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Blue Skies. by pocket-picasso Blue Skies. by pocket-picasso
"Mom... have you ever thought about dating again?"

Robin laughed from her seat at the kitchen table. She glanced up from the book she was reading and met Cardinal's eyes. "Nobody would date an old bag of bones like me! I just figured out how to 'like' something on Facebook, Cardi."

Cardinal laughed, but deep down inside, he knew that his mom's mind was elsewhere. Even now, her eyes dart out the window every so often, tragically hoping to find Jay wandering back home.

On the week Cardinal had been born, Jay Owens was on a trip to Antarctica; he'd had the privilege of escorting several esteemed scientists to their new research stations, where they'd study the wildlife living in the icy cold. Word eventually reached Robin just after her baby was born that the plane had crashed; the passengers were for the most part unharmed, save for one man--a hijacker who'd attempted to wreck the plane. Witnesses from the event raved about their pilot's heroic efforts to stop the man from seizing the aircraft.

That pilot--Jay--was the only person aboard the flight that could not be found.

Even after the searches for his body had long ended, Robin never once stopped believing that her husband would come home. She read the letters they'd written to each other over and over again, tracing over ever "I love you" with her fingers. He'll come back. He'll come back. He'll come back. My little blue jay is off on his adventure, and soon he'll fly back, safe in my arms.

Cardinal sometimes believed it, too; when people asked him about his father, he'd catch himself saying that Jay would "be back from a trip soon" or that he was "off on an adventure somewhere." It was hard to miss a man he'd never met, but Cardinal ached to have that hero in his life and love him just as much as Robin did.

"Cardinal," Robin suddenly said, putting her book down on the kitchen table.

"Yeah mom?"

"Your father would have been proud to have you as a son." she said softly, returning her gaze to the blue skies out the window.
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SkittyIsInHufflepuff Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Their all birds...
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ksj7700 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No adam yet, though, Huh?
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rubyrouge649 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly sad how Robin still believes that her Jay will come home ;(
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Mununga11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cardinal's eyes are just like blue skies.
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shadowfluid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
currently experiencing a moderate state of confusion. why would a hijacker attempt to seize the proverbial reigns of an antartic-bound flight?
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pocket-picasso Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Do I look like a HIJACKER TO YOU?! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW.

Also... I'd think wanting to instill terror into the hearts of others is technically reason enough, but again, I wouldn't know. xD
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shadowfluid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i dunno, it's just... when was the last time someone who wasn't radically islamic took control of an airplane? i wouldn't bet on someone with a chemical imbalance succeeding in such a task.
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ChevelleRose Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Why must you make me cry?
Note: I love all the family pics you drew for the characters. :)
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KrossAmongst Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read both "Nobody Gets Left Behind" and "Blue Skies" and had SO MANY FREAKING FEELS I FEEL LIKE CRYINGERMAGERDWHYMUSTYOUDOTHISTHISISSOSADANDBEAUTIFULFAITHINHUMANITYRESTORED!!!!

... That is all.
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NaturallyUndefined Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not kidding, this brought tears to my eyes. Your writing and art is beautiful. I find this story particularly beautiful.
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