"No, Mommy!"

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Kitty doesn't want to go to bed but not because of the monsters.

Submitted: November 21, 2017

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No, Mommy!”

Mommy, I don’t want to go to bed.” Kitty turned to face her mother, her thumb in her mouth. “It’s too early.”

Her mother looked at the clock. Kitty was steadily pushing her bed time back, making it later and later. And she didn’t want to be left alone either, so that was leaving her less time to get all the late night jobs done.

Half an hour, then into bed with you. No arguments, Kitty!”

Thank ‘ou, Mommy!”

Nightmares, her mother was pretty sure that was the cause, but what had brought them on she had no idea. For the last few weeks she had been woken by Kitty, crying and moaning, only settling when she got up and brought the five year-old into her bed. She never seemed to remember what had happened in her dream that so upset her, so whether it was a recurring one, she could not be sure.

The half hour was up. “Come on, Kits. Up the stairs and in to bed!”

No, Mommy! Don’t want to!”

You promised now, remember. No problems! Now up those stairs you go.”

Kitty looked at her mother but it was clear she was not going to be able to change anything. Bottom lip starting to tremble, she made her way to the stairs. She looked at her mother but her Mom's expression remained firm. Shoulders slumped in defeat she started climbing one slow stair at a time.

I’ll be up to tuck you in in just a minte, Kits. Okay?” Her mother felt mean, sending the girl so reluctantly up those stairs but what else could she do? It was just a phase; another couple of weeks and her daughter would be back to bouncing up those stairs.

Kitty was laying in bed with her favorite toy snuggled tightly in her arms. It was a curious thing, looking so like a teddy but with the mane of a lion; Leopald, she had called it, and she clung to it now because, ‘aren’t lions brave?’ All that could be seen of Kitty was her tiny face peering out from the covers.

Tell me a story, Mommy. Please!”

Oh, Kitty, it’s already so late but okay.....just one.”

And her mother sat down on the side of the bed and began to read the story of Little Nut Brown Hare. When she got to the end Kitty joined in...... “Guess how much I love you, Mom? All the way up to the moon.”

And her mother replied as she closed the book, “And I love you right up to the moon....and back!” She dimmed the light switch to low, kissed her daughter on the forehead and said, “Now, go to sleep.”

Kitty tried to stay awake, tried to fight off the tiredness. She knew Leopald would protect her from the monsters, but her dreams had no monsters. Her dreams had no one at all. Just her and Leopald in a deserted world. A nightmare that she could not explain at all.


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