Thank goodness they had gone. She had never wanted them here in the first place. She certainly didn’t invite them as she had never wanted to see them again for the rest of her life. How had her parents even found her? She had left them behind years ago and thought she had left no trace for them to follow.
Gretchen picked up the tattered pieces of herself that their surprise visit had ripped from her with gnarled claws and gnashing teeth. It had taken years to build herself up after an entire childhood of their abuses. She thought she was past that part of her life and could no longer be hurt by them. But it seems her self-esteem is still tenuous at best. She would heal, she promised herself, after all she had come so far and they didn’t own her anymore.
And, they were gone. Gretchen heaved a sigh of relief and took a deep calming breath to center herself. She could swear she could still smell them; that somehow evil had a stench and it had somehow lingered. She might think about moving again later, but for now she set about cleaning…cleaning her apartment and herself to be rid of them again. Gretchen turned the music up loud to drown out their voices in her head that she thought had been banished. She cleaned and she sang and as the music filled her she started to feel better.