Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge – write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key – make every word count. Up to the challenge? Join in!
Mommy, where do clouds come from?
Mommy, where do rain come from?
—Shhh…he’s coming. To bed; run.
The truck skidded to a halt in the yard. Lightening flashed. He tripped up the steps. Thunder crashed. She opened the door. He backhanded her, but she was braced for it.
“You fucking cunt. A storm’s coming. What-er-you standing by the window fer?” He leaned in, eyes slits, “stupid bitch.” He stood, wavering, bracing himself using her throat, then stumbled to the couch and passed out.
She tip-toed to her bedroom, snuggling in bed with her fake-sleeping child.
101 words. What story comes to mind when you see that picture? Join in!
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE, has resources for help. Not all domestic violence is physical. Emotional, financial, spiritual, and sexual abuses are all a part of the dynamics of domestic violence. Often times, the non-physical abuses are more prevalent.
Speaking out is scary. Talking to your friend is scary. Calling the police is scary. But these are the only ways to get to safety. No one deserves abuse, no matter what the abuser has told you–you do not deserve it, you have not earned it, it is not your fault.
If you are wondering if you are in an abusive relations, consider these questions from The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
- Does your partner embarrass you with put-downs? Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?
- Does your partner control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go? Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
- Does your partner push you, slap you, choke you or hit you? Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
- Does your partner control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
- Does your partner act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse, or tell you it’s your own fault?
- Does your partner threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you? Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
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