After my parents died, the only person who tried to claim me was my mother's best friend and she was refused on the grounds that she was unmarried. I wasn't anyone's idea of a victim by then. I grew tall and rangy. It was no longer the wife who chose me but the husband, picking up on my childish beauty and my fear. If I wanted to escape this life, I had to do it myself. However, I only spent a couple of weeks in the children's home before I was snatched up by the first couple who saw me. Succeeding at school would mean acceptance into university, which would mean a degree, which would mean a career, which would mean the kind of life my social workers and foster families assumed was beyond me.
By the time I was midway through high school I was lifting weights and working out daily. My foster father wasn't touching me by then. I'd been seat belted in, but must have crawled out after the accident. It meant studying hard and making the honors list even if I rarely went a full year without switching schools. They took their doll home and started their perfect life. I remember hearing myself start to whimper, a five-year-old, crouched by the side of the road, staring into my father's eyes, whimpering because it was so dark and there was no one coming to help, whimpering because my mother was back in the crushed car, not moving, and my father was lying here in the dirt, not answering me, not holding me, not comforting me, not helping my mother get out of the car, and there was blood, so much blood, and broken glass everywhere, and it was so dark and so cold and no one was coming to help. After three weeks they returned me. If I wanted to escape this life, I had to do it myself. So I went from one foster family to the next, always taken by the ones utterly charmed by my face and utterly incapable of handling my scarred psyche. That didn't mean running away. I wouldn't let myself be angry at them, wouldn't let myself waste time and effort better spent elsewhere. It meant staying and surviving. With that realization, the fear slipped away. At the same time, I discovered another source of power-the strength of my own body. As I grew older, I began to see them for what they were, not all-powerful bogeymen who slipped into my room at night, but weak creatures terrified of rejection and exposure. I can still see them, kneeling before me, oooing and ahhhing about what a beautiful child I was. As the fear subsided, so did the rage. I grew tall and rangy. A porcelain doll, they called me. After my parents died, the only person who tried to claim me was my mother's best friend and she was refused on the grounds that she was unmarried. I don't know how I got on the side of the road. I despised them and their equally weak, blind wives, but they weren't worthy of my anger. Instead I learned to run, discovering the absolute bliss, the unparalleled pleasure of the physical, feeling my strength and my speed for the first time. But it didn't work out quite that way. So tiny, so perfect with my white-blond hair and my blue eyes. All I remember is sitting in the gravel beside my father's bloodied body, shaking him, talking to him, pleading with him to answer and not understanding why he didn't, knowing only that my father always answered, never ignored me, but all he did now was stare at me, eyes wide and unblinking.
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