that was, TAKING ITS SWEET ASS TIME! Kylie looked at the clock, she had spent maybe Thirty seconds in her daydream, with a growl she plucked out another caramel candy and popped it into her mouth…

Her jubilee of fantasies, or as jovial as they could get, was interrupted by the ding of the coffee shop’s door. Kylie switched from looking bored and lazy, to work mode and greeted the customer with a big smile full of shiny white perfect teeth. “Welcome to Squeaky Bean, how many I see you?” She asked in a bubbly giddy voice.

The brunette woman walked up and smiled at Kylie, the cute blonde noticed the woman’s tan business suit, the black leggings with well polished black high heels. Her hair tied up in a bun and black square lenses.

“I’m here to pick you up, you nut” The woman said and Kylie recognized her voice. Among the dozen of well dressed business ladies all identical in some way, only one would call her a nut.

Kylie’s Bubbly giddy big smile self shattered away to a real bubbly giddy big smile, so much so she began to bounce on the spot.

“Lilly, oh my gosh! I didn’t recognize you, cause of all the other hundreds of tailored suit snobs that come in here, like literally I thought you were at least five of them” she said her new found cheeriness making her speak much faster.

“Thanks” Lilly said, giving her a stern look with a half smile. Lilly was Kylie’s best friend, they had been together since kindergarten. Ever since second grade however, Lilly wanted to become a business woman and took the phrase Dress for the Job You Want literally. She worked hard on her schooling to get into a good college and only took job offers that sounded like there was a fast track to the top and so her resume would look good to help her get into one of the big corporations. Kylie was impressed with her work ethic but didn’t understand how she could handle all that stress, Kylie would have thrown a fit if she so much as had to scrub a toilet it was also why she was stuck in a coffee shop.

“It’s not even time for me to leave yet” Kylie whined a pathetic and rather immature whine.

“It’s almost three, you can convince your boss to leave early,” Lilly said.

“One of the girls called in sick so I am stuck until five now” Kylie pouted.

“Have you tried your cutesy charm on him, isn’t he into that?” Kylie shivered at that suggestion.

“Ew, no, I know he is into that but I have been saving it for a bigger raise once he says I can get one.” She said,

“This is big Kylie, last chance at a big summer party before life decides to hand out our pink slips and give us the boot,” Lilly said. “Besides, I want us leaving by Five and I need to make sure you are fully packed.”

“I’m packed!” Kylie whined again. Lilly gave her a disbelieving look.

“From that, no you are not, you have what? one suitcase of clothes and I am guessing a backpack full of sweets?” Lilly placed her hands on her hips switching from a friend to mother mode.

“No…” Kylie lied but she fidgeted like a child caught stealing a cookie. Lilly always had that effect on her. Lilly was like a second mother to her at times, always watching out for her and keeping her in track with school work and chores. If not for her she would have done whatever she liked and held back a couple years, she couldn’t cutesy charm everyone sadly. Snapsnapsnap three quick snaps of her fingers and Lilly held out her hand. “But I am!” Kylie whined harder, pouting at her friend.

“Candy Now!” Lilly demanded. Kylie relented and popped the sweet caramel treat from her mouth she had been hiding, so as to not let on she had candy in her mouth. She handed it to Lilly who grasped it firmly as a sign of power that she wasn’t worried about where it had been. “Now, either go cutesy charm your boss or let me speak to him”

Kylie headed into the back of the office and moments later the manager came out. Lilly switched from mother mode for Kylie to business mode, her normal mode. Kylie watched as she put on a big smile and introduced herself and then began to explain the situation. Kylie stood there like a child watching her friend ask if they could sleep over, it wasn’t too far from that really.

After several minutes, looking over schedules, the boss looking over sales, he was finally convinced to let Kylie out early and wished them a happy vacation. Kylie was in Lilly’s car and bouncing for joy their big weekend would be happening soon.

“Seatbelt” Lilly reminded as she turned on the car. She wasn’t going to go anywhere unless her friend was properly secured, and Kylie knew that.


“Women, always taking their sweet time” Matt gave an irritated sigh.

“Kind of a law don’t ya think?” Josh said trying to dismiss the comment. “All things considered I would bet Kylie isn’t packed and Lilly is making sure she is”.

“The fuck you say?” Matt asked getting fired up at the insult to his girl.

“Your girlfriend likes candy and has a bag full of it, all I’m saying” Josh explained. He took a step away from Matt, it wasn’t good staying near him when he got angry, which he did a lot. Matt was that antagonistic stereotypical jock from highschool movies, while he didn’t dress like one in the movies, kept more to cargo pants and a t-shirt, his attitude was like one, he even had the cheerleader girlfriend to top off the stereotype and she wasn’t far off from the bully’s girlfriend trope either.

An R.V. pulled around the corner and came to a stop near the two men.

“All aboard the Bus to the best vacation around!” Lilly called out from the window. Josh and Matt grabbed their bags and headed around the R.V to get inside. Matt was first on who was greeted by Kylie the two embraced and found their spot in the back. Josh tossed his luggage under the table and sat in the passenger seat with Lilly. He leaned over and the two kissed as a way of greeting. Lilly shifted the R.V into gear and they began to drive down the road on their way to a beautiful vacation.

Josh went over the list that Lilly had prepared for what all they would be doing. She was very thorough as her list had little lists of their own.

First up was visiting various restaurants that each person really enjoyed, this would be a two day thing, one lunch and one dinner each day. In between those were activities. A go-kart track, an escape room and an arcade, as well as a winery and a shopping mall. After those two days was a big road trip going to a very expensive hotel one night and using the R.V on the others. After that was the camping trip they planned out which would take up the majority of their time. While camping they would hit up an amusement park for a couple days, finish up their camping return home using the R.V for sleep, and the last two days were hitting up their favorite restaurants again.

“Damn Lilly, why not get the thing a hard cover and make a book rather than use a binder.” Josh said, thumbing through the details of what time they should do things.

