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Knockout

While Ruri was significantly quieter than her brother, Ikki still found himself being woken up in the middle of the night to crying coming from the bassinet. Esmeralda was already up, trying to soothe her to no avail, and Ikki sighed tiredly as he pulled himself out of bed.

"I’ve already tried singing that song Hyoga taught us," Esmeralda told him with a note of desperation, rubbing Ruri’s stomach in slow circles. The infant continued to cry, and Ikki yawned as he reached down, picking her up and holding her carefully.

"Ice, ice, baby, too cold, too cold," he sang softly, but Ruri didn’t stop. "Alright stop, collaborate and listen.."

Ruri fussed, wriggling in his hold, and passed her to Esmeralda, who rocked her gently.

"It always worked for Mateus," she said, and Ikki scratched at his head.

"Maybe a different song," he suggested, and Esmeralda thought.

"I only know lullabies," she admitted, "And they haven’t worked."

Ikki grumbled, and considered a moment, before scratching at his neck. “I heard a song the other day. Maybe that will do it.”

Esmeralda’s eyebrows raised a moment, but she nodded, patting Ruri’s back. Ikki sighed, but after a moment he began to sing. “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years. I’m rocking my peers and putting suckers in fear…”

Esmeralda looked confused, continuing to rock Ruri as Ikki sang.

"I’m gonna knock you out, Momma said knock you out," he went on, and Esmeralda’s eyes widened.

"Ikki!" she protested.

"It’s the only song I know!" he said back. Esmeralda opened her mouth to argue, but he gestured to the baby in her arms, "Look, at least it’s working okay?"

Esmeralda looked down at Ruri, who’s wails had softened into hiccups, eyes wide as she stared at Ikki. Esmeralda lifted her head again, and Ikki shrugged. “What?”

"That’s such a violent song," she shook her head, "I don’t like it."

"I’m not actually going to hurt anyone," he told her, "And I’m not telling her to fight anyone either. It’s just to help her sleep, I doubt she even knows what it means."

Esmeralda let out a noise of exasperation, and Ruri began to fuss again. Ikki quickly resumed the song, and she quieted once more, resting contently against Esmeralda’s arm.

"Just this once," she said finally, and Ikki could see she was just as exhausted as he was, "But we should try to find a better song."

"Alright," he agreed, and continued to sing as Esmeralda placed Ruri back into the bassinet.

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