#FF — Paragon

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Morgan appraised himself in the mirror and smiled. He was well-regarded in his job as administrator at the town’s library, partly due to staff receiving generous gift cards at the holidays. His Wednesday night poker group loved him as he often had bad luck. The pastor at church praised him with special mention each Sunday for his tithing, landscaping, and handyman skills.

Where’s my breakfast!?,” he roared.

Morgan’s wife, Carla, felt a shudder roll through her slight form. She rubbed the tender, bruised area on the inside of her arm that his fingers loved to squeeze.

Carla knew different.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the steadfast host of Friday Fictioneers.

60 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Great character portrait

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neil, thank you 🙂

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  2. Sadje says:

    A portrait of a narcissist!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So true, Sadje! There are a lot of them in this world!

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      1. Sadje says:

        Too many, I think.

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  3. Dale says:

    You just can’t trust those who are “too good to be true” in public…
    Carla needs to get out from his grip!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh so true on both counts, Dale. Thank you!

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  4. Ain Starlingsson says:

    Stunning and frightening story. Brilliantly done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ain! FYI, I am enjoying your FF stories but can’t “like” or comment because of your writing from Medium.

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  5. Dear Lisa,

    No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. I’ve encountered some of those “wonderful” people myself. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much. I agree and have also met a few along the way.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  6. Lorraine says:

    Your portrait of an abuser is all too true! You have crafted a bio in just a few words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Lorraine. I wish it wasn’t so.

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  7. trentpmcd says:

    I think if you are a success of not depends more on what happens behind closed doors than in public… Good portrait of a bad man.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Trent. I agree. Those closest to us should be treated best. The rest is gravy.

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  8. What goes on behind closed doors is a mystery indeed. Appearances can be deceiving. Great take, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Shweta, many thanks, and too true.

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      1. You are welcome ❤🤗😊

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  9. granonine says:

    That was a sneaky twist! Poor Carla, the not-unusual wife who knows the dark side of the man everyone else adores.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. Linda, I wish it wasn’t so common. There are plenty of husbands who know their wife’s dark side as well….

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  10. Nobbinmaug says:

    That’s why those “clumsy” excuses are accepted. People only see what they want to see.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sharp comment. Acknowledging the truth is messy.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    A good take on the prompt, via the distorted image of the mirror. I hope Carla can escape to a place of safety.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Penny, thank you. I hope so too.

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  12. notestowomen says:

    This was a very well told and somber tale, Lisa. Unfortunately for Carla because her husband is so likable and lauded with praise, who would believe her if she were to disclose that he abused her?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know you know the dynamic from reading some of your stories. Exactly! Abusers so often build that protective buffer and act without fear of accountability. They also are never prepared for when the victim/target decides to leave. I think that’s why victims/targets are most at risk when the abuser’s illusion of omnipotence is shattered.

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  13. Nice though certainly sad twist – a perfect tale of how looks can be deceiving. One wonders how many jerks like Morgan are out there, receiving all this praise from people who have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors – or don’t want to know!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You might be shocked at how many, Christian. And Morgan can be any gender, race, religion, etc.

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      1. Good point, I suppose there are also abusive wives. And, yes, abuse isn’t limited to any race or religion either.

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  14. draliman says:

    Behind closed doors… 😦

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  15. jenne49 says:

    The ‘good’, the bad and the ugly… And all in one person. Great twist, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jenne, thank you for reading and your wonderful comment.

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  16. memadtwo says:

    As someone noted, behind closed doors…the death of one partner often sheds an entirely new light on the relationship and the person you thought you knew. (K)

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  17. Little do they know. I’d doubt they’d believe it anyway. Well done Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much and I agree.

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  18. plaridel says:

    sadly, it happens. such is life.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      such is life for a deceitful abuser and their targets, yes

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  19. Very well done and very realistic, alas. So many times the ones who terrorize at home are admired by others outside of the home.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Na’ama.

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  20. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Sounds like something “extra” may go into the breakfast that morning… and Morgan will cease to be.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL I like the way your mind works, Max.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I have a dark one…or so I’m told.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Speaking of dark, I kept trying on the TZS2 at the library and it is now waiting for me there. I will pick it up today or Monday. Life is good 🙂

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            You are having to work for them…I hope you like them!

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  21. James McEwan says:

    , and only hurts the ones who really matter. Brute.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, James. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  22. This is so sad, true hypocrisy. The dual personality of an abuser. Very will written!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thank you.

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  23. GHLearner says:

    That is so well told, gives me the chills. ‘He was such a great guy, didn’t think he had it in him’ is a phrase we hear all too often.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gah.

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  24. Michael says:

    It is a shame that his phone does not shatter, like the mirror on the wall

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    1. msjadeli says:

      YES, I wish they would.

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooooo so evil. This was delicately written. The man of the people hides a dark secret. Creepy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie!

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  26. Brilliantly written, this is eactly how it can be. It makes you shudder to think this is going on in so many homes.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Michael, much appreciated thanks, for your compliment and for understand how prevalent it is.

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  27. I like the build up of his admirable attributes smashed by the cruel truth. Sadly recognizable I think.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your feedback, WWM.

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