"Oh, I guess that makes sense, I hope you feel welcomed and if you need anything just ask any of us, any sister of Rylee is a sister of ours!!" Then Gia gave Kait a hug and Mylo and Arianna nodded, but they didnt want to weird Kait out so they didnt hug kait, too.
"So tell me about yourselves Kait and Zhane, if you want," Said Jayde, not wanting to scare the girls away. "please feel open, as this is your house and family now, too."
Zhane had come back down to take her bag, but she didn't go back up when Mrs. Ellison talked to her, she didn't want to be rude.
"I like crayons." she siad, repeating the only statement she'd siad the whole drive over here. Zhane wasn't much of a talker in most foster homes she'd been punished for talking out of turn or becuase she was slow mentally so her speech was always slightly halting and sometimes there'd be long pauses between words when she was thinking.
"I like colors." she added haltingly.
((Do we both have powerplay over the parents, or do I have Jayde, and you have Gary?))
((ALright, wasn't sure))
""Well then, we outta go to the store and get you some more stuff"" Gary said
"Kids come on over here, I have an announcemment" The kids all gathered, "We are going to the store to get stuff for the girls room, who all wants to come?"
Sarai shyly raised her hand, Rylee glanced at her sister to see if she wanted to come. Aramis firmly shoved his hand sinto his pockets as did Mylo, neither boy was excited at the prospect of shopping. Kalman said he'd go, but that was only to look after Sarai.
Zhane put ehr hands over ehr ears at the sudden clamour of voices and rush of people,s he stood perfectly still hoping not to get hurt.
""Kait you wanna go? We can pick you up some stuff." Jayde asked Rylee's sister.
"Sure," said Kait, "Im ok with that." But kait was concerned about zhane
"Shhh, everyone please calm down, Zhane, hun, are you alright." Jayde asked the kids to go in the other room and calm mdown while she talked to Zhane. "Zhane honey, it's alright, you wont get hurt, Its okay," she coaxed zhane to uncover her ears, "its ok, Let's go to the store and get you crayons and paper, alright?"
Kait snuck back into the room, "Mrs. Jayde, may I talk to Zhane by myself?"
Mrs. Ellison nodded. Zhaned had uncovered her ears when all the other kids had gone to calm down and get ready to go. Rylee said she put Kait's stuff away for her, grabbed her bag and went upstairs leaving Zhane and Kait alone in the living room. Zhane kept her head down though her eyes did move around, making sure everyone was safe.
Mrs. Ellison went to teh girls' room to make sure all the girls kne wto not wear high heels around Zhane for now.
"Heyy zhane, how are you? You
may not want to talk to me for now, because you don't know me. I have been in a bunch of foster homes too, too many to count. There where some scary ones, but I think this one will be okay. If you want you can stay by my side, I would be okay with that. You may not trust me, and i understand but im here and i know it is scary. im a little scared too. New people to have to trust, but you can trust me zhane, its okay." She waited poliutely to see her response, knowing the others where probably listening.
Zhane nodded, she did like this girl, her hair was pretty. Zhane reached into her bag and pulled out one of her beanie babies. She held it out to Kaityn, the beanie baby was a white and pink dog, it was very small and furry, though the white dinghy and you could see where and ear ahd to be stitched back on. Givng soemone a beanie baby was Zhane's way of saying she wante dto be friends.
"Sunggly," she explained as to the name of the benaie baby,s he kept her head down still, now staring into her messy bag or childish toys.
"Oh," Kait said, she understood this was Zhanes way of sayin she liked her, for kait used to be like this. Suddenly Kait had an idea, "Ill be right back ok Zhane," then she hugged her and ran upstairs to her room, returning within a minuts with a stuffed bear
"This may be kinda childish Zhane, but this bears name is kisses, I have had since I was 5, and I woulld like you to have her, ok?"
Zhane nodded, she took the bear and carefully place Snuggles at Kait's fet so she would hopefully pick her up.
Zhane had beens atrtled when she was hugged, but had managed not to freak out or have a panic attack. She hugge dthe bear closely and then put it in her back pack and zipped the bag up.
Pretty hair." she siad glancing up long enough t point at the streaks of blue in Kait's hair.
Kait nodded, bent down to pick up Snuggles, "Thank you for snuggles, and maybe if you like, ill buy you some hair dye and we can do your too. WOuld you like to join everyon eelse now?" Kaait held her hand out for Zhane if she wanted to hold it, "You dont have to if you dont want to. WHat would you like to do?"
Zhane put her back pack on her back even though it was large it mad eher feel safer to know it was there. She cautiously stretche dout her thin hand and clasped Kait's, hoping this wasn't a trick,
Mrs. Ellison came down stairs with the kids going to the store,
"Hey Zhane we're going to the store, if you want to coem we'll get you and Kait some new clothes and room decorations if you want. And some more crayons." she added. Zhane looked to Kait to make the desicion.
"Sure, I think that would be fun, don't you Zhane?
Zhane can you do me a favor and step outside with Rylee, she is just like me, my little sister, i need to ask Mrs. Jayde for some help with something." Kait shot Rylee a look that said 'Be careful'
Rylee led Zhane outside to the car, Sarai followed them and Kalman dragge dhis feet behind them. The twins were staying home Rylee guessed, robably to talk. And the boys just didn't like shopping. Kalman opene dthe van up and the girls piled in, Sarai first, then RYlee, then Zhane and an still an open seta in the front row for Kait.
Kalman sat in the passenger seat. Zhane put ehr bag on her lap and pulled out her drawing pad and her crayons, most of crayons were broken or half melted and she only had simple colours.
"Mrs. Jayde, Im not sure if you listened at all. SOo far me and Zhane have a somewhat trustin relationship. She isnt very trusting and is scared so be careful at all times, Im not sure what, but a lot of things will most likely trigger bad memories, I used to be like her. Im not sure if this will help, but if you could tell the other lateer, then that would be good."
"Yeah, I already warned them to be catious, we've fostered plenty of children before, Kait. Some it hasn't gone as well as others, some got adopted before we coudl adopt them, some went to live their fmailies again or different reletives. And Gary is a social worker. One of her triggers seems to be high heels, just to warn you" Jayde explained to Kait as she led her out to the car. Jayde got into th driver seta and satrted the engine up, waiting for Kait to get in before starting to drive off.
Their first stop was a used clothing store where they got all their clothes. With as many kids as they had it was cheaper to buy things used, teh store owner kne wthe family well.
Zhane was drawing when Katlyn got in, she clutching the crayon tightly withe hr fist and looked extremely concentrated.
"So how early does everybody get up," kait asked when she got in the vehicle.
((Hey I gotta go for a while, and if im not back later, ill be back tomorrow.))
"Depends." Rylee explained,
"Mylo and Aria get up crazy early cause they run together, I think they're up at like 4:30 or something like that, Gia will sometimes go with them on their run, but she normally likes to sleep until 6. Xavier likes to sleep until the last minute when he's dragged out of be dto go to school.
Aramis wakes up around 5:30-6:00 because after Mylo gets up he doesn't sleep very long. Zac gets up when Aramis gets up and they cause all sorts of mischief together.
FOr Kalman it depends on his homework load and work schedule, sometimes he never goes to bed or if he does he'll sleep until late cause he went to bed late. And for little Sarai it depends on her brother's schedule and if she sleeps without nightamres." Rylee explained,
"I get up usually around 6:00...this is on school days by tehw ay, weekends everyone gets up when they want." Ryle added.
Sarai ahdn't spoken to the new people yet, she pushe dher hair out of her face,
"Shalom." she said to Kait quietly, her voice accented and soft.