Chapter One: Introduction
Silence is the key.
Silence always has been.
Cassidy sat beneath the stairs, each gasp for air breaking the Silence. She gripped her legs tighter and pulled them towards herself. Each time she tried to breath slower, quieter, she found herself exhaling large raspy breaths.
‘It’s O.K’ she lied to herself.’ ‘I don’t have to take it’ A slow, thunderous creek broke the remainders of the silence. Cassidy sucked in as much air as she could and held on. Step by step she watched as the weak boards bent slightly out of shape, reshaping the fine line of protection she had. At the final step there was a pause and she could barely hear the quiet crumpling of his jacket as he turned his head towards the kitchen and the echoing thump that followed as his feet met the floor.
Steady footprints retreated toward the other end of the house. Slowly Cassidy opened the door. Her trembling fingers made it hard to steady herself. As light crept in the little room her scars became illuminated. Although there were few they were as memorable as a birthday was to a normal child. She could remember the date, cause and method for each one.
Cassidy peaked out the door and within a second the door came swinging back jamming her small fingers against the frame and causing them to twitch in pain. A rough hand pulled the door of one of its hinges and grabbed her wrist, pulling her completely into the almost blinding light.
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