Let’s play a guessing game. Which world does this snippet belongs to and who is the main character?
“… my second brother, Kody, but we call him Copper, because his hair is red, but mommy says that all of her brothers had red hair, but it turned blond when they got to be grownups, so Copper is going to be blond for sure…”
The little girl’s name was Nika.
“…And my oldest brother, Rylee, has a German Shepherd puppy, and the puppy is named Kenobi, and his paws are this big, and he’s going to be a big dog for sure…”
There’d been no warning. We’d been walking for about 10 minutes when Nika took a deep breath and suddenly all the words came out. She hadn’t stopped talking for the better part of the hour. Something must’ve convinced her that we were okay, and she was safe, and all the fear and anxiety she’d held in since the Red Tide snatched her off the street was pouring out of her like a geyser. It took a lot of restraint not to kill all of them. I would’ve ruined my strategy, but it would’ve felt very satisfying.
“… and Kenobi will be a good protecting dog.”
“For sure?” I asked.
“For sure for sure.”
Once she started talking, the other kids had thawed little by little and were now listening.
“I have a dog,” the oldest boy said. His name was Caiden and he’d insisted that he knew how to ride so T let him have the reins. I kept an eye on him to make sure I had time to lunge for the horse if it got spooked.
“What’s your dog’s name?” I asked.
“What kind of dog is he?” Nika asked.
“He’s big and white and he has lots of fur…”