I didn’t want anyone to see me like this. I felt ashamed. I wanted to hide and cower like all the times before and pretend this hadn’t happened.
But I couldn’t do that anymore!
I was tired.
Tired of this being my life.
Tired of the beatings.
Tired of existing and being on edge all the time.
Something had to change…for the better.
I rang the doorbell several times. At first nobody answered. Then I could see a shadow emerge beyond the patterned double glass.
It was dad.
He glanced up and looked at the state of my face and