Once Ohana, Always Ohana

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    Character Name:

    Ava Gemeni




    She is good at surfing, building things, and is very fast at running.

    She's not strong. At all. In fighting she's one of the first to be taken out, but her running skills and being agile helps so that she won't get pumbled.

    General Appearance:
    She is very much like her mother in appearance. She has the same facial features as Lilo did at her age, same tan skin. The only differences are that, since her father had blonde hair and blue eyes, Ava has the same. Her blonde hair and blue eyes, along with her tan skin, got her teased a lot as a child, but she quickly got over that.

    Again, surfing is something she loves and has a talent for. Building things as well. She can build something with very little instructions. She's also very good at talking her way out of trouble.

    She is very clumsy. This tends to get her in trouble a lot actually. She's constantly falling and tripping over things. She also is horrible at cooking.

    She's claustrophobic. Tight and small spaces, as well as being in the dark, scare her. She doesn't know why, but this is just a major fear of hers.

    Character Biography:
    Background of how Lilo had Ava: Lilo Pelkai and her husband Hampton Gemeni. When Lilo graduated high school, she went off to college, where she met Hampton. Since both were going to college for Astronomy they hit it off rather quickly and fell in love. Though of course, after college, Lilo had to return home to Hawaii. Much to her surprise, a month after she returned, she got a call from him. He had missed her so much, that, if she would have him be there with her, he was going to move there. She agreed and the two hit it off right where they left off. Unknown to Hampton though, Lilo was working for a group called the United Galactic federation, along with her 'dog' Stitch. It was only after they were engaged that Lilo revealed the truth to him, wanting him to know about her secret life before they were married. After the initial shock, he came to terms with it and they were married a year later when Lilo was twenty three. Hampton even just a few years after their marriage, began helping with Lilo's work and even joined the federation himself. When Lilo turned twenty five she gave birth to Ava and had to keep her work on the down low, even keeping Stitch out of sight, to protect her daughter. Never once in her life did she ever let Ari know the truth. She feared it would put her daughter in danger, something she would not risk.
    Ava's Biography: Ava was pretty much an average girl. She grew out kind of an outcast. With her tan skin and golden blonde hair and blue eyes, people made fun of her. They always either said she dyed her hair to make it that color or spent too much time in the sun. Though, despite her sadness in being picked on so much, Ava found comfort in her mother, who told her differences are what made us unique. Her mother made her feel good about herself so that bullies didn't really bother her. Despite having an average American father, she was very much raised in her Hawaiian culture as well. She grew up knowing all about Ohana and what it meant to be family. During the summers, while her parents worked away from home, she would actually spend her summers out in Hawaii with her Aunt Nani, who taught her much about their culture.
    When Ava turned eighteen, a month after she graduated high school and while she was out at her Aunt's house, she got news that both her mother and father had died in a 'plane crash'. The devastated girl couldn't find it in her to return home after that and stayed in Hawaii with her aunt. Her parents were both buried in Hawaii as well, that being her mother's birth place and her father stating in the will he wanted to buried with her. In the will, Ava was left an old house in Hawaii, where her mother used to live. It is there that Ava will be moving into and where she will be staying for the remainder of her college life in Hawaii. Little does she know that there is a little blue alien in that house and the two are about to cross paths and start an all new journey.


    It was so hard to believe that they were gone. Her parents had been such a big part of her life and now she would never see them again. Their funeral was nice, she made sure of that, but it was difficult for her to sit through. She felt everyone glancing her way with looks of pity and such. She didn't want that. But they did it anyway. The only ones who probably really cared about how she felt were her Aunt Nani and her husband David. She visited them every summer and had been with them when she heard the news that her parents were gone. They had done their best to comfort her and though it didn't help really, it was nice that they put their best efforts in.

    But soon, she would just want to be alone. Alone to think. Alone to grieve. Just alone in general to do whatever she wanted without another person saying she needed to act a different way. She wanted to get over her parents in her own way and in her own time. That was why, when Nani approached her with the will of her parents and said they had left her some old house there in Hawaii, Ava was willing to take the place as her new home. Obviously it would need work, as it hadn't been lived in in many years, but she could do it. It would just take time.

    And so, here she was, riding with her aunt in her car to this house and when they pulled up, she looked up at it, studying it form the distance, "What's the big sphere?"

    Nani grinned and shrugged, "You're parents were astronomers. What do you expect? It's where they studied the stars at night in. This also used to be our house when your mother was a little girl. Even then she was interested in the stars. She would spend hours with that thing opened up, just staring up at the sky at night." She smiled and lead her inside, "I know its a little dirty. But its still very sturdy. Not much work needs to be done other than some cleaning."

