It’s remarkable both how swift and unforgiving fear can be.
A solitary night enjoying YouTube videos shattering at the random outreach of another.
Slowly descending the stairs I make sure doors are locked and blinds shut. My feline lingers in my shadow, hesitating to follow, but rushing upstairs once I beckon.
A hesitant call to my partner temporarily eases my nerves- in minutes they are driving down. They keep me on the line.
I’m sitting in a corner of the office when they arrive. The house is dark and though I hear my partner’s voice…I say nothing.
As they enter the room, a dim computer screen reveals my spot in the corner.
For several moments we sit in silence. I can see them struggling to find words of comfort, but I don’t need them.
I’m just happy they came.