"One... Two... THREE!"- chapter 4
The Domino effect
"Yeh, Bri! It's about time!"
The bikini clad nine years old girl looked at her friends. "Shut up!", she replied.
"Yeh, shut up!", said Tania, winking to her. "Come on, Briana, sit with us!"
It was Ginger's 9th birthday, and the little redhead was very excited this year. Unlike previous birthdays she had, this year her parents had agreed to leave the house as their daughter and four of her best friends were having their sleeping party. However, it wasn't that easy to make them say 'yes' to such a plan after they found out that her big brother Nathan can't watch them as he did usually when their parents would do some late-work or delayed in this place or another.
"I can't, mom! I'm helping to Terry learning for her math test!"
"Well, why won't you bring her over here and learn together?", suggested his father.
"With five nine years old girls going around the house all night?, come on, dad, be realistic!"
Her parents wouldn't let five nine year olds to stay alone at home without a responsibility of an adult, and there was no other adult to take care of them while they won't be around. The rest of their family stayed in the old town they used to leave in, and the parents were the only adults for miles away from their two kids. The birthday princess wanted this slumber party so much, but she couldn't find a way to solve the caring problem.
Until three weeks ago.
"I know someone who can take care of us all!", said Miko at the school yard one day.
"Really? Who?", asked Ginger.
Mia's eyes brightened up. "Off course!", said the third girl in the never-separating trio. "How come we didn't think about it earlier? Tania was perfect for this job!"
"Who?", frowned Ginger.
Both girls looked at her. "Miss Ginger Donham!", said Miko, her narrow eyes widen up with shock. "Don't you say you don't know Tania!"
"She's like the best babysitter in the world?", said-asked Mia, her mouth's competing Miko's eyes.
"Sorry, never had a babysitter", said Ginger and blushed a bit. "My brother always watches me".
"Who, Nathan?", asked Miko, a spark in her eyes. Both Mia and Ginger couldn't stop a loud laughter burst. They all knew the small Japanese girl had a crush on Ginger's big brother.
"Shut up!", Miko slapped playfully on Mia's arm, blushing a ton.
"Don't worry", said Mia, still laughing slightly. "I'll ask Tania next time I'll see her. Oh, it would be GREAT!"
"Oh, and don't forget to ask all the other kids you're inviting to bring their swimsuits!", said Mia.
"Swimsuits? What for?", Ginger raised an eyebrow. They were supposed to have slumber party, not a pool party!
"You'll see!", they both shouted, trying to get over the bell ringing above their heads, reminding them it's the time to get back to their classes.
And so it was. On Friday's eve, 19:00 o'clock, Ginger's parents had left the house, leaving behind five nine years old girls and one 17 teenager. By the mayhem around her, Ginger could figure all of her other four friends knew her already.
"You didn't tell me Tania is coming too!", whispered Ashley to the birthday girl as they climbed the stairs towards her room.
"Yeh! Now I know why you asked us to bring swimsuits with us!", giggled Briana next to her.
Ashley froze as a terrified expression spread all over her face. "Oh, no! I forgot to bring mine!"
"Then I hope you have panties on!", cried Tania from the entrance of Ginger's room, making all four of them blush and giggle, all but Ginger who didn't know what was it all about.
"Come on, Briana, sit with us!", Tania smiled to the child, watching her as she joined into the circle of females on the carpet. The 17 years old babysitter looked at the youngster sitting between Ginger and Miko, wearing the bikini she knew was the child's favorite, a green-lime with flowers on it. To her right was Ginger in a yellow SpongeBob bikini, then Mia with an orange one, then Tania and then poor Ashley who was wearing nothing but her white Hello-Kitty panties and last one was Miko, with one-piece pink Bratz swimsuit.
"Okay, girls", started Tania. "After we played Twister, drank hot coco and watched Shrek, do you have power for the real fun?"
"Yay!", they all cheered, even Ginger who didn't know what was the meaning of her words, but by the time that had passed, she learned to like Tania a lot. She was so cool!
"Okay! So, we're going to play a game called Dominos!", she said, pulling out from her handbag a set of those black plastic tiles with the white dots on each side of it.
The girls frowned. "Dominos?", said Miko. "That's for old!"
"Yeh, my grandma plays that all the time!", added Briana, looking at her puzzled.
Tania giggled. "Well, you don't know it in MY version!", she said and emptied the Domino pack to a big round bowl. Next she pulled from her handbag a bottle, putting in the middle of the circle. "Now, you know truth or dare, don't you?"
"Yes", they answered in a perfect unison, wondering where this is all going.
"Ginger, you spin first!", she said.
"But I thought you said we're gonna play Dominos!", said Ashley.
"Patience, girls! Patience!", she said with a smile, waiting for Ginger to spin the bottle.
The birthday princess shrugged, reached her hand and gave the glass bottle a spin. They all looked at it, waiting to see what was coming.
Finally it stopped.
"Okay! It's Mia against Miko!", declared Tania cheerfully. "Miko, take one tile of Domino from the bowl. And no peeping!"
The slender Japanese child closed her eyes with a smile and reached her hand into the bowl which Tania held. Finally she picked one piece and pulled it out. "What did you got?"
"I got a two and a five", she said, raising her eyes from the small tile.
Tania smiled. "Okay, now let me tell you something about those numbers. You have two numbers there on each end of the tile. The number on the first end represents a spot in your body: one is for the neck, two is for the underarms, three is for the ribs, four is for the tummy, five is for the feet and six… Well, I'll explain this one later. Now, the number you have on the other end of the tile you picked represents the numbers of minutes the person in front of you is going to tickle you at the spot the first number represent!"
