Copyright © 2012 Vasileios Kalampakas
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The sound of small, shuffling feet roused Penthesileia from an uneasy, troubled sleep. She rolled to the other side of her bed and slowly opened her eyes; she saw Heraclea standing by the bedside in the dim blueish light of the glowstrips. The child’s face was pale white and taut with fright. Her mouth was half-open, as if her scream had been sucked into the silent void.
“Hush now, child. Hush and worry not. I’m here now,” whispered Penthesileia in her daughter’s ear, her arms wrapped around the little girl like a warm coccoon.