Disclaimer: Lost is the property of ABC. Title from "Lullaby for a Stormy Night" by Vienna Teng. This fic written per request on my livejournal.

Lullaby for a Stormy Night

It's hard to hear the thunder over the pounding of the rain on the shingles, and so it's also hard to hear a small, tentative voice saying, "Daddy?" from the dark hallway. Ben turns his head and slides his glasses down his nose. "Alex, you're supposed to be in bed."

His daughter takes a few steps into the living room, looking younger than she is and younger than she wants to be. "There's something scratching on the window."

The storm -- of course. Sometimes he forgets what it's like to be a child, knowing there's nothing really there, but at the same time, knowing there's danger lurking in the world and it can always come in any form.

He never had anyone to run to when the thunder got too loud and branches scratched against the windows.

Ben sets down his book and motions to her. "Should we read one more chapter?" The fear-lines on her face smooth a little as she nods and sits down on the sofa next to him.

Alex will never have to feel that she had no one to protect her.