All the girls looked at each other, giggling. Even Ginger looked happy. Finally she realized what it's all about and why Tania is so popular among her friends. She loved to be tickled!
"But… But how do I know which number represents what?", asked the petite Japanese one.
"Well, that's your choice, sweetie! You said you got a two and a five, right?"
"Well, do you want to be tickled on you underarms for five minutes or on your feet for two minutes?"
They giggled again, looking at Miko and waiting for her to decide. This was going to be great!
In her mind, Tania could already see the thin girl's brain starting to calculate, the old familiar consulates she knew already from other times she had played this game with other kids: Miko's weakest spot was definitely her feet, so she should choose armpits then. But her armpits were ticklish too, and five minutes of non stop tickling there seems to be too much. Maybe she should pick to be tickled on her feet for two minutes and get over with it already? No, not on her feet… She would die! Tania couldn't stop her lips from curving a bit. She liked those little moments of psychological torment!
Finally the nine years old took a deep breath and said silently: "I choose to be tickled for five minutes on my armpits…"
"Good! Come on, lie here", ordered the 17 years old, moving away the bottle to make room for her pale body to spread.
She got up and lied by her instructions: head on Tania's thighs with her hands on both sides of the babysitter's body, being pinned to the floor by her. Next thing she knew, Mia was sitting on her waist, looking at her friend mischievously.
"Are you ready with the stopper, Ashley?", she asked the almost fully naked girl beside her.
"Yep!", she said, waking up the stopper she had on her watch to work.
"Okay, Mik! You know the rule, don't you?", said Tania above her.
Miko took a deep breath and started counting slowly: "One… Two… THREE!"
The moment she said the last word Ashley had started her watch-stopper and Mia had started her frantic jig of fingers inside her friend's underarms, sending the child to the world of hysterical laughter and high-tuned screams in seconds.
"NO! HAHAHAHAHAHA!", she rocked her head from side to side, her hair is encompassing her heart-shaped face.
"What's the deal with the 'one two three' thing?", whispered Ginger to Briana.
"It suppose to increase your anticipation and make you more ticklish", she answered, never taking her shiny eyes off from her tormented friend.
"Does it work?", she asked.
"Do you really need to ask?", she smiled at her, pointing at Miko who was screaming her head off by now.
"STHOHOHOHOHOHOP! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!", she barked out her agony.
"Come on, Mia! You can do better then that!", encouraged her Tania.
Mia nodded and ran her fingers even deeper into the pale skin of Miko's armpits, driving her hands up and down rapidly by doing that and making the poor girl underneath them to become a puddle of skin, flesh and laughter.
Mia looked joyful at her friend's face, which by now seemed to contain only her mouth which was wide open and provoking sounds no one of the others apart Tania knew she was capable of. The young tickler could look right through her throat!
Next, she used a technique that had always driven Mia herself nuts when Tania did it to her. She hoped it would be as effective as her babysitter, dunked her thumbs into her friend's armpits and started to knead the muscles, flesh and tendons underneath her skin with the cushions of her digits, making circles and patterns as she moved it from side to side briskly and waiting to see what would be Miko's reaction.
Her friend under exploded with extremely stentorian blast of laughter, trying in vain to pull her hands down in attempt to stop it or at least limit Mia's finger's movement, but she knew that Tania was too strong. She still remembered that time when the 17 years old girl was babysitting her and her friend Emma, Tory's sister. They were ganging at Emma on the living room's carpet, Miko's working on her belly and ribs and Tania behind her was teasing Emma's nine years old feet. Suddenly Miko felt her wrists being grasped by their babysitter and before she knew it, she was the one to be pinned to the floor with her hands above her head. "Come on, Emma! She deserve a revenge!", said Tania.
And off course Emma went for her exposed armpits. She knew it was her worst spot ever. Her small arm basins were tickled by her for a century, and all this time the small Japanese girl tried uselessly to lower her arms. Tania was too strong, although Miko herself was considered to be the strongest girl in her karate class. It was a nightmare!
"Time's up!", declared Ashley and stopped her watch-stopper, tearing the poor child's thoughts.
"Oh! Already?", moaned Mia and got off from her friend and went back to where she set.
"Well? How was it?", asked Tania, smiling at the still giggling child, not leaving her wrists yet.
"It… It was… FUN!", she panted merrily, the Bratz figures are going up and down along with her chest.
"Did you enjoy it?"
"Mia, she loves it! You can have two more minutes!", she said suddenly.
"WHAT?!", Miko's narrow eyes opened again.
"I'm just kidding, sweetie!", giggled Tania and released her thin wrists. "Take your sit back. And since you were the one who got tickled, you get to spin the bottle for the next round!", she said, bringing back the bottle to the middle of the circle.
Miko, still wheezing in attempt to bring back some of the air she lost in her tickle session, reached her hand and gave it a spin. For a moment the bottle seemed to be nothing but a blare of brown glass, and then it stopped.
"Alright! It's Ashley against Ginger!", announced Tania, watching the panties clad girl's mouth open up with shock and then curving into giggles. "Ash, pick a tile!"
Ashley picked a tile out of the bowl. "I got three and five", she said.
"Alright! Ribs for five minutes or feet for two?", asked Ginger with a smirk. Tania smiled. They really understood easily!
"Feet for two, no question about that!", she said.
