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Crown’s Plank (one) Solitary Confinement

Tobi could feel the minuscule twitching of the muscles just outside the outline of her lips. Her mind flashed to images of some sadistic puppeteer pulling the thin threads of her nerves until the curl of her mouth was curiously morbid. She imagined she could see a...

Crown’s Plank (two) The Labyrinth and Midnight

Tobi’s past constructed itself as a labyrinth in her mind. This labyrinth was in constant twilight with wind that whipped tall, evergreen hedges that made up the walls of its gnarled pathways. She was always in a sprint through the maze. Her mind’s eye saw...
Crown’s Plank (three) Compulsion

Crown’s Plank (three) Compulsion

Tobi wondered what time it was.  She dared not move from her seat to ask.  She had already learned the painful lesson that getting up and speaking were not options and that if she had a need, she was to sit quietly and wait for it to pass.  No one cared about her...

Crown’s Plank (four) Luminous Cries

Typically, these groups were held indoors. Unless… a penance was necessary. Breach of the rules at Crown’s Plank had many consequences, each depended on the infraction and the example that was to be made of the culprit. If an offense was such that it was...

Crown’s Plank (five) Submitting to Memory

The thought of her father brought with it, as always, crippling desolation.  Tobi’s grief over her father was such that she had not cried for him once since he had died.  Her heartache simply couldn’t be expressed through tears.  A stone lay in her stomach...

Crown’s Plank (six) Shanty Town Floor

The conversation looped. Each time it thrummed inside Tobi’s skull, her grief slipped a little further back to make way for her fury. Her breathing became labored and erratic, her eyes scanning the floor for anything sharp. She would prefer a carpenter’s...

Crown’s Plank (seven) Dissecting Leer

Despite her frantic search, Tobi could find nothing with which to unleash her demons. Each individual second spent with her own lies burrowed itself savagely into her skin like a bloodthirsty parasite. She prayed to thin air that she wasn’t being watched. She...

Crown’s Plank (eight) Translucent Cubes

Tobi could sense Miss Antonina inwardly shouting for obedience as she stood before her at the top of the stairs.  She tried to keep her lids from closing as she raised her chin to meet the Mistress’s eye, but was unable to remain in control when the nearly...

Crown’s Plank (nine) Guise of Strength

Tobi heard whispering coming from the other girls. They had gathered in the living room, beside the stairs, in a huddle where they waited anxiously to see what would happen next. Instantly, rage thundered inside her. Violent colors exploded beneath Tobi’s...

Crown’s Plank (ten) To The Stream

Tobi turned to the others and swept her eyes over them, daring them to hurt her with their contempt. “I’m sorry guys, I guess because of me we don’t get to go to bed yet.” The other girls knew better than to retort.  That was exactly what Miss...