I could feel my blood pounding in my ears.

“I just want you to think about it.”

I could hear her talking, but all I could do was grip the counter and will myself not to snap.

“We’re not going to talk about it.”

I managed to speak without shouting. The blood was pounding in my throat. I’d never been able to feel where the blood vessels were before.

“I don’t understand why we can’t even discuss it.”

It was all waking up again. The memories flashing. My brother yanking the Legos out of my hands. His grasp was violent. I screamed. My dad grabbed me by the arm and began dragging me out of the room.

“You whining brat! You just scream and carry on!”

“But it wasn’t her fault!” I remember my sister screaming in my defense.

I was innocent. It didn’t matter. It never mattered with him. I knew there wasn’t a chance. There was never a chance of him calming down. He drug me out of the room. He always drug me by the wrist, once even lifted me off the ground. He was huge and I was three years old.

You grow up and sometimes you make amends. You don’t ever forget the beatings. You just try your best not to think about them, because when you do you start to remember more of them and more.

“I don’t understand why you can’t talk about it.”

Her voice was distant. The last time my heart had beaten like this I was yelling at him. It had been years.

She didn’t know what she was doing. She hadn’t meant to trigger it. But she had.