my eyes open, fluttering lashes in the dark, my body unaware of its surroundings. I search for you. & you are already there, inches away, your chest rising & falling with each breath, eyes still shut. carefully , i slide towards you, and without opening your eyes your fingers slide into mine and you wrap your arms around me, pulling me closer. ...no more nightmares, no tossing and turning, no more restless fits or eyes propped open just to keep all the bad dreams away. You would never leave me alone anywhere –- even in sleep. You gently kiss my hand, then readjust to dreams. “I love you,” you whisper. “I love you, too.” & then I close my eyes again.