They’ve learned to speak naught about it.
So well that they almost forgot it was. There. Tabooed.
She had tried justifying to herself later. How there had been much to cope with and such minuscule leeway. How choice never truly was, a choice.
But as well as she could explain the circumstances, she could less and less forgive. Herself for the blind eye that she’d turned. Them for making it so that she’d needed to. For making it so that they could not even talk of it amongst themselves.
The crushing price of secrets. A cost calculated not with arms and legs, but hearts.
It haunted her. Nowadays. Now-a-nights.
The shuffling beyond the darkened window. The locks. The cries. The scraps that weren’t really for the dog.
By the time she’d grown enough to contemplate a rescue, there was naught to save.
Her sister. Feeble. Gone.
For Cristina’s Crimson’s Creative Challenge