Back in the days of the old BB it was a kind of tradition in the bramber fan club that I wrote christmas themed stories. One year I did a story that had 24 parts (real world with tribal characters), another year each day someone else got a story from me in december. One year I had four stories each going about oine week in advent…I can’t even sum up it all, it was much I wrote those years.
I found an old story back some weeks, a german one. It was a bramber one named “All i want for christmas” and placed in s6. I have translated it now (finished up with better language) and placed in more other couples too. That way it is now as long that i can part it in three parts. One posted today, one posted on Christmas eve and the third will be posted on Christmas day. I hope you enjoy it and get a little festive mood in that crazy times we are living in. Christmas is a time of wonder and I wish as much as possible to you!
S 6 Christmas one shot
Gift of love (inspired by ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey)
- PART 1 “Meeting again”-
High trees stood majestically along the path. The cold weather already had brought ice over the branches, the grass along looking like frozen pictures of the once alive nature. Like being preserved.
The only life along were some tiny birds that nestled closely within some trees. The breeze here was so way different then the breezes the group of young people knew from their own home. Not warm and salty, but cold and dry.
“Ruby…what are those for trees?” the youngest girl among them stared at a tree that looked like a triangle shaped hat to her. “They are called firs Lottie…” “We don’t have those at home or?” “Yes we have…in the north…where it is more alpine …but not where our town was located…” “It are Christmas trees!” a young boy with red hair said knowingly. “Yes firs were used for that…” “Christmas?” Lottie stared at them utterly confused. “Yes…Christmas…don’t…don’t you know that Lottie?” “Of course I do! Only…erm…” she turned a bit away from Ruby “It is not like they did much for us in foster care with it…We didn’t have a tree or whatever…or stockings…I only know that from movies…” “How terrible!” The young guy with them whispered, remembering the nice Christmases in his home. Lottie shrugged. “Not a big thing really…”
The leader girl stared along their group. They all collected now around Ruby and the two younger members of their tribe, searching all the warmth of being closer. This temperatures here were mostly unknown to them. Some of them knew real cold from holidays in the north, going for skiing with their parents in the past. But not a cold like now, without the proper clothing even. She nestled her baby son closer to her chest, hoping her coat she had closed around him too, giving him enough of warmth. Her eyes met those of Trudy. She had her own daughter close in her arms, but her child was too big already to bring her under the coat the other mother was wearing. There was concern in Trudy’s eyes. A concern the leader shared. They had fled months back from their home, their country, with literally nothing then the clothes they were in. They had been on board of a tiny trader boat for a long while and all looked raged enough. They were cold in the strange country their boat had brought them too.
Her eyes fell on Zac, the one who had brought them here. It was thanks to him and the girl on his hand their tribe had a chance on a new start somewhere. “Mommy?” “I know Brady…you’re hungry…but…” “Here…I haven’t eaten all my ration…” Trudy looked thankfully at the blond male who gave her daughter the part of his ration. “Thank you, Jay!” Brady chirped dutifully with a cute smile before she ate the rusk. Jay leant over to her “Amber…we really need to find a place soon…” “You don’t say?” She huffed with an eye roll. He kept the tribe at bay, was able to keep them focused on walking on since they had went on land here, but he hadn’t a real solution at hand too. Just like the others he turned to her, seemingly thinking she had a plan for everything. “No need to snap my head!” He told her with a stern gaze.
“Oh sorry…yeah…I just wave my magic wand or what Jay? I am as strange as you all here! And I have a not almost one year old in my arms. I haven’t anything to feed him any more…so sorry that my mind is more occupied with that!” She stepped forward “I would think we just have to walk…you heard those people in that village…there was once a Techno place here somewhere…there are rebels located…maybe those can tell us something…” she looked over her shoulder. “You all wanted to leave…I voted for staying there in the village, if I might remind you. So don’t come complaining to me now!”
