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Risking Truth

By: skylight
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I am older than color TV, but younger than Cher.

It was the afternoon of Christmas day that found everyone in the home taking a nap except for 14 year old Kate. Although her abusive Dad was in a good mood that morning, he was always in the edge. Her mother was overly alert to making everyone happy and worked hard to make everything appear perfect. How exhausting it was for everyone. While Kate was reflecting in her thoughts, it was at that moment Kate felt an overbearing sense of depression beyond anything ever experienced before. A cloud of darkness descended and sent chills through Kate's core being. It was so strong that it became a crossroads within. At that moment, Kate decided to begin living a life of absolute truth, regardless of the fallout that may happen in the future. It is said that everyone lies at one time or another, but Kate decided she would be the exception. This would be the first day of a secret journey of truth. Little did Kate realize how soon she would be put to the test.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sat, Dec 13 2014 19:19:40 EST

Kate twisted the golden strands of her new necklace and gazed at the sparkling Christmas tree.Her mother, having awoken from her nap,approached her from behind and put her hands on the girl's shoulders."I know you have something on your mind Katie,do you want to talk about it?"

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sun, Dec 14 2014 01:40:38 EST

"Dad doesn't respect you, Mom. It makes me never want to get married, seeing how he fools everyone outside our home, but then we see what he's really like. My friends actually say I'm lucky to have him as my father..."

Her Dad suddenly appears. "I'm hungry, Evelyn. Fix me something to eat."

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sun, Dec 14 2014 21:27:14 EST

Kate turned around and without looking at her father ,she said,"Never mind Mom, I'll do it. You go and relax by the tree."
Her Father grabbed her by the arm and said,"No,I told your mother to do it.Kate ,you go to your room and straighten things up in there. It's a mess."

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sun, Dec 14 2014 23:59:52 EST

Kate took a quick look at her mother and their eyes connected. Her mom cut back an all too familiar look that said to not make things worse. This infuriated Kate to the point that she had enough and stepped out beyond her mother's non-verbal plea.

"Why are you hurting me, Dad?! I asked to make a sandwich for you and was trying to be nice to Mom, too. It's Christmas after all!"

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Mon, Dec 15 2014 19:13:51 EST

Time seemed to stand still as they locked eyes in a stand -off.
The man had never seen that look of defiant confidence in his daughter's eyes before.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sat, Dec 20 2014 02:08:34 EST

Evelyn interceded, "Ralph, no."

By then Kate's Dad was enraged. Without saying a word, he opened a cabinet door, grabbed an oversized trash bag, slammed the door shut, and then stormed to Kate's room. Ralph started grabbing the first things he saw, regardless of their value, and shoved them into the trash bag, stomping down to make even more room for more items.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Wed, Dec 24 2014 12:48:09 EST

Kate stood silently watching the enraged man and then she turned and ran out of the front door.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sun, Dec 28 2014 19:55:39 EST

The door slammed behind Kate. Not to be outdone, her father quickly found a screw driver and proceeded to remove Kate's bedroom door off its hinges. He threw the door into the backyard and proceeded to fill more trash bags.

Evelyn became concerned as nighttime blanketed the neighborhood and Kate had not returned home. Meanwhile, Ralph was busily setting a fire in the backyard.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Tue, Dec 30 2014 07:11:50 EST

Kate was not surprised at the volatile actions of her father.
She had seen this coming for months.Fortunately she had made plans.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Tue, Dec 30 2014 16:36:07 EST

Irene Dunson was a kindly grandmother type that lived down the road from Kate's family home. She was known as a safe house by the children of the neighborhood for many years. She usually baked peanut butter cookies for the children or would offer to share a steaming cup of hot cocoa with little marshmallows as chatter would surround the day's events. When Irene heard a shy knock and opened her door this particular Christmas evening, she was astounded to see an intelligent young teenager such as Kate out on her front stoop shivering and without a coat on.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Wed, Dec 31 2014 09:22:43 EST

Grandma Dunson reached out and pulled the girl into the warm room.After a big hug,she said,"You are just in time for cookies and cocoa,my dear." She never asked questions of her young visitors as she knew they just needed a safe harbor for a short time away from their turbulent lives.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Mon, Jan 05 2015 21:42:32 EST

Kate could always count on such kindness greeting her and she felt safe in the warm kitchen as she heard the cuckoo clock in the background. After they settled in together, enjoying the steaming cocoa, Kate finally opened up, "Granny Dun, I'm not sure what to do or where to go."

