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Vetanoob

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  1. Yeah here in Singapore there are a lot of infant care and child care centres. Its a norm for both parents to be working so there isn't any time to take care of the babies full-time at home. Some parents manage to get a maid/helper or even get the grandparents to come and help take care of them. But not all grandparents are willing or able to. ? Thus, it has created a market for these centres to provide care to infants and toddlers during the day while the parents work. Depends on the centre. The one that my wife and I have enrolled the twins in operate from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. But its possible to enrol them for only half a day each day instead. Nope they don't. Yes it costs us money but the government provides subsidies to offset the costs. Well its more of both of us really. I took both paid and unpaid leave to help with taking care of the twins. We had some difficulties at first and took us awhile to get into a predictable schedule that we could work with the babies. But now its more or less settled and we are just taking it day by day as it goes along. Okay, I already managed to catch up with what's going on. I'll still need more time before I can jump back in. But when I am able to, I'll definitely let you guys know first thing! Beats me. Mysteries of life I guess. ?
  2. Hey guys! A million apologies for not updating about my status on this story. ? taking care of my twins has been harrowing and tiresome. I barely find enough time to get online and check things out here on Valucre. However, hope remains! My twins will be going to an infant care centre from 16th Jan onwards so hopefully I can find the time to post on Aaric's progress in this story. I hope I'm not impeding the story's progress too much because of my absence.
  3. Hey guys. Unfortunately I won't be be able to post this week. You guys can skip me if you want. My hired nanny just left after helping my wife and I for 2 months and now we are handling them alone. To say it's tough is probably the most underrated word of the year. As soon as I can post I'll update you guys asap. Again, a million apologies for taking so long.
  4. Hey guys! Sorry for not posting yet! Taking care of twins is tough tough tough and I barely get any time inbetween their crying, feeding and nappy-changing to write. ? I'll have a post up within the next 24-48 hours!
  5. No problem! Just take your time as long as the story continues. ? I'm excited to see what happens next. ?
  6. Whoops! Actually I meant 'everyone' as in just the party could hear what Aaric was saying. Not the salamanders as well.??? I'll be more careful with my writing next time! ??
  7. The battle was hard-fought. One by one the salamanders fell. Their numerical superiority and having three specialists on board helped to whittle down their scaly opponents' strength. Finally, the last salamander fell and the kobolds cheered in victory. Torie, however, was not in a mood for celebration. Aaric quickly fell behind the tigress as she made her way into the cave. The rest of the party followed suit, even as some of the kobolds had suffered some light to moderate injuries themselves. The group trudged forward in the darkness, trusting Torie's senses to guide them. Eventually they came to a stop and Torie turned towards the wayfarer. "Sure thing." Aaric nodded. But before he could leave, loud hisses and the sound of slithering bodies on soil echoed from behind them. Multitudes of salamanders appeared before them, ready to eliminate the intruders of their home. Aaric cursed. Thinking quickly, the wayfarer fished through his utility pouch and took out a shiny metal capsule no bigger than a small tomato and pressed it into Priscilla's hand. "Take this!" Aaric explained loud enough for everyone to hear. "Throw it on the ground when the time is right and it'll explode with a bright flash and a loud bang. Get everyone to close their eyes and ears! The Salamander's won't know what hit 'em. I'll be back before you know it!" With that, the former assassin sped off, melding into the shadows and racing towards the end of the wall.
  8. Posted! Sorry for taking so long to post. ? It's tough taking care of twins. It's all I can do to find time to write and post.
  9. Aaric returned the smile and gave one to Priscilla as well. As the tigress bolted forward, so did the wayfarer right behind her. The entire party following close behind them. The former assassin hid inside her shadow with his shadow walking and waited for his moment to strike. When Torie slipped past the gap between two salamanders, Aaric jumped out of Torie's shadow and dashed along the perfectly lined-up lizards. He dodged side to side as the fiery reptiles attempted to stab him only to meet the dirt. In return, Aaric gave each passing salamander a quick slash at their exposed underbelly, elliciting sharp hisses of pain. The distraction was enough for the charging Kobolds to crash into the salamanders' broken line. Clangs of metal against metal rang throughout the mines. Whilst the Kobolds grabbed the attention of their repitilian counterparts, Aaric would speed from shadow to shadow and strike from their blind spot. A lucky opening allowed him to shoot another wrist-bolt through the jugular and send the mithril-clad warrior writhing on the ground as it bled out. Aaric exited the battle site briefly to have a quick breahter. The burning sensation that was in his arm had now already spread to his upper torso. It was becoming harder to breath. He was definitely sure the salamanders' teeth had some sort of poison. There was no time to concoct an antidote now. He had to fight through the pain and hope he was still conscious before the battle's end. Focusing his thoughts once again, he charged into the fray.
  10. Aaric chuckled at the crossbow girl's remark even through his pained expression. Slowly, he pried open the dead salamander's jaws from his arms and removed it as he winced in pain. Even after removing his bloodied arm, he still felt a burning sensation within which was slowly spreading towards his shoulder. Was it poison perhaps? "Probably a lot more where they came from." Aaric grunted as he made his way towards Priscilla's side. "If we're lucky, we may have killed all of them. "I'm fine." The wayfarer smiled through the pain as he took out another bottle and threw it to a nearby kobold, who caught it and rushed over to Shank. "My arm's fine... I think. I can go without the medicine. Good idea on the bandages thing. I'll keep that in mind." Aaric gave Torie and Priscilla knowing looks, then drew his dual blades once again. "I'm ready."
  11. Congrats again on your baby girls!! Take good care of them and your wife!! ?? 

