DISC: I DO NOT own any of the chars from Lilo and Stitch. They belong to Disney.
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A/N: I got the idea for this story while listening to Tia Carrere's Hawaiian version of "Hush Little Baby." I Hope everyone likes it.
"Hammocks and Lullabies"
Nani smiled as she heard the back door open and close. She didn't have to glance up to know who had joined her.
"Hey, baby. You should be asleep," she gently chided her seven-year-old sister.
Lilo frowned as her lower lip started to quiver.
"I had a bad dream!" She cried.
"Come here," Nani coaxed.
Lilo climbed into her sister's lap and snuggled in for a cuddle. She laid her head against Nani's shoulder and closed her eyes as she felt her older sister start stroking her hair.
"Do you want to talk about it?" Nani asked.
"It was about the…the acid…accident!"
"What about it?" Nani asked softly.
"It happened again, but you left me too! I was all alone!"
"Lilo, baby, listen to me," Nani instructed gently. "I'm okay. You're not going to lose me."
"It was my fault!" Lilo cried suddenly.
"No it wasn't!" Nani insisted. She hadn't meant to yell, she had just been surprised by Lilo's words. She thought she had convinced her she wasn't' to blame for the accident. But now it seemed she still had work to do.
"Lilo Keona Pelikai, look at me," Nani said sternly, but with love in her voice.
"It was all my fault!" Lilo wailed. "I was the one who asked Mommy and Daddy to go to the movies that night, even though it was raining!"
"Baby, it wasn't your fault," Nani tried. "I don't blame you and neither do they. Remember what I told you when you woke up in the hospital the next day?"
Lilo nodded as more tears came.
"Ya-you said that you were grateful you didn't lose me too."
"And I meant it," Nani said earnestly. She let a few minutes of silence pass before posing a question to her little sister. "Did I ever tell you about the first time I brought you out here and sung you to sleep?"
Lilo shook her head as she tried to catch her breath.
"You had just turned one and you were teething something awful. I had just put you to bed, but you were having a hard time falling asleep…." Nani smiled as the memories came floating back to her…
Nani sighed as she heard her one-year-old sister, Lilo, start crying. She had just put her down for bed a half an hour ago and she hadn't gone to sleep yet. She had sat with her for a few minutes after tucking her in, but Lilo was still restless. She had started to cry the moment Nani had left the room. She had grown attached to her in the last few months and it seemed like she saw Nani as her mother rather than their actual mother, Kari.
Heaving another sigh, Nani got up from the couch and went upstairs to check on her baby sister.
"Hey, hey," Nani said softly as she knelt down next to the crib. "Shh, shh, it's okay, baby. You're all right. What's wrong, huh? You need to go to sleep."
Lilo gazed at her big sister with her big brown eyes. She held her arms out, hoping Nani would pick her up.
Nani tried to resist, but it was hard.
"Okay, you win. But only for a little bit. Mom and Dad won't like it if you're up past your bedtime. Come here." With that, she picked her baby sister up and carried her out of the room.
Getting downstairs, Nani smiled down at Lilo as an idea came to her.
"Maybe some fresh air will help you sleep, hmm? What do you say? Do you want to spend some time with me in the hammock?"
Lilo snuggled into her sister for a cuddle as Nani carried her outside.
Settling down in the hammock, Nani held Lilo close and kissed her head.
"I know I don't say it often, but I love you, Lilo. I always will."
Lilo gazed up at her big sister as though she understood every word she spoke. She then blurted something out that made the fifteen-year-old smile from ear to ear.
It took Nani a minute to realize what Lilo had just said. A smile spread across her face when Lilo repeated herself.
"Good girl! I'm so proud of you!" Nani praised.
Lilo giggled and clapped her hands together in delight.
"Now let's see about getting you off to sleep," Nani said more to herself than to the one-year-old in her arms. "Let's see…" It was then that the song came to her. She started singing softly in Hawaiian, gaining Lilo's attention instantly. As she sung the familiar lullaby, she replaced the word 'Mama with her own name, making Lilo smile.
After she had sung the song for a second time, Nani glanced down to see Lilo was half asleep.
"Nani," Lilo said before her eyes closed.
"I have you, baby," Nani assured her. "Nani has you. And I love you. Sweet dreams, Lilo."
"We've sure spent a lot of time out here, haven't we?" Lilo asked as she got more comfortable on Nani's lap.
"We sure have, kiddo. And I wouldn't have traded any of it for anything."
"Me neither," Lilo agreed. "We slept out here the first night I came home after…" Her voice trailed off as Nani nodded. She knew exactly what Lilo was talking about.
"You fell asleep out here," her older sister corrected her. "I tucked you in afterwards."
"Uh-huh," Lilo replied as her eyes closed.
Nani wiped at her eyes furiously. She couldn't' let Lilo see her crying. If she did, she would become even more scared than she already was.
Nani couldn't believe that their parents were really gone. It felt more like a nightmare, but Nani knew deep down in her heart that it was true.
Nani glanced up at the sound of the back door opening. She gave her little sister a tiny smile when she saw her emerge from the house.
"You couldn't sleep either?" She asked gently.
Lilo shook her head.
"Nani, I miss Mommy!" Lilo confessed tearfully.
Nani's heart broke right there. She wished she could fix this, but she knew she couldn't.
"Come here, baby," she coaxed while holding out her arms.
Lilo wasted no time in seeking comfort in them. She buried her face in her older sister's shoulder as the tears came. As her grip tightened on her sister, her doll, Scrump, fell from her hands. She didn't' seem to notice as she clung to the only person she had left.
As Lilo's sobs got harder, Nani rubbed her back and stroked her hair, hoping it would calm her down. The little girl had already thrown up twice that day and Nani didn't want her going for a third time. She knew it was her body getting rid of bad toxins, but she still hated seeing her in that much pain.
Without being asked, Nani started singing the lullaby she had sung to her four years before.
As she continued the song, she realized the irony of the words. She knew none of the things promised in the song would change anything or help Lilo heal any faster. The only thing that would help her-help both of them was if they stuck together and looked out for each other. They were all each other had now.
"I love you, Nani," Lilo whispered softly as her eyes started to close.
"I love you too, baby," Nani replied. She sat there for the next hour, comforting Lilo until the little girl's breathing was soft and even once again. She would do anything for her. She was determined to see that Lilo had a good life despite what had happened. Nani just prayed she would be able to give her some semblance of normalcy back…
As Nani's mind floated back to the present, she wasn't surprised to find Lilo fast asleep. She planted a kiss on her forehead as she picked her up and carried her back into the house.
Tucking Lilo back in bed a few minutes later, Nani put a hand through her hair.
"Nani?" Lilo asked while reaching her hand out for her big sister.
"I'm right here, baby," Nani assured her. "I'm here."
"Okay," Lilo said tiredly. With that, she fell back to sleep, comforted by the fact that she wasn't alone.