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The Talbot Family
Part 90 – Big Badaboom!

by Jkher and Trixie

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Copyright on this story text belongs at all times to the original authors only, whether stated explicitly in the text or not. The original date of posting to the MMSA was: 14 Feb 2018

As always, we would like to recognize fellow MMSA author, John Boy, for the loan of his characters in our joint story universe. His families and ours continue to be great friends.


Big Badaboom! Clarkie tells our older cousins and friends. Jay, Artie and Sammy scratch their heads and shrug at each other. You tell them, Conner! Clarkie turns and tells me.

Big Badaboom! I tell them too. They shake their heads again.

Guys, what happened?

Jay points past us at our other friends and cousins in the next room. They are cleaning up the messy family room with bright red bottoms. Uncle Jason will come back soon and see if they need any more spanks to help them clean the mess, or tell them that they did a good job and to put on their pants. Ricky, Greggie and Jason are older than Clark and me too, but they are ten and younger than Jay, Artie and Sammy as they are fourteen; they talked Andy and Reece into taking them to the mall, but now they are all back.

BIG Badaboom! Clark repeats and waves his hands over his head to show how big.

BIG Badaboom! And I wave my arms too. It was very big!

Clark nods, The biggest! Clark assures them.

Not making sense, Sammy complains.

Okay, I will splain, I sigh.

No! No! Artie interrupts. Ask Clark, Conner’s explanations are too long! I cross my arms and make my frowny face, and so does Clark. Jay and Sam look at Artie, but then at me and they nod. Fine, Artie surrenders. He rolls his eyes and puts his head on the counter with a big sigh.

C’mon Artie, Jay tells him. It can’t be that bad. Artie just moans.

Go ahead Conner, what happened? Sammy ignores Artie.

Okay! Okay! I tell the others. I smile at Clark and stick my tongue out at Artie It all started this morning... Artie moans again, and I think of the best way to splain!


Andy! Andy! The rain has stopped!

I am very excited. It has been raining forever, since the end of the school year, raining real hard! Andy said it was like a monsoon, which is a very rainy thing, and I haven’t seen my friends at all! Well, Reece brought Clarkie and Greggie in his car one day, and Ricky came from across the street, but that was only one day. Mommy said that it’s only been three days since the rain started, so I should not complain, but three days is forever! Besides, I have something new to show my friends, especially Cassie. She will be very surprised and happy.

Hold you horses, squishie! Andy calls back, and I frown. Andy is the best big brother, but sometimes he is just so slow! I sigh and look at my surprise, and realize that it is cold outside!

Suzie! We must get you a warm coat that will also keep you dry. Andy will take us, and you will meet Cassie! She really wants to meet you too! I tell her.

My little cousin looks up at me with her big blue eyes and nods happily. She is only four years old. Suzie’s mom is Mommy’s cousin, so she is my cousin too, I guess. Mommy said that we met when she was just born, but I don’ remember. Suzie and her parents are moving to our city now though, so Mommy is very excited, they will live close. I am happy to have a new cousin to be my friend too. Suzie is very cute, a little bit shy, but I love her already. She has ponytails that move every time she moves her head. She likes Hershey and Frodo and Dash, and they like her back – I can tell!

I heard Mommy ask Auntie Mary if Suzie can come to their house, like I do, while our parents are working. Uncle Jason and Auntie Mary really like kids, they adopted so many and all of us are friends! They even have little ones like Eliot and Cassie, they are only one year older than Suzie, and our friend, TJ, is also just four. He also comes to Uncle Jason and Auntie Mary’s while his parents work. Suzie runs to the mudroom and comes back with her jacket for me to help her. Her ponytails bounce back as she runs.

Remember to bring Polly Dolly, I tell her. She nods and runs again to get her soft dolly. Cassie has lots of stuffies to share, but maybe they will take naps, and Suzie will want Polly Dolly. Andy! We are ready! Andy! Hurry, Daddy is coming to take Dash to the pet doctor before lunch and I hafta go with him!

Dash is my doggie with the floppy ears, and he needs a shot. There is a sick raccoon around, and everyone is taking their doggies and kitties to the doctor to get shots so they don’t get sick too. My friend Clark told me that he went with Greggie, his older cousin, and their other cousins – Jay, Tommy and Trevor, to take all the doggies and kitties from their two houses. My cousins, Ricky, Ian and Artie, from across the street, took their Westies and Wendy Cat yesterday. They took Frodo and Hershey, our kitties too, but Daddy wants the doctor to look at Dash’s leg too. He hurt it the other day when he fell running in the backyard.

I decide to check on Dash. He is lying on his bed on my room. I run there while Suzie gets her dolly and Andy comes to take us. Dash looks at me and whimpers.

Don’t worry Dash, Daddy will come take us to the pet clinic soon. They will know how to make your leg better!

He puts his head down and closes his eyes. I decide to let him sleep. I look over at Frodo the kitty too, but he is also sleeping in his basket. I run back to the mudroom. Suzie is waiting for me with her dolly. Polly Dolly has ponytails just like Suzie! I help her with her jacket and put Polly Dolly in her backpack.

Conner, I’m coming too, Mommy says. She appears with her coat and checks Suzie. She smiles at me, as I did a good job helping her.

Andy! Andy! You are so slow! I complain, but he comes too, and rolls his eyes at me.

I can take them, Lia, Andy tells Mommy.

I know, honey, but I want to talk to Mary and thank her for agreeing to look after Suzie too, Mommy says. Can you get the brownies I made? Andy nods and gets the pan from the counter. I nod at Suzie, Mommy makes the best brownies!

Let’s go! Let’s go! I remind everyone. Suzie nods happily, she is quiet, so I will speak for her.

I like the smell outside after it rains. It rains a lot here in the winter, but it is summer now and school is finished for another year. I take a deep breath, the neighbourhood smells like earth and trees and flowers. I take a big sniff, Suzie looks up at me and sniffs like me, and smiles. She likes the smell too! I like her a lot. Then I have an idea!

Wait, wait! I stop them all with my arms. It’s too far for Suzie to walk! I will ask Ricky for his wagon!

Mom is shaking her head, It’s less that a block, Conner.

But Mom... I sigh, then I take her hand and Mommy takes her other hand, we have to cross the street! Once on the other side, Mom lets Suzie’s hand go and we skip towards the Talbots’ house.

Slow down, squishie! Slow down, Suzie! Andy calls out from behind. Wait for me and Lia!

I sigh, but slow down. Suzie covers her mouth with Polly Dolly, and giggles. She doesn’t want Andy to know that she is giggling at him. I roll my eyes, and she giggles again. Hurry up, slowpokes! I shout behind us. Suzie giggles yet again, and I giggle with her.

Hello there! Come in! Come in, Auntie Mary greets us at the door. She looks up suspiciously at the grey sky, as if it might rain again. You must be Suzie! she bends to hug her and greets her especially. There is someone who will be very happy to meet you! She stands aside and reveals Cassie! Eliot, her twin, and our little friend TJ are behind her.

Hello, my name is Cassie, Cassie says shyly. Suzie ducks behind me and looks up at me. I nod and urge her to come meet Cassie.

Hello, she says just as shyly. Cassie smiles, and then turns and signals to Eliot and TJ. She waves at them urgently. That is when I notice that Eliot and TJ are wearing their church clothes and their hair has been combed!

Cassie made them clean up and dress up! I jump in surprise, but it is only my younger friend, Clark. He is a cousin of the Talbots from next door. He snuck up on me!

Hey Clarkie! I greet him and we bump fists, just like our older friends do!

My name is TJ, our smallest friend tells Suzie. Please have a cookie. He offers a plate with a cookie on it that he was hiding behind his back. Suzie looks up at Mommy, and Mommy nods back.

Thank you, Suzie says and giggles.

My name is Eliot, Cassie’s twin tells her. Please have a kitty. He holds up Berlioz, the grey cat. Tiger, his brother, comes out from behind Eliot, looks up and meows.

I told Cassie that Suzie likes kitties, I whisper to Clark. He nods there are plenty of friendly kitties in our neighbourhood.

Thank you. Suzie is very polite. She pets both kitties and they rub up against her legs.

I like your dolly, Cassie beams. This is Daisy Doggie. She is my friend.

This is Polly Dolly, Suzie introduces her friend.

Do you want to see my room? There is a castle, and there are toys and dollies and stuffies. We can try on dresses and have a tea party. Suzie looks at me and Mommy again, but we both nod. She nods at Cassie. Cassie smiles and reaches out to take her hand, and they skip away. Bring the cookies and juice! she tells Eliot and TJ, and they hurry after the girls and Suzie’s bouncing ponytails.

Is Reece upstairs, Auntie Mary? Andy asks. Reece Talbot and Andy are best friends. They are always hanging out doing boring teenager stuff.

Yes, Andy. Go on up, Auntie Mary tells him. I’ve got a pot of coffee on, Lia. Let’s have a cup, she invites Mommy.

Ricky, Greggie and Jason are in the basement, Clarkie tells me. I nod and we go to the stairs to find them.

Greggie! Ricky! Jason! we shout ahead of us into the dark. The lights of the basement are off.

Shhhh! Jason shushes at us.

We are spies! Ricky explains.

We are sneaking into the enemy headquarters! Greggie briefs us. Clark and me nod... that is why the lights are out. It only makes sense.

Clarkie and me join the spies for their mission. Daddy will come soon to take Dash to the pet doctor, and Clark and me will go with him. Clark is also a friend of Dash, he went the other day with Greggie for the vaccines, but he wants to see what it is like to go to the pet doctor in case Hoppy the Bunny gets sick and has to go too. He wants to know how he can help if that happens. I hope that the pet doctor will help make Dash’s leg feel better, but in the meantime, we have to be spies!

We hide behind doorways and tiptoe towards the enemy base. Sometimes we have to dive and roll to stay hidden! It is good that there are plenty of toy chests to hide behind. Sofas are good for hiding too! We all meet under the pool table and Jason makes lots of hand signs. I am not sure what they all mean, but Rick and Greggie nod, so me and Clark nod too. Soon we are almost at the enemy, they are hiding in a pile of pillows! They are the pillows! Our reinforcements arrive... the big Newfie dogs and Tramp come for pets on the head. We shush them and point at the enemy pillows! They look at us and follow quietly.

Get them! Jason orders at the last minute. We jump and attack. The evil pillows don’t stand a chance!

Yay! we all cheer. The doggies bark and lick us. We have saved the world again!

We save mankind three more times before Daddy comes downstairs with Uncle Jason. It is time to go to the pet doctor. They have good timing as we have just finished defeating the pillows’ latest evil plot!

Dash is in his crate in the car, Daddy tells me.

Will the pet doctor make him all better? I ask.

I think so, son. I can’t feel anything broken, but he’s still limping, so we’ll have it looked at, Daddy assures me.

Let’s go, Clarkie, I call to my friend. Is it okay if Clark comes too, Uncle Jason?

Yes, if you’re okay with the wait, Clark, Uncle Jason warns.

Clark nods his head. I will keep Conner company and help with Dash! he promises.

Okay, off you go then. You have an appointment to keep.

Dash’s crate is strapped in the middle of the back seat in Daddy’s car. Clarkie and me sit on either side. I peek inside and Dash lifts his head and wags his tail. Don’t worry, Dash. You will feel better soon, I promise.

Is it going to rain again, Uncle George? Clarkie asks Daddy. I look out the window, the grey skies have turned black. I did not notice, because I was thinking about Dash.

Well hopefully, we will get back before it pours, if it’s going to, Daddy peeks at the sky too.

Going to the pet doctor is a lot like going to the human doctor. We have to sit in a room and wait while Daddy talks to a nurse at a window. Every once in a while, other ladies come through a door and call names. The big difference is that everyone has a pet with them! An older man is sitting in the row in front of us, and there is a very colorful birdie sitting on his shoulder. It looks at me and Clark, and Dash on my lap, and then walks away on the man’s shoulder, and comes back to look at us again.

Look at this, Clarkie whispers to me.

The birdie comes again and Clark puts his thumbs on the sides of his head and spreads his fingers like he has moose antlers. The birdie stops and stares at Clarkie. He cocks his head, and then walks away on his owner’s shoulder again.

He noticed you! I tell Clark and giggle. He nods and giggles back.

He’s coming again! This time we both make faces.

I think birdie thinks that we’re funny, I decide. Clark nods and nudges my shoulder, birdie is coming back again. We get ready for more making faces!

Boys... Daddy warns, but he is smiling when I look up at him. I nudge Clark to tell him that it’s okay.

Dash? George Campbell? a lady calls from the front. It is our turn anyway. Clark and I wave bye-bye to birdie, and I pick up Dash.


You will be all better soon, I tell Dash. The nice doctor lady said that you have a sprain and swelling. You have to take your medicine and rest.

