• Kimberly commented on the post, unanswered 2 years, 11 months ago

    She had so many unanswered questions. Why had he left? Was it something she had done? Was there someone else? Or was she seeing this whole situation from too narrow a perspective? Perhaps something had been going on in his own life that was larger than she could imagine, something private and internal and slowly growing until he simply could not…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, takeoff 4 years, 9 months ago

    She flew into the air without even realizing she was going to do it, just spread her arms and soared into the sky like a bird or a rocket. Well, rockets don’t spread their arms, but you know what I mean. Ha. I got off track by thinking about the image of a rocket being so unstreamlined. I don’t think that’s a word. Huh. Having trouble staying on…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, brave 5 years ago

    It was brave of her to try it, to even make the attempt. Just crossing the living room would have been a triumph.

    Why do I keep writing about the same things over and over again here? It’s like I’ve become conditioned to write only about Ernie’s house again and again and again, when I call up the oneword website, I just return to my life at 6…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, deserved 5 years ago

    It was well-deserved, she thought. This spanking. She deserved it. She’d disobeyed direct instructions, gone where she shouldn’t have gone, said what she shouldn’t have said. Perhaps if she had kept quiet, if she hadn’t given herself away, then it would have been all right. She still would have deserved the hitting, the pain, perhaps, but she…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, entitled 5 years ago

    Yeah, you think you’re entitled to everything, don’t you, he sneered.

    She shrugged dismissively. “Why shouldn’t I expect to be treated well? It means I have good self-esteem.” She smiled. It wasn’t pretty.

    He shook his head in disbelief. “That’s really what you think? You think this is because you’re STRONG? It’s because you’re WEAK … a…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, allowed 5 years ago

    I’m not allowed to go outside. That’s what the woman says. She says I have to stay in here. I’m not sure why. I see other kids outside, when I push the curtain aside and look through the window, but the lady always comes running and hits me when she sees me. “You can’t let them see you!” she hisses, and then she grabs me roughly by the arm and…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, lofty 5 years ago

    “Ideals,” she said, her nose in the air. “Don’t you have any? Or do you just live your life in the metaphorical mud, crawling through the garbage of the world and never looking up at the rest of the world above you?”

    “Above me?” he snarled. “You think you’re above me?”

  • Kimberly commented on the post, coarse 5 years ago

    His hair was coarse as a horse’s mane, bristling up from his scalp against my hand as I held his head in my hands and kissed him gently, my lips brushing against his once, then again, and then I pulled back and looked into his eyes, my hands moving down to hold his cheek in my palms, and I smiled.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, tutoring 5 years ago

    He placed his hand on her thigh, smiling gently when she flinched. “Come on,” he said softly. “This is how it starts.”

    She looked away nervously, but then flicked her eyes to his.

    “Here,” he said softly, “put your hand here.” And he took her hand in his and placed it on his body.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, blurry 5 years, 1 month ago

    The ceiling was brightly lit, but there were faces above me. I couldn’t remember how I’d gotten here, but I tried to turn my head, tried to see more of the room, and suddenly realized that I couldn’t move. I couldn’t tell if I was being restrained or if my body simply was not responding to my commands, but I was certainly unable to move my head,…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, prank 5 years, 1 month ago

    It was just a prank, telling them that he’d been arrested. Of course. I mean, he wasn’t the type of person to get arrested, right? How could they have believed him? What did that say about him, about what they thought of him? Did they really believe he was phoning from the police station, that he’d been caught exposing himself in the library…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, crosswalk 5 years, 1 month ago

    She holds the child’s hand and they cross carefully. “Look both ways,” she says, looking down, and the girl looks up into her face and nods solemnly. “Always look both ways,” the woman repeats, “because then you’ll be safe. The no one will hit you.” The girl looked down at the lines on the asphalt and thought carefully, then nodded again.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, delighted 5 years, 1 month ago

    Her face shown with utter delight as she tore the paper off of the large box. Surely it would be the doll bunk beds! That was what she had pointed at in the store, that’s what she had told her mom she wanted! She could just imagine the tiny blankets, the tiny pillows, and she could barely catch her breath, her excitement was so great.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, frazzled 5 years, 1 month ago

    She raced into the room, looking wildly about her. The keys. Where were the keys? She glanced back toward the doorway, hoping that it would be empty, and it was.

    She ran to the dresser and rooted through the clothes piled there. God, why was she always such a slob? Where could she have left the keys? She glanced back at the doorway, and it was…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, violet 5 years, 1 month ago

    The say Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes were violet, and I’ve always wondered how that differs from purple. If her eyes were VIOLENT, on the other hand, now that would be something to see. A beautiful woman with violent eyes, stalking across the room, raising her hand to strike the cheek of the man who has hurt her in ways no one else could possibly…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, translucent 5 years, 1 month ago

    Her eyes were completely clear. I don’t mean to say that they shone with brightness or that she seemed awake and aware. I mean that her irises had no color at all. I could see into the body of her eyes, the aqueous humor and the lens and, far in the back, the retina that is a part of her brain. I could see her mind when I looked into her eyes.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, disfigured 5 years, 1 month ago

    She’d walked through the fire, she’d made it and would never again be confined to that prison, but her skin had been blistered and burned, would most likely never heal completely. She looked down at her body, her clothes having been burnt to cinders as she had walked through the flames, and she grieved for the person she had once been, but it was…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, vocal 5 years, 1 month ago

    He was a vocal child … he just hadn’t spoken any actual words. At three years old, he most likely should have been speaking quite clearly, like all the other children in his pre-school class, but instead, he seemed to have made up his own language, which he spoke quite fluently, but which no one else could understand.

  • Kimberly commented on the post, mispelled 5 years, 2 months ago

    My name is constantly mispelled. Wait. That word is misspelled! How crazy is that?! Will lots of people write about the fact that it’s spelled incorrectly, since spellcheck immediately underlines it with red dots? Or will no one care? Am I the only person left in the world who cares about spelling and grammar? It’s so sad! I am alone in the world…[Read more]

  • Kimberly commented on the post, towering 5 years, 2 months ago

    He was taller than my mom, nearly two feet taller than her. She looks like a child, standing next to him in the Christmas photos. No wonder he was able to pick her up and throw her against the wall. No wonder she had no chance against him when his fists began striking her face, her body. No wonder she didn’t know what to do when she realized she…[Read more]