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Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)
TITLE: Place of Solitude
By Brandi Roberts
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He had done it again, even after he promised not to. How many more times would she have to tiptoe around his minefield of rage? How long would there be glass shards of unspoken violence under her feet? She was so careful with him, but she had to tell him this time. She was going to have their child. Flying into a rage, he cursed at her with words never uttered before, as he drove all his anger into her with his fists. He screamed words of worthlessness and hatred towards her, each syllable causing more pain than the rampant blows to her body.
When his energy was finally spent, he sunk to the floor in a tearful heap, begging for her forgiveness. She stared down at the pathetic man her husband had become and sighed. She knew if she wanted to get out, she would have to forgive him, console him. She whispered words of forgiveness to him as she helped him to their room. He was soon fast asleep. Knowing she couldn't be gone long, she hurriedly made her way out the front door and into the forest.
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