Re: Kevin (latest chapter: 2 )
The long awaited chapter is here! and yes… it been 4 months since I last updated the story, some of my proofreader told me that it might be too much detail for reader to enjoy the story, a few of them liked it very much, so if you’re done reading please tell me what you think about it, I need to know.^^
p.s: It’s about 13k+ words this time.
Daniel watches as Rose takes the red panda cub upstairs for his bedtime, it had been fun playing with Kevin but little cubs need their sleep or in Kevin’s case; little ‘adult’. By using the save option in the pause menus screen of the game they were playing to save all the level progressions and experience points he and the cub had earned for this game session. He then quickly shut down the gaming console and switch the channel of the TV to the news station using the remote.
“Police reports of four missing mammals. Now red goo? But in another news, electrical disturbance in the city last night. What could be the cause?” as the moose newscaster highlights the juicy stories for the night.
‘Yup… it looks like the Commissioner can’t keep those nosy reporters at bay…’ Daniel comments to himself as he watches the news.
Taking out his notebook from his chest pocket, Daniel starts to review Kevin’s story once more. He had a hunch that the two furs that drugged Kevin are also involved with the other four missing furs, that were found to be a pile of messy red with their belongings and after DNA examination were, in fact, the missing furs themselves. Then while pondering the information it hit him, he noticed that Kevin is also currently missing fur also and he was found with his belongings… ‘I need to check something.’ Daniel comments as he gets up from the sofa and turns off the TV , heading straight up the stairs to his study room to use his computer.
When Daniel reaches the top of the stairs, he sees an all too familiar sight, his wife is carrying Kevin to the nursery after a nice warm bath to get ready for his bedtime routine. It reminds him of his late son, a past that he put to peace but yet he felt a sense of slight regret along with serenity while he watches the two cross by him as they turn into the nursery, a smile creeping onto his face.
Rubbing his head as he stepped into his home office, Daniel took his place behind the desk as he powered up his computer and patiently waited for the operating system to load up, taking the moment to enjoy the cushy feeling of the chair, It was after all a pretty comfortable office swivel chair built with lambda support and such. He logged into the police global database network and checked for reports of stolen property by Quantum Solutions, that was the company Kevin used to work for when he was still an adult. The results were negative. 'well, I guess no one really notices an old prototype just when missing… ’ he noted before remembering that Kevin also mentioned in his story that he was able to tamper with the status of the logs making it too late to be noticed that the device went missing when he stole and quit the company on his last day. ‘guess that does checks out his story… and if he doesn’t have anything to link to him… wait! He also did mention his quarter of a million debt… maybe… someone is trying to collect that?’ searching for any connection to the “duo” that Kevin mention in his story.
The search was futile, Daniel decides to call it a day after he looked at the computer’s clock, reporting 11 o’clock already. He saves his half-written report and uploads the file to a secured cloud storage so he can work on it tomorrow back at the department. After turning off the computer he gets up and stretches as he makes his way to the master bedroom to get some nightwear and a towel so that he can take a shower before bed.
Rose is sitting in bed reading her tablet computer as he enters, “I saw that you were busy just now so I’ve decided to find something else to do, now that you’re done and Kevin is sleeping soundly, shall we continue our earlier discussion?” Rose looked up from her tablet.
“Sure thing dear,” Daniel says, taking a sit on by the bedside where his wife’s legs are. “What were we talking about?” he joked. “Well then… I take it that we agreed to take care of Kevin until till new development arise?” Daniel confirms as he turns to face his wife.
“Yes… Kevin told us that he doesn’t have any next of kin to contact with and just like you said how endangered his life would be even if he did go back to a next of kin while these mysterious duos are still at large.” Rose nodding in agreement.
“So do we continue to treat him like a cub? I mean, he was an adult before…” Daniel scratched his head.
“I guess we need to as he is no longer behaving like an adult would be, even if he may have been an adult before… Yeah, that bottle incident did show me that he’s not thinking within adult capacity… so he’s more of a child than an adult, what should we do about him? He is as good as a lost child in the states, shouldn’t we report this to child services?” Rose sighs.
"Yes, I’ll inform child services about him tomorrow… and sort things out… Oh yeah! Could you take him to the doctor’s tomorrow? Just to be safe…"as Daniel hold his wife’s leg in assurance as she gives him a quizzical look. “I want to know if that drug he took is not killing him slowly still and also for the profiling for child services.” He explains as he got off the bed and shuffles into the walk-in closet to pick up a towel, a white undershirt singlet and a pair of dark gray pajama pants. “I’m going to take a shower.” He announces as he heads for the bathroom.
A refreshing shower was what he needed as he steps out of the bathroom, still drying his head fur with his white fluffy towel while he walks down the hallway dressed in what he had picked out earlier,deep in thought about his little guest. Daniel stop between the door of the nursery and the master bedroom, he cranes his head towards the nursery, he slowly turns the knob on the door and pokes his head inside to check on Kevin. The sight of the little red panda cub sleeping peacefully on his side, curled up with his thumb in his maw and rustle tucked between his legs, Daniel could not help but smile at such a cute sight, ‘looks like Rose was right about him being a cub.’ he concludes as he silently closed the door of the nursery and joins his wife on their bed, turning in for the night.
Blurry vision comes into focus, it was the slate colored wooden bars of the crib and the rusty orange fur on his fingers. Kevin felt that his thumb was wet and slightly numb, discovering that he had been sucking on his thumb the whole night. He quickly pulled it out and wiped it against his sleeper, blushing at his babyish tendency. Kevin lets out a wide yawn and grabs hold onto the crib’s bar to pull himself up. As he stood up, an eerie smell stung his nose. He sniffles around and traces the smell coming from below his waist, the realization that he had messed himself during his sleep was too much to bear. He felt dirty and ashamed of himself, Kevin burst into tears once more. ‘I hate this, being helpless like a baby, I never asked for any of this! I just want to be normal again!’ he angrily refutes, shaking against the crib’s bars with frustrating misery and tears on his face while he stares down towards the carpeted floor. In his tear-filled vision, something bluish that resembles jeans and then white with a city art of California scrolled into view, a pair of orange paws lifts him by his sides into a pair of soft and cushy blossoms, followed by back rubs and the sound of cooing.
“Aww, you poor thing… shh… it’s ok Kevin dear… everything is alright… shhh… shhh…” she reassures the little cub, embracing him snugly in her arms while she pets him in a comforting way.
How oddly comforting this all felt as Kevin nested his tearful face in Rose’s chest he thought, subconsciously hugging Rose back. Even if he had mess himself, Rose didn’t make fun of him or mind at all, instead, she embraced and comforted him for his predicament. As soon as the tears and wailing stops, he found himself lying on top of the changing table once again. First, his sleeper came off, then the tapes of his well used Pampers and after a whole lot of wipes against his bottom and diaper regions, he felt much better and happier after that.
She remembered Kevin was wincing at certain spots where she wiped, that would mean that the skin below his coat was irritated. Taking remediating action, she took out a special kind of spray and sprayed it all over his rump, it shocked Kevin at first but then sounds of relief were quickly heard after that. Just like the first time Rose changes Kevin’s diaper, the only difference was the diaper design, this time, it had a little bear with a party hat on the front and a giraffe with a bowl hat on the back, both Chibi characters are smiling cheerily to their onlookers.
“Now that is taken care of… let’s get you dressed for the day!” Rose announced once she tape on the diaper snugly onto Kevin’s waist. Taking a moment to nuzzle her nose against Kevin’s tummy, causing the little red panda to twitter and giggle in delight from the ticklish sensation.
As she left the changing table for the dresser to pick an outfit for the little red panda, Kevin would sit there recovering from the excitement, awaiting for her return. ‘maybe being little isn’t so bad after all…’ Kevin thought to himself,smiling absentmindedly. Within seconds he was starting to feel bored just sitting there and started to suck on his thumb, it felt good and that’s all that matters.
