The dappled path grew arms of shade to shackle her so that her legs refused to move.
Earth’s gravity cranked itself up and higher.
It needn’t be so hard, and yet each cell in her begged an excuse.
She had to.
The tree-lined corridor – so outwardly calm, so beautifully straightforward – was but a hall of mirrors.
An amplifier of her agony.
For who would see it and believe her, when none had yet, and perhaps no one ever would?
The careful greenery imposed a form of blindness on others.
A willingness to only selectively see.
Appearances, she already knew, could become everything.
It made the manicured life into a wall beyond which no one saw. Or wouldn’t.
Leaving her to take.
As in every day.
The longest walk.
And its unspoken of.
For Crispina‘s Crimson’s Creative Challenge
Dedicated to all who live behind the veils of appearances and are kept hidden in plain sight under a mirage of perceived privilege. Abuse knows no socioeconomic boundaries. Torment knows no race, no age, no god, no faith, no intellect, no education, no level of income. May you be heard. May you find a way to be safe.