Finding Home- Excerpt
Rex stopped in front of a tent, which Cody assumed belonged to the ex-captain. From inside, the sound of talking and quiet singing could be heard and Cody was suddenly anxious, excited, and even a little nervous to go in. Maybe there were brothers inside! Or… or maybe Rex had a family. Maybe he…had children and…a wife. At that thought, Cody became less excited and more nervous.
Rex turned to him and said, “Listen, uh, Cody. Things have changed and uh, well, I just don’t want you to be too surprised by… anything that you see…”
So, he did have a family. Cody tried to look neutral about it, or at least not upset, but couldn’t stop the wave of emotion that overcame him. All these years, Rex had been here, with his brothers, with a family, while Cody had been so, so alone.
After a moment, Cody put a hand on Rex’s shoulder and nodded. Rex pulled aside the flap and gestured that Cody should enter.
Standing up, the first thing he saw were the children. There were five of them, three boys and two girls. As soon as they saw that he wasn’t their father, two of the boys, the eldests he guessed, stood up with hard looks on their faces, almost exactly the same look, he realized, that Rex had made when intimidating shinies during the War. But a moment later, when Rex entered and secured the flap behind him, the boys became relaxed and their scowls turned into smiles. The youngest girl, who appeared to be about a year or so old, was laying next to her older sister wrapped in blankets, most likely to keep out the chill, with only her face showing. She made an excited sound, that didn’t quite sound human, and reached for her father. Rex took her into his arms and kissed her, and then proceeded to tickle her sides, making her squeal in joy. Cody stared at his brother and the baby.
She was obviously a hybrid. Her skin was dark, but whether it was red or brown, he could not tell, not in the low lighting, and her lekku and montrals explained the high pitch of her cry. Looking at the other children, he saw that two of the boys, although they looked human enough, had splotches of…. was it orange? He couldn’t see it very well, but it was obvious that they took after their father, with dark curly hair and tan skin, the older with Rex’s brown eyes, but the younger of the two had blue eyes…
But the last two children did not have the dark skin with patches of color. The boy had blue eyes, a lighter blue than that of the younger boy. His hair was a light color, like Rex’s. He was sitting across from the flap, next to the older girl. She had nut brown hair, with big brown eyes that watched him curiously. Her skin was flawlessly white. She was quite pretty.
Rex cleared his throat, and said, “Ade, this is ner vod, Cody.”
The younglings looked at him shyly.
Rex looked to his brother and said, “Luke is the blonde, and that’s his twin sister Leia, with the brown hair.”
She gave him a smile, while her brother nodded in greeting. Rex continued introducing his other children, starting with the little girl in his arms, “This is Maisha, our, ah, newest addition.”
The child looked at him, then was overcome with shyness and hid her face in her father’s neck. Cody couldn’t help the small twitch of his lips that looked suspiciously like a smile.
“That’s Kebiin there next to Luke, and the little one with the blue eyes is Izaak.”
Kebiin looked to be Luke and Leia’s age, about ten, while Izaak looked to be about five.
Rex looked around the cozy tent, then turned to his children and asked, “Where’s your Ma?”
Luke replied, sitting back on his haunches. “She went to see Ba’vodu Catanni. And don’t worry, we made sure she took Kip with her.”
“Good. She shouldn’t be walking all alone at night. She say when she’d be back?”
“Should be anytime now, Buir.”
Rex nodded his understanding and made his way over to his eldest daughter. He shifted the little girl to his other arm, while Izaak jumped on his father’s leg. Rex lifted him up with one arm, and Cody figured that his brother was still fighting fit, according to the old GAR standards. The ex-captain was busy bouncing his two little ones, which made them errupt in shrieks and giggles.
Rex chuckled along with them, then put Izaak down and sat down next to Leia. She was stirring a pot of what appeared to be stew. Rex motioned for Cody to sit down. Cody took a seat across the fire from his brother, but not too close to Kebiin or Izaak. Rex started to stroke the little girl’s lekku, making her snuggle further into her father’s arms.
So, what do you think? Anybody interested in hearing the rest?
So I just wanted to make sure that people know That I have posted the first four chapters of Finding Home. I’m not sure everybody has, since this excerpt literally has three times as many notes. I just want to make sure everybody can get a chance to see the rest of the story. So, yeah, that’s all. Have a good day!