Sunday

A couple moved in to an apartment right near ours, around the corner, a few months ago. I didn’t really know much about the couple until one morning my neighbor told me that the guy beat up the girl really bad, she ran outside screaming and bleeding, and the guy came outside too, yelling that he was going to shoot everybody. The cops came and the guy ran off. He hid on people’s patios and shit, apparently he hid on ours. I slept through all of this, I didn’t hear a thing. He ended up running into the woods nearby, near a lake. He’s lucky he didn’t get chewed up by an alligator, which would have been - like - instant justice. He hid out like that all night, I guess, and then the cops came and got him in the morning.

He went to jail, but he got out, and now he’s back in the same apartment with the same girl. She took him back. I’ve only seen him - like outside smokin a cigarette or a joint or a stem or whatever or just moping outside - I've seen him only a few times because I’m working very very long hours lately. I made eye contact with him yesterday, and he looked like he wanted to play the stare down game with me and all that shit, the scumbag. You know...you’re just tempted to go up to him and say . . .like . . . I don’t know. . . “So, do you ever get in fights with men?” Or, “So, you beat women... do you molest children too?” Or, "Did you tell them what you did while you were sitting in the holding cell? Did they grease you real good?" Or . . . I don’t know, just walk up to him and just start kicking the ever living holy dog shit out of him - just kick his knee out, and when he goes down, have a big stomp fest, yeehaw - commence the brutality - the same kind of brutality that he subjected his girlfriend to. But . .. what can you do? Like, what really? REally, what the hell can you do? Why is this guy not in jail anymore? Why did he do this terrible thing? Why did his girlfriend take him back? Why do I have to see his face? Why does he show his face?

7 comments:

Pacian said...

There's an article here about how men who abuse and even murder their wives get very little jail time, while if those same wives kill them in self defence, they have a frightening chance of being sent to prison for a long time.

Re. Why she takes him back: it's easy to criticise. But remember that even if she really wants to get away from him, what's she going to do? How many of her friends and family does this guy know? If she disappears, who might he lean on to try and find her? If this is how he treats her normally, how might he treat her if she ran and he found her? What if he caught her packing? etc. etc.

Ultimately she needs help from outside, by, for example, a legal system that doesn't just let him walk back into her home.

annie said...

those are some emotionally loaded questions you raise.
and they're so fucking sad.

Billy said...

the system sucks big time. abusers can walk free till they kill and sometimes they still walk free.

Goo said...

damn.

Anonymous said...

why does she take him back? 'cause bad guys fuck good and adrenalin rushes are addictive.

Miss K said...

guys like that suck and it is hard to get away from them... even if you want to... i used to be like that girl and i know how hard it is.

ugh. men.

oh yeah, and not all bad guys fuck good. in fact all of the ones i knew have had little dicks and couldnt fuck worth a shit...

Bobby said...

Yeah, I don't get it.