Sweet Release

Seventy-five days of confinement didn’t seem that long in retrospect, but for her it had felt like an eternity of not knowing when, or if, release would come.

It hadn’t taken her long to learn how to play the game, spout the psychobabble required for freedom; the risks of rebellion were incredibly high. She’d seen what happened to those who dared to argue the course of their treatment plan, shock-therapy was still popular in those days.

Paste on a smile, say all is well, agree to every parental desire; nod in pretended understanding of the imported therapist whose command of English was barely enough for basic communication; and whatever you do, don’t be real, don’t tell them how you really think or feel. Bide your time.

Better at their game than they were, her strategy worked, and on the 75th day she won her freedom; at last the healing that would take a lifetime could begin.


This has been a Six Sentence Story, written for Denise’s blog hop at GirlieOnTheEdge. The prompt word we needed to use this week was “release.” Click on the link to read some other great stories, and maybe add one of your own!

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

19 thoughts on “Sweet Release”

  1. ok I suspect this will be one of those weeks when the prompt word resonates among us towards a certain direction.
    Some more …uplifting than others… (lol, prison is prison no matter how genteel the guards, no?

    totally agree with Miz Avery

  2. this is very good….my first musings were in that direction also. Even if we have never been detained against our will we all have imagined it and thought of how we would plan our escape.

  3. In one way or another, I think everyone goes through experiences where they thought they were biding their time.
    So often healing from certain things does seem to take a life time, but when it does, ah, sweet release.

  4. Powerful 6 Josie. Like Paul, I’m glad you’re “back at it” 🙂
    I can only imagine what that feeling must be like. How long before she realized what it was going to take to gain her “freedom”. The last line says it all. True freedom was not so imminent.

  5. Josie I don’t know how else to reach you. My husband recieved a message on his email that said it was from you. I couldn’t figure out how you could have that email or if it actually came from you. It was about your comment going online. Was this from you? He recieved it this morning.

    1. Yes, it was the only email contact address I could find for you. I am having problems with my comments posting then disappearing on several blogs. I was asking if any comments from me showed up in your spam file.

  6. Well-written. Mental health services are so needed, yet there is also so much potential for harm. Glad she got out.

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