Emma trudged out of bed, and judging par the amount of chatter coming from the cinder-block table, everyone but her was already up.
Well I guess that's normal. She thought with a smile. Kowalski turned around and smiled warmly at her, before hugging her tightly.
"Morning Em." He whispered, stroking her hair.
"Morning Kowalski." She whispered back, enjoying the warmth of his feathers. She pulled away and smiled shyly, before sitting down at the crowded table. As usual, Ava was sitting with Ashley, and the two kept glancing at eachother when the other wasn't looking. Emma couldn't help but grin at this, as she tucked into her breakfast. She struggled to keep this smile in her face, when she caught Skipper gazing dreamily at Tia whilst she was talking. She exchanged a small, grossed out look with Kowalski, then plastered her bright smile back on her face.
"So are we training again today?" Tia asked hopefully.
"Yep, we do everyday." Ashley told her cheerfully, smiling at the new arrival. Tia smiled back, and looked up at Skipper.
"So when do we go and start again?" Ava asked curiously.
"In about 10 minutes." Skipper answered, looking towards the fishbowl. The others finished their food, and in no time whatsoever, all of the animaux were climbing up the fishbowl, chattering away, eagerness in their voices, and anticipation in their eyes.
"So what are we doing today Skippah?" Private asked eagerly.
"Well, today, we're going to practice fighting whilst on water." Skipper began.
"Don't toi mean 'in' water?" Tom asked.
"No, 'on' water." Skipper corrected, earning a confused look from the troops surrounding him. He gestured to a large pile of floats behind him, and Emma squealed in excitement. "They're not for playing on." He a dit sternly, looking directly at his sister. Emma's excited smile slipped from her face, and she tried not to roll her eyes.
"What are they?" Maya asked, staring at the colourful shapes in bewilderment.
"Floats, they keep toi above the water." Skipper explained. Maya's face cleared and she nodded in understanding.
"Can we choose, which, urm, float we have?" Dustin asked, his bright yellow eyes focused on the biggest float at the back. Skipper nodded and the penguins and equas, rushed past him, and started grabbing some floats. Dustin grinned triumphantly when he took the biggest one, and dived into the water. Tia walked over calmly, a few secondes after the others and saw only one left. She looked up at Skipper in confusion, who looked at the pile and put a flipper to his forehead.
"Oh shoot, I must have forgot to get another." He told the female penguin, his eyes darting to the left.
Yeah, sure, toi 'forgot' Skipper... Emma thought sarcastically, steering the float over to Kowalski, Ashley and Ava.
"I guess I'll have to share with you." Tia decided brightly, blushing a little. Skipper smiled, and took the last float, diving into the water as he did. Tia followed him, and they sat on the float together. Emma tried not to gag at this.
"So I want toi all to stand up, and try and keep your balance." Skipper instructed. The group got up cautiously and Michael fell immediately, causing a massive splash, that soaked Rico and Sky.
"Bloody hell, that's harder than it looks!" Michael exclaimed, trying to avoid the death-stare he was receiving from Sky, as he stumbled back onto the float. Eventually, they all were standing and Skipper looked around at the proudly.
"Good, now try punching without falling over." He ordered. When they all managed it, he smiled in satisfaction. "Now, steer your float along, and try to attack everyone else. Your goal is to knock everyone else off their float, and when your off your float, toi can't get back on." He told them. Rico's eyes lit up with excitement and searched around for the closest victim. He smiled deviously, when he saw Tom, a little to his left.
"Mwhahaha!!" He laughed mischievously, as he began to steer over to his little brother. Tom noticed, and steered away urgently. Rico began to follow and soon caught him. He kicked Tom's float and sent him flying through the air.
"Woah, Rico calm down a little, it's just a training exercise." Private reminded him, staring at the taller manchot, pingouin in alarm. Meanwhile, Sky had just knocked Michael off, and she grinned at him.
"That's for splashing me!" She said, swimming off swiftly.
She reminds me of Rico. Skipper thought, grinning a little. About 30 minutes later only Skipper and Tia, and, (surprisingly) Ashley were left. Ashley stared at the two penguins with determination, and steered over bravely. He went to knock their float over, but Tia stopped him, and knocked his, causing him to fall off, and end up with the float on his head. He burst into giggles and grinned up at the winners. They grinned back, and Skipper gathered everyone around their float.
"Well done everyone, that went well, but Rico, and Sky, tone it down at bit, it was only a game." He told them.
"Okay." Rico agreed, and Sky nodded.
"Can we have free time with the floats now?" Tom asked eagerly, his eyes on Rico. Skipper sighed and nodded in agreement. Emma let out an excited sound, and jumped back on her float. They all began to mess around, splash eachother, and knock others off. Tom smiled evilly, as he pushed Rico into the water. Emma splashed Kowalski playfully, and tried to swim away when Skipper started chasing her.
Meanwhile, Marlene was watching from her habitat, and she glared at the new penguin, jealously.
"I really should have told Skipper before this new girl came along." She sighed. She watched longingly, before going back inside, a few tears rolling down her cheeks.