I dream a lot and every once in a while I seem to like to torture myself.
I couldn’t tell you if any parts of this are from some repressed place of my mind or if it’s all fabricated.
I fucking hope it’s all a dream.
What I can tell you is that all the feelings are real: my sense of responsibility, my shame, my feelings of helplessness, my complete lack of trust in my sister (and people), my disappointment.
Ironically, I’d like to think that these are all things that I can change, namely being able to trust my sister and people. How different would my life be if the world were generally more safe than dangerous?
Anyway, here it is:
I was young, late teens, and in my father’s bed. He was huge, warm, and naked next to me. I felt out of place and didn’t know how I’d gotten there, though I felt as though I had manipulated my way there to be closer to him than my sister.
He rolled to his side, facing me, and I lay perfectly still on my back, not breathing. The head of his hardon pressed hard into my thigh until it hurt.
I hoped it would only be that, but I was also flattered at the affection. In that instant I flipped. This was not right.
I adeptly maneuvered my way away and he lost interest. I lay there, heart pounding hating myself for going quietly into the night, so I began to scream. Out of no where.
Loud and long and keening in hopes my little sister would come to my aid, but she didn’t.
Dad and I argued. Why was I doing this? I’d liked it, he said. I screamed how sick and gross it was and how fucked I was.
I ran to wake my sister, certain that she would jump to my aid, but instead she met me with a tidal wave of mistrust and doubt.
I begged her to call the police; they’d know what to do.
When they arrived I feared I didn’t “look hurt,” but I hoped that the possibility of incest would spur them on the protect both me and my sister.
They were more skeptical than my sister and I was left standing in the rain watching them drive off.
Then my nephew came in to tell me that he still had a sore throat from the night before and inadvertently saved me from myself.
Forty-three has been an interesting year for me, that’s for sure.