Mizu: I finally got this one finished. I had so many brain blocks with this one. It was really just meant to be a story to have all of Allen's kids come out with him on a pretty simple mission. At the same time, I wanted to have some fun moments with Junior and his curiosity. Disclaimer: I don't own -Man. If I did, then Allen wouldn't have been blamed for Link's "death". I have a question about that though. Didn't Leverrier ask that one dude to save Link cause he needed him to save Allen and the 14th? *shrugs* I dunno…
A Fragmented Heart
Story 5- Bring your kid to work day~!
"Make sure to brush your teeth every morning, sweetheart," Lenalee said as she straightened Junior's cloak for the nth time that morning.
"I will, mommy," Junior smiled.
"Don't worry, Lenalee," Jeniya giggled, placing her hands on the little boy's shoulders, "Ryan and I will be with him."
"Yeah," Ryan smirked, "We'll make sure that he stays in line."
"Says the boy that walked into a brothel and nearly got stolen by some crazed women," Jeniya snickered.
"H-Hey!" Ryan snapped, flushing, "It was an innocent mistake!"
"Yeah, but you would have been a lost cause if Papa hadn't shown up when he did to save you," Jeniya smirked.
"Wait…What happened to Ryan?" Junior blinked.
Lenalee laughed, turning her son to face her again, "Don't worry about it. Now, remember to always listen to your father."
"I will," Junior nodded.
"Eat your vegetables and don't let your father start any poker games," Lenalee smiled.
"Hey," Allen whined from behind Lenalee, "I take offense to that. I don't start the games."
"Yeah but you sure do finish them!" Ryan laughed.
"Not helping," Allen growled as Lenalee stood up and fixed his cloak.
"Promise me that you won't let anything happen to Junior," Lenalee whimpered.
"That goes without saying, Lena," Allen smiled gently.
"Just bring him back to me," Lenalee said.
Allen sighed before smiling at his wife again, "I promise."
"Let's go, Papa!" Jeniya beamed, holding Junior's hand.
"Right," Allen nodded, "I'll see you when I get back, Lena."
"Wait!" Lenalee cried before pulling Allen into a tight hug, "Promise me one more thing."
"What?" Allen asked, hugging the Chinese woman back.
"Promise me that you won't push yourself," Lenalee whimpered, "Promise me that you'll come back to me."
"Of course," Allen chuckled, placing a quick peck on his wife's lips, "I promised you that before we had Junior."
Lenalee just smiled weakly as her beloved husband pulled away. The smile stayed in place as the brilliant white gateway descended down behind them. The Chinese woman's eyes remained locked onto the British's smile.
"When I get back, I wanna see the start of a cute baby bump though!" Allen laughed.
Lenalee flushed, "Wh-What!"
"What are you talking about, Allen?" Johnny laughed, "What about when Lenalee was pregnant with Junior?"
"I was out cold for most of it, remember?" Allen chuckled, "I missed most of Lenalee's cute baby bump."
"It wasn't cute!" Lenalee fumed.
"That's not what everybody else said~!" Allen smirked, stepping into the ark, "Love you~!"
"Why do I get the feeling that I've already been here?" Allen groaned as he and his children quickly entered the old hut.
"Welcome!" the old woman beamed, "Oh, hello there! Didn't you and that redhead get what you were searching for before?"
"I knew it," Allen sighed, "This is where Kanda, Lavi, and I came in search for the innocence "Life's Leaves." And there's still snow on the ground…"
"What brings you here this time?" the old woman asked as she began a pot of tea.
"We're searching for a piece of innocence one of our Generals supposedly dropped a couple of weeks ago," Ryan explained.
"He said that he was walking in this area when he suddenly saw a perfect place to sketch," Allen added, sitting down at the table, "So he rummaged around in his bag to pull out his stuff and thinks that the piece must have fallen out then."
"I see," the old woman nodded, "And I see that you have brought some new faces."
"Ah yes," Allen smiled, "These two are Ryan and Jeniya-"
"Walker," Jeniya quickly finished, "Mr. Walker sort of adopted us when we first joined the order."
"Really? My, that's wonderful," the old woman laughed happily.
"Jeniya," Ryan sighed, shaking his head, "You know that Papa doesn't like it when we take his last name cause it causing confusion."
"So?" Jeniya beamed.
"Anyway, this little rascal," Allen said, pulling his son onto his lap and away from the bowl of bread, "is my son, Allen Xing Walker, though we all call him Junior."