Turning around with different articles of clothing in paw, Rose smile at the sight of Kevin sucking his thumb but made no comments to it as it was natural to see babies or cubs to do so, but it did cause her to make a mental note to pick up a few pacifier for him later for hygiene purposes when they are outside. She proceeds to dress the cub in this light gray cotton onesie with green trimmings around the edges and with small colorful dinosaurs lined in a circular fashion adorned around the middle, featuring a Dilophosaurus, a T-Rex, and a Triceratops. She lightly tugs Kevin’s thumb away from his maw so she may fit each of his arms to go through the correct sleeves and slips his rustle out of the back before snapping shut the snaps over his diaper. Next was a matching pair of multi-colored beach shorts, blending the colors of sand and water, it was a roomy pair of pants intended to ‘hide’ babies diapers by going all the way down to the knee and having a stretchy elastic waistband and snaps around the leg gathering to ease checking and changing the diaper should the need arise. Rose finish dressing the cub by carefully pulling his rustle out the tail hole of the beach shorts and covering both of his feet in a pair of green and white striped cotton socks.
“There we go! All dressed and ready for the day!” she announces in a bubbly attitude. “Now how about you go and brush your teeth while I’ll get breakfast ready hmm?” Rose suggests as she lifts him off the changing table to set Kevin onto the carpeted floor.
"Owkay!"Kevin happily responds, toddling off to the bathroom down the hallway with Rose following behind shortly, breaking off at the stairs.
“I’ve left a stool in front of the basin and a toothbrush ready for you on the counter top. Come down when you’re done!” Rose called out as she descends from the staircase.
Climbing upon the stool, Kevin sees a cup with a kid’s toothbrush with some toothpaste propped up against the cup wall. ‘Arghh… Brushing is so troublesome… Oh! what do we have here?!’ Kevin was standing by the basin when he saw a bottle of mouthwash sitting on the side of the marble counter. He uncapped the top of the mouthwash and pour a small splash into his mouth, unfortunately for him, his senses are now super sensitive like a newborn cub the mouthwash in his mouth felt like it was on ice due to the menthol chemical mixture and fire as it contains alcohol . He quickly spits it out, gnawing and coughing to the heat as he got off the stool, toddling step by step down the stairs for breakfast.
Rose was busy plating up a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon for Kevin and herself when he came toddling over to her, sniffing the air and smiling cheerily to the delicious smell of bacon.
“So did you brushed your teeth?” Rose queries, as she turns around with both plates of food, one of them was smaller and colorful.
Kevin just looked away and nodded to the question, avoiding eye contact with Rose, his rustle curled around his right leg. Rose lifts an eyebrow to his body language, after leaving the plates of food on the counter, “Kevin dear… can you please open your mouth? I would like to inspect your handy work.” she asked him in a condescending way, kneeling down to Kevin’s level .
Kevin reluctantly complied to her request, slowly opening his maw for Rose to inspect his teeth. “Hmmm, I smell fresh mints… are you sure you brushed your teeth?” Rose questions him again, looking square into his eyes.
“I… I did!” Kevin still trying to avoid eye contact with Rose.
“You did hmm? so that light yellowish layer near your gums are not plague?” Rose points out to him.
“I dunno whatchu are talkfink bout… I… I’m sowwy… I didn’t brush… but use the mouthwash instead.” Kevin looks down, ashamed of himself for telling a fib. He felt like he had let down Rose once again and was truly sorry for it.
"Kevin, you don’t have to be afraid of coming clean with me. Did you not know how to brush your teeth? Is that why you use the mouthwash instead?"Rose pulls the cub in for a hug.
"Nu… I… I was just lazy… "Kevin blushes as he admits his mistake, breaking away from the hug.
“Kevin dear, that mouthwash contains alcohol and that is not good for you. Is your mouth okay? Did it burn your mouth?” Rose asked with consent.
“It was just very hot and cold at the same time.” Shaking his head to her questions even though it was a horrible feeling he experienced, he didn’t want to worry Rose anymore.
Sighing to relief that the mouthwash didn’t hurt him, “okay, we’ll brush your teeth later. Right now, breakfast is getting cold.” Rose stood up and ruffles his head.
She picks up Kevin by the armpits and buckles him into the awaiting high chair that he sat during the previous meal and locked on the yellow rim and baby blue dining tray over his lap, causing a fussy Kevin to pout over it. Then came the bib that Rose promised to use,it had 2 sides. On the top side was a little blue bear cub smacking his lips to a bowl of creamy mush printed on its vinyl surface and a soft cotton surface on the bottom side for comfort. Kevin protested that he was perfectly capable of eating properly without a bib when Rose strapped the velcro around his neck. “If that bib is still clean after breakfast, I shall not bib you in future okay?” Offering another chance for Kevin to prove he’s not a messy little eater.
“Fine!” Kevin hasty agrees to the challenge, feeling confident that he’d prove her wrong.
A plate of bacon & eggs was then set down in front of the cub, decorated with cartoon characters from a little children’s TV series about 7 puppies who believes that there is no job too big for them and they’re not too small for any task. Kevin received a kid’s fork to use and begins to fork down his breakfast first as Rose would set down their drinks, a bottle of milk for Kevin and a glass of carrot and orange juice for herself before taking a seat right beside him at the dining table, starting on her own plate as well. After a few attempts of trying to use the fork to eat which resulted in eggs falling off his fork with each try, Kevin abandons the fork and use his paws instead, making Rose giggles at how adorable he’s being.
As they ate, Rose decides to Inform Kevin about the events and agenda of the day. “So, today we are going to the doctors, Kevin.”
“Why wood we need to?” Kevin tilts his head a little to the right, causing some of the scrambled egg to fall out of his maw and having them caught by his bib, while he is munching with his mouth.
"Well, Daniel and I talked about it last night, that we should take you to the doctors to be sure that the drug you took is not doing you any more harm still and also we need to document your overall health for child services. As for child services, Daniel would be informing them about you as a lost child and that you would be in our care for now until other arrangements have been made. " Rose slowly explains to Kevin.
Kevin started to tense up hearing he would be going to the doctors to check if the drug he had been forced fed was still in his system, that would mean that he had to take a blood test and that also mean, Needles! Something that he was definitely afraid of. He then starts to sulk and look back down at his plate, contemplating about his current situation and his life when Rose finishes with her explanation ‘I guess I can never get back my former life… well not that it was great, to begin with… who’s going to care for me? Will I be an orphan?… Alone…’ Kevin thoughts swirl with sadness and self-pity until he begins to cry from all the self-induced misery.
Rose was confused why Kevin started crying but it was heartbreaking to witness it, she immediately unbuckles Kevin from his high chair and picked him up, hugging him close to her chest and start to rock and coo the cub.
Rose held on to Kevin for a good whole 10 mins until he calms down. when he reduced down to a few hiccup. " What’s wrong Kevin? Why were you crying, dear? Are you afraid of needles? Is that why you were crying?" Rose continue to hold him in her arms.
Kevin looks up and nods his head, but Rose feels that there is more to just the needles, she thought back to what she said for awhile and decide to query a bit more. “Surely that not the only reason right? Can you tell me?”
Kevin looks down once again, "No, I shouldn’t be troubling you and Daniel with my… " Kevin couldn’t finish his sentence as Rose just pulled him in for another hug.
"Kevin dear, you need to realize that you’re no longer an independent adult anymore. you’re now a cub and that’s okay, should you need me for anything, I’ll be here for you. Okay? " Rose gently reminds Kevin as she strokes his back.
“Okay…” Kevin hugs back and hold their snuggle till his tummy starts to growl with hunger from his unfinished breakfast.
"Looks like we should finish breakfast first!"Rose chuckles, placing Kevin back into his high chair.
As they ate Rose would ask Kevin more about his past to distract the cub from his unhappy thoughts, she would ask him about his hobbies, favorite movies, and favorite foods. She would also share more about herself too, finding that they both love pizza and animated movies. When Both plates are cleaned of food and drinks are finished, Rose took off Kevin’s bib finding it quite the catch of scrambled eggs on it but didn’t say anything. After wiping his paws and maw with a damp cloth, she picks up the cub and headed up the stairs with him, carrying him on her hips with an arm coiled around his waist, making sure he doesn’t fall off.