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Wed, Jan 07 2015 19:34:57 EST

That's when she spotted the gun.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Thu, Jan 08 2015 23:43:22 EST

"My dear Kate, you are sounding just like a teenager. Life's not so bad." And with that, the silver haired Granny picked up the mugs and took them to the sink with a jovial lilt in her step.

When Irene Dunson's back was turned, Kate quietly leaned back into the small, walnut colored shelving unit holding various recipe books, and slipped the pistol partially hidden on top of the Betty Crocker volume into her pocket.

Kate's mood seemingly lifted as she softly agreed, as if to cover her tracks of what she had just taken. The rest of the conversation was like a fog, and now Kate had best leave before she was found out.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Tue, Jan 13 2015 23:32:26 EST

Feeling better,Kate took her leave even though they begged her to stay. The gun felt strange but somehow empowering. Now she felt she could really break free of her life of fear and pain.!She would have to find a way to buy a bus ticket to her Uncle's house in Florida. She hated to leave her mother but she couldn't go back to that house ever again.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Sun, Jan 18 2015 00:33:48 EST

Kate knew her older step brother Kenny usually worked the night shift at the local convenience store and might even be there now. Maybe he could help, even if just selling Kate's new Christmas necklace for travel money.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Tue, Jan 20 2015 06:14:36 EST

Kenny looked up from stacking shelves and smiled at his sister,"What are you doing here Kate? You look like you just saw a ghost or something."
Kate pushed the fallen hair out of her face and said,"Oh Kenny,I need your help. Can you take a break or something?"

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Mon, Jan 26 2015 23:58:29 EST

Kenny picked up a quiver in Kate's voice. "What's wrong?" As he instinctively reached up to hug Kate, he couldn't help but feel the cold steel bulge in Kate's pocket.

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Wed, Jan 28 2015 22:42:01 EST

she saw the look of fear flash across his face as he grabbed her arm and rushed her outside."They will think you are pulling a stick up if they find that gun," he whispered.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Thu, Jan 29 2015 18:11:12 EST

"It's for protection, that's all. But I need money and I need it fast. I can't tell you why, but you know if I'm asking, I have my reasons." Kate knew Kenny was no saint, but to her surprise, he slowly pulled out a wad of $100. bills rolled tightly from his pocket. Without saying a word, he peeled four, one hundred dollar bills and instructed quietly, "I'll not ask you anything if you don't ask me anything either. Now leave."

skylight (Rate Passer) added to this story on Wed, Mar 25 2015 19:24:42 EST

Kate had often been told that she looked a lot older than her 14 years. She was glad of that now. She walked the six blocks to the bus station keeping to the shadows as much as possible. With the money from her brother she could afford a ticket to a lot of place.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Fri, Apr 10 2015 20:20:39 EST

She could afford a ticket to just about anyplace. She sat on a bench with her head in her hands. Where should she go and what would she do when she got there? She dredged her memory for anyone who might help her. There had been an uncle Robert when she was young who used to throw her up in the air and play with her.He had gone to prison for stealing a truck or something . He lived in Florida now with some woman he married while he was incarcerated. Robert was her mother's brother and her father hated him so they did not keep in touch much.
Kate took a coin out of her pocket and looked at it. Okay ,she thought,heads I try and find Uncle Robert,tails I just head off anywhere."
The coin flipped up into the air and was caught in mid-flight by a dark hand.

celeritas (Rate Passer) added to this story on Fri, Apr 10 2015 20:27:36 EST
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Genre: Drama
Created: 12-13-2014
Word Count: 1461

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