"Hi~!" Junior beamed, waving happily at the old woman, "This is Amorette!"
"Arf~!" the dog barked at hearing her name.
"He's such a cutie~! And the same goes for little Amorette~!" the old woman cooed, "So I suppose that you want two rooms for the night, right?"
"It would be very much appreciated," Allen said.
"That's fine. You rooms can be the two farthest down the hall up stairs," the woman said, "Ever since you and your friends came here the weather has been rather constant and pleasant. The way I see it, you guys are good luck charms that bring me more business."
"Thank you," Allen smiled, standing back up with Junior on his shoulders, "Well, we'll be back in later tonight."
"Take your time, dearies!" the woman beamed as the family left.
"So where should we start?" Jeniya asked as she strapped on her skis.
"Well, Tiedoll said that he was sketching a mountain and that the view was clear and spectacular," Ryan said, doing the same as his sister.
"There you go," Allen smiled as he finished strapping on Junior's, "I wouldn't rely on General Tiedoll's description. The man tends to forget about important things. Plus, he could have been high up and the innocence could have fallen to a lower part of the slope. Let's just go find areas where we can see a mountain without too much in the way."
"Right," the two teens nodded.
Allen sighed as he strapped on his skis, "This would be so much easier if Kanda or Marie had been able to get the stupid picture from the general so we wouldn't have to be guessing where he was."
"Oh well," Jeniya giggled before heading down the mountain slope, "We'll just have to investigate every nook and cranny until we find it!"
"She's right," Ryan said before following his sister.
"Papa?" Junior sounded.
"Yes?" Allen asked, looking down at his youngest son.
"I'm scared to follow them…What if I fall?" Junior whimpered, clutching at his ski poles tightly.
"Don't worry, Junior," Allen said softly, "The snow is soft and it doesn't hurt that much if you do fall. And just keep in mind that it's not like you're all alone skiing too."
Amorette whined before licking her master's cheek.
"Haha," Junior laughed, "You're gonna follow me, right Amorette?"
"Arf~!" Amorette happily sounded.
"See? Amorette knows that you can do this," Allen smiled.
"Right!" Junior cheered as he slowly began down the mountain, Amorette close behind him.
Allen just smiled before taking a deep breath to calm himself, "Hopefully I can do better this time…"
Two hours later…
"Ahhh!" Allen screamed as he yet again lost his balance and rolled down the mountain slope.
"Papa!" his children all cried as their father came to a stop just before the end of a cliff.
"I really do hate you snow," Allen growled, face still embedded in the freezing substance.
"You really aren't good at this, are you Papa?" Jeniya laughed nervously.
Amorette whined slightly.
"It's really surprising to see something that you aren't good at," Ryan laughed loudly, "I mean, I always knew there had to be something that I could beat you with, I just never knew that it would be something so simple!"
"Shut up!" Allen snapped, suddenly pushing himself out of the snow.
"Well, it does seem kind of strange that a man who was trained as a clown who can balance himself with ease on any kind of ball, run along the skinniest high wire, and do great acrobatic feats can't keep his balance on skis," Jeniya giggled.
"Are you alright, Papa?" Junior asked as he and Amorette knelt next to him.
"I'm fine," Allen sighed before ruffling his son's hair, "Besides, since we've finally made it to the bottom, don't you think that we should start looking for the innocence?"
"Yeah but how?" Ryan asked, "Surely it's snowed recently so there's no way that we could just spot it."
"That's true, Papa…" Jeniya nodded.
Allen looked at his adopted children and smirked, "That's why I convinced Komui and Lenalee to let me bring Junior and Amorette with us."
"Huh?" his children sounded in unison.
"Watch," Allen said, rolling his eyes as he pulled out an old rag that was covered in paint stains, "Come here Amorette. I've got a job for you."
"Whatcha gonna do Papa?" Junior asked.
"Helping Amorette learn a new trick," Allen smiled as the snow white dog walked up to him, "Smell this girl. Once you think that you've got a scent, try and see if you can smell anything like it nearby."
"How's she gonna be able to do that?" Ryan asked.
"A dog's nose is a million times stronger than our own," Allen explained as Amorette sniffed at the rag, "I stole this rag from General Tiedoll's bag so that we'd have something that sort of smelled like what the innocence was carried in."
"Oh, I see!" Jeniya exclaimed, "You're gonna use Amorette's nose cause should be able to track the smell even through the snow~!"
"You got it," Allen smirked as Amorette yipped happily, "Now, Junior."
"Yes Papa?" Junior asked.
