Vaughn waited nervously at the door to Malcolm and Elyna's house. His father had invited him over when he had seen the man last, and had also invited him once even before they had left on their mission to Endor... and still Vaughn felt entirely out of place. There was a dead weight in his stomach that said, Don't go in. He wasn't wanted.
Perhaps that's why he reached out and quietly opened the door.
The puppy inside the house rushed at his feet as if she had been waiting for him to enter and Vaughn picked her up, holding her gently against his side. Aware of her small, bright life. Like the lives of Elsie and, if he had heard word correctly, a new brother named Luke.
Suddenly his hands were sweating and he put the puppy down. He felt sort of sick.
There is no reason to be so nervous, he reminded himself, though he had heard it had been a premature and bloody birth. But surely the child was healthy, and Elyna too. And surely his father wanted him there to visit them both. And surely he himself wanted to be there. He wanted to meet Luke and, if he could, speak to Elyna and Malcolm about the things which had thusfar been left unsaid...
He just wasn't certain Elyna wanted him there.
Quiet like a ghost he drifted through the house. The puppy followed so closely on his heels that he had to be careful as he stepped. He walked up the stairs at a slow pace, almost afraid to make any noise. Vaughn found the correct bedroom and, rather different than his usual manner, knocked sedately at the door.
"Hello?" he asked. His voice was incredibly soft. He had two small blankets with him fit for children, one for Elsie and one for the new baby, not worth much but he hadn't thought to pick out something more expensive. He should have gotten toys but his mind had blanked at the marketplace and he hadn't been able, for the life of him, to remember what sorts of things children liked. In the end he had figured blankets were safe. All kids liked blankets. Something soft and comforting.
Whereas he, in this moment, felt big and cumbersome and completely out of his element.