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Topic: Write CONTEMPORARY FICTION (10/30/14)
- TITLE: Repressed to Refreshed
By C D Swanson
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Her magnificent beauty was startling at times. He’d never seen anyone quite as beautiful and still hadn’t to this very day. The picture in his wallet was all that was left of her. Each time he gazed at her face, his heart ached. Precious Yvette—funny, sweet, and filled with light—absconded with his heart all those years ago, and he never got it back.
He smiled as he lovingly traced her face with his fingertip. Twenty years since the picture was taken. Wasn’t it yesterday they went to the local five and dime store and shared a small seat to pose for the photograph?
He recalled with painstaking detail Yvette couldn’t’ stop giggling as she sought to gain balance on his knee. Her infectious laughter could be heard beyond the curtain that enveloped the photo booth. They were barely into their teens, and so in love. Yvette was the only happy memory of his childhood.
The memories of the orphanage still troubled him upon occasion. The people in charge were awful to him, especially the creep—Mother superior’s brother— that beat him up for fun. He shuddered as his thoughts drifted back in time, horrific images flooded his mind. When he tried to tell people in authority, he’d receive a warning along with another beating. He’d always attempt to “blow the whistle” with the final outcome unchanged…until they used Yvette as bait for his silence. He remembered the sordid details of that night.
“Hey Jimmy boy, you better keep your mouth shut like a good little boy for many reasons. The first one being, if you don’t… you’ll be used the same way you’d witnessed in the gym. And, two—this part you won’t like—we ‘ll pay a visit to Yvette and be as friendly to her as we are to the boys, you wouldn’t want to be responsible for that would you Jimmy boy?” He laughed as he punched him in the face to drive his point home.
“Keep away from her you piece of garbage! I won’t let you go near her.” Jimmy punched him back…all he remembered from that point was excruciating pain then, mercifully, blackness.
Jim was still looking at the picture as he pulled back from his uncomfortable reverie. He whispered, “Yvette, I’ll always love you. I hope you’re happy. That’s all I ever wanted for you my sweet lady. You were the joy of my life, the only love I’ve ever known.”
He placed the picture back in his wallet, and wiped a lone tear from his face. He shut the lights and hoped to get some sleep. He had an interview with a prestigious law firm tomorrow. It was known for their humanitarian efforts. Jim just moved to the city and was impressed from what he'd heard. He needed to refresh his mind, he needed minimum five hours sleep to be his best. But, all he could see with closed eyes was the hauntingly beautiful blue eyes of the girl he still loved so much.
“Excuse me; sorry to intrude…the call you’ve been expecting is on line three.”
She nodded. “Tell me you’ve got the paper work to put these men behind bars. I’ve waited a long time for this.”
“Yes. We just picked up the last piece of evidence. Three more men came forward and want to testify. This is pretty elaborate. We have all the info this time…It’s going to quick.”
She looked up and mouthed a silent “thank-you Lord.”
“Did you hear me?”
“Yes, I did…I’m beyond thrilled.”
“Oh, and—my sympathy concerning your husband’s death—I know things weren’t very good between you, but—”
“Thanks Kevin. I’m expecting an attorney to join my team today. At least I hope so. My assistant said he looks good on paper. He’ll be here momentarily. Thanks again.”
She took a quick glance in the mirror. The individuals that abused children in the orphanage were finally, thanks to God, going to be put away. She wondered, as she so often did… where he was. She never stopped loving him. Jim—her handsome knight in shining armor—kind and protective. A knock intruded upon Yvette’s thoughts, bringing her back into focus.
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