Words spilled from Arashi in a torrent, but Yuna knew she hadn’t yet learned to master her emotions, that things like this could all too easily feel overwhelming. She just crowded close to Arashi and let her speak, nuzzling at her face and finally licking under her eyes, knowing she was fighting tears.
“Oh Arashi, so often I wonder why things can’t just stay happy. I don’t have an answer to why they don’t, the stars alone know why some people behave the way they do. But as for your questions, some of them I can answer.
Home… home means never giving up on the wolves you love. Even when it seems hopeless, even when they leave and you can’t see them every day. I stopped thinking of the islands I was born as home years ago because even though the place was beautiful, the people weren’t. There was so little starlight in any of them, Arashi. This beach, this is home to me now. It’ll always be home to me, I promise you that.”
She took a deep breath before moving on to Kalea.
“Your sister is going through a rough time. And I’ve been trying to get her to turn to me, and to you and Mahalo, but instead she’s retreating. It’s… it’s not easy for me either Arashi. I wanted this family to stay together always, to be close and rely on one another. But I’m worried… I’m worried Kalea wants to leave. That she feels she has to face life alone, no matter how many times I tell her she has all of us.”
Though Yuna didn’t say it, Kalea leaving was not a fear she held only for her youngest daughter.
May 31, 2018 08:36 AM — Post #8
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