“I would have but a binder is easier to organize than a book,” she said. Josh rolled his eyes, he loved Lilly but she could get a bit more than meticulous at times, which was also why he loved her, it was a two way street.

For the road trip the driver got main call for songs, the passenger directly next to them was one who either agreed for songs or didn’t mind the choice of genre. The rest of the passengers had to suffer, but they could wander the cabin more and had other distractions to keep them occupied for the lengthy bits. So long as the driver and their assistant were alert then everything was fine. The driver’s assistant would help pass candy, drinks and treats to the driver when asked and jokes were shared by all.

Their first stop was a pizzeria chosen by Josh, who claimed it was the best. It was a bit old and one from his childhood. The place hadn’t seen an upgrade in decades it seemed as Josh said it hadn’t changed since he last saw it. Josh wanted his own pizza for the road and Matt, Lilly and Kylie agreed to split a pie between the three. The crust was rather thin and the pizza dropped as if it had barely been in the oven. Yet the four of them enjoyed the pizza Matt enjoying the pizza more rolling the crust to tip and treating it line a toquito. They moved on and what pizza was left was stored in the mini fridge.

A couple hours later came some entertainment. The group of friends were given a mind boggling challenge in an Escape Room. The session lasted an hour, the four friends needing to solve a WWII themed mystery. Matt and Kylie tried to find everything and anything that was a clue or puzzle while having Josh and Lilly solve said found puzzles. Afterwards came shopping the mall. Matt and Josh headed off for the electronics while Kylie and Lilly hit the clothing stores. There was a brief moment that all four were in Spencer’s and while there were jokes, special purchases were made. After the shopping trip came dinner which was another pizzeria that Lilly picked out. This one being in a bigger town was far more extravagant. Lilly recommended the white pizza, a butter garlic sauce with a swirl of honey with mozzarella and asiago cheese cooked in a brick style oven. The crust was thin and crispy, the cheese was the picture of a waterfall as pieces were torj from it. The honey wasn’t that strong and complimented the cheese and butter garlic than over power it. After dinner the group headed off for the winery and while Matt wasn’t happy with the wine, the four friends became buzzed enough to retire to a hotel room.

The next day wasn’t much different. Breakfast at a nice restaurant. Simple fun activities for the day. Lunch was a habachi grill picked out by Matt who was happy to pay for the most expensive of items for everyone. It would be enough for leftovers at least for tomorrow. Arcade came next with Matt and Josh competing at every game possible. The two saved up their tickets and got a set of foam maces that they used to hit each other and their girlfriends at their leisure. Dinner was at a cheesecake factory picked out by Kylie. While there were dinner options Kylie only had a salad to save room for three different flavors of cheesecake entire pies worth so she could have extras for the rest of their trip.

The four friends settled into their hotel room. They had a big road trip ahead with plenty of leftovers to satisfy them until their camping trip, maybe even during it. The four wound the night down with a card game before they retired to their rooms. Josh and Lilly cuddled close in their own room while Matt and Lilly got busy in theirs. Two days down and the best was yet to come. If only they didn’t take that short cut.


Chapter 2: My Name is Alex

To start the trip off Lilly was the first to drive. She had plotted the course and set the schedule for her; it was only natural to get the ball moving. The first challenge was getting everyone ready. She had to pry herself from Josh, which woke him. She didn’t mind that much some kisses and soft words and a soft but firm notice to get moving and he was up and getting around. Matt and Kylie on the other hand…

Kylie was like a child she needed reminding constantly and help getting herself around. If Lilly was alone with her things could get done in around ten minutes. Matt on the other hand was a devil who wanted nothing more than to pull Kylie back into bed and “get another five minutes” if Lilly so much as turned her back Kylie would be in his arms once again snoozing about and slowly losing what clothing she had just gotten on. What should have been a simple fifteen minute wake up nearly took an hour just to get Kylie and Matt in the shower and dressed.

“I swear if we are fifteen minutes late I am throwing away your leftovers!” Lilly threatened. This helped get everyone moving. “You throw mine away I am going to beat the life out of you” Matt threatened. Unlike his threat however Lilly would make good on hers.

The four climbed in the rv settled in and took off down for the freeway. Today was just a long road trip to get as far along their route as possible with as few stops as they could manage. They past the time playing road games or chatting. After a couple hours of driving they changed drivers, Lilly updated Josh on where to drive and they set out again. Another stop and it was Matt’s turn as Lilly told him where to go he took note of the route and saw a road that connected to two of their roads. They had to go south for a time before heading west, this road took off a good hour or so if he was looking at it correctly.

The four friends piled in and began heading down the road. Matt kept an eye on his phone for when the little shortcut came up.

“Hey Lilly I think I found a shortcut, says it will take an hour off our trip.” He said holding his phone back so she could look at the route.

“I did check that and I am worried that it won’t be wide enough for the R.V.”

“We can look at it, if it’s a two track, or something we won’t take it.” Matt said. The shortcut was a normal road and with a big grin Matt turned onto the road.

“You sure this shortcut will take us far enough?” Kylie asked.

“Lilly’s route would have us double back along the freeway, this cuts that right out.” Matt said.

An hour had passed and there was no sign of the freeway.

“Face it were lost,” Kylie said.

“We’re not lost, it has been a straight line and we should see the freeway soon.” Matt said.

“Well besides those few turns” Josh quipped.

“Fuck you” Matt spat.

“We haven’t seen a house for a good thirty minutes nor any other sign of civilization.” Kylie began to whine.

“Will you shut up, might be longer than the gps thought.” Matt said. Longer it was, the road twisted and turned and before they knew it another hour had passed.

“I told you we were lost!” Kylie whined

“We’re not lost” Mark spat and slammed a hand on the wheel.

"Look there is a place Josh said pointing out the window. “Has a sign even so bam not lost” he said and the two boys fist bumped.

