M - Weary and long suffering Mum.
C - Sensitive and slightly melodramatic young Child.
1:30am a couple of nights ago.
Noises off - creak of door, pad of small feet belonging to Child.
C: I can't sleep.
M: Do you need to go to the toilet?
M: Come on then.
C and M exit.
A long time passes.
Voices heard from outside door:
M: Time to go back to your bed.
C: I want to be in your bed.
M: I know, but you need to go back to your bed.
C: I won't be able to sleep in my bed.
M: Why won't you be able to sleep in your bed?
C: Sister is crying.
M: Why is she crying?
C: She says her ear hurts.
M's footsteps rushing upstairs to her other daughter who despite being stoic is whimpering pathetically in pain.