Note: This is from last week’s Weekly challenge. The prompt provided this photo, and asked for a story of 1,000 words or more, to explain the subject. Life with kids home, and guests got in the way, but I wanted to post it anyway. This is a work of fiction.
Jaycee sat on the sofa, afraid to move. She could hear the man talking to her mama, his voice hissing angrily through the wall. She tried to ignore Mama’s whimpers, but it scared Jaycee, even though she’d heard her make these sounds before—usually late at night, or after her daddy came by, or her older brother came home, smelling sour. Mama cried through the wall, but never in front of Jaycee.