They all laughed. If she remembered to bring her swimsuit, it would probably be her one piece blue one. Ashley wasn't going to give Ginger the opportunity to take advantage over the fact that 99 percents of her skin was bare.
"Very good! Come on, little one!", said Tania.
"Poor Ashley!", tittered Briana as the new tickle victim took off her watch and gave it to her. Afterwards she lied down with her head on Tania's thighs and her wrists locked in her feasts and pinned to the carpet. "Just sit on her ankles, sweetheart", she heard Tania above her guiding her tormentor.
"K", said Ginger with a smile as she deposited her bottoms on her friend's legs, facing her feet.
"Okay, is everyone ready?"
"Yes!", answered Ginger, Ashley and Briana in a perfect unison.
"Alright! Ashley, now it's your call, dear!", said Tania, looking upside down at the child's face that looked right back to her.
"One… Two…", she counted, and then she closed her eyes shut. "THREE!"
Within sheer second the little brunette collapsed to full blown laughter while on the other side of her body, ten evil monsters were having a spree. Ginger's fingers scratched upon and dug into her friend's soles, making her to flail her waist from side to side alone with her head, but all six of the females who were sitting in the room knew she wasn't going anywhere.
"Push her toes back and tickle under them!", advised Briana who was sitting right in front of the occasion.
"Oh, yes!", agreed Miko. "Lisa does it to me all the time and it drives me nuts! Doesn't it, Liz?"
"You bet!", answered Tania loudly, trying to get over Ashley's screams of laughter.
Ginger shrugged. It was worth a try, after all! She took one hand and used it to push all ten Ashley's chubby toes backwards. Even before the poor nine years old had the chance to protest, Ginger's other five blunt fingernails were sent for a jaunt over the base of them, gliding her digits along the rarely touched skin.
Behind her, Ashley's laughter was increased both in volume and pitch, and she could feel her trying fruitlessly to arch her back.
"Tickle harder!", shouted Mia. As Ginger followed her order, Ashley submerged shortly into silent, tears are starting to form at the corners of her eyes. It last for a few seconds, and then the unfortunate child had finally took a deep breath and discharged into the room all the laughter which was bubbling inside her during those mere, inaudible moments.
"Now tickle her toes!", said Briana.
Tania looked at the mayhem that was spread in front of her. Usually while playing this game, she never let other players to help the tickler, but since it was Ginger's first time tickling someone like that, she decided to allow it for now. She smiled as she looked down at her nine years old captive. Although she couldn't see what Ginger was doing to her, because her body was hiding her actions, the popular babysitter could know just about when the birthday girl had made first contact with her toes just by her reactions: Ashley started to scream and her eyes opened wide, begging silently for help. But Tania just winked at her, leaned forward and whispered in her ear: "Oh, my, on my! It has been only two months since our last meeting, when your parents decided they don't need my services anymore, but I don't remember you were THAT ticklish, especially not on your feet!"
The poor child just looked at her, laughing her head off.
"Is there anything else I should know about you? Something that had changed for the last two months? I don't know, maybe something about your armpits or belly button?"
No answer came, nothing but pure laughter mingled with screams and protests. Ashley did her best not to hear the young woman's words that were whispered into her consciousness, but her voice seemed to actually represent the buzz sensation on her feet, which only made it feel even more buzzing. Her mind was filled with teasing words, uninhibited tickling sensation and uproarious which she didn't know what was its source- was it her mouth or her friends'?
Her mind was so full, that she didn't even hear Briana announcing that the time was up. All she knew was that in a single moment the whispers in her ear stopped along with the stimulation on her feet, and only her laughter was left to float alone in the room.
"That's it, sweetie!", said Tania, freeing her wrists. The small girl was somewhat lightheaded as she got back to her place with out a word.
"Well? How was I?", asked Ginger with a smile from ear to ear.
Ashley looked at her for a couple of moments, and then her face broke into a smile. "Oh, you'll get my revenge!", she said. "I was trained for three years by this woman", she pointed at Tania with her thumb. "I know everything there is to know about tickling!"
Tania laughed. "Oh, really?", she looked at her with one eyebrow raised.
"Yes!", she said. "Well, more than her!"
"She was just fine! Wasn't she, girls?", asked Tania, answered by a general agreement.
"I didn't say she wasn't, I just said I'm better!", proclaimed Ashley.
"We'll see about that. Spin the bottle, please!", she said and brought back the bottle to the center of the circle.
Ashley reached her hand towards the bottle and almost touched it when she flinched with a yelp as Tania gave her exposed armpit a quick stroke. The child looked at her with a puzzled look.
"That's for your arrogance!", she explained with a smile. "Now you can spin!"
Ashley stretched her head hesitatingly, not taking her eyes off of Tania. When she finally spun it, she quickly collected her arm back, hugging herself with her hands and provoking laughter from all the other five.
"Oh, you're something, Ash!", said Tania and looked at the bottle. "Okay, now it's Miko and Mia again, but now it's Mia's turn to get it from you, darling!", she smiled at Miko, who smiled at her back pleased.
"Well, Mia?", the little Japanese moved her smile to her ex-tormentor. "Pick a tile!"
A little bit concerned, Mia reached her hand into the bowl. She picked one black game piece in her hand and looked at it. "Okay, I got four and six…", she mumbled and raised her eyes to the babysitter. "You said you'll explain us what six represents".
"And so I will! You have two choices, dear: or to be tickled on your tummy for six minutes, or our Mia here will pick a card with a task on it, which she will be filling for four minutes", she said, pulling out from her bag a pack of cards she made herself.
