The moon was high in the night sky casting its silvery glow over down town. A police car came screeching to a stop in the parking lot of a large hospital. The drivers side door flew open and out jumped Bonkers in his police uniform. The Toons honey blonde hair all on end from nervousness and worry.
“Officer, who are you looking for?” asked the old human security guard.
Bonkers eyed him a moment but realized he was only doing his job. “My wife. Where is she?” Bonkers looked around and realized he was starting to startle people. He took a breath and ran a hand through his honey blonde hair. “Officer Miranda Wright. I’m her husband. I was called and told she was taken to the hospital.”
The man gave Bonkers an odd look, then typed at a computer. “Yes. Ms. Wright was checked in an hour ago. 5th floor. Elevator’s on the left.”
“Thank You.” And with that Bonkers ran off into a stairwell and zoomed up the stairs as fast as his long legs would carry him. His tail swaying nervously as he then spotted her name on a tag on the wall near an open door. The tall Toon was scared, he peeked in and saw his wife resting in a hospital bed. Her face so lovely and sweet it made his heart ache. He came close and put a hand to her cheek.
Her eyes fluttered opened and she smiled up at him. “Bonkers, you’re here.”
Bonkers fell beside her hugging her. “Oh Miranda sweetheart, I was so worried.”
Miranda sat up a little and stroked her husbands hair. “Oh Honey, it was just abdominal cramps. I’ll be fine. Doctor says I’ll be fine and can go home as soon as he comes back. I’m sorry I made you worry.”
Bonkers couldn’t help the tear that slid down his fuzzy cheek. “Sweetheart, I love you so much. I just don’t want anything to happen to you.”
Miranda looked at her toon husband and realized she was the luckiest girl in the world to have a guy as sweet as him. “Aw Bonkers, I’m fine.” she said putting a hand to his cheek.
“Okay, Ms. Wright?” came a male voice.
Bonkers turned to see a tall human doctor walk into the room.
“It’s Mrs. Bobcat actually.” Miranda said with a smile.
The doctor looked at Bonkers and smiled politely. “Yes, Mrs. Bobcat.” he flipped through a folder. “Everything looks fine, you can go home now. But I would take it easy. We don’t want anything happening to that baby. I don’t want t’see you back here for another six months.
Bonkers and Miranda both jumped, eyes wide. “Baby!”
“Yes, I mentioned it earlier. But I guess you didn’t hear me. That’s right. Mr. and Mrs. Bobcat, you’re going to have a baby. Congratulations.”
Bonkers looked at Miranda wide eyed. The realization hitting him. He was going to be a father. Then the toon bobcat fell flat on the floor, out like a light.
Miranda sat up quickly to look at him. “Bonkers?”
The doctor smiled then turned to leave. Then he saw Miranda trying to get Bonkers to wake up. “He seems like a great guy.”
Miranda looked up at the doctor. “The greatest.”
The doctor smiled. “I’d believe it.”
Miranda didn’t understand how it was possible. But then she remembered what Oswald The Lucky Rabbit said. Bonkers was a Toon with one foot in the realm of Toons, and the other in the world of humans.
The realization was amazing. She and Bonkers were having a baby. She smiled as she looked at Bonkers still fainted on the floor and put hand to her stomach. “Don’t worry baby, your Daddy and I will take good care of you, I promise.
Miranda and Bonkers were a nervous wreck the first few days after bringing home from the hospital their sweet bundle of joy. Their son was born human like Miranda. But he resembled Bonkers in many ways. The baby boy had light skin and big blue eyes and reddish blonde hair. Ten fingers and ten toes, he was the perfect baby with one little surprise. He had a striped tail, just like Bonkers. Everything about him was human except the baby had an orange and black striped tail. And it didn’t seem to bother him one bit, so the tail stayed. And Bonkers was so happy. To the new parents, their son was perfect. Their beautiful son Daniel James Bobcat.
