Running on Empty-Faith From Ruin

Faith from Ruin

The visage looking back was foreign yet familiar. The split lip, swollen right eye showing off colors blending from bright pink to maroon and purple.

Black eye photoshopped

Joining the battered face was the pounding headache from the concussion she knew she’d suffered. She didn’t need prying eyes, opinionated glances or meddling advocates tonight. She reached for the Vicodin from the last ER trip and swallowed two with a handful of water from the bathroom sink tap.

Work took him away and Lucy was in school. A hot shower soothed and relaxed. Drowsy from the Vicodin, she crawled into bed for a needed sleep.


This week Velvet Verbosity gave the word prompt “drowsy” for this weeks 100 Word Challenge.

Jackson Browne, of course. What else could it be with that perfect title for this piece? I’m beginning a new series with this piece. Stay tuned for more . . .

Original Photo by matthewnstoller from flickr, made available through CreativeCommons



14 comments on “Running on Empty-Faith From Ruin

  1. A sad tale written well. Loved listening to Jackson Browne to start my day!


  2. Lyn says:

    LOVE me some Jackson Browne! Excellent, very well written post.


  3. Lance says:

    welcome back stranger

    Love the grit, almosy noirish quality. Your words choices in the first few sentences set the mood and I was all in.

    Loved it


  4. emptythewell says:

    Wow. I love how you effectively conveyed the anger that a lot of people feel towards their ‘advocates.’ As a social worker, I’ve been on the receiving end of that a few times. It’s a really common reaction and one that most people don’t touch in their writing. Kudos to you for keeping it complicated and keeping it real.


  5. troy P. says:

    Tuned, staying…


  6. Arpy Jonas says:

    I can feel her just wishing time would stand still.


  7. Hm. Lots to say about this, but I’ll just say that I have family members who work with domestic violence, and I was once on the receiving end of it. It is a complicated matter indeed, and you walked that line well here.


    • debseeman says:

      I’m glad I didn’t cross any lines. It’s a sensitive issue and one I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time with in this story.


  8. […] story began with the post Running On Empty. Begin at the beginning, and as always, stay tuned for more. I haven’t decided on a title for […]


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