She learned early on that to too many, her value would only lie in whether she was capable of matching and meeting their expectations for perfection, whatever that might be, and it took utter destruction brought on by her need to be everything to everyone and her failure to do so to teach her that perfection is an impossible place to reach.

So she quit trying and closed the doors.

Why let anyone past her defenses when everyone seemed to expect her to become their ideal?

So she did everything she could to barricade herself away from the dangers of the world and from the dangers of feeling too much for anyone who might try to impose their will on her; after all, she couldn’t very well lose her will if she didn’t lose her heart…

Sammie Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt

Use the word “barricade” and write a piece of poetry or prose in exactly 136 words.

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