Cai was glad to see the siblings found happiness in seeing their home again. He knew the journey was long on all of them, but what had these two thought, being dragged across their nation? Were they as happy to be over with this trip as Cai knew he would be, as soon as he got the chance to throw his head onto his pillow back home in Omashu? They recognized their neighbors, neighbors who had missed them and neighbors who, possibly, would miss them all over again. When Braxxon ran off, Cai silently walked after him, giving Amalia the same confused look she had given him.
Their grandmother looked well, and the gleam in her eye told Cai she was glad to have her children back. He offered her a simple smile, opting for Braxxon and Amalia to be the center of her attention. While they spoke, Cai listened absently, not wanting to eavesdrop but having nothing else to focus on. He wanted to know what the old woman would have to say about his idea, about taking her grandson and maybe even her granddaughter to start a new life in a new nation, all on a whim.
When the elderly woman spoke to him, Cai turned his attention sharply to her. She wanted to speak to him privately? "Ah, yes ma'am," he said simply, giving her a slight bow. He waited for Braxxon and Amalia to head inside, leaving him alone with this stranger. "Cai," he offered, giving her a hand to shake. "You can call me Cai. It's a pleasure to formally make your acquaintance, ma'am." His eyes turned to the small house where Braxxon and Amalia had disappeared. "Thank you again for letting them go with me. They've been a delight along this journey, and I would have never been able to get the answers I needed without them. We've developed some strong bonds on the road to the Boiling Rock, and that's why I've offered them a new life, with me, out in the Earth Kingdom."
He wondered how he sounded to this woman. Some random man from a faraway nation had come to take her family from her, and now that he was returned, with the money he promised, he was threatening to do it again, more permanently. He cleared his throat. "I have an apartment in Omashu that I shared with my brother and his fiance, but since they've... moved out, I've got the space to spare. I'd love to offer it to Braxxon and Amalia, and get them a new life started. I run a lot of odd jobs in Omashu, especially delivery work, and I'm sure I could find them jobs too, and introduce them to loads of people, the works. It's up to them, of course, but I think the opportunity would be good for them, and if I'm honest, ma'am... They've become a bit like family to me since we've met, and I'd hate to say goodbye so soon."