Young and naive Maria never realized that she was getting abused.
Once, she was badly beaten, on that evening she gave birth to her daughter. I was there at a hospital and on seeing her red rimmed eyes and swollen face, I couldn’t control my tears.
On that night, sitting beside her bed, I tried to make her realize that she had to take a decision. Maria remained hopeful and coming days proved that my fears were right.
Her husband never appeared.
Turning a new page in her life, Maria started to go back to her college and after that she never looked back.
It’s been more than twelve years and today I met a different person. The famous lawyer of a country welcomed me. I met her beautiful daughter and remained there for some time.
I was about to leave when she embraced me and said, “I’ll always remain thankful to you”.
While, I gently took her hands and replied , “No, Maria it was you who took that decision. The mountain of success is difficult to climb and you made it to the peak. You are brave and I’m proud of you.”
The story is my submission to Sunday Photo Fiction.