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A New Nightmare

(Trigger Warning)

I was sitting in a small library reading a book when I heard him storming my way.

“STACY...GET YOUR ASS TO YOUR ROOM NOW!” he yelled.

I quickly got up and ran past him and to my room without looking up at him.

As soon as I reached my room, I felt him push me into the room and slam the door shut.

I was on my knees as I fell when he pushed me and he came up and grabbed my hair and pulled me up to him with my back to his chest. “Have you been taking your morning pill?” he growled into my ear.

“Ye...yes I have been. Every morning just as Momma tells me too,” I cried back to him as he was pulling my hair so much it hurt real bad.

“DON’T LIE TO ME!” he yelled and yanked my hair even more.

“I’m...I’m not lying to you. I take it every day. Maybe I missed one or two, but I don’t remember doing so.”

“You don’t remember if you took them everyday or if you missed a few of them?” he hissed.

“I don’t remember if I missed any,” I told him again.

“Momma thinks you have missed some. You haven’t asked for your monthly needs and she says you should have weeks ago. Can you explain that to me?”

“I can’t...I don’t know. I didn’t need them, so I didn’t ask for them.”

“Hmmm...well, what are we going to do about that?” he smirked.

Before I could reply, he turned me around and punched me in my stomach as hard as he could. I doubled over and fell to the floor. He then kicked me in the stomach and then my back as I rolled when he kicked me. He stood over me and grabbed me by the shirt with one hand and backhanded me with the other. I lifted one of my arms up to try to protect my face, but he grabbed it and turned me onto my stomach with my arm behind my back. I tried to get away and then “SNAP!” I heard it before I felt the pain of my arm breaking in multiple places.

He threw me face first into the ground and took his foot and turned me onto my back. I heard him laugh as he looked down at me and saw me bleeding from my face, and from down below. The last thing I saw was his foot coming down in the middle of my stomach before he left the room.

******

“NO! LEAVE ME ALONE! DON’T HURT ME!” I screamed as I sat up in bed, breathing heavily and holding onto my stomach.

I saw the lights turn on as Connie and Lizzie ran into my room.

“Stacy, calm down sweetie. Breathe with me,” I heard Connie saying as she started rubbing my back. “Lizzie, go get Jake.”

I started shaking and couldn’t control my sobs or my breath.

“Stacy, breathe honey. You’re starting to hyperventilate. Shhhh, I’m here. Jake is coming,” I could hear her talking, but had trouble understanding what she was saying.

“Make him stop, please make him stop,” I cried over and over.

“Shhhh honey, it’s just you and me. No one is here to hurt you. Take a deep breath with me,” I felt her inhale deeply and exhale. I tried to do it with her a couple of times, but I struggled because of my sobs.

“What’s going on here?” I heard Jake panicking as he ran into my room. “Stacy, baby, talk to me. I’m here,” I felt him crawl in next to me on the bed. “Mom, what happened?”

“I believe she had a nightmare. Lizzie and I both heard her screaming in here and came running in. She kept yelling ‘No, leave me alone, don’t hurt me.’ I tried to comfort her but she pleaded with me to ‘make him stop.’” I could hear Connie talking to Jake, but I still couldn’t control my sobs as Jake pulled me closer to him and rubbed his hand up and down my arm. “Jake, who is trying to hurt her?”

“Please don’t ask Mom, I’ll explain everything in the morning,” I vaguely heard him say to her.

“Stay with her Jake, I think she needs you tonight.” I felt Connie rub my back once more and kissed me on the top of head and got up. I barely heard Lizzie crying from the doorway as she and Connie left the room and closed the door.

“Shhhh baby, I’m here, I’ve got you. You are safe now,” Jake whispered to me. He pressed my head against his chest and listened to his heartbeat and felt him taking deep breaths. After a bit of time, I felt myself breathing with him and relaxing a little to the sound of his heartbeat. “I wish I knew what was going through your mind. How can I help you?” I heard him whisper, but talking more to himself than to anyone else.

I felt Jake lay down on his back and pulled me to his side with my head on his chest. I reached my arm around him and grabbed on for dear life. I felt him rub his hands over my arm and kiss the top of my head. He grabbed the blankets and covered us both up. I felt myself continue to relax and finally closed my eyes to sleep.

******

I woke up in a bathtub while Momma was washing me up. I hurt everywhere and her touch was like needles stabbing me all over. I groaned as she moved my arm to wash under it. She washed my chest, my stomach, my other arm, then moved to my legs and finally my lower parts. I looked down over my body and I was covered in bruises. I then noticed that the water was slightly red, “Am I still bleeding?” I thought.

She turned the water back on and started pouring water over my hair and face to rinse the blood that had collected there. I felt her wash my hair and rinse it again. She took a rag to my face, but I flinched away as she touched me as it hurt too bad. I didn’t want to see what it looks like this time, but I could imagine considering the pain and I could barely open my left eye.

I felt Momma pick me up and set me on the rug on the bathroom floor. She wrapped a towel around me and proceeded to dry me off. I couldn’t move my left arm at all because of the breaks and the pain. Every time she moved me it became worse and worse.

I felt her put my underwear on with a pad in it and pulled them up all the way. Next she put a nightgown on me. “Did she not realize my arm is broken? Maybe some ribs also.” She next dried my hair and ran a brush through it. She brought me to my bed and I felt her take a cloth of some type and wrap it around my arm and tied it around my neck to make a sling. By now, I was completely numb to the pain and succumbed to darkness once again.

******

I woke up in Jake’s arms and I felt myself crying again. I hung unto him tighter, never wanting to let go. He remained asleep, but I felt him squeeze me back. I laid my head back onto his chest and laid awake the rest of the night.

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