In a second-floor studio apartment, a lonely guy pounds a stucco wall with his fist.
“No means no. It doesn’t mean try harder.”
The judge demanded he read those words aloud, part of his
“out-of-the-box” sentencing. Now, he glares at an empty parking lot. One day, she’ll realize that he alone loves and understands her. Why
can’t she see that now?
In a tiny cabin in Maryland, Megan double-checks the locks. It’s a habit she can’t seem to shake, even while on vacation. She takes a deep breath and goes to join her family for dinner.
This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers, inspired as ever by the ever-creative Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
16 thoughts on “FF: No Means No”
There’s not a lot of rehabilitation going on there
You captured the sick mind of the perpetrator and the long lasting effect on his victim. Well done in 100 words.
A nightmare scenario, for the stalker and his victim. You capture it so well.
A well told story.
Scary, she’s right to check the locks, and how sad that she will spend her whole life doing so.
I love how you showed both sides of this story and how the effects linger for a long time after.
His rage, her fear. To get this across in just a handful of words is inspired.
You’ve written this so well that I have NO sympathy for him, tons for her. He’s obsessed, does not want or intend to change. Lock him up.
Ooooooo I fear this will not end well. I hate how she is still living in fear no matter how far away she is. His dark thoughts have not shifted in the slightest via his sentence.
Nice double character study. I hope the out-of-the-box sentence included GPS tether for at least a few years. I hate to see until he finds another target. Funk dat, LIFETIME tether! Intimate partner violence is one of the most common types there are, and too little is done usually until its too late 😦
A story of real life. There is an emotional switch in some people’s mind that cannot appreciate another point of view. Love is a dangerous game for these people and they need professional help to protect society.
I’m afraid this “out of he box” sentence is going to mean perpetual “in a box” for her.This kind of “love” is demonic.
Poor woman. I don’t think he’s going to change.
The essence of a stalker and his victim captured in a few words. Well done.
Alas.. there are guys who have no understanding for the word no…
Psychologically affected for sure.
True story for many victims.