“Eleven Stars Daycare,” Lilly read out loud and looked out to see a mansion. A modern style, three story house with a large playground out front and the signs of a pool near the back.

“Damn!” All four said in unison.

“Jinx!” Josh shot out.

“Alright pull in and we can ask for directions” Lilly said.

“We’re not lost-”

“Pull in Matt Now!” Lilly demanded. “Lost or not we clearly are not on the right road and we need to figure out where we are.” With a huff Matt turned into the driveway and parked the R.V turning it off.

“There walk the rest of the way” Matt growled. Lilly shook her head and climbed out, Kylie followed wanting to see the inside of the mansion.

“Women…need to ask for direction” Matt said in a mocking tone.

Lilly knocked on the door and was surprised to quickly see the door open so quickly. Before her was a woman with curly brown hair ties into a bun, a strand of hair in one side of her face. Dressed in nothing more than shirt and jeans with sneakers, nothing like a woman of grand tastes that the mansion suggested, just a mom dressed to take care of things. Besides that the woman had curves that made both girls jealous. And the brightest of blue eyes as if lit with fire in them.

“Hello! I wasn’t expecting any babies today” the woman said in a warm welcoming voice.

“Sorry to disturb you ma’am we have been traveling for a while and we think we took a wrong turn.” Lilly pulled out her phone to show the map and the road they had taken. The woman smiled and with one slender finger tapped at the screen and moved the map before pointing.

“Yes, you made a wrong turn sweetie, we are right here” the tone was a bit condescending, a mother letting her child know of the mistake and correcting it. Lilly cursed Matt in her head but smiled.

“Thank you Ma’am, I must say you have a very lovely house”

“Well Thank you, would you like to come inside for a bit?”

“No thank you, we are behind schedule as it is and we need to get going if we are to catch up”

Kylie all the while had been staring at the playground, trying to glance inside the mansion as the two women talked. Soon it was time to leave and Kylie gave a smile and her customer service goodbye. As she began to turn leave however, she noticed the woman look to the R.V she wasn’t sure but with how the light reflected off the woman’s face she swore she saw one eye flash pink. Kylie did a double take but the woman’s eyes were that firey blue. The woman smiled and waved as if waving goodbye to a child.

As the girls returned to the R.V Matt spoke up.

“What’s the damage?” He asked.

“You took a wrong turn, dingus” Lilly said, showing her phone and pointing where they ended up.

“I followed the GPS”

“Well it must have rerouted and here are so let’s get going” Matt put the key in the ignition and turned the R.V reved up but didn’t turn over. He tried again and again and- BANG a loud noise followed by black smoke from the engine.

“What The Fuck!” Kylie yelled and both men also swore watching the black smoke rise out from the engine. The four quickly got out and watched as the black smoke billowed out and soon flames could be seen in the grill.

“Holy shit!” Josh said, watching as the flames licked at the R.V threatening to grow bigger. From behind the woman showed up and began to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher.

“That was fast,” Kylie said, watching the woman.

“You are not the first car to spontaneously combust on my driveway. I always come with a fire extinguisher when I hear that noise” the woman said.

“Thank you,” Lilly said.

“Fuck! God fucking damn it piece of shit, what the fuck happened!” Matt gave the R.V a hard kick. Kylie sighed and saw the woman with a very stern face, disappointed, angry. “Fuck!” Matt roared again but this time the woman stormed over and grabbed him by the arm.

“Does your mother know the kind of dirty mouth you have, young man?” She scolded. Kylie grimaced Matt wasn’t the kind of person you brought authority to especially when it was a woman. Not to denounce how nice he was but he did have that “Alpha” complex. “If you were my child I would have you over my knee and a bar of soap in that mouth, becoming very acquainted with Mr Spanky” those bright blue eyes seemed to shoot fire from them as the three friends watched this woman tell off Matt for cussing. Matt ripped his arm away and gave a sigh.

“Sorry, whatever” Matt backed off but Kylie knew he would be grumbling for hours on it. Kylie did find it surprising for him to back down so quickly.

Lilly cleared her throat. “Apologies for my friend ma’am, do you know the number to a mechanic?” She asked. The woman pulled a one eighty on her expression and helped Lilly with the number. A short call later before she announced. “Good news, Bad news. Good news they boast they are equipped and stocked for whatever problem for whatever vehicle, Bad news, They will only be able to pick it up…tomorrow…” she said.

“We’re supposed to go camping,” Kylie whined.

“We can still go camping but we will need to cut it short by a day.” Lilly explained.

“Matt and I can pull an all-nighter tomorrow and we should be able to make it to the campsite so we don’t miss a day of it,” Josh said.

“In the meantime it sounds like you four need a place to rest” the woman said. “Please come I am more than happy to entertain you all, it is still the slow season for my little daycare so I don’t have many little ones to take care of”

“How can a daycare like this even exist? you must be charging an arm and a leg for something like this” Josh asked.

“Oh no, sweety, I don’t charge at all, this is my hobby and my real job is far more boring. I am a C.E.O if that will sate your curiosity, I don’t want to talk about that job, I would love to talk about my daycare though.” The woman said.

“Are you expecting any kids?” Lilly asked.

“I am expecting four…now come come please let me give you a tour.” The woman led the four to the house. Kylie was a bit giddy to see the mansion in all its glory. She looked over at the playground again all the while unwrapping a sucker and popping it in her mouth. It had to have had all the playground equipment ever. Sections were made up for each kind of kid. In the middle was for everyone a sandbox and seesaws and some slides. A section to the north was for older kids, climbing equipment, big slides and an elaborate jungle gym. South was for babies, little playhouses, tiny slides, tricycles. East and west were similar jungle gyms for the younger kids plastic and more metal and wood for the slightly older. There was also a ball pit and bounce house. “Do you like the playground sweetie, I am sure you could make your friends jealous being the only one to play in them” The woman had leaned over to murmur to her. She was awfully friendly. Kylie waved her off not wanting to admit the idea of playing on the jungle gym crossed her mind, what adult with an inner child didn’t want to play on that, what adult didn’t want to play on it?

