Friday, October 26, 2007
Cat's Out of the Bag
“Good morning sleepy.” Kjarbo said as he handed me a cup of hot chocolate as soon as I came out of my room.
It was late in the morning. After my late night up with Jen I needed a bit of an extra rest. I took the cup gratefully and watched Jenjen bounce on her toes behind her brother as I sipped. “Thank you and good morning to you two.” It was nice to see Jenjen in a better mood but something was up.
Kjarbo grabbed me and pulled me in for a hug. “It will be ok. We’ll help you.” He said.
“What are you talking about?” I asked as I glared at Jen.
“I know all about it.” He said.
“Jen!” I shouted and her ears fell flat against her head.
“Family doesn’t count! Family doesn’t count!” she said as she ducked behind her brother.
I sighed. “Who else knows?” I looked around the lobby but everyone else had already left for the day.
“We didn’t tell anyone else. Promise.” She said as she put her hand over her heart still keeping hidden behind Kjarbo.
“I’m glad she told me.” Kjarbo said. “You shouldn’t do this alone.”
“I don’t think you understand.” I said as I rubbed my face in frustration. “I need to get away before anyone else finds out.” I turned on my heel back into my room. “Moogle?”
“Yes Kupo?” he smiled.
“Pack our things. We’re leaving.”
“Ah, good idea Kupo.” He spun and got right to work. “Is it a bad time to tell you a package arrived Kupo?” He dropped a box on my bed.
“Pack it with the rest. I think we should hurry.” I said as I went to my closet to find clothes.
Kjarbo and Jen were standing at my door watching me run around in a panic. “You need to come home with us.” Jenjen said.
“What? We are home. I need to get away from home and hide.”
“You shouldn’t worry so much. Your friends love you no matter what.” Kjarbo said in his best attempt to reassure me but he just didn’t understand.
“Mhaura. Jenjen said. Our home near the docks. That is where we want to take you if you feel like you need some privacy.”
I stopped to look at their kind faces looking back at me. It wasn’t a bad idea. Not bad at all. “Thank you.” I said and I went to hug them both. “Thank goodness for true friends.”
It was no time before they had unpacked the few essential items I brought. There simply wasn’t room in the small home for me but in I would squeeze anyways. I smiled as I looked at the beautiful gold accented cradle I brought sitting against a wall. I could almost see the tiny little angel bundled up in it as I thought of her.
“That is the last of it.” Kjarbo smiled. “I hope you don’t mind sharing the back room with Jenjen. She can purr rather loudly while she sleeps but I’m sure it wont take long to get used to it. “If it gets too bad we can always make her sleep in the kitchen.” He smiled at her as Jenjen’s tail swished with annoyance.
“You just keep watch at the front door and leave us girls to worry about girl things.” Jenjen nipped playfully. She was clearly excited about her new roommate.
I crawled into the hammock so graciously given to me by Kjarbo with the intentions of giving it a test nap. So much had happened lately I had hardly had time to breath but at this moment I felt good.
Pulling the package that had arrived for me into bed I unwrapped the red paper around it. I smiled. It was half a heart chocolate with a note. It read: I didn't want the last thing we shared to be the death of a friend. –Kallo
How sweet of him. I broke off a piece and sucked on it letting it melt on my tongue. That’s when the idea struck me. I knew what I needed. I never thought I would think this again but I needed a man. An elvaan man…. I stared at Kjarbo as he prepared the fish he would cook us for dinner.
I hoped Brodie could forgive me but the best way to protect our child would be to tell everyone the baby wasn’t his. I cringed and my heart hurt but it was the best I had for now. Now I had to figure out a way to ask Kjarbo to help me raise my child as his.