2. Of Wasps and Chemistry|
Captain's head bolted up from his work; that was Shute!
He raced to his friend's side, having to push aside Coa, Doha, and Noah in order to get to him. Shute was holding his upper arm tightly, and his teeth were clenched. Zero was opposite from Captain, trying to get Shute to pull his arm away. "What happened?"
Zero looked up. "A wasp stung Shute."
"It hurts!" Shute suddenly squealed. Captain threw his arms around the boy.
"It's okay, don't worry."
"I've already got Bakunetsumaru working on it," Zero assured Captain. "Will you do me a favor? The wasp's nest is on the children's swing. Please go get rid of it."
Captain ran to the swing, removed the wasp nest with his hand (the wasps tried to sting him, but couldn't penetrate his armour), and threw the nest into a nearby pond. He returned to see Bakunetsumaru wrapped Shute's arm with gauze; there was a large, prominant lump where the wasp had stung him. Captain asked Zero, "The wasp did that to him?"
"Some of it," Zero replied. "You're probably seeing the onion under the bandages?"
Captain startled, confused. "An onion?"
"You don't know?" Zero seemed a little surprised. "If you put onions on wasp stings, they stop hurting and heal faster."
"I never would have guessed."
Baku tore off the rest of the gause. "You're done."
Shute winced. "It still doesn't feel right."
Captain knew what to do. He gently took Shute's arm and kissed the spot where Shute was hurt. The boy smiled.
"I feel better now."
He ran off to play with the triplets without a second thought.
Wasp stings are alkalai. Alkalines turn human tissue into soap. Onions are acidic. Acids cancel out alkalines and stop wasp stings from hurting. Remember that. You're going to use that information later.|
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