They all followed her, a red haired girl finally catching up to her. “They are all full of hope we might find others after…” Amber looked short back with her. Back where another red haired girl and a young man were walking. They had found them a month after they had set off with the boat. It had been a fight to free people in that camp. Searching the isle they had realised that there existed several such camps. Lex becoming then all determined again to search the rest. But Amber wasn’t too be fooled. He only wanted to find his wife. “I know…but you all shouldn’t hope too much…” “But…Amber what if the others are somewhere too? Ved, Cloe, Ryan? Maybe…” “Don’t say it! Don’t say HIS name!” “But…” “No BUT! It was YOU who edged me to go on! YOU! Salene…I hoped so long…I can’t go back hoping any more. When we reach that place…and we find no one…and you all want to search on…I’ll stay there. It is our son I have to think of…it is what he would want me to do…” Salene grabbed her arm. “I am sorry Amber…my advice wasn’t too good, or? But I really believed Jay and you…”
Salene looked back where Jay was walking beside Trudy, now him holding Brady. Officially he was with Amber, but the last months on the boat had driven the two apart. They had discussed loudly about the way the tribe should go, Jay all for searching on the missing ones, Amber calling him a foolish dreamer and hypocrite for he now wanted Ved back, when he had told her there was no hope the day they had found her lost loves picture marked with the cold word ‘deleted’. Jay had went edgy with Ambers son, often complaining about the little ones need of her.
“It is weird…why can he handle Brady so good? And be that bad way with little Bray?” Salene whispered. “It is because Trudy doesn’t remember her daughters father with love, like I remember Bray…” Amber whispered. “You…you sure?” “I…I dream still about him Sal. I talk in my sleep…and Jay heard…” “Oh no…but…but that is not your fault! You can’t control that!” “In Jay’s eyes I am not TRYING good enough…” Salene huffed. “I’d never thought I would eat my own words that way…but then let him! Seriously…first swearing his heart to Ebony – weird enough- then messing around with Trudy, then still running off to get it started with you…I thought it was just the weird ways feelings sometimes go…but now…ts! Hopefully Trudy knows what she is doing there…” “I should have never gotten in between them…I should have known my heart…” “So…you going to break up with him?” Amber looked back when Jay and Trudy laughed about something. “In my eyes we already have…”
She looked in front again, her eyes stinging a bit. It still hurt. He was literally cheating in a way for everyone to see. “Give him to me…” Salene held her arms out for her sleeping son. “I don’t…” “Come…you have him on your arms for days now…we have hardly made rest and even then you kept him…let’s share. Girls got to stick together!” very moved Amber gave her son to Salene, who wrapped the baby tightly up into her own coat now. Amber shook her tensed shoulders a bit. “Hi cutie…aren’t you a little heartbreaker hmm?” “Like his dad…” Amber sniffed, hurriedly stroking a tear away.
Salene’s looked at the blue sky above them while Amber walked off again. “Bray…can’t you…sent her some hope? Some…comfort? I don’t know how to help her…I thought it was right to go on, but now…I see that this was the wrong advice…” Salene and Amber had grown close on the journey. They shared the situation to have lost the big love of their lives. But Salene at last had a real closure. Even when it pained her she would maybe never again be able to visit Pride’s grave, at last she knew the place where he rested in peace. While Amber would probably never know what really had happened to her son’s father. Before Trudy had been the one Amber trusted more then anyone, but the thing with Jay had destroyed some of the inner trust in the friends. And though Salene enjoyed to be Amber’s closest, she hoped they would come over and re-establish their friendship. But seeing Trudy now even grabbing a hand of Jay made her doubt that.
She stayed back a little and stared daggers at them. “Aren’t you both ashamed?!” “Ashamed?” Trudy stared back wondering, but then her eyes followed Salene’s look. “Oh that…it is…I mean…not how you think…I am just…comforting Jay about her silly behaviour!” “Silly?! You out of all people Trudy…are sure in no right to call someone silly. And I would think you would draw a clear line…” The red haired girl stared at Jay. “After all he already broke your heart one time…” “Don’t speak that way with him!” “I speak the way I want! And I would ask you both to be at last a bit of more respectful. If you two want to be together…fine. But don’t go pretending you’re only friends, don’t go insulting Amber with that.” “She did the same!” “And? Yes her handling of the situation wasn’t perfect…but because of that you think you can do it just as foolish? Very arisen Trudy…very arisen!” Salene turned with a huff and followed Amber.
“You know…she is right with that!” May told them, walking past them with Zac on her hand. From once only a loose contact of her the guy and her were now a real couple. Zac was independent and street smart like May. He easily had decided to come with them, through he made clear every other day that he wasn’t a Mall Rat. Trudy let go of Jay’s hand, but stayed on his side.