“Where are we gowing?” Kevin asked, clearly forgetting that Rose was going to brush his teeth.
“We are going to the bathroom to get your teeth brush silly,” Rose smiles as she tapped the bridge of Kevin’s nose, turning left at the top of the stairs.
“Oh! yeah… forgot about that…” Kevin grins cheekily.
They entered the bathroom and sure enough, Kevin’s toothbrush was still sitting in its cup - untouched, “Say ‘Ahhhhhh’ .” Rose picked up the brush held it in front of Kevin’s maw.
Kevin rolled his eyes and open his maw with an ‘Ahhhhhh’, and in return, Rose praised him for being such a good boy. She made quick work of it and soon hold up a cup of water for him to rinse his maw. “There we go, all fresh and clean!” she comments, then processed to blow a raspberry on his cheek, causing Kevin to giggle.
“Now I need to get some things done before we leave, how about you watch some cartoons first?” Rose suggest as they when down the stair back into the living room.
“Can’t I play with the gaming console instead?” Kevin rebukes, feeling that cartoons are too childish for him.
“Well, it’s not going take more than 15 mins or so, so just watch some cartoons first okay?” Rose insisted as she sets down the cub onto the sofa, turning on the TV before leaving.
“Owkay…” Kevin grumbles a bit, but soon he got sucked into the eye-catching, colorful pictures and addictive silly sounds of the cartoon being aired on the channel.
Now that she had the cub distracted, for the time being, Rose moved to the storage space under the stairs. She opens the door and flicks the switch on, moving things out of the way while trying to spot for an object she would need to use if she was going to bring her guest outside of the house. In the dimly lit space she finally found said object, it was a large baby blue bag with compartmentalised pockets of various size on one side and hatched designs in a strip on the other side, it also had a comfortable handle on the top and a pair of plastic sling rings on the sides should a sling be needed, just like a laptop bag. Before she closed the door of the store, another item caught her eyes, it was a pair of baby shoes that were sitting on the shelf. They were blue on most parts with a beige sole, judging by the size it looks like it would fit the cub nicely, she took the shoes and left them by the main entrance.
With the diaper bag in her paw, Rose brought it upstair to the nursery and opened up the bag upon the changing table and started to pack it with wipes, powder and a couple of diapers, realizing that she would need to get more for Kevin when she took out the last pair of Pampers from its plastic packaging. She then bought the bag down to the kitchen to pack some drinks for Kevin after adding her purse and phone into the bag, she filled one of the bottles with juice and the other with water. Before closing off the tops and packing them in the diaper bag, Rose made sure that both bottle tops had their teats sterilized and clean off before adding on their plastic covers. Rose then returns back to the living room to pick up the cub only to receive protests that the show he’s watching is only half way through and he that wants to watch it finish first, chuckling at his cubby behavior she then looked at her watch,it was only 8.13 AM. Rose decided to join Kevin on the couch, watching the cartoon along with him till it ended.
“Alright! It’s time to go!” Rose announces as the credits start to roll, turning off the TV with the remote control before setting it on the oval shaped coffee table.
“Awww… but I want to watch the next episode which is coming up next! Can’t we go see the doctor another time?” Kevin whines, hoping to stall or postpone the doctor visit.
“Nope, we are going right now,” Rose replied flatly. “Besides the next episode would be recasting again within this week,so you would have plenty of chance to watch it.” she reasons with Kevin, smiling at his attempt to avoid the doctor visit.
"Owwkayy… Fine!"Kevin grumbles as he reluctantly got up from the sofa, then he remembered about his belongings.
“Erm, Rose? Where is my stuff? Like my phone and wallet?” Kevin queries as Rose helps him into a pair baby sized shoes she found earlier.
"I think Daniel has them… Why do you need them?"Rose replied as she was putting on her shoe.
"Oh… It’s out of habit I guess?"Kevin shrugs.
“Why would he need my phone and wallet?” Kevin continues, tilting his head.
“I don’t think I can answer that Kevin. Well, enough time a wasting, let’s get going before the clinic gets too busy hmm?” Rose opens the front door and ushers the red panda cub out of if with his diaper bag slung over her shoulder.
Kevin toddled out to the driveway of the house, he saw other houses that were neatly arranged in a row ,side by side of each other, perpendicular to the sidewalk and the road in front of each house. All of these houses look about the same but still had their differences, like some would have hedges or fencing surrounding in front of their lawns, some would have just a bare concrete floors and there are those with a beautiful garden of sorts, most houses would have 2 stories but the house on his right seem to have an extra story. He remembered back in Singapore there are places with such kind of housing are usually owned by well-to-do individuals and family but the sight before him was impressive as these houses seem to be larger and are much more spacious, despite with his short height perspective that made everything seem he see to be even larger.
“Come on Kevin, the car is over here!” Rose beckons Kevin to come over.
Turning to his left was a huge silvery blue S.U.V, it looked like an inverted whale in Kevin’s eyes. Each step he took towards Rose, the vehicle would grow bigger and bigger until it was towering him. Kevin googled at the size of the car, “Ooooh wow! The car is massive!” He commented.
“Actually, it’s just about the size of any other S.U.V, maybe it looks gigantic to you because you’re smaller?” Rose lightly chuckles as she opens the door to the front passenger seat for Kevin before lifting him into the seat. She pulls down the safety belt and buckles him in, then proceed over to the driver’s seat and did the same for herself.
With the push of the ignition button, the car’s engine hummed to life. Rose shift the gear into Reverse and stepped on the gas peddle, bringing the car out of the driveway onto the road and with another shift of the gear stick into Drive, she accelerated down the street heading for the highway.
Kevin was growing more bored by the minute, he had seen enough of the car’s interior and wanted to look out of the window but realized that he couldn’t do so without standing up on his seat. Kevin unbuckled himself and stood up ,planting his face so closely against the window, he was marveled by the scenery through the glass as the car drove on the highway. Normally billboards with their advertisement on them are huge and eye catching, but this effect was now magnified by tenth times and it felt really exciting to see a various digital visual effect from the billboards, hence why Kevin is captivated by the scenery. It feels like a different world from the eyes of a child, a whole new world literally.
A flashing symbol lits up on Rose’s dashboard, indicating that the side passage seat is not buckled, one of the many safety features of an high-end branded car. Rose turn to her left to check on the cub. She almost had a panic attack when she saw Kevin standing in the passage seat about to push down the button to wind down the window, She immediately turns on the child safety lock features to prevent him from operating any of the door controls and change her lane to the slow moving vehicle lane. “Kevin! What are you doing!?!” she realized that she was almost shouting and decide to tone her voice down, “Please sit down right now.” Rose told him in a no-nonsense voice. Rose exited the highway into a junction and stopped at the traffic light, She then turns her attention to a very indignant Kevin. “Kevin… I’m sorry for shouting at you, but that was very dangerous!” she begins to lecture Kevin. “If we were to get into an accident…” Rose suddenly fell quiet, for a moment she looked like she was close to tears. She shook her head and recomposed herself like she came to a conclusion. “Please… don’t do that again, okay?” she softly caresses Kevin’s fluffy cheeks, her motherly voice hinted with worry in them.
“Owkay…” Kevin nods as he notices the sadness in her voice, wondering if he did cross a line or something.
“Good boy, we’re almost there already, the clinic is just down the next junction.” Rose informs him as she reaches and pulled the seat belt down to the buckle Kevin in once more.“Do not unbuckle yourself, I’ll come and get you when it’s time.” changing to a tone that means ‘it is decided’.
After parking the car and stepping out of the vehicle, she went over to the passenger seat to unbuckle Kevin and help him out of the car. She pushed a button on her car key ,locking the car with a two-beat note, telling her that the car is locked. With Kevin’s diaper bag slung over her left shoulder, she took Kevin’s right paw and begin to lead the way to the clinic, she noticed how Kevin was lagging behind and dragging his feet as they walk through the car park, his body language telling her that he was reluctant to go for the check-up.
“Kevin dear, how about this? If you go for the check-up, we’ll go get some ice-cream after that. How does it sound?” Rose tries to bribe the cub as they approached the entrance of the clinic.