"This is going to help you train her," Allen smiled as he hooked a leash onto the dog's collar, "From now on, I want you to hold onto her leash so that she can guide us without us having to worry about losing her."
"Right!" Junior beamed, gleefully taking hold of the leash, "Let's go, Amorette~!"
As the youngest member of the group happily followed behind his faithful hound, Allen's other kids came to stand beside him with huge smiles on their faces.
"You just wanted to bring him because you were tired of being away from him for so long," Jeniya stated, "You could have easily used Timcampy to find the innocence."
"Sure, but then what would he learn?" Allen asked, a warm smile on his face, "You two forget that I grew up most of my life never knowing my parents. There was so much I could have learned from them if even just one thing had been different and I hadn't been taken from them."
"Yeah, but you still turned out to be the most amazing guy in the Order," Ryan laughed slightly, a proud smile on his face, "And the best dad in the world."
"Papa?" Junior sounded later that night once they settled into their hotel room.
"Hm?" Allen sounded from in front of the mirror, "What is it, Junior?"
"Um…Where do babies come from?" Junior asked.
Ryan and Jeniya, who were currently eating, simultaneously performed perfect spit takes. Allen's mouth fell agape. All three turned to look at the fidgeting boy on the bed. Nobody said anything. The only sound in the room came from Amorette who was happily chewing on the bone that she had received as her reward for all of her hard work that day. Suddenly, Ryan and Jeniya erupted into laughter. Allen's face flushed slightly as he stared in shock at his son. His mouth opened and closed several times as he tried to find a suitable answer.
"Go on, Papa~!" Jeniya laughed, "Junior's waiting~!"
Allen glared at his adopted children, "Quiet!"
"Papa?" Junior blinked.
"Right…" Allen inwardly groaned as he sat next to his son, "Why do you suddenly want to know where babies come from?"
"Because you told Mommy that you wanted to see a baby bump when we get back," Junior said.
Another wave of uncontrolled giggles and laughter was heard from table once again. Allen shot yet another glare at the other two in the room before rubbing the bridge of his nose.
"Let me call your mother," Allen sighed.
"Why do you need to call mommy?" Junior asked.
"Cause I don't want to be kicked into the next century for telling you something she doesn't want me to," Allen groaned, grabbing Timcampy in mid-flight as he walked out the door.
"…Wait, why does he have to call mommy?" Junior asked again, looking to the laughing duo.
"D-Don't worry about it, J-Junior," Jeniya struggled to say.
"What did mommy say last night?" Junior asked as they yet again set out to search.
"Sh-She said that she was hoping that you were doing well," Allen stuttered, face bright red.
'She also said that if I dared to say one thing about where babies came from, she'd make sure that we'd never again have to worry about having any more kids,' Allen thought, paling at the thought.
"But what did she say about babies?" Junior persisted while Amorette pulled him ahead of the group.
"Don't worry about it, Junior," Allen groaned, "I'll talk to you about it later tonight."
"Okay~!" Junior beamed.
"You okay, Papa?" Jeniya asked, "You look a little pale."
"Yeah…I'm just thinking how Lenalee's going to castrate me when she finds out that I told Junior about babies…," Allen whimpered, trembling at just the thought of it.
"I see," Ryan laughed, "So what do you want at your funeral?"
"Funeral?" Allen and Jeniya asked.
"You know, to bury his manhood and all masculinity he has!" Ryan joked.
Suddenly, Ryan found himself faced down in the snow with a large lump on his head. He had even somehow teleported in front of Junior and Amorette~! Allen just stomped passed angrily while Junior just stared at his older brother. Jeniya sighed and quickly followed their father.
It was roughly twenty minutes later when Amorette suddenly started barking at a single spot in the snow. Smirking, Allen and Ryan quickly started to dig through the cold substance. Sadly, the only thing that they found was a pouch filled with Tiedoll's paints. Amorette whined as she sat down on the snow. Allen just smiled and gently patted her on the head.
"It's okay, Amorette," Allen stated, "You'll get it next time."
This pattern continued several more times that day. Amorette would easily find spots and the others would try their best to dig up something. In the end, though, all they had found were just the art supplies of General Froi Tiedoll. By the end of the day, Allen could see why he detested his master so much. Not so much as to how he hated his master but still, it was somewhat close to it. He was actually relieved when Amorette got too tired to keep going. He didn't think he could take anymore disappointment that day.
"Alright, let's head back to the cabin," Allen said, now carrying the exhausted Junior.
