She watched him from the porch. He seemed so harmless and friendly, walking on the beach. She hadn’t told him about her abortion. He would beat the shit out of her if she did, she knew. She felt safe when she could see him out there, and not inside where he could watch her every move.
He always liked to swim far out. The drug she gave him should be starting to take effect in about 20 minutes. If timed well, he could be far from shore before he stopped breathing.
She put her chin on the windowsill and contemplated the scene… how serene and beautiful he looked. Yes, she did love him. But he was dangerous. Sometimes she deserved all of the beatings he gave her, sometimes she asked for them. She disgusted herself. She took another drink of the wine, and continued with her crocheting. She put it down when she saw him go into the water.
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