“Honey, one day you’re gonna find your prince, and your life will be complete,” her mom said countlessly through her childhood.
She never warned her not to fall in love with the wrong guy or that not every guy was a prince. In fact, she did the opposite, drilling the thought that her life was not complete without any man, that he could surprise you, that anyone short of the abusive kind should be your world.
Well, that’s how her sister fell into her abusive trap. No one thinks her guy is gonna be abusive until it starts.
Just because her father was an ordinary guy, a run-of-the-mill tradie, and her mother never expected to fall for him, didn’t mean that should be our goal, right? Coco thought.
It had happened anyway. She had gotten pregnant just to keep him.
Yet people blame us for letting her screw us up, she argued, for not having any self confidence or respect. Why don’t they blame her? She drilled it into us day after day for twenty years.
Just because her mother got her fairy tale end, didn’t mean it applied to her kids.
This is a character sketch of Coco, a character that emerged from my most recent NaNo project, Unchained Melody. She’s the aunt of the main character, Melody. She’s got problems, like anorexia, that she’s still working through too…