“I didn’t even know I had a dad.”
“I don’t know my dad either.” Mary smiled. “Hey, let’s get out of here.”
She ran. I followed her out of the room, down the hall, and out into the sunlight. The brightness stung my eyes, so tears began to leak from them.
Mary nearly shouted. “Can I see?”
I slowly moved my hands. She gently poked at a tear with her index finger, which she then lifted up towards the sunlight.
“Wow!” she murmured. “It’s more beautiful than I imagined.”
I felt an odd protectiveness over her at that moment. I cleared my throat.
“If you are ever in danger,” I began. “I’ll help you.”
She shifted her gaze from her finger to me. “I know you will, Johnny Caution!”
“I like that name.”I grinned.
“Ah crap!” Mary exclaimed. “Are you OK? I have to go. My brother’s calling me.”
“Yeah. I’m good. Thanks.”
“OK. I’ll see you soon.”
“Sorry about what I said about you being imaginary.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
She ran back inside.