Interlude: Peace

Lorde sat in the park, watching Colin play. Her eyes kept darting around, anxiety and fear making her jumpy. Colin ran over to her and touched her knee. “You ‘kay, Mama?”

She jerked away from his hand and frowned. “Yes, why?”

“I don’t know,” he said, hurt evident in his voice.

She took hold of him and brought him close. “What did I say about doing that in public?” When the little boy said nothing, she gave him a quick shake. “What did Mama say?”

“Not to do that,” Colin said softly.

“Why did Mama say that,” she asked through gritted teeth. Lorde glanced around to make sure no one was watching them.

“It’s bad.” The boy now had tears in his eyes.

Lorde sighed, suddenly feeling exhausted. “Come here.” She pulled Colin on her lap and hugged him. “It’s time to go home.”

Colin squeezed his arms around her. “I’m sorry,” he whispered into her neck.

“Just don’t do it again.” She pulled away and wiped the tears from his face. “I’m sorry I snapped at you.”

“It’s ‘kay, Mama.”

Interlude | Chapter Eighteen

6 thoughts on “Interlude: Peace

    • Taina says:

      Agreed! Lorde is as mundane as they come and she is in way over her head! She just doesn’t know if she can trust anyone else to help her.

      I’m going to try to explain better in her next bit. (I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.)

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  1. dandylion240 says:

    Um what did he do that was so bad? It couldn’t be him touching her. Was it him reading her emotions? But no one who heard his innocent sounding question would have noticed other than to think he was such an empathetic little boy. Lorde really confuses me.


    • Taina says:

      It was him reading her emotions. Lorde is in way over her head right now but her reasons are pure-ish. She wants to protect her family.

      And she kind of has good reason to be afraid. She’s trying so hard to do the right thing but fear keeps her from trusting the one person who could help her.

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