Babette and Marie continued their search for the Swiss oni, but to no avail. Suddenly they heard very loud snoring. “Aha that must be the Swiss oni, slumbering after their feast,”
However the exceptional loud snores came from serafilles, harem nymphs of the Swiss queen. The troupe they came across were accompanying one of the queens daughters fast asleep. “No, they’re not oni, these are serafilles who accompanied Princess Hilda on their own holiday. No doubt the Swiss oni took these royal navels as gifts for Empress oni”
“Aren’t they a happy looking family” Babette noticed. She was glad to live in a world where everyone she came across was very happy. “Oui and they will be even happier when we bring back their navels. Princess Hilda is kind-hearted as is the entire royal family”
Babette then was surprised by what she heard as hissing snores. They came from schangserpents, Swiss nagas. They were lovely Swiss ladies from the waist up and red and white scaled snake from the waist down. “Oh my the oni even took the navels of the schlangserpents!” Marie said “No doubt their took them for their navel gems.”
“Hmm I wonder if they belly dance in their sleep like my asp nagas friends do for Ishtar back in Baghdad.” Babette pondered
Babette and Marie searched the town fruitlessly for the Swiss oni to no avail. All they found were Swiss women and girls all happily snoring away. Clearly the Swiss oni used magic to put them all in a deep sleep as they went on their navel spree.
“Sacre bleu we looked everywhere, yet no sign of those Swiss oni” Marie said dejectedly “I hate to say it but we may have to give up our search. We still have to restore all the navels.”
Suddenly Babette turned her head, she heard giggling, Silently motioning to Marie, they went into an alley that was concealed by an ivy covered wall. There they saw the group of Swiss oni. These oni had white or red skin and had blonde, braided hair. On their side were a pile of navels that they plucked from the other Swiss races while they were asleep.
“Ooh these navels look yummy” said Leni a young girl
“Yes dear but remember they’re not all for us” Said her pregnant mother Heidi “We’re giving some of them to Empress oni Keiko the next time she visits us. I know she’ll love the navel of Princess Hilda”
“Indeed, the Empress was generous enough to provide us with the special sleep sand that put everyone in town to sleep for three days.” Mieke added “Now everyone let us feast”
“You naughty oni will not be feasting on anyone’s navels today” Babette said as she and Marie confronted the Swiss oni.
“How droll this coquette and her helvitijin friend think they can make us give back our meal.” Mieke said with a scoff
“Why don’t we add their navels to our feast.” Heidi said with her daughter at her side. Mieke then went to get the bag of sleep sand.
“Sorry to disappoint you ladies but I have the perfect tool to stop your meal” Marie said. With that a flash of magic came from navel gem. The gem emitted a wave of magic that put all of the Swiss oni into a deep sleep. Soon they were all fast asleep and snoring very loudly.
Babette and Marie then came to the Swiss oni and took the stolen navels “That spell will put them to sleep for a week. That will give us the time to restore everyone’s navels.” Marie pondered
“As a priestess I know how to handle this situation.” Babette had learned from the other priestess how to restore the navels of other races, if they are already eaten.
"I'll help you with your task." Marie said grabbing the bag of navels the onis hadn't eaten yet. "I can use my magic to put these Navels back in their right places.
The way priestesses restored navels was kissing the bellies of every woman and girl. After kissing their bellies the navel would be formed back. Babette then went and kissed the belly of every woman and girl who had her navel taken and eaten. With each kiss their navel was reformed. When Babette kissed the belly of Princess Hilda she smiled in her sleep and gave a happy snore.
Meanwhile Marie put the navels from her bag onto their rightful owners - or so it seemed. When Marie added a navel to Clara, Babette realised that something was wrong: "What are you doing? That's not Clara's navel.
"Oh, I'm terribly sorry! It seems I mistook her navel." Marie excused.
That moment, Clara was stiring. "Yahhhwn! What a nice slumber. Hello you two, what happened here?"
"Carla, it's me Babette. Your girlfriend?" Babette asked, close to panic. "Don't you recognize me?"
"I'm terribly sorry, Miss, but I've never seen you before." Clara replied with a puzzled look.
"Marie, what is going on here?" Babette asked.
"It's the wrong navel. When the onis steal a navel, they sometimes take their victims memories too. When I put the right navel back in their place, the memory always returns. Alas, in this case, I gave her the wrong navel. So it seems she has lost part of her memory." Marie explained.
"Just great! You took Clara's memories about me being her girlfriend." Babette brooded.
"I'm very sorry what happened. But It wasn't me who took her memories. It was the onis. Don't blame that on me." Marie said.
"Ok, but still you messed up the navels. Can you exchange them back?" Babette asked, seemingly annoyed.
"I'm afraid I can't do that. It's against the law of the goddesses to take the navels of other women, you know that." Marie replied.
Meanwhile, Clara was eying Marie. "Hey, handsome genie, how about we take a nap together." She leant against Marie's shoulder.
Babette gave Marie an angry stare. "Don't you dare, Marie!"
Marie shrugged. "I feel sorry for you, Babette, but that's nature's way." [needs better wording] She embraced Clara and both soon fell asleep, snoring very loud.
Babette was furious. She couldn't blame Carla for having lost her memories, but Marie was simply taking advantage of the situation instead of helping her setting things right. But as a priestess of Ishtar, she had a duty to follow. Babette grabbed the bag with navels and set off to restore the navels of all women that have fallen prey to the Swiss oni.
A week later, Babette returned to Baghdad. She was bearing a badge of valor, that the Queen of Switzerland had given to her to for rescuing Princess Hilda and her unfortunate subjects. But Babette simply felt a terrible loss. Only when Ishtar took her in her arm, Babette began to feel better.
"I feel so sorry for you Babette." Ishtar spoke. "But fate and love are things even we goddesses can influence. Don't worry, sweet Babette. There are still enough nice women in this world. You'll surely find your match."
Instantly, Babette felt better. She would continue her quest until she had found her true love.
Next chapter: Babette and Pygmalia Page 1
Babette can only replace such navels, that have already been eaten by the onis. But Clara's navel hasn't been eaten yet. It was still in the bag. Marie's job was to put these navels back into place and she screwed things up.
The series deals with Babette looking for love in the SSU. This story kind of sets the tone the other stories will follow.