Inside a small burrow, three grottolings dozed after a long day, the evening breeze swirling through and freshening the air inside. A fourth grottoling in the burrow- a blue skimmer with orange scales- remained awake, looking around her and sighing. Next to her, a purple skimmer with yellow scales stirred and she turned her head to look at them.
"Oh, Kodi... I didn't wake you, did I?" she said softly. Kodi shook their head silently. "That's a relief.." The blue skimmer looked down uncertainly.
Kodi noticed and grabbed their notebook [what's wrong, Eyre?] they wrote.
"Just thinking.. Our lives have changed a lot, yea?"
Kodi nodded and tilted their head slightly.
"I'm alright, I promise." she responded, receiving a stern look from Kodi. "Ok... Maybe not..."
Kodi reached out and touched her shoulder, a gentle expression on their face.
"Its just... Everything is changing.. Suddenly we have two more grottolings in our relationship-"
[a firewinder outside the den]
"Yes.. And the seasons are changing.. Sometimes I wish the world would stop turning so I can let my brain catch up.."
[Is talking helping?]
"More than I expected it to.."
[See? Improvement already!]
Eyre chuckled softly, not realizing that the two other grottolings were awaking.
The dark maroon terran looked at Eyre softly. "Eyre, sweet, there is nothing wrong with being overwhelmed. It happens to the best of us! Why, I get the feeling so often at work I scarcely know what to do with myself."
The light blue terran piped up next to him. "Obsidian is right, we all feel overwhelmed by change. It's perfectly normal, in fact. When it does happen, talking to your loved ones is very beneficial. I know you like to handle things alone, but if you can't, please talk to us. We care about you so very much and would hate to see you hurt."
Eyre smiled softly, tears forming in her eyes. "Thank you, both of you."
[Mariquita is wise beyond her years, I swear] Kodi wrote.
Mariquita chuckled softly, blushing. "Kodi, you give me far too much credit. Now, both of you join this pile and get some rest. You've had a long- and hard, I imagine- day." She said, scooting over to make room between Obsidian and herself.
The two skimmers snuggled in between them, comforted by their partners words and dozing softly.
"Do you think Eyre is going to be ok?" Obsidian asked softly.
"I do. She has Kodi, you, and me here supporting her. We can help whenever she needs it." Mariquita said, resting her head on top of Kodi's back and closing her eyes.
"I suppose you are right," Obsidian murmured, mimicking the action on Eyre. "Tomorrow is another adventure, my dears. I pray it brings us joy."
Introducing two new grottolings!
Obsidian was gifted to me by Sylveon17
Mariquita was given to me by PurpleGh0st
Kodi was bought for me by Owl-Feather27
Grottolings are a semi-open species by FuyusFox