Why should our children learn about monsters

After the Ordeal, after he was knighted, he sought her out. She was waiting for him, as he knew she would be. There was no need for words. She held him while he shook.

I wanted to die, he says. I was scared. So scared.

You are a knight of the kingdom now, she says.

But was it worth it? he asks. She is silent. He puts his forehead against her shoulder.