The pet doctor said that Dash didn’t break any bones or tear any liga-thingies, but he twisted his leg when he fell. We have medicine pills to put in his food and Dash has to sit still to get better. Daddy will put his bed inside his crate in my room, and I will carry him up and down the stairs for a while. She already gave him a pill to help with his pain and to calm him for the x-ray machine, so he is mostly sleeping on the way back home. It helped with his injection too, he didn’t really notice.

I am glad that Dash isn’t hurt too bad, Clarkie tells me and I nod back at him. Clarkie has a pet bunny, Hoppy... and he likes him very much! He would not like it if Hoppy had a sore leg like Dash. Oh! It’s raining again! Clark points at the window.

I’ll stop at home and we can leave Dash in his crate to sleep, Daddy tells us. I’ll take you back to the Talbots as Mom is still there with Suzie.

Okay! Clark and me agree.

It is raining hard when Daddy pulls into the drive at that Talbots. He reaches behind to the pocket in the back of his seat and gets an umbrella. We huddle under it and rush to the door. Auntie Mary must’ve seen us, as she and Mommy open the door and wave at us.

Come on in! Auntie Mary calls to us. It’s going to pour harder. There is a flash! There is a crash! Thunder and lightning, it is a storm now! We hurry inside and take off our shoes.

How is Dash? Mommy asks us.

The leg is twisted, we have medicine and he needs to take it easy for a little while, Daddy answers

Dash was very brave when the vet gave him his medicine, I tell Mommy, she hugs me and checks if I’m wet from the rain.

Good, were you brave too? Clark and I nod, we do not like injections, but we held Dash to make him feel better. Mom’s telephone bips, she looks at the screen and tells Dad, Andy and Reece took Jay, Artie and Sam to the mall. They’ve just messaged that they’ve arrived. I’m going to tell them to be careful driving back.

See, moms worry about you, even if you’re a teenager, Daddy tells us.

You’ve been warned, Mommy agrees with him. Daddy kisses her. I look at Clark and roll my eyes.

Dad remembers that he has to do something for his work and Mom decides to go with him and check on Dash. Auntie Mary and Uncle Jason go to the living room to clear the coffee cups and cake plates, but just then, there is another big flash! Boom! Crash! We can feel that the house shake! The thunder is right on top of us!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Eliot and TJ come screaming around the corner. They see me and Clark and run up to us. Emergency! Emergency! We have to find shelter! they warn. They wave Huggy and Flopsie Bunny at us.

When we need shelter at the Talbot house, there is only one place to go! That is under Kenny’s bed! We take Eliot and TJ’s hands and run. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! we scream with them all the way up the stairs and into Kenny’s room.

Kenny is Eliot’s oldest brother. He is real big, big like an adult! Andy and Reece just started driving, but Kenny has been driving for two whole years now. At one time, Uncle Jason bought him a new bed with room to put storage bins under it. Kenny plays lots of sports and needed places to put his equipment, but when Uncle Jason also got big shelves for the toy chests in the basement, there was room for Kenny’s bins on top, and Kenny decided to leave his things there. Tommy and Trevor, the twins, were always wanting to borrow his things, so leaving it all outside his room was better. That was good for us little guys, because it left room for our emergency shelter.

Only us little ones can fit under and sit up. There is room for our emergency supplies – pillows and blankets, cookies and juice boxes. If any monsters want to get us, they have to get into Kenny’s room, and even better, there is a big Kenny on top to get past too!

Flash! Bang! Crash! The house shakes again! Badaboom!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! we announce ourselves to Kenny.

Hi guys, he sighs.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! we reply and hurry under the bed. Clarkie opens our box and gets out our pillows and blankets. The storm has made it dark, so he gets out the flashlights too!

All good under there? Kenny asks from his desk.

Yes, thank you Kenny, I tell him. The others peek out from around me and nod.

I’m going to put on my earphones, okay?

Okay Kenny, we agree. Part of getting to use our emergency shelter is not being pests!

Flash! Bang! More storming! We retreat to our blankets and pillows. Clark and me tell Eliot and TJ all about our trip to the pet doctor. They like the part about the funny birdie, and Clark shows them how birdie cocked his head at us. I feel like I am forgetting something though... I look around, and everything looks right. Then I remember!

Guys, where are Cassie and Suzie? Cassie usually comes to our shelter too, unless she is with Auntie Mary, then she stays with her. I promised to look after Suzie! I cannot let the lightning get her. Eliot and TJ look at each other.