    She nodded, "Yeah. That alone will take days in a place like this."

    Nani nodded, "Yeah, but we'll get it done. Unfortunately, I can't help today. I have to be at work in half an hour. But I'll come by tomorrow morning to help you out." Her aunt hugged her and kissed the top of her head, "Love you, Ava. You take care." She nodded and hugged her back before watching her leave, the young woman alone in this new place. She sighed in the silence and looked around, "What a weird place." She smiled, "Heh, but then again, my mother wasn't exactly normal, so this place fits her well."

    She figured, before she started cleaning, she should explore a bit and walked around to each room, looking in. Then, came the last room. The bedroom up in the sphere. She went up to the room hesitantly, an unsure look on her face, looking around as she walked around all the boxes and such piled in the room, rubbing her arms, "This place is creepy. No wonder they moved away from this place." Of course, that wasn't the real reason her parents moved, but she didn't know that, all she knew was that this room gave her the creeps, yet she found herself too interested to not explore around in it, moving boxes and such as she looked around, a curious look on her face.
  2. How could she be gone? How could she be dead, buried in the ground with her lungs never to breath another breath of air, with her lips never again to turn into the wide smile that they would generally turn to when ever she grew excited and happy about something. Never again would she speak to him, never again would he see the shine in her eyes that would glint when ever an idea came to her mind, or when ever the prospect of exploring the universe came to her. She had been so young; she had been so happy, so free! But... How could she be gone?

    When Stitch had been told the news of Lilo and her husband's death over the mission that the two had been sent on, he almost didn't want to believe it. He refused, in the beginning, the words that had been spoken to him and he had grown angry, frustrated, when they tried to tell him other wise. Lilo couldn't be dead, she just couldn't be! "No!" But, then, when pieces of their ship had been brought back, and nothing of the remains of the humans had been found, Stitch then knew that it was true. Lilo and her husband had been killed. Never before had he felt such heart break, and never before had he felt so weak in his life. His senses seemed to have shut off at that point, his eyes blurred with tears and his ears flattened against his head. When he had taken a look at the burned and charred pieces that had been brought back to him, Stitch had turned and ran, never wanting to see it again, never wanting to live with that memory because all he could think, all he could imagine, were the screams that probably came to the two that had been in there. Had their deaths been short to the point where it wouldn't have hurt them, or were they forced to bear the torturous agony of fire burning into their skin and metal ripping through them?

    When talk of the funeral had been brought up, a part of Stitch almost didn't want to go. He did not want to face the mourners that would be there, and he did not want to see the tears that would streak down the people's faces over the loss of two important people in the community. But he knew that he had to go; he knew that he had to be there, even if he had to hide, even if the only people that he talked to had been Nani and David. He hugged them, he tried to console Nani as best as he could, but nothing seemed to have worked until Nani tried to push her own sadness down at the sight of Ava, Lilo's only daughter. "You have to hide," Nani had whispered to him, to which Stitch had nodded his head. "Lilo still would not want her to know of you."

    It was an unfortunate circumstance, yes, but the funeral had been nice. The people there seemed to have been respectful, but all the while Stitch was there he kept his eyes on Ava. Ava... The girl he had known since birth, the girl he had watched over throughout the years from a distance because the words of Lilo's promise continued to flicker through his mind; "Keep her safe. Watch out for her, please?" She had grown so much, and she looked so much like her mother with a few characteristics from her father. How well was she faring with this loss? Probably not well. What had she done when she heard the news of her parents death and what had been said to her about it? He wanted to reach out to the girl; he wanted to console her, he wanted to hug her and hold her and tell her of all of the wonderful things that her parents had done, yet he knew that he could not do that. He still had to keep his distance, even now, especially now. There had only been a few times when Stitch had actually been able to get close to the girl, and those times had been years ago when she was a baby and all she could do was gurgle out little response because she couldn't talk.

    But that had been the only time he saw her at the time, at the funeral. A part of Stitch suspected that Ava would return back home to continue to grieve her parents, and a part of him didn't want to follow after her at the time. While he knew he promised Lilo that he would watch over her daughter, he needed some time for himself as well because this wasn't easy. It may be easy to think that he may not have feelings because of what he was and because of the way he looked, but he did. He loved Lilo. She had been his best friend and now she was gone. She was gone...