“Will those girls ever learn about not letting a man mess them up?” Alice shook her head. Her sister Ellie , hand in hand with the tribes Genius Jack, shrugged. “Speaking fairly Amber stole Jay in a way from Trudy…” “Ellie…she didn’t steal him!” Jack rolled his eyes. “You can’t STEAL a human. Jay was willed to be with Amber. Trudy was stupid to start something with Jay to that time and then even more for not telling Amber at once. Once Amber had made up her mind it then showed that Jay still felt drawn to her.” “Still…Amber shouldn’t have started something with him…” “All three of them acted wrong…” Jack told her. Before the lovers could fight Alice coughed a little. “In my eyes Jay and Trudy suit better…he is what she needs and she seems to be what he longs for. Amber is too strong minded for the guy. I remember Bray stood his ground up to her way better! And…” Alice sighed. “Amber’s heart is still with Bray…I see it when I look in her eyes. On the journey she was constantly comparing Jay with him. I know that feeling…” “You’re not still mourning for Ned?!” Jack asked kind of scandalized. “No…but I mourn the feeling…so I understand Amber a bit at last…” “Bray sometimes had the same sad stare in his eyes…even when he was already with Danni…” Ellie mused. “You noticed that?” “I am a girl too Alice!” “Yeah a snappy girl who never took too much of trouble to spare someone’s feelings…” KC grinned from the side after coming up to them. “PFFF!” The other three laughed and Ellie giggled along. They were a weird unit in a way. Jack and her as couple, Alice of course part of their little family within the tribe. But now KC was a part of that too, because him and Alice had spent much time together. She had adopted him in a way. Jack had at first been a bit troubled by it, for KC was turning now more and more handsome. He had been afraid he could try for Ellie. But KC seemed to be more interested in Gel.
But whenever he was annoyed with the fashion girl he searched the three of them to talk rather to them. Gel was right now babbling Ruby’s head away. Lottie and Sammy always looking back with such annoyed faces that the older ones behind them had to grin. “I admire Ruby for not shooting her into the head…” the blonde stated dryly. “ELLIE!” “What Jack? God she is a killer with all that fashion and make up stuff…” “She can be very fun!” KC told her a bit of sternly. “Tscha…all guys see in that girl is her doll face!” “Sister-heart…you qualify as doll face girl too you know? With your long blond hair…your eyes…” “NO! Take that back Alice! I have a brain!” Right when a discussion might have grown with the four of them, Lex shouted annoyed. “You’ve got to be kidding me?!” They turned their heads in the front where the ex-sheriff was walking behind Amber and Salene now. But he didn’t look at any of them but high in the sky. And sure enough they felt it then. Cold, soft little touches from above.
“Snow…?!” Ellie held her hand out, catching a snowflake. In front Brady awed into the sky. “Mommy? Is that?” “It is called snow sweetheart…it is…frozen rain…” “Guys…I know you’re now all about dreaming away…joyfully whatever…but we need a place to stay!” Lex crossed his arms, his leather jacket wasn’t enough any more. He felt cold since days, but the temperature seemed to have dropped some more degrees now.
“Be silent!” Amber called back right from some meters in front. She strained her ears like she had learnt with the ECOS, closing her eyes a moment she then looked excited at her tribe. “I hear voices…children…” She put on spurt and they all hurriedly followed her. It would be terrible to loose her now while she was somehow leaving the old street but ran across the soon white meadows. “AMBER! AMBER! WAIIIIIT!” Lex ran up beside her “Are you insane?” “Why…? LOOK!” Lex turned in the direction at her finger and gaped. Then he hugged Amber joyfully and whirled her one time around. “GIRL! I never say anything again against being some ECO warrior…you found it!” They were in front of an old military compound. Just like the people from the village had told them. Some of the old prisoners had chosen to stay there, mostly those who weren’t at home in this part of the world.
Some children were having a snowball war, absolutely at ease with gloves and hats, big scarfs and thick military coats. “Civilization!” The ex leader of the TECHNO tribe sighed wistfully behind them what made Lex and Amber exchange an expatriated look. There was no one as more a whiner then Ram in their eyes. Not even Gel had complained more then him during their journey.
“Hey you lot…” A woman came out, dressed not as warm. “Come in…dinner is ready…” “Ah…no…we just started…” “The snow will be there tomorrow still…but I can’t guarantee there will be spaghetti bolognese left…” “SPAGETTI? BOLOGNESE?” the five children jumped. “Why didn’t you say at once San?” they ran up and her amused chuckle followed them.
