“You can’t take him away,” the girl told them.
Even as a six-year-old saying exactly the sorts of things you’d expect from a six-year-old in this situation, she still sounds just like older Amy.
“He’s a criminal,” Brandish responded. “He’s done bad things, he needs to go to jail.”
“No. He’s just my daddy. Reads me bedtime stories, makes me dinner, and tells me jokes. I love him more than anything else in the world. You can’t take him away from me. You can’t!”
I kinda wish Amy could read this.
“We have to,” Brandish told the girl. “It’s the law.”
“No!” the girl shouted. “I hate you! I hate you! I’ll never forgive you!”
Does Carol still wonder sometimes whether Amy has forgiven her?
Brandish reached out, as if she could calm the girl by touching her.
The girl shrank back into the closet.
Because touching an upset Amy works out so well.