light, fluttery touches graze the purple welts. I shudder, the touch reaching my protruding collar bone. "she did this?"
my voice is lost. my eyes tightly shut as shameful tears gather. her hand falls away. "this isn't okay"
her arms envelope me in a hug, her hand stroking my back. she rests against my chest, listening to the rapid beating of my heart. "come live with me."
the lightness of her touch fades, replaced by a violent grip. my shoulder aches from the aggressive shove, eyes firmly shut to obscure this reality. "I told you. You are mine."
the authority in her tone, the harsh breath along my ear, the split second change. her hand, pinning my neck to the wall, softens, falling limply over my beating heart. "i'm so sorry."
"i didn't know she could be this bad." "I thought I could control her."