Free at last

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

Many women live in fear of their partner. Some women have the courage to flee to a safe place. The woman within this short work has found the strength to run, and found sanctuary at last in her special place at the top of her secret mountain.

Free at last

 

It’s difficult to describe to someone who has never felt pain like I have, the joy of being free. As I sit here, so high up on the mountain, I know that Jack cannot hurt me anymore. I am free.

Nobody knows of this place but me. It’s my secret place. I used to come here as a child, with my mother and father. We would roam the hills for hours. I loved the feel of the wind blowing through my hair, just as it is now. My dad and I would run down the mountainside through the heather, laughing all the way. Mother would chase after us as we sped up. I can still hear her call, ‘Wait for me you two’.

Those memories still bring a smile to my face. I haven’t smiled in such a long time. I feel the soreness around my jaw and remember why. It’s no fun being beaten by a man you once loved. A man who promised to love and cherish you. A loving prince who eventually turned into an ugly beast.

I touch the bruise on my arm and remember the last words he spoke to me.

‘You can never leave me my love. You are too weak’.

I remember crying then, believing him, but not wanting to. I closed my eyes as he whispered into my ear.

‘I will always find you. Remember that. You will never be free of me’.

I waited for the front door to close and watched him drive away.

And then I ran.

As I sit atop the mountain I feel as free as I have ever felt. I close my eyes and breathe.

I open my eyes and see a familiar face approaching.

Once more I start to cry.


Submitted: May 25, 2021

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