Life is Wonderful – Matt Pearce
800 words General Fiction
Jimmy lives in a world torn between his parents’ fighting and his little brother’s fears. The devastation of spousal abuse resonates within Jimmy to keep his little brother’s innocence intact.
I woke to the screaming. My mother’s pleading in answer to my father’s shouting. They were at it again. I knew it was hopeless to try to sleep. Every angry word by my father reverberated through the house. I sometimes could see the rafters shake with each rise in pitch. I could imagine the spittle being sprayed out by his screaming throat hitting my mother’s face, sticking to her like evil ooze. Dribble she could not wipe away without facing further abuse.