nighttime howls throughout the house the floor creaks underneath my small feet i wander from our bedroom down the hallway my eyes drooping because i am so exhausted i've barely slept in weeks "kelsey what are you doing?" he asks my voice is caged in my throat, i do not answer instead i show him
i begin to dance, my nightgown flowing around me like a wisp he laughs a belly laugh and begins to dance with me we dance together in the moonlight our bodies collective i do not know where i end and he begins
the moment ends almost as soon as it starts.
"you kids get to bed i'm tired" his grumpy grandfather scolds as politely as he can; he smiles warmly at me "kelsey i need to talk to you for a moment" a moment a moment that would last more than a moment it would feel like infinity
teddy goes back to the bedroom leaving me vulnerable i feel like a million eyes are on me he does no talking instead he shows me.