Friday Fictioneers: Different

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Before Emma married Jack, he had been sweet. The perfect gentleman. Type you take home to Mama.


Then a switch seemed to occur in his brain …


He had been mentally and physically abusing her for just over two years. Today she needed to get out. His obsession with strange, inaccurate representation of bi women in porn and mainstream media and his violent tendencies had killed a love that could have been good.


She picked up all the inspirational notes that kept her going for two years. Felt her stomach.


My sweet baby, from now on things will be different.


The inspiration for this story came from reading about how bi women are more vulnerable when it comes to domestic abuse than other women and people of other genders and sexualities. I’m not bisexual but I am pansexual and I think this applies to any woman whose sexuality falls somewhere in the middle or who doesn’t label their sexuality but who can have feelings for more than one gender. So I found it very sad and actually could make me a bit nervous if I let it. Please do try to remember that we all are human with feelings who want to be loved, not hurt. I don’t think most people are cruel like this but unfortunately there is a lot out there. So I wanted to write this story to highlight something I found very unsettling and in a slight way give a voice to those afraid to say something of the horrific abuse they’ve received out of the fear of the reaction or for anyone in general who has faced this pain and who is scared to speak out for whatever reason.



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51 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Different

  1. StuHN says:

    The seething hatred that comes from ignorance & a superiority complex can be devastating and deadly. Two years of this type of hatred is two years too much. A lengthy subject matter condensed perfectly.

  2. draliman says:

    Powerful stuff. Definitely the right time to get away from him.

  3. neilmacdon says:

    I’m not sure the baby will make any difference to his behaviour

  4. Good luck to her, he sounded like a shit and she’s best off finding happiness wherever else she chooses

  5. This is very sad, but sounds like she’s found the courage when necessary.

  6. I sense that Jack’s early good behavior was just a mask. It’s a good thing she got out while she could for both her sake and the baby’s.

  7. 4963andypop says:

    They will be better off without him. No reason is a good reason for his behavior.

  8. subroto says:

    Abuse is abuse, looks like she finally has had enough and is making the right choice.

  9. plaridel says:

    if not now, when? i agree that it’s time for her to leave this toxic environment.

  10. gahlearner says:

    She’s made the right choice. There’s so much in there in your story: the reason for marrying, certainly not love on his part. The stereotypes, the fear, the abuse… Great story, very powerful.

  11. amiewrites74 says:

    She is making the right choice and I’m so glad she is getting away from him. Very powerful piece.

  12. Alice Audrey says:

    I’ve known a number of women who were victims of domestic abuse in various forms. Get out is step one.

  13. Russell says:

    She definitely needs to get out while she can! From what I understand, the violence can escalate quickly.

  14. Moon says:

    Such a brutal man, Jack.
    A powerful story, written very sensitively.

  15. Dale says:

    Good thing she woke up…

  16. Dear Lisa,

    She’s giving the baby a chance.



  17. ahtdoucette says:

    Very true. Thanks for sharing this story and insights!

  18. Piyali says:

    Abuse is abuse. Period. The unrealistic description of sex featured on porn has put a permanent dent on many relationships, I think. A great take on the prompt, Lisa. And kudos to you brave girl!

  19. Poor Emma.. I hope she breaks free from jack for her and baby’s sake. Difference should be celebrated.. Everyone deserves love irrespective of their sexualité

  20. At least, she made the decision to leave. Some women never do.
    Powerful …
    Isadora 😎

  21. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve written a strong story against abuse, and also against pornography. I’m glad Emma is leaving, especially as she is expecting a baby.

  22. Laurie Bell says:

    Beautiful and terribly horrific. You have written this so well. She must get out for her sake and the baby. Scary.

  23. Marian Green says:

    Abuse is never ok. Just go..Unfortunately the abuse has to be recognized as such first and the abuser has often worn the abused down so much that they think they either deserve what happens to them or that they are not lovable – and usually both

  24. Priya says:

    Nobody should go through this. I am glad that she decided to leave. Should have done sooner though. Better late than never.
    A very strong take. I am so glad you wrote it.

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