Amber had grabbed Lex arm, somehow worried what he might do. Maybe faint. He stared at the girl who’s side they only saw. “Tai-San?!” It was only a whisper, but her head turned to them. Her long black hair with the blue gleam to it whipping around. “LEX? AMBER?!” She covered her mouth shocked by how loud the had almost screamed, but then she already ran up to them, hugging both at once. Both hugged her back. “Tai-San!” Lex sobbed shaken by having her back in his arms. Carefully Amber went out of the hug, giving them more room to touch completely. She stared at them, a hand covering her mouth, crying silent tears of joy. The others rushed up along, each old Mall Rat exclaiming the happiness to see the Asian girl with a loud shout. Lex let her go- only reluctantly- to hug the others too.
“I told them we would meet…I dreamt about it!” she beamed excited at the others. “Oh…but come in…you look frozen!” Tai-San lead them into the building “It is an old top secret basis. We have everything here…electricity…running water…heating system…kitchen well stocked…medical back up…” She explained in a rush, pulling on Lex hand who was staring around wondering. “Hey you all…come down! We have guests!” “Guests?” A voice they knew too asked, coming along “CLOE!” The black skinned girl did a squeal of delight before rushing down the stairs hugging Amber. Amber laughed joyfully “Cloe…oh my god!” She held the girl from her her eyes travelling down to the little bump. “Hmmm…yeah…much happened…” “Oh yes…oh come here again! How did you find a man to become pregnant while being…?” “VED!” Jay’'s shout let Amber turn and she saw how he run up the stairs pulling his younger brother tightly in his arms. “Jay! How do you…where do you…?” “You’re alive!” Jay leant his forehead onto Ved’s, both brothers closed their eyes a moment. “Yes I am…” “And you become father – it’s yours or?-…and…god…I have a million questions!” “One thing after the other…we have time…” “What is going on here? ” Another well known guy came along. “RYAN?!” “LEX!!!” The black haired Mall Rat guy huffed breathless when his old best friend caught him in a tight bear hug. But he gave the hug back full hearted.
“Slowly this feels a bit if cheesy here…” the girl with the braids rolled her eyes sarcastically. “Oh shut up Ebony!” Trudy snapped at her. The other girl rolled her eyes again, leaning to the guy beside who closed his arms around her from behind. “Be nice darling…” He kissed her neck softly what made her grin. “You prefer me nice instead of naughty?” “I prefer if you are naughty only with me…” he whispered with a smirk, grazing his lips along her ear.
Trudy and Ruby shared a sick gagging face. The openly showed sweetheart behaviour of the couple had driven them all a bit sick the last months. They hardly left hands off each other what often had caused discussions for space wasn’t much on the boat and almost everyone had walked in on them one time.
“Hey…what is up here? Guests? Bring them in! The twins and me made enough for…for…” his ocean eyes stared wide eyed at the assemblance downstairs. His voice had gotten a nudge deeper, his chest broader, his hair even longer. A soft stubble covering his cheeks, giving him a manly look. His top hair held back by a man bun, while the rest of his brown wavy mane reached his shoulders. Around his left eye and temple an expressive black tribal. “What…?” “They are here…they found us!” Cloe called high to him. He seemed not to take it in. But then his eyes met hers. A short moment he shook his head as if he wanted to make sure he wasn’t only dreaming again. But then he breathed her name and like a long time back in the mall he almost jumped down the stairs on his way, while she kind of stumbled up to him. Their embrace of each other was tight, taking away each others breath they held each other.
“Bray…” she mumbled muffled, crying on his chest. “Amber…shh…it…it’s…don’t cry…” “You’re crying too!” she mumbled still muffled. Taking hold of her face to make her look up in his face he smiled teary. “Yes I do…” softly his thumbs stroke the tears away, leaning over he kissed both her closed eyelids. Amber snuggled back close and Bray held her even tighter, nuzzling his face onto her neck, breathing in her scent deeply. The leader girl turned her head to a soft touch of her arm, finding Salene smiling tearful. “Salene…” “Hello Bray…” she gave him a big smile and reached then little Bray to his mother. Respectful she stepped back, aware what a big moment that would be.
Bray swallowed looking at the not almost one year old baby in Ambers arms. The baby looked at him with big, curious eyes that were so much his. “Bray…meet our son.” Ambers voice trembled slightly, fast she looked at the baby. She couldn’t now cry again and snuggle up in his arms. Their son was way more important then her desire to be only close. “Bray…meet your dad…” The man leant closer, hesitating a bit before touching the little cheek softly “He…he …you called him after me?” “It was all I could think of…to give him some guard from you…” she whispered. Bray stared at the baby boy. “He…can…can I?” “Of course…” A moment she held him together with him, till Bray felt stable enough to take the baby completely in his arms.
