She reached out and touched the child's dirty hair softly. Their head jerked up and she found herself staring into the greenest eyes that she had ever seen. They were staring back at her, wide with fear.
"Pp-ple-ease, don't hurt me," a tiny voice asked. Bella felt her heart break and tears sting her eyes.
"I'm not going to hurt you, sweetheart," she said as calmly and gently as she could. "I want to help you. Are you hurt? Where are your parents?"
The child started to sob again and threw themselves into her arms. Bella was startled and fell back on her behind. She wrapped her arms around the kid and felt something burn in her chest. In that instant, she felt something shift. She knew right then and there that nothing would stop her from helping this little one. She ran her fingers through their crusty hair and wondered again how a child could just be all alone like this.