Title: To Sleep
Word Count 250 (double drabble)
“Go to sleep,” he said.
And he smiled that shy dark smile. “I won't look at you,” he said. Somehow that touched her more than his other assurances. He settled into the chair, faced away from her. He put his large feet against the door.
“But your own rest, Horatio,” She asked. “What about you?”
“Sailors don't need much sleep, Miss.” his answer was easy and sure. “We learn to do without.”
So she climbed into her bed, still in her dress and stockings. She thought perhaps she would not be able to rest. She was not afraid of him, exactly, but could hear him breathing when she held her own breath. She could sense him, with her eyes closed.
Maybe she would dream tonight, and wake with her teeth aching from clenching and her hands numb from curling to fists. Maybe she would snore. Maybe he would find her comical, or repulsive. Still her bed was warm around her, and her eyes were heavy.
She curled toward the room, her back to the wall. She always rested that way now. She could see a bit of his dark hair, over the top of the chair. The room was dim.
Maybe she would be unable to sleep, and would lie here until daylight. This she thought, as the dark wave of sleep overtook her. Her thoughts slid away.
She dreamed of a journey, and her mother's embrace. She did not remember this.