For the first few months of marriage, Daud was good to Amber. She was happy, expecting; everything was perfect. However, discovering his affair, she screamed, slammed doors, and yelled. Amber couldn’t believe he would cheat on her. Daud walked out didn’t return for a week, nor answered her calls. His silence frustrated Amber. However, she wasn’t aware that the spell-bounding but unstoppable power of courage was contagious.
Amber let Daud’s emotional abuse go when he returned. She tolerated his cruelties. Amber was scared to talk about him cheating her. Daud was still disloyal in marriage but didn’t bring it up. Months later, Daud grabbed Amber’s throat. He said that she was crazy and pushed him towards cheating. He pushed her into the wall. In Daud’s absence, Amber felt unwanted, helpless, powerless, and weak.
Unaware that the spell-bounding but unstoppable power of courage was contagious, Amber couldn’t confront him. Daud became angrier after they had their first child. He didn’t like her keeping the house untidy, or placing dinners late on tables. Amber wanted to check her son 1 night.
Daud: ‘Get back into bed.’
Amber: ‘I should check Ali.’
He screamed: ‘Get back now!’
Grabbing Amber’s hair, Daud threw her back. He punched her face when she tried to escape. Amber heard Ali’s cries feeling immense pain helplessly. After 5 years of abuse, Amber felt trapped. She couldn’t survive with a kid alone.
Daud spanked Ali hard 1 day. He cried painfully but couldn’t sit properly. Amber couldn’t tolerate Daud abusing Ali. She left searching for safer places. Daud looked for Amber initially but gave up eventually. Amber believed no one deserves a fearful unhappy life. New lives made her realize that the spell-bounding but unstoppable power of courage was contagious.
By Sumaiyah Ali