Notes from An Alien

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Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty


Alexander M Zoltai


She was yelling again and he was walking out the door…

He loved her dearly; but, when she wasn’t herself, he just had to leave…

His thoughts roiled: Am I too sensitive? Should I just stand there and take it? But, the times she starts hitting me—she snaps and starts slugging… So? no blood drawn… Still… Weird… Damn!

He went to his friend’s house—his very understanding friend—and, they had their usual chat:

“She’s at it again, eh?”


“I think you’re right to leave—you grace her into not being physically violent.”


“Still can’t talk it out with her?”


“Want to just sit a bit…?



He returned home after about two hours.

She was as she usually was, after enough time to return to herself—sorry and weeping—clinging, begging—so sad…


Gradually, over many tense and wasting weeks—time full of drama and pain—she began to show a bit of control…

He was able, sometimes, to talk her down—out of the fit of anger…

And, about six months later, she finally came out with what was causing it all…

He was hot and cold at the same time—eager and chilled, as she said…

“I’m so ashamed… You must have been really doubting my sanity… Oh, Lord… Here goes—I was assaulted as a child—sexually… Most days of the week… my dad and my uncle… took turns… I thought it was all gone and buried—sure wasn’t… Oh, Lord, I hope you can understand………?”

“Oh, God, yes, Love… You just rail on me and slug away, any old time—I am so, so sorry………

They melted into each other.


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6 responses to “Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty

  1. Jessica Bakkers June 30, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Good reminder that we must have patience and understanding, tolerance and forgiveness. We don’t always know what’s happened in someone else’s life.


    • Alexander M Zoltai June 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

      Oh, my, Absolutely, Jessica — some days, I wonder if I know anything of what others are experiencing…

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  2. dgkaye July 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Powerful story Alex. One never knows what shoes others have walked in. Compassion and understanding are essential. :)


    • Alexander M Zoltai July 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks for saying it’s “powerful”…

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      • dgkaye July 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        Because it is. :)


        • Alexander M Zoltai July 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm


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