The comforting embrace of numbness.

Sunlight streamed through the window.

Illuminating the blue patch of blankets where she lay.

Warming her.

Blinding her.

She shifted her arms so she could lie more comfortably on his legs.

Her Daddy’s legs.

Legs that hadn’t moved since her arrival. Legs that would never move again.

One second.

That was all it took to change her life forever.

Proof of the depth of my naivety.

Colorful lights.

Pounding music.

A wall of people everywhere she looked.

She felt a hand on her exposed shoulder. She turned. Nicole! She fell around the girl’s neck, glad she wasn’t alone.

She was shy. Nicole was not.

The blonde girl pulled her toward the dance floor. They started to dance.