Fragments

I opened my mouth, but could not speak.

I begged her not to make me do it. Thud of fists on my body.

He shoved me up against the wall. “Tell them then! I dare you,” he sneered.

Chilling tinkle of golden bracelets. She came to me in the dark, taking what was not hers.

I stared into the mirror, then kicked it in, drawing blood with knife-edged shards

“Stop crying!” he roared, and slapped my face ’til tears froze in fear.

He dragged her by the hair, beat her to the ground.

She stared at my breasts. My skin crawled.

I said, “No”; he did not listen.

I will speak now.

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