From a distance, everyone thinks they can spot the signs of an abusive relationship.
From a distance, you think you know that some actions are just not what forms part of a healthy relationship.
But when you’re the one in that situation, how easy is it to tell?
When Gemma first meets Aaron she’s confident and outgoing, has a part-time job, dreams of singing and is just starting A-levels. Within weeks of meeting Aaron things are shifting. She starts giving up things that meant so much to her. Is it because Aaron loves her, or is there a more sinister angle?
Reading this knowing what the story focused on meant I was on alert throughout, looking for signs that it was heading that way. But the way the story developed felt very natural, and it’s easy to see just how easy it could be to end up in a situation you’re not entirely comfortable with.
An emotional journey, which may not ring true for everyone, but it will certainly get people talking.
The link to the e.e. cumming’s poem has now given a much more sinister vibe to what always seemed such a heartfelt sentiment. The power of words.