Angel never understood why her mother became angry so suddenly. She assumed - perhaps rightly, perhaps wrongly - that it was the doing of the brown bottles in the cupboard. She had seen, many a time, empty versions of these brown bottles dispersed around the kitchen floor, sometimes all in one piece, sometimes shattered into shards. She didn't like the fact that it happened, and would often pick up the bottles from the floor and drop them in the bin. She didn't dare, however, tell her mother that she was the one dropping them in the bin. She may have been young but she wasn't an idiot. She knew that saying such things made her mother angry and violent, even if the original intentions were not to anger. She knew that, when her mother became angry and loud, she would begin to hit - sometimes objects around the room, and sometimes even Angel herself. Angel did not like being hit - who does? - so she taught herself to stay away, even when she was desperate to talk to her.
Angel's life was violent and disrupted, and frightening for any child, even teenage or older. She was often neglected - forced to starve or dehydrate in her own filth, as she had never been taught how to use the toilet. She was never comforted, or cared for in any way; more often than not, she cried herself to sleep at night. Her cries were either ignored or punished, usually with a cold, harsh slap and a "Shut the f*** up," from her mother. Her body was no more than skin and bone; her tiny, pained heart could be seen beating tentatively through her fragile ribcage. Her body was bruised and beaten - more black and blue than a pale pink, many would say. She was treated like an animal - locked into bathrooms, boiler rooms, airing cupboards and wardrobes; forced to take water from dried-out pot plants; left without food for days on end, sometimes even weeks; beaten and abused in more ways than one.
And the real, shocking defining factor of this story?
Angel was just four years old.
2010-03-16 18:48 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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