They are in Cassie’s room. They were looking at all the dresses, Cassie wants to give Suzie all the dresses that are too small for her now, Eliot tells us. TJ nods. They were trying them on, so TJ and me went to watch Paw Patrol. TJ nods again.

Cassie has lots and lots of dresses, TJ observes. We all nod at that.

I think that Momma is very happy that she wants to give all her older ones to Suzie. I nod again. Cassie likes her dresses so much, even her older ones are like new. Suzie will like all the nice dresses and she can wear them when she plays here.

Are they safe? We have to be sure; maybe we hafta rescue them! I promised Mommy, I tell my friends. There is another scary crash and bang, but they nod.

We will help you, Conner, they promise.

We peek out from under the bed to make sure that it is safe. Kenny is sitting at his desk on his laptop with his earphones on. His back is to us, but the coast is clear. I wave to my friends and we crawl out into the hallway. Crash! Bang! Boom! We jump, then duck. Eliot and TJ whimper, then hug each other tight!

We will keep you safe! I promise them. We hafta do the same for Cassie and Suzie too! I take TJ’s hand and Clark takes Eliot’s. Boom! I gulp and lead us to the stairs.

It is a scary trip down the stairs. The storm is on top of the house, and there are lots scary flashes of lightning and badabooms of thunder! C’mon guys, Eliot says bravely. We hafta save the girls. They are princesses! We nod and press on.

Check Cassie’s room! Clark suggests. We can hear Uncle Jason and Auntie Mary talking in the living room, but Cassie’s room is across the kitchen and the family room. We hurry on!

Don’t worry Suzie! We have come to save you! I announce as we burst into Cassie’s room.

Yeah! The others back me up, but we just stop and look.

Baloo and Kody, the two big Newfie dogs look up at us and wag their tails. Tramp comes from between them and licks Eliot’s hand. They were guarding the ladder going up to Cassie’s castle bed. When Eliot shared the room with Cassie, her castle was along one wall, but now that Eliot has moved upstairs, Uncle Jason built another part that comes along another wall. Cassie’s castle has three beds in it, as her girl friends come on play dates and sometimes sleep over. This is why she likes Suzie as she will live in the neighbourhood and come visit anytime she wants.

There are two beds below, one has all her stuffies and dollies unless there is a sleepover, and the kitties like to sleep in there. The other is in the new part. Cassie sleeps above the one bed and there is a ladder that goes up and a slide on the side to come down. The doggies are lying in front of the ladder and the slide. Above the other bed, there is a table with two benches that Cassie and her friends can sit and play games at. Berlioz and Tiger poke their heads through a window and meow at us, and then Cassie and Suzie come and look out over them.

Hey! Eliot complains. You do not need saving!

We are in the castle, it is a safe place, Cassie reports. The doggies and kitties are guarding us. I think about that for a second – two big Newfie dogs and Tramp are probably as good as one Kenny, so I nod.

Hey! You have chocolate! TJ accuses and points.

Auntie Lia brought brownies, Cassie reports. I remember that Mommy told Andy to get a pan. Mommy and Auntie Lia gave us some, because we were being good and brave in the storm.

No fair! Eliot gripes. We were brave too!

Yeah! Under Kenny’s bed! TJ boasts. Clark and me nod.

We want brownies too! Eliot pleads. Cassie sighs and looks at Suzie who nods.

Okay, come in. We will share, Cassie calls down. Only Eliot and TJ will fit up here though, she frets. You have to stay down and... we do not have more brownies.

That’s okay, I tell them. I saw Mommy’s pan in the kitchen. Clark and I will get some from there. Eliot and TJ hug me and Clark, and then hurry past the doggies into the castle.

That wasn’t very exciting, I sigh and tell Clark on the way back to the kitchen. We get a plate and a brownie for each of us. I think for a minute and take another one. For Kenny, I tell Clark’s puzzled look. He nods and smiles.

What’s up with the glum faces? Kenny asks when we get back to his room.

We wanted to save Cassie and Suzie from the storm, but they didn’t need saving, and then Clark and me are too big for Cassie’s castle when Eliot and TJ are inside too, so we have to eat our brownies outside.

Oh! How awful! Kenny says. We nod sadly. Come on, you two can fit on my lap. We can watch funny videos on the computer. Bring your brownies, but no chocolate fingerprints on my stuff okay?

Okay! we agree readily. We wiggle up on Kenny’s lap.

