The next morning, Hunter wakes up remembering what happened the night before. He hopes he can do better today and tries to get up before anyone has to remind him to get ready for the day. After getting dressed he notices how quiet it sounds in the house, it makes him nervous. He begins to walk out of his room to find his new foster brother and pet.
“Luke? Ms. Everett?”
Hunter begins to walk around the house saying this until he reaches the kitchen. He begins to get frightened about where they went. He always has a fear of people leaving him because of his parents.
“Surprise, Hunter!” Luke comes out from underneath the table out in front of him
“Wh-Wh-What?” Hunter starts stuttering after becoming nervous. He’s always had a strong reaction to situations because of reasons he can’t really explain.
“It’s your birthday, Hunter. You remember right?”
“Huh? I don’t remember ever being excited about that.” Hunter starts to think back to times in the past when at the orphanage he would receive notes from his father about his birthday. It was always something that made him more nervous than happy.
“Calm down, Luke. Hunter, Happy Birthday. You’re 4 years old now.”
“Is that a good thing?”
“Yes. I know we weren’t able to celebrate properly at the orphanage, but we will try this time. Come on. We’re going to go out somewhere before you go back to school after thanksgiving.”
Luke,Hunter, and Ms. Everett went somewhere special for the day to celebrate. Luke took Hunter to a tree house that he built with his friends that used to be fostered there when he was younger.
“I know you’re younger than I was when I built this, but you’re different than I was.”
“Thank you, Hunter.”
“You two have fun with Lucky as well. Alright?”
“I’ll take care of Hunter. Don’t worry.”
“Alright, Luke. Head home when it starts getting dark.”
Hunter climbs into the tree behind Luke and Lucky. He starts to think about how much these two have accepted him into something that was a family of just them for so long. He hopes he can stay with them both forever, but knows Ms Everett can’t bear the burden forever. He’s scared, but decides to save worrying for later. It’s the first time he’s had real fun in a long time with anyone else.
“Come on, Hunter. Let’s go. I have games up here!”