"Oooh! I know these cards!", said Briana with a spark in her eyes. "We played this game with Monica once, remember, Liz?"
"Off course I do! You were enjoying so much!"
"Yeh! Pick the cards, Mia!"
To Mia it was obvious from the very first moment Tania put out the cards option. And so it was to Tania- No one wants to be tickled for six minutes, especially not Mia and especially on her tummy, which was the weakest spot in her body, that spot she'd do anything to avoid being tickled there. "I'll take the cards", she said.
"Very well, then! Come here", she ordered the girl that was sitting on her left. Mia sighed and put herself in the already familiar position, her head on Tania's thighs and her hands above her head on both sides of the babysitter's body, her wrists are waiting to be clutched. "Miko, take one", she heard Tania saying, watching her from below as she stretched her hand for Miko could pick the first one. "Don't read it out loud, just pass it to Briana to read. Bri, pass it to Ginger after you finish".
Mia watched how the card is being passed from one child to another, via Tania and finishing with Ashley on her left. Each time a new one was looking at it, she couldn't stop a giggle and then stared at Mia, as saying: "Oh, you don't know what's coming up for you!" Even Tania tittered and said out loud: "Oh, Mia… You couldn't be more screwed…"
"What? What's written there?", she bagged to know.
"Oh, you'll see in a minute", Tania smiled as she put aside the card, upside down, off course, so Mia won't be able to read it. "Are you ready for your task, Miko?"
"Sure!", shrugged the girl and took her place on Mia's hips, the same place the other was sitting on her couple minutes ago.
"Ashley, you're taking time?"
"Yep!", said the slim girl with a keen smile, setting her watch-stopper.
"What?", she raised her head to the babysitter.
"Count, or I'll do it for you", she smiled at her.
"Oh, yeh. One… Two…" she stopped and looked at Tania again. "But what's going to happen?"
"Three!", said Tania and signed with her head to start.
"What? No, I'm no- Hehehehe… Oh, NO! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Tania smiled as she looked at Mia dunking a finger in the middle of her friend's abdomen and eagerly swirling it inside her bellybutton.
"Tolled you you're screwed", Tania said above her, provoking evil giggles from the other three girls who were sitting in the circle and watching the "Tickle Mia" show.
Mia was hopelessly laughing as Miko's fingers caressed, poked, stroked, swirled, burrowed, drilled and brushed her poor navel, and the awareness that she has nothing to do about it made the whole experience even more frantic.
"STOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOP!", she moaned with her eyes shut tight, hardly hearing her friend's answer from the depths of her ocean of mirth: "Can't do! That's my task!"
Her whole body was quaking and jolting as she swamped deeper and deeper into that sea, which was becoming even wetter with every tear that had poured down one of her chicks or the sweat that made her skin shine.
Finally Miko took her bottoms back and leaned forward with her face towards Mia's tummy. Tania was already seeing in her mind her tongue being pulled out to be grazed upon Mia's skin, or her mouth being opened and injecting a loud slobbery noise into her flesh. But what she did was something that Tania had never thought of, not in that spot anyway, and she noted herself to try it once with one of 'her' other kids: the small Japanese girl submerged her thin long nose inside Mia's belly-dimple and nuzzled it all around, sliding easily thanks to the small pond of perspiration that had drained into it.
Mia's laughter was increased within moments, and one moment after no one could hear her voice anymore. Tania looked at the poor child trying in vain to fill her lungs with fresh air so she could at least hurl out another gale of laughter, but it seemed like her chest was refusing to rise. Miko's nose was squeezing out her entire respiratory system's capacity. A single second before she almost choked, Ashley exclaimed: "Time's up!"
The moment Miko's nose disconnected with her belly-button, Mia had finally succeeded to fill her lungs with new air. She coughed and gasped, totally depleted. It seemed like Miko had succeeded to extract all the energy out of the poor child.
"Are you okay?", asked Miko concernedly as she quickly got up from her, letting her breath and not taking her worried eyes from her friend.
"Yeh... Yes, I think so...", panted Mia and allowed Tania to help her get back on her bottoms, giving out some more hacks as she got back to her place.
"I'll bring us some water", said Ginger and got up.
"You sit there tightly, birthday girl. I'll bring it! You keep playing meanwhile", said Briana and before Ginger could protest she was already out side the room, still hearing Tania saying to Mia she can keep the card until the game's over. Briana smiled. 'Tickle him/her belly-button'… This woman is a genius!
As she came back with a plate with six glasses and a pitcher of cold water, she saw that everyone was looking at her.
"What?", she asked as she put aside the plate and filled a glass of the liquid for Mia, who was still red and sweaty.
Ashley giggled. "We spun the buttle...", she tittered.
"And? So wh-" when she saw the battle, her mouth was no longer capable for forming words. "Oh no!"
"Oh, yes!", said Tania with the biggest smile. "It's you against me now!"
"Pick a tile, Bri!", said Ginger, giggling.
"You shut up, birthday princess!", she winked at her and got back to her place after giving everyone a glass of water. As she looked at the bottle in front of her, its spout seemed like a barrel of some sort of tickle-gun which was about to shoot her every moment. As she took a tile out of the bowl, she prayed for an easy one.
A two and a two.
Well, no question about that. It wasn't that bad either. Her armpits weren't that ticklish anyway.
"Come on, lie down", said Tania with a smile.
"But how will you hold me?", she asked, hoped to hear her saying she wasn't about to hold her, but somewhere in her mind she knew it was impossible.
