This was probably not the ideal weather for taking the little ones outside, but if Nima waited until it stopped raining, she’d likely miss the entire spring.
Besides: She needed this. She needed a welcome distraction, something to keep her mind out of the dark places. Something pure.
Kopec was well acquainted with the outdoors, but now—at a month old—it was time for the others to get a small taste of that freedom as well. They were old enough to start learning how to mind. They would, soon enough, unnervingly soon, be old enough to play by themselves.
That thought was freeing and terrifying at the same time.
Nima had not been such an active parent with Elliot. By this age, he was already spending more time with Naomi than her, and the trend had only worsened as she’d grown into more responsibility with the gang. It was something she wanted to do differently this time, in the face of everything. Despite everything, she wanted—she needed—to play a more active role in the lives of her children.
And so she would take them outside, and let them get a glimpse at the sun, and a breath of the outdoor air, and begin to learn about boundaries.
Crawling out the cave’s side entrance, she poked her head back in and called for the babies.
Nov 12, 2017 02:09 AM
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