Ceri looked up from her book to smile at an officer letting her know that her father was on his way back. The officer left the office, closinng the door behind him. Ceri liked to spend time in her father’s office. She wouldn’t admit it to her father, of course, but it was the place where she felt safest. Nothing at all could happen to her here. She tried to hide it from everyone, especially her father, but Longa Noite scared the shit out of her. Her thoughts strayed as she wondered if she might be one of the disappeared this time. She shook her head, a strand of dark hair falling over her face. She brushed it behind her ear.
She was sitting on a small sofa she had bought for her dad a few years ago. It was meant for the nights when her father would stay at the station overnight. She would sometimes sleepover too. She sometimes wondered why they even had a house since they both practically lived at the station. She stood from her spot on the sofa, laying her book down after saving her spot with a bookmark. She went to her father’s desk and turned on the computer. YouTube would help pass the time until her father arrived; and would help take her mind off the fact that Longa Noite was upon them. Maybe she should have left with her uncle. But she couldn’t bear leaving her father alone. He needed someone to take care of him while he took care of everyone else. it must be a difficult burden.
She smiled as she searched for some cute and funny cat pictures on google. She picked one and made it her father’s wallpaper. She’d been doing that ever since she knew how to use the computer. Her father would turn on the monitor only to see random pictures of cats, dogs, or anything cute or funny she could find. He probably hated it, or not, but it was fun to watch his reaction to each image. It was sort of their thing now. This image was that of a white cat looking up with big round eyes. She smiled again. He was probably going to like this one.