BEATING HEARTS: Stories of Domestic Violence


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We live way out in the country, and we find lots of stray animals. My husband won't let us keep any of them, though. He doesn't like animals.

One time me and my son — he was in the third grade then — we found a litter of kittens in the storage shed. They was so cute! There was five of them, all different. My son named every one of them. We loved those kittens!

But, one afternoon after school, we went out to see the kittens, and they were gone.

My husband took them, tied them up in a bag with some rocks in it, and threw it in our cistern. They all drowned.

He just couldn't stand that we loved those kittens.

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