"Oh, I got my ways, dear", she said as she watched Briana setting into position, locating her hands on both sides of Tania's body.
Then the 17 years old moved her legs up and over the child's arms, pinning them down with her thighs. "Now we're talking! Ashley, ready?"
"Yep!", she said eagerly, setting her watch-stopper for two minutes.
"And you?", Tania lowered her eyes to her excited victim, who nodded at her. "Count then".
"One, two… THREE!"
Briana knew how it felt to be tickled on her armpits by her father, who wasn't obtaining much from his her while doing that. In their sessions, Tania preferred to focus on her feet, which were her favorite spot to tickle, as much as Briana's favorite spot to be tickled on. Her armpits seemed to be rarely touched, if not never. She knew Tania was a great tickler, but her dad wasn't a very bad one either, and since she was a toddler he had never forgot to remind it to her from time to time. The feeling of her father's fingers grazing against her skin is one of her favorite and most remembered childhood moments, but her armpits had never to be a very favor-repaying spot on her body, and both of them knew that. This was why she was so surprised when Tania made first contact with her armpits. She wasn't expecting for much.
She was wrong.
"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THAT TICKLHEHEHEHEHEHEHES!", she screamed, surprised to realize that her words couldn't be more true.
"No! Really?", teased her Tania, pretending to be surprised as she kept animatedly scratching the child's arm dents, knowing exactly where to find those small, oh so tiny little spots that makes little kids to freak out.
As she lied under her keen fingers, snorting with laughter and flounder under Tania's tickle shower, Briana was thinking about her father again. His favorite spot to tickle all his 3 daughters has always been the armpits. She remembered how he was asking her 12 years old sister to hold up Briana's hands above her head while he sent his fingers to a fieldtrip in the valleys of sensitivity, making her giggle and titter. He had always dredged out the best out of his two other daughters, the 12 and the 7 years old, and he enjoyed to see them screaming and laughing to the tops of their lungs whenever he tickled their armpits, but Briana had never seemed to be so ticklish there. She was ticklish on her feet or on her tummy and when he tickled her there she was screaming and shouting as if she were being bitten, but her underarms had always seemed to faintly respond to his attempts to stimulate them. Briana didn't know why it was the way it was and wandered about it too, until few moment ago, when Tania made contact with her skin and unlike their private one-on-one meetings, this time, for the first time, she was REALLY tickling her armpits. As she felt the babysitter's fingers poking, spidering and whisking her supple body, making her flapping and flailing all around fruitless, she finally knew the answer.
Her father couldn't obtain what Tania could by tickling her armpits because Tania had what her father had never had.
Sharp and long fingernails.
Those ten vibrant monsters, those with the pointy thin edges and the perfect mingle of stiffness and softness, seemed to have the insidious ability to sneak into each and every crinkle from the many crinkles she had under her arms, never missing a single point which seemed to have ticklish potential. Each den and ditch was being explored, each fissure and flute was getting tended and the sensation shoot like electricity through her chest and tummy, her whole body is buzzing as if she had swallowed a beehive.
"HOW MUCH MORE?", she screamed at Ashley through her own island of tickles, laughter and impulsive movements.
"One minute!", exclaimed Ashley, looking at her friend who swamped deeper and deeper into her ticklish agony.
Meanwhile, Tania's fingers felt as if they were doing some gardening work under her arms while plowing and raking over her skin and scooping with her pink-painted shovels, digging up more and more laughter from the poor child. Her flailing body seemed to provide the irrigating services, washing itself with salty sweat that formed small drops that shined like diamonds on her skin, and for her unfortunate only made the nails to slide faster and easer. From gardening they moved to construction, as spiky little hammers started to tack rapidly and constantly thousands of tickling nails into her axillas, hustling and jabbing her flesh in and out, in and out, causing the muscles to ripple under her skin and increase the stimulation.
Briana was wheezing with laughter, her moist hair is sticking to her reddish face as she rocked her head from side to side, trying desperately to lower her arms down.
"Hay, Ash! How long do I still have?", asked Tania suddenly.
"34 seconds", she replied.
Suddenly the tickling stopped. The still giggling Briana sighed with relief as she felt the weight of Tania's legs being removed from her arms as a hand was stabbed between her head and Tania's thighs which it was laid on for the last one and a half minutes. Then Tania rose up the child's head a bit, extricating her legs from under it and lowered it gently to the floor.
"What are you doing? You have more 30 seconds!", said Ashley.
Tania just winked to her and crawled to sit on Briana's waist, her weight is on her knees so she won't hurt the girl. Though she was scuffling, Briana could feel her wrists being snared again by the young woman and in mere minutes her hands were over her head again, this time with Tania on the front.
"W… What are you doing?", asked the poor child, who looked quite scared from what was waiting for her.
"All this tickling had made me a little bit… hungry", she winked at her with a mischievous smile.
Her eyes opened wide immediately. "Oh, no! Don't you dare!", she exclaimed, giggling already.
"Who would stop me?", she said as she leaned forward and her mouth approach to her arm basins.
Briana took a deep breath and released her ticklish misery to the air. She could faintly hear all other girls laughing at her as she felt Tania nibbling her right armpit, then licking the left one, then moving back to the first one, now panting a loud zerbert. Back to the left, masticating loudly and slobbery.
"STOOOOOOOOOOP!", she whooped as the mouth of the oldest guest in her friend's birthday party was capering from one armpit to the other, yielding some of the loudest laughter she had ever had, so loud she wasn't sure how more her body could absorb.
