Lodestone: A Wynston/Ruth Alternate Universe
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12.19.2012 , 08:20 PM |
L + 5 years 11 months
Colrand looked up from his toy mech walker battle. "Where's my dad?"
Ruth's tongue roughly tripled in size for a few moments. She hadn't been expecting to start that conversation this way.
Colrand stared at her, his eyes blue as the leading edge of dusk. He had his father's eyes.
"Your father did a bad thing," she said carefully, "and had to go away. That's why he isn't here."
"Is he coming back?"
Colrand frowned and thought about it. "Doesn't he like us?"
"Oh, Cole. Baby, he loves you very much." Whether that was true or not, her son deserved to believe it.
"What'd he do?"
"Something bad, sweetheart. It'll make more sense when you're older. We can talk about it another time."
She hoped that kind of act would never make sense to him. It didn't to her.
Colrand clearly wasn't satisfied, but she wasn't ready to talk more. Instead she examined his battle setup. "Cole, who's going to stop the gundark tanks from just cutting around that side?"
The boy scowled. "There's buildings there." He pointed at the offending exposed flank, clearly indicating that there were buildings there she couldn't see. "It's safe."
"Good," she said. "You always keep some kind of cover in the way." Or in a pinch, she thought, you improvised some.
"Yup," agreed Colrand, and commenced the attack, his black cowlick waving in total defiance of gravity as he moved.
He was his father's son.
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