photo by MARLOU JOSEPH B. BON-AO/ THE FLAME
Trigger Warning: transphobia, violence, murder
The hands of a brute coil around her throat.
She screams inside, I can’t brea—
Her delicate fingers held the ones cramping her neck. Pleas—
With eyes turning bloodshot, she sees him. She sees his face—the last one she will see alive.
His face; that ivory skin and hazel eyes. The eyes clouded with a burning rage that would soon ignite.
With little power she has left, she pushes his chest. She hits it—nothing. His heart; not beating like a rock.
He grabs her hair and plunges her head down—
She screams with bubbles coming out of her mouth—voiceless and unheard.
Once again, a woman who was meant to be a muse was forced into becoming a mermaid. With her wings clipped, the free woman she once was is now forsaken underwater. How could a muse turn into a mermaid? Drown and the call of the siren will come.
I can’t bre—
Once again, another beast took a muse’s life in his own bare hands. Walking out the door that night, he never looked back. Everybody knew that it was unforgivable, yet he now roams freely on the earth; granted by another killer of a kind.
In time, Jennifer’s hopes for justice will be kept at the back of file drawers—like the others. It has been a long time yet they are still shedding tears that have turned into a river; flowing into an endless length of suffering. F PATRICK V. MIGUEL