“Oh my gosh I am so rude!” Lilly popped up and held out her hand. “My name is Lilly” the woman grabbed her hand and gave it a shake. Josh followed suit introducing himself.

“Kylie” Kylie said shaking her hand, “and that’s Matt” she added pointing back at Matt she knew he wasn’t going to go for the hand shake, once you step on his toes all friendliness was gone from him.

“Well it is so good to meet each of you” the woman spoke as if she was greeting a bunch of little children and made sure to look each one in the face as she said each word. “My name is Alex”

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Good beginning! Very curious to know more about this daycare

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Great story

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Exciting new start! Looking forward to the adventure

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Chapter 3: Daycare Tour

The group was soon at the door and the woman opened it and gave a small flourish to invite them in.

“Welcome to Eleven Stars Daycare, may I have you all sign the guestbook? Before our tour truly begins?” Alex gestured to a book, next to it was a quill and inkwell.

“Fancy” Josh said being the first to sign, as each person signed the woman gave a big grin. Kylie noticed something felt weird after she signed it, as if she just made the biggest mistake in her- the feeling was gone and she couldn’t remember what it was.

“Eleven Stars Daycare was made simply because, well, I am a little baby crazy, if I must admit, I love taking care of little ones. After my own children grew up and moved out, I was left wanting, this lets me take care of babies each and every day, well days that are scheduled anyway.”

“You do this absolutely free?” Lilly asked.

“Oh yes, I make more than enough to satisfy myself and felt I should use it for something truly good. Free daycare for the parents in town. I even have some parents willing to drive a four hour round trip just so they can drop their kids off, and honestly I feel like I am cheating them. I get to play with their kids all day!” Alex gave a giddy squeal and a deep sigh of satisfaction.

“Wow, you really love kids,” Kylie said.

“I know I have a picture that represents me perfectly.” Alex pulled out her phone and showed a picture of a car with a set of family stickers. There was the mom and dad followed by nearly 12 kids of various stages of youth. The back window was a bit dirty with the words drawn ‘OMG get off her’ “though it isn’t perfect it should say ‘get off him’” she giggled. “Now come, come let us begin the tour!”

A step past the entrance and they were in a large living room. Shades had been pulled half way. There was a step down lined with a very plush couch and filled with fluffy pillows. On the wall In front of it was a massive TV. In one corner of the living room were three large toy chests and a pile of stuffed toys. A shelf held many stuffed toys in glass cases with names below them. A large playpen sat near a bay window filled with various toys. From some of the walls were large colorful holes that were obviously slides.

“Here of course is the hub of the daycare. Kids can jump into the couch area, it is very safe, watch TV and this shelf here holds some of kids favorite stuffed toys. I save them for each kid that gets attached to them and when it is time to say bye bye to the daycare I let them keep their favorite stuffie, some kids though, bless their hearts, leave them here for another kid to play with.” Lilly gave a small aww to that. “I wonder if any of you would love to have a stuffie?” Alex pondered. Josh gave an essesslence of a laugh and held up his hands to decline. Kylie looked at the pile of stuffed animals and thought about the one she had back home, but shook her head. Matt of course didn’t even entertain the idea. Lilly was polite.

“If I did pick one out, it would be a giraffe, more neck to pet was my thoughts as a child.” She said,

“That’s adorable” Alex cooed, “I believe I do have one” her voice gave the suggestion that Lilly could have the stuffed giraffe.

“No thank you, I am curious, do you work all alone?”

“It depends on how many kids and their age difference, I have a few babysitters that assist me, just makes things like eating that much easier, to which let me show you the kitchen!” Alex led them toward a large dining room, a long table with a deep purple tablecloth and candles stood empty. Around it were various sized chairs and a couple high chairs. Beyond that was the kitchen, two stoves and ovens, a couple microwaves and two large fridges. “Here is one of the busiest places of the mansion. I try to make sure I have one chef on call at all times. You know how kids love their snacks and if I have an infant, a five year old and a tween in one go, I need help preparing their specific tastes. Thus the room and one chef on call” Alex said.

After the kitchen she led them through the halls. “Two bathrooms next to each other, absurd I know, but I try to give my little ones some privacy and this has actually saved my carpets more than once, or at least I believe it has, one child potty training taking up time and another somehow has to go real bad!” Alex said with a small giggle. “Down this hall, bedrooms I will show you to them when the tour is over” Alex said and gestured to some stairs. Kylie’s curiosity had her grabbing a door knob and giving it a twist she opened a door that revealed stairs leading down.

“Ooh, what’s down here?” She asked. Alex moved over to her and shut the door. Kylie noticed it seemed a bit too hasty.

“That’s the basement, nothing but the boiler and some spare storage, no need to go down there, it is boring and dusty” she said and pulled out a key turning it in the lock. “I usually have it locked. I don’t need little ones playing hide and seek down there” Alex said, giving Kylie a pat on the head. She then shoved the key between her breasts. “Now up, up, we are getting to my favorite part.” She said shooting them up the stairs. They were first greeted by a long hall with a set of stairs at the end.

“More rooms as you can see but this one” Alex placed her back against one particular door. She grinned, placing her fingers to her lips as if to stifle a giggle. With dramatic flourish she opened the door and revealed a rather bright room. It was colored in pastel colors. Cartoonist clouds with sun and moon and stars decorated the ceiling. ABCs One Two Threes in colorful blocks and cartoon animals decorated the walls. The floor was very soft and squishy. Lilly and Kylie walked in while Josh and Matt got enough of a view for their liking in the hallway.

Cribs lined the walls with changing tables. A large playpen sat on one end of the room near a set of bouncers and walkers. A large TV sat on one wall near a bookshelf and a pile of stuffed toys. The entire second floor was mainly a nursery. The smell of baby powder filled the room. Alex gave a deep inhale.

