Prelude 13

The girls lay huddled together in Liesel's bed.

"Don't cry, Jojo", said Liesel,
"I can't help it", replied Jojo, "I hate it when they fight."
"Me too."
"Why do they fight all the time?"
"I don't know, Jojo. I don't think Daddy's happy."
"Mummy's not very happy either."
"Why does Daddy have to work all the time?"
"I don't know."
"He screams at us a lot."
"Do you think he still loves us like he used to?"
"I suppose."
"I don't think so."
"He's just tired all the time."

"I think I'll go to sleep now. Can you tell me a story?"