Danielle hummed as she sat in her favorite chair in her father and stepmother’s house, working on knitting a pair of booties. The young lady rodent was pregnant with her first baby, and she and her husband were spending much of their days preparing for the birth.
Just then, Danielle heard a cry from the nursery where her youngest half-siblings were sleeping. She groaned as she slowly stood up out of the chair, moving as quickly as her round belly and aching joints would let her. She went into the nursery to find Tina, the sole girl in the litter, standing up in her crib and wailing, while her littermates Ritter and JP were sound asleep in their cribs.
“Aww, what’s wrong, Little Tee?” Danielle asked. She leaned down as far as she could and scooped up the little girl.
“Wan’ Mummy,” Tina whimpered.
“Mummy and Daddy are out tonight, remember?” Danielle asked. “I’m taking care of you and the other littles tonight.”