Bonkers never knew much about babies until his friendship with Miranda. A Toons life was very different from a humans life and Bonkers had a lot to learn. But his friendships with Lucky and Miranda had taught him a lot, but nothing could prepare him for this new thing called Parenthood.
Bonkers stirred from his sleep and he saw Miranda sitting in the chair by the baby’s bassinet. He stood up to make sure everything was okay. She had the baby in her arms. “Is everything okay?” The toon asked.
Miranda smiled at him. “Little Daniel here was just hungry.”
It was then Bonkers realized what she was doing. “Oh, right. I forgot.”
Bonkers came to her and smiled down at their new born son. He kissed her on the cheek. “He’s so small.”
Miranda smiled. “He will grow big and strong, just like his Daddy.”
One month old
Bonkers jumped up when he heard his son cry. He glanced over at Miranda who he could tell needed the rest. The bobcat stumbled out of bed and rushed to the crib where his tiny son fussed, kicking his tiny feet.
“Aw, there now Danny, what’s all the fuss about?” Bonkers nervously picked up the tiny infant and soon realized what was wrong. Bonkers ears fell. “Wet diaper.”
It occurred to him he had never changed a diaper before. For the last four weeks, Miranda had changed all the babies diapers. He was too scared to. But he glanced back at his wife, and realized she had been through a lot and some rest. He had to give it a try.
“Ok Danny, looks like it’s my turn. Try to bare with me okay.” Bonkers said looking down at the gurgling infant.
He looked around trying to remember where Miranda put the wipes and diapers. The bobcat spotted the stack of extra diapers and dove for them. The baby kicked his tiny feet, his striped tail swishing about.
“Got it. Now the faster we get this done, the faster we can both get back to sleep.” Bonkers said with a smile.
But the bobcats smile faded when he opened Danny’s diaper. The tall toons ears hung past his shoulders and he turned green. He held his nose. “Whoa, what a smell from such a small baby.” He said as the baby gurgled.
He pinched his red nose with a clothes pin then proceeded to change his sons diaper. The adhesive tape on either side of the diaper was not easy to line up, and the baby tail needed someplace to go. “Hmm.” Then Bonkers snapped his fingers. “I got it. Hold on Danny, Daddy’s got an idea.”
Bonkers grabbed all the extra diapers with a smile.
A few minutes later Miranda stirred from her sleep and she saw Bonkers holding the baby who was now falling back to sleep.
“Bonkers, is everything ok?”
Bonkers smiled. “Everything’s fine.”
Miranda raised an eyebrow seeing her sons tail peacefully swaying. “What did you do?”
“Danny was uncomfortable with his tail bound up all the time, so I cut a tiny hole in all his diapers so his tail could be free. Now he’s happy and fast asleep.” Bonkers gave her the baby.
Miranda was surprised but she knew in a way he was right. She smiled, kissed her baby then put him back in his crib.
“That’s a good idea.” She kissed him on the cheek and went back to bed. “Goodnight Honey.”
Bonkers climbed in bed and leaned over to Miranda with a smile.
“Don’t even think about it.” She said.
Three and half months old
Bonkers stood there holding baby Danny as Miranda readied herself for work. It had been three months and now she was dieing to get back to work. She would miss her baby but she loved police work.
“Miranda, are you sure you’re ready to go back so soon?” Bonkers asked as baby Danny tugged on his fuzzy ear.
Miranda saw him and smiled. “Three months is standard maternity leave Bonkers, you know that. Besides, I really need to get back out there. She saw Bonkers and Danny and smiled. “Oh I will miss you guys.” She kissed the baby and Bonkers. “Don’t worry, your mother will be here tomorrow and we both can get back to work.”
Miranda glanced at herself in the mirror. She had not really changed at all after having the baby, that was a good thing. She was glad she had always been an athletic person.
“Bye Honey, bye sweetie.” Miranda nuzzled the baby. “See you tonight.”
Bonkers waved goodbye. “Wave goodbye Danny, say bye Mommy, we’ll miss you.” Bonkers said waving the baby’s tiny hand.
