Walking down the street toward the market, Eric held onto my hand. He looked down at me with a smile and asked, "Is there anything you want to eat?"
Ignoring his question, I squeezed his hand tightly and quietly asked, "Are you going to join the Scouts?"
Clearly taken back by my question, he looked at me a little confused. Ignoring my question, he asked his own, "Why do you ask?"
I shrugged my shoulders and simply answered, "I don't know. It's just that you were acting all friendly with that man that stopped by yesterday. And why wouldn't you join? Both Dad and Mom were part of it."
Eric stopped walking for a moment, "Kai, you're smarter than you look. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
We continued walking and I decided to push for a straight answer, "So are you?"
He nodded his head and said to me, "Yes, I'm thinking about it. But I'll have to become a cadet first."
A silence fell between the two of us, before I spoke up and softly said, "So you're leaving me too."
Eric immediately stopped and knelt down in front of me. He put his hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eyes, "Kaira, I'm not going to leave you. Dad and Mom aren't going to leave you either. You need to trust in the ones that love you."
Believing his words, I hugged him and said, "I'm sorry."
We pulled away and Eric ruffled my hair, "Come on, let's go before it gets dark."
We reached the market and saw tons of people waiting in line for food. Some of these people were wounded and just looked outright defeated.
I tugged on Eric's shirt and asked him, "Who are these people?"
Eric looked down at me and answered, "I think they're the refugees Commander Erwin told us about."
I looked back at the crowd of people and saw two men throwing punches at each other. I hid behind Eric, because this was all new to me.
Eric reached behind and patted me on the arm. He smiled at me and said, "It's okay. I'm not going to let them hurt you."
Eric and I stopped at a stand and bought some salmon and some potatoes. We decided to head home afterwards and get away from all the commotion.
On the way home, Eric stopped me and said seriously, "Kaira, I want you to be careful around those refugees. They've been through a terrible ordeal and are in an unfamiliar place. So just be careful if you go out on your own."
I nodded my head at him and we continued on our way home.
Back at the house, Eric cooked up the salmon and potatoes.
I sat at the table quietly and waited patiently. I looked around and the house felt empty without Dad and Mom. I looked toward Eric and asked, "Eric, when do you think Mom and Dad will be back home?"
Eric brought over two plates of food and set them on the table. He sat down across from me and answered, "I'm not sure. But I don't think they'll be gone for long."
I thought about his words for a moment and then said, "I hope you're right."
To Be Continued...
A/N: Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my fanfic! I just wanted to inform you that the rest of the parts will follow as chapters. So just stick to part three and you can read the rest. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy it :)