My Change

this is a short story about abuse and that one person can change it all


1. A new beginning

There I was again, crying over the guy that breaks my heart over and over again. I don’t understand why I always go back to him…yes I do. It’s because he always tells me nobody will ever want me; I believe him. As I lay there with my puffy and black eye, my phone starts to ring. Rob left right after he beat me for being late to a date. He left me battered and bruised tonight but I knew he wouldn’t call. I looked at my called ID and saw that my best friend, Jakob, was calling me. Rob hated Jakob; he hated the fact that I loved Jakob and that he always made me feel better and smile when Rob couldn’t. He was usually the reason Rob would beat the hell outta me some nights but I refused to stop talking to him. Recently, I have tried to avoid Jakob. Rob was getting more violent and it was becoming harder to hide the bruises.

“Hello” I answered.

“Hey! I'm at your front door. Open up!” he said. Horror filled me at that moment. I looked terrible; my lip was busted, my eye was swollen, and my arms were bruised.

“Um…I don’t think you should come in.” I responded.

“Are you ok? You don’t sound well.” He said

“I'm fine. I just don’t look good.” I said. I tried to get up but a sob erupted from my mouth and I realized my rib was probably broken. “Damn” I whispered.

“Inaya, open this door. I wanna check on you.” he said forcefully.

“I'm ok.” I reassured him.

“Please open the door. I'm worried.” He said and I knew I needed to.

“I'm coming” I said and hung up. I guess it was time for him to know the truth. When I opened the door, I turned away from him and walked away. He grabbed my arm and I flinched; that’s always how it started with Rob hit me.

“Inaya, look at me.” He pleaded. I closed my eyes and held my head up. “What…who did this?! Are you ok?!” he practically yelled. I slowly opened my eyes and looked straight into his horror filled eyes.

“I fell.” I lied automatically.

“The hell you did!” he yelled. “Don’t you dare lie to me!” he warned.

“I made him mad. It’s my fault.” I whispered. Rob always told me that it was my fault.

“No no no no no no no no…it’s not.” He mumbled. “Come here.” He said as he opened his arms. I let him hold me for about half an hour before he pulled me up and led me to the bathroom. “Let me clean you up.” He whispered. I nodded and looked up at him. He had tears in his eyes, he looked so distraught. He turned and left to get a wet cloth but when he turned back to me, the tears were running down his cheeks.

After he gently cleaned my face, he sat me on his lap and help me some more. “You don’t deserve this. You are beautiful and amazing and you should leave.” He whispered to me.

“Nobody else would want me.” I said.

“I want you. I always have.” He said gently. The shock of his words left me speechless for a while.

“What?” was the only thing I could get out.

He inhaled deeply and looked directly in my eyes. “I love you Inaya. I always have. It killed me when you started dating Rob and now it’s taking me everything not to hunt him down and kill him. Will you leave with me Inaya. Please?”

“I don’t want you to want me just because you feel bad for me.” I said.

“Inaya, I loved you since the second I saw you. You were in the library trying to study looking all confused. I almost kissed you when we went to the movies, but then you told me you were in ‘love’ with Rob. You don’t understand how long I’ve wanted to say this.”  He said with so much emotion, it made me tear up. He actually loved me.

“Will you leave with me” he asked again.

“Yes.” I replied. It’s time for me to move on and be with someone better and Jakob is that someone. He helped me pack most of my stuff and took it to his car. We wanted to leave before Rob came back home; I didn’t want to get Jakob arrested because of what he might have done to Rob.

Once everything was ready, I went around to Jakob and hugged you with everything in me. He was literally my prince, saving me, the damsel in distress. “Thank you so much” I said

“You’re welcome, I love you.” he replied. He let go and we both smiled. He was so beautiful. He cupped my cheek and slowly pulled me in for a kiss. It was a short and sweet kiss and amazing. It never felt that way with Rob and I knew that from now on, I wouldn’t have to worry about him…ever.

“I love you too.” I whispered as he let me go.  He opened the passenger door for me and got in. we quickly pulled out, we held hands all the way back to his house and I knew then that everything was gonna be so much better because Jakob loves and I loved him. That was all that mattered.

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