Prompt from Madison Woods. Go check out her site to how others responded to this prompt.
The nightmares come at night. She wakes sweating and shaky. Silently, she rises from her bed.
Outside and across the yard she goes. When she arrives, she throws her arms around the dog and drops to the ground. Cuddling closer, she can smell the outdoors in the shaggy fur but she doesn’t mind. She snuggles deeper and drifts asleep into dreams that are safe, into dreams where she is protected.
The dog, used to watching over the little girl, keeps one eye open, and settles in for a long night.