My Husband Blocked Our Escape

Our daughter clung to me

Claire Franky
5 min readFeb 13, 2024


Photo by Ulysse Pointcheval on Unsplash

My body froze as barking erupted from the living room. My arm remained outstretched, reaching for the freshly clean towel that needed to be folded.

The sound of claws on wood reached my ears and my chest began to thud. Slowly, I pulled my arm back to my side, leaving the towel in the laundry basket on my…