Kevin’s ears immediately perked up when he heard ‘ice-cream’, “that sounds gweat!” he smiles cheerily as they enter the clinic, thinking about all the different kinds of sweet creamy flavor he would get to taste later.
Rose lightly chuckles to his immediate delighted response, ‘works every time!’ she thought to herself as they step into the reception area of the clinic. It was quite the reception as it was warm and welcoming with lots of natural lighting bouncing off the white walls that flooded in from the glass panel walls even though it wasn’t very big, there was a wooden top counter with a female gazelle nurse sitting behind it while she attends to a leopard patient that is trying to make payment for his medication. There was a waiting area with seats on the left and play area to the right of the entrance, in the play area was a set of colorful plastic table and chair set on top of a nursery theme carpet, by the glass panel and the wall was an ‘L’ shaped bench-like counter with a few rectangles cut-out from the top of the bench for a tablet device, the height of these counters and furniture were just right for children.
“Kevin, why don’t you go play while I handle the paperwork?” Rose gestures towards the play area.
Kevin looked over to the play area, it looked really childish to him yet still very inviting as it was empty, his heart skipped a beat when he saw a whole mountain of ‘Legos’ on top of the plastic table, those plastic brick piece that stacked on and connected each other were his favorite toys to play back when he was a kid as he would spend countless of hours playing out epic adventures from the creation he builds, it was tempting to run over to play with them, but his adult ego seems to deem it as being childish. He shook his head at Rose “Nu fanks, I’m nut a wittle kid.” he insisted and when to take a seat at the waiting area instead.
“If you’re sure then…” Rose smiled sadly and left to talk to the receptionist at the counter.
“Hey there Rose! It has been awhile since you came here, are you sick?” The Gazelle nurse gets up to greet the Fox.
“Hello, Jessica! Yeah, it has been awhile since I’ve visited, hasn’t it?” Rose smiled and hugged her friend. “Oh! I’m not sick, I’m just bringing Kevin in for a full body check-up and take a blood test.” she points to the red panda cub who’s sitting at the waiting area.
Jessica looked at whom Rose was pointing at. “D`awww! He’s sooo cute!” she was squealing with delight.
The commotion was loud enough to be heard by Kevin and he turned to see what was going on. Jessica smile and waves to the little cub, causing him to blush when he realized that they are talking about him. Kevin hopped off his seat and when to browse the magazine rack at the corner.
“I didn’t know you adopted a son,” Jessica remarked as she places down some forms on the counter for Rose to fill up.
“Oh! You’re mistaken, I didn’t adopt Kevin. I’m just taking care of him till child services can find him a new home, well Daniel was actually the one who found him abandoned in an old warehouse by the old industrial district two nights ago.” Rose explains to Jessica.
“I see… that poor thing was abandoned?! He must have been very sad to be separated from his momma…” Jessica was talking more to herself than to Rose.
"R…right…"Rose wasn’t sure what to say to that or if she should tell Jessica the whole truth. She turned her attention back to forms and tried to fill them up but realized that there is a whole lot of Kevin she doesn’t know. ‘Well, that’s why we here to find out also…’ she remarked silently as she handed the forms back to Jessica.
“I notice you didn’t fill up his age, his blood type, and his medical history… oh… right… I forgot, he’s a lost cub. Silly me.” Jessica berates at her mistake. “That’s okay, we’ll find out from the checkup and blood test” she places the forms into a paper folder and wrote down the patient or in this case, Kevin’s name on the folder. “Well then, just take a seat and I’ll call you when the doctor is ready to see the patient.”
“Thank you, Jessica,” Rose replied.
“You’re welcome!” Jessica nods with a smile before returning to her duties.
Even when Rose was still having her attention at the receptionist, she had never once failed to keep track of Kevin since the car incident, she felt the urge to follow Kevin around to make sure he was safe and won’t do anything that would get himself into trouble. She was trying hard not to run over to join the cub to see what he was really up too when he was going to browse through the different magazines sitting in the racks. Upon noticing that the cub was already trying to climb his way up the seat at the waiting area with a magazine in paw, she smiled at his efforts and went to give him a paw with it.
Kevin wasn’t pleased that he’s having trouble trying to get back up onto his seat as little did he know that the diaper he’s wearing had been wet a couple of times already, therefore increasing in its bulk and weight, and giving him extra mobility problems. When Rose came to aid him, his adult ego became even more bruised and rejected her help, he decided to search for an alternative solution. He looked around and spots the play area’s plastic furniture for children, his heart sighs but it at least he won’t need help to sit on the chair, hence satisfying his ego. He waddles over and sits at the table and chair to read the ‘Insider’ Tech magazine he found from the rack.
After flipping through the magazine for a bit, he realized that it was an old issue and it didn’t have anything interesting to pass the time with, he set the magazine aside on the table, revealing the mountain of ‘Legos’ once again. He looked around the room, spying if there anyone watching him. ‘Rose looks like she is busy using her phone and there is no here other than me…’ Kevin thought to himself and look at the Legos again, he picked up a piece of the plastic bricks and stare at it. It didn’t take long for him to come up with something that he would like to build out of the bricks and soon his attention was focused on building as Kevin starts to source through the pile of different colored, longer and shorter bricks.
Kevin wanted to build a spacecraft, he would lay out a generic form of his spacecraft starting with a ‘skeleton’ structure by using the long black pieces of the bricks and then start to add other different color and size bricks to the ‘skeleton’ till a shell was formed. He picked blue bricks for the body and would only try to source the same color of bricks from the pile,refusing to compromise for any other color, only being satisfied when the body is build to ‘specification’. The more he was building the more absorb he became, not noticing that his rustle is waving lightly and the collar of his onesie is being sucked on as he plays.
Rose was slightly disappointed when Kevin rejected her help to get onto the seat at the waiting area, she notice that the bulge below Kevin’s waist was significantly bigger compared to when she changed Kevin’s diapers before breakfast and that could only mean one thing, Kevin is wet and would definitely need another diaper change soon. ‘maybe that’s why he’s being so fussy…’ she concluded before her attention was diverted to a soft ringing. She had received a text message from Daniel, it read ‘Hiya my love! how’s the check-up?’
Rose began composing her reply ‘We just arrived and are currently waiting for our turn to see the doctor.’ she hit send. ‘How’s your side?’ adding on to her last text. While waiting for a reply, she glanced over to find that the little red panda is now playing with the Legos toy bricks and by the looks of it, he’s building something the size of a football and is really enjoying himself. It made Rose happy to see Kevin being himself and not being self-conscious anymore. At the ring, Rose looked to her phone to see, ‘Got that thing taken care of.’
From the entrance of the clinic as the sliding glass open to welcome more visitors, two furs enter the reception area. The two were skunks, a mother, and her baby cub. The mother skunk carried her 2-year-old son to the play area of reception after she talked to the nurse behind the counter, her cub seems to be very eager to leave his mother’s arms to go play with the Legos at the table and didn’t seem to mind another fur already playing with the Legos. “Char, we’ll be waiting for the nurse to call us for our appointment, so you can play till then.” Kevin overheard the mother skunk telling the cub. “Momma will be over there.” she pointed to the row of chairs facing the play area, with a nod from her cub she left to take a sit where Rose is sitting at.
“Wahchu boowing?” Char asks Kevin as he looks at Kevin’s bluish football-like creation.
Kevin stopped sucking on his collar and turned his attention to the skunk, “Oh! I’m buildfing a spaceship!” he replied excitedly.
“That’s notta spaceship!” Char declares as the creation doesn’t look like a spacecraft to him.
“It is! It’s just not finished yet!” Kevin rebuttals, “let see you build a spaceship then…” he challenges the skunk.
"Otay!"the skunk readily accepted and starts to build his version of a spacecraft.
The two cubs would build their creations and pit against each in the play area, with Kevin completing his spacecraft first. He had turned that football-like shell into a ‘functional’ spacecraft that comes with a cargo hold, living quarters, and a bridge. Everything was very modular and can be modified if needed, it was something that one would see at a Lego building competition for adult contestants. Whereas Char, on the other hand, had made something a 2 to 3-year-old would most likely have done, it was a rough copy of the iconic Star wars X-wing fighter and was very much smaller compared to Kevin’s spacecraft.
