Realizing his mistake in asking Jack and Rose about their baby, Dib blushed and looked away also. "Oh..." he could only blink at their answer before dropping his eyes down to the ground. He had forgotten again the sensitivity of the matter. Wrapping his arms around Zim, he then hugged the other's waist tightly as an awkward silence then followed.
"So, umm, how about those stores?"
Nodding his head slowly, Dib lifted his eyes up to look at Rose before pushing himself up carefully to a sitting position as he attempted to get back to his feet.
Standing up himself, Zim rubbed Dib's back. "So which one first?" he asked.
Rose turned to address Zim. "We'll take you to the one Jack and I got all our stuff first. Then we can check out the others to see if there's anything there that you guys want that you couldn't get at the other store." she said, getting up with Jack's help to lead them towards the store they had shopped at a few years prior.
"Alright then." Zim smiled and took Dib's hand, walking him towards the store Jack and Rose led them to.
His antennae drooping, Dib, meanwhile, remained somewhat hidden behind Zim as they walked. This just all felt too strange for him as they finally reached the store they were looking for and headed on inside. Antennae perking just a bit after they had entered, he then let his eyes wander about the fairly large baby store with all sorts of products parents needed to take care of their newborns.
Wrapping an arm around him, Zim pulled Dib up next to him. "What would you like to look at first?" he asked.
"Umm...Uh...Well, I...Ummm" Dib seemed fairly flustered as he looked about the place, not sure where to begin. "W-Well, I-I was thinking we'd just walk around and take a look at everything...B-But I guess we could start with...Umm...strollers?" he just threw out the first thing that came to his mind.
Reaching out to take his hand, Rose smiled. "You don't have to be so nervous, Dib. Now, come on. I believe the strollers are this way." she began leading them in the direction of said strollers.
Nuzzling Dib and smiling wide, Zim walked with him.
Dib allowed Rose to lead him over to an area that had multiple models of strollers, most designed for single babies while a few were specifically designed to hold two or more.
"Maybe we could get one for three."
"Well, it certainly would be easier to get around that way. Though I would suggest perhaps getting one that can be taken apart into separate strollers for each of them in the event you need to take one of them somewhere alone. That way you're not pushing extra weight around every time you go out somewhere." Rose said, strolling down the aisle to look them all over.
Zim nodded. "Of course." he said.
"But would there be room to carry things in them if we got one like that? It seems like a stroller made to carry multiples would be kind of crowded to me."
Not knowing the answer himself, Zim turned to Rose.
"Well...There may be a little less room than there would be for a stroller designed for carrying only one baby, but I'd have to check and see first to compare the two. I wouldn't worry too much about the amount of room you have to carry things, however. There are other things we'll be getting specifically designed to carry anything you think you'll need. And besides, I really think it has to do more with how the stroller is set up. You'll probably have even more room if the strollers are set up one right next to the other rather than each of them being connected from front to back."
"It sounds complicated...Why don't we just look at clothes or something. Zim's head hurts."
Slightly worried now, Dib glanced back at Zim for a moment before nodding his head in agreement.
"A-Alright then. We can come back to strollers later. Shopping for the smeets' clothes should be easier for you anyways. They have a great selection here for baby clothes." Rose smiled, leading them away from the stroller area to a larger section of the store specifically set up to showcase baby clothes for children aged newborn to about 3 or 4 years.
Seeing the large selection, Zim whined. "Can't they just make standard uniforms?" he asked.
"Oh, come on now, Zim. It's not that bad. Come with me. I guarantee you'll have fun during this part." Rose said, taking hold of his arm to lead him over towards a section of clothes for newborns while Dib and Jack were already busy looking through the clothes themselves. Walking through with Zim, Rose then noticed something that had a wide smile coming to her face. She dragged Zim over to it, picking through a selection of clothes before pulling out something that looked very familiar. "What do you think of this?" she smiled back at him, holding up a pair of baby pajamas that looked very similar to the top they had just gotten Dib with little bunny ears.
Starting to laugh, Zim snorted. "It matches Dib!" he exclaimed.
Rose smiled wide at him. "Can you imagine having 4 little bunnies around the house? A mother bunny and three baby bunnies?" she asked, holding up three different, lightly-colored bunny outfits for the smeets, referring to Dib and their smeets.
Laughing a little, Zim blushed. "Yeah..." he smiled, imagining it.
Arms crossed, standing behind him, a voice interrupted that little daydream of his however. "Pfff...I don't see why you'd want to dress them up like furry little, long-eared rodents..." Tak said, eyes half-lidded as Zim jumped in some surprise at hearing her voice. She smirked at his reaction.
Zim glared at her hatefully. "And what exactly are YOU doing here, TAK?!" he growled out, not in the mood to be dealing with her right now.
