he comes home a night early. noah is happy to see his
mama, but he’s tired, too, and they both put him to bed.
there’s an explanation that he’ll want tomorrow as to why
mama is hurt, but it went easier tonight.

as soon as he’s in bed, he turns to josephine and wraps 
his arms around her and holds her without hurting any of
her wounds. 

                    “ – i know you’re mad i came
                      home early.”