U is for Ultramarine #atozchallenge #flashfiction

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The Ultramarine Letter

Even after months of yoga, I had problems with Halasana, plow pose, which was frustrating. Having attempted it successfully a few times in a row, I was sure I’d had it figured out. Then one day, I just couldn’t do it.

The instructor mentioned that the pose makes you vulnerable and can be difficult for people with trauma. Tears rolled uncontrollably down my cheeks. Once again I felt like that 13-year-old girl — helpless and afraid. Like Hester Prynne, I felt marked, not with a scarlet A but an ultramarine M (for molested), or at the very least T (trauma).



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This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme is color. Come back tomorrow to see what I come up with for the letter V. Want to check out other bloggers’ posts? Go here.

This flash fiction is also in response to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.

April 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a circle in your life. Is it a supportive circle, or a circle that entraps you? What’s its significance? Take you where the prompt leads.


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4 thoughts on “U is for Ultramarine #atozchallenge #flashfiction

  1. Makes me sad and hopeful to read this post. But for her to feel vulnerability and tears, she must feel safe, so that’s the hopeful bit. Sad because both sides are familiar.

    1. Thank you for your comment Gulara. I’m always happy when I can evoke something, even if it isn’t always pleasant. Thank you for being such a great support throughout this challenge.

  2. This one really stopped me in my tracks, Ula. That is often the response to molestation and trauma. Just when you feel you’re making progress, something happens to push you right back into that dark and vulnerable place. This is very sensitively and emotionally told. I can feel those old wounds hurting. Very sad, but well done.

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