>> Sunday, January 18, 2009
"I'm sorry Mom isn't here," Water said to Green as he scooped him up in a "long time seeing you sorry to see you now" hug.
Green only shrugged and turned his head to look over at his wife, Amanda, who was shaking hands and accepting condolences from Richard, The Mayor. "You know, she should be here. She made such a huge deal about the babies. She wanted a girl."
Water only stood silently near his younger brother. There was not much he could think to say. His own wife was due any day now to deliver their second girl. He could only imagine how it would feel if they lost her before they knew her.
But Water expected his wife to deliver a healthy girl. Green had only known about two of the babies for sure, the third one was something of a surprise. Water was sad for his younger brother, but he couldn't help thinking that Green had two other children. Two strong boys who had probably crushed their younger baby sister in the womb. Guilty at his thoughts, Water looked over to his brother.
Green stood still, but his eyes betrayed him. Even with the sun at his back casting a shadow on his face, Water could see the tears brimming in his younger brother's eyes. Water placed a hand over his brother's back, and at his touch Green snapped. His shoulders hunched as he started to cry softly. Amanda glanced over, but seeing Water comforting her husband, she did not move to help.
There wasn't much that could be said. They stood in the grass before the small grave. Water's eyes kept reading over the name imprinted on the tombstone-- Lyrisa Ann Mellon. In the grass next to her tombstone, a small stone fairy sat protecting the young child buried under the ground.