She rolled over, her eyes squinted in the glare from the hall light. “Where are you going?”
“I have to go to work.”
“Did bad guys do something?”
“Yeah, sweety. They did.”
“Be careful, daddy.”
“I will, child.” I smiled. “I’m sorry I woke you.”
“Daddy, why is there evil in the world?” she asked.
“That’s a loaded question,” I answered with a smile.
“Well, I’m good. My friends are good. You and Mommy are good. Who is evil?”
I thought. Who is evil. “There’s been evil here before us, and there will be evil here after us. Some was always here, and the rest we brought in with us.” I took breathed deeply through my nose. “Evil depends largely on which way you’re looking. When the Romans arrived in Gaul, they saw themselves as arriving to lift the savages from the ash-heap. The Gauls saw them as demons, world destroyers.”
“Well, where does evil come from?”
“Your mother would say the Devil.” She raised an eyebrow, mulling that over.
“And where do you think it comes from?”
I looked at the floor. “We all have a little evil inside of us.” I looked back at her, “But what matters is how much control we give it.” I stood up. “Do right. Try not to hurt. Love. Make the world better.” I put on my cap. “No one can judge you for that.” I kissed the top of her head, and headed for the door.
“Can I go to the next concert?”
I stopped and closed my eyes. “Maybe.” I shook my head. “I’m sorry I woke you, I just wanted to give you a kiss before I left.”
“Be safe, daddy.”
“Of course, love.”
I walked out of my flat, checked the lock twice and headed for my car. I grabbed my radio to check in, “Office Harrison, responding.” It was going to be rough in Manchester tonight…
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in Manchester tonight; both the victims and the emergency personel, as well as all those facing danger in their everyday lives.
Don’t let the light go out.