Char face was all puffed up in defiance and jealousy when he saw that his spacecraft didn’t look as fancy as Kevin’s spacecraft when he completed his creation, “Why ish yows bigger!?” Char voice hinting of the unfairness and bitterness he was feeling.
“Because I’m better than chu!” Kevin taunts him back as he sneers, proud of his creation.
“Wetter than me!” Char stick his tongue at Kevin.
“Wetter?” Kevin was confused why Char said that to him till he looked down to his waist and realized that the cub was right, his diaper was obviously more puffy and weighted than when Rose had changed him earlier this morning. He didn’t even notice when he had become wet nor did he remember feeling the need to go.
The skunk cub took the chance while Kevin was looking down to snatch Kevin’s spacecraft creation from Kevin’s side of the table and declared that this is now his spacecraft. This upsets Kevin greatly, it was his work, his creation and sure is not happy about letting others take his creation away. “Give it back!” Kevin raised his voice.
“Nu!” Char defiantly tugs the spacecraft further away from Kevin, trying to keep it out of Kevin’s reach.
The bickering was causing quite the commotion that Rose and Mary came over to see what is going on, immediately both cubs fell silent upon their towering caregivers. “Kevin? Why are you shouting at the other boy?” Rose begins.
“He took my spacecwaft!” Kevin points an accusing finger at Char.
“Is that true Char?” Mary looks down at her cub.
“Nu… I build this spacecwaft…” char replied as he avoids looking at his mother’s eyes, as his eyes glanced towards the X-wing fighter that he had built for a moment and then back to Kevin’s spacecraft in his arms.
“He’s lying!” Kevin hiss angrily at the skunk, his rustle was bushed out, he was about to show his annoyance at Char’s answer by striking at him but was pulled away by Rose before he could take a step forward.
Mary lets out a sigh and shakes her head. “Char… I know when you’re lying, apologizes to Kevin and give him back his creation now,” she said in a firm voice.
Char knew better than to argue with his mother. “I’m Sowry…” he said to Kevin.
Just before Char could return the spacecraft, Nurse Jessica called out for Rose and Kevin, announcing to them that the doctor is ready to see them in office 3. Rose picks up a very upset, close to tears Kevin by the armpits, cooing and comforting him in her arms as she makes her way towards the hallway of doors. “It’s okay Kevin, you don’t have to get upset over a toy.” Rose tries to reason with Kevin.
“But it’s my spaceship! I built it!” Kevin whines, protesting about his injustice.
“Yes, you did build it, it was a very well made spaceship with the different compartments, I was watching you build it… but the Legos belongs to the clinic, so anyone can play with it if they want too,” Rose explains as she moved Kevin onto one arm, supporting his rump. “Besides if you are really proud of that spaceship you can always build it again or make it even better when we get back home,” she smiles and ruffles his head fur.
Kevin was slow to accept Rose reasoning but soon soften his expression. “There are wegos at home?” he asks in disbelief.
“Yup! And you can play with them to your heart’s content!” Rose replied in a syrupy sweet manner as she starts to knock on the door to office 3, it was odd that this door was slightly larger than the rest.
“Come in!” A rough voice echo behind the door and Rose took the handle and turn, opening the door to review a very large Office to Kevin and herself. The office has a huge examination table in the middle of the room that looks like it could be used to conduct small surgery on an adult bear if needed, to their left was a large white desk and a snowy white figure, with the folders of different patients stack neatly, computer peripheries on sight, and a large flat screen sitting behind a name plaque on the desk, Doctor Dimitri was the name written on the plaque. The large snowy white figure was sitting behind the desk, it turns out to be a polar bear.
Doctor Dimitri stood up to greet his visitors,his figure was towering and was clearly bigger than Rose by at least an extra foot, “Good Morning, Mrs. Rose.” he extended a paw to the Fox.
Rose took his paw and shook it “Good morning doctor.” she greeted the doctor.
The polar bear turns his attention to the cub, giving a friendly smile. “and this must be Kevin?” reaching out shake paws with him, only causing Kevin to turn away and hug Rose tightly against her neck, his rustle coiled around her waist.
Kevin wasn’t sure why he felt so afraid, maybe it was because the doctor was a massive polar bear or it could have been that he was the fur who is about to be using needles on him, either way, he didn’t want to be here for any reason. Rose took noticed of Kevin’s behavior and apologizes to the doctor and she tries to coax Kevin that it’s alright and there is nothing to be afraid of.
“It’s okay Kevin, the doctor is just going to check out if there is anything wrong with you, can you be brave like a big boy?” Rose coax as she rubs the back of Kevin. It seems to work as Kevin seem to have new found courage along with the reassurance that everything is going to be alright, turning around to face the doctor once again, eyeing warily of the polar bear, like he might get eaten by him.
Dimitri tries again, “Hello there Kevin.” He lower himself into a half kneel position so that he won’t appear as intimidating and gave a condescending smile, trying to appear as friendly as he can as he knows that his size does tend to scare away the little ones most of the time. Extending his big paw to shake with Kevin’s.
Kevin looked at the paw, then back at Dimitri’s face, and at back at the paw again. He shyly took it and received a firm handshake, making him feel that he could trust this fur.
“As we are short on paws today, I’ll be taking his height and weight before I proceed with the full body checkup and blood test. But first, if you don’t mind assisting me, can you please strip him down to just his diaper?” Dimitri made his request to Rose after giving a reassuring smile to Kevin. “You can leave your belongings on the counter over there.” He gestures toward the counter on the right side of the room as he made his way to far side of the room to prepare some medical equipment needed for Kevin’s full body checkup.
“Sure thing.” Rose bought Kevin over to the counter and begin to undress him, leaving all of their belongings on the counter and Kevin with his puffy diaper on.
Despite being reassured that nothing bad would happen to him, he couldn’t help but feel vulnerable about it, ‘maybe it’s just the lack of clothes on him.’ He thought as Kevin was being stripped down to his ‘underwear’, while he watches Doctor Dimitri place some kind of white cover sheet over the large examination table.
“Hmm, I’ll take his height and temperature first, then you can change him first before I take his weight as a used diaper would affect the readings.” Dimitri decides to alter his process after a glance of Kevin’s diaper. “Could you lay him over here please?” gesturing toward the large examination table with a vinyl-like cover that has measuring markings on the side that was laid over the padded cushion.
“Okay.” Rose agrees with the doctor’s reasoning as she carries a very anxious Kevin to the examination table and lay him over the measuring sheet. “Kevin sweetie, please be still for a little while okay?” Rose coaxes the little cub and smiled at him when she got a little nod for an answer.
“Hmm… He measures… 28 inches from head to toe… and his rustle is 10 inches.” Doctor Dimitri said out loud while he takes the measurements and jolts down in Kevin’s medical file. “Okay… now let’s take his temperature.” He said as he set the documents aside.
“Could you roll him over on his belly and keep him company until I’m done?” Doctor Dimitri request of Rose as he is preparing a rectal thermometer.
As Kevin was manipulated onto his belly by Rose, he was wondering why would he be needed on his belly as taking his temperature would be as simple as sticking the thermometer in his maw for a few minutes. It only hit him that he was going to have his temperature taken like a cub when he felt the tapes of his diaper getting ripped off and having his bum exposed, his adult ego getting bruised and he starts to squirm and whine in protest, not wanting to be handled like that. But he was held in place by a large white fluffy arm pressed against his back and having his Rustle lift up with the same arm by Doctor Dimitri.
Seeing Kevin squirming in discomfort and whining to her for help made Rose’s heartache, as she would hold onto Kevin’s paw and pet his head affectionately in return, “Shh… it’s okay… Just calm down sweetie, the doctor is just taking your temperature… Shh…” she would tell him in a soothing voice, looking at his pleading eyes. "It only going take a minute or two sweetie. " sensing how upset Kevin is feeling.
