I'm so sad.
I've never been able to cry.
Why is that?
As a child crying was forbidden.
I've seen others cry.
Some are silent hiding their faces in their hands.
Others weep loudly and sob.
What are you thinking
when you see others weep openly?
I'm afraid for them.
But I also wish I could feel that release.
It is okay to cry.
It's safe to cry now.
Safe. No, it really hadn't been safe before.
But he was gone.
He could no longer hurt her.
Yes, it was safe finally.
The word safe rolled around in her mind
echoing down into the chambers of her heart
and throughout the rest of her being.
She felt the liquid roll down her cheek
and watched as it landed on her hand.
She touched it with her fingertips.
The world did not shatter.