It is when he is asleep that I am able to indulge in my most secret doting. His chest against my back, his arm draped over my body, my hand in his securely tucked under my chin. I can hear his soft, regular breathing, know he is at peace, yet even in sleep he is protective.
I have never felt so cherished by anyone as I do here, in the circumference of his body. There are no more bad dreams, and for this...for this I settle against him a little closer, hold his hand a little tighter, breathe a little slower, blissed out in the dark that comes just before morning.