It stings. It burns. I don't want to take a bath but my mother says that I have to. Soap makes it worse.
He is home so I need to hurry. He likes to walk in on accident. I don't understand how it is an accident when the water is running loudly or why he sits down on the toilet lid and stays to rub his pants. That is not an accident. An accident is when I spill my milk and get my face slapped. I don't get to slap him for this accident.
I wish I could.
I turn the water on. Really hot. I am a dirty girl and the hot makes my filthy skin red instead of bad. I turn the light off and peel my clothes into a pile on the floor. In the dark I can't see my bruises, my scars, or my filth.
The tub begins to fill and I jump in. I am standing and I can feel the scalding water turn my feet a mottled red. The doorknob turns and I pray it's my little sister... or even my mother.
It's him. His obligatory and surprised "OH" is exclaimed as he slides through the door an presses it shut with his back. He is not surprised and neither am I.
He flips on the light as he is sneering about me bathing in the dark... how weird it is. He smiles his toothy grin and rubs his hands together in anticipation of his pleasure. I feel my stomach drop into my privates and I loathe that all too common feeling.
The water continues to run and the tub is nearly full. I reach to turn it off as he silently shakes his head "NO". Instead he reaches down and pulls the drain stopper to drain the water simultaneously as it pours from the faucet.
He is not going to sit on the toilet lid this time as he unbuckles his belt. He motions for me to step out of the tub and silently I obey. His clothes are peeled off into a pile next to mine and I do nothing.
I do not scream.
I do not run.
I do not cry.
I slowly turn around the way he likes.
He is heavy as he works to be inside me. In disgust he mumbles about me being dry. My stomach is pressed and pounded over and over into the vanity. The drawer pull rubs me raw.
I open my smashed shut eyes and there I am. In the mirror, face to face with the dirty girl. I focus on her eyes and then I look away to avoid drowning in her dead eyes. I see her freckles and her stubby nose. I look a little closer and then I see it. I see her smile.
She is his happy girl and her name is Sara. She is five and she says she is a princess. Her eyes come alive and sparkle under her blonde eyelashes. I love her hair because it is not like my own dark and curly hair. She smiles again as he groans with pleasure.
She is not happy, I know this. But she is his happy girl.
I am lost in that mirror looking for a way out of those drowning eyes. Quickly I am rescued as I am pulled away and dropped into the still scalding water. Ribbons of burning red stream from where I am sitting. I wince with pain as he rolls his eyes in disgust.
He takes my towel, the only towel, and cleans himself. He dresses quickly. As he buckles his belt he tells me to wash good because I am filthy. I know this already. He returns the drain stopper shut and then the door opens and shuts and he is gone.
I sit there until the water is cold.
My skin is no longer red but my bathwater is pink with shame.
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