Though I can see a lot of pre-schoolers, well at least in my old life, I’d call them pre-schoolers, but there no kids my age in the village. None but one single Hume boy. He has short blond hair and blue eyes and he is about one head bigger than me. He wears a set of wine red leather armour. But judging from that fact he is one head bigger I am I think he’s the same age as me. He’s completely excited to see me.
“That’s quite a Kuikagel you got there! Did Granny capture it? By the way, I’m Hector. My mother told me someone close to my age has come to the village. What’s your name?…”
I interrupt him. He’s way too hyper.
“Hello, Hector! I’m Swift. Calm down! You act like you have never seen someone your age to get acquainted with.“ I smile. “I have just become Granny’s apprentice yesterday. I’m currently introducing myself to the villagers. And no, I contracted Alfred myself.”
“Sorry. Well, to be honest, there hasn’t been anyone even close my age in this village. So you’re Granny’s apprentice. That means we’ll be meeting often. Once a week, I go to Granny for some tutoring. How old are you?”
“I’m twelve. I’m half Chitwer, so I stopped growing one or two years ago. How about you?”
“Oh? I thought you’d be younger. Turns out you’re only close to my age but the same age as me.”
Hector is still beaming with excitement. At least he calmed down enough so he’s not hyper anymore.
“Come, let me introduce you to the other villagers.”
The villagers give Alfred and me a warm welcome. Though I’m the only non-Hume in the village everyone still treats me nicely. I guess being worried about discrimination has been unnecessary. The little kids to seem to want to touch my ears a lot. I don’t mind and let them touch them. When one kid suddenly starts petting them I can’t stop myself from purring. Ahh! That’s so embarrassing! I can feel my head getting red while everyone laughs. Maybe I shouldn’t let others touch them after all. After meeting all the villagers, it’s already the late afternoon. It was exhausting but I had a good time, especially with Hector showing me around the village. Hector, Alfred and I go back to the Elder’s house. The Elder and Granny Hester are already waiting for us.
“I see the two of you have met. I hope you can be friends. If you’re done for today, we should get going.”
Hector and I look at each other, smiling. Hector answers:
“No need to worry. I’m coming tomorrow for tutoring anyway. So we’ll be meeting more often. I think Swift is looking forward to it.”
“Shall I come and fetch you, then? On Alfred, you’d be there in no time at all.”
“You’d do that?! Please do. See you tomorrow then!”
Hector seems excited. I mount Alfred and help Granny up. I wave to both Hector and the village elder.
“See you tomorrow! Goodbye!”