Kevin squeals and struggles as the oily and cold metal tip of the rectal thermometer slip into his rump, He felt vulnerable and his personal space invaded, he gotten more irritated and helpless by the seconds until he couldn’t take it any longer, despite Rose trying to comfort him he begins to cry, hoping that the doctor would stop.
“Oookay! 99.1°F, probably due to all of that ‘excitement’… but that’s still within acceptable range.” Doctor Dimitri comments with a smile as he took out the thermometer and then wipe it clean before noting it down in Kevin’s file as he releases Kevin, letting Rose take over from there.
Immediately Kevin would lunge for Rose, seeking her comfort, still whimpering and sobbing as Rose would coos and cuddles the little red panda in her arms. “Aww aww aww… It’s over already… don’t cry anymore…” Rubbing his back while she carries the naked cub. She stopped the back rubs just for a moment to reach for the diaper bag and slung it over her shoulders as she intent to clean him up and put on a new diaper, knowing that it’s best not to leave Kevin unprotected without his diaper.
When she felt Kevin have calmed down enough for a change, Rose would lay him on the examination table and start to wipe his diaper regions with the baby wipes, helping Kevin feel refreshed. Rose then opened up a new Pampers on the table and positioned the red panda cub over it, she took out the bottle of baby powder and with one paw she lifted Kevin’s legs, sprinkling the sweet smelling powder liberally over his loins and rump before massaging and spreading the powder evenly over his diaper regions, causing Kevin to smile again. She completed the change by blowing a raspberry on his tummy, making Kevin twitter and giggle in delight after she pulled the tapes on snugly onto the diaper front.
While Rose was changing Kevin’s diaper, Doctor Dimitri would standby closely and look over Rose’s shoulder to make an observation on Kevin’s body, scribbling notes into Kevin’s medical files while he observes, looking for any problems before conducting a probe search later to confirm his findings. Seeing that the patient is in better spirits, “Let us continue.” he tap on Rose’s shoulder and gestures toward the weighing scale for babies, it a smooth large plastic basin sitting on a small gray podium with an LCD screen, hinting that it’s digital model that is able to detect and confirm its smallish and active user’s weight with ease.
Rose would lay Kevin into the basin and let the doctor activate the machine, after a beep in a few seconds later, it measures Kevin’s weight to be at 23.4 lb. “Hmm… he seems to be quite underweight…” Dimitri comments as he wrote the results into the file. “Now that we have the basic taken care off, I can proceed with the full body checkup,” Dimitri says as he went to pick up his stethoscope from his table.
“Could you sit him here for me” Dimitri patted onto the examination table once more and waited for Rose to move Kevin over before he began the checkup with the hearing of his little patient’s heartbeat, “Okay little guy, I’m just going to listen to your heartbeat with this thing.” he held up his stethoscope to the red panda cub to see before trying to place the scope side onto Kevin’s chest.
“Stewwahscope…” Kevin corrected the word ‘thing’ , pointing at the instrument.
Astonished by what the cub said, Dimitri stared blankly for a moment at the little red panda, genuinely surprised and never expect Kevin to have such a level of intelligence; almost like an adult. He composes himself and smiles back at the cub, returning to the task at paw. “Yes, it’s a Stethoscope, Very good little guy!” he praises Kevin as he presses the scope upon his chest to listen for any irregular heartbeat.
Finding nothing wrong with his heartbeat, Doctor Dimitri move on with an oral inspection. He held out a tongue depressor, “Can you say ‘Aaahhh’?” coaxing the cub to open his maw, in return Kevin decide to humor him by doing so.
“Good boy!” Dimitri praises his little patient for being so cooperative with him while he has a look into his maw. Next, he picked up his otoscope and toss the wooden stick into the trash bin. “You’re being very good! Keep this up and you’ll get a loli!” Dimitri incentives while he moves closer to take a peek inside Kevin’s ears, satisfied that it’s all clear.
“Just a few more tests and we are done.” Doctor Dimitri announce as he took out a knee percussion, holding it up in his paw for Kevin to see. “See this? I’m just going to tap it on your knees and legs, it’s not going to hurt okay?”
Kevin picked up the Knee Percussor and examine the instrument for a bit, tapping the instrument on his paw and various parts of his leg. “Peekuhsor!” calling the name of the instrument as he brandishes the instrument at Dimitri for him to take it back.
“Wow! has someone has been playing doctor too?” Doctor Dimitri smiled as he took the instrument back and pet his head. He then proceeds to tap on the joints of Kevin’s knees and then on the shins, testing the reflexes and nerve connections.
“Mm-hmm, looks like that is okay… now let’s take your blood pressure” Doctor Dimitri declares as he puts away the little hammer and brought out a dark blue strap attached to a paw pump, “you’ll just feel a squeeze on your arm, nothing to worry about okay?” as he wraps the strap around Kevin’s bicep, getting a nod in response that his little patient understands.Using his stethoscope alongside with the blood pressure cuff, he pumps the paw pump to measure Kevin’s blood pressure and listened to the heartbeats. Reading that the blood pressure is normal, Dimitri pushes a button on the pump’s end, the pressure releases and deflates the cuff.
After putting away all the other instrument, Dimitri would take out a sachet pack of medical supplies and leave it on his table first, “I’ll just be doing a physical examination his body first before I’ll brief you on what to do for the phlebotomy” informing Rose about his intentions as he starts to feel and touch around Kevin’s body, starting from his ears all the way down to the tip his rustle.
Kevin would suck on his thumb, not minding that the doctor is feeling him out, but there was something that the doctor did mention that made him think about. ‘Phlebotomy… that word sounded like a medical term for taking out something… is it my saliva?’ Kevin is still contemplating about the word when Doctor Dimitri was done, he didn’t notice that both the doctor and Rose were talking in hush tones.
Kevin was then pulled into a hug by Rose as she joined him on the examination table, he wondered why Rose was giving him such a sympathetic smile as she shifts him to seat on her lap, he felt safe in her arms as she pressed him into her form, blocking everything from sight while she hums a soft tune to him. He felt her taking his right arm, holding it open by the wrist, it was strange but he didn’t resist. A cold spray was applied onto his forearm, just above his elbow joint and then a strap around wrap around his bicep quickly. He starts to piece the puzzle together, but before he could finish, he felt a prick on his right arm, the arm that was held open in the air, just as he was about to become suspicious about the prick he felt Doctor Dimitri announced that it is done and told Rose to apply pressure on his forearm.
Looking the at the two blood samples with his name written on the sticker pasted on the vials, Kevin was unhappy that he was tricked but was also relief that the blood draw was already over before he knew it. He smiled at the deception in the end as Rose would start to redress him up again once she didn’t need to apply pressure over the gauze to clot his blood. Once it was done Doctor Dimitri came over to him with a bright red cherry flavored lollipop for him, as promised for being a good patient which he wasted no time starting on it. While he sucked on his lollipop, Doctor Dimitri and Rose would discuss the results of the checkup.
“Base on all the taken results and from the look I got at his teeth, I would surmise that Kevin is a 2-year-old cub, quite small for his age… but he’s healthy at least, as I don’t see any other problems.” Doctor Dimitri summarized his report to Rose.
“Oooh, okay. That’s good to hear… as for being under average, what do you recommend?” Rose sighs in relief.
“Hmm… you might want to feed him formula to help with the growing, if he’s able to take solid food already, please help him maintain a balanced diet…” Doctor Dimitri suggests. “We all know how the smallest tummies have the fanciest pallets.” he jokes.
“Mmm-hmm…” Rose nods her head in agreement, “I’ll make sure this little guy get his fair shares of veggies.” As she ruffles Kevin’s head, making a frowny face for Kevin who’s sucking on his lollipop.
Recalling about the blood test, “Well then, I’ll call you when the blood test results are out.” Dimitri informs Rose. “Is there anything else I can help you with?” Querying politely as he saw Rose gathering her belongings.
“No that would be all, thank you, Doctor,” Rose replied to the polar bear, she would pick up the red panda and coax him to say goodbye. But with the lollipop in his maw, Kevin would just exchange goodbyes with the doctor by closing and opening his fingers.
