"Is that what it is baby girl? They just treating you like you're made of glass? Well, you know what you're gonna have to do ain'tcha. Show 'em you're not." He tried to keep dangerous things out of his mind. So she wouldn't get no ideas, and drive her Mamma crazy.
"I don't know, with none of them are blood relation, they might get ideas of their own." Or at least he figured the younger boys would. They'd be stupid not to. Bohannon continued to bounce his knee. He'd pause every now and then, give her little diapered butt a rest.
He pulled the watch out of it's pocket. He didn't worry about it falling and breaking, being connected to his vest, and being one of those that took a good lickin' and kept tickin'. He held it out to Elli. "You can play with that, so long as you don't go resetting the time on me."