The dead reign in the Godless darkHe wants the pedestal and he's lucky if he gets one night instead. I don't know what he gave me but I like it. I like trying to worry and not being able to. I like not being afraid. I like the sharp clarity of my daydreams and I like that I slept for seven hours straight, here and then woke up without feeling like I needed a running start just to open my eyes. There is noise I can hear save for light rain on the skylights and his quiet, even breathing.
He left a fire burning so I'm not cold this time. No more slip-ups. No more pink pajamas and helpless child-Bridget. No more abject disapproval from the rest. Mild distrust remains and now the only argument fought is over time. It seems as if there is too much. I get into trouble. I can work myself up. I think too hard. I can't distract myself from within boredom. I have too many hours to fill and then suddenly I blink and it's Saturday and there are civilized negotiations (She isn't going to August. I'll burn the loft down and you can take the blame for it but she isn't going. Not today.) and not a moment to breathe.
My tension awakens him and he moves closer without opening his eyes.
You never sleep, he says.
(Observation is the purest form of obsession, I guess.)
No, I say simply.
Death frightens me.
I shouldn't be here.
Where should you be?
Looking after Lochlan.
He's sleeping too. He needs more sleep to heal. This is a good thing.
His logic is unarguable. I close my eyes again and he pulls me in tighter. His skin is warm. He tucks his face down against my cheek and my cheek reddens from the razor stubble on his face.
So fragile, he says in almost-sleep.
Grow a beard! I complain and he laughs.
Maybe I will. But then I have meetings and I feel like a savage.
Savage in a three-piece suit. It's a look, you know-
Aaaaaannnd she's awake.
Like the tides, Neamhchiontach. Run along home and nurse your Dóiteáne back to health. I'll come visit later and bring him some treats.
What? No. What is with your McDonalds love?
I don't even get fries any more. They have breakfast ALL DAY now, did you know that?
Yes, you've told me eighteen or forty times.
Because it's AWESOME.