p style="margin: 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""Ma, pleeeease! All da odeh kids 'ave dese cool stories o' where dey got deir names. Why can't ya tell me 'bout 'im?"/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"The huntress huffed, trying to her best to get out of the conversation. "Who ya even talkin' bout?"/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""Da mon da taught ya ta 'unt?" Raza gulped. She knew it was a sensitive topic, but her curiosity was getting the better of her. She couldn't keep her in the dark forever, right? "Kuzi says she 'eard ya mutterin' 'is name en yar sleep an' I dought-"/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""Ya dought wrong, girlie."/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""But Ma-"/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""Nah anodeh word." Kij'aza growled lowly. "If I 'ear anydin' comin' outta dat moud, ya'll be pickin' all afteh all o' Cego's 'pets', got me?"/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;""Yah, Ma."/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"-/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"Raza gave each of her siblings a kiss on the forehead, one for Cego and one for Zol. They uttered sweet words to each other, for good dreams and not to let Shadra bite them, before the younger two began to drift off./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"Then she made her normal rounds around the hut. Everything seemed to be in place. Kuzi and Chako were staying for a while, a reprieve from their long journey Kuzi had told them, although Raza wasn't quite sure why./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"Kuzi and her Ma'da whisper behind closed doors. She couldn't quite make out what they were saying, but after how angry Ma'd been earlier, Raza didn't take any chances./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"So there she found herself at the foot of her own bed. It was quite the comfy spot, with blankets and pillows galore. Even with Cego building her plush cocoon around herself, Raza's favorite quilt and plushie lay waiting for her./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"Raza sighed before getting into bed, snuggling up beside her sister./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"She didn't know why Ma had been so upset with her. All she wanted was to learn more about the woman that cares for her. Sure, Ma'da talks about all of her cool hunts and the stunts she and her fellow huntresses shared, but there was hardly a peep about what she was like at their age./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"All Raza knew was that some of their names -well, hers at least- were from her Ma's past. And Kuzi'd let it slip about last night's incident…but she probably wasn't going to again after the stink eye Ma had given her./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"Cotton padded her internal monologue, slowly but surely blurring her thoughts until the worried tuskling could finally sleep./p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"—/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"Raza?"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emRaza's eyes snapped open. Yet as she rolled out of bed, she found that she wasn't in bed at all. Instead, sweltering heat pounded at her skin, dried mud against her feet as the smell of another storm loomed over them./em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"There ya are, child. I was wondering when ya'd come to."/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emThe eldest child turned towards the voice's source. Although the figure was a mighty thunder lizard, he seemed calm enough to fit with his sweet, low voice. She widened her eyes, bowing towards the figure./em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emRaza knew to respect the loa, especially when they came to visit./em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emAkunda chuckled. "So thoughtful! An' to think ya came from yar Ma'da."/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"Ya know 'er?"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"/ememOf course." The wise vision mused. "But she wouldn't accept my blessing when I came to her."/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emRaza's eyes grew so wide she thought they were going to pop out of her head. "Ma denied ya?"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"Bwonsamdi's deal did her no favors."/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"She made a deal?"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emAkunda furrowed his brow. "She shouldn't have her left her like that. The poor child~"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"Akunda, I-"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"How could he show her that? The little flame wasn't meant to live. Over and over again, she was supposed to die. There weren't supposed to be any memories, nothing like this, nothing so long lasting…"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"em"/ememWhat are you talking about?" Raza screamed out her frustrations. "Just tell me!"/em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emThe loa looked the child in the eye for a long, awkward moment before his mouth opened./em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emIt was a woman screaming./em/p
p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"emHer Ma'da screaming./em/p