‘Forever Damaged’ by Carey Azzara

Fifteen year old Jillian Saranac was a light sleeper. Rain tapped on her bedroom window at two o’clock in the morning. She listened with trepidation as her bedroom door opened. Its creaky hinges sent a warning. In the dark she saw a shadowy figure; she knew who it was. Her body stiffened in anticipation of the imminent violation she might endure. Her leg twitched; eyes closed she felt the heat of a man slip into her bed. He pushed up against her. His hands were rough. He made no pretense of gentleness.

When the sun had barely lit Jill’s room she was up, dressed, and waiting for her mother. She listened carefully for signs her mother was awake. “Mom?” She called out in a low voice hoping not to wake Jerry.

“Jill is that you? You’re up early.”

“Yes Mom, I need to talk to you right now. Come down now.”

“What’s wrong Jilly?”

“Come down and I’ll tell you what’s wrong,” Jill’s agitation was obvious.

Marla made her way down the steps holding her robe up to avoid tripping. When she reached the bottom of the stairs she put her arm around Jill. “Now tell me what’s going on.” “What’s going on is Jerry came into my room, no into my bed last night! He said not to be scared, your mother knows I’m here and she said it would be alright if I came in. Did you tell him that?”

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