‘Mum. Can you stay with me for a while? I don’t know why but I’m frightened.’
I move my arm around her tiny waist and lightly kiss her cheek, quietly reassuring her that there’s nothing to be afraid of. Everything was as it should be. There’s no need to be scared.
If I’d known, even for one second, what stood at the end of the bed, watching us; I’d have been frightened too.