The tiny boy hit Zana like a missile, waking her out of a sound sleep.
“Cor?” she demanded. “Little brother, what’s wrong?”
He was trembling, clinging to her, arms around her waist tight enough to hurt. He shook his head but said nothing.
Zana thought about turning on the light but didn’t. Instead she settled one hand on his back, the other his hair and stroked through the soft strands. “I’m here,” she whispered softly.
Her shirt was damp from his face, and he shuddered at the words. “Promise you won’t go away?”
Their mother had.
“Yes, Cor. I promise.”