“I will never tire of this smell. It really gets my maternal instincts going.” Alex moved to one of the changing tables and pulled out a diaper feeling it and hearing it crinkle. “Sometimes I wish I could have a baby that never grew up just so I could never leave this room”

“I am sure you get plenty of time in this room when you are busy,” Lilly said.

“You are correct there, anyway let us move on before I become drunk on this aroma.” Alex ushered them out and led them up to the third floor. There were only two door at the top of the steps and beyond one was an entire bedroom set with a king size bed, a full vanity mirror and what could only be a walk in closet. “This is my room, congratulations boys, you have been in another girl’s bedroom, your girlfriend’s are going to kill you” Alex teased getting a small laugh from Lilly and Kylie.

“We will give them hell later” Lilly said. Alex then opened the second door.

“This is the toy room” she announced. Inside were several other stuffed toys, but more toys geared towards older kids. Up here was also the start of the slides. After letting them sss Alex then returned to the second floor. She opened one of the doors. “Lilly, this will be your room” Alex said. The room wasn’t as extravagant as Alex’s but it still held all the necessities of a five star hotel. “Josh you can have this one” Alex opened another door. “Unfortunately these other rooms are for when some babies need to cry themselves to sleep and to not keep the others awake…so your rooms will be downstairs.” She told Matt and Kylie. They went to the first floor where Alex opened one room. “This can be your room Matt” unlike the first two rooms they saw this one only had a double bed, the room however had all the fixings for a young boy, toys of many varieties the walls were painted with planes and trains and cars zooming about. The bed frame was that of a sports car.

“Yeah, no…I’ll just sleep in the RV” Matt grumbled.

“Are you sure sweetie? I assure you the bed is very comfortable and the blankets very soft and warm” Alex tried to assure him.

“I ain’t some kid, not gonna sleep like one” he said and began to head off through the home toward the entrance.

“Well Kylie, here is the room you can stay in.” Alex opened a door and revealed much the same as Matt’s room except this one was pink, pretty princess pink. The bed had a canvass, a doll house and a pile of dolls and stuffed animals in one corner.

“Aww Kylie it’s perfect for you” Lilly teased.

“Only you would think I am some princess,” Kylie said. “You should know I am quite the opposite”

Lilly, Josh and Kylie returned to the R.V to grab their things and set them in their room. Kylie was a bit hesitant, standing in the bubblegum pink surrounded by dolls and stuffed toys, even the bed was occupied by stuffed toys. She gently removed them but stopped as she picked up a stuffed chipmunk. Kylie smiled having a love for chipmunks when she was small. Her favorite thing about them was how they would stuff their mouths full til their cheeks were ballooned out. Fat Cheeks Checkers that was the name of her stuffed chipmunk back home. She wondered if her mom still had him somewhere.

“Did you pick out a name for him yet?” A warm voice said from behind. Kylie jumped and turned to find Alex standing behind her, a big smile growing a bit bigger from startling her. “Sorry, I should have knocked, I saw you admiring him” Alex said, pointing at the chipmunk.

“Oh uh, yeah, no, he just reminded me of a stuffed toy I had when I was little” Kylie told her putting the chipmunk away with the others.

“Oh was he a chipmunk too, what was his name?”

“He was, I called him Checkers, Fat Cheeks Checkers” Alex moved around her and picked up the Chipmunk holding it out to her.

“Aww that’s a nice name, maybe this is a new Checkers huh?” Alex said, wiggling the stuffed toy.

“No, I shouldn’t, I can’t, better leave it so a kid can have it” Kylie said pushing the chipmunk into Alex’s arms.

“But I am letting a kid have it, you” Alex said.

“I am not a kid,” Kylie scoffed.

“Oh sweetie, not everyone, truly grows up. Some children just grow an adult shell. It’s ok for you to have a little friend with you, to hold, to cuddle, to tell all your worries to.” Kylie was now holding onto the chipmunk, the honey colored marble eyes staring up at her. She soon felt an urge to hug it and another said she was too old for this.

“I…can’t” Kylie said, a bit disappointed. Alex took the chipmunk and set it down on the bed.

“Well, how about he waits for you here for bedtime, maybe when you’re sleepy you will want him nearby ok?” Alex tucked the chipmunk into the bed and smiled at Kylie before leaving. Kylie looked at the chipmunk. There was that little voice telling her not to leave it behind. With a shake of her head she left the room.

The five adults soon gathered in the dining room. Alex had prepared a charcuterie board for all of them and poured out four glasses of wine and a sippy cup, which was handed to Kylie.

“Sorry honey, I don’t have any more glasses, I really ought to start the dishwasher” Alex said looking disapprovingly toward the kitchen.

“That’s fine, I can deal,” Kylie said and grabbed the cup. At first she tried to remove the lid but the design was odd and try as she might she couldn’t figure it out. She looked up to see her friends diving into the charcuterie board and starting up the jokes with their hostess. Only Alex kept her eyes on Kylie. She had a warm, comforting smile that told her to just relax and her eyes…almost mocking her. Kylie smiled back but couldn’t break eye contact, they were almost hypnotic bright almost glowing like little fires in them a mix of blue and pin, almost saying, drink it just like that, little girl. Kylie blinked and shook off the feeling. Alex was no longer watching her or maybe she never was. She looked down at the sippy cup and gave a resigned sigh drinking it and feeling ridiculous, she felt like a toddler. No one questioned it though, did that make it better or worse?

As conversations went on, they talked about their vacation, the places they had been to and the places they wanted to go to.

“Well, I am sad that your R.V broke” Alex said, placing a hand over her chest and sticking out her bottom lip to them. “I hope you can get back to all the fun things you have planned, and I hope this will have been a nice detour.” She said,

“Thank you, you have been a gracious host Alex,” Lilly said. Kylie gave a big yawn and stretched her arms out, Alex gave a grin and beamed at her.

