Rising Against the Past

An abusive in and out of jail dad, a straight-A daughter who's scared to fly, a depressed and abandoning mom, and young boy trying to love.

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1. The early years

He was angry today eight year old Jessie could tell by the way he slammed the front door. She was glad she had just finished her chores and was already halfway done with preparing for her father's entrance into the house. The t.v. was set to his channel and the armchair was cleaned. Even her mother got out of bed before twelve today. Though little Jessie knew at some point what she did would not be enough and the yelling would start along with the hitting. Jessie would hide out for as long as she could eat a small dinner and go back to her small, almost closet of a room. Tonight was different she could tell but she could not say how.
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