Edan bit his lip and looked down immediately, almost ashamed of making his sister cry. That hadn’t been his intention, and though he knew it was likely Niamh knew that, it still hurt him to know all those tears were because of him. ”Oh Nini, please don’t cry.”
he almost pleaded, wrapping his arms around his sister, resting his chin on her shoulder as he looked at the wall behind them, trying to remind himself to be brave and that there was no reason to be sad. ”You don’t have to miss me, you can just think about how I’m always here waiting for you to come home.”
he said as if it would fix everything. He wanted to fix everything so badly, but the little boy just wasn’t all that sure how to do that. This wasn’t something he could just wish away or be nice to someone and solve and so all he could manage was to cling to his sister and hope it would ease her crying. ”I’m not going anywhere Nini, I promise.”
he replied in a strange understanding of what his sister was getting at.
He wasn’t afraid of it, or that’s what he told himself. Just like Peter Pan he just found it to be an adventure. An adventure that no one else had gone on before. Of course there were those nights he would cry quietly after a bad day, or toss and turn in his bed in discomfort. For the most part Edan always wore a smile, wanting other people to smile too. He wanted his mom and his dad to smile, but more than anything he wanted his sister to smile. The little boy nodded slowly in response to Niamh’s question, finishing the food he was currently chewing before speaking, ”Of course, we’ll meet right outside Peter’s hideout, okay?”
he moved to lay down against the pillows once more,