She’s Moving Out

September 30, 2020 at 8:47 am 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 October 2020

Rowena Curtin
Photo Credit: Rowena Curtin

 
“Better watch out,” Mom told her newly-wed daughter upon learning the husband had slapped her during an argument. “He hit you once, he’ll hit you again.”

“I’m truly sorry,” Jonathan later apologized with a bouquet of flowers. “It won’t happen again.”

But promises were made to be broken. When Emma forgot to iron his favorite shirt, Jonathan attacked her. This time, however, she fought back and knocked him down with a baseball bat.

“I forgive you,” Jonathan called from the hospital where he was recovering from his injuries. “I want us get back together.”

“Forget it, Jonathan. I’m moving out.“

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48 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shweta Suresh  |  September 30, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Good for her! She shouldn’t put up with such a guy

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      shweta:

      good for her to need mom’s advice.

      Reply
  • 3. Susan A Eames  |  September 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Too flipping right – otherwise she’ll get caught in a permanent cycle of abuse.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      susan,

      as her mom said, he hit her once, he’d hit her again.

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  September 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Probably best for both of them before one of them ends up dead!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      iain:

      I totally agree.

      Reply
  • 7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  September 30, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Maybe it was a good thing she wasn’t ironing his shirts… a hot iron is a worse weapon than a bat. Good for her that she got away

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    • 8. msjadeli  |  September 30, 2020 at 9:30 pm

      LMAO, Bjorn!

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      • 9. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:43 pm

        msjadeli:

        🙂

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      björn:

      there was no turning back. it was over for them.

      Reply
  • 11. msjadeli  |  September 30, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Plaridel, I love how your story unfolded and had to laugh at the fool husband pleading from the hospital bed. Her refusal probably saved his life down the line.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 30, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      msjadeli:

      I’m deeply flattered. thank you. 🙂

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      • 13. msjadeli  |  October 1, 2020 at 10:41 am

        You are welcome 🙂

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        • 14. plaridel  |  October 2, 2020 at 8:14 am

          msjadeli:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 15. Tannille  |  September 30, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I enjoyed that she didn’t just take it. People can be horrible.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

      tannille:

      everybody has its limit.

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  October 1, 2020 at 2:56 am

    I wish they all reacted with such determination. Good one.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

      sandra:

      sometimes, the best way to confront a bully is to face him head on.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 1, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Not a day too soon. I hoped she ripped up his favourite shirt before she left!

    Here’s mine!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

      keith:

      i’m sure she did. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  October 1, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Yeah, chuck him to the curb. I’m glad she stuck up for herself!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

      draliman:

      he’s lucky to be alive. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. granonine  |  October 1, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Smart girl. I hope she can hide so he’ll never find her, because he WILL come looking for revenge. They always do.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 1, 2020 at 9:08 am

      linda:

      he better not. she’ll confront him a shotgun.

      Reply
  • 25. Dora  |  October 1, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Perfect ending to a very imperfect relationship. I like the conversational recounting of it, Plaridel, which injects a note of matter-of-fact realism.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 2, 2020 at 8:14 am

      dora:

      i appreciate the generous comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
      • 27. Dora  |  October 2, 2020 at 9:01 am

        My pleasure entirely, Plaridel.

        Reply
  • 28. Bill  |  October 1, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Good and good.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  October 2, 2020 at 8:13 am

      bill:

      thank you.

      Reply
      • 30. Bill  |  October 2, 2020 at 8:55 am

        You’re welcome.

        Reply
  • 31. Sue  |  October 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    That’s the right move! Good story 😊

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 3, 2020 at 9:59 am

      sue:

      time came she had to stand up to save her self-respect.

      Reply
  • 33. Brenda's Thoughts  |  October 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    She was ready after the first slap. Good for Emma!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 3, 2020 at 9:59 am

      brenda:

      the baseball bat came in handy for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. pennygadd51  |  October 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Yay for Emma! Good and believable story, but sadly very rare in daily life. Abusers tend to pick victims rather than feisty partners.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  October 3, 2020 at 9:59 am

      penny:

      abuse will last until confronted head on.

      Reply
  • 37. Elizabeth Young  |  October 3, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Quite right too – good for her.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

      liz:

      you bet. 🙂

      Reply
  • 39. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  October 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I wish she had listened to her mother. There should never be a once but when the 1st one happens the only answer is to leave out of the door. Great write, Plaridel, for the prompt.
    Have a great day … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 6, 2020 at 11:03 am

      isadora:

      when i saw the boxes in the picture, the thought of somebody moving out came to mind. 🙂

      Reply
  • 43. notestowomen  |  October 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Mom was right. He hits her once, chances are that he would do it again. And he did. She did the right thing in leaving him. If she had stayed, the abuse would have continued and she could have ended up worse.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  October 6, 2020 at 11:03 am

      notestowomen:

      unfortunately, some women ignore the signs until it’s too late.

      Reply
  • 45. Na'ama Yehuda  |  October 6, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Good for her. Fool her once … Reckoning if twice.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  October 7, 2020 at 11:28 am

      na’ama:

      she did what was best for her.

      Reply

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