Bray walked some space away, just looking at the baby in his arms. In this moment, wounds inside of him seemed to heal. He looked so full of tenderness at the baby, but also like a lion on prey all of sudden. They all knew he would fight every fight for that boy. The bond was woven completely now. “Hi little man…” He leant closer “Aren’t you perfect?” His eyes sparkled light and with gentle love. He had fallen for his boy right at once. He kissed the little forehead softly. “…I am sorry I missed so much…but I thought of you all the time…” Softly he kissed the little nose. “…you made me strong and let my will be unbending…” They all watched how new tears sprung to the young fathers eyes. “Now we are together…I hope I don’t mess this up…” He whispered hugging the boy then closely. Little Bray first snuggled up. but cried then. Bray laughed a little. “So far for messing up, hmm? Hey…shh…” “He is hungry I guess…” Amber whispered, coming close to rub their sons back. “I didn’t have much for him the last time…I had to improvise with sogging up rations for him…” “Oh what…? Aw…we can easily solve that…we have some babies here in the camp. Not within our little unit…but in the others. We are living here in several units, or tribes. All the people who stayed here in the base aren’t native here. But Cloe is expecting, that is why we already have some things at hand…we just give him something…come…” Like it was normal, he took Ambers hand in his and pulled her up the stairs into a canteen that had still the military look to it.
Two identical twin girls in the age of around five run up to Bray, each clinging to one of his legs. “Bray…we set the table!” Bray smiled warmly at the two girls with the cute blond curly tails. “Well done sweeties…” “Who are they?” Both girls looked high at the strangers, both holding tighter onto his legs. “This are friends…the Mall Rats…we told you of them, didn’t we? And this…” He bent a bit down showing them the little boy in his arms. “This is my son…” ”OHHHHHH! How cute…hi little boy…” both looked intently at the baby who only sniffled now, clearly wondering in a way for seeing the same face twice. “Amber…guys…this are Faith and Hope…they are all alone in this world and I…” “Bray kind of adopted them!” Cloe told fondly. “He said no little child should be left alone!” Amber smiled about Brays pleading look. Was he really thinking she would be mad about him caring for innocent children? “Girls…this here is Amber…” Cloe explained then. “You know…Brays…” “HIS PRINCESS!” Amber laughed a little when both girls grabbed her hands and led her to the long table, sitting each down beside her. “I am not a princess…” “But you are! You are the one Bray would do anything for! Cloe told us! AWWWW!” The others sat down chuckling a little about the excitement from the girls. Brady looked curious at the a bit older girls. “You both babble heads there…” Bray called with a twinkling in his eyes. “This is Brady…my niece…” “OHHH!” Again everyone laughed then when the girls greeted Brady quiet excited too and went then just around greeting everyone politely but ever so full of life.
They all were kind of even more overwhelmed when the younger five ones from before entered too. “Washed our hands…oh we have guests?!” They seemed to be in Lottie’s and Sammy’s age. Two maybe a bit older. “That are Flash, Fluke and Filly…they were part of the TECHNO education…the other two are Jamie and Kaitlin…they were Techno prisoners like we were…” “TECHNO education?!” Ram spluttered on his water. “What for an EDUCATION?” Like it was his manner he looked at his ex general. “Jay? Explain?!” “I don’t…” Ved rolled his eyes. “Yeah guys…the thing is…there was a real back society in our tribe…you might have faced Mega, but he was just another solo star…we here…we faced the real bad one I might say without showing off. Her name was Rouge and she was the camp admiral here…but she collected special people from the prisoners…and youths she trained up strictly…she manipulated minds…in the medical section we have hell of deleted persons…empty shells…not remembering anything!” He coughed, after catching a look of Cloe. “But…that is not the right moment now…we are save. Don’t worry.”
Bray meanwhile found himself a bottle and some milk. He warmed it in a microwave and carefully tested before sitting down with his son on the counter, just and simply feeding him. “Slowly little man…there is enough…” is eyes blazed with joy about being able to give his son something he needed so badly. “It is all well now…no one will be hungry here…slowly…” “Amber look…you can try to knock off some mashed potatoes here…” Ved’s brother waved over to the kitchen, trying to get her attention. “That will make him better then only some milk…!” Bray looked up a bit of angry. “I am not stupid mind…I was with my niece in that age…but he is frozen…he needs now something that warms him and his stomach up a bit before he can eat something else. Amber doesn’t need to cook especially…noodles are just fine in that age!” “Erm…I think I know a little more about…” “More about babies? I know who you are…you’re Ved’s older brother. Jay…the general who led the invasion but obviously had no clue about what was really going on or? If you would have known…you would have gotten your brother home again, or am I wrong?” Bray left the counter when his son had drunken up. He gave the Ex Techno a disapproving stare while rubbing his sons back then softly to wind him a bit. “So mind …you might gather Technos are not exactly my best friends…” he sat down beside Amber.
