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The Pale Mistress

You granted your callous mistress the right to infiltrate our lives. My childhood memories are defiled by her meddlesome intrusion. You became her marionette, her absurd little dancing fool. I watched you; a once proud, mountain of a man, reduced to a lowly pebble.

We were never enough.

You gave all you possessed in life to appease her constant hunger. We were merely afforded the scraps she left of your love, attention, and time. I can remember the contempt my mother endured every day for what you deemed an unforgivable sin: She chose to keep fighting for you.

You didn’t just defeat her once, that would have been too merciful. You subdued her inner essence, strangling it into submission. I witnessed my mother dwindle into a thin, crumbling husk while you roamed in blissful freedom, never facing the aftermath.

There was never any real contest, family was expendable. You will never have my forgiveness for choosing her over your blood and blindly following her down that path of destruction. I hope before you left this realm, you realized all you had lost in the name of your pale harlot, depraved goddess, and one love: Cocaine.

This 192 word monologue is for the latest round of the Trifecta writing Challenge. This week they are looking for 33 – 333 word stories/poems that feature the word PATH. You must use the third definition of path as bolded below:
1: a trodden way
2: a track specially constructed for a particular use
3a : course, route
  b : a way of life, conduct, or thought

Then you just pen something spectacular with that word using that particular meaning, go to the trifecta website and link up. It’s that simple. This is a great prompt and I suggest giving it a go. It’s easy to think of something to do with a path. After all, we’ve all gone down them.


80 thoughts on “The Pale Mistress

    • “What a great, really great example of personification.” Thanks. For some reason, in this instance, it came really easy for me. Most of the time I have a bit of trouble with this stuff but in this instance it all just kind of fit together.

  1. I also thought it was a woman until the end. Then I read it again and saw that you chose your words so carefully that it was ‘obvious’ once the mistress was known. Very memorable write!

  2. Love the “unforgiveable sin” of continuing to fight for him — it says so much about the terrible nature of addiction.

    • That sucks your comment disappeared. I checked my spam folder to see if it had fallen into it for some weird reason (These programs can glitch at times) but nada. I hope that doesn’t happen often. I’m glad that you enjoyed the monologue. 🙂

  3. A wonderful piece of writing. It flowed beautifully with some great imagery. I particularly liked, “I watched you; a once proud, mountain of a man, reduced to a lowly pebble.” This spoke volumes.
    Thanks for a great read.

  4. When you read something and immediately say “damn it all I wish I’d done this!” then, yeah.

    I love the pacing, how you started with palpable, tangible rage. And ending with teh coke was just dark and badass.

    I loved it.

  5. “There was never any real contest, family was expendable. “-what a terrible & helpless feeling that must be for the family of an addict!Brilliant piece with dark shades & a great twist at the end.Loved it:-)

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