I don’t know exactly how I thought they would be able to protect me from the monster, but as far as I was concerned, my parents were forcefields of safety and that fire monster could go f$%# itself.
As I lay there between my parents, I felt a gigantic flood of relief.
Inexplicably, the feeling of complete immunity to danger made me extremely energetic.
I didn’t need sleep; all I needed was safety.
It was intoxicating.
And in the morning, despite having slept very little, I’d wake up feeling recharged and ready to rampage
Unfortunately, my parents were not high out of their minds on feelings of invulnerability, and they did need sleep.