Evil Lurks Within Us – Part 4

Here is Part 4 of the Evil Lurks Within Us. To check out the first 3 parts of this story click,  Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

Evil Lurks Within Us-Part 4

Tuning out her mother’s voice, Mary glanced at the clock. Susan should be arriving to pick her up so she could get to her physical therapy appointment. She hoped she arrived soon because her mother hadn’t stopped yelling at her since she arrived.

Mary had tried to tell her mother about Tom’s abuse before. Her mother was not sympathetic at all. This time was no different.

“Mary, how many times do I have to tell you that you shouldn’t have married Tom? You know you have no one but yourself to blame for this situation you have found yourself in.”

“Mom, I know how you feel about Tom, but I loved him.”

“Loved? Past tense?”

“Yes, past tense. I tried to ignore the violence. I tried to not think about why I am in this wheelchair, but I can’t forgive him for this.”

“It is about time you came to your senses,” her mother said. Mary realized that she should have kept this subject on the forbidden subject list along with her inability to have a baby. Her mother wouldn’t let either subject alone.

Another quick glance at the clock, but her mother noticed this time and said, “In a hurry to leave?”

“Mother you know I have an appointment with my physical therapist today. Susan should be arriving shortly to take me.”

“Why do you waste your time with a physical therapist? I thought your doctor said the paralysis you sustained was permanent. Susan should be trying to talk you out of it rather than taking you for these appointments. You are just prolonging your agony. It is best to accept the inevitable.”

“Mother I have no intention of giving up. I intend to walk again and regain the use of my bad arm no matter what the doctor says.”

Mary sighed as she heard a car door slam outside. Hopefully this was Susan. She was so done with this conversation. Unfortunately it must have been the neighbor since Susan did not come inside.

“Really Mary you can be so stubborn sometimes,” her mother said.

“Mother I would think you would want your only child to be able to walk again. I will admit that I was wrong to marry Tom and you were right about him. I had to learn that one the hard way.”

“Aha so you can admit I was right about something.”

Their conversation was interrupted by arguing outside. They could hear a man yelling, a woman respond and then loud sobs. Mary and her mother looked at each other quizzically.


About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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12 Responses to Evil Lurks Within Us – Part 4

  1. Argh! Stubborn mothers. I love my mom but I could totally see having this same conversation with her. Over and over again. Love the take on the prompt and where you’re taking this story. Nicely done!


  2. Hmm, it seems that perhaps Mary married her mother. Like the conflict between the two. . Going back to read the rest.


  3. jannatwrites says:

    Argh! Nothing is worse than an ‘I told you so’ – it’s like being kicked when you’re already down. I’m intrigued about the aruing at the end of the story….will be interested to find out what that’s about!


    • Tessa says:

      Thanks Janna! I am interested in what the arguing at the end was about myself. 🙂 Still a little unsure where I am going with this. Think I need to come up with an outline to keep myself on track, something I have never done in my writing.


  4. Wow, great conflict. Mary’s mother infuriated me too. lol


  5. I recognise this conversation in other forms. So tough. 🙂


  6. Wisper says:

    Nice. I love where this story is going. And I’d love to strangle her mother! Great job creating that reaction – to me that means the character is very realistic and I love that in what I read.


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