“Jordan, sweet boy, I”m right here. I’m right here. Tell me about your dream.” Tom lifted the little boy out of his crib. Jordan needed to have his crib converted to a toddler bed, but Tom had put it off. “I’ll do that tomorrow,” thought Tom, holding his son to his shoulder. Jordan’s sobs slowly subsided and he put his thumb in his mouth.
“Look under the bed, sweetheart,” he said to Miranda. “See if there’s a door.”
“I might not be able to see it, Daddy, if it’s Jordan’s door.”
“Good God. You can’t expect me to believe that trolls have some kind of exclusivity in the construction…” he stopped. He was talking to his five-year-old daughter, not arguing with his wife.
Just then Joan’s nurse — a brisk, cheerful Filipino woman — came out of Joan’s room.
“She’s sleeping, sir. You want I go home?”
“Yes, Blessica. Thank you again.”
“What wrong with Jordan?”
“Those duendes, they…”
“What? Duen… WHAT?”
“Bad men come in the sleep. Maybe live in this house a long time.”
“We built this house, Blessica. Just three years ago.”
“That doesn’t matter to duende Mr. Tom. The world is older than your house. Who knows about the ground you built your house on?” Blessica shrugged.
“Trolls, daddy. I told you.”
“Night horse,” sighed Blessica. “All the children have them. Maybe closer to old times. We grown ups? We far away. You want me stay, Mr. Tom?”
Suddenly Tom felt totally overwhelmed. How in the world had his life gone sideways like this? A wife with a fragile brain. Her Filipino nurse offering to spend the night to protect them. Trolls building doors under the beds of his children. His little boy crying on his shoulder. His little girl giving him advice — from direct experience — about supernatural beings that lived under the ground and invited children from the surface to tea parties.
“Blessica, take the guest room for tonight. I’ll pay you to stay in case…”
“OK, Mr. Tom,” she said.
“…something happens, and this is more than a nightmare, my wife…”
“I understand, Mr. Tom. I will go get my overnight bag from my car.” As a mental health nurse, Blessica was always prepared.
Here is a link to all the other five episodes of this saga… Backwards, unfortunately…