Dead Memories, Shattered Lives Synopsis & Chapter One

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Marianne struggles with a growing anger for her father that stems from early on in her childhood when he abandoned her mother and abducted her brother, leaving her mother heartbroken and mourning…a lot of Marianne’s memories had been completely shut out of her mind until the death of her beloved grandmother triggers them.

Marianne had watched her mother’s life wither away through depression, suicide attempts, and mental breakdown. When her sister reaches fifteen she has a baby girl following a suspected appendicitis. Her pregnancy is put down to her ‘broken home scenario’ and her search for affection. Marianne is bullied at school and runs away to Scotland where she spends a few days in an East Lothian Assessment centre and is accosted by lesbians.

At sixteen Marianne’s first sexual encounter is at the hands of a drunken rapist, she doesn’t tell a sole, the only one who suspects what has happened is a local taxi driver who tries to persuade her to go to the police but Marianne doesn’t want her mother upset any more. Later after being rejected by the air force believing it is because of her father’s criminal tendencies, she quits college and decides to work away from home in the holiday camps. Unfortunately, her experience is again fraught with anxiety as she comes up against the criminal element and leaves.

Marianne agrees to stay with a friend she met at the camp. A man who she trusts and is old enough to be her father but turns out to be nothing more than a fiend. A particular fright concerning a murdered Asian businessman leads her back home but she is followed and has to run again.

This time she heads off to Norfolk where she feels that at last, she has found sanctuary. She also finds comfort in the bottle, bottle of vodka to be precise. She meets a wonderful man and falls head over heals in love but he is not all he seems and she discovers that he is engaged to another woman. She leaves Norfolk, pregnant, goes home again, and at the end of July gives birth to a baby boy. He becomes her central focus in life, her reason to live.

A few years later she starts singing with a band to try and bring home a little more money, after several disastrous relationships she finally meets a guitarist, they form a duo and fall in love. Their relationship is dogged with unhappiness, however, as he has affairs, confirming her suspicions that all men were the same. She also watches her brother and sister through their broken marriages and decides that marriage is not for her.

The death of her grandmother is the focus of the story because it jogs all those hidden memories. Gradually her hatred of her father grows to a very dangerous level as she remembers every horrible incident in her life that she blames him for and is somehow able to link those incidents to him and her paranoia grows. Her main concern is ‘attacking him verbally at the funeral but by the time she gets to the funeral she is at boiling point. When he finally takes the pulpit to talk about his mother, she attacks him both physically and verbally. In the end as she drives a six inch nail through his heart she whispers in his ear that she isn’t going to let him ruin her life anymore and that though he provided the wood and nails for her coffin, it was her that was driving the nail through his wooden heart…

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Dead Memories, Shattered Lives Synopsis & Chapter One

Submitted: September 09, 2012

Marianne struggles with a growing anger for her father that stems from early on in her childhood when he abandoned her mother and abducted her brother, leaving her mother heartbroken and mourning…a lot of Marianne’s memories had been completely shut out of her mind until the death of her beloved grandmother triggers them.

Marianne had watched her mother’s life wither away through depression, suicide attempts, and mental breakdown. When her sister reaches fifteen she has a baby girl following a suspected appendicitis. Her pregnancy is put down to her ‘broken home scenario’ and her search for affection. Marianne is bullied at school and runs away to Scotland where she spends a few days in an East Lothian Assessment centre and is accosted by lesbians.

At sixteen Marianne’s first sexual encounter is at the hands of a drunken rapist, she doesn’t tell a sole, the only one who suspects what has happened is a local taxi driver who tries to persuade her to go to the police but Marianne doesn’t want her mother upset any more. Later after being rejected by the air force believing it is because of her father’s criminal tendencies, she quits college and decides to work away from home in the holiday camps. Unfortunately, her experience is again fraught with anxiety as she comes up against the criminal element and leaves.

Marianne agrees to stay with a friend she met at the camp. A man who she trusts and is old enough to be her father but turns out to be nothing more than a fiend. A particular fright concerning a murdered Asian businessman leads her back home but she is followed and has to run again.

This time she heads off to Norfolk where she feels that at last, she has found sanctuary. She also finds comfort in the bottle, bottle of vodka to be precise. She meets a wonderful man and falls head over heals in love but he is not all he seems and she discovers that he is engaged to another woman. She leaves Norfolk, pregnant, goes home again, and at the end of July gives birth to a baby boy. He becomes her central focus in life, her reason to live.

A few years later she starts singing with a band to try and bring home a little more money, after several disastrous relationships she finally meets a guitarist, they form a duo and fall in love. Their relationship is dogged with unhappiness, however, as he has affairs, confirming her suspicions that all men were the same. She also watches her brother and sister through their broken marriages and decides that marriage is not for her.

The death of her grandmother is the focus of the story because it jogs all those hidden memories. Gradually her hatred of her father grows to a very dangerous level as she remembers every horrible incident in her life that she blames him for and is somehow able to link those incidents to him and her paranoia grows. Her main concern is ‘attacking him verbally at the funeral but by the time she gets to the funeral she is at boiling point. When he finally takes the pulpit to talk about his mother, she attacks him both physically and verbally. In the end as she drives a six inch nail through his heart she whispers in his ear that she isn’t going to let him ruin her life anymore and that though he provided the wood and nails for her coffin, it was her that was driving the nail through his wooden heart…
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