After making payment for the medical service at the clinic’s reception and receiving a copy of Kevin’s health report, Rose would leave with Kevin in her arms, they didn’t see the mother and cub skunk at the reception area as they turn to leave but they did hear a lot of screaming of a young child sounding off the door of office 2, causing Kevin to snicker.
Rose gave him a darting stare, which stops it right away. “It’s not nice to laugh at other fur’s plight” she lectures the little red panda.
“Sowwy…” Kevin solemnly replies.
“Good boy!” Rose cheers,“Now who’s ready for some ice cream?” she announced, keeping her promise.
“Me!” Kevin cheers, raising up his right arm.
Feeling Kevin’s enthusiasm, Rose lightly chuckles and carries Kevin to a well-known ice cream parlor that was just around the block, and since it was just 5 minutes past 10:30, at this time of the day there wasn’t much of a crowd or queue in the shop. As they entered the shop, a female husky wearing a bismuth apron greeted them from behind the refrigerated glass counters “Welcome to Frosty & Creamy, What can I get for you today!?” Smiling cheerily at them, the name Everest was pin to the top left of her apron.
Kevin was already reaching out for the glass once he got a glimpse at the trays of colorful creamy flavors sitting in the refrigerated counter as they approach the counter, he would have fallen out of Rose’s arm if she didn’t hold him back with her other arm. “Calm down Kevin, the ice cream isn’t going anywhere.” Rose chuckles.
“D`awww… what an adorable little guy you have there!” Everest comments with a contented smile, “We’re having a promotion this week, it’s a Mothers & Cubs week special, meaning if you buy a scope you get another scope for free for your little one! And you can pick any flavor you want for both scopes!” Everest gestures towards the promotion advertisement on the information plaque.
Rose wanted to correct the husky for the misconception about the both of them, but the thought of taking advantage of the promotion was quite a hard one to pass up,she felt torn between telling the truth and keeping Kevin’s identity a secret. Then she remembered her new found resolve back in the car earlier today and solidify her resolution as she analyses what the menu has to offer.
After looking through the options the menu has to offer, Rose made her decision. “We’ll have a Mothers & Cubs special please.” she smiled at Everest.
“Sure, would you like to have both ice cream in a waffle cone or in a cup?” Everest pointed to the stack of freshly made crispy cone waffles and waxed paper cups. “Also which favor are you picking?” she adds on.
Rose looked to Kevin if he had a preference, but he still had his eyes fixed at the different ice creams behind the counter with a small drool slowly dripping off his slightly opened maw. “Cone or cup Kevin dear?” she prompts him with a small rub on his tummy.
“Huh? Oh… Cone pwease!” Kevin wipes his falling drool with his arm, “I want the chunky cookie dough fawah!” he continued, pointing towards the large tray of light brownish colored ice cream with chocolate chip ‘dough’ mix inside.
“We’ll have both scopes in cones, one of them would be Cookie dough and the other would be Berry surprise.” Rose made their orders while she reaches for her wallet along with Kevin’s bib inside the diaper bag.
“That would be $5.30.” Everest ring up her cashier, it was actually a branded tablet device with a stand sitting on a black rectangle metal box.
Rose hands the husky $6 and told her to keep the change. Once the payment has been processed, Everest begins to serve their ice cream, she would scoop a softball size of Chunky Cookie Dough flavored ice-cream onto a waffle cone for Kevin and was being extra nice by sticking a chocolate waffle stick into the ice-cream before handing the cone to the cub, generating the widest smile from the cub being marveled by the size of a single scoop of delicious frosty cream treat before his eyes, not noticing that Rose had already strapped his bib around his neck.
Holding his ice cream with both paws, Kevin brings it up to his maw and gave it the biggest bite he could muster into the cookie flavored cream, its frosty cream foam turning into liquid cream was pure enjoyment, the cream melts to the heat of his body temperature, letting the taste of caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla coat all of his tongue; Heavenly.
Now that Rose and Kevin have their ice creams, Kevin starting on his first. Rose would sit Kevin on one of the chairs at one of the windowed side tables in the ice cream shop before taking the other seat facing the cub. “Hows your ice cream?” Rose ask the cream smudged maw cub.
Kevin didn’t reply right away as he was busy trying to prevent the melting sides of the ice cream from dripping down to his paw, which was futile in the end as when he would lick one side and another side would melt and ended up tickling down his paw, dripping onto his pants.
Upon Observation that Kevin is having trouble eating his ice cream, “I’ll be right back.” Rose told the cub. Returning from the counter with a large waxed paper cup and a small plastic spoon. She then places Kevin’s ice cream into the cup and hands it back to him with the spoon. “Here you go!” she smiled at him and took the seat beside him this time.
“Fanks!” Kevin responds positively to Rose’s quick solution to his minor predicament and continue with his ice cream.
Rose finish her ice cream first and starts to survey how much ‘damage’ Kevin had done to himself, she was contended that the melted ice cream was contained to only on his beach pants, paws and around his maw thanks to the bib she managed to sneak around his neck before he started, it’s a good thing those pants aren’t cotton but made of polyester, hence they don’t absorb the sugary cream into their material. she took out some baby wipes and start to clean up his pants first, taking the chance to check on his diaper in the process, Knowing that it was slightly wet and would last for another couple of wettings when she touches it, “we are going to shop for some groceries and some other essentials that you’ll need after you finish that ice cream.” Rose informs Kevin as she cleans his pants.
“And since we are going to the store is there anything you want?” Rose asks as she starts to take each of Kevin’s paw to wipe them clean.
With the pause in between him and his ice cream as Rose is cleaning his paws for him, Kevin wonder what he would like to have right now, but couldn’t really think of anything he would want from the store. “I don’t know… not sure what I want I mean…” Kevin replies.
“That okay, just let me know when you have.” Rose smiles and wipes his maw.
"Nu, it’s okay I shouldn’t be asfink for anyfink in Oopmfg…"Kevin was cut mid-sentence as a spoon of ice cream was pushed into his maw by Rose.
“It’s okay Kevin, I want to buy things for you if it benefits you or if it makes you happy…” Rose smiles condescendingly as she spoke, " You don’t need to worry about our financial situation, we are quite well to do. I’m pretty sure you have bigger worries, like your current situation… but you can rely on me for that for sure." she remarked in a motherly tone as she removes the spoon from Kevin’s maw to scoop another bite of ice cream for Kevin.
After Kevin listens to Rose explanation, he became overwhelmed by the affection Rose was showering him with, he looked at her with tearful eyes of gratitude and nods his heads, “Fank you.” he croaked.
Rose returns the gesture by putting the ice cream aside and pulls Kevin in for a hug, whispering “you’re welcome.” into his ear as they embrace.
After having the last scoops of ice cream and his maw cleaned up, Rose left the ice cream parlor with Kevin holding her paw because he wanted to walk on his own and Rose would only allow it if he holds her paw to do so. Kevin didn’t argue anymore once he almost fall over twice and thanks to Rose actively holding his paw, he didn’t. They walked about a block down, passing by a park along the way that was on the other side of the road and Kevin couldn’t help but stare at the playground area of the park, “We could go to the park later if you want.” Rose suggested as they enter a mega mart that was beside to where their car was parked.
“Yeah! That would be fun!” Kevin grins at the prospect of going down a slide in his head.
Rose chuckles at his reaction, " Mm-hmm… but first I’ll need to buy some things that you’ll need and would make my job as babysitter easier" she joked.
“I’m nutta baabee!” Kevin huffs.
“I never said you were sweetie.” Rose grins as she picks up Kevin and sits him on the child seat of the shopping cart she had just obtained.
“Then why are chu sitting me in the babee seat?!” Kevin pouts.
“I can’t be holding your hand as I shop and besides, you looked like you could use a rest.” Rose reasons with a smile as she starts to push the shopping cart.
