~ Chapter 136: Toddlers toddling. Father hiding. (Part 3) ~
When looked at them from the front, it appeared as though the carriage was moving on its not being pushed from the back by a toddler.
The two siblings moved back onto the streets and headed straight for our house, while me and Tamara were following closely from behind, taking great care that they wouldn't spot us. I decided to have chat with the clerk the following day to see if there was still a need to pay the difference. Having Anette make those frames for him should have been enough, but I didn't plan on going back on my promise to pay for the difference. Well, that was for tomorrow, right now, I was still in the process of stalk... following my children back to our house.
“Illsy?” my wife poked me in the ribs with her finger.
“Ouch. What?” I asked.
“What are you doing?” she looked at me raising an eyebrow.
“I'm hiding.” I replied.
“On top of a rooftop? Behind two tree branches you are holding in front of your face?” she questioned my brilliant approach at stealth tactics.
“Of course! It's to ease any suspicion in case we are spotted.” I replied confident in my actions.
“Nya~ You do realize that two branches sticking out like that from a rooftop in the middle of the town is far more suspicious than two random people running on top of them?”
“...” I didn't comment back.
“Nya... Silly Illsy being silly is so Illsy.” she giggled.
“As long as it works, I don't care! I'm undetectable!” I declared proudly.
“Good day, Illsyore! Are you out on a jog across the rooftops?” random passer bye asked a random question at a random time that so happened to be perfect in order to make me look like an idiot.
“Yes... A jog across rooftops... that's exactly what I'm doing.” I said while looking at the two branches in my hands.
“Oh, is that so? Well, keep up the good job!” random person said with a smile as he walked away.
A few seconds later, Tamara purred and hugged me from behind.
“See? Jog across the rooftop or taking a sunbath on rooftop are good cover stories for spying!” she gave me a lick on my neck, which made me shudder.
“I'll keep that in mind... Let's go pick up the children...” I said as I absorbed the tree branches.
Anette and Bachus were not far from our home now, and the citizens appeared to be looking out for them too. While I was following them throughout the day, I could see that on more than one occasion they expressed concern on whether or not they should approach them and give them a helping hand. The few town folk who spotted me or Tamara even cast a heartwarming smile our way.
Despite all of this, everyone let the two siblings adventure on their own while knowing full well that their dotting and over-worried father was looking out for them.
Tamara and I returned to our home before Anette and Bachus did. I pretended not to have noticed that the two of them had gone out and went to read a book in the living room. Before dinner was ready, the two of them approached me. Bachus was carrying a wrapped up package in his hands and Anette was floating around him in her energy sphere form invisible to all but a few.
“Daddy? Are you fwee?” Bachus asked.
“Hm? Of course I am. What's with the package?” I asked as I got up from the couch and put the book down.
“A present for daddy!” Anette giggled.
“A present for me? When did you two...” I furrowed my brow pretending not to know of their little adventure.
Bachus looked up at his sister and then replied “It's a secwet. Sschuu!” he placed a finger over his lips and blew over it.
How adorably cute! I screamed in my mind.
With a bright smile, I ruffled his hair.
“Don't go out on your own, next time. Take someone who can keep the secwet.” I winked at the two.
“So, daddy knew?” Anette asked.
“That you went out? Of course! I even skipped on the meeting with the Paramanium Emperor... Ah! Oops... I knew I forgot something. Meh, Savannah is a big girl, she can keep him busy.” I shrugged.
“Then... our pwesent... not a secwet?” Bachus asked with a sad look on his face.
“A present is still a present, Bachus, but whether I knew that you went out or not doesn't matter. I didn't stop you and I didn't walk up to you to help out when you acquired it, right?” I showed him a smile while shooing away the memory with the sign.
“That's true... You were just somewhere in the background, making sure we wouldn't get hurt, right?” Anette asked.
“Yup. After all, you two are my important children.” I showed them a tender smile.
“Daddy cheated.” Bachus pouted.
“Hehe, at least I'm honest with you two. So, that present, will you still give it to me?” I asked him.
Bachus looked up at his sister, who nodded in return.
“Here. Pwesent for daddy... Hope you like it. Sister worked hard for it.” the little toddler gave it to me with a smile.
“Thank you!” I said as I took it and then carefully unpacked it.
While I did this, I saw that they were looking at me with big eyes, wondering whether or not I was going to like it. After all, a Dungeon like me could literally make anything I needed or desired. Well, almost anything, I couldn't make art as beautiful as the true geniuses out there, and some things were worth more just because they didn't hold the perfectionism us Dungeons employed.
Besides, having a gift like this being offered to me, even if it was something mass-produced was something special. More so when the ones doing the gifting were my precious children.
That was why, when I unpacked the painting of me walking together with my wives, I was completely touched by it. Tears welled up in my eyes, and a few of them soaked my cheeks. A gentle smile floated on my lips, and looked a the well-drawn expressions of the women I loved the most in this whole world.
“It's beautiful...” I said after a long moment has passed.
“D-Do you like it, Daddy?” Anette asked, showing that she was unsure if she picked the right thing.
“Of course.” I nodded and then placed the painting next to me. “Come here, Bachus.” I said and then hugged my little boy.
“We didn't know when father's birthday was, so... we chose a present just in case we missed it.” Anette said.
“My birthday? Hm, I guess I don't really celebrate it. I wonder when I should consider my birthday to be... My birth can be considered to be... unique.” I showed her a wry smile.
None of my children knew that I was Tuberculus' own Frankenstein's monster.
“It doesn't matter! Your birthday from now one will be... erm... Ah! Yes! When we want to!” Anette declared proudly.
“Alright.” I showed her a smile. “Hey, do you two want to help me find a place where I can hang this painting?” I asked them.
“Un!” Bachus nodded.
“Yes!” Anette agreed as well.
A couple of minutes later, we hanged it on the wall facing the couch in the living room, then we walked to the kitchen where we ate Tamara's freshly cooked meal. Later that night, I read a story to them and checked up on Natrasku and Kormian. The two of them were sleeping peacefully with Zoreya cuddling them.
I let them sleep peacefully, while I went to work for a little bit on my own projects. If I wasn't a Dungeon, then taking care of my family, of the Academy, and the entirety of the Illsyorea Island would have been something impossible for me.
I was happy to be blessed with such a beautiful family...
[Somewhere in the darkness of space]
As if hearing Illsyore's thoughts, a voice filled with a stoic malice whispered “Then, shall I take that away from you? But not now... definitely not now... so take your time, enjoy it, have fun. It will make your suffering all the more enjoyable and painful for me.”
[In the world of the Gods above the world where Illsyore lived]
[Narrator's point of view]
Melkuth was leaning on his chair looking at the a small drop of divine energy encased in a sphere of crystal. He let out a sigh and then turned around. At the entrance to this 'office' the Holy God of Big Boobs appeared with a smile on his face.
“Good day, my friend.” the old man said.
“Hmph. Are you here about this?” Melkuth asked pointing at the sphere next to him.
“Hm? So much has gathered already, didn't it?” he remarked as he rubbed his long beard.
Melkuth leaned back on his chair and looked at the sphere of crystal.
“Do you want to destroy it? If it's like this, we can erase it with ease.” the god suggested with a smile.
“No?” he raised an eyebrow at him.
“This divine energy doesn't hold a single drop of malice in it. The humans are praying at Illsyore of their own accord, although, I wonder if they realize that their prayers fall on deaf ears?” he let out a sigh.
“As long as there are big boobs, the Universe is never deaf, my friend.” the old senile fool replied with the smile of a wise man, although the wisdom in his words was questionable.
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