The day started out like any other day within the household of Cassiopeia and Raiz Australis, with the exception of two excited pattering feet rushing towards the master bedroom, and without delay the large bed was bombarded with the bodies of their beautiful twins, Demetrius and Lily-Grace. The pair could not hide their enthusiastic nature, not giving either mother or father the chance to gather themselves before shouting with all the strength five year olds would, begging the two to get out of their warm beds and to fulfil the promise that their dear dad had given them the night before, an adventure of their choosing to wherever they so wish- Of course they had to finish all their supper and complete the training set out for them, however to even their mother’s surprise both had finished such, and as they do not believe in empty promises, the sleep-deprived parents both grumbled as they pulled themselves out of bed.
“Come on, my little angels. We'll go make some pancakes while your dad gets ready, alright?” whilst Cassiopeia spoke to her children in a very gentle and adoring tone, she slowly slipped into a dress gown and approached Raiz, leaning in to gently kiss the man’s lips with a loving smile afterwards. “Don’t take too long, these young Mandalorian warriors will eat everything and leave you nothing.” such a comment made Raiz smile amusedly, causing Cassiopeia to give off a gentle chuckle before ushering the children out of the bedroom and off to the kitchen. As the door was shut behind the trio, Raiz took in a deep breath and took the moment to reflect on his life thus far- Taking time to recall the moments which brought him great happiness, from meeting Cassiopeia, to marrying her, and finally the happiest moment of his life, laying beside his beautiful wife within the hospital wing, both holding their incredibly tiny and fragile babies, a memory that will never be forgotten.
Slowly the sounds of footsteps carry from the master bedroom to the kitchen, Raiz had put on his clothes and finally entered the kitchen, where both Demetrius and Lily-Grace were already halfway through the stack of pancakes that Cassiopeia happily made, the beautiful lady sipped at her coffee and smiled up at her husband who sat across the table from her and without a word, scooped the rest of the pancakes onto his plate and in spite of his children's outcries, proceeded to eat them with barely a breath of interval, which caused them to screw up their faces and leave the table, heading to their rooms to get dressed. Whilst the children’s reactions were of disgust, his wife could not help but let out a giggle at such a site, during their early days of courtship such a thing would of made her disgusted, but the man’s mannerisms have become not only tolerable, but added to the love that she feels for him.
Moments later, after Raiz had finished his pancakes and Cassiopeia had finished her coffee, both their children returned to the kitchen fully dressed and ready. “Alright, we will put on our armour on the ship, and decide where to go there.” and before their father could finish the sentence, Demetrius had rushed out of the house with Lily-Grace chasing slowly behind, and with a heavy sigh, the man looked towards Cassiopeia with a somewhat defeated gaze. “Hey, they got that from you not me.” she would say in a soft tone. Both stood and embraced one another in a hugged which only lasted a moment, but felt as if it was hours within each other's arms. With that, Raiz followed the pair out and walked to his ship, which both his children were eagerly bouncing from foot to foot as to enter and begin their day out with their father. “So, put any thought into-” “Myrkr!” the twins bellowed out before their father could ask the question, and with a shake of his head, Raiz opened the ship and the three headed in.
As the ship filled with Raiz Australis, and his twins, Demetrius and Lily-Grace, landed upon the forested world of Myrkr, it didn’t seem to occur to him that he should be somewhat careful when visiting the world that he only recently assisted in defending from an onslaught of offensive attacks, but the world was within the influence of the Mandalorian Empire, to the Australis man that meant he had no reason to believe his life in any threat. Once the ship doors opened, all three Australis exited wearing similar painted armour but clearly different capabilities in terms of usage. “Do not-” and without a word, the twins rushed off into the forests which surrounded the forests and after them rushed Raiz, shaking his head whilst he followed soon behind the two.
It did not take long at all for the man to catch up to his children, especially so as they had both stopped before a rather peculiar tree which seemed to have bark which moved, but it wasn’t bark, it was furry lizard beings that seem to happily live upon the tree’s surface. “Ah, you found an Ysalamir tree, those are very beautiful creatures.” as Raiz said this, Demetrius proceeded to remove his helmet as if to have a better look at the animals. “Don’t touch them, we don’t want to disturb them.” though despite such, the young boy waddled closer to the tree, whereas Lily-Grace walked back to her father and stood close to his legs. Before Raiz could protest, Demetrius had already lunged forward and grabbed hold of a Ysalamir, turned and held it up to show his father. “Ha, I caught one dad, look I-” his sentence being finished for him by the sound of a blaster.
Suddenly everything ahead of Raiz seemed to freeze, with the exception being Demetrius’ body slowly falling towards him, and the very second it connected with the leaf littered ground, his senses were bombarded with the immediate return of reality. As the screaming of Lily-Grace pierced the air, another blaster shot was heard, only being met with a numbed grunt from the dazed man as it hit him dead center upon his armour, however as adrenaline coursed through his body, and without giving a second thought, Raiz forcefully picked up his girl before picking up his young boy and began rushing back to the ship. The sounds of blaster fire returned for a short time after, there was no telling how long, as every moment seemed to last hours, but what was for certain is that he had to make it back to the ship.
When one is in a rush, and their mind is clouded, the world around them merges within itself, and such a thing happened to Raiz. His eyes begged the UI in his helmet to locate his ship, his arms begged that they would find the ship soon as they began to tire out from carrying the two bodies, and his ears begged for Lily-Grace to cease her screaming which had not stopped since Demetrius slumped to the floor, he was not uncaring at her emotions and it wasn’t due to the physical pain of hearing her, it was that he could feel his heart tearing itself apart. Finally, as the blaster fire either stopped or went out of range, the man came across his ship and entered it. Raiz, placed Demetrius upon the bedding within, and forced a unsettled Lily-Grace into the co-pilot seat and strapped her in, he had no intention of letting her see her brother until they had returned home, to Westralis.
The ship landed nearby the household of Cassiopeia and Raiz Australis’ house, with little effort or care to the welfare of the ship. The sound of the ships feet hitting the ground seemed to echo the nearby area, enough for Cassiopeia to exit the house and walk towards the site of their ship. Something was off, she could easily feel it within herself and all around her, such a strong emotional feeling of both sadness and intense anger. The ship’s doors open and without warning, out ran an unarmoured Lily-Grace, face covered in tears and snot, immediately running into her mother's embrace and babbling incoherently, clearly in immense sadness that she was unable to speak, and before Cassiopeia could open her mouth to ask what was wrong, Raiz exited the ship. In full armour, bar his own helmet hanging on his hip, and within his arms he held Demetrius, helmetless and limp.
Silence devoured the area, the only thing which dared disturb such an eerie depressed filled silence, was the sobbing of the young girl, and the boot steps of the man walking towards his wife. Raiz’s face was intensely neutral, however behind his eyes showed a man that was fighting himself to not cry and was eating himself up inside. “I couldn’t save him... I failed him as a father, you as a husband, and Australis as a Mandalorian.” the man struggled to speak, and soon after slumped to his knees, placing the boy before his mother’s feet, before laying his own head down beside his unmoving son and fell silent.