Rosabel spent the rest of December happily at Neverland. She had stayed up with the others on New Year's Eve and seen fireworks for the first time but once January started, Rosabel started to worry. She knew that Joseph was going to take her back to Londra but she didn't know when. She wasn't even sure if Michael knew. Rosabel had been debating with herself whether to put up a fight when Joseph came o just to go quietly. She never reached a final conclusion in her arguments, so she guessed she'd know what to do when the time comes.
A couple of weeks passed before Rosabel started noticing that things were a little different. Elijah, Simone and Mac started playing whatever she wanted to play, Janet and Elizabeth started buying her più things and Michael was almost always Canto o humming songs like Smile, I'll Be There and Gone Too Soon. Then one evening, Rosabel overheard something that scared her to tears.
"Do te what's up with Michael, Elizabeth?" Janet asked. "He seems kind of upset."
"He wouldn't tell me at first but eventually he detto that he was upset about Rosabel leaving. Joseph is coming in 3 days and he's gotta break the news to her tomorrow."
"I wonder why he didn't want to tell us."
"I think he was too upset to say anything. When he was telling me, he had tears in his eyes."
"So what did he say?"
"He detto that he's scared of what will happen to Rosabel at the orphanage and he's scared that Rosabel will hate him because he agreed to let Joseph take her back."
"I hope Joseph doesn't hurt her." Janet sighed. "I remember when we were younger, he always used to beat the boys if they messed up during a rehersal."
"I wonder why he let Joseph take her back. I think Bill would've been better."
"Joseph's in charge of Bill too. Still, I doubt that he would even think about beating her."
Rosabel couldn't orso to hear anymore and she ran upstairs to her bedroom, with tears flowing down her face. She lay down on the letto and replayed the conversation in head. She hadn't thought about what would happen when she got back to the orpanage. How would everyone react? Would they be furious o relieved? Would Michael come and rescue her again? Rosabel eventually fell asleep with dozens più worrying thoughts in her head. One particular worry lead to a series of nightmares.
Early the successivo morning, Rosabel woke up shaking from her worst nightmare yet. She dreamt that the orphanage had turned in a prison for children and a security guard, that looked almost exactly like Joseph, came and dragged her into a jail cell, then started beating her until she could barely breathe. Rosabel tried to get back to sleep, but gave up after 15 minutes, so she put on a giacca and her slippers, then went downstairs. Since it was early morning, Rosabel expected to be alone downstairs, so she was surprised to see light coming from the lounge. She was even più surprised to see Michael lying asleep on the sofa with just his red sweater covering him.
"Michael?" Rosabel whispered. She tapped him on the shoulder when he didn't respond. "Michael?"
"Hmm?" Michael murmured.
"Are te okay?"
"Yeah." Michael said, yawning and sitting up. "How come you're up so early?"
"I had a nightmare and I can't sleep anymore."
"A nightmare about what?"
"About the orphanage."
Michael's cuore dropped like a stone and he couldn't help feeling guilty. "Listen, Rosabel, I need to tell te something..."
"I already know that Joseph is going to come soon."
"How did te find out?"
"I kinda overheard Janet and Elizabeth talking."
"You've got a knack for that." Michael said, laughing.
Rosabel sighed and pouted a little.
"Come here, Rosabel." Michael said. He lifted her onto his lap and gently started rocking her. "It'll be alright, I promise."
"Mmm-hmm. Just, please, don't hate me for this."
"I could never hate you, Michael. I'll always Amore you."
"I'm glad to hear that. I Amore te più though."
"No, I Amore te more."
"I Amore te most."
"I can't superiore, in alto that."
"Yes, got you!" Michael giggled.
Michael continued to comfort Rosabel until she fell asleep in his arms. Before Michael knew it, he fell asleep too, feeling much better than when he had fallen asleep the first time. In a way, Rosabel comforted him almost as much as he comforted her. He knew that children don't lie when it comes to who they Amore and trust, and he had a feeling that Rosabel's Amore for him would never fade.