"Mama, you're okay!" Nathan said, smiling brightly as he got to see his mother for the first time since the house collapsed.
"... Not quite, sweetie..." Hs mother said softly, Nathan being oblivious of the bright arua around her, and the fact that he could see though her, unlike before. The four year old made a face.
"Wha-What do you mean, Mommy?"
"Nathan... You are a special little boy, that's the only reason you can see and hear me right now..." The young looking woman held her hand out to cup her son's cheek, but wasn't able to feel it. Nathan could feel the warmth, but not the pressure of the soft touch. "Remember when Daddy stopped coming home?" Se asked. He nodded. "I need you to be strong... Me and your brother... We're going to be with Daddy."
"I-I wanna be with Daddy too!" Nathan said. His mother shook her head, a little shine going down her cheek.
"I'm sorry, but you'll have to wait. You can't come with us..." She said. "... Promise you'll be good, and stay with the nice people in the big building down the street."
"NO!" The boy shouted. "The kids there are mean and the grown ups push me and tell me to do bad things!!"
"Nathan, you'll be safer there then anywhere else."
"I'll be safe with you, mommy! Let me come too!!" Nathan was starting to cry.
"I wish I could, but I can't..." His transparent mother held her hands to his face, trying to wipe his tears. Nathan made a face, wiping his face before digging in the pockets of the oversized jacket that his mother once wore, pulling out the small blue kitten toy that he had helped his mother make.
"I-If I can't come, c-can you take his, M-Mommy?" He asked. "S-So you won't forget me?..." She struggled a small smile.
"I could never forget you sweetie... You keep it. So you can remember me." She said. He gulped lightly but nodded, holding the stuffed animal close.
"O-Okay mommy... Come back soon, okay?" He asked.
"I'll see you again as soon as I can." She smiled softly, kissing her son's head as best as her ghostly lips could, before the glow around her brightened and Nathan couldn't see her anymore. He hugged his coat and cat close, whipping his watery eyes. He would stay strong for his mommy since she was always strong for him. He would be a good boy even if he couldn't see her... He just wished he didn't have to go to the run down orphanage... He didn't want to be pushed around again, but he went, knowing his family would be watching over him.