At first, I cursed my fate. Felt sorry for myself. Considered suicide. Sleeping pills. But why? I was being the wife he wanted. A willing participant. Five years annulled in a few tawdry minutes.
At my interview, the principal asked me why I left my previous job. I told her. I hadn't planned to. The words rushed out, like water in a rapids. Her face softened. She told me how sorry she was.
Now, sitting in my new classroom, in a new city, anonymous, I await the arrival of a new group of students, providing a new focus to my life, one filled with hope and no regrets.