Diego grumbled and groaned, rolling over in his spot. He glanced over his shoulder and could see the sun shining through the cracks in the walls and the form of his mother moving at the far end of the house.
"Diegooo~" she called again.
"Your friend is here, nani."
"Have it your way." his mother said with a giggle.
The pitter patter of feet on the floor was sudden and washed away by a high pitched squeal.
"Diego!" Tamah yelled.
She hit him from behind, practically tackling him into the wall, and began violently shaking him.
"Wakeupwakeupwakeupwakeup!" the younger girl said in delight.
Diego rolled over and glared up at Ka'lani's sister. Her face was bright and beaming and a smile was stretched from ear to ear.
"Hi." she said shortly, her smile growing wide.
"Why?" was all he could muster.
"I got you something!" she declared proudly, jutting out her chest. "Come see come see!"
Using his back as a springboard, Tamah jumped off of him and ran back to the other side of the house. He weakly pulled himself from the bed and followed after her.
"Tamah brought you some-" his mother began.
"I FOUND YOU SOME BREAKFAST!" Tamah squealed, nearly bouncing up and down as she turned back to Diego.
Cradled in her arms was a small, woven basket. Tucked into the basket were a number of different fruits. There were some mangoes, papayas, raspberries, dragonfruit, and even a few bananas. They all looked ripe and incredibly delicious.
Without hesitation he snatched one of the mangoes and began digging in.
"Thank you," he offered after a few bites. "But...where did you get all this?"
"I found it!"
"Tamah has had a very busy morning from the looks of things." Diego's mother offered.
Diego knew well enough that none of the fruit really grew that nearby and more than a few would even require venturing into the lower forests on the mountain.
"Did your brother help you?"
She shook her head.
"Did you really go alone?"
Tamah beamed once more, her smile threatening to split her face.
"I wanted to make sure you had something tasty. I know how tired you've been. And I thought it would be nice to see you."
Diego spared a brief look at his mom who simply smirked and shrugged before busying herself with something in the kitchen.
It had been several days since the trek up the mountain with Johanas and he hadn't really done much other than help his mother around the house since then. He had felt strangely detached after the weird conversation with the older man but he hadn't been able to really place the why. His words had really bothered him, enough so that he hadn't given much thought to anyone really, even the recent discovery of the tracks.
Not that much came of them. he thought to himself.
He'd heard the warriors talking in the last few days. They hadn't really been able to find anything as the trail had been destroyed along with a chunk of the forest in the night. That, combined with the sounds they had heard the same evening, made many of them believe that if their had been an intruder on the island, they were likely already dead by the hands of the aka-akua.
It's too bad really. Diego wondered what someone from outside of the island would have been like.
"Thank you." he repeated himself.
Tamah nodded enthusiastically and set down the basket. As she did, there was a soft tinkle from inside.
"OH!" she shouted. "I almost forgot!"
Digging into the bottom of the basket, she retrieved several strange, shiny objects. There were four in total. They were cylindrical and made of a yellowish metal. One end of each cylinder was open to reveal a hollow interior. A hole had been punched through all of them with a simple leather cord so they could be worn as a necklace.
Weirdly, they all smelt like burnt incense.
"I wanted to give you one." Tamah continued and offered the shiny, little cylinder necklaces. "I thought maybe we could each have one. I found them while I was looking for breakfast."
"You mean me, you, and your brother and sister?"
Diego shrugged and plucked the cleanest one from her palm. They all had little dents and dings, but the one he picked seemed to look the nicest.
He promptly tied it around his neck.
"I think they're kind of pretty." she offered.
"They are, I guess." he confirmed with a nod. "Although, that reminds me, where is your sister?"
In the last few days, Diego hadn't really seen Ka'lani. In all honesty, he hadn't seen anyone but his mother and whoever passed by the door. She had been the one person he'd considered trying to visit but hadn't quite brought himself to do so.
Tamah, for the briefest of moments, appeared to be crestfallen. Her smile dimmed and her eyes fell to the floor for a moment. If he hadn't been staring right at her, Diego would have missed it entirely.
Because a moment later, she was beaming again, although it seemed strangely forced and artificial.
"She's at Grammy Koula's. She's been over there for a couple days. I was going over there after you had breakfast to give her one of these." she said, holding up the cylinders again.
"Can I come?" he asked her.
"You should." Tula said from the kitchen. "As fun as it is to use you as my own personal slave, I think you need to get away from weaving and cooking for a little while."
"Ok!" Tamah offered. "I'll make sure to take good care of him!"
Before Diego could ask what that meant, the smaller girl had shoved a few raspberries into his hand, grabbed her basket, and was pushing him out the door into the warm sun beyond.