He said it, so it must be true.
Everything he said was true. Nobody else liked me. Nobody else could love me. Nobody else saw me as worthy.
“Do what I tell you, or else.”
The or else was a scary thought, so I did what I was told.
He paid for my lunch. He drove me around. He did me favors. So, I owed him.
He never let me forget it, either. I tried to leave. I tried to get out of his mandated obligations. I tried to just disappear, and hope he would forget me.
Sometimes, I thought it was working. I could walk by him, and he wouldn’t acknowledge me. He wouldn’t even give me that look of disgust.
Did that make me free?
I wasn’t sure. Before I had a chance to understand true freedom, he was back. He apologized his way back into power. He…
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