Author's Note: This is my first attempt at an original story here on Fictionpress. It's essentially a cautionary tale for abusive relationships. I hope you enjoy it.


There was a knock on the door. So naturally, she answered it. Her eyes widened in horror when she saw who it was.

"Hello, honey." Richard said, before he pushed the door in, making her fall to the floor.

"Richard." she stared up in fear.

"I told you you'd never get rid of me."

The smile on his face was hideous. It had been nothing like the one she'd remembered. More disturbing than the look he gave her, was the fact that she suspected this was his true smile. The one of real satisfaction.

"Please, just get out of here. I'll call the police." Adelaide pleaded, as she tried to push herself away from where he stood.

"Where's our son, Adelaide?" he asked coldly.

His eyes scanned across the apartment before catching sight of the baby's stroller, and the baby's toys; but not the baby.

"Where's my SON?!" he demanded loudly. As he shouted, he pounded his fist on a nearside table to accentuate the depth of his tone.

He may have terrified her, but she wasn't going to tell him where. Never. No matter what it took, she wouldn't let him get her child. As he turned to his right, where the bedroom door was, Adelaide knew this was it. This man was not going to terrorize her anymore. She jumped on his back, and grabbed him by the face. He howled in pain as she scratched him hard.

"Argh! You fucking bitch!" he shouted as he wrestled her off his back and slammed her against the wall.

Adelaide let out a shriek, punching at his chest before he grabbed her wrists and held them firmly to the wall.

Blood trickled down Richard's forehead from where she had scratched him.

"This what you call a fight?" he taunted.

"You're not going near my baby." she said.

He gave her a cocky grin, and pushed her across the room. By now, they could hear the baby crying. Apparently, their roughhousing had woken him up.

"Oh, now look what you did." Richard said, waving his arm in a gesture. "I'm gonna go check on him."

"Stay away from him!" Adelaide yelled, as she got up and tried to jump on his back again.

This time, before she could, Richard grabbed her throat and slammed her head on the front door.

She blacked out.

Adelaide couldn't believe how much things had screwed up in the past few years. She regretted the day she met Richard Griffin. That's when she made the biggest mistake of her life. She thought he was her soul mate. The one guy who she knew cared about her more than anything. But she was wrong. He was abusive, mean, and they were fighting a lot. Adelaide didn't fully realize the trouble she had gotten herself into...until the day Richard raped her.