A Day At the Davis Residence
*ta ta ta ta* (footsteps)
...*bata bata bata bata* (running footsteps) *katcha* *SLAM!*
"Oliver, you up? It's morning~," a small boy around six years old said.
"Hey, hey! Wake up!" a young girl's voice said shaking the sleeping teen.
"It's morning! Morning! Morning! It's morning already~!"
Naru sleepily opened his eyes and blinked. Glancing at the clock on the bedside stand, he saw that it was 10 AM. As far as he remembered, he and Gene finally made it home around 7 AM that morning. His brain was barely functioning.
"Hey! Wake--" the girl started to say.
"Aah! Don't be so mean to Anne!"
"Shut up! Get out!" Naru glared at the little boy and girl. Both of them shrank at his glare and went straight to the door.
"Why do you always yell like that? You're so mean, Oliver!" the little boy yelled and left the room.
Naru, his brain finally showing some semblance of working, realised that today was Saturday.
'It sure is noisy at home,' he thought ruefully. But that was hardly any great surprise. Currently, there were 17 children living in the Davis household. As he listened, he could hear the sounds of those kids making a ruckus throughout the house. Running a hand through his hair, Naru finally got up to start his day...
When Naru finally came down to the kitchen, he found Luella making breakfast.
"Ah, good morning, Oliver. Sorry, the other kids never seem to listen and always go and wake you up," she said with an apologetic look on her face.
"......That's all right. I'm used to it now," Naru said politely.
"...Good... morning..." a sleepy voice said. Smothering a yawn, Gene came into the kitchen. A young girl around the same age as Anne was pulling him by the hand. However, even though they were about the same age, it was definitely not Anne. Behind Gene, the figure of a young boy could also be made out--again a different boy from the one who woke Naru.
"Hey, seeing how everyone's up, why don't we all go to the amusement park?" a ten-year-old boy asked as he came into the kitchen.
Naru didn't even glance at the boy as he sat at the table. His head was still feeling a little fuzzy--he hadn't had any tea or coffee yet that morning. "If you want to go, then go by yourself. I'm not going," he said coldly.
Gene couldn't help smiling a little wryly at his twin's words. He knew that Naru always spoke like that so he was used to it, but he doubted the other kids would simply give up either.
Gene looked at the others, "Sorry, not today okay? Neither of us are in the mood for it."
The other kids all raised there voices in protest at Gene's words and started to make a fuss.
"C'mon, let's go!"
"The park! The park! Let's go to the park!"
"Let's go! Hey, c'mon!!"
"C'mon, Gene! Oliver! Let's--"
"Shut up! I already said I'm not going, so I'm not going!" Naru glared the other kids into silence. 'What do you want to do? Do you want to go to the lab or are you going to stay home?' he asked Gene using the telepathic link the two of them shared.
'I'd rather stay home, I think. But you should stay home today too, Naru.'
Naru shot a cold look at Gene. 'I'd rather go to the lab.'
'But you're still tired, right? You should stay home for today.'
'If you want to stay here, feel free--'
'You're staying too!'
Naru winced slightly at that mental shout.
But before he could say anything to the contrary, Gene said, "You'll stay at home today, right, Naru?"
Naru sighed in resignation. "Fine," he said.
"C'mon, Oliver, let's play."
"Hey, let's play."
"Oliver, whatcha reading?"
"Hey, can you teach me this part?"
"Oliver, do you know where Gene is?"
"Read me a story."
Naru was currently sitting on the sofa in the living room trying to read a book. Several of his siblings were currently surrounding him trying to get him to play with them that he couldn't concentrate on his book. And the longer it continued, the more angry Naru was getting...
"Shut up! Get out! Leave me alone already!"
"Waaaahhh!" a few of the kids burst into tears and all the other kids ran out of the room. The sounds of their footsteps rapidly retreated and their yells for their mother could be heard echoing throughout the house.
"Mom! Oliver said something mean!"
"Oliver's being mean again!"
"Oliver won't play with me!"
"Kyaaaa!!!" several people suddenly screamed somewhere in the house.
Naru looked up from his book at the sound of that scream. He was alone in the room, but Gene was standing looking slightly amused over by the door.
"Gh-ghost!!!" several voices screamed.
'You never get tired of that foolishness, do you?' Naru asked Gene mildly exasperated.
'Yeah, well... it's nothing major, right?' Gene asked laughing.
Naru put a book marker in his book and set it aside. He closed his eyes. This household really was noisy. As he listened, he could hear people running about still. The sounds of kids crying, screaming, and yelling still echoed throughout.
He felt Gene sit on the couch next to him.
'Someday, we'll leave here, so we should enjoy this now, right?'
Naru looked mildly annoyed. 'Is that the issue here?'
"Yup! That's right!" Gene said laughing as he got up. "Hmm... I wonder what I'll do next..." Gene said with a mischievous look on his face as he left the room.
A few moments later, Luella entered the room looking a little put-out.
"Oliver, I'm sorry. I really need to go out for a bit, so could you watch the others while I'm gone?"
Naru frowned slightly. "Why don't you ask Gene? I don't think he'd mind taking care of them. Not to mention, I expect the other kids would prefer it that way."
"Yeah, but... I think you're the more responsible one. After all, Gene sometimes gets spirits to play some weird tricks on the other kids, right? That's why I feel better asking you."
Naru looked a little surprised at Luella's words. His eyes narrowed as a thought passed through his mind. 'Hey, you don't mean...'
'? Hmm? You mean you only just realised it? You really are an idiot scientist y'know? Not even realising that you could use this sort of trick...' Gene's laughter echoed in Naru's head.
Naru sighed as he slowly got to his feet.
'Gene, I'll get you for this.'