Barely Visible

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Barely Visible

It had been sitting there all the time, hadn’t it? On the table, beside your right hand, ready to be picked up at any moment. It took a few of those verbal jabs for the outlines even to make themselves seen, and then it seemed no more than a spectral dagger, nothing solid.

Clearly it was there for a purpose, not as a decorative touch. Over the years your fingers reached towards it, your hand rested against it. You were becoming less and less reluctant to pick up that jagged blade of words; make stabs, cuts, drawing forth emotional blood that would seep and drip invisibly into the wood of our family table.

Growing stronger, clearer, it was no longer hidden, was it? You did not even try to conceal that weapon of your words. Your hand would rest on the hilt of the dagger, always ready to pick it up and use it. It had become enjoyable, stabbing and watching my eyes water, my emotions bleed.

It was bound to happen, that final moment when you fixated on the jugular, sliced deeply. I could see your intent in your eyes before the piercing pain took hold and you watched me bleed out. Exsanguination of the emotions; whether you intended it or not, that was your achievement. For now, though alive and apparently well, I am totally emotionally dead inside.


Submitted: December 02, 2018

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r futrell

I can so relate to this.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 7:25pm

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Thanks so much for giving this a read, r. Sorry that you can relate.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 11:31am

Sue Harris

Brilliantly expressed, Hully, but so painful to read. Such vicious verbal cruelty, I feel for you.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 8:16pm

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Thanks for reading, Sue.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 1:09pm

Vance Currie

You have used your verbal skill to vividly describe something that I have never had to suffer. ~ Joe

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 8:48pm

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Thanks for reading, Joe.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 1:11pm

Mike S.

Disturbing, yet excellent, Hull!

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 9:02pm

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Thanks, Mike, for giving this a read.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 1:13pm

Jeff Bezaire

Powerfully described, Hully. There's no better way to illustrate it.

Mon, December 3rd, 2018 6:52pm

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Now this, I knew exactly what I wanted to write. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Mon, December 3rd, 2018 11:00am

Sharief Hendricks

Verbal abuse is still abuse...

What a clever way to illustrate it...

Words do cut deep !!!

Well done Hulls !!!

Mon, June 22nd, 2020 6:43pm

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Don't I know it. Thanks, Sharief!

Tue, June 23rd, 2020 11:24am

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