Her cerulean blue eyes darkened with anger.  Anger for being so trusting.  He’d taken everything from her.   But she resolved to get even.  And when you’ve lost everything, there’s really nothing else to lose, is there?

Ways of making him suffer, each one more destructive than the last, consumed her every waking hour.  And might have continued if she’d not come to the realisation that she was only destroying herself.

That was when she stopped allowing him to take even more from her… something much more precious.  Her time.

And with its passing, those cerulean blue eyes shone once again.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
9 months ago

Another great story, Linda. How true it is, wasting time on anger and vengeance. Much better to take that time and spend it on the enjoyable things in life. Very nicely done.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
9 months ago

Linda, I must admit that this is an inspiring story. As Carrie had rightly said, it’s pointless wasting time in anger and vengeance when that time can be spent writing one or two stories.

Reply to  Thompson Emate
9 months ago

Nice response, Thompson! The best revenge is a great story, right?
Great story, Linda, and good advice! Forget the loser. Find a winner.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

Wow! It is a great and inspiring story, Linda. Yes. Thompson, Carrie, and Juma are right. Sometimes I am also wasting my time on anger and vengeance. Your story inspired my whole being to forget those anger, vengeance, and negativity in life. Move forward and be a better version of myself. I love your story the most. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Linda Rock
8 months ago

You are most welcome, Linda.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
9 months ago

Time is so precious. Wasting such a precious gift in anger is just that, a waste! Linda, another great story!

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
8 months ago

Wonderful story, Linda. An inspiration for anyone going through a rough time. Sadly, some never let go of the anger and realise how much it is taking from them. And, Thompson really puts it into perspective – all that angry time is a waste of writing time  ? 

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
8 months ago

Boy, Linda, could I use your story were I still having to deal with domestic acts of cruelty.
The moral is spike-sharp. If only we could convey it to those thousands of suffering partners.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
8 months ago

I just love this Linda! Such an important message for all of us and so wonderfully written!

8 months ago

Linda, you’ve described a scene many of us women have lived through more than once! Your protagonist is so right. Time is one of our most precious assets. What a crime to waste it on such an undeserving man. Freedom is found in truly moving on.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
8 months ago

Glad that your protagonist was smart to understand that vengeance is self-destructive. A very wise tale.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
8 months ago

When I read the first line, I thought how true it is that one’s emotions can show so clearly in your eyes. I’m glad your protagonist decided to do the best thing for her by no longer wasting any more precious time on being angry. It is a very valuable lesson to learn – not to waste time and energy on being angry.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
8 months ago

Anger is a natural human reaction to abuse that we all experience sometimes. But to go beyond the perceived necessity of taking revenge and to let go of the willingness to express our anger is divine. You have verbalized that in a perfect way in your story, Linda! Great writing!

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