    That was why the little alien found himself back at the old house, the first place had had truly been able to call home all those years ago when Lilo brought him there after buying him. It was still funny to think that, technically, he was some sort of property because of the certificate that he still had with his name and because of the money that had been used to purchase him. But... That gave him an identity. It gave him his identity. But beyond all of that, Stitch often, throughout the years, found himself coming back to this house every once in a while by himself. It served as great reminders of the past, of simpler times, but now, as he laid curled in a ball surrounded by boxes on the floor of the sphere shaped room, he could only find sadness. His little hands curled gently around a picture that he had found, a picture of him, Lilo, her husband, and baby Ava. They were all smiling in the picture with the beach in the background and the sun shining, Lilo's husband holding onto Ava with Lilo having an arm wound around her husband as she hugged him close with Stitch standing at their feet in the middle of them. It was such a happy time... Why couldn't that time be back?

    Breathing out a gentle sigh, Stitch blinked his eyes slowly as his eyes continued to stay transfixed on the picture. Later, he told himself, he would look through the boxes in the room to find things that he could give to Nani so that she could give them to Ava as a remembrance to her parents. That sounded like a good gift, right? To be honest, he wasn't really sure.

    But with his thoughts so muddled and confused, the noise of a car pulling of the drive and of a car door slamming didn't register through his ears, nor did the sound of a door opening and closing and the sounds of feet padding against the old wood of the house. The only time noises finally did register in his mind was when he heard the door to the room he was in swing open, causing his ears to perk and his eyes to widen a bit. Who was that? Nani? He picked his head up a bit at the thought, but as soon as he did he ducked his head back down and stilled his breathing. No, not Nani: Ava. And the sound of her voice was enough to give him that fact. But what was she doing here? Hadn't she gone home? With shifty eyes he got on his fours and crouched down a little lower before he backed up into a dark corner of the room silently, hoping that his figure would be hidden by the shadows. This wasn't good. What was she doing here?
  3. "This place is going to need a lot of cleaning up." Ava whispered to herself as she moved about the boxes. She didn't want to get rid of anything in here though. After all, it did belong to her parents. But, then again, maybe she could just move them all down to the basement. That way it would still be here, but it wouldn't be taking up space in the observatory. She didn't know what exactly she could use the observatory for, but surely she could find some use for it. And so, nodding to herself, she set to work, carrying everything, box by box, down to the basement, which took quite a while.

    Soon though, she was done and smiled to herself, going back up tot he room with a broom in hand, as well as a clear container that carried other cleaning supplies. She began sweeping the dusty floors, when she heard a slight scratching sound on the wood of the floors of something moving, growing a little nervous. Ava hated animals such as mice and rats, so hearing that sound and knowing a house as old as this might have them, she was terrified. Carefully, broom turned upside down as if to swing it, she began searching about, tiptoeing through the room until she heard the sound again, this time seeing a glimpse of an animal scurry under the bed.

    Maybe she could trap it? Moving quietly over to the clear container of supplies, she dumped it all out, carrying the medium sized container with her as she made her way fearfully over to the bed. Then, she hesitantly bent down, not enough to see under the bed, but enough to poke the broom under it, giving a loud and high pitched squeal of terror as the creature ran out and as fast as she could slammed the clear container down around it, sitting on top of the container so that hopefully it wouldn't get out.

    Huffing and out of breath, she looked down to see it wasn't a rat. At least, she didn't think it was. It looked more like a strange dog. A wild dog that had snuck into the house? How had it even got in here? Of course, she had completely forgotten about the doggy door. She would have to seal that thing up later. For now she had to figure out what to do about this thing first. Maybe she could call somebody? She nervously looked around, seeing she had left her phone across the room and there was no way she was going to reach it without letting the thing out. Great.

    Maybe she could make a run for her phone? She looked down at the thing inside. Was it fast? She hoped not. Looking back to her phone, she hopped off of the container and dashed toward it, scooping it up and then, seeing the thing had gotten out, she rushed over to the bunk beds, climbing up to the top one. Surely it couldn't climb up there, right? After all, dogs couldn't climb that well. Then she began dialing Nani's number. She only got voice mail, but at least she could leave a message for her to get there as soon as she got off of work, "Nani?! You have to come here as quick as you can! T-There's a... a thing here!"
    #3 AHeartlessNobody, Jun 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2015
  4. Maybe it would be best to just leave, Stitch thought to himself as he watched Ava set to work on cleaning out the observatory. She couldn't know who he was or that he was there, but even so he couldn't help but stay in his place, not only because he was transfixed by the girl, but also because of the sheer fact that he continued to see his window of opportunity of getting out of the place go away. When she would take the boxes and head to the basement, he would move to a different spot in the room, only to have a sense of panic come to him when he would hear her footsteps coming back up the stairs, causing him to run back in another position to hide. And then, after a while, she never did leave the room. The products that she used to clean the room were foul smelling, or at least to him, but he knew what they were and he knew them all too well given the years that he had lived in the place with Lilo and Nani when they lived here. After all, they liked to have things cleaned, and while he did also, he also hated the smell that associated with it all. It was one of the many reasons why when cleaning day did come he would generally find himself outside or going about the town, if only so that he could let the smells of the natural world overtake him.