I can relate to being too big for Cassie’s castle, he tells us. We giggle, because he is taller than Cassie’s castle! And honestly guys, Cass is our princess, but she has nine brothers... she’s sort of a self-rescuing princess, even though we help her when we can.

This brownie is for you, I tell Kenny shyly once we are settled.

Hmm, you guys aren’t above bribery, are you? Luckily, it is working! He smiles and laughs.

We giggle and settle on his knees, and he looks for videos of people falling and crashing. Those are funny. I like Kenny, he is like having a fun adult, who does fun things with you. Andy is my big brother and he’s the best, but Kenny is just bigger and wiser and you need that sometimes.


Uncle Jason called Uncle Greg at the restaurant, and he sent Brady and the twins back with lunch for all of us. That is my favorite lunch when we are at the Talbots. Brady and the twins – Tommy and Trevor come with piles of fresh tortillas and all the things that you can want to make tacos with them! There is chicken with onions, two kinds of pork and grilled beef, then all kinds of salsa and veggies! We like to make our own, and we can always have as many as we like!

Suzie is very happy and Cassie shows her how make and eat her own tacos. I can see that Suzie is having fun, and I am glad that Cassie and Suzie are good friends already. Clark and me help Eliot and TJ, it is hard for them to reach some of the bigger bowls, and to scoop up some of the yummy food. Ricky, Greggie and Jason take a break from being spies to eat, and Kenny’s friend – Geoff, comes for lunch. Geoff is lots of fun too, he is not as big as Kenny and if there are enough of us, we can capture him! Brady and the twins eat with us, before going back to the restaurant. I look for Andy, but he is not here.

Uncle Jason do you know where Andy is?

They are still at the mall, champ. They’re having lunch there. Reece said that they’ll be back soon afterwards.

Oh, okay! I agree. I don’t know why the olders like going to the mall, it is very crowded and loud. We make many tacos and eat them all!

Do you guys want to come and watch a movie with us? Ricky asks. Rick is my youngest cousin, and I like him a lot. It is still raining, so we decided on a movie.

You can help pick one, Greggie offers. Jason rolls his eyes, but he ends up nodding.

You can pick the movie. I look over to Clark and he nods. He is rubbing his full tummy, just like me.

Okay, come quick, we’re not waiting forever, Jason calls back to us as they leave for the basement. We’ll get TJ and Eliot...

What are Eliot and TJ doing? I ask Clark.

They are having dessert with Cassie and Suzie as a tea party, Clark reports.

I look over and Kenny and Geoff are getting out Cassie’s tea party table and chairs, while the small ones get stuffy and dolly guests to join them. Berlioz and Tiger are sitting nearby and licking their paws, they know that they will get a saucer of milk at a tea party. Behind us, Brady and the twins are cleaning up the delivery boxes to take them back to work. Uncle Jason and Auntie Mary are helping them. I rub my tummy again and sigh. Maybe it won’t be too bad to join the tea party...

Hey, the rain has stopped! Clark reports happily. He points at the window. We can see that Kenny and Geoff are taking the doggies outside for a walk too.

Let’s go look! We jump off our stools at the counter and run to the patio doors.

Look, blue sky! Clark points.

Wow! I reply. I think for a minute... Maybe Dash would like to take a walk also, then I remember that he should be resting... We can go to my home and keep company with Dash and we can fly a space mission!

Two Christmases ago, Santa brought me a spaceship for a bed and Daddy and Andy built it for me. When I have sleep overs with Ricky or Greggie or Jason or Clark or Eliot and TJ, we fly missions to help the Jedi and defeat the Sith! Sometimes we also have missions when the guys are over to play too. We can do that! I look at Clark and I can see that he’s thinking the same thing!

Let’s ask Ricky, Jason and Greggie, he suggests.

Good idea! We rush to the basement.

Flying your bed is always fun, Greggie tells us after we ask them. But Jay, Artie and Sam are getting a new game at the mall and they promised to play with us.

They will be back soon. Ricky looks at his watch.

It’s the coolest new game, Jason explains. They have been saving for it for a month between the three of them! You can play too.

Aw! Clark and I complain. Video games are not as fun for us. There is lots of button pushing and most of them are too fast for us. Some games are okay, but most are no fun.

Sorry guys, Ricky says.

Why don’t you take Eliot and TJ? Aren’t they good crewmates?

Yes, but they are having a tea party with Cassie and Suzie. We pout our frowny faces.

