What is more painful?
The cigarette burning her skin or the beer bottle smashing her nose?
Deepa’s mom said “It is okay, Dev is not a bad guy. He just gets violent when he is drunk, rest of the time he is a great husband and a good father. Please learn to adjust. A woman has to make compromises and sacrifices to keep the marriage intact.”
“Oh really!! How about me getting drunk and hitting him back?” Deepa asked angrily.
“Are you crazy? A woman never hits back.” Her mom screamed.
Silent tears cleaned the blood off her face.
‘Crushed’ was written for Friday Fictioners hosted by Rochelle Wisof Field. A weekly 100 word story challenge, inspired by a photo prompt. You can check out other entries, or join in here.