Looking at You Smile
Queen Karla of Glacia glacial_queen
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The Estate, Sidra, Glacia, Thursday Evening (Fandom Time)
Karla stood, hands on her stomach, admiring the wall of the nursery. Dujae had finished the mural several days ago, but had decreed that Karla was not to see it until the paint had fully dried and fumes had dissipated. This morning was the first time she'd been allowed to visit and she was blown away by how lovely it was. She knew the sky would make Warren happy and the snake...

"Look," she whispered. "There's your uncle Jono. See? He's always watching over you."

With the mural done, everything was in readiness. The mural was done, the nursery was done, everything was done--except for the baby. She was now four days overdue and there was no sign that the baby was doing anything but getting ready to enjoy sleeping in on day number five. Karla was more than a little aggravated by this development (she was supposed to be drinking coffee by now!), but it was hard to remember her grumpiness at her daughter while standing in the middle of the nursery devoted to her existence.

"Listen, munchkin, you have another day before I getting really ticked," she said. "I'm cutting you a bit of slack because I'm in a really good mood today. But tomorrow, I mean it, okay?"

But yeah. Everything was ready and waiting for the guest on honor to make her first appearance. Everything was--


"Warren?" Karla called. "We're supposed to be able to open the closet door, right?"


2015-01-09 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

"... Last I checked, that's what closet doors were meant to do, yeah." Warren glanced over toward Karla, looking up from where he was poking through some of the gifts from the baby shower. Yeah, he was still attempting to decipher what a few of them were for. "Are you pulling, or pushing?"

Was it a pull door, or a push door?


2015-01-09 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)

"I'm not doing anything yet," Karla said, looking across the room to where the closet was. "But I'm pretty sure it opens out. And I'm equally sure the three inches of dresser over the front is going to make that difficult to accomplish."



2015-01-09 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Warren blinked over toward the closet. And then at the dresser that was sitting in front of it. And then he frowned a little.

"Well, I'm glad somebody noticed that now," he noted. "That... could make things awkward after she's born."

Huh. Okay, there had to be a good solution for this.


2015-01-09 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

"Didn't we plan for this?" Karla asked, making her way over to the rocking chair that Dinah had given them. What? She wasn't going to be moving furniture around any. "I thought we figured out on paper where everything was going to go."


2015-01-09 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)

"Someone must have gotten a measurement wrong somewhere," Warren sighed, walking over to the closet and attempting to give the dresser a shove out of the way.

It bumped solidly against the change table.

"This isn't a disaster, though. I mean... we can fix this, you know? It's just furniture. We aren't going to be bested by furniture."


2015-01-09 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

"Exactly," Karla said, giving Warren a firm nod. "We can move stuff around, no problem."

And by 'we', Karla meant 'Warren.' Because he had all the proportional strength and Karla had a baby and no Craft.

"What if the crib changed places with the dresser?"

Both of which were made of solid hardwood and were incredibly heavy and unwieldy to move, yes.


2015-01-09 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

"We... could try that," Warren mused. "But then we'd stand the risk of knocking the crib with the closet door every time we open it. Which I think is why we didn't put it over here to begin with."

He pursed his lips as he looked around the room.

"We're keeping the toy box," he intoned. "And the rocking chair, of course..."


2015-01-09 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

"Oh, right. Dammit, I knew there'd been a reason." Karla kept frowning, trying to figure out which new configuration they could put everything in that would somehow make it work. "But it also can't be over against the mural. We didn't want her to be able to lick the paint or whatever."


2015-01-09 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

"It should be lead-free paint," Warren pointed out, looking toward the mural. "But the snake is too low, the crib or the dresser would cover it, and that's the part you seem to like the most, isn't it?"

She had called it Jono, so...

Warren could take it or leave it, here.

"... Too bad the change table is there."

Though inspiration was on its way, now. This was maybe not a disaster.


2015-01-09 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

"It's non-toxic, but that doesn't mean I want the baby to eat it," Karla said. Dujae had assured her that he'd used paints made from natural plants and flowers, all of which had been provided by Uncle Saetan. But even if it couldn't hurt there was no reason that they should be careless. "I like all of it," Karla said. "But it's like asking what part of the Rembrandt you'd like to cover up with furniture."



2015-01-09 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

"Well, Rembrandt should have left some room for furniture in here," Warren sighed, shaking his head as he wandered over to the change table. "It isn't as though he didn't know we were going to want to furnish this room. He didn't need to go all the way to the floor, did he?"

It was a beautiful mural, but a little on the impractical side.

There was another moment's pause, and then Warren took the little changing table mattress thing up and sidestepped, setting it down on top of the dresser.

"... Huh."

It fit very neatly.


2015-01-09 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

"Well, if someone had measured the furniture right, it all would have fit, even with the mural," Karla retorted, folding her arms above her stomach and resolutely staring staring at the mural.


"...'Huh' what?" she asked, craning her head around to see what he'd done. Oh. "Huh."


2015-01-09 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

"How's that look? We can lose the table entirely, put the little railing things on the dresser... It would actually free up a lot of space in here, you know? I mean, unless you had your heart set on putting something on top of the dresser."

Probably more stuffed animals. There were a lot of stuffed animals.


2015-01-09 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)


"I guess we could put the stuffed animals on top of the bookshelf?" Karla suggested, chewing on her lip. "Or maybe hang up some more shelving to hold them? Or make a little stuffed animal pyramid in the corner, near the rocking chair?"

Weird. She had no idea where that last idea came from.

"You are aware that these will hardly be the only stuffed animals she gets, right? Her birth--whenever, y'know, that happens--will likely leave us with a few dozen more."


2015-01-09 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

"And we can even arrange them artfully along the baseboard under Dujae's mural, if it comes to that," Warren noted, "because Darkness knows nothing else is going to be going there. There'll be plenty of places for stuffed animals."

He pointed at the same corner that the toybox had been tucked into.

"We can put a little net up in the corner, so that we have somewhere to chuck all of the toys. I'd rather have them up and out of the way than somewhere that we'll be tripping over when we come in for a three in the morning diaper change or something."

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