Better…? *she blinks, confused* Better how…? Why was it bad…?
Well… it… it didn’t have very nice people, princess… and there was a lot of money in one part of town while the other barely had any…. It just… it was very bad. And… there… *he bites his lip, slightly reluctant to tell her this part* and… it was really easy for people who were really young to get their hands on drugs and alcohol if you… knew where to go….
*Penny perks up* Eat? I wanna eat too!! *she grins. Artsy picks her up and snuggles her* well, we can as soon as we unpack, mkay~? *Penny nods, and as Artsy sets her down, she hurries for her luggage to unpack* !!!!
*Greed smirks as he starts to empty his own* Guess I made her like to eat, huh?
*Tony smiles weakly and picks up a card and smiles, holding it up, it’s green* Papa!! Is Papa!!! *Artsy giggles* !!!!
*He chuckles* Yeah, I guess I do where a lot of green, huh? *He points to the nearest green space to Tony, one ahead of his piece* You put your piece right here now, alright?
*Maria smiles warmly* I love you too…! *the nurses begin the ultrasound, and Maria looks expectantly at the screen* !!!
*Leo smiles, gripping her hand the whole time* …!
*Morgan smiles* Well I only say what I mean, Father…! *she looks around, amazed* I see a town…!! I see a town coming…!
*Max blinks, then nods* Mhm! This… this is the town I grew up in. It’s not the same as it used to be when I grew up; it was a lot… worse. But it’s gettin’ better. And this… this was the town I met your mother in.
*Artsy smiles, and he picks up Penny* Alright, Love…! Lets get you out of your coat so we can unpack….! *Penny smiles and jumps up and down* But I wanna go shopping!!!
We can go shopping later, alright, princess? We can unpack first, then find a place to eat at, and go shopping, okay?
*Artsy smiles* seems simple enough! And it could help the kids learn the names of the colors…!! *he sits by Maria to help her sit up straight* !!!
*He pulls out another game piece for himself, and sets it there. He smiles* Watch. *He pulls out a card, and shows the kids* See, this one is orange. And there’s an orange space right here. *He taps a space two away from the start* So now, I go here. *He picks up his green character and sets it there* See? Now, you try, Tony. But with your own piece, okay? *He taps the red figure*
*Maria nods* I-I think so…! *the baby kicks roughly and she winces softly* !!!
*Leo kisses her cheek again* Don’t worry, it’ll be fine. *He sits beside Maria as the nurses get her ready, and he gently holds his wife’s hand, kissing it softly* I love you, Maria.
*Morgan thinks for a while, and stays quiet for a moment. After a long while, she speaks* I think you’re a good father, and I’ve only just met you….!
—!! *He blushes, and tenses in his grip on the steering wheel for a moment, then he relaxes slightly* Ah… r-really?
*Artsy smiles and sets down the luggage* Well, he definitely does a good job at design…! I gotta admit, I really like this room!! It looks absolutely luxurious…!!
He does the basics, but he’s got a big team to do it. He’s just in charge of the entire company and everyone works for him. And he gets the big bucks. Y’know, if it wasn’t for me, he’d be the richest in our family. *He winks* Me, him, Quinn, and Once.
*Artsy grins and sits Maria down on a pillow in the play area* This looks like a fun game!! How do you play it….? *Tony sniffles and smiles weakly, finding a pillow to sit on, aswell* …!!
Well see, all you gotta do is just pick up one of these cards… *He points to the deck* …and you look at the color, and go to the nearest space to your little person that matches the color. And see, if you get one that’s got the people on the board, you go all the way to these spaces by them! And if you land over here, by the bridge, you get to skip across. But if you land on licorice, you lose a turn. Okay?
*Maria nods, and nervously, she squeezes Leo’s hand as they enter the ultrasound room* ….!! *the nurses instruct her to lie down on the mat, and she does, a bit wobbly from her large tummy* ….!!!
*Leo kisses her cheek, and helps her lie down. He keeps her steady, looking at her, a pang of worry* You alright, Maria?