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While The Iron's Hot
The story of a woman, a victim of spousal abuse, and her solution to the problem.
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While The Iron's Hot
“Why don’t you finish that later? I’m hungry Linda.”
“Be patient Leo. I’ll finish this blouse and we’ll go eat.”
Linda stroked the sleeve of the blue cotton blouse with the hissing iron, looking down as she spoke to her estranged husband.
“You know, my sponsor Hillary would be really pissed at me if she knew I was going to spend even five minutes alone with you.”
“Oh fuck that lesbian bitch!” Leo was getting angry again, like he always did.
Linda stopped ironing for a second and looked at Leo. It suddenly hit her. Why did she ever love this asshole? He continued to rant and rave but Linda didn’t even hear him. She blocked out the sound of his words and thought about Hillary and the other women in her spousal abuse support group. They were right. These guys don’t change. You have to rid yourself of them forever.
Leo stopped ranting about Hillary and her other friends when he saw that Linda was staring straight ahead, barely listening to him.
“Come on Linda, you said we could have lunch together and talk like we used to. You know I’m tryin’ to change. Damn! - you know I still love you girl.”
Linda reached back for some courage. “Leo, I’ve changed my mind. It’ll never work. I know you really mean it Leo, but you can’t change. You’re never gonna change. It’s probably me. I seem to bring out the worst in you. I make you angry and that’s no good Leo. We should never be together.”
“You’re not gonna have lunch with me?”
“No, I just changed my mind. I have a right to change my mind, don’t I?”
“I came all the way over here just to take you out to lunch and talk with you - and you suddenly decide to change your mind?”
“Oh, come on Leo, you just want me to drink with you. You think if you get me half drunk, we’ll come back here and fuck. That’s the only time we ever cared about each other – when we were half drunk. Well I’m sober Leo, and I want to stay as far away from you as I possibly can.”
Now Leo’s face was red and his eyes got wild and wide. How many times had Linda seen that look before. She knew what to expect and Leo didn’t disappoint her. His open right hand stung as it shot across her face and she could taste the warm blood inside her mouth.
Then he turned away from her slightly and started to lunge forward with his right arm bent and cocked, ready to deliver one of his patented backhand whacks. But this time Linda was ready - When he got close enough, Linda thrust her right arm across the ironing board and planted the hissing iron on the right side of Leo’s face.
“SSSSSSSSS” Linda could hear the steaming iron melting away the stubble on his unshaven face along with the tender epidermis underneath.
“You fucking bitch!” His words were muffled by his hand covering his face and mouth.
As he came at her again, Linda’s adrenaline surged within her. She cocked her arm and drove the iron forward with a force far beyond what one would expect from a woman weighing a hundred and thirty pounds.
With his hands covering most of his face, Leo turned his head to the right and the iron caught him flush on the left temple.
He fell backwards landing hard on the carpeted floor of the living room. Linda stood there motionless, with the iron still in her hand. The only movement in the room was that of the dangling cord, jerked loose from the wall outlet by Linda’s violent thrust.
Linda continued to stare at Leo lying there. She was breathing hard and for a moment she was afraid he would get up and start after her again. But Linda was the only one breathing in the room.
The piercing ring of the kitchen telephone startled Linda. She set the blood-stained iron down on the ironing board, walked into the kitchen and picked up the wall phone. “Hello, “ she answered softly, sounding almost out of breath..
“Hey kid, how ya doin?” It was Hillary.
“I’m okay.” Linda’s voice seemed strange to Hillary.
“You want to meet Jill and me for a drink around happy hour over at the Cabin?”
“Sure, why not.” Linda still sounded funny.
“Are you sure you’re okay Linda?” Hillary was definitely curious.
Linda watched from her kitchen as a little bird took flight from her patio window sill. She followed it until it disappeared from view.
“Linda, are you there?”
“Yeah, I’m here, Hillary. Everything’s fine. I’ll see you later.”
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"I am sorry, but this is sick. I had all the good will to really read your stories that I believed they would be full of wisdom, unlike my song, but all I know is this story is absolutely and entirely ......I don't even have words to describe it. English is my second language. I can't translate "apisteuti arrwsti malakia, xwris to paramikro noima yparksis". I am sorry." -- CJW.
"To CJW: I never said my stories are about wisdom. They're just stories about people. Most of the time I try to utilize surprise endings with a twist. That's all. But I try to write stories and poems that pertain to any time or era. I don't focus on themes that may be "hot" at the time, like teachers having sex with kids. Thanks for taking the time to read it anyway. Take a look at "Hooked." It's only 323 words. " -- Richard.
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