As Tania got up from her and sat by her side, Briana couldn't do much but curling into a small ball of giggles, hardly breathing.
"You okay?", asked Tania gently.
"NO!", she yelled at her from between her crossed arms. "Why did you have to lick it?"
"Well, why did you have to locate your armpits exactly under my tongue?", she teased her. "But hay, at least something good came up from all this!"
"Oh, yeh? What's that?", she panted.
"No more foot tickling for you anymore!", she said and poked her ribs.
Briana giggled and flinched.
"Now it's your turn to spin the bottle, sweetheart", she whispered. "Do you want to do that?"
"Go on, then".
She crawled back to her place with her armpits still tingling, and reached her hand to the bottle that was brought back to the middle of the circle.
"Ginger against Ashley, but this time, Ashley is going to have the revenge for you, Ging!", she smiled at her. "Oh, just you wait!", said Ashley next to her, all of them are looking at her excited as she picked a Domino tile.
"I got four and… the other end is empty", she said, puzzled.
Tania smiled. "So, you have the option to let Ashley to tickle your tummy for as long as she wants, OR you can have the other option…", she said, drilling in her with her sparkly eyes.
"W… What's that?", she said, both eager and afraid to know the answer.
"Gang tickling, all of us, for four minutes", she smiled, provoking excited giggles from the others.
It was like a lightning strike for the birthday girl. The old calculates were back to business: She could have herself being tickled only on her tummy for an unknown amount of time. She didn't want to be tickled forever, but from the other hand, having her whole body being attacked by ten hands, which meant twenty fingers, sounded so frightening! But still, it would be just for four minutes… JUST for five minutes?!
She could actually imagine the smock coming out from her ears as she thought over a way to solve her difficulty.
She had no way out of it.
"I'll go for the gang tickling…", she said silently.
"Come here, then. Lie in the middle", said Tania, appreciating the child's brave decision. After all, she was the only child in the room who didn't have a tickling history with the famous babysitter, and she wasn't experienced to be a human tickle monster or a tickle victim like 'her' other girls were. As she took her place in the middle of the circle, lying on the carpet with her arms protecting her belly, Tania thought if she was in the same position, she would go for the other option.
"One… Two…", started Ginger.
Tania laughed. "It's good to see you're catching up, sweetie! But since your friends had never performed group tickling together, so I'll have to tale them the rules".
They had never done group tickling? That was comforting somehow. "There are rules for that?", asked Ginger, surprised to realize how excited she was from the whole mayhem around her.
"Off course, dear!", she smiled at her as she raised the child's arms above her head and put her legs upon them as she did with Briana.. "To every tickle technique has its own rules! Didn't you thought her that?", she asked the others. "Well, that's very wrong!", she said after they answered "no" with embarrassed expressions on their faces. "I'll have to punish each and every one of you for that. Miko, we're meeting on Sunday, so you're first! Get ready!"
They all giggled, knowing she was just playing around with them.
"Okay. So, firstly, we don't want the poor thing to get tiered so we'll do it one at a time. Ashley, you'll tell me with every new minute that had passed, and then we'll change the method. Okay? Remember- you do only what I say!", she raised a finger in a way that reminded them their math teacher. "Firstly, I want you to split: Briana and Miko, each one grab a foot. Ashley and Mia, sit on both sides of her".
After they all did as she asked, Tania lowered her eyes to Ginger. "Now you can count, sweetie", she smiled at her nicely.
"One… Two… THREE!", she counted.
"Starting the clock", said Ashley as they all waited for Tania's instructions.
"Poke her, one at a time. Each one pokes only once. Mia, you can start".
Mia smiled and reached to poke her friend's belly, right above her navel.
"Hehehehehe!", she flinched and giggled.
"Next", ordered Tania.
One by one they were prodding their fingers against her skin, pushing and jabbing her flesh as she wallowed in giggles. Her armpits, belly, ribs, even her feet and her neck, on which Tania seemed to have a monopoly, were being wedged, making her to perform an odd and funny belly dance.
"One minute over", said Ashley after a while, quick enough to sneak a last poke in between two of her friend's ribs.
"Good. Now I want you to caress her with the pads of your fingers in long movements, like this", she demonstrated as she reached her hands to her waist and dragged them up her ribs realm, finishing with her armpits.
"EEEEEE!", Ginger screeched as her face scrunched up for as long as it last and then grinned brightly as it was over.
Tania smiled. "Glad to see you liked it. Numbers, please!"
She breathed excitedly before saying: "One… Two… THREE!"
"Let's go, girls!"
Within few minutes Ginger found herself collapsing into severe giggle attack under twenty fingers who were stroking her bare body from head to toe: Tania grazed her long fingernails along both sides of her neck and armpits, Ashley and Mia were sliding their digits along her sides and tummy and Briana and Miko were working on her feet and legs.
Her whole body was tingling now, sending small electric shocks to her mind with every new stroke they had performed.
"What do you think of my technique?", asked her Tania, now fondling her fingernails gently up and down her armpits, determinate to bring the poor child's nerves as closest to the edge without actually tickling her.
Ginger giggled. "HEHEHEHEHE! It's feels good! Hehehehe! Like a massage!"
Tania giggled. "You know what, I did the very same thing to Briana's sister a few days ago".
"Hehehehe! Who, Dona?", she managed to ask through her giggles and quivers.
"That's right, and she said the very same thing! And you know what else I discover about her?"
"That if you do this on her inner thighs, she will laugh like a maniac!"
