Trifecta: The Wanderer
“Gods!” The soldier next to him smeared at his brow, sweat trickling down his neck. “This forsaken country.” He smacked at an insect and started to express at length his opinion of the bandits they were here to put down and their painful elusiveness in the height of summer.
Dyan twisted his mouth and looked out across the water. The heat of Njaia was relentless, and there were days when the drone of the cicadas drilled into Dyan’s head until he could hardly think. This kind of waiting was the worst thing he could think of, and he wanted to leave more than he could say. The campaign had been too long, too slow, and he was starting to feel like he needed to be somewhere else.
Home, perhaps. He thought of home sometimes when he was on a campaign, and wasn’t always sure where he was thinking of. Home was the little house in the city where his wife and his children waited for him. His oldest, who reminded Dyan startlingly of his father, and the baby Ellin would be almost ready to have by now. That was home, but sometimes the scent of the grasslands came over him in a giddy wave, and he heard the shuffle of horses and his sister’s laugh. In the vertiginous space between dreaming and waking, the soldiers around him became his clan striking camp for the spring move. He was as at home here on campaign as he was anywhere, but… He had always expected to go back.
For a moment, he saw his son playing with his cousins, a wooden practice sword in his hand, and Ellin watching them from the flap of the clan pavilion. He smiled and turned away.
Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt. This week called for 33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word HOME (noun):
1 a : one’s place of residence : domicile
b : house
2: the social unit formed by a family living together
3 a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also :the focus of one’s domestic attention
b : habitat
If you’re wondering how this fits in to past responses? Dyan is Cy’s father (more of Cy under the Calere category). Thanks for reading!