Sweats ran down his skin, his chest rose and fell. It hurt.
“That's enough!” she cried out in desperation. A thud, blood, and body spilled.
She fled. At last, she would be free. She ran and ran regardless of discomfort or pain. Her fate was uncertain and going into the forest a danger for a young girl inexperienced in life, for a woman who never stood up for herself. Tears of bewilderment and fear overflowed from her reddened eyes, she still did not believe she was escaping.
The dark forest made it harder for her, however, a light was the sign that told her she was out, but…
Sam woke up with a start. She inhaled and exhaled so as not to have another crisis; she got out of bed and went to the kitchen trembling.
“Chamomile tea will calm me down," she muttered to herself. With trembling hands, she put the kettle on and walked around the kitchen while she waited. When her tea was ready, she sat down and took a sip. It was diffi
“Hello, Anabela,” she turned and frowned when she saw the big man behind her with a basket of apples. Her brown eyes were averting their gaze with an embarrassed expression, and her lower lip was caught between her teeth. She could notice a slight blush on the caramel-colored skin that caused her much tenderness. But she didn't understand his interest in her and it made her uncomfortable. Like many of the workers at the estate, Samuel was just an acquaintance, a person with whom she could not even imagine a close relationship.“Hello, Samuel," she replied politely, but with a marked coldness. She didn't want to misunderstand him or get his hopes up; it was better to put distance from the beginning.“The guys and I were picking apples. I thought you might want these, they are the reddest and juiciest of them all.”“Thank you, Samuel. You can take them to my grandmother, I'm on my way out," she said. Anabella went on her way, le
Anabela hugged herself and tears wet her cheeks. The images of that guy abusing her flashed in her head in seconds that seemed eternal. She was trembling, she was too afraid to live that again, she would rather die, she would not let him get away with it again. She couldn't stand him, she hated him and wanted to kill him with her bare hands. Why did she leave her gun behind? She could already imagine Arthur scolding them, he had warned them about going out unarmed.She looked at her horse, it wasn't far away! The girls that one kept silent while the men of that foul watched them viciously. She needed to go for help. Henry approached and her nerves got the better of her; no, she would rather die. She ran to her horse and jumped it, luckily she was fast and one of the best riders on the ranch, her skills had won her several races and she had always been admired for her acrobatics and maneuvers. She rode with haste. Henry screamed and his men fired. Pain and burning did not stop
“Is she all right?” Samuel stood next to Jacqueline, who was sitting in the dining room of the kitchen. Nidia passed her a cup of tea to calm her down, as she was still shaking with shock.“Yes, thank you. If you hadn't arrived in time…” Tears covered her eyes. Samuel approached her, hesitated a little, but seeing her so vulnerable moved him. Then he dared. Jacqueline's eyes widened as she felt covered by the big man's muscular firm arms. She cried into his chest, his warmth inspired confidence and for the first time it felt good to be protected by a man; maybe it wasn't wrong to let herself be cared for once in a while.After everyone came out of the commotion, Samuel debated whether to knock or not in front of the wooden door. He wanted to see her but was afraid to intrude. He knocked gently and Anabela's muffled voice invited him in. Next to her was Sam, who decided to step out to give them privacy.“H—How are you fe
Three years! All that time covering her face, afraid that someone would discover her. Her hands were shaking and tears were wetting her cheeks, her heart was pounding and her breathing was rapid. She felt so exposed and vulnerable, so ugly.Arthur approached stupefied and lifted her chin; their gazes met and she didn't know how to decipher that gleam in his brown eyes.“You're so beautiful!” He wiped away the tears that rolled down her skin and hugged her. “I love you, Sam, and it hurts me that you've been hurt.”She cried on his shoulder. He held her face in his hands and watched her with fascination.“Your lips are so beautiful... Your nose is perfect, your whole face is symmetrical and beautiful.”“It's not,” she sobbed and he caressed the large scar that started from her right ear and ended near the corner of her lips. He kissed what she hid so much, but he sensed that that was not the only reason t
The cold of the night and the loneliness tortured her and although she was covered with her sheets, that icy sensation did not let her sleep. Tears wet her cheeks and her chest ached. “Dad…” she stammered, hiccuping in the fetal position, missing him and needing him. She missed him and needed him. If only she hadn't married Daniel! If only her father hadn't died, would that man treat her with respect? She got out of bed intending to get some fresh air, in the hallway, moans caught her attention. She ran to her husband's room and her heart began to race. She knew what they were doing, but seeing it through her eyes was very painful. She ran out of there and back to her room, once in her safe place, she cried freely. Three months later… She used to spy on Daniel and her cousin when they were intimate. She wished he would do the same to her and know why her cousin enjoyed it so much. That morni
Arthur and Sam walked along the paved streets of the town. She was clinging to his arm and hiding behind him as people came up to greet them. The day was beautiful and the streets cheerful and colorful.Women and men were giving her gifts and blessing their relationship, for Arthur was a beloved person in the region because he helped those in need. They came to a flower stall and Sam's eyes sparkled.“I want a colorful bouquet for this beautiful lady," asked Arthur, smiling as he hugged her around the waist. He looked like a little boy clinging to Sam, which made her happy, but it also made her sad. How long would happiness last?After touring the town and buying knick-knacks, dancing in the squares, and playing with a group of children; Arthur mounted her on his white horse and they rode out of civilization. They arrived at a small country house with a beautiful garden and many trees. They entered the cottage and she was dazzled with such beauty and delic
Anabela listened to Arthur in embarrassment. After dinner, he sat down next to her in a secluded part of the courtyard to talk about her morning's behavior.“I know, and I'm very sorry,” she said and looked up at the stars with blushing cheeks. “I'll apologize before I leave, I promise.”“Okay, beautiful girl,” he hugged her. “But I'm worried about you. Are you interested in Samuel?”She sighed and bit her lower lip.“I don't know... When Ivan left me, he came up to me and it was very nice. Then he walked away and avoided me. I ignored the whole thing because I was so hurt. You know how much I loved Ivan, we had three years of dating and soon we were going to get married.”“Yes, I know. The fool married Roman's daughter.”“That woman always had her eye on him; their sudden marriage seemed strange to me, it was one thing for him to leave me because of what Henry did
She rubbed her little belly with fear and tears in her eyes. She was four months pregnant and her weight was very low. She feared for her baby and the consequences that her poor diet, mistreatment, lack of medical check-ups, and the precarious way she was living could bring to her baby. She knew that her belly should be a little bigger, she understood that many first-time mothers did not have big bellies, but she was aware that she was affected by malnutrition and anemia.As a dangerous animal, she was confined in a small dirty room near the stables. No bedding or furniture, just straw and an unwashed dish where she was fed bad food once a day. She had to survive and be strong for her son or daughter. She feared that she would not be able to deliver her baby or that she would die at any moment.“We must escape,” she sobbed as she caressed her tiny belly, tears welled in her eyes and her hands trembled with hunger.Sam wiped her tears at the memory. T