The sounds rang in her ears; her shrill cries for help.
The pictures raced under her closed eyes, ones she was too familiar with.
She had a whole universe inside of her, as long and as dark as the midnight between stars
But the fire in her belly was long gone. Heartbroken and scarred,
She went to sleep at night
Hoping to forget all that had happened,
Hoping to feel like her again,
Hoping to never wake up at all.
Her mind, filled with the fear she had for him,
Gently coaxes her to sleep,
But as she gives in to the darkness, she remembers the night that changed her forever.
The night everything was taken from her,
The night when everything she had ever built smashed in front of her eyes and suffered enough damage to never be the same again.
She jerks awake as she remembers the unfamiliar touch,
The feeling of his breath on her neck,
The pain of guilt lining her gut.
Her loud cry is strong enough to make the Earth retreat beneath her feet,
But is laced with silent wishes for help, for her to be pulled out from the depths of misery she has made herself comfortable with.
She still tenses when she remembers the smirk carved into his face,
Or the callousness of his hands
Or the feeling of his nails,
Clutching onto her as if she was his only tether to life.
How ironic is it that those very talons sucked the life out of her.
She will never remember not being broken, but tides of guilt and pain threatening to pull her under are retreating.
The feeling of innocence will never be returned to her, but atleast she is breathing.
The marks his touch left will never fade, but at least she's here to tell the story of her survival.
She hasn't started living yet, but atleast she's
Written by: Lavanya Swaminathan (@lavanya_swaminathan)
Edited by: Kuhoo Tiwari (@kuhootiwari)
Artwork by: @kai.boet