I haven’t slept in days. I keep thinking about what he said.
“If you love me, you’ll accept this part of me.”
Mama warned me about men who begin sentences with “If you love me…”
If Mama were here, she would’ve never let me marry him. Mama had this sixth sense about her. She could smell the evil on people.
I unluckily inherited my father’s desperation to appease. It’s why I lie in this bed alone, unable to ignore the screams from the basement below.
“Just hurry up and finish,” I find myself saying, “so I can get some rest.”
© Nortina Simmons