Chapter 8: Secret Meeting/Sid's Baby
The group decided to rest on the outskirts of a small town, as night was falling and they didn’t have any money to pay for sleeping a hotel. Manny set the baby down on a rock. “Bedtime, Squirt.” He took off his sweatshirt and covered the baby with it. He looked over at Diego, his coat, belt and weapons off and him sleeping away. At first, When Manny saw all the knives and swords, he didn’t know what to think, but he decided to trust Diego, for now. He heard footsteps and saw Sid approaching.
“Oh, the triumphal return.” said Manny. “Oh, yeah?” asked Sid. “Sheesh… I’m so full. How about a kiss from your big buddy Sid-”
Manny shushed him. “He’s asleep.” “I was talking to you.” replied Sid. Manny looked at him with a questionable look. “Fine, I’ll tuck myself in.” said Sid. He lied down on a stone, and got comfortable. “Alright, good night.” He fell asleep, or so Manny thought. Sid made strange noises while trying to get comfortable. “WILL YOU STOP IT!?” Manny shouted quietly. Sid bolted up.
“Okay, okay. Trying to relax.” replied Sid. He lied down in a fetal position, sucking his thumb like the baby. “Oy.” groaned Manny. He looked around at Sid, and then Diego. Diego was sleeping, so Manny figured he could get some sleep. He closed his eyes, and fell asleep.
Diego opened his eyes. His orange eyes glowed like two lanterns in the night. He fitted on his belt and walked over to where the baby laid, by Manny’s side. He was about to grab the baby but he heard a rustling noise, causing Manny to pull the kid closer to him.
He turned around and saw shadows dance in the moonlight. He unsheathed one of his knives and jumped towards the shadow, colliding with something hard. Diego was about to bring down the knife when he looked at what he tackled. “What the-”
“Go ahead, gut me.” said Zeke, being pinned by Diego. He was wearing camo and was covered in black face paint to help him blend in with the night. “It’ll be the last thing you’ll ever do!” Diego got off of him, leaving him lying on the ground. “I’m working here; you waste of skin and bone.” He growled.
“Frustrated, Diego?” a familiar voice came from behind. Diego looked behind and saw Oscar, wearing a ghillie suit, come out from behind. Oscar pulled off the hood of the ghillie suit. “Is tracking down helpless infants too much for you?” he taunted.
Zeke flipped up. “What are you two doing here?” asked Diego. “Soto’s getting tired of waiting.” replied Oscar. “Yeah, Yeah.” nodded Zeke. “He said come back with the baby, or don’t come back at ALL!!” Zeke laughed manically.
Diego grimaced at the crazy member of his group. “Well, I have a message for Soto.” He announced. “Tell him, I’m bringing the baby. And tell him, I’m bringing… a giant.”
Zeke’s eyes went wide, and Oscar’s mouth opened in surprise. “A Giant?!” Zeke asked in surprised. “Giants never travel alone.” stated Oscar. Diego directed Zeke and Oscar to follow him, and they saw Manny. “Well this one does, and I’m leading him to the town of Half-Peak.”
Zeke licked his chops hungrily. “Look at how big he is… Let’s get him!” he shouted quietly. Diego got in his way, sending him retreating. “Not yet! We need the whole group if we are gonna take him down. Tell everyone to get ready…” Zeke and Oscar stood there. “NOW!” he shouted quietly. Zeke went running and Oscar threw his hood on and started running. Diego however, went back to sleep, his head resting on a rock.
The next morning, Manny woke up. He opened his eyes slowly… and picked up his empty sweater. He opened his eyes wide. Where’s the baby, he thought. He looked at Diego with anger. After throwing his sweater on, he walked over to Diego and pulled him up by the shirt. “Where’s the baby?” Manny roared.
“You lost it?” asked Diego, making Manny let go of his shirt. “I don’t know where it is.”
“If you don’t have it, then who does?” Manny asked. Suddenly, a thought shocked through both of their minds. Only one person took the baby, the only person who was not here with them… “SID!!!” they both shouted.
Sid took the baby early in the morning to a town pool to flirt with pretty girls by the hot tub. He met two older pretty girls, Rachel, who had long blonde hair, and Jennifer, who had short frizzy black hair. Sid sat in the hot tub with the two girls, and held the baby by the arms.
“Where did you find him?” asked Rachel. “Oh, the poor kid, all alone in the wild.” replied Sid. “Wild animals were closing in on him, so I just reached in and snatched him.” “You’re so brave.” commented Rachel. Sid smiled; this was working like a charm.
“Yeah, well. He needed me and I wished I was old enough to have one of my own, too.” “Really?” said Jennifer. “I don’t know what to think of that.”
“Oh, Relax.” said Sid, letting go of the baby. The baby started sinking in the steamy hot water. “Who wouldn’t want a family, I always used to say?” he looked down. The baby was underwater, he quickly pulled him up. “Where have you been living?” asked Rachel. “I live off the fat of the land.” replied Sid.
The baby, who was soaked, splashed Sid with water, right in the face. He chuckled nervously. “Cute kid, huh?” he asked. He then saw a familiar person entering the pool. Manny looked around, looking for Sid. A couple of kids passed him by, surprised at how big he was. He saw Sid and started walking over.
Sid sank underneath until he was neck deep. “Boy, this water feels good, huh?” he asked. A shadow covered him and he looked up at what the ladies looking at. Manny stood above him with a cross look on his face.
“Oh, hi, Manny.” greeted Sid nervously. Manny took the kid out of Sid’s grasp. “What’s the matter with you?” he growled. He put the soaking wet baby in his arms and walked off.
“Excuse me, babes.” He said, trying to keep suave and graceful. “You just keep chatting about me and I’ll be right back.” He climbed out of the hot tub and threw his sweatshirt on. He ran off after Manny. “He’s not much to look at, and he’s very young.” said Jennifer. “But he acts like he’s older than us.” “Tell me about it.” replied Rachel. “And I thought only the sensitive ones get killed.”