We never spoke of his father, and it felt disrespectful to ask anyone else. I assumed he was dead.
After the ceremony, standing next to my new husband in the receiving line, I knew before I saw him that something was wrong. I got that weird sensation that someone was watching me, then everything went dreadfully quiet.
He was suddenly beside me. Someone screamed.
Before I could react, he pinned me against the wall, his fingers digging into my flesh. His alcohol breath burning my eyes, his voice a vulgar whisper in my ear, “it’s okay darlin’, we’re family now.”
The 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompt created by Velvet Verbosity, takes a single theme to tell a story in only 100 words ~ no more, no less. This week’s theme is ‘Family.’