A few weeks later
Keahi sat on a bed in the infirmary. Xanatos and Renard had completed the new cybernetic arm weeks ago, but Keahi's shoulder was only now healed enough to handle the new limb. Claw stood off to the side watching intently.
Xanatos poked the cybernetic fingers with a needle. They would twitch when he did so. "How does that feel?" he asked.
Keahi smiled. "It will most certainly take some getting used to," she replied. "I can feel, but not like I can with my other hand."
"I remembered what you said about playing the violin," said Renard. "I thought you would like to be able to play again if you choose to."
"Thank you," said Keahi.
"How are things in the Labyrinth?" Xanatos inquired.
Claw made several quick gestures. Unlike his pantomiming before, these movements appeared more intelligible.
"He says things are well," Keahi translated.
"He can sign now?" asked Xanatos.
Keahi nodded. "I've taught him a few signs. It's challenging when you only have one hand to make them with. Thankfully there is someone else in the Labyrinth that understands sign language as well. We've been teaching Talon, Maggie, and the clones, too."
Renard handed Keahi a small curved cap of some sort. "That's to fit over the sockets when you do not have the arm on. You can get them wet, but I would advise against it."
Keahi thanked him and tucked it into her trench coat pocket.
Claw signed something to Keahi.
"We should be getting back," Keahi said. "I have guard duty tonight."
"Take care, Keahi," said Renard.
"Aloha," she said.
They were in the hall when Keahi tapped Claw's arm. "I have something I need to take care of first. You can start back without me."
Claw shook his head and pointed to where he stood. He was going to wait for her.
"All right," said Keahi. "I shouldn't be too long."
Keahi crept over to Alexander's room. She opened the door a crack and found the room dark. Alexander was sleeping and Puck was moving around the room, picking up toys.
"Aloha," Keahi whispered.
Puck turned and smiled. He put a finger to his lips and waved her in. "I just put him down. Don't wake him."
"I won't. I was looking for you," Keahi said.
Puck tilted his head in confusion. "Now what would you like of little old me?"
Keahi put both arms around him in a gentle hug. "Just to say thank you again. For everything." She gave Puck a kiss on the cheek. "Mahalo."
Puck patted her head. "Such a nice kitty."
"You better get going, kitten," Puck said. "Or your boyfriend may think you're cheating on him." He laughed quietly as Keahi wrinkled her nose at him.
Keahi smiled and slipped out as quietly as she came in.
Are you okay? Claw asked as they flew across the dusky sky.
Keahi looked back at him. "I'm fine. I'm happy."
Keahi shook her head. "I have a family again."
They landed in an alley where there was an entrance to the Labyrinth.
"I have someone to look out for. And someone to look out for me." Keahi turned to Claw. She stood on her tiptoes and gave Claw a quick kiss on the lips. "And I have you."
Claw beamed and put his hand in hers as they walked home.
I hope you've enjoyed this story. I keep checking my traffic and I see there are a lot of visitors, so I am assuming that I am doing a good job. I must say that Keahi was one of my favorite characters to create and also one of the most challenging. Keep your eyes open for more of my stories. One of these stories — I don't know when — I may be calling Keahi back again. It may be awhile before I do because I have several other stories lined up to post, but I wouldn't mind writing another story with her. Review! This is the only way I know what you think about my stories.