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Half-Way Point

Half-Way Point



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Published by Phantomimic
My submission to the May 2011 Scribd Community Project.
My submission to the May 2011 Scribd Community Project.

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Published by: Phantomimic on May 29, 2011
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Half-Way Point
By Phantomimic
Who would have guessed it would be so cold. The sun was shining, therewas no wind and it was in the middle of July. Then again, it was SanFrancisco so it should have been expected. Diana stood on the streetcorner in a t-shirt and jeans, hunched over with the cold, goose bumpscovering her body.To anyone watching, it would have seemed as though she was busyplaying on her iPhone. Every few seconds, she jumped a bit and hit herphone. But she was hitting the menu button to make the phone jumpback to life, checking the time. He was late, 23 min late, to be exact. Andthere was nothing she could do about it. There was no one that shecould call, nowhere that she could go all she could do was have faiththat Bacchus would show
up as he had promised.Their relationship had not been smooth. Some of her friends said it has not been a relationship at all. Diana had to admit it had been a rollercoaster rideof sorts. On the one hand he had been the only man that had made her feellike a real woman. He was smooth. Bacchus had a knack for saying anddoing the right things, in the right way, at the right time. He also had anuncanny understanding of what made her tick, unlike any other man that sheever met had. On the other hand however, like her friend Stephanie put it,Bacchus was a loser. He had never been able to hold a job long enough tocall it "steady" and when he drank too much he could turn downrightabusive. Diana had endured this behavior as his girlfriend for nearly a year until that evening six months ago when he hit her in a fit of rage sending her across the room with a broken nose.
That was the catalyst that propelled her to leave him. She moved to adifferent part of the city, got herself a new job, and joined a batteredwoman's support group. She attended all the lectures where she heardspeaker after speaker describe their own personal ordeals. She had immersedherself in the psychology of the abused woman and vowed to change, andshe thought she had. This is what she had told her friend Stephanie one week ago. But Stephanie would have none of it claiming that her bullshit detector told her otherwise. Diana was outraged but Stephanie pointed her finger ather and flat out told her that it was just a mater of time before she andBacchus would meet again. She then added that all it would take for her toallow him to move back in with her was some flowers, a box of chocolates,and some carefully chosen fake words of contrition.And sure enough, here she was waiting for him. Why was she doing this?What was going on in her head? Why was she so upset and anxious abouthim being 23, no, now 24 minutes late? As she pondered this she saw him inthe crowd. He had seen her too, and he was walking towards her. Bacchushad that big gleaming smile on his face and he was wearing a suit. She hadnever seen him wear a suit before, it made him look incredibly handsome.He came over, greeted her telling her he was very glad she could make it,and planted a chaste kiss on her right cheek. Diane felt herself melting. Aheat radiated down her spine driving away the cold she had felt earlier. Itwas a sensation she had experienced with him many times before.He told her that he had reserved a table at a nearby restaurant and gentlytook her arm and walked her there. Bacchus looked as charming as always.That glimmer in his eyes was still there, and he had put on cologne, which

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Bill AKA "Kenosis23" added this note
If only it was usually this easy ... unfortunately abusive relationships is a dynamic script in which both play their part ... it is very hard, for all of us, to give up the comfortable scripts.
Rose added this note
Excellent! I'm not surprised this was the favorite. Lots of very creative details and a great message too!
beatriZ added this note
Strength of character; a hard trait to master. Enjoyed this read!
Steve U added this note
Great story, Phanto! and congrats on the Staff Favorite selection!
mike carvell added this note
congrats my friend god speed excellent write thanks father mike
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Did you hear? This story has been voted the May Community Project Scribd Staff favorite! May 2011 Community Project: Finish the Story, Scribd Blog, 5.4.11
mike carvell added this note
terrific great read my friend thanks father mike
Mariko added this note
This really is very cool. I have to say that when I wrote the first paragraph of this, I had a few ideas of my own about the characters. But this was not one of them! I love this!

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