    But now he was stuck in the place, to hide in the shadows and just watch her. But even if it was bothersome to him, it was interesting nonetheless to watch Ava. Even if he figured he knew the girl well enough because of how he watched her, never before had he been this close to her, or at least not for a long while. Again the sense of wanting to comfort her for her loss came to Stitch, but again the words of Lilo came to his mind, causing him to stop and causing him to hide in the shadows again. She couldn't know; she couldn't know about the alien world that he, and Lilo and her husband, had been apart of.

    When Ava's back was turned away from the door as she started sweeping the floor on the other side of the room, Stitch saw his opportunity to leave. Quickly he stood up on two legs and went to run out the door, but instead of swiftly sneaking out of the room, his foot knocked into a small object that had rolled on the ground. The noise erupted in the room in that moment, and when it registered in his ears Stitch stiffened before he quickly turned, looked at Ava, and then dove himself under the bed. No, no, she looked in his direction! Did she see him? Did she know?

    Apparently so.

    A little bit of a growl escaped from his mouth when he felt something poking at his back, and wanting to get rid of the irritating sensation he quickly set himself to head out from under the bed. From his point of view, he could see the door, wide open for his freedom. If he could just get out from under the bed, run... He could be gone, and no troubles would happen. It seemed like a well enough idea in his mind, and when the plan had been formulated in his mind he readied himself before he quickly dove out from under the bed and started to run, only to be stopped right in that same instance when something enclosed around him, stopping him from moving completely and trapping him in a small place. His nose was pressed against the plastic of the bin as he looked about, only to look up and see that someone, Ava, was sitting on top of the container. Of course, he knew that he could always easily lift the bin and run, but he knew that that would only cause more distress in the girl and he wasn't willing to put her through something like that.

    But it seemed like not long after the bin had been put over him, the weight that was on top of his was lifted off. Stitch couldn't help but snort to himself lightly as he looked in Ava's direction, watching as she quickly climbed on the bunk bed in order to get away from him. In another world, he probably would have been hurt by the reaction he received from her, but he had to remind himself that she didn't know him and she was probably scared. In all honesty her reaction reminded him of the way Nani had reacted when she first saw him, and of how she tried to get him to get away from Lilo because he looked like a deranged dog. Apparently he looked no less to Ava than he did to Nani at the time.

    He shook his head though and lifted the bin over his head and set it back down so that he could be free, but instead of darting out of the room like he had planned, his eyes were fixed on Ava. A thing, that was what she thought of him. He couldn't be here, he shouldn't be here... But the picture; where was the picture he had before!? How could he have forgotten about that in such a short amount of time? He turned his eyes to look away from Ava then and started looking at the ground, looking this way and that before he finally caught notice of the picture that he had been holding before. It was by the bed that Ava was sitting on, and, wanting to get it, he lowered himself onto the ground and crawled on all fours. A dog, he had to act like a dog. That would work, right? But even as he approached the bed, he hesitated a bit, folding his ears on his head as he made his way over to the picture, bent his head down, and picked it up with his mouth.

    Just leave, just leave... But why did he feel so compelled to stay? Stitch lifted his head up and looked at Ava before he finally started to take those steps back, himself getting closer to the door though he continued to keep his eyes on the girl. Ava, Lilo's daughter... He missed Lilo so much. "A-Ava." The word was merely mumbled through the fact that he still had a tip of the picture in between his mouth, and in that moment, when he spoke, he realized that he had made a mistake, and the look of realization on his face was evident as he turned and started to make his way out of the room.
  5. What was this thing? It was blue and looked like a dog, but was it a dog? Or something else? And more so, why did it seem, so.....so familiar? She didn't know, but either way, she was scared to death of it, unsure what to do. Would it come after her if she got down from the bed? How long would it even stay here? She watched it nervously after she hung up the phone, trying think in her mind what to do. But, apparently, she wasn't going to have to do anything, because the thing was moving toward the door with something in his mouth. She couldn't exactly see what it was it had grabbed, but it looked like a picture. Seeing that, she wanted so badly to somehow get it back. After all, if that was a picture her parents had left her, she wanted to see it, to look at it. If it was her parent's picture then some stray dog shouldn't take it, probably to eat it or something of the sort for all she knew. But at the same time, fear of this wild animal attacking her kept her on the bed.

