Neal has barely closed his eyes when there’s a shrill scream from one of the bedrooms down the hall. Sighing, Neal runs a hand throough his hair and gets out of bed.
When he opens the door it’s not hard to locate the sound.
As seconds passes, the sound intensifies, and when he reaches Grace’s bedroom, Neal finds his daughter standing up in bed, tears streaming down her face and cheeks red from screaming.
Seeing his daughter so distraught tugs at Neal’s heart and he nearly runs across the room to scoop Grace up in his arms.
Rocking from side to side, Neal talks quietly into her hair, trying to get her to calm down. “There, there,” he says. “Want to tell daddy what got you so upset?”
Grace tilts her small body back from Neal’s. Tears are still running down her face and her big, brown eyes wider than usual.
“Monster,” she says, the word somewhat muffled around the thumb in her mouth.
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