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This is the thirteenth John Lane story
"Isn't she cute?" Jake Morgendorffer said while watching a videotape of his eldest daughter's third birthday party. The little girl in green sat at a table with a cake before her. Seated close by was a pink-clad toddler in a high chair.
"I'm so sorry," John Lane whispered to the auburn-haired teen girl sitting next to him on a sofa as they watched the video.
Daria whispered back, "Thanks, but someday, I'll make sure I see some of you."
"Don't bet on it. Being fifth in line has its advantages. Parents get tired of taking pictures and movies, even if your dad's a photographer."
"I hate you."
Also present was Daria's sister Quinn. She grinned to watch her sister's discomfort while her 18-month old image blew out the candles on the birthday cake before Daria's image could.
The young Daria said, "Hey! You're ruining my birthday cake!"
The teenaged Daria glared at Quinn, who shrugged.
On the TV, the child Daria cried out, "Make her stop!" as her mother entered the picture.
The recorded Helen said, "Oh Daria, she's just a baby; she wants to play too!"
John looked at the image, and then at Daria. "Except for the bangs, your mom's hair back then looks a lot like yours now, Daria."
Quinn gasped and leaned over to backhand slap John's arm. She harshly whispered, "You idiot!"
While Daria shot John a look that could almost kill, her taped childhood voice said, "Why can't I be an only child?"
Confused, John uttered, "Huh?"
Quinn slapped him again and hissed, "You don't compare a girl to her mother like that, it'screepy."
"I was only"
Quinn slapped him a third time. "Stop, you'll make it worse."
Daria turned slightly away to hide her smirk.
Jake stopped the tape and removed it from the VCR. He grinned back at John and said, "Isn't it great to sit here and see Daria and Quinn's lives unfold before your eyes?"
John rubbed his arm. "Great."
Jake grinned more and said while searching through a box of tapes, "Guess what? I also found a box of old home movies my Dad took of me when I was a kid! I'm having them transferred to video tape!"
"Dad?" Daria said, "Do you really think that's a good idea?"
"Sure it is." Jake found the tape he was after and took the cover off. "Oh, wow, Quinn's birth. Sorry that they wouldn't let a camera into the delivery room for Daria, but at least we got film of Quinn coming out!"
Quinn's eyes popped open and Daria buried her face in her hands. John hesitantly said, "Um, Mr. Morgendorffer, this is interesting and all, but I really need to get started on somemath homework."Waiting in line outside the Playhouse 99 Theater under a banner that read, "Food in F... More Cartoon Sex Stories...