Obviously in her disguise now, Tak twirled a finger around the ends of her hair. "Oh, just waiting for your little boyfriend's sister to get off work. For reasons beyond me, she insists on keeping this horrible little job she got a while back at some game store." she said, gesturing to the game store across from the store they were in right now. "I just happened to notice you two heading in here while I was waiting outside." she smirked.
Zim growled a little more. "Well, go wait on her there! We don't want you here!" he exclaimed.
Arms crossed, Tak merely remained where she was standing. "As these humans say, 'It's a free country.' I can wait wherever I want." she said, obviously staying there just to annoy Zim. "After all...I wasn't allowed to exact my revenge on you by killing you like I had wanted, so I may as well resort to the next best thing. Annoying you. Tallest Purple never said I wasn't allowed to do that." she said.
Watching the exchange of words between the two in some confusion, Rose stood back.
Growling even more, Zim glared. "FINE! Stand wherever you want! But leave me and Dib alone!" he exclaimed.
Loving the reaction she was getting out of Zim, Tak smirked. "So tell me, Zim..." she purred out the other's name tauntingly. "Have you received word from Tallest Purple since the last time you two spoke?" she asked, as though she knew something that the other did not. "Or has he not contacted you yet?" she asked.
"No, why would I? What are you hiding?!"
"Hmmm...What was it again?" Tak pretended to think before smirking cruelly at Zim again. "Oh, yes...I remember now. He was considering taking a small trip out here to see you. I guess it just must have slipped my mind." she was obviously lying about having forgotten. "You might want to watch out for him. He could be here any day now." she said, recalling the day he had called her base back to request she tell Zim. "But I'm certain you have no problem with that. And your human probably won't mind either." she teased him, knowing the relationship Zim and Purple had been in so many years back.
Zim deadpanned. "Wh-What? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT SOONER?! THIS IS TERRIBLE!" he whined, grabbing hold of his antennas and tugging at them hard.
"What's the matter, Zim? I thought you and Purple used to be so...close." Tak smirked so that her teeth could be seen. "After all, won't your human be grateful towards him for saving your sorry life?" she asked.
Zim clenched his fists. "We called it off a long time ago! Stop trying to stir things up!" he exclaimed.
Defensively, Tak held up her hands. "Hey, it's not like it was may idea for him to come here. If you're going to blame anyone for this, perhaps you should blame Tallest Red. After all, HE'S the reason Tallest Purple wants to come here in the first place. He must have spent hours complaining to me about how Tallest Red won't touch him or even look at him anymore and about how much he wants to have a smeet but Tallest Red won't have sex with him." she said.
Zim's antennae drooped. "I wonder why he's doing that." he said, unable to comprehend why Red would reject Purple when he worked so hard to get him in the first place.
"Beats me. All I know is that Tallest Red hates your guts now and still wants you dead. He probably thinks you and Purple are sneaking away to random planets and having sex somewhere." Tak teased again.
"But I'm with Dib! I already told them I didn't want Purple!"
"Since when have you known Red to believe a word you say? Since when have you known him to believe anything ANYONE says? He doesn't even believe Purple, so why do you think he would believe you?"
Again, Zim's antennae drooped. "This is terrible! " he glanced at Rose. "Umm...I think we need to go..." he said.
Rose blinked down at him. "But we only just started shopping for the smeets and..." she sighed. "Alright...We'll come back another day..." she said.
Tak smirked. "Perhaps you can take Tallest Purple here with you since he seems SO in love with the idea of having a smeet himself." she said.
Gaz walked up behind her. "You know, one of these day you're going to get hurt if you don't stop teasing him like that." she said, causing Tak to jump suddenly. She had no idea how Gaz was able to sneak up on her so quietly.
Zim laughed at Tak's surprise. "What's wrong? The scary human too much for you?" he laughed again, not noticing Dib walking up behind him.
"Umm...Zim?" Dib caused Zim to jump also, him and Jack standing behind the Irken with some clothes they had picked out themselves. Then, shifting his gaze over to Gaz, his eyes grew wide and antennae perked before falling back somewhat when he saw Tak, who had recovered quickly from her small scare, turn to wrap her arms around Gaz's waist, pressing far too close for comfort to his sister.
Turning around, Zim looked at Dib. "DIB! Uhh...W-We need to go..." he said.
Eyes widening again, Dib turned his gaze back on Zim. "Wh-What?! Why? We just picked out some clothes for the smeets..." he held up what he and Jack had picked out before shifting his gaze back to Gaz and Tak, his mind not completely there, more concerned with how comfortable Tak was getting with his sister rather then why they were even there to begin with.
"We'll buy what we've picked out so far, but then we should really go." Zim continued glaring at Tak, not really making eye contact with Dib.
"But..."Dib began to protest but stopped himself, noticing the way Zim was glaring at Tak and turning his own glare on Tak. "What the hell did you say to him?! " he demanded, just knowing she must have said something to him to make him want to leave so suddenly.