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All The World Loves A Clown

Except Maybe, The Clown

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished about a month ago 2 min read
Top Story - April 2024
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She caught herself flinching as he passed behind her, dragging his fingertips across the fabric on her chair. Without the slightest touch, she closed her eyes and disappeared into a memory of the last time he HAD touched her. Her body bore the scars that were given to remind her exactly who was in charge.

Her breath began to quicken matching the beats of her heart. She waited for the inevitable battle that followed his arrival.

She could never have imagined that this lovely boy she'd met less than a year ago would be the one to teach her so much about the real world, in such a short time.

His gentleness caught her off guard as he hesitated on the curb outside the Funny Bone, a comedy club she and her friends were headed to.

But, there he was, smiling down at her with the deepest blue eyes she had ever seen. He winked at her while holding his coat over the taxi door she was exiting, in an attempt to keep her dry from the latest Seattle downpour.

No one could have predicted that in just a few weeks, he would be the same boy who would show her just what true terror was.

At first, she made excuses for him.

He would tearfully reassure her that he was sorry and ashamed swearing that it would never happen again, giving her gifts and smothering her with affection. He was skilled at convincing her that it was just stress and poor judgment that drove him into the rage that consumed him.

He groveled, begging for her forgiveness, he told her that she was the only one who could save him from the demons that plagued him. Promised that with her help, he would make it all up to her. They could be what they were before.

As she took him back, time and time again, he showed her the truth. His hands and mouth spoke different languages, telling her completely different stories and then pressing rewind, repeating them over and over again.

He enjoyed reminding her that no one would believe her, made her doubt her own sanity. Made her feel she was to blame.

By the time she gained the courage and confidence to stand up for herself, he would discover new ways to break her down. Leaving her feeling all alone, trapped and unloved.

She sat in her chair, struggling to find the strength to do what needed to be done. As he undressed and climbed into the shower, she felt a power inside her rumbling, boiling until she could no longer hold it in.

She grabbed the overnight bag she had packed earlier, stashed under the end table. Taking one last, long look at the reflection of the girl she knew in the mirror on the wall, and smiled.

The elevator doors opened with a “DING” in the minute it took to descend from the 31st floor, those were the thoughts that convinced her to run.

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Christy Munson3 days ago

    Hard hitting, unflinching, compelling and provocative storytelling. Definitely deserving of a TS! Congratulations!!! 🥳 I love how you've used of the title too. Truth before the first word smacks the page.

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Nail biting tension and glad she took the bold step to leave when she could. Congrats on the TS

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    I often wonder why they stay. Psychology and the art of manipulation, I guess. I wish so many more would wake up before it is too late. Congrats.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Congratulations on top story and it deserves so. Whole story was engaging and captivating but ending was just perfect.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    This is a brilliant story, Kelli. I love how it makes you ponder every minute that happens in it and the way the tension keeps building throughout. I loved reading this.

  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    Hi~Ki - Lovely piece, but I actually do have 'Coulrophobia' since I was a child; still do. In my biz I've represented many with all sorts of 'abnormalities' - we all have our 'Dents.' - As always with my respect - j.ln.l.a

  • That was worryingly scary , reminds me of some real situations that have happened to people I know. Great story

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    The tension and intensity in this are palpable. Great job, Kelli. Congratualtions!

  • Clyde E. Dawkinsabout a month ago

    I just read this hours ago! Congrats on Top Story!!

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    Kelli, I felt the tightening as I read it; how easy it is to be sucked in by charm and easiness and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself in a situation where you have to reason with yourself to justify the actions of another. Claustrophobic and intense. Great stuff.

  • Mark Grahamabout a month ago

    An interesting read.

  • The Writer about a month ago

    nice job!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    This was truly haunting and heartbreaking too as I completely understand this feeling of being trapped

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Fantastic writing. Congrats on the TS.

  • Richard Weberabout a month ago

    The story serves as a terrifying reminder of the abusive cycle of manipulation. You capture the inner conflict and self-doubt in such a realistic way. It's critical to demonstrate how abusers can occasionally be charming and friendly, which makes it much more difficult for victims to flee.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Gosh that gaslighitng!! So glad she managed to leave him in the end! Loved your story

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    This feels like the start of something bigger... Excellent work.

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    So powerful. So well written. Just hope it isn’t in any way autobiographical.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Excellent ending!!! Well done!!!💕❤️❤️

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