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The Monster Behind The Door #21


I was never so proud of my daughter and so grateful to my Dad.
On the flight back, Ella said:
''Grand-Dad knew he would never leave you alone. You are the one who escaped. He can't accept that. He may be my biological dad, but he'll never be a father to me.''
I keep her hand in mine.
I won't move again. I am tired of running. Ella is an adult now. She'll be fine.
The sun is magnificient through the clouds. I close my eyes briefly and I drift into a sleep full of new beginnings.

The end.

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    Frenchie over 2 years ago

    This is the conclusion of this series. On reflexion, I could have made it shorter and more powerful😏 Of course, not everyone has the support of their family when dealing with domestic abuse but I wanted a happy ending.

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    VerityAlways over 2 years ago

    Apologies for not commenting on each drabble, Frenchie. But relieved it was a justified happy ending, and I loved the way you expressed the thoughts on the protagonist's mind and the actual story, and they beautifully merged.
    This pea brain has a lot to learn from you;-))

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    Neville Hunt over 2 years ago

    Frenchie. This was a terrific series. As you can see from my comments, I was fully engaged with your story, fearing, I have to admit, that there might be some personal experience playing out. I know that I’m a bloke, but I fail to understand how any man taking the rather large step of marriage to a woman, whom presumably he professes to love, can treat his ‘love’ in that way. Though I can’t comprehend his motivation, I know that this kind of thing is more true than most people would realise. You told this happily ending story brilliantly, Frenchie! Thanks for this cliffhanger🧗‍♀️😬

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    Frenchie over 2 years ago

    Thank you Neville and Verity. I have met and worked with too many women in a domestic abuse situation. The sister of one of my colleagues died at the hands of her ex.
    The motivation, I think, is control. Feeling powerful in an area they can control or to get revenge from an insecurity they can't overcome or simply because they are psychopath.
    I am well aware that women are perpetrators too and that violence done by women may be on the rise. For me, it is very hard to accept but the facts are there.

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