    Then, something strange happened. She kept her eyes on it, and it looked back at her, mumbling out something. A name. Her name. She wanted to think she was crazy. That she had just been hearing things. But, despite being mumbled, it had been so clear. She hadn't been hearing things. This creature had said her name. The expression on its' face gave her all the evidence that it had. There was recognition there. She leaned forward a little bit, looking at it, trying to figure this out, when the little blue animal suddenly turned and started making its way out of the room.

    She had one of two choices. She could sit here and let the thing leave while she waited for Nani to call her back. Or, she could go after it and see exactly what was up with this creature. With this situation she was in, would actually have to be an adult for once and make a decision for herself. For once in her life, she couldn't call her mother or father for advice. She couldn't rely on anyone here but herself and it was killing her. She wasn't used to making decisions. She sat on the bed, wide eyed and tense. She had to make this decisions fast before it left. Her mind was still racing, but apparently, her body was making her decision for her because she found herself moving from off of the bed and heading carefully and hesitantly out of the room.

    She found it downstairs, heading toward the doggy door. She went forward cautiously until she was sure it noticed her presence and when she knew that, she took a few slightly fearful steps back. What was she supposed to do now? Was she supposed to talk to it? Would it even understand her? Surely it would, right? After all, if it had really said her name like she thought it had, then it would understand other things. That brought her back to how it had said her name in the first place. How did it know who she was? She sure had never seen it before. Had she? It did have a sense of familiarity to it. Maybe Nani would know why? But either way, Nani wasn't here and she had to figure this all out herself. Or at least keep it here until Nani could come and talk to her about all this. If Nani even knew about all this. Everything was up in the air and it left Ava feeling confused and unsure of what exactly was going to happen with all this.

    She looked at the thing, standing a good ways from it, an unsure look on her face as she knelt down to its level, brushing her blonde hair from her face, "Aloha." She glanced up to the room they had come from before looking back to it, feeling kind of silly at the fact she was talking to an animal, "What....were you doing up there?" She was silent another moment. Maybe she had heard wrong. Maybe it hadn't spoken to her. She frowned slightly, giving it one more shot, "You spoke. Or at least...it sounded like it? You...said my name?.....do you speak?"
  6. No, no no! He had made a terrible mistake by speaking her name when she clearly could have heard him. What had he been thinking? Nothing, and that was the problem. As Stitch made his way down the stairs he couldn't help but set his eyes to look back up in the direction of the observatory, his ears folding back before he set his eyes forward and finally stood, taking the picture out of his mouth and holding it within his grasp. Maybe she hadn't heard him, he reasoned with himself in his mind. Maybe she merely thought that he gave off a grumbled bark that only sounded like an animal speaking, or maybe she would conjure up something else in her own mind that would get her to believe that she had only been hearing things. People did that, right? People made themselves believe things and not believe things when they didn't want to, right?

    Shaking his head, Stitch continued to reprimand himself, thinking about Lilo all in the same instance. He went back against what he had said to her all those years ago; he said that he would never allow Ava to know about him, but now look at what he had done! Of course, he figured that it was only a mistake. After all, he had no idea that Ava was going to be in the house at the time, and she had no ways of knowing about him or that anyone else was going to be at the old house. Why was she here though, now that he thought about it, and not back at home to mourn the death of her parents? Maybe she was only here to grab things in remembrance to her family. But, if that was the case, then why had she been cleaning?

    Throughout the time that he continued to listen to his thoughts, Stitch made his way to the kitchen and was heading towards the back door. As he turned his eyes to look up from the picture, he saw the little doggy door that had been made through the wood, the flap of it only hanging on by one screw due to the years of storms flying by to try and take it off. It was amazing that it was still hanging on through all the years, really, but quickly Stitch pushed the thought aside and headed over to it. Hesitantly he moved his free hand and moved the flap up, readying himself to crouch down so that he could get out of the house and hide in the thick trees so that he could be out of sight yet still be able to watch and even hear Ava. It was at times like this that he thank his sensitive sense of hearing, though more often than not he either went to ignore it, or most of the time he was unable to pinpoint on any conversation someone may be having because of all the other noises around him. But in the case with him in that moment, he figured that he had just chose to, again, ignore the noises around him until it was too late.

    Aloha? His body stiffened at the hesitance that came from the voice that was behind him. He perked his ears back up and widened his eyes before he slowly turned and looked in the direction that the voice had come from. Ava; she followed him, and now she was talking to him? If anything, Stitch knew that the look he was giving off was one of surprise, of dumbstruck confusion that made him drop his ears and his arms. Again he took another step back, his butt pressing into the little square hole that the doggy door was made.