    1. Dolor Aeternum

      Dolor Aeternum

      Congrats! Cherish those moments with the fam. Happy for all of you.

    2. Vetanoob

      Vetanoob

      Thanks everyone! Really appreciate it! 

  12. Sorry for not posting for quite a while. My wife just gave birth to our beautiful baby twin girls and I'm stuck caring for them. Thus I'm not sure when I will be able to find time to post or update the story. If I do, I'll let you guys know in the soonest possible timeframe. Otherwise, feel free to continue the story without me. Or if you guys want to halt the story here and come back to it at a later time that's fine with me too. Right now i just want to get everyone's perspective on this predicament. ?
  13. Hey @Eternity! You're welcome anytime! ? Sorry for not posting for quite a while. My wife just gave birth to our beautiful baby twin girls and I'm stuck caring for them. Thus I'm not sure when I will be able to find time to post or update the story. If I do, I'll let you guys know in the soonest possible timeframe. Otherwise, feel free to continue the story without me. Or if you guys want to halt the story here and come back to it at a later time that's fine with me too. Right now i just want to get everyone's perspective on this predicament. ?
  14. Thanks guys! ? My wife's doing fine. She's going to discharge from the hospital tomorrow and our nanny's gonna arrive tomorrow afternoon as well. So it's gonna be a tad busy. I'll try my best to keep to this thread as I'll be gradually wrapping up my other threads and focusing on just this one while everything settles down at home. So apologies in advance if i take abit longer to post! ?
  15. Before the salamander could strike the killing blow a crossbow bolt whistled through the air and struck it in the jugular. The scaly fiend clutched its throat and screamed... or it tried to as blood filled its mouth. Within moments, it crashed onto the ground and writhed and twisted upon itself. Aaric knew for sure it was now out of action and he leapt onto his feet and took a quick look around. The Salamanders were being driven back as crossbow bolts whizzed over his head and struck at some of the large reptiles. Their smaller lizard cousins fought valiantly against a stronger foe. The wayfarer was just in time to see Shank push his smaller kin out of the way and take a blow himself, but not before wounding his opponent as well. As the remaining kobolds wrested the salamander away from its weapon and their leader. A well-aimed crossbow bolt struck its forehead to accompany the one on it's ribs and caused it to crash onto the ground dead. The remaining lizard-men gathered around their fallen leader as if forgetting about the fight that was going around them. Aaric turned to see Priscilla getting down from her perch and charging herself into the fray. Aaric cursed. With the kobolds distracted by their injured leader, they were more or less combat ineffective. That meant Torie, Priscilla and himself had to take out the remaining two salamanders. Turning his attention towards the remaining enemies, Aaric's gaze hardened as Torie fought ferociously only to be wrapped up by her opponents tail and her mandibles neutralized by it's scaly hands. Damn it, Torie! Aaric panicked as the tail started constricting itself around the Tigress. He would have charged headfirst if not for the now one-eyed salamander that was between him and Torie. Time was of the essence and he would have to improvise if he wanted to rescue Torie before her ribs were crushed. Coming up with a quick plan, Aaric charged forward leaving Priscilla and the Kobolds behind him. The salamander in front of him brought it's spear up, ready to skewer him. Before he could come within striking range, Aaric once again delved into his utility belt and fished out a few black pellets which he threw onto the salamander's feet. Bang! Poof! And a thick cloud of smoke flooded the salamander's vision. Aaric smirked as he sped past it while it swung its spear this way and that; which turned into a grimace as the salamander got in a lucky shot and slashed Aaric in his back. Grunting in pain but not breaking his step, the wayfarer charged toward Torie's would-be executioner. Said salamander noticed Aaric's presence and tried to move away, but the former assassin leapt into the air and swung his blade at its head. But the constricting reptile was too fast; dodging the blade and opening its jaws wide to clamp down on the wayfarer's extended arm. "GAAAAHHH!" The pain was sharp and his arm felt like he was on fire. Was salamander teeth poisoned? He didn't know, but he wasn't going to wait to find out. Summoning his focus, Aaric swung his other arm around and quickly delivered a wristbow shot straight through the gap of the salamander's partially open mouth and upwards into it's brain, killing it instantly. The salamander's upper body slammed to the ground, taking Aaric with his arm lodged between his teeth with it. The impact dug the dead salamander's teeth deeper into the wayfarer's arm as intense pain scorched through his entire arm and shoulder. Through the blinding pain, he managed to turn his head to see its coiled form relaxing and letting go of the tigress. There was still one more one-eyed salamander left standing.
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