Here is a brief excerpt for Invisible by Jeanne Bannon:
Charlie pauses and taps her pursed lips. The wheels are turning. "Stand up," she says and I do. "Okay, think about what happened to you today. Bring back those feelings of anger and embarrassment. How did it feel when Nino called you a pig? Or was it a hippo?"
Unexpected tears well in my eyes and I feel my cheeks redden with her words. Right now I just want the feelings to go away, not re-live them. I begin to protest but Charlie waves me quiet.
"I think it has something to do with your mental state, either anger or embarrassment or both," she says, pacing around me in a tiny orbit; the wheels still turning.
Maybe Charlie's looking for proof. She doesn't really believe me and won't until she sees it for herself. So, resigned, I close my eyes and sink back into the trauma of the day. The taunts, the vulgar names, echo through my head, as real and hurtful as the moment they were so callously hurled at me, making me want to shrink into a compact ball of nothingness. I feel the blow to the back of my head and my heart jackhammers against my rib cage. I see Jon and that's the worst of it, because I know he sees me too. He's witnessing my nothingness, my worthlessness, my shame.
"Oh my God!" Charlie shouts.
My eyes snap open. "What?"
"You...you...you flickered," she exclaims, a hand over her open mouth.
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