    Could he talk? Yes, but he knew that it would be a terrible thing to talk to her. Oh., but how he wanted to so badly! This was Lilo's daughter, someone that he vowed to protect along with Lilo. But, then... He figured that that had been another promise that he had broken; he hadn't been able to protect Lilo enough from getting killed. The saddening thought was enough to strike a cord in him, one that caused his heart to break at the thought as he turned and looked down at the ground. At that moment, he didn't care, nor really realize, that he was standing on two legs instead of on fours like he had been in the room, and the picture that was still in his hands flopped loosely in his hold.

    "Y-Ye," he picked his head up slowly as he started to speak, it having been moments of a long drown out silence between the two of them until he finally voice something, but before he was able to get the full of what he wanted to say out, the ringing of a cellphone could be hear in the distance, or at least from what Stitch could hear. He blinked his eyes and turned to look in the direction that the phone was sounding from, but shortly after he turned and looked back at Ava. He couldn't be silent with her; he just couldn't do it. "Nani." That had to have been her calling, given how Ava had called her frantically before. "She knows me."
  7. This dog-like creature was pretty strange. It was standing on two legs and she was sure it had talked before. This thing couldn't be a dog. It was something else. She just didn't know what. She watched it, the emotions running its face. She waited to hear something from it, anything that would tell her she hadn't been hearing things when she heard it say her name. And, for a moment, she thought that maybe she wouldn't get any sign at all. There was a long drag of silence between the two of them, and right when she was about to give up, there was a small sound that came from it that made her look up at it and lean forward expectantly.

    Just then though, she heard a muffled sound from the observatory, letting her know that her phone was ringing and that it was likely Nani calling back after her frantic call. She frowned and stood up, about to head that way, when she heard it speak again, her eyes turning back to it wide eyes. It said Nani's name. Said that Nani knew it. So, then how did her Aunt Nani know it? And what was it doing here? She brushed her hair back and bent down to look at it again, tilting her head to the side, "You...know my Aunt?" The sound of the phone still ringing came to her attention again. She really needed to answer the phone. Standing up again, she held up her hand, as if gesturing it to stay, "I'll be right back, okay...just...stay there. Don't leave."

    She rushed up the stairs and over to her phone, seeing it was, as she thought, Nani calling her back. Relieved, she snatched up the phone and answered it.

    "Ava? What's wrong? I got a message about something in the house?" Nani started, her voice full of urgency at the way Ava had sounded in such a panic earlier.

    "Yes....um...Nani, I don't know what exactly is going on... It's..I don't even know what it is...its....weird.... and blue and it talks..."

    "Blue? Talks...oh no." There was a sigh on the other side of the phone.

    Hearing that from her aunt, she frowned, "Nani, it.....said it knew you...."

    "I can't believe this is happening...." Nani sighed, now seeming to really know how to handle this situation, "Look.... I just, I can't leave work right now. But, trust me, Stitch is not going to hurt you. He's harmless. Just, hold out until I can get there after work. I have to go now. Love you."

    "What do you mean? Nani, this isn't making any sense--" Ava said desperately, but Nani hung up without giving her any answers, leaving the girl so confused. She sighed heavily and put the phone in her pocket, going back down stairs to see him still there, a picture in his hands, looking kind of upset. She walked over and knelt down once more, "That....was Nani. She said she was going to come by after work...um...so I guess we're both stuck here until then." She did her best to try to smile at him, as if to make this whole situation better, "Well...Stitch. How about we....we can..." She tried to think of something, "Let's....go get some lunch." Her stomach spoke for her there. It was almost one in the afternoon and she had yet to eaten all day. That was a good idea, right?

    But, could she take him out in public? She thought about that for a moment. Maybe she could pass him for a dog like she had first thought he was. She stood up and went to the door, opening it up, looking down at him, "Well? Is that a yes or no? Or course, if you don't want to, I can always bring you something back?"
  8. Yes, he knew Nani, and when the question was presented to him, Stitch nodded his head before he watched the girl stand, tell him to say, and headed into the observatory. Every fiber of his being told him to just leave, because maybe if he did and erased any trace of him having been there Ava would believe that she had been doing nothing but imaged the sight of the blue creature that spoke to her, but another part of him, a bigger part of him, told him to stay in his place and wait for her. And he did just that. His ears perked up at the sound of her voice that he could hear as she talked on the phone, himself unable to discern what it was that Nani was saying on the other line, but it wasn't long after that he heard footsteps coming back down the stairs and back into the kitchen.

