The next few weeks weren't easy, but Starr did her best to support little Ny'Kerria and Dre. At first, the kids were very reserved and didn't say much. But, as the days went by, Starr gained their trust and her love for them grew even stronger. Today, Ny'Kerria FINALLY allowed Starr to wash, and comb her hair. The two had become close and had talked late at night about her dream hairstyle, so Starr woke up and dedicated the entire day to taming her hair. The end result was beautiful and brought tears to Ny'Kerria's eyes.
"Why are you crying baby?" Starr asked her niece, wiping the tears from her face. "Why are you crying?"
Ny'Kerria didn't answer right off, but then finally whimpered. "Because, I don't remember ever having my hair this beautiful. Thank you Auntie." She said softly.
"Oh baby girl." Starr said, pulling her niece into her arms and squeezing her tight. She was starting to realize that her niece and nephew had lived a really, really tough life and she felt guilty for being so naïve about the state of their situation. "I had no idea. I will make sure that you stay this beautiful all the time, because you deserve it." She promised. Starr had been working all day on Ny'Kerria's hair and it had fallen into late night hours.
"Now, go upstairs, take a bath and get ready for bed, ok?" She instructed. Ny'Kerria obliged. Starr got up from the couch and went looking for Dre, she hadn't seen him all day. She found him on his way upstairs. He hadn't cracked a smile since he'd arrived there three weeks ago, but today, he looked a little more sad than usual.
"What's wrong Dre?" Starr asked.
At first, Dre didn't speak, and then he said "Auntie... I know that your a big star and all, and uhm..." he said taking a deep breath. "I'm worried that we might ruin your career." He said. His response shocked him. She couldn't believe that a child would be worried about such things.
"And why would you think that?" She asked.
"Because, if anyone finds out about Momma and the way she just left us...." he began to say, but Starr shushed him with her finger and stopped him from finishing his sentence.
"Come here boy." She said, pulling him to her and hugging him gently. "You two are the best thing that has ever happened to me. NOTHING that you do could ruin my career because I would leave it all for you. Do you understand?" She said, looking him in his eyes.
"Yes, Auntie I understand." He said, accepting her embrace. Tears rolled down his face. He was more grateful for his Auntie than a ten year old could express.
TO BE CONTINUED...