And while you are sitting indoors
waiting for the storm to pass
I will be outside dancing in the rain
"You've gotta pull the string here, like this." The young girl instructed as she twisted her fingers within the rope, small tongue sticking out as she concentrated. Astrid watched with wide eyes as the child's tiny handles wobbled, weaving her fingers together and hooking them with the smooth string. She had never heard of this thing called a Cat's Cradle, but it was apparently very popular with children these days. All you needed as a piece of string and hands, it was very simple. Well, it at least seemed very simple. But now that she was doing it herself it was harder than she thought.
The musician tried to keep up with her instructions, but her hands were moving so fast she barely had any time to make sure she was doing it right.
"And... done" the child smiled, holding up her finished product, the green string tucked in correctly in all the right places, the pattern net-like in shape and symmetrical. The child's bright brown gaze looked over to Astrid's fingers, the red string dangling across her fingers loosely, eyebrows furrowing. Astrid gave an apologetic expression, a laugh humming through her nose.
"Looks like i'm not as good at Cat Cradle's as you. That's pretty impressive, Shannon." She studied the finished product of the child's admiring the handy work.
"Maybe if they weren't so stupid they'd be easier to do." A boy next to them stood across from the bed, arms over his chest as he leaned backwards, offering the two girls a teasing smile.
Shannon looked over to him with a hard gaze, sticking her tongue out and puffing her cheeks out angrily.
"No one asked you, Cameron! Mom said if you didn't stop being mean to me she wouldn't buy you ice cream when she comes to visit!" The girl's words apparently had a lot of impact, as soon as she said them the boy's green eyes widened, pausing to open his mouth before closing shut, looking to the side and muttering to himself under his breath before wandering away.
Watching the reaction Astrid chuckled, looking as the boy left before her soft gaze settled back on Shannon.
"Your brother, i assume?" She asked, head tilting to the side. Shannon shrugged her shoulders back, fiddling with the string between her fingers. "Yeah, siblings can we a handful, can't they?" She had her fair share of trouble with Lucius. Though of course his troubles were more deadly than any other annoying brother could do, so it was a little bit different than Shannon and Cameron's situation. However his bloody past time had never torn the two apart. It was probably actually the reason they were so close to each other. She had to keep an eye on him, and having spent so much time with him she had gotten past his cold outside and got to see his softer side.
"But you know what?" Astrid paused, twirling the red thread between her thumb and index finger. "No matter how annoying they may be they're still family. And it takes more than annoying words to break a family's bond. A family bond is unbreakable. My own crazy brother can be quite hard to handle some times... But he always manages to pull through when i need him."
Though Shannon didn't look up, she still nodded, a small smile replacing her frown.
"Yeah... I guess..."
"Hmm..." Having spent the last five minutes trying to untangle herself from her string's clutches Astrid lifted her hands up, revealing her messy, trapped hands. Shannon widened her eyes before letting out a snort, reaching out her hands to try unraveling the mage's creation.
"Wanna try showing me how to do a Cat's Cradle again?..."
The brown haired child nodded.
"Of course... But only if you tell me some stories of your 'crazy' brother while i do it~"
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