    He relaxed his frame a bit when Ava came back into view, all of the memories of seeing her as a young child, when he was actually able to be around her, coming back to his mind. He remember the times that she had pulled on his ear and yanked at his fur, only to have Lilo pull her away to tell her to be gentle and to not hurt him. But even so he remember hearing the laughs that had come from the baby, and how she seemed almost proud for what she had done to the strange blue creature. Normally, anyone touching him in that sort of way, especially, would have irked and grated at his nerves, but due to the fact that she was a baby, and Lilo's daughter, he took the slightly aggressive acts as some sort of affectionate gesture, one that only a baby could give. And he relished in the fact, especially when he was able to make her laugh over the matter; at least he had been good for something, right, even if Ava wasn't able to recall those memories because they had been so long ago?

    He swallowed at the thought, however, and pushed the thoughts aside when he registered that she was speaking again, mentioning that they were stuck there until Nani got off work so that she could come asses the situation. Would she be upset over him revealing himself to Ava? More than likely, he figured so, however he figured that that was a conversation that he and Nani could have together so that they could make a decision on what to do and of what they could and would say to Ava. He just hoped that he wouldn't get hit with another broom, something that Nani used to do to him when she found herself upset with the creature. He shook his head at the thought, however, and closed his mouth as he put his full attention into the girl before him, blinking his eyes when she mentioned something about getting something to eat, even saying his name at some point. That could be good, he figured. But when she went to the door and motioned for him with the question he merely turned and looked in her direction with a questioning gaze. Should he go? Should he stay? It would be in his better interest to say, but she had offered, and he was too weak to refuse the chance to be around her. She made him feel... Better, and less sad over Lilo's death.

    He needed to protect her, and doing that would mean that he had to be around her and see her. So this, he figured, was a good excuse to be around her.

    "Okay," he answered, his speaking becoming a little more confident. He walked, on two legs, out of the door that was opened for him, but as soon as his body hit the fresh air of the outdoors, he stopped and turned back to go in the house. He went over to the counters of the kitchen and jumped up, placing the picture that he had in his hands by one of the containers and resting it under the object; it should be safe there, he figured, and he didn't feel like going back up the stairs to put it back in it's place. He could always come back and get it, to hide it away from Ava if necessary as well given how he was faster, and stronger, than she was.

    He turned and looked at the girl as he walked back outside, waiting until she closed the door before they started walking down the drive and onto the street that would lead them towards the little town. Though it would have been quicker driving, it was a nice day out, and it never took too long to walk to get to any place. But even so, Stitch stayed quiet because he didn't know what to say, and kept his eyes looking this way and that to the people that he would see, a sense of recognition coming to all of them as they caught sight of the blue creature. It wasn't an unusual sight to see him around, but it also wasn't usual to see him walking around to blatantly, given how he would normally do his best to hide from the general public. But people always knew that he was around, and over the years they had grown used to his presence there and accepted him so long as he didn't bring any trouble with him.
  9. When he agreed to come along, Ava nodded and allowed him to walk along beside her. She at first wondered if this was a good idea. Would people say anything about him? Was she supposed to have him on a leash? After all, if they were trying to get him to pose as a dog, then wouldn't that be what they had to do? Yet, as she looked around while they were walking through the town, no body said anything. In fact, there was a small amount of recognition on some of their faces when they saw Stitch. Some of the older people, she noticed, would smile and wave to the little blue creature.

    Strange. Just strange. She looked down at him in curiosity before they finally got to where they were going. It was a small cafe where you ordered you food from the window outside and you could choose to take the food inside to eat, or eat it outside at the tables there. She would have preferred to eat inside, but she wasn't exactly sure if that would fly with the dog like creature at her side. So, once she had the food and had payed for it, went over to one of the outdoors tables and sat down. She set the food down in front of him and began eating her food silently.

    It was getting some what awkward with this silence between them. And one thing for certain, this was sure going to feel like a long day.

    Once the two were finished eating, she began leading him down the road to the house once again. Once she was there, she looked down at him, "Alright, now, I have cleaning up I have to do, so just, relax? Or whatever else you want to do."

    With that, she went to work, cleaning and wiping things off, trying to get the house back into working order. The house was rather big though, and so it would take a long time before she would actually be done with it. After a while, she decided that was enough for the day and made her way outside, having not really looked around outside when she first got here. Out in the back yard, she found an old, but still in good shape, hammock. She smiled at this and went over to it, lighting the touches that were beside it and sat down on it. This was a really nice place to think. She sighed and leaned back, staring up at the stars before she reached in her pocket, bringing out a small family photo of herself and her mother and father.