This sounds like a mission! Jason says to Rick and Greggie.

Operation Free Eliot and TJ! they say together.

Grab your spy stuff! Jason declares.

Clark and me watch while the guys change into black sweat pants. They were all wearing black t-shirts, but I didn’t think anything about that. They sure got more serious after we played this morning. They pull on black ski hats and gloves too!

Stay behind us, leave this to the professionals! Jason warns us. He waves at Rick and Greggie and they tiptoe to the stairs. Clark and me watch them sneak up the steps.

Let’s go see! I say to Clark and he nods. We sneak up behind them.

By the time we get to the kitchen, the guys have sneaked into the family room. They are wiggling on their tummies behind the sofas.

Oh... they are good, Clark whispers and I nod. Eliot, TJ, Cassie and Suzie have not noticed them. We stay behind the corner of the counter where we can see everything.

Jason stops them behind the sofa closest to the tea party, he is making all sorts of mysterious hand signs again. I look at Clark, but he shrugs just like he did in the morning. I shrug too, but Greggie and Ricky seem to know what he means. Suddenly, Jason makes a chopping motion at the tea party table, and the guys move! They dive under the table!

Hey! Cassie complains.

MOWRR! That is Tiger’s angry cat sound!

Aaaaack! Jason responds.

Run! Killer cat! Ricky yells, and then they stand up.

That was not a good idea. Clark turns and looks at me with big eyes. When Ricky and Jason stand up, the small ones’ tea table goes flying, but also the glasses of milks and plates of cookies and ice cream fly too!

Big badaboom! Clark says to me. I nod as it was bigger than the crashing thunder today.

Big badaboom, I agree.

What is going on in here? Uncle Jason comes running from the living room. Auntie Mary is right behind him. They both stop and stare.

BIG badaboom, I say to Clark and he nods back.

The small ones are covered in milk and dessert. Suzie is crying and she runs to Auntie Mary She wants to go home, but Auntie kisses her and wipes her face. Greggie, Ricky and Jason look very surprised, but then Cassie grabs Daisy Doggie and starts bashing them with her!

Bad! Bad! Bad! Cassie scolds. Bash! Bash! Bash! She hits them with Daisy Doggie.

Hey, ouch! Jason complains.

Self-rescuing Princess, I observe to Clark and he nods. Eliot and TJ were also surprised at first, but now they are licking the spilled ice cream on the table along with Berlioz and Tiger.

Is there an explanation for this? Uncle Jason rumbles. I’ll take over, honey. He picks up Cassie and puts her next to Auntie Mary. Cassie huffs and nods.

I have a bad feeling about this, Clark whispers and I nod.


Owie! Owie! Owie! Ricky, Jason and Greggie sing. Owie! Owie! Owie! Clark and I can see their bare red bottoms and kicking legs from the kitchen. Beside us, Eliot and TJ are also staring with big eyes.

Jason, Greggie and Ricky could not think of a good explanation for the big badaboom. Auntie Marie took Cassie and Suzie to her bathroom for a bath. It will be a long one, as Cassie asked for bubbles. After we heard the water running, Auntie Mary came back and took all the wet stuffies and the small ones’ clothes to the laundry. Kenny and Geoff came back with the doggies and they cleaned the rug and the sofa. Meanwhile, Uncle Jason helped Ricky, Greggie and Jason out of their black sweat pants and superhero undies and boosted them over another sofa.

SMACK! SMACK! SMACK! Uncle Jason’s big hand covers our friends’ little bottoms completely with each spank! SMACK! SMACK! SMACK! Their back ends are getting redder and redder.

Owie! Owie! Owie! they sing also with each spank! Owie! Owie! Owie!

It is like a spank piano, I tell my little friends. Eliot and TJ are in their undies, they are waiting for their bath. Auntie Mary wiped them off with a towel, but decided they could wait for the girls to have their bath first. Uncle Jason spanks one end and the other end makes sound! They and Clark watch and nod.

SMACK! SMACK! SMACK! Owie! Owie! Owie! the spank piano howls.

It is not good music, Clark observes.

It is more like a siren, I agree. It is a warning, I decide and we all nod in agreement.

SMACK! SMACK! SMACK! Owie! Owie! Owie! Ricky, Jason and Greggie are kicking very hard now and their bottoms are very red! Suddenly, it is over and Uncle Jason stands them all up in a row, they grab their bottoms, shuffle their feet and sniffle.

