Regardless, Bambi puts in hours teaching Dungeon some basic skills.
Bambi is pleased at how well Dungeon plays by himself, though. Due to their demanding work criteria, Bambi and Rufus can't always spend a lot of time with their son, but Dungeon has learned how to entertain himself.
Dungeon also plays a lot with his rag doll, Jigsaw (Bambi made the mistake of letting Rufus name the doll too). Some relative named Aunt Joanie sent the toy in the mail one day, which concerned Bambi because neither she nor Rufus has a relative named Joanie. Rufus especially checked the doll thoroughly to make sure there weren't cameras, explosives, or any other device that would threaten his world domination plans. The doll turned out to be safe, and now Dungeon often sings to it. In fact, Dungeon sings much of the time.
Much to Bambi's delight, Rufus also has chosen to spend some time with his son. Bambi doesn't quite know what they do together, but she's glad Rufus spends quality time with Dungeon. Perhaps it's best she doesn't know what they do together.
And just for poops and giggles, Rufus likes to give Dungeon candy just to steal it from him. It puts him in a good mood before he goes to work.
Shortly after Dungeon became a toddler, Bambi secretly began going back to work. Because her husband works at night (from (9:00pm to 3:00am), he's often sleeping when she gets up to go to work. Then when she comes back home, she just has to change her clothes and tell him she was out jogging or shopping. A big part of her is still very nervous, though. In her heart she knows she wants to work in law enforcement and make the world a better place, but she's afraid of how her husband would react if he found out. Would their marriage be over? As hard a man as Rufus is sometimes, Bambi doesn't know what she would do without him.
Rufus' birthday is approaching (as much as he tries to deny it), and several events have occurred in those days leading up to it. Rufus has been promoted to a Bagman at his work.
Bambi (in thought): "Oh, Rufus. One day it'll be my job to apprehend criminals like you. I hate it when you tell me about your work. I don't want to think about it."
Bambi and Rufus have also renovated the bathroom. It is connected to their bedroom and to Dungeon's bedroom at the moment, but they hope to build a second floor when they earn more money. Then Dungeon's bedroom and a new bathroom would be installed on the second floor and the current bathroom would become solely the master bathroom.
It's the night before Rufus' birthday. Bambi can tell Rufus is very stressed about it - he seems to equate being an overlord with having immortality and any aging is traumatic for him. So for dinner, she decides to cook the family a special meal. She's by no means an outstanding cook, but she figures she can try her hand at some goopy carbonara. She carefully places all the ingredients in the pot and begins to cook it on the stove. Baby Dungeon is waiting in the high chair (well, pounding and screaming in the high chair would be a more accurate description) and Rufus is preparing to beat himself in chess while the carbonara bakes to perfection. Bambi knows this will be a special meal. They haven't really had a family meal together. It's Rufus' night off, so they can actually spend time together tonight.
And then this.
Fireman: "Don't worry, everyone, your hero is here to save you."
Bambi: "Aagh! Be careful where you're spraying that!"
Fireman: "Okay, the fire's out. Are you all okay? You need to be a little more careful with the stove."
Rufus: "Are you a real hero?"
Fireman: "Um...well, I did just save your lives, potentially."
Rufus: "....Very well. Out you go."
So...it's a little awkward for some time. The fireman leaves, but Dungeon is still wailing and pounding for food now that the fire is gone and can't distract him anymore. Bambi makes some much safer autumn salad, and the family sits down to a meal together after all.
Rufus: "Scare Dungeon? That flipping scared ME."
Bambi: "Fire scares you?"
Rufus: "No. That idiot firefighter hero. Do you suppose he's the hero destined to overthrow me? If he is, I can start preparing to eliminate him. I might have to take Dungeon with me to work. No hero would ever kill an overlord daddy right in front of his toddler son."
Bambi: "I don't think you have anything to fear, Rufie. The only thing that firefighter had over you was a fire extinguisher. If we owned one, you could've put out that fire much quicker."
Rufus: "...You really think so?"
Bambi: "Yes, Rufus. You're a brave and strong man.
Dinner ends and Bambi finds Rufus staring out their front windows. She knows he's thinking deeply. She comes behind him and gently squeezes his shoulder.
Rufus: "...I really am going to have a birthday tomorrow. It's...unnerving."
Bambi: "You'll get through it. I think you'll come out of it much stronger and much more ready to take over the world than ever."
Rufus: "Do you really believe that? Do you think I really have what it takes?"
Bambi: "Of course I do. You're brave and strong, remember? And stubborn as a bull. That's the man I fell in love with many years ago and that's the man you'll always be."
And unexpectedly, Bambi plants one on her husband.
And, well... I think you can guess what comes next.