99 word prompt : True grit

September 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows true grit. You can use the phrase or embody the theme. Who or what has true grit? Go where the prompt leads you!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH


“I wasn’t this way when I was twenty,” I told my new therapist.

“What created such anxiety,” she asked.

“My husband might get out of prison soon,” I said, lifting my shirt to show her a scar. “I’m scared he’ll hurt our children.”

“Knife wound?”  She asked.  I nodded yes. “How old are they?”

“Eight and ten.  If he serves his time, they’ll be eighteen and twenty…” 

Between heaving sobs, I explained about his upcoming hearing for early release.  Good.  She was forming tears.

It takes courage to stab yourself with a knife. Anything to keep that parasite away.