“Also you look thirsty.” Rose take out the baby bottle of water she packed earlier from Kevin’s diaper bag and hands it to him after removing its protective top cap. While Kevin sucks on the teat of the bottle, Rose would push the cart through the different aisle of the mega mart,ranging from fresh produce to everyday household needs. She would pick up an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables from the fresh produce section before moving the deli counter to pick a pack of bacon and sausages, by then Kevin had drained his bottle and was now sucking on the teat of the empty bottle.
“Kevin dear? Can I have back the bottle? You have drunk all the water already.” Rose attempt to reach for the bottle but Kevin recoil away, shaking his head, not wanting to give back the empty bottle he’s sucking on.
“Hmmm…” Rose thought about why Kevin is acting like this, “Oh! I know why!” she pushed the cart to the baby aisle and found her solution.
Picking up a pack of the pacifier off the shelves, Rose pulled open the pack and took out one of the pacifiers, it was a light translucent blue button type of pacifier and had a red firetruck design on its pearl colored button part, “Here you go, Kevin!” she swap the pacifier for the empty bottle. There was a short amount of whining but it quickly faded away once the pacifier was in place, Kevin sucking contentedly on his new pacifier. “Good boy!” Rose praise her charge along with a head pet.
Despite fulfilling Kevin needs to suck on something, Rose felt something was missing, then it caught her eye. She picked up another small package of the shelf, a ribbon clip for a button type pacifier, it was a matching piece that would complement Kevin’s pacifier with its silky light blue color and more of the same red fire truck design decorating along the ribbon.'Hmm… Just in case it falls out of his maw…'She thought of and quickly removed the clip from its package and attach the ring around the button piece of Kevin’s pacifier and the locking clip on Kevin’s Onesie collar. “D`awww~ You look adorable!” she comments with a glowing smile, dropping the open packages into her cart for payment later.
While Rose was in the baby aisle, she picked up other essential items that Kevin would be using, like a large pack of medium size Pampers baby dry and small tin can of baby formula. She was about to move to the check-out when she remembered about their car ride incident earlier in the morning, there was a piece of equipment she has to get since Kevin would be staying with her for the time being and it for his safety. Turning into the next aisle was what she was looking for, there were strollers and car seat of different designs, sizes, and color. All of them stacked neatly onto their sturdy metal shelves, as Rose would browse each model’s feature and design, the more safety and comfort the seat provides the bigger the price tag.
“I thon neef a car feat!” Kevin whines through his pacifier when he saw the car seats and strollers that Rose was browsing through.
“Kevin dear, we both know that you’re not a baby, but to other furs that see you, they do.” Rose start to reassure Kevin with a head pet," And since the other furs see you as a baby cub, that would mean it’s against the law if you ride in the car without a car seat and I’m getting you a car seat because I care for your safety." Rose lightly caresses Kevin’s cheeks with her paw before planting a kiss on his forehead.
Knowing that what Rose said was true, Kevin solemnly accepted it, feeling sad about his predicament. But with Rose caring for him like that makes it all better. His pacifier fell out as he opens his maw to speak. “Owkay… but I don’t want a cartoonish one!” Kevin insists.
“Sure thing Kevin, I can try but I can’t promise you that if it doesn’t have all the safety feature I’m looking for.” Rose smiles at him.
Kevin watches defeatedly as Rose resuming back to her browsing, not being satisfied with Rose’s answer and continue to pout over it. As Kevin is smaller than an average toddler but bigger than an infant size she was looking for a convertible type or an All-In-One type of car seat for him. After inspecting each and every brand of their various product, she took pictures of the different models that had her approved with her phone and lets Kevin choose his car seat.
“Aww… all of them looks so childish!” Kevin groans as he flips through the pictures, as all of them had some sort of cartoonish print on the user’s seat. “I’m nut gonna pick any of hem!” Kevin crosses his arm and looks away.
“Okay… so does that means I get to pick for you?” Rose teases " How about this one?" she points towards the car seat in raspberry mixed with bubblegum pink colored and decorated with cartoonish ponies and unicorns on the shelve.
“Nuuuuu! That for girls!” Kevin was modified at Rose’s suggestion, He quickly scans through the pictures on the phone once more and picked out one that would tell everyone that it definitely for a boy. He flips the phone over to show Rose the model that he wanted, “This!” Kevin insisted. It was an All-In-One type of car seat, the padded seat had light brown as its base color and cyan on most parts, a fully padded gray plastic shell complementing it with a dark gray aluminum frame/handle that goes from the side and over the car seat. This model was a top of the line model, designed for maximum safety and comfort of its rider, its main feature was that it can be converted from car seat to a stroller, vice versa. The seat can easily dock and undock from the stroller or car seat, without having to remove the child from the seat.
“Hmm, I don’t know… I kinda think that this strawberry colored one would be nicer…” Rose jokes again, causing Kevin to whine. “Okay Okay, we’ll go with what you picked.” she smiles and gives him a head pet.
Rose made her way to the checkout area,she found an available counter to have her purchase check out by a female kangaroo clerk. She places everything from her cart on the conveyor belt. “Sorry about the open packages.” she apologizes to the clerk.
“Oh don’t worry about, as long as you’re paying for it there shouldn’t be any problems.” the middle age roo reply as she scans the open packages first. Giving Kevin a glance, “Babies and their needs right?” Giving Rose an understanding smile.
“Nut a baabee…” Kevin yawn sheepishly, feeling drowsy.
“Oh… sorry little guy, you’re now a big boy now hmm?” Kelly smiles condescendingly at Kevin while she continues to scan more items into the cashier.
“Mm… looks like someone is tired and needs a nap.” Rose spoke up for Kevin when he didn’t respond to the clerk.
“Such an adorable little guy you have there.” Kelly comments as she finishes scanning last of the items, “Wish my were that small again.” she smiles at Rose in envy.
“Thank you.” Rose blushes, “Oh yes, I would like to add this to my purchase also.” Rose holds up her phone to Kelly,showing a picture of the car seat model that Kevin picked out to the clerk.
“Sure thing, I’ll have someone to take it to your car after payment,” Kelly replies and start to pick up her counter intercom phone to inform her co-worker about Rose’s purchase on her selected car seat.
Shortly after Rose had made payment to all of her purchases and have all her grocery bags place into her shopping cart, a teenage wolf carrying a large box in his arm came over, “Lead the way, madam.” Aaron said.
Rose lead the way to her car with Aaron following closely behind. Once they reach the car’s trunk,“Would you like some help with the bags and the car seat madam?” Aaron offered.
"Why thank you very much."Rose accepts his offer and together they load up all grocery into the trunk.
Aaron would open up the box, taking out the base to install first. “How would you like me to install the base? Rear facing or forward facing?”
“Hmm…” Rose gave a glance at Kevin before replying. “I’ll like the base to be installed for rear facing,” she told the wolf and when to take the car seat out from the box, setting it onto the ground.
Aaron latch the base into the SUV’s seat and secure it to the seat by tightening the strap on the base, a few adjustments on the seating angle on the base and it ready to be used. Aaron steps out of the way for Rose to dock the car seat onto the base, turning the car seat into a padded cradle for an infant to lie in. “Okay Kevin, time to get you buckled up for the ride home” Rose lifts Kevin out of the shopping cart and set him into the car seat, she then buckles up all the connection straps on the seat before adjusted the straps to a snug fit on Kevin.
Once the box that contains the extra accessories and parts for the car seat has been added to the rest of the other bags of grocery in the back of the trunk, Rose gave Aaron a tip of $4 for his assistance. The wolf even volunteered to take the shopping cart back to the trolley parking for her in thanks for the tip as they bid goodbye.
Kevin was feeling too tired to bother about what is happening or to complain about being treated like an infant, he starts to drift off into slumber once he was set into the soft cushions padding of the cradler-like car seat, not minding the strap and buckles being applied over him. Once Rose got seated into the driver’s seat and started up the engine, “Kevin? are you comfortable back there?” she turns around to check on him. Kevin was already fast asleep snoring softly, the soft snoring was silenced by Rose when she picks up Kevin’s pacifier and pops it into his maw, letting his reflex action take over. ‘I guess that answers it.’ Rose smiles at the sight of her charge snoozing peacefully.
(To be continued…)