Her eyes opened wide. "What? NO! Hehehehe!"
"Yes?", said the child who was totally devoted to lightly stroke Ginger's left sole with her tender fingers.
"Move to our little birthday princess's inner thighs, please. You too, Miko".
"NO! HEHEHEHEHE!", Ginger giggled even harder as they filled the babysitter's request, sweeping their blunted fingernails in torturing long, slow moves from her groins down to her knees and back up sluggishly.
"No? Oh, I think yes! I must see if you can laugh louder than our precious little Dona", replied the babysitter while continuing to dunk her fingers in her armpits.
Ginger's laughter was cascading out of her by now, increasing whenever Miko or Briana were getting nearer to her groins or whenever Ashley or Mia were close to her armpits or her navel.
"What do you say, Bri? Is she winning?"
"Not in a million years! My sister still laughs louder!"
"Well, that's something you should fix, don't you think?"
She nodded and used her other hand to go on the exterior side of her thigh, an action that soon would be followed by Miko. Both girls looked at each other, competing against themselves who would make their apprentice laugh harder.
Ginger's skin was stinging as if like thousands insects were walking on it lazily, trying to find the best place to start their new colony. It filled her body with ripples of mingled sensation of fun and torture, which was all expressed by her lungs which were doing some overtime work.
"Two minutes over", said Ashley as she completed another set of stroking from her friend's waist to her armpit.
"Okay, stop, all of you. Now I'm going to have a contest between the two pairs. Who ever get to make her laugh harder, will get another piece from her birthday cake, how's that sound?"
"Cool!", they all agreed, apart of Ginger who was still tittering franticly.
"Each group have one minute. Ginger, who would you like to be the first, the upper-body group, Ashley and Mia, or the legs and feet group, Briana and Miko?"
"I… I choose… Briana and Miko…", she panted merrily. What different did it make? Her whole body was hyper-ticklish, so it didn't matter to her if she would firstly get tickled from her waist up or from her waist down.
"Feet and legs it is!", she said, watching while each child grabbed an ankle, tucked it under her arm and looked backwards, waiting for Ginger's permission.
She sighed. "Oh my god…", she panted. She could still feel their fingers over her body! She took a deep breath and said with her eyes closed tight: "One… two… THREE!"
As the last word came out from her mouth, Miko started to rake her right sole with the fingers of her free hand, keenly followed by Briana, who her fingernails were a little longer than her Japanese friend's, and the irregularity was that had madden the receptive girl underneath them.
"AAAAH! HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!", she screamed her woe to the world, knowingly no one would come to save her from this plight she got herself into. She arched her back and felt her entire body unwillingly convulsing. She was so surprised to discover that although the two girls seemed so slim and small, they were unbelievably strong. No matter how much she kicked her legs in attempt to free herself, her ankles would remain tucked in their hairless and warm jails in both girls' armpits.
Meanwhile, their fingers weren't disappointing at well. Briana learned that if she bent her arm right, she could tickle with the arm which under Ginger's ankle was snared. Her whole arsenal of ten was hovering and prancing over the entire area from her ankle under, garmenting it with a blanket of buzzing tickles.
Miko decided to use her other hand too, but she was intriguing for something else. She gently grasped Ginger's big toe and the second toe with both her hands and then lowered her head slightly, just enough to imbed a tongue right in the gap between them. As she heard Ginger screaming behind her, she knew it was probably thanks to the way she dragged her moist and warm tool over the delicate skin, diligently looking for better spots to taste. She moved from one pair of toes to another, lingering to visit each and every one from the four valleys that resided between them, sending her slim tongue to wander around much like a lamb or a cow in the meadow.
"Three minutes over!", shouted Ashley, who couldn't be more happy by now. The entire time she has been imagining in her head the things that she would do to Ginger's tummy, ribs and armpits, and now she couldn't be more eager to see it happening.
"Okay, clap your hands for the first pair, Miko and Briana!", said Tania as four pair of hands were cheering, apart of Ginger who were still laughing her head off, feeling the slippery moistness of Miko's saliva on and between her toes. "Ginger, are you ready for the next pair?", she said to the girl. The other children didn't know that, but the entire time the babysitter was removing hair from her face, patting her head and whispering in her ear, promising it would be over soon and telling her how brave she was. Now the girl's tearing eyes were looking at her, brightening up when she smiled. "Yes!", she confidence answered.
"Good! Thank you, Ashley", she said as she got the watch-stopper from the panties clad child. "Do you want to count or I'll do it myself?", she asked Ginger gently.
"I'll do it! One… Two… TICKLE ME! HAHAHAHAHA!", she initiate laughing as Tania started the time, even though not a single finger was being laid on her yet.
This was exactly what Ashley was waiting for. She saw the way Miko tortured Ginger's left sole. She was much better than Briana, for her opinion. Miko had always been a better tickler than anyone else from the four girls' group, if not the best. She would be the one to start any kind of tickle war, whether it was in their class, yard or at the pool- if you entered the class room and saw a mayhem of children clustering on the floor and laughing like maniacs, you could know for sure Miko was somewhere in the bottom, sending her skilled fingers all over. The rumor says that she was taking courses at Tania's, but no one knew for sure and no one would dare to ask her if he or she didn't wanted to be finished as a giggling puddle on the class's floor. Ashley was determinate to overcome it. She had to win!
As Ginger started counting, she looked at the options she had: a single neck, a single armpit, twelfth ribs, one boneless flank and as much as tummy as she wanted. In her mind a plan was starting to take shape.
