Humans are wird. Delayed grief
Zanzue looked at human-Marius. The young human looked stern and grim and he did not shed a tear looking at the coffins of his parents.
When zanzues elders had decided to let humans foster Zanzue and ze younger potlings there had been outraged and disbelief.
But Zanzue had loved living with the humans, even if they were a bit wird and did strange things like bedtime stories and hugging. It was nice and ze liked it.
When the extremists attacked they were all unprepared. All but the humans. While the older humans fought the attackers, young human-Marius gathered all the potlings and fled into the woods.
When night came he found shelter and build a fire. When zanzues younger potlings where frightened and crying, he told them wonderful stories of princes and princesses who overcame all obstacles. Fairytales he called them. He sang songs about love and being safe. Even Zanzue felt better even though ze knew just how much danger they were in.
When they finally reached the city human-Marius guided the authorities back to the human settlement and when the extremists where caught, he testified in court. Then he arranged the funeral for his parents and all the other humans since no one knew the human funeral costumes.
Zanzue was very concerned. Normally humans were very emotional but not human-Marius. He was like stone, so cold and quiet.
All the elders had discussed what to to with the young human, who had lost so much and still saved Zanzue and the younger potlings. Who had bought them to safety and made the young potlings feel safe even in the mist of danger.
Zanzues elders told the authorities that they would care for human-Marius. So after the funeral they all went home.
Later that night Zanzue woke up to a terrible sound. It sounded like loneliness and pain. Like someone who had lost everything and didn’t know how to carry on.
The sound came from human-Marius room and ze found the young human crouched on the floor of the room. His whole body shook and water streamed down his face.
At first Zanzue didn’t know what to do, but then ze remembered the songs of hope and the hugs the humans had given ze.
So ze held human-Marius close and hummed quietly until the young human finally fell a sleep.
Then they all knew. Humans mourn deeply but they can push the feeling aside for the sake of others.Source crasybirdlady