Ethan was asleep when Joseph pulled up to the house Ashley had rented until they could find more permanent accommodations. Joseph lifted him gingerly out of the car and carried him inside.
Ashley started to cry out her excitement at their safe arrival when Joseph mutely shushed her, indicating the sleeping child in his arms. Ashley, having long since learned the value of a sleeping child, took the hint and stealthily arranged the couch in the family area for Ethan to lie down on. Joseph set him down and Ashley pulled a blanket over him, gently brushing his bangs away from his face and kissing his brow before she and Joseph escaped outside to talk.
“In the bedroom, asleep. By the way, we only have one bedroom.”
“That’s going to be fun.”
“There’s not much else available here and I wanted to conserve money as long as possible, not knowing how or when we’ll get a chance to replenish our funds.”
“We’ll figure something out.”
Ashley nodded, her eyes taking on a vacant look briefly before she snapped herself out of it. “I take it you got the message out?”