He woke, heart racing, breathless, wet with sweat, in the starlit time before dawn. He shuddered when something touched his arm. It was his wife.
"Again?" she asked, rolling her belly onto him. Soon she would bear his first child.
"Again," he gasped. He waited until his breath came more easily. "The same thing. It was awful."
She waited. He would talk soon. Perhaps then he would sleep.
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