daily – 43

But you can stop them!

I’m struck by the unexpected, unconsidered vote of confidence from my own son, but he’s already past me and halfway up the stairs.

“Come on!”

I swing myself around in time to see him run into my office and start up after him. He wasn’t making that up. I can’t help but smile rather foolishly as I climb. He believes in me.

Downstairs, the deadbolt I’d forgotten to lock again thunks shut.

My smile cracks and falls away as I slowly turn to look.