Daniel tucked the blanket to his daughter's chin, kissing her forehead lightly, before pulling away, and letting a tear roll down his cheek. It hurt to look at her, when all she reminded him of was her mother, who had been dead now for almost 1 week.
Daniel reached the door, when a small voice drifted from behind him.
Daniel turned to face his daughter; his unshed tears glistening in the soft glow of the night-light.
"Mommy's not coming home, is she?" Her voice was shaking as she spoke, and he could imagine the tears in her eyes mirroring his.
Daniel swallowed and bit his lip.
"No…no she's not." The one conversation he had been dreading, had finally arisen, yet he had no idea how he was going to explain that her mother was dead.
"Why? Doesn't she love us anymore?"
Daniel chocked back his tears.
"It's not that at all, Holl."
"Did she go up there," Holly pointed to the sky, "just like you did?"
"Yeah, but remember how I came back? I don't think she is. She is watching over us, just like I was when I went up there. She will always be watching over us." Now he let the tears escape, as he crossed the bedroom, to his 5-year-old daughter, who was also crying freely.
"I miss her," she sobbed into his arms, as he held her shaking body close.
"I miss her too, Holl. I miss her too."
They sat like that for a long time, but Daniel didn't mind. It was comforting to know that he wasn't in this alone, and that no matter what, he always had Holly.
He wasn't on the verge of forgetting Janet. He would never forget Janet.
Slowly, Holly's sobs faded into soft snores, as she drifted off to sleep, curled up in her father's arms. Daniel didn't feel like sleeping alone tonight, and knowing neither did Holly, carried her to the room he once shared with his late wife.
He crawled into bed beside his daughter, breathing in the slowly fading unique smell of Janet off her pillows, and wrapped his long arms around Holly's small body.
As he drifted off, Daniel swore he could feel his wife kiss his cheek, like she did every night before they fell asleep, while she was alive.
"I will always be here, Daniel. I will always love you…"
Daniel smiled softly, knowing he would be okay. They would be okay.