Another new thing that The Girl was actually fond of was baths in the tub. Much to The Mother’s surprise, she wasn’t scared when the water was running, or draining. Once she learned the joys of splashing, nothing else really mattered.
One thing The Girl didn’t understand is why Alfred couldn’t take a bath with her.
“You’re an octopus. You like water.”
“I don’t want to talk about it.”
The Girl left it at that. She had known Alfred enough to realize he was an octopus enshrouded in mystery, and he liked it that way.