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Ever so slowly

Just here and there

By Pauline FountainPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
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Her plan had unfolded ever so slowly.

Unsure if it would falter and then spectacularly combust.

Or would her dreams be realised?

A plan that, if executed flawlessly, had the potential to succeed.

She was determined.

It was time to relearn her authentic voice. 
This was her time for truth.

This plan of hers was to leave with a sound mind. Her sanity was unequivocal.

She would not let him defeat her.

It would become as she had proclaimed and laid down.

Over the years, she had taken and saved.

She completed her daily chores and the shopping once a week.

Then, on her return, he ordered her to check the shopping list. His unyielding degrading ritual to ensure that there had been no inclusion of superfluous items bought for her fancy.

Bit by bit.
 Here and there, she syphoned and saved.

Now. The time was here.

She had saved for her cash-purchased car. Nothing was left in her wake, beyond freedom.

She had defeated her hatred.

He would remain unaware of her plan.

Her 'in-plain-sight money heist’ was carried out with extended stealth and foresight; carefully executed over 45 years.

Unbeknown to him.

Accolades for her, the woman unseen.

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About the Creator

Pauline Fountain

Writing combined with photography provides me with a creative outlet to reflect with meaning on my life.

In 2008 I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 (Rapid Cycling) and Complex PTSD.

My son’s gentle wisdom furnishes me with the gift of hope.

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  • MecAsaf29 days ago

    Good work

  • Cathy Schieffelin2 months ago

    Powerful. And terse - no word is wasted.

  • Zohaib Iqbal3 months ago

    Hi, please readout my stories for sporting me I will be very thankful to you

  • F. Leonora Solomon4 months ago

    this reminds me so much of the style of Sylvia Plath. the words and structure have so much depth and make me really FEEL something!❤️

  • Sakina Attar4 months ago

    Thoughts are amazing

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!! 🤗❤️❤️

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Congrats on Top story Pauline. Well deserved. Sorry I only get one vote. 🥰

  • Gal Mux4 months ago

    It took her time but she finally did it. This is very encouraging for women to take charge of their tough situations.

  • sleepy drafts4 months ago

    Wow!!! This was amazing!

  • Whoaaaaa and all 5 a's necessary! That was amazing, I love the way the plot carried along. Excellent!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story, just after I shared in Raise Your Voice , sure that had nothing to do with it 😁

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Oh my word...all those years. It's so tragic yet I'm thrilled she persevered and got away. What a fantastic read, well done :)

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Beautiful, bold & brilliant!!! Loved it!!!❤️❤️💕

  • A wonderfully drawn tale of justified deception, and she succeeded and deserved what she got.

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    Very clever and meaningful story, Pauline! I'm so glad she got away 🥹

  • In an age where sound bytes exceed the attention spans of many, that's truly devotion to a cause.

  • Oh I hope she finds her light far away from that troll, excellent work

  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    I'm so glad she got away!

  • KJ Aartila4 months ago

    A well done story. 💕

  • Oooo, I love heists like this! She deserved it so much! Happy for her!

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    👍😊✨Love this mini narrative. Reminds me a little of a book I read once by Stephen King.

  • Julia Schulz4 months ago

    Good story.

  • Sandra Tena Cole4 months ago

    Wonderful and uplifting!! 💓

  • Mohammed Darasi4 months ago

    A heist of her freedom.. a really good concept, and very nicely done here. I guess he carried out his own heist of 45 years of her time, but hopefully she can get that back with interest. Great story pauline

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