Inside the Mind of Isadora

Hidden Deep Inside


The closet door flung open.

“What are you doing in there?”, he growled.

Before I could answer, I was being pulled up by my hair and pushed towards the kitchen.

“Get in there and help your mother.”

I guess he doesn’t want to know.

“See what happens when you hide from work,” she said.

Hide from work? How about I was hiding from the jump rope he just beat me with while you were talking to Mrs. Rosen about styling her wig.

There’s a place I go to tell my troubles. Hidden deep inside the closet is my peaceful place.

2017©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
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*****In 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States. In 2015, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served more than 311,0002 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. info:wikipedia
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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

33 thoughts on “Hidden Deep Inside

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  2. How sad and timely. It pulls at the heart. Someone is missing seeing the bruises and reporting it. Some children fall through the cracks. Although, many foster homes aren’t much better. Good writing, Isadora. —- Suzanne

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  3. How could be parents so hopeless. Strong story. Beautifully written.

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  4. I’m just as mad at this mother. How could she not know? How could she choose to ignore it?!
    Good story Isadora, you’ve really sparked emotion.

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    • Hi Dawn,
      I’ve had my time chewed up by Mr. Claus. ~~~ : – ) Sorry for the delay in responding.
      I agree with you. A mother should defend her children against aggressive behavior.
      I think that’s why I believe advocates can help with that. Perhaps, the mother didn’t think of it.
      Yes, I would say the emotions this story brings out are high. Thank you for commenting and visiting.
      Isadora 😎

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  5. A very strong story on unhappy childhood.

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  6. Too bad, Dad discovered her special place… Though I suspect she will continue to go there every chance she gets. So sad and well told, Isadora

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  7. Heartbreaking but such a wonderful story!

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  8. Poor child – unable to trust her mother enough to tell her.

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  9. Querida Isadora,

    Such a heartbreaking story. So much eloquently said in few words. Muy trste pero bien escrito.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      Gracias por sus buenas palabras.
      Your FF challenges make me a better writer. Once I stopped being fearful that I couldn’t say everything in just 100 words, I began to enjoy it.
      Now, I see it as a study in writing better with less words. Thank you for sharing your skills with everyone on FF.
      Besos y abrazos,
      Isadora 😎

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  10. That’s a very real story; it feels very authentic. Children often have a ‘quiet place’, even if they’re not abused. And the matter-of-fact nature of the parents. Horrible though it is, I suspect from the way you keep everything low-key that they think they’re pretty good parents, just trying to bring up their child to survive in a tough, uncaring world.
    Good writing!

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    • I’m extremely thankful for your complimentary words, Penny. I’m pleased I was able to convey
      the many issues and feelings in this story with merely 100 words. I’m enjoying the Friday Fictioneer
      challenges as they help to build better writing skills. Thank you again …
      Isadora 😎

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  11. Such a senseless tragedy, but also reassuring to know there are services out there to help children like this.

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  12. Oh the things who hold in our persona inner closets.

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  13. Oh, that was such a sad story! Poor little one at least has found a ‘peaceful place’.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  14. I sense many realities in your share and there is much that can be interpreted here.

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