FF Challenge August 4th – I Vow

Hey there, welcome to my submission to this week’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge. Not familiar with it here’s a recap. The goal is to write a story 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Interested in finding out more please visit our noble host’s site by clicking Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

This weeks photo prompt has been provided by Dale Rogerson. Thanks Dale for the inspiring photo.

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Now here is my 90 word story – I Vow

FF Aug 4th
PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Bright bursts of color. Jagged yellows, searing reds, blinding white. With each blow, the colors blossomed.

Did he really believe the flowers that arrived like clockwork after each assault would make it alright?

They keep coming, small bouquets to towering arrangements. The colorful array of bruises fade, the broken bones heal. I run my fingers down the stem of a rose, searching for the thorn that I know is there. I prick my finger, squeeze out bright red blood and vow, never again.

A new batch of flowers arrived today.

Thanks for reading. Please take a moment to leave me a comment.



53 thoughts on “FF Challenge August 4th – I Vow

  1. A sad story. And just like clockwork, like the flowers, she doesn’t keep her promise to herself and leave. Someday hopefully she breaks the clock and breaks free of that situation.


  2. Well, shoot! This kind of broke my heart. Sad that so many can’t get away from this kind of viciousness. And this line ~ Jagged yellows, searing reds, blinding white ~ carries so much. Nicely done.


  3. Agree with Neil, the echoing of the colours of the flowers vs the colouring of the bruises… brilliant.
    This breaks my heart. I will never understand how someone can stay stuck in such a relationship… and yet I can at the same time…


  4. Very poignant…

    …On a separate point – when I got an email saying that you’d commented on my story I clicked on your link and it took me to a ‘This page has been deleted by the author’ site (dead link) – Worth checking if it’s set up correctly – Let me know if you want further info…


    1. Thanks for your comment. I could use your help checking out the link issue. Like where to look. I’m a real novice at this stuff.


  5. Another one that grabs at me because I often see these broken women in my office. Why do they stay? “I love him!” “He’s always sorry.” “He promised me he would get help.” And so on, and on.

    I loved your colorful beginning. Great job.


  6. A very poignant story. What really amazes me about your scenario is that he keeps sending flowers. That would take an awareness of guilt that most abusers don’t feel. A lot of abusers would think THEY should be getting the flowers for having to live with this woman.


      1. I have a friend whose husband beat her often — and she stayed with him until he started on their teen children. She told me his approach was, “You should be ashamed of yourself that your behavior is so bad I have to beat you.” Abusers and bullies can justify their actions very convincingly. That’s how they maintain power. 😦

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment, it’s greatly appreciated. It is hard to understand why people stay in abusive relationship.

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  7. I loved the adjectives, jagged. searing, blinding. You set the stage well. This is the second one I’ve read featuring spousal abuse. Let’s hope she gets off this merry-go-round before he kills her.


  8. Sorry, dear, that I haven’t commented before. I’m usually on a smaller screen and don’t see the grey on grey comment tag. Really enjoy your stories. Leaves me wondering if this time, the flowers are for him. good one!


    1. I appreciate you compliments. Thanks for taking the time to leave them. We can only hope she gathers the strength to leave permanently.


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