It had taken months of back-breaking labor to bring the river rock he needed to build his house to the spot he had chosen. It had taken more months to frame it out with the help of some construction workers who he?d done a particularly big favor for. The laying of the river rock into walls, floors, steps, and rooms had taken more months, and he?d recently had the help of Salvador and Cane to finish up the front entry. Now it was finally looking like a place one could live in. He?d done it without any of his mother?s wealth; it had taken years of work to set aside his nest egg, and he felt a very intense pride of ownership in this place. He held the title to 20 acres all around the home itself, including a brook that flowed year round.
Rei stood some distance off, in front of his new home, arms crossed, a mortar tool in one hand, studying the way it all looked. It had been crazy, probably, to build the thing right next to a cliff wall on one side. A huge, solid rock that he had discovered held carved out caverns below, leading to waterfalls and pools beneath the ground, it made a rather impregnable bulwark to fall back into, should the need arise. The river rock and granite he?d used presented a very solid appearing home. The mongrel gave a little smile of pleasure as he decided that he liked it very well indeed. It would suit him right down to the ground, so to speak.
The inside had yet to be finished and a d?cor to be decided upon, but he knew what he wanted it to feel like. He?d always had an affinity for stone, for the rock that had sheltered part of his kin for millennia. Now it would be around him in his place, his home. Maybe he could rig a wall of water to one side of the living room. He?d have to look into that. Shoving his hair back off his forehead, he went back to work, a particularly peaceful smile on his dusty and sweat dappled face.