"Oh? Someone is sleepy, I guess it is time for bed, Alex said.

“We should probably get to sleep. I want to make sure I am up for when the tow truck arrives.” Lilly said tapping at her phone to set an alarm.

“Well, if you don’t mind, I would love to give you all a good night ceremony once you are all in bed”

“That would be lovely, thank you” Lilly said, grabbing glasses. “Allow me to at least help with the dishes.”

“No, no, no! You are on vacation, go ahead and get to sleep young lady, I can do the dishes.” Alex said.

“Well if you’re all going to bed, I’m gonna get a game or two in, before bed” Matt said.

“Dude, challenge ya” Josh said getting up to join. The two boys headed outside toward the R.V.

Kylie walked into the pink princess room and got herself ready for bed. She slipped into the covers and looked over to see the chipmunk, still waiting for her. She picked it up and squished it’s soft fur. Then came a soft knock.

“Kylie?” Alex softly asked.

“Oh, um good night,” Kylie said. Alex smiled admiring Kylie in the bed stuffed toy in her hands.

“I knew you would like him,” Alex said. “If you want to take him with you, you can hide him away in your suitcase,” she said. Kylie set him on the nightstand next to her.

“I am too old for such things” Alex came into the room and picked up the Chipmunk and got it settled back into her arms.

“Nonsense, sweetie” she said, taking the blankets and tucking Kylie in them. “At the very least you sleep with him tonight, he will enjoy it.” Alex said.

“Thanks, I guess,” Kylie mumbled.

“You’re welcome, now, Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let the Bed Bugs Bite, and if they do then take your Shoe and hit them until they are Black and Blue” Alex half spoke half sang the rhyme. Slowly closing the door. Kylie felt sleepy almost immediately as she watched Alex leave. In her tired head she could have sworn just as the door was closing, one of those firey blue eyes was actually pink. The door was closed before the thought took root. Kylie pulled the chipmunk a bit close to her and closed her eyes for good.

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Chapter 4: Sweet Dreams & The Daycare

Kylie woke up to the soft fur of the stuffed toy nestled against her face and a small wet patch of drool on its fur. She had slept so soundly last night, she didn’t think she had such restful nights before. Normally Lilly would be rousing her for breakfast. She got up, toy still in hand, and began to sleepily waddle from her room and toward the dining hall. As she got there she noticed everyone was already there.

“There she is!” Alex chimed and walked over to Kylie. Alex picked her up and carried her over to a highchair. Her name in colorful blocks danced across the head of the chair. As she was set down in the chair she felt the seat of her pants squish. Kylie gave a tired whine while Alex clicked her tray into place and locked Kylie to the chair. “Don’t worry Kylie, Mommy will change you after breakfast” Mommy Alex said. She took Chester from her hands and set him down on the dining table in front of her.

Something was off…Kylie looked to her right. Lilly was next to her. Hair in pigtails, a bright yellow summer dress, pull-up still dry. She was so close to earning her big girl underwear, and was even going the whole night not wetting her nighttime pull-up. Across from her was Josh, he was eating cereal holding the spoon awkwardly but was managing to get most of the cereal and milk from bowl to mouth with little effort. If she was right, his diaper was dry or just a little wet, he was close to potty training. On Kylie’s left was Matt, he was also in his high chair, hands and face a mess from eating the bananas and bread. Like her, his diaper was also full, they both were far from potty training…maybe next year Mommy would say.

Mommy set down a plate of banana and cereal for Kylie. Nothing was wrong, all this seemed right, it was probably her full diaper and empty belly. With one hand Kylie reached down to the banana and smushed the banana in a vice-like grip. Then she brought her fist to her mouth and wrapped her lips around it to slurp up the banana. It wouldn’t be long until her face was messy like Matt.

After breakfast Matt and Kylie were taken up to the nursery so Mommy could change them. No…something was wrong….Kylie couldn’t place her finger on what it was.

“What’s wrong baby?” Mommy asked. Kylie thought hard on it and then felt the pressure in her bottom leave her. “Oh! Good job Kylie let it all out” Mommy said and resumed changing her diaper.

Kylie and Matt were placed on the couch. Kylie was watching Sesame Street, Josh was busy racing cars about and smashing them into each other. Matt crawled over to join in the smashing. No…
No…
Something was wrong…
This was a dream, it had to be, it just had to be. Reality around her and everything was as it should but no…it had to be a dream, she knew it was a dream, she could call it out for a dream if she could just name that one thing she knew made it a dream.

“Oh my look at you!” Mommy said. Kylie turned to look at her. This time there was no doubt about her eyes. They burned with actual fire, one a bright baby blue the other a pastel pink. She cooed at Kylie. “Are we twying to be a wittle lucid dreamer? Yes we are, Yes we are!” She giggled. “Aww, I can’t have that, but good job twying. This is reality baby, you are not dreaming, this is all real! From the top of your head to to the tip of your toes.” Mommy gently stroked Kylie’s hair, cotton candy flames danced from her arm to her hand, and soon all was right in the world this wasn’t a dream after all. Kylie felt her diaper warm and swell. “That’s it baby let it all out” Kylie’s diaper kept swelling. It began to suck up her legs and back and let them greet the warm wet squishiness. Then things went black.

Kylie woke up to the soft fur of the stuffed toy nestled against her face and a small wet patch of drool on its fur. She had slept so soundly last night, she didn’t think she had such restful nights before. Normally Lilly would be rousing her for breakfast. Kylie stirred a bit and then felt it. The cool, horrible feeling of wet sticking to her legs and back.

“No…fucking…way” she whispered in horror. She sat up and peeled the blankets away to see the horror of last night’s sleep. The first thing to greet her was awful chill, followed by the sour smell last the dark wet patch that seemed to cover the entire bed.

The door burst opened at that second and Lilly stomped in.

