Short Story: Relationship Abuse ...

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1. At Tom's Dorm

"I love you, Ally.

I love you more than I thought it was possible to love another person.2

I can't live without you.

I'd kill myself if you left.

You know I would."

When Tom finished his little speech, he reached out a hand to push back my hair.

I flinched when I saw him move, saw the flash of veins in his muscled arms, but I ended up letting him do as he wanted.

"I know," I said.

"I don't think you do." His hand lowered to cup my cheek.

"If you did, you wouldn't be acting like this.

I said I was sorry.

I mean it.

It's not going to happen, again."

"Okay," I said, but I kept my eyes directed at the floor.

My vision was still blurred from the tears.

He moved closer, with his lips this time, and I managed to keep myself from flinching again.

After all, I knew what he was doing.

What he always did after a "fight."

He placed a gentle kiss on my forehead, and then on my nose.

"Ally.

I love you."

"I love you, too," I said, trying to ignore the sting of my cheek and the blood crusted across his knuckles.

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