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wrapped in silence she waits
she listens
to the sounds around her
she dares not close her eyes
she dares not speak
she tries to not breathe
for if she is to do any of these things
she fears what might happen
thud, thud
up the stairs footsteps come
stomp stomp stomp
she tightens in to a ball
fearing the sounds
slowly the door creaks open
oh no, he’s here
she dies a little bit more inside
as he crosses the room
she disappears
another takes her place
ready to protect her at all costs