Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Salvo or Safe

Salvo [Spanish] or Safe [English]
She crawled into a dark corner of the porch, concealing herself behind a wall of dead plants and half empty boxes.

She made herself as small as possible, curling into a tight ball with her legs pulled close to her body.

She put her hands over her ears trying to block out the sounds but still they intruded.

She could hear everything outside her hiding place, the yelling, the cursing, the breaking dishes.

She made up a little song and sang it to herself silently.

She knew better than to make any noise that might bring attention to her hiding spot.

She refused to cry, she never cried, it only encouraged the anger.

She pictured a happy family, playing on the beach, sharing their love and laughter.

She sighed deeply.

She wondered if she would ever feel safe again...

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
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  1. Such a strong but painful piece of writing. You captured her fear and agony so well.

  2. That was much sadder than I expected when I started the piece. It's amazing what you can do with such restraints.

  3. I feel her pain. Very well written.

  4. I could feel her grief! It is sad to think what unhappy families and broken homes do to poor kids!

  5. The fear/pain comes across very well, Donna. Vivid piece.
    Silvia @

  6. So sad. :( Powerful piece of writing.

  7. Stopping in to say 'hi' from the A-Z challenge!
    Finley Jayne

  8. Thank you all, this was one that spoke to me as soon as I saw the picture! I appreciated you all stopping by, reading and commenting.


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