She looked at the water longingly.  Should she do it?  The temptation was overwhelming.  Gripping the rail, she imagined how she would do it.  It had to look like an accident. 

Then, she remembered, “…never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands.”

Turning away from the rail, she decided that she wasn’t going to resort to murder.  When they got ashore, her husband was arrested for drug trafficking.  Finally, she was free of him and the abuse she’d suffered for years.

100 Words

November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

41 Replies to “Vengeance”

  1. Like Mason, I originally felt she had been contemplating suicide, but you make it clear in the last paragraph that it was murder on her mind. I’m glad her faith saw her through the trial – and glad that she was finally free of her abuser.

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    1. Initially, I had her contemplating suicide but then, decided that instead of doing that, she would get rid of her abusive husband instead, making his death look like an accident but God prevented her from doing either. As you said, her faith in Him saw her through her trial and she was finally free to have the kind of life He wanted for her–one free of abuse.

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  2. Sometimes faith needs to have trust in others. Although a little nudge helps – you know a word in the right ear, in this case someone may have informed the law. Nice misdirection in the story that had me thinking what was happening and a nice finish with a satisfactory outcome.

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    1. Yes, faith works. God uses people to bring about His purpose. In this case, someone may have informed the law. Thanks, James. I wanted to story to end on a positive note 🙂 I wish if the lives of other abused victims could have a satisfactory outcome as well.

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      1. It is almost never a solution to commit violence in revenge of violence. … Then again, sometimes it is for escaping violence. And even then … if there are other options, they are almost always better ones to take …

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      2. I agree. The only time I can see some form of violence to be justified is in immediate self-defense of oneself or others who are being imminently or already harmed. Even then, only the minimum amount of violence that’s needed to subvert and stop the violence that’s done onto others. Never just in the name of revenge.


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