He caught her troubled look and took a breath. It was not the time now to work things up. They had all come here and that told him that those who he didn’t know must still be decent in a way. “I…am sorry. You’re all tired and frozen…and we all have a million things to ask. I say we have dinner now and then it will be a good sleep in a warm cosy bed for all of you. We are save here…we have all time in the world to speak…” “But Bray…we still do decorations tomorrow?!” one of the twins asked. “Decorations??” Lex had already filled his plate. “Oh…the Technos here had time planes…and the locals say it too…it must be around Christmas. And we wanted to celebrate it…mostly for the children here…Ved can’t train flying in that weather any way…of course we start to make things for our Christmas Faith…”
“Train flying?” Jay looked asking at the younger brother. “Yeah…there is one of the planes here…enough fuel…I am using the simulator and from time to time fly it…but I am not sure enough already…but one day we wanted to use it to…to get back to all of you…” “Oh okay…yes of course…good plan…we came by boat…” “BOAT? That must have taken…” “Four months!” “EWWWW! No wonder you all look really a little like rats!” “VED!” Cloe hit his back head hard. “ Ouch! What?!..just stating!” “How impolite!” Faith put her little nose up, “We are sorry you all…Ved is no prince charming!” Hope told them with a serious head shake.
“Bray’s got way better manners!” Faith said, smiling at Bray. “Don’t try to charm me again…it’s not pudding every evening…” “But why not?” Faith pouted cutely, flashing her lashes. Amber giggled. It was obvious that the twins had quiet some might about Bray, both smiling charmingly, a bit pouting, eye lash bating. But Bray shook his head. “No way! Too much sweets aren’t good!” “But we have to celebrate! Your tribe is here!” Hope told him with affront. “Oh you know Bray…I really think you should offer some sweet treat…for good manners…” Lex grinned brightly, the girls at once grinning triumphant for one of the older ones helping them. Cloe at once felt remembered for the times she had plead for things to Bray and grinned too. “Oh don’t be so strict, you spoilsport!” Bray sighed. “Okay…okay…but then don’t come telling me again I am spoiling them!”
He rolled his eyes, but his lips twitched with a smile.
Then he concentrated on his son, carefully offering him some more cooled noddles. The baby ate with a good appetite and even took a bit of the sauce when offered. All the time Bray smiled radiantly, his eyes sparkling with so much affection like none of them had ever seen in his face.
Amber ate her part too and probably more then she usually did, but she wouldn’t have been able to tell what she ate if asked. Her eyes were only on him. Him and their son. A perfect picture. How often had she imagined, but how much more beautiful it even was! Tears gathered in her eyes when little Bray yawned wide after having enough to eat and just snuggled closely in his fathers arms. The baby boy had let others carry him, but he seldom really searched such closeness with anyone else beside his mother. “Strong little hero…” Bray whispered full of love, kissing the little head again.
“Bray?” Cloe asked, moving a hand affectionately through his hair. “Hmm?” “I am going to show rooms to them okay? And you should really let your baby rest for real…you need sleep yourself…that meeting today was long…” “Yes…yes you’re right Cloe…” Everyone wondered a bit when Cloe bent her head and kissed his forehead. “It is fine…we have our family back. You don’t need to be alert and stress yourself any more…relax…” Salene and Trudy shared a look, while they followed Cloe. The young girl and their former leader had grown tight.
Cloe smiled with a shrug when Trudy questioned about it. “Oh you know…in this camp here…Bray was like the flaming torch. Motivating people to not give up. I was here before Ved. And was so happy I had Bray and Ryan. They were both there for me, protecting me. When Ved found me, they were even protecting me against him first…” Cloe grinned remembering. “Bray had a man on man talk with him…hihi…never saw Ved so small…” Her face growing earnest again she then talked on. “I was there for him then too…when he missed her so much…when he was worried…you probably can’t imagine…we are free since around five months…but Ved has to learn flying from scratch…then we found out I am pregnant and Bray cancelled all plans to hurry up with coming home…saving me. I told him he should go if he has a chance…but you know him. He took responsibility here…and so…he still yearned to go home and find his family…”