Later, Bonkers fed the baby his bottle and attempted to change his diaper, but this diaper change was different. “Whoa nellie Danny, this looks like bathing situation. Come on little buddy. A nice warm bath will be fun.”
But fun was not the word. The baby sat in the warm water but Bonkers dropped the bottle of soap and slid on it across the kitchen. The baby laughed. Then he attempted to wash him but Danny kept sliding all over the place. “Come on little buddy, work with me here.” He poured warm water over the baby, but he started to cry. “Aw Danny, I’m sorry. Daddy didn’t mean to scare ya.” Bonkers worked as quickly as he could to finish Danny’s bath.
The bobcat wrapped his son in a fuzzy blue towel and carried him to the room to change him into some cozy Pjs. Danny calmed down once he lay himself against his Daddy’s warm fur. After a clean diaper and cozy pjs, Bonkers settled Danny in his playpen in the living room. “How about a snack Danny, just us guys. Warm milk for you, Hot Chocolate for me.”
Six months old
A quiet Saturday night. Bonkers offered to keep an eye on Danny while Miranda went to visit her Father. She needed the break.
For the last week or so, Danny was growing day by day and now he was crawling. Crawling all over the place. Laughing as he crawled around, his striped tail swaying happily, often getting into mischief.
“Okay Danny. It’s time for lunch.” Bonkers didn’t see his son where he left him. “Danny? Danny!” The bobcat ran about the living room, frantically searching for his son. Then he saw the curtains moving. The bobcat breathed out in relief. He went and picked him up shuffling the boys reddish blonde hair. “Danny, you scared me.” Bonkers carried him to his highchair. “Come on now, I made your favorite, chicken and peas.”
Eight months old
Miranda jumped up hearing the loud cry of her 8 month old son. She glanced at the clock, it was 5:30 in the morning. She was use to him sleeping through the night already but something must be wrong. She lowered her brow when she saw Bonkers was not in bed.
She got out of bed and staggered past the dresser mirror. She could tell by her appearance she needed rest. She tied her robe closed and went to check on the baby. She noticed the crying had stopped. She came to the door of the baby’s room and spotted Bonkers in his pajamas holding the baby on his shoulder patting him gently.
“Hey Sweetheart. Sorry, I was hoping the baby didn’t wake you. He seems to be okay now.”
Miranda smiled, seeing how good Bonkers was with the baby. She slid her arms around him and the baby. “I love you.”
“Aw Sweetheart. I love you too. I think little Daniel here just missed us.”
Miranda caressed her sons face, his soft reddish blonde hair and round nose was so sweet. Their son was born human and everything seemed to be fine. Human, with one little surprise, he had a striped tail. That was a surprise indeed. But their son was perfect in every way, and Bonkers knew their son would be an extraordinary person when he grew up. But that was a long way away. For now they had diapers and bottles and big plastic toys in mind.
Miranda smiled as she looked at her beautiful son, her arm around Bonkers waist. She leaned her head against the back of his shoulder.
Bonkers smiled. Then he noticed Miranda’s eyes were closed. He realized she had fallen asleep standing up. He shifted carefully and placed his now sleeping son back in his crib while holding Miranda up with his tail. Then he slid his arms around her. “Sweetheart, let’s go back to bed, we could both use the rest.”
Bonkers watched Miranda leave the room hesitantly. He went to the door then turned to glance back at the crib where his son slept. The Toon bobcat took a deep breath and smiled. Never in a million years did he ever think his life would have changed so dramatically. A Toon that lived to entertain, then up hold the law, then fall in love. And now he had a family. Never could he have imagined ever being so different from his beginning. But the Toon bobcat loved his new life, a life he would never change in the slightest.
Bonkers swished his tail pleasantly. “Sleep well my little one. Daddy loves you very much.”
I hope you enjoyed the Bonkers stories. I enjoyed writing them.
Bye now, and good health to all.