Beginnings #ThePrompt

new beginningWhen fifteen year old Bella woke up she felt like she was going to be sick. It happened a lot lately. She wasn’t sure how much more she could take. The name calling, the spitting, the threats of violence, the actual violence. All her ‘friends’ had deserted her, and she spent her days being an outcast. Her attempt at suicide hadn’t paid off, so here she was again getting ready for school. She hated her life, she hated school and she absolutely, completely and utterly hated the village. Why had they had to move to this shithole? She longed to be back in London, with her real friends, but that wasn’t about to happen any time soon. 

Bella came down stairs and surveyed the living room nervously. He’d had a heavy drinking session last night and was in a foul mood. She knew she was best off just ignoring him, eating her breakfast and leaving the house as quickly as possible. He was being cruel though and before she knew what was happening the words ‘I hate you, you fat slob’ just poured from her mouth. Quick as a flash he jumped angrily out of his chair and punched her in the face. Pain surged through her entire body, and the shock of it made her tremble. He was an emotional bully for sure, but hadn’t hit her that hard since she was eight years old and had run off into the forest without telling him where she was going.

There was blood everywhere. The room started spinning and everything felt like it was happening in slow motion for a while. Her mother helped clean her up in the bathroom sobbing ‘I’m sorry, I should have stopped him’. She needed to get out of the house, so walked to the local park. Her white school shirt was covered in blood, making her look like an extra from a zombie film. The pain had dulled down by now and although her nose was still dripping, it thankfully didn’t appear to be broken. Sitting on the swing in the freezing cold January morning she realised she was in possession of an ace card. This was her chance, she could either grab it with both hands or let it pass her by and allow this to become her life. 

When she got home the air was thick with remorse. ‘I don’t care how sorry you are, I’ve had enough’ Bella announced to both of them. Then she addressed her mother only and said the words that no mother would ever want to hear from her fifteen year old child. ‘You can either drive me to London and still have a daughter, or I’ll go anyway and you won’t see me ever again’. Her mother knew she meant it, and reluctantly agreed. She set about packing her essentials, formulating a plan in her head of where to stay and what she would do. This was the first day of the rest of her life. A brand new beginning. 

The drive to her aunt’s place passed by in a haze of emotion. Her mother was distraught, but she knew she couldn’t force her firstborn to stay against her will. When they parted company she went back to her car, sat for a while and wept. She didn’t have babies for them to go off into the big bad world at such a young age. She had failed her daughter miserably, but she knew that Bella was a smart cookie, and had no doubt in her mind that she would make a success of her life regardless. She started the car and prepared herself for the long drive home, resolving to ensure she did a better job with her other two kids. 

This story was inspired by true life events from my own childhood. If you are interested in reading more, check out my book Become the Best You 

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34 Replies to “Beginnings #ThePrompt”

  1. Thanks lovely! I’m very detached from my past now so really enjoying writing about it xx

  2. Really sorry to hear that this is based on your own life…
    It’s a powerful piece of writing. I’m guessing that you find it therapeutic to write these feelings out?
    Excellent writing. X

  3. Yup that happened. Pretty much exactly that. I can’t be sure about the last paragraph but want to give my mother the benefit of the doubt, am certain it would have been something along those lines… Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  4. You know when you read something and you think “I hope this is fiction?” and then you find out it isn’t and your heart breaks a little? That.
    An apt piece for the prompt and I hope it was the start of something new. x

  5. mummytries says:

    You are too kind my lovely, what a gorgeous comment xxx

  6. mummytries says:

    Thanks Nikki – long time ago now, another life almost…

  7. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Sara. I’ve been wanting to write that story for a while now. Can hardly believe that event happened twenty years ago xx

  8. mummytries says:

    To be honest Mel it kind of feels like fiction thee days, my life now is very different thankfully! I’m pleased to have gotten away from the bullies…

  9. mummytries says:

    Thanks Emily! It’s hard to believe this was twenty years ago x

  10. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Sam, i’m glad she escaped too xxx

  11. mummytries says:

    Thanks honey xxx

  12. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Xandi, what a lovely compliment xx

  13. I love that such hope can emerge from such a seemingly desperate starting place – the positivity just shines through, despite everything. But I guess that just about sums you up really 🙂 Great post xxx

  14. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon xx

  15. mummytries says:

    I’m just glad I got out when I did! As rough as it was at the time, I am really pleased I didn’t resign myself myself to a life surrounded by bullies…

  16. A very fitting tale for the prompt of new beginnings. I thought it was based on true events – a heart breaking story, but there is a positive feel to it, which is why it lends itself so well to the title.

  17. Powerfully and emotionally written Renee. It makes me very sad to think that this is based in truth. Bella is a strong girl who has grown into a strong and inspiring woman xx Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt xx

  18. Well, I wasn’t expecting that not be fiction. It is hard for me to even imagine these things happen in the world (although of course I know they do.) How strong you must have been to make a stand against a bully, and at such a young age. Good for you!

  19. So sad this is based on true events, but I’m definitely rooting for Bella and hoping things will work out for her. Well told x

  20. Well written hon, and based on true events I know. So glad Bella escaped for a new beginning! X #theprompt

  21. This makes me sad to know this is you, but emotive writing lovely xx

  22. This is so powerful and so sad at the same time that it was inspired by real-life. Despite everything Bella endures you can see her strength and courage. You write beautifully xx

  23. As soon as I started reading I knew where the was coming from-I think you convey the sadness and violence perfectly xx

  24. Great story – although it does make me sad to know that it was inspired by real-life events and that there are too many girls out there in a similar situation to Bella. I like the fact that she gave her mum the chance to keep some kind of relationship open even though she had to leave for her own safety.

  25. mummytries says:

    I know exactly what you mean Denise, all teenagers feel like they know everything but looking back I was so naive in the early days after I left home. I got myself into so many ‘near misses’, and I thank my lucky stars nothing too awful happened to me along the way…

  26. mummytries says:

    Thanks Alex! More to follow soon…

  27. mummytries says:

    Thanks Rachael! Really hope you enjoy the book, please let me know how you get on xx

  28. mummytries says:

    Yay, that is exactly the desired effect xx

  29. mummytries says:

    Ahhh thank you so much Vicki, you’re too kind! I am planning on writing a novel so watch this space 😉 xx

  30. Wonderful prose, so engaging and saddening this is inspired by your life, you are such an incredibly strong inspiring lady- I think a novel should be your next book! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  31. The problem with these short stories Renée is that I’m left hanging and I so want to read more! Brilliant writing as always xx

  32. Brilliant writing as always. I have yet to read your book as I’ve had problems with my kindle but this has motivated me to get it sorted asap so I can finally download it! x

  33. Alexandra Rojek-Turner says:

    Great writing – was really drawn into this excerpt. More please!!!!

  34. When I was fifteen I felt quite grown up. But when your kids become teenagers, you realise just how young fifteen is.

    You are such a strong, amazing woman. And a great writer.

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