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Abuse: Ann's Worst DayIt was the middle of summer and up to this point the year had been busy. There had been all sorts of things going on so far this year; house repairs, gardening, and other things. So some things got postponed or forgotten about. The family was catching up on a few last things to be done around the house. They were doing a few things outside as well, cutting some limbs and such, but mostly avoided it because it was well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and very humid out. So when Ann saw Dwayne setting up the ladder at the side of the house, she expected that whatever he was doing up there would be brief, probably cutting a branch or two. She decided to ignore it and got started on cleaning some of the windows and touching up a little paint.
Around 1 pm, when Ann was sitting down to lunch, Dwayne came in and mentioned the gutters had yet to be done this year. Ann suggested they wait for fall when it was cooler, but Dwayne insisted he wanted it done that day. When Ann said she wouldn't do it,
Abuse: Not Always Physical- Pt 3(Note: While this story is 100% accurate, names have been changed for various reasons.)
Time passed, and soon they were looking into buying a house. Ann saw this as a great relief- she wouldn't have to deal with the bus driver bully, and when she couldn't sleep at night, she could turn on a light and read, rather than just lying awake in the dark alone with her thoughts and her tears.
The move was a bit difficult, but it did seem to be a brief improvement. Ann had her own space now, which felt nice in many ways. But bullies were still a problem, and with her struggling problems, her grades were not improving. Dwayne started getting a little harsher. Ann would set the tv to tape shows so she could watch them after school when she finished her homework, but she'd later find them gone. She decided to ignore it. She spent some time on the computer, talking to a few people she met, roleplaying, gaming, and looking at funny pictures. It helped her feel a little better. Her grades actually sh
Abuse: Not Always Physical- Pt 2(Note: While this story is 100% accurate, names have been changed for various reasons.)
Ann tried hard to make things better, but it was a losing battle. She tried to just lay low at home to avoid her stepdad, and for a while that worked. True, she didn't get to use the computer or television, but at least she could isolate herself in the basement, or walk down to the creek. Besides those small reliefs, Ann also used cutting as a method of 'self treatment'. After a while, Nikki seemed to be starting to understand that Ann was having problems, that Ann wasn't well. So she started doing little things to cheer her up.
Late one night, Ann was crying an unable to sleep because of it. Nikki noticed and stayed up with her, talking to her softly. She managed to get Ann to calm down, and soon even got her to laugh. Dwayne opens the bedroom door and yells at them for being too noisy, then goes back to bed. Nikki noticed that it made Ann's problem worse, and realized her sister wouldn't sleep at
Abuse: Not Always Physical- Pt 1(Note: While this story is 100% accurate, names have been changed for various reasons.)
When her mother started dating again, Ann was uncertain. The last boyfriend had not been a nice person, had been downright mean at times. She could recall when his daughter broke a lamp, because Ann was the oldest, Ann was 'spanked' the most. She hadn't even been there at the time. But if something happened, the oldest got hit with the belt the most, the second oldest, Ann's sister Nikki, got hit with the belt as well But his daughter hardly got punished. No belt and quite obviously held back. But at least her mom had wised up and left him Hopefully she wasn't repeating the same mistake.
Ann's mom took her and Nikki to meet Dwayne, meeting up at their favorite ice cream place. He seemed nice. So they started spending more time around Dwayne, sometimes staying weekends at his house, sometimes he stayed at theirs. He seemed better. Much better even- he seemed to notice when her sister set
Unexpected MeetingFrom the start of the day, something felt off. Kayne just seemed to know something was going to go wrong today. It wasn't the first time he had gotten a feeling like that, and every time, something would happen. He knew to take precautions today, to avoid risks if he could. So when hunting for food, he made sure to stay well within the boundaries of his territory, to make sure there was no risk of territorial disputes with other nagas. Instead of cleaning up at the river, where other creatures could travel downstream to reach, he went the extra distance to go to the lake instead, where it was safer. It was harder to reach because of dense plant-life, but he didn't want to take any unnecessary risks.
He got out of the lake after cleaning up and taking a nice swim, and tied back his dark hair. The sun would set soon, and so far everything had gone smoothly. Maybe the strange feeling was wrong this once. Or maybe his precautions had caused him to avoid the trouble, whatever it was suppose
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