April is “National Child Abuse Awareness Month.” This piece is part of this week’s “Five Sentence Fiction” challenge. The prompt is “Armor.”
Armed only with the truth, she felt small against the powers before her. She pulled her sweater tight across her chest to ward off the chill of their stares. She’d put her own body between her younger sister and his nightly visits until the blood had appeared and he no longer desired her. Why had no one listened? Now she had stopped him the only way she could.