“Kylie, we have a prob-Oh My God!” Lilly said looking at the scene before her. Kylie curled up and try as she might not wanting to, began to cry. Lilly gave an exasperated sigh and a sharp inhale as she tried to calm herself. It was then Alex walked in.

“Oh! Ok Lilly you try calling the mechanic shop again, I will deal with this, everything is ok, you need to calm down, one problem at a time sweetie” Alex ushered Lilly away then went over to Kylie. “Kylie honey, it is ok, you are ok, it is just an accident. You are not the first to wet the bed, you won’t be the last ok? Come on, Come on” Alex did her best to coax the blonde out of the bed. Kylie clutched at the chipmunk close to her chest as she was led out of the room and to the bathroom. Alex started up the shower, and began helping Kylie get out of her wet clothes. The stuffed toy was placed on the counter and soon Kylie was naked. “Just get cleaned up, I’ll grab your suitcase and wash these”

After the shower and a change of clothes Kylie went to the living room to find a very frustrated Lilly. Lilly looked up and threw her hands in the air.

“The R.V’s gone” she said.

“What?”

“Tow truck came super early this morning to pick up the R.V. and is gone now, Matt and Josh I assume are with it but I don’t know, I can’t get a hold of either of them!” Lilly gave a sigh, grabbed a sippy cup next to her and took a big swig from it. An eerie feeling crept over Kylie. A foreboding sense of déjà vu, something to do with last night but she wasn’t sure.

“Tell me this is a dream,” Kylie said. Alex came into the room and handed Kylie a sippy cup. At first she questioned how she got the sippy cup twice in a row but seeing Lilly and Alex with one she came to the conclusion that Alex never started the dishwasher.

“Here let us just relax, big emotions are around, I am sure everything is ok.” Alex said. Kylie took a sip from her cup, it was wine. Alex guided Kylie down into the couch and walked off, she returned and handed Kylie the chipmunk and Lilly a stuffed giraffe. “There! nice and comfy, just relax, little mishaps, the boys went with the tow truck, didn’t wake you, forgot their phones in the R.V and are sitting around while it gets repaired.” Alex said to help dissipate woes and turned on the TV, Paw Patrol was on. Neither girl looked up. Alex joined the girls on the couch tossing a large fluffy blanket over the three of them. The blanket clearly had been in the dryer as it was very warm already. “There! Warm, soft, comfy” Alex gave a theatrical sigh, “relax time!” She said, Lilly hugged her stuffed toy and took another big gulp from her sippy cup.

“Thank you, Alex…” Lilly said, “Normally I am more composed but, normally I have better handle on these things”

“Chaos, it is the element of surprise, discord and a natural part of life, we can’t anticipate it all the time” Alex said. “Right now, you need to relax and let today play out on its own. Nana Alex will take care of everything.”

“Among it all, I just…wish I knew where Josh was…”

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“Matt, where are we?” Josh asked as the two men stared up at the massive colorful sign.

“On a coked out, methed up, mushroom based heroine, acid trip…” Matt answered also trying to understand the meaning of the cartoonish sign.

“Ok but like…where?” Josh looked away from the sign, a large white picket fence, which had to be as tall as twenty feet, spanned across a desert of absolute grey.

“Fuck dude…Hell?” Matt looked skyward at the grey sky. An angry red sun burned down at them the only color in the vast grey besides the white picket wall and colorful cartoonish sign.

“Do we go in?” Josh asked, looking at the gate.

“Dude fuck that, If that tells me anything, I don’t want to be caught dead in there”

“I think you will be caught dead out there” Josh pointed to the vast sea of grey sand that spanned the horizon. It was empty, not even hills marked the sky, a perfect horizon of nothing lay out that way. “I don’t think we have choice man, I have pinched myself like five times and I don’t think we are dreaming”

“Nope don’t care I am out” Matt turned around and began to march off through the desert of grey. He was a good thirty long strides in when Josh said.

“Matt, you ok?” Matt turned to look at Josh, he stood there in the same spot as before not having moved. “You just stared blankly out at the horizon” confused Matt wheeled around. He was still standing where he was before.

“The fuck?” Matt turned and began to run through the grey trying to make as much distance as he could.

“Dude you’re scaring me” Josh said. Matt turned his head and found once again he hadn’t moved.

“What the FUCK!” Matt roared, “I just ran way the fuck out there!”

“I don’t think we have a choice then…” Josh said. “Come on, at least if we go in there, we can at least get some answers, maybe this is a dream and we will wake up and forget all of this in five minutes” he said “What’s the worse that can happen?” Matt growled but relented he didn’t like the idea of going into what looked like a theme part based on the colorful cartoonish sign. The name of the place told him something was up with Alex. The Sign read…

Eleven Stars Daycare.

The two boys walked past the fence. The void of grey and angry sun turned into a vast bright colorful world. The sky was the purest blue, fluffy clouds dotted the sky in obvious shapes of animals and objects. topped with a bright yellow sun, that didn’t hurt the eyes when you started at it. Emerald grass created fields and hills across the land. There were trees with elaborate tree houses. Jungle gyms galore, that was just what was before then in the distance the main eye attraction was a massive colorful castle.

“Hello!” A cheery voice came from above them. Matt and Josh were greeted by a giant of a woman she had to have been ten feet tall. “Did your Mommy and Daddy drop you off? Are you ready to have some fun?” She asked kneeling down to be eye level with them and talking in a voice as if they were children.

“Fuck your tall” Matt said. Her face became very stern.

“Now, now, young man no bad words, I’ll let you off with a warning for now, so you don’t miss playtime but another like that and I will have to spoil your fun, and we don’t want that.”

“The hell does that-” Matt began but was cut off by Josh.

"I wouldn’t pick a fight with a literal giant dude. “Miss, ma’am…where are we?”

“Oh, we like those games? You know where you are sweetie, go on you go play” she said. Josh and Matt turned to each other. It was then something clicked. It wasn’t that the girl was tall, it was that Josh and Matt shrunk, but not simply shrunk, they were younger, no older than eight now. “Are you two shy, do you need me to introduce you two to some friends? Come on” the girl took their hands and began to lead them down a colorful path.

