Despite a rather idyllic beginning, the story has a dark core. A young woman sits at home in her apartment watching a storm brewing over the city. As the rain begins to fall, a pounding on the door brings in a stranger who proves a destructive force in more ways than one.
One of the bits of advice one always hears is “Write what you know,” but sometimes, a writer feels exploring a topic is important, even if they have no personal experience with it. We won’t always get it right. Many readers may feel that I have no business in writing this story and that I have belittled or downplayed the results of her experiences, but what I am trying to show is that not everyone reacts to pain and suffering the same way. For some, there has been so much suffering that it is routine. Commonplace. Just more stormy weather. And that is the horror of it.
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