Happy Place

Bathed in pink with a beach theme, the room painted a pretty picture. So carefree. So full of life. It was easy to forget one’s sorrows in that room and be transported to a different time. In some ways, this was Emma’s happy place.

And yet, her room was a place of horrors. Horrors at night that she didn’t dare speak about.
When her father wandered into her room long after everyone was asleep. With threats and kind words. It was then that she mentally went to this room: The beach-café.

Where no one could hurt her childhood ever again.

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  • Beloo Mehra
    27 May 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Horror indeed. What a mental escape she thought of! Hopefully soon there will also be a real, physical escape for her.
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  • Bikram
    27 May 2014 at 8:15 pm

    That is horror indeed .. sad story
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  • Cathy Graham
    27 May 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Awful to imagine this happening to a child and yet it probably does more than we realize. Too bad she was only able to escape in her imagination. I felt for her.
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  • Sulekha
    28 May 2014 at 12:20 am

    Your post made me break out in a cold sweat. Brilliantly written post.

  • Archana
    28 May 2014 at 12:31 am

    childhood need not always be pinky or rosy… another sad take on the prompt… I have read mostly sad stories on this lovely picture prompt… 🙂
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  • Shilpa Garg
    28 May 2014 at 2:24 am

    God!! What a devil of a father! So sad that she could escape from this horror, only in her thoughts!
    A fab take on the prompt, PB!
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    28 May 2014 at 3:54 am

    So true, happens more than we think. The child must be so helpless to escape in such a world.
    True and painful.
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  • vishalbheeroo
    28 May 2014 at 4:05 am

    It touched the heart and I’m rendered speechless for a while when we think of such bad memories that rob someone of childhood.
    Very well done
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    28 May 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Good narrative, however brief

  • Pondering Two
    29 May 2014 at 6:47 pm

    A horror tale. Sad that such things still exist in the society.
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  • Kalpana Solsi
    29 May 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Childhood isn’t rosy for this girl. Hope she escaped the physical trauma. well-written but sad.
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  • Aathira
    29 May 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Such a touching story 🙁 Yes, such fathers do exist…. I did a post on this too…
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  • Ankita
    10 June 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Sexual abuse is the worst thing that can happen to a child. Nice take on incest and a good attempt in spreading awareness about this thing.

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