Ashleigh Anpilova


Abby's scars can't be seen.

An established relationship story.

Written: February 2008. Word count: 200.



Abby didn't regard her tats as scars, but she was scarred.


Inside, where no one could see them, her scars hid.


Beguiling her, entrapping her into being what they wanted her to be.


As the daughter of two deaf parents, Abby's memories of growing up were mostly of silence.


Her parents had no need for sound, so quietness surrounded her at home on a daily basis.


The quietness ate into her; it became something to be feared.


That was why she played music in her lab; that was why she talked about anything and everything. She needed to hear. She needed to be sure; sure she could hear.


She knew her scars were damaging. The more she had to have sound, the more she needed sound. She was feeding her wounds; they were becoming more insidious. And she didn't know how to stop them.


And then she met Timothy McGee.


Without being told, he began to help her realize she didn't need noise; that quietness was not to be feared.


Now, as she rests in Tim's arms with only the faint sound of his beating heart to break the silence, she knows that with Tim she need never be afraid.



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