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'What is it?' My mum huffed as I came into the living room. She was sitting watching television.
'I had a scary dream,' I cried, the tears soaking my face.
'Come here,' she huffed again.
I walked over to her. She put her arms around me and patted my back.
'Now go back to bed,' she said.
I pulled away and wiped my face. When I went to resist, she pushed me gently and pointed upwards. She was distracted as she watched television. I went back upstairs and lay in bed shaking. This had been a regular thing and my mum was obviously getting fed up with me. I'd have nightmares every night. I'd wake up crying or really very scared. At first, mum had been supportive and comforting, but as time went on, she got distant. I dreaded going to bed and started to play up, trying to get my mum to let me stay up late. I'd sometimes sleep in her bed with her. Since my dad left, my brother and I often fell asleep in my mums bed before she came up and moved us to our own rooms.
One night my mum came upstairs to put us to bed. As I settled down, she crouched beside me and took my hands.
'Did you know that God has angels that look after us?' She asked me. I shook my head, my fear of the night and the dark already starting to overtake me.
'All we have to do is ask them to come to us and they will. If you ask them to come and protect you, they will sit in the corner of your room and watch over you.' My mum's voice was soft and comforting.
'Close your eyes, my love, and I'll teach you how to pray,' she said.
I did as she said and that night I learnt how to ask the angels for help and protection. A calmness fell over me as my mum left and for the first time in years, I didn't feel scared as I lay and waited for sleep to come to me. The dark energy that usually hovered around my room was gone and all I could feel was a light presence from the corner of my room. I didn't think too much about it because even the thought of an angel sitting in my room got my heart beating. I was relieved though and I slept so much better after that. I was extremely grateful that my mum had given me the gift of peace.