E/O Drabble Challenge

Challenge word: Alert

100 words on the dot!

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John rubbed a weary hand across his face. Hauling himself to his feet, he paced the length of the room. He had to remain alert.

Three days since the fire. It felt like three years. His body was tired. He knew he had to sleep soon but he was afraid.

What if the thing that killed Mary came back? He had to protect his boys if it was the last thing he ever did.

He stopped at the edge of the bed, resting his hand on his older son's head. Dean's arms were wrapped protectively around Sammy.

"So sorry, kiddo."