My plan for the A - Z Challenge is to write every post as if it were a diary entry by a character from my WIP. Today's post comes from Leah Walker.
I like to think I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to men. I can tolerate most annoying habits in a relationship, but there are two things I will never put up with. Cheating is the first, the second is violence.
I've been single for a long time, I've barely even gone out on a date let alone been in a relationship in the last few years. The last guy I was with was a control freak. I couldn't even sneeze without him wanting to know why! But as I said, I'm easy going enough to deal with that. Looking back, I should have run away screaming before he gave me a black eye.
If you've ever been hit by anyone, you'll know it stings. But when the guy is a huge rugby player, it's like being knocked down by a truck. The shock of it was almost more painful than the slap at first, but when the haze lifted ... wow.
He cried. Begged me to forgive him, promised me it would never happen again. It was also the first time he said he loved me. How's that for poor timing?
Not gonna lie, I was scared. I told him I forgave him, then as soon as he left for work in the morning, I packed up my things and got the hell out of there.
I don't think it's that relationship that stopped me from dating for so long. I think I was pretty lucky, actually. It could have been a whole lot worse. Yes, it has made me more careful but for the most part, I just wanted to learn how to stand on my own two feet, without having anything else to fall back on. Just me, living my life the way I want.
So, that's what I did. Now I'm here, in L.A and he's ... well, I have no idea what he's doing, and I don't care to find out. I just hope he's got his temper under control because maybe the next woman he dates won't be as lucky.