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Keys in Her Hand

Charli Mills challenged us to OPEN DOORS this week. Join in the opportunity to try your hand at Flash Fiction by FOLLOWING her to the Carrot Ranch

She knew she had to leave a marriage that most likely should have never taken place. Doors were opening all the time. On their honeymoon when he raped her, that was the first door. But she was just too shocked and confused. Their first wedding anniversary when he told her what a piece of shit she was, was another open door. But the sweet apology closed the door because she believed she was worthless anyway.

7 more years of verbal, mental, and emotional abuse opened the door to counseling. Which lead to opening the door to the lawyer’s office.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Eyes Forward

Charli Mills, head of the Carrot Ranch writing community, challenged us to write about the open road this week. It reminded me of my own divorce ages ago. So, here is my 99-word story, somewhat fictionalized for your enjoyment.

Be sure to FOLLOW Charli to the ranch for new and exciting opportunities each week! http://www.carrotranch.com

Nine years packed into a few boxes and an old steamer trunk. Was there nothing else to show for all the ups and downs of a marriage? In perspective, that which was her past was minuscule compared to the opportunities which comprised her future.

Getting behind the wheel of her car, she felt gratitude for the hard work she and her therapist did to get her to even consider filing for divorce.

She was figuring it out. Turn the key. Fasten the seatbelt and adjust the rearview mirror. Wow, check out the view through the windshield. The open road.

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben