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.’

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

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

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  3. Wonderfully written – but yes, too often NOT fiction. 😦

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  4. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out.

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  5. Please tell me this is fiction.

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

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

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  7. 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.

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

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

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