Along the way Josh noticed oddities outside the norm. There were large stuffed animals walking and playing with the kids. There were kids with horns, kids with snake-like bodies, full blown animals moving on two legs with hands. More than that some were dressed in jeans and t-shirts or dresses others were toddlers and babies. There were few teenagers among the kids watching over them. The two boys were led to a play place where some kids were running around and climbing.

“Joey, Bobby this is Matt and Josh” the girl introduced them, it creeped Josh out how she knew their names.

“Hi! I’m Joey!” One kid dressed in cargo shorts and a striped blue shirt waved at them. “You want to play?” He asked with the biggest grin on his face. “This is Bobby, he is my best friend! But we can be best friends too!”

“Aww see? Already friends!” The girl said.

“I got some of the cool toys, wanna see?” Joey asked as he pointed up at a yellow box with a large round dome of a window. He and Bobby began to climb through the play place.

“Don’t you wanna play with your new friends?” The girl asked. “I know meeting new people is a little scary, but they want to be friends” she said kneeling down to them.

“We’re not little kids” Matt snapped and Josh pointed at Matt in agreement.

“Yeah we’re-” a finger was pressed to Josh’s mouth.

“I understand” the girls spoke softly with a warm smile, “Come on, let’s get you two, where you really belong” she said grabbing their hands and leading them away. Josh noticed Joey watching them. Joey looked deeply concerned and saw him turn to Bobby and watched his lips but he wasn’t sure if he read them right They gotta be blue, notify the rescue team

The teenage girl had led them for some time. At one point they stopped and got some snacks from a vending machine. A simple ham and cheese sandwich, capri-sun fruit punch and a packet of sliced apples with caramel sauce. After the snack, the girl pressed a button near the vending machine. A bit of a wait longer and a big cartoonish bus wheeled around. She ushered the boys inside and they took a seat. As the bus started, a song started playing and the few kids on the bus began singing, it was obviously “The Wheels on the Bus”

Josh watched the scenery go by. There were amusement parks, water parks, zoos, and various kinds of playgrounds scattered about. Kids and stuffed animals playing around, babies in strollers or walkers being watched by teenagers. The bus came to a stop and the girl led the boys off. They were in front of a big building that looked a lot like a real life size doll house.

“Where are we?” Josh asked.

“This is where we will get you changed, do you like airplanes or spaceships on your diaper?” She asked.

“Diaper?” Josh asked and tried to pull away, Damn she is strong he thought.

“Well of course, I can’t leave some toddlers around without their diapers,” she said.

“We’re not toddlers” Matt protested and tried to get out of her grip. It was like his hand was in a steel bar.

“Well then we must hurry, I am surprised you two babies have stayed dry all this time, you might wet yourself any minute.”

"No we’re … " Josh tried to say adults, but it was like the word was lost he tried again but again it was like a second language and he forgot how to say it. He tried for mature teens, he didn’t care he went with a big kid, but he couldn’t seem to form the words. The girl started pulling them toward the building. Screw it we’re toddlers but don’t need diapers again he couldn’t say it. Matt was now hitting the girl, he might as well have been hitting a wall with how much she didn’t care.

“It is ok baby, you can say it” the girl said smiling down at him. He felt a compulsion to admit what he didn’t want to admit.

“I’m a baby and I need my diapee” Josh spoke in a baby tone and he was ready to believe what he said.

“See that wasn’t so hard and I will be sure you’re wrapped up all snuggly in your diaper” she said and was dragging them past the door frame. Josh and Matt could both see the changing tables, cribs and shelves of diapers.

“HE HIT ME!” came a scream followed by a loud thunk.

“YOU HIT ME FIRST!” came another followed by another thunk. The girl turned on her heels to see the commotion.

“What is going on here? This better not be naughty kid play” She asked. Josh watched as two kids were hitting each other with large plastic bats. The girl let go of Josh and Matt to take away the bats. “You both need to apologize right now or-”

“STOP IT” came a new cry. To their right was a boy spraying water at a girl and pumping the squirt gun so it continued to send out a stream.

“Henry, stop spraying Jasmine” the girl yelled, the two kids hitting each other sprinted toward some bushes. The girl saw the two kids were gone quickly gave up on gbem and hurried over to Henry who was now chasing Jasmine toward a tree house. A new kid approached on a bike with a large wagon tied to the back he stopped before Josh and Matt.

“Get in, unless you want diapers,” he said. Josh and Matt didn’t need to be told twice. They hopped into the back of the wagon joining another kid and the kid on the bike took off. The kid in the wagon pulled out a walkie talkie.

“Red Shoe this is Blue Sock, package secured, I repeat package secured.”

“What the fuck!” Matt growled looking back at the dollhouse

“You can say that againI couldn’t say adults,” Josh said. The kid with them looked up.

“That’s not good” he said and spoke into his walkie talkie. “Red Shoe this is Blue Sock, We have a possible code sitter to sister situation near the changing house, I repeat code sitter to sister near the changing house, evac quickly.” He said.

Copy that” came a reply.

“What’s going on?” Josh asked. The kid pulled out a baggie, inside were some cookies. “Have a cookie first,” he said. Josh took one as well Matt. They bit into them, oatmeal raisin.

“Eat the whole thing” the kid said and they did. “Ok you passed, she didn’t do any damage, but you two were a couple steps away from having your underwear being diapers for the rest of eternity.”

“What is going on?” Josh asked again more frustrated

"That right there was a babysitter, G.F. class, pretty nice and reasonable but their whole goal like any babysitter is getting you in that building and you must have said the magic words to get yourselves some tickets to the changing house. Name’s Paul by the way, A.K.A. Blue Sock, and you two have been cordially invited to join The Naughty Kids, A.K.A. The Resistance.

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