“You’re a stupid bitch,” Dave had said when she didn’t get dinner on the table at precisely 6 pm. Her cheek still ached where he had struck her. Then he complained that the chicken was raw and threw the plate on the floor like a spoiled child. She had got down on all fours to clean up the mess and he kicked her in the ribs.
She rubbed her side, every breath causing her pain.
“You’re so fat and ugly. No other man would want you,” he had said after they had sex. It wasn’t making love. Love had nothing to do with it.
Her insides felt raw and scraped. Dave didn’t care about satisfying her. She was just an object to pound out his sexual frustration.
“You’ll never amount to anything. Why are you even bothering?” he had said when he found out Michelle was taking an online writing course. He took her textbooks and threw them on a bonfire in the yard.
At the time, she had believed that she was stupid, fat, ugly and worthless.
Lies, every one of them.
All the booze Dave had consumed last night would ensure he wouldn’t wake until she was safe. She’d slipped a sleeping pill in his drink to make sure of it.
Her friend Alice volunteered at a shelter for abused women.
“Get away from that monster before it’s too late,” Alice urged, offering to take her to the shelter.
Michelle stood on the step holding her suitcase in the cool dampness of the dark night. Finally the headlights of Alice’s car shone like the beams from a lighthouse, guiding her to safety.
I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?
B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments