I pulled the shirt over your head and helped you put your arms through the sleeves. My very last unstained shirt draped like a dress over your tiny body. The calm of bottles shattering and bodies slamming into walls never once lifted our heads from the empty dinner table. It was moments of stillness that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Those moments meant darkness. Unexpected visitors. Strangers turning into infatuated demons. Ripping at the skin of inconsistent consistency that built this toy frame of mine. Within this secret, I know where to hide. To keep you safe and unseen. If even for the moment, I can hold your face and cover your ears. It was only a matter of time. Only a matter of time before the secrets of these walls made the faces of the residence unrecognizable. Quickly crawling through the sopping mountains of clothes. Follow me to the tunnels and trenches. Keeping quiet in every nook and closet. Like hide and seek, running from monsters. The adrenaline thrilled you while the reality crippled me. Keep your eyes closed tight and your ears always covered. My back pushed hard against your hinged knees. Hiding every piece of you for no monster to see.