"Aww, he's tuckered out, huh?" Jeniya cooed as Ryan took the leash.
"Yeah," Allen sighed happily.
"And you're so relieved that he is so that you don't have to do any explaining tonight~!" Ryan teased, quickly running ahead of the group.
"I swear that I'm gonna knock that smart ass attitude out of you one of these days!" Allen shouted.
Jeniya just sighed and shook her head, 'Ryan really just wants to get his ass kicked by Papa today, doesn't he?'
The pattern of finding nothing continued for another two weeks. By now the group was so fed up with searching that whenever they found something else that belonged to General Tiedoll, they would chuck away from them. This never truly worked out cause Amorette would instantly go chasing after it, dragging poor Junior along with her. This time was no different.
"I told you to stop throwing those stupid things!" Allen snapped at Ryan, helping Junior out of the snow as Amorette happily stood by with a paintbrush in her mouth, tail waggily rapidly.
"I know but I can't take it anymore!" Ryan roared, "We've been out here for two weeks! All we've found to show for all this time wasted are these stupid art supplies and the snow coating our boots! I don't think I'll ever get feeling back in my toes after this!"
"Calm down," Jeniya sighed, pinching the bridge of her nose, "We've searched this entire mountain. If we don't find it soon, then it's definitely not here."
"But that means that the Earl found it!" Ryan snapped.
"Doubt it," Allen shook his head, brushing the snow off his son's coat, "We haven't seen a single akuma since we've been here. There's no way that they would have found it without us knowing."
"Papa?" Junior whined, "I wanna go home…"
"I do too, Junior," Allen sighed, picking his son up, "I do too."
Ryan sighed, "I guess we should keep searching…But I swear that if I find one more paint brush, I'm snapping it in two and then shoving it down Tiedoll's throat."
"Are you taking lessons from Kanda?" Allen laughed slightly as Jeniya led Amorette ahead of the group.
"No but I can understand why he can't stand his master now," Ryan growled, stomping after his sister.
"Me too," Allen sighed.
The group slowly trudged through the snow till they came to a cliff. Amorette kept walking around in circles, trying to pick up any sort of scent she could. Junior was busy making a snowman while they waited while the rest of the group was busy looking around the cliff for anything that looked abnormal.
"This is the only place we haven't searched on this mountain," Ryan sighed, "If it's not here, then where would it be?"
"Maybe General Tiedoll was seated closer to the edge than he said and the piece fell off the edge," Jeniya thought aloud.
"I sure hope not," Ryan groaned.
While the two siblings bickered about that possibility, Allen carefully knelt down by the edge. He looked down and his silver eyes widened for a moment. For a second, he could have sworn that he saw a slight gleam of green. Leaning down a little farther, Allen didn't notice Junior's head of the snowman get away from him. The ball of snow hit the white-haired man square in the back, sending him down over the edge. He heard his children scream out for him as he fell. Quickly, he tried to activate his innocence but just before he could send out the Clown Belt to stop his fall, his back collided with a ledge of the cliff that extended farther than the one above. With a pained gasped, the silver-eyed exorcist passed out before rolling off the edge and further away from his children.
"Papa!" the three screamed as Amorette howled.
He didn't know how long he had been out or how long it had been since he had fallen off the cliff. All Allen knew was that he was too cold and hungry to move more than an inch. He grimaced as he tried to push him up off the ground only to fall right back down. Groaning, he opened his eyes, trying to take in his surroundings. He was surrounded by dark snow covered rock on both sides. The snow looked pristine and untouched by even the animals that must have lived on the mountain. It was snowing pretty steadily, already starting to bury the weakened man. It was starting to get dark as well.
'I hope those three aren't getting themselves lost trying to find me,' Allen thought as his body shivered violently, 'I'm so hungry…Maybe we should have gone back to the cabin for lunch instead of skipping it this time.'
He laid there for a while longer. The exorcist could feel his eyes start to get heavy as his body refused to stop its tremors. His stomach had begun its thunderous roar, demanding to be fed. His mind must have been starting to go on him too because he could have sworn that it sounded just like a dog's bark. Just as he was certain that he was going to pass out, he felt a warm, wet tongue lap at his eyes.
"A-Amorette?" Allen asked, no energy to even lift his head out of the snow.
"Papa!" Jeniya's voice cried as the snow white dog quickly started to unbury the man.
"J-Jeniya?" Allen asked, raising his head very slightly.
"Oh thank god!" Jeniya cried as she and Ryan, who was carrying Junior on his back, rushed up to him.