No sneak attacks! Uncle Jason orders.

Yes, sir! the guys agree.

No sending food and drink flying all over the place!

Yes, sir!

No scaring the girls, that’s not gentlemanly or kind!

Yes, sir! The guys are very sincere in agreeing.


Yes, sir! They grab cloths and cleaning supplies that Kenny and Geoff left after they steam cleaned the sofa and rugs.

Inspection in fifteen minutes!

Yes, sir! They guys get cleaning right away.

Let’s take the guys up to see if Kenny can bath them in the big bathroom. Uncle Jason might be spank crazy, I caution Clark. He nods in agreement. C’mon guys, I motion to Eliot and TJ

Kenny, I say as we see him and Geoff in the mudroom laundry. We will take Eliot and TJ to the upstairs washroom for their bath. It will be faster if they bath too, instead of waiting for Cassie and Suzie to get done.

Good thinking, Conner, but I better get you set. We don’t want any more messes, do we? He looks at us all. We shake our heads, we have seen that messes lead to red and sore bottoms! Eliot takes my right hand and TJ takes my left hand. We follow Clark, who is following Kenny.

I will get towels and soap, Geoff tells Kenny once we get into the bathroom.

This is the big one with the four showers, four sinks, two toilets and the big soaking tub. He nods at me and starts the water for Eliot and TJ. They wiggle out of their undies and wait by the bath. Clark gets the octopus sponge and I nod at him, it is TJ’s favorite.

Can I trust you boys in getting the guys clean? Kenny asks. We nod. No messes, right? We shake our heads – no messes. Okay, we’re going to see if Dad or Mom needs help. Thanks for helping out.

No problem, Kenny! I smile my best smile.

We let Eliot and TJ soak in the warm water for a while, and then we get them to stand up and reach for the sky like it’s a hold-up! When they do, we get them with the soapy sponges! They laugh and giggle because it is a little tickly, but we get them nice and clean, then we let them soak again. The water is warm, and they get sleepy, so we pull the drain and rub them with big warm towels.

Let’s get you new clothes, I tell them.

We wrap them in more warm towels and we lead them down the hall to Eliot’s room. They jump into Eliot’s race car bed while Clarkie and me look in his dresser. TJ has a drawer with clothes here as he likes to sleep over a lot.

I found undies, Clark tells me and I nod.

Hey, do you guys want to put on pajamas? I ask, but when I turn around, I see that they have fallen asleep all cuddled up on Eliot’s bed.

Aw, that’s cute, Clark decides. We cover them with Eliot’s blankey and tiptoe out.

Greggie, Ricky and Jason are still wiping the tea party furniture and the floors when we get back. They want to do a good job, so that Uncle Jason will tell them that it is okay to put their pants back on, and that all is forgiven. That is fair, once you make the bad thing right, Uncle Jason forgives completely, especially if spankings or sitting on the naughty steps are part of it.

We will not be able to play for a while, Clark says sadly.

I nod, Cassie and Suzie are having a bubbly bath and will want their hair brushed and maybe even braided after. Eliot and TJ need a nap after their warm bath, and Greggie, Jason and Ricky are busy.

Let’s have a cookie, I suggest.

There are still a couple on a plate on the kitchen counter. There are plastic cups for us kids in a low cupboard in the kitchen island, so I get two and carefully pour some milk from the refrigerator. Clark comes and helps me, and then we climb up on stools to wait. The cookies are choco-chip and fresh. The milk is cold, but we sigh about the wait.

Suddenly, there is a beeping from the lock in the mudroom and there is commotion as Andy and Reece have come back with Jay, Artie and Sam from the mall. Clark looks at me and we both clap! We will not have to wait so long as we thought. Andy and Reece take one look into the kitchen and family room, and sigh and shake their heads.

We’re going upstairs, Reece announces. They turn to go. Whatever this is, I’m sure we’ll find out later.

Jay, Artie and Sam look past us at Ricky, Jason and Sammy though...

Big Badaboom! Clarkie tells our older cousins and friends. Jay, Artie and Sammy scratch their heads and shrug at each other.

Big Badaboom! I tell them too. They shake their heads again.

Guys, what happened?

BIG Badaboom! Clark repeats and waves his hands over his head to show how big.

BIG Badaboom! And I wave my arms too. It was very big!

Clark nods, The biggest! Clark assures them.

Not making sense, Sammy complains.

Okay, I will splain, I sigh.

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