"TICKLE ME! HAHAHAHAHA!"
'Oh, you bet I will!', she thought as she decided to discharge her whole armory of biological tickle tools the nature gave her, constant acute non-stop tickling during the whole minute she'd had.
She then leaned down and opened her mouth, which was willing to be filled with a young smooth armpit. Then she deposited her hands on the right spots and went to town.
Ginger's screams beside her were like music to her ears, an indication she was doing a good job. And her job couldn't be better, for she was doing whatever she could: the birthday's girl's side was being kneaded by the almost naked girl's left hand, on the left side of her neck were dancing five over energetic fingers from her right one and her right armpit was being nibbled by her teeth and licked by her tongue, her lips occasionally joining as well while injecting a slobbery zerbert into the flesh, her whole mouth is gorging the shallow gorge under her arm.
"Hay, Ashley!", she heard Mia from the other side of her ticklish prey.
"Hmmm?", she hummed, too busy by forming circles with her tongue in her friend's basin.
"Would you please move your hand from her neck to the other armpit? I got an idea".
"NO! HAHAHAHAHAHA!", bucked Ginger loudly, her whole body is scuffling with protest.
"Ammhmm", she answered as she blindly scouted after that precious gap. Finally she found it, somewhere on the other side of her shoulder, and started to scribble all around there, making the poor girl to flinch to her right in respond and by doing that she pushed her other underarm deeper into Ashley's mouth. The nine years old didn't missed the chance and nibbled like crazy, making her flinch to the other side. Ashley's eyes opened wickedly when she recognized the potential that was hidden within her new discover, and she wasn't lagging to use it: She tickled Ginger's left armpit with her fingers again, opened her mouth to get some more of her right armpit and licked as much as she could before it would retreat. Within moments, her right hand which was squeezing her fleshy flank just under the left side of her ribcage jointed as well, and now Ginger was cackling and kicking her legs franticly as Ashley was performing "The waltz for a tickle monster and an orchestra" on her bare body: Squeeze, stroke, lick, squeeze, stroke, lick, squeeze, stroke, lick… The tickling was everywhere, and the fact that Mia was now sitting on her thighs didn't made the whole thing easier. Now she had no way to kick her legs anymore!
The Latin petite girl looked at Ginger from her throne on her waist, considering what she should do to her. She then looked at her tummy and smiled to her with a wink.
"DOHOHOHON'T YOU DAHAHAHAHRE!", she screamed at her as she was still dancing that waltz composed by Ashley.
Mia didn't say a word, just smiled and moved Ashley's right hand a little higher, from her flank to her ribs, and got herself the flanks on both sides.
But she wasn't squeezing yet.
Next thing Ginger knew and Mia was leaning forward, submerging her mouth in her soft tummy and blew the horn for her hands to start kneading her sides.
"NOHOHOHOHOHOHO! STOHOHOHOHOP!", shouted Ginger, competing unsuccessfully with the voices the friendship of her belly with her mouth was producing.
Mia's hands appeared to be quite obedience: whenever the horn was heard, the faster and deeper they kneaded. But it seemed like there was one little guy who wasn’t giving a damn for the horn- and this little guy could be felt right inside her navel by now!
As Mia's tongue poked over and over again her bellybutton, Ginger had finally dived to silent, no noise was being heard apart of Mia's zerberts and Ashley's bender. It was like she was of two minds: A sort of primitive, instinctual part of her desperately wanted the tickling to stop, wanted to get away and protect her body from her friend's new hobby. But at the same time, another part of her was craving these sensations, making them tolerable as it seemed to whisper with its invisible mouth that it wished that this tickling could go on forever. It was like a thrilling joy being written on the skin of her abdomen by Mia's and Ashley's fingers, tongues and teeth. It was probably the part of her that loved it to be the more powerful of the two feelings, since when Tania finally said that their time was up, she almost whimpered and begged for more.
As all binds were broken and her body was free again, her limp body just stayed as it was, with her hands still on both sides of her body and her mouth ajar and cascading giggles, titters and gasps.
"Well? Who are the winners, Ging?", asked Tania gently, stroking her sweaty forehead.
"A… Hehehehe… Ash… Ashley and Mia…", she said faintly.
"WHAT?! No way these two preschoolers tickled better than me!", frowned Miko.
"Well, I guess there are some more surprises waiting for us ahead! Last round for tonight, girls!"
As Ginger limped back to her place, the bottle was being brought back to the middle of the circle. "Ginger, would you?"
The still giggling child reached her hand and gave it a last spin.
"Ashley against Ginger! Are you capable to do that, Ging?", she asked concerned.
Ginger nodded and smiled. Now she could finally have her revenge!
"Okay, pick a tile, Ash!", she said, handing over the bowl.
Ashley smiled at her and reached her hand towards the ball, and then suddenly her arm froze in mid air. She then lowered her head and looked at her body, as if she was seeing herself for the first time.
Tania frowned. "Is everything alright, Ashley?", she asked concerned.
The nine years old looked back at her and smiled. "Yes, everything's fine", she replied and her frozen hand was back to life and submerged into the bowl. She fumbled there for quite a long time before picking one and looking at it.
Her face got pale. "A… I don't get it…", she mumbled.
"What? What do you have there?", asked Briana eagerly.
Ashley didn't answered, just turned the tile over for them to see. "What does it mean?", she asked.
Ginger moved her eyes from the totally blank tile to Tania, who winked at her.
Ginger smiled. She knew exactly what it meant.
They all did.