"Y-You f-found me," Allen smiled weakly, body still shivering violently.
"I'm so glad that you're okay!" Jeniya exclaimed as the three helped Amorette unbury their father.
"Papa, I'm so sorry!" Junior cried.
"W-Why?" Allen questioned, trying to laugh a little.
"It was my snowball that knocked you off!" Junior wailed.
"I-It's okay, J-Junior," Allen shivered as Ryan struggled to pick him up.
"I think that there's a path up ahead that should lead us back up to the cabin," Ryan said as Jeniya picked up Amorette's leash and Junior, "We need to get him back and warmed up as quickly as possible.
"I see," Ryan said as Jeniya changed the hot water bottle from under their father's pillow, "I'll tell them. Thanks Lavi."
"What did he say?" Jeniya asked while Junior pulled yet another blanket over their shivering papa.
"Well, Lavi said that when they first came here, Allen had a hard time keeping up due to the stress that the cold put on him and his weapon," Ryan explained, "He said that it actually was one of the many reasons that he kept passing out during their stay here. Apparently it was because of all the energy that his innocence requires wasn't there for his body to keep him warm enough. That's why Papa must have not been able to free himself once he regained consciousness."
"I see," Jeniya said, sitting next to Allen's bed.
"Komui said that we should try to get him as warm as we can then return to the Order when he can at least walk far enough to get to the gate," Ryan said, taking the other seat.
"I'm sorry, Papa," Junior whimpered as he crawled onto the bed.
"It's okay, Junior," Jeniya smiled gently, "You know it's not your fault."
Junior shook his head, "It was my snowman's head that knocked Papa off…I shouldn't have even been making the snowman. We're on a mission. I shouldn't have been fooling around."
Ryan and Jeniya shared slight smiles before hopping onto the bed.
"Look, Junior," Ryan said, pulling the boy closer, "You're a six year old boy. We expect you to play, goof off, run around, and do funny little things that make us smile."
"We don't expect you to act so grown up and make us feel guilty cause you're growing up so fast," Jeniya laughed, ruffling the boy's hair, "Papa isn't mad. He'll just be happy that you were able to make such a stressful time fun for you."
"Besides, he isn't hurt or anything," Ryan added, "He's just really cold. He'll be back up in no time."
"Th-That's right, Junior," Allen stuttered, scaring his kids for a second, "I'm alright. Just extremely cold."
"Papa!" the three exclaimed, flinging their arms around him.
"Oof! Hey! Just because I said I'm fine doesn't mean that you can all jump on me like that!" Allen laughed, just as Amorette jumped on as well, "Th-That goes for you too Amorette…"
"Allen!" Lenalee cried as her husband came through the ark, still wrapped up in several blankets.
"I'm fine, Lena," Allen smiled, "Just cold."
"You're back!" Komui beamed as the rest of the family reentered the Order.
"Thank goodness!" Tiedoll exclaimed as the group walked up to him and Komui, "I was so worried when Ryan called and said that something had happened to Allen."
"Here you go General Tiedoll," Allen said, handing a large bag full of the art supplies they found, "We didn't find the innocence but we found all of this that we presumed was yours.
"Oh thank you!" Tiedoll beamed.
"A-About the innocence though," Komui stuttered, hiding behind Kanda who had just happened to be walking by.
"Yes?" Allen blinked, all four turning to face the scientist.
"G-General Tiedoll found it yesterday in his coat pocket," Komui whimpered.
The four were silent for a moment as this information for processed. Before Tiedoll could even blinked, Allen's dark half erupted, heating him from within while zapping the warmth of everyone else in the room.
"You what!" Allen roared.
General Tiedoll nervously took a step back only to find Amorette behind him growling. On either side was an angry Jeniya and Ryan with innocences activated. Lenalee quickly grabbed Junior, keeping him at her side as he trembled in fear for the general. Lavi, who had been walking by, quickly froze and sprinted back down the hall to warn everyone to hide. Black Allen had awoken and was royally pissed.
Mizu: *hiding from black Allen* S-Seeing as I'm still not on his good list since the whole "killing" him thing, I'm just gonna hide here and hope that Allen doesn't find me.
Tiedoll: Mind if I join you?
Mizu: No! Go away! You're the reason that he went black!
Mizu: Anyway, before Allen comes to maim me, let me just say that I love all reviews and suggestions. Hopefully I'll be able to really start adding to this story. I've got literally like ten ideas for it. So ciao for now~!