Chapter 2 ~ Happy Family
"How will I know which one's my mama?"
Mumble glanced down at his daughter as the new dads gathered around, waiting for their mates.
"Oh, you'll know." he said with a chuckle. "She's got a wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk. And when she sings it darn near breaks your heart."
"She sounds amazing." she said. Mumble laughed.
"She is." he responded. He looked back out at the icy plain, waiting for Gloria.
"Will she like me?" Erika asked. Mumble was a bit stunned.
"Yes." he said. "She'll love you. You're her daughter."
Erika nodded. "Okay." she said. She focused her multicolored gaze on the and white blob in the distance.
"WIVES HO!" Noah yelled. Mumble felt Erika's little jump of excitement on his feet. Mumble chuckled and started to waddle towards the mass of females.
"Mama?" Erika cried. Mumble looked down at her and smiled. She was adorable. "Mama!"
"Gloria?" Mumble called out. "Where are you?"
"Mumble!" said a familiar voice. Mumble turned to see Gloria standing there, smiling. They waddled towards each other.
"Gloria!" Mumble said happily.
"Mumble!" Gloria said in the same tone as they rubbed their heads together. "I missed you."
"I missed you too." Mumble said. He felt Erika jump off his feet.
"Mama!" she cried, hugging her mother's foot. Gloria laughed.
"Oh, look at you, you're gorgeous!" she cooed. Erika giggled.
"I'm Erika." she said sweetly.
"A beautiful name for my beautiful daughter." Gloria stated. "Hey, are you hungry?"
Erika nodded. Gloria smiled.
"Well, lucky for you, I have some food. Open up."
Erika opened her beak as Gloria 'returned' the fish to her daughter. Erika licked her beak.
"Yummy." she giggled. Gloria giggled with her. She looked up to see a smiling Mumble. She hugged him with one flipper and stroked Erika's head with her other flipper. "My babies." she whispered. Mumble chuckled.
"My girls." he whispered back, making his mate and daughter giggle. Today was the day his happy family came to life.