Dan mimed whacking himself in the forehead. “Of course! How could I forget?”
He smiled and got on his hands and knees and scanned the empty space under the wooden bed frame intently. His son would grow out of his fears one day, but there was no need to speed up his loss of innocence.
“Well, there’s no monster under here!” he declared triumphantly.
“No, not anymore,” a rasping voice responded from above him.