    "I see you found our favorite spot." Ava looked up to see Nani walking over to her and she sat down in the Hammock with Ava, looking at the picture together, "Lilo and I loved to just sit out here together."

    "Nani, what's going on?" Ava asked quietly, looking over at her aunt, "What is that...Stitch? And why is he here?"

    Nani sighed, "Let me tell you a little story. Well, a big story actually. You see, right after our parents died, I kind of had to step up and be a parent and a sister to Lilo all in one. But, that also meant I had to work. A lot. And so, I had no time to really spend with Lilo. She got really lonely and didn't really have any friends. So, one night, I thought, 'what could be a better friend to her than a dog?!'" Nani laughed, "Boy was I in over my head, because of course Lilo would choose the strangest dog in the whole place. The lady even said he had been hit by a truck earlier that morning. Oi, was I freaked out."

    She shrugged, "But Lilo wanted him, so I got him. Well, she payed for him after borrowing money from me, but you get the gist. That little monster was horrible. Stealing food from the fridge at night, made me loose my job, made it so I couldn't find another job. I wanted to just toss him out or at least send him back to the shelter." Sighing, she smiled and continued, "But, your mother wouldn't have that. She went on to remind me that Stitch was ohana and that he belonged with us no matter what he did. Turns out, what he was ended up being more of a problem than anything he did. You see, Stitch was...different. He's not a like we had thought. He wasn't a dog. Never was. Stitch....as hard as it may be to believe, is a genetic experiment made by an alien."

    Ava looked at Nani like she was crazy and Nani held up her hands, "I know, I know. Its weird how I can say that with such ease now, as though its perfectly normal. But, I've also been around him for years now. Long story short, the people who made him and people that wanted him locked up, came here to try and take him away. But, once again, your mother was stubborn in wanting to keep him, and to be honest, I didn't want to see him go either." She laughed softly, "Lilo guilted the alien trying to take him, saying how she bought him and the alien would be stealing if she took Stitch away. And so, they let Stitch stay." She looked over at Ava once more, "He's been apart of our Ohana ever since. He was very important to your mother. The two of them were together so much. Even after you were born. Your mother never told you much about her work, did she?" Ava shook her head and Nani continued, "Both your mother and father worked for the aliens, along side Stitch, for the United Galatic Federation. In other words, this big alien council made up of a bunch of weird aliens bent on protecting peace in the universe. Those times you were left with babysitters or with me while your parents went on business trips? That was her going off with Stitch and your father on missions."

    She paused, sighing once again, placing a hand on Ava's shoulder, "And...it was on one of those missions that....that you parents....died."

    Ava looked at her wide eyed, her eyes filling with tears, "W-what....but you said....you said it was in a plane crash!"

    Nani hugged her, "I know, I know, I just....didn't know how to tell you the truth. The three of them, your mother, father, and Stitch were infiltrating a ship. I wasn't told exactly what happened, but...there was an explosion and.....they didn't make it."

    "Then how is he still alive?!" Ava said, gesturing angrily toward the house where she knew Stitch was.

    "Stitch is indestructible. The only thing that can kill him is water because he can't swim in it. Ava....I know this is hard for you to take in....but....you have to realize, Stitch, he's Ohana. He's Ohana to me. He was Ohana to your mother. And, he's your Ohana too."

    "I don't want any more Ohana, Nani. The more Ohana, the more....the more chance I have of loosing someone again..." She whispered, sinking back down into the hammock, staring down at the picture of her mother and father again.

    "Oh, baby." Once again, Nani hugged her, "You can't be so stuck on loosing people that you shut yourself off. If you do that, then you'll always be alone. You have to let new people in. You have to try, Ava. Promise me you'll give this a chance?"

    With a sniffle, Ava nodded and Nani kissed her forehead before standing up, "I'll come back again tomorrow to check on you." With that, Nani began walking off, stopping just a little way from the house to see Stitch there. Kneeling down, Nani smiled at him and petted his head gently, "Hey Stitch..." She looked over her shoulder to where Ava was, the girl crying softly and holding onto that picture with a death grip, then looked back to him, "Take care of her, okay? She really needs a friend right now." Despite how this was not supposed to happen. How Stitch wasn't supposed to ever be around Ava. Maybe this wasn't bad. Maybe this was how it was meant to be. So that neither Ava or Stitch wouldn't be alone? She wasn't sure, but having Stitch watch out for Ava would definently make Nani feel better, "Will you do that for me Stitch?"
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