Muse A has a tendency to be a little paranoid. They live alone, and they always have all the doors and windows locked, double-checking them at night before they go to bed. Until lately, Muse A has been able to sleep decently well, but a string of robberies in their town has them spooked.
Muse B, a friend of Muse A’s, works a very late shift in town, and while they see the robberies on the news, they’re not too worried. They have the standard alarms that make them feel safe enough, and they carry on with their life.
When one of the robberies turns into a homicide, Muse A finds themselves laying awake at night, completely unable to sleep, every noise or shadow making them jump up and grab the kitchen knife they have sitting beside their bed.
Unable to cope, Muse A calls upon Muse B, and asks that they come back to their house after work, just so they can feel safer. They would have complete access to Muse A’s food, television, and internet if they would stay up until Muse A could fall asleep. Muse B, not wanting to go home to an empty, dark house themselves, agrees.
When Muse A is still unable to sleep, they venture out to the living room, where Muse B is sitting on the couch, watching a DVD. They stay up and talk for a while, eating snacks, and Muse A confides in Muse B about their fears. Muse A finally tries to go back to sleep, but stays curled up on the couch, feeling safer with Muse B’s immediate presence.
As the nights go on, and a routine is established, Muse A and Muse B begin talking more, laughing, enjoying each other’s company, but Muse A never seems any less afraid. One particularly sleepless night, before a very important day for Muse A, Muse B suggests letting Muse A lay their head in Muse B’s lap, in case it would be more comforting.
Muse A finds comfort in Muse B’s touch, and in time finds themselves holding Muse B’s hand, cuddling up close to them and watching tv, always falling asleep with them. When Muse A is fast asleep, Muse B moves them to their bedroom, and returns home to sleep themselves, though they are always tempted to crawl in bed with Muse A and fall asleep with them.
Is Muse B just doing this for a friend? Or is there something more?