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PostHeaderIcon Damian Elero's Story Chapter 4: A New Family 1471

Chapter 4: A New Family 1471

 

The wind finally stoped blowing but the rain didn’t stop.

“What’s your name?”

“I’m… I’m Damian.” He said through chattering teeth, he was soaked through and shivering.

“I’m Antonino.” He made sure his boat was secured before standing up. “Now, let’s get you home.”

“I don’t have a home.”

Antonino smiled. “I meant I’m going to take you to my home. Come on.” He started to walk away from the docks, followed closely by Damian.

Damian kept looking around at his surroundings for any sign of danger, this was a new place for him, a new country and it terrified him.

He followed Antonino though the city until he stopped in front of a house. Damian stopped a little bit away from Antonino and just watched from the shadows, his hair was slick against his scalp, with the water running into his eyes.

Antonino went to open the door of the house and looked over at Damian, sighing he walked over to him. “Come with me Damian, let me at least give you a place to stay for the night.”

Damian looked down at his boots. “Thank you.”

He nodded “Now let’s get you inside so you can dry off, otherwise you’ll catch a cold. Come on.” Placing one hand on Damian’s shoulder, Antonino led him over to the house and opened the door for him.

Damian stepped inside and felt the warmth of a fire, walking over to it he held out his hands to warm them up. Closing his eyes and listening to his surroundings, he could hear Antonino talking to a woman and the voice of a small child, somewhere close to him.

Opening his eyes and looking down, Damian saw a little girl looking up at him. “Who… are you?”

He crouched down and looked at her before answering. “I am Damian Elero, at your service milady.”

She smiled happily and gave him a hug. Damian, was startled by her move, but smiled and pulled her close to himself.

‘So, this… is love…? This… is affection…?’ He slowly let go of the girl and sat down on the rug in front of the fire. He heard her sit down next to him, he felt her hold his hand.

Antonino walked over and stood behind Damian, he remained silent for some time, thinking about something.

The girl began to fall asleep with her head in Damian’s lap, her hand holding his. He picked her up gently and stood up carefully. Antonino led Damian through the house to a room where Damian gently lay her down on the bed and covered her up with a blanket.

He walked quietly out of the room and stood in the hallway and listened to the rain pouting down from the sky. He was startled when Antonino placed a hand on his shoulder.

How the heck was he able to move so quietly like that?

Antonino chuckled quietly. “Come on, I’ve got a bed all ready for you.”

“Thank you, for everything you’ve done for me.”

“It’s the least I could do, you needed help.”

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Antonino opened a door. “There’s a bed in here for you and a set of dry clothes for you as well.”

“Thank you again.” Damian bowed a little bit.

Antonino nodded. “You’re welcome. Now go and rest, and don’t worry about anything.”

Damian nodded before going into the room and closing the door behind him.

He took of his wet top and pants and placed them over a chair before putting on the clean, dry set of pants that where sitting on the bed.

He sat down on the bed and began to fall asleep to the sound of rain on the rooftops.

 

Damian, Antonino, girl © Miranda

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your writing has really improved of late - love this Miranda

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