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A year ago

I left with...


Three outfits

A car filled to the brim with my company's assets

Evidence from a traumatic life event

Cash from selling my wedding band for gas


And now I'm preparing to move out of my parent's house with...


New furniture

A steady job and income

Stacks of sweet letters and cards from loved ones

Journals filled with a year of beautiful memories

A closet full of endless dresses and clothes

Confidence and support from my family

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When I write about her, I'm not scared. I know I'm safe in my own home. I don't think she'd even try to find me. But him? Terrified. I can't sleep at night after I write the stories about him. I still

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File bankruptcy. Check. Get a job. Check. Get an apartment. Check. Get a therapist. Check. Change my last name. Check. Get a raise. Check. But what happens when the checkboxes run out? I had steps. I

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