My own jailer

Knowing our volatile history it was an understandable question. A simple statement of a few short words.

Yet, it was that one word that caught me off guard, instead of “leave,” or “runaway,” which would imply I have power over my fate. That it’s simply a matter of walking out.

By its mere definition – fraught with words like “dangerous” and “control” – clearly it’s more complicated. It can’t be a spur of the moment decision. Plans must be made, and secrets kept.

“Why don’t you escape?”

I’m in a Hell partly of my own making, and I am my own jailer.

The 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompt created by Velvet Verbosity, takes a single theme to tell a story in only 100 words ~ no more, no less. This week’s theme is ‘Escape.’

11 Comments Add yours

  1. I had to go back and read that a few times. So well done. And such a recurring theme with you, no?


  2. Robin Hawke says:

    I love how clearly the danger is felt, and how intelligent your character is. Robin


  3. This is powerful stuff.


  4. AuroraLee says:

    Wonderfully written – but yes, too often NOT fiction. :(


  5. unknownmami says:

    Sometimes it feels like there is no way out.


  6. Please tell me this is fiction.


    1. Tara R. says:

      Yes, Sweetie, in regards to me, it is total fiction.


  7. Karin says:

    Beautifully written, Tara. I know a woman or two who could relate to this all too well.


  8. barbara says:

    What Carrie said . . . and all too often the one trying to escape blames herself and is blamed by others for: trying to leave/escape; or not trying to leave/escape. This is a great look into that mind-set. Thanks.


  9. Patti says:

    You have no idea how I relate to this. Well done.


  10. Carrie says:

    Amazing…as always :) I imagine many women feel exactly this way when they are in abusive relationships.


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