The screams woke her with a start for the third time that week. She lay in the dark listening to his desperation for a few minutes, hoping that he would calm and settle. After a few moments she knew it wasn’t going to happen.
The phone was in her hand before she had time to think about it. He answered within three rings.
“Hey baby girl. Let me hear.” It took a few steps down the hall to reach his room and she entered quietly knowing that if she woke him suddenly from the dream they would both regret it. Holding the phone out she counted quietly to five and then let herself out of the room and back into the hall.
“It will be okay, sweetheart, just do exactly what I tell you.” His voice calmed her nerves.