"-nally woke up." William said, standing in the door frame. He did not step in. He stared. " I was directing operations."

Kirie stared down at the thin hospital blanket.

Electronic beeping.

" My arm hurts," she said.

" I can call a nurse," William said.

" My arm hurts," she said, curling over.

" Kirie?"

" I don't want a nurse," she cried. " I want our dad! Where is he? Why isn't he with you?! Where's Dad?"