Vanquished ~ Saving her A Novel by Nasreen Akther. _________________________________________ She was a baby. Yearning for sweet caress. Deprived of her mother's warmth. She was a child Dreamt to be held by her father. Only to be neglected by him. She was a toddler. Caring and affectionate. Only to be pushed around by everyone. She was an innocent soul. Waiting for her soul mate. But he was a beast. She loved him. Accepted him as who he was. Only to be tortured by him in return. Still she thought that he loved her. Trusted him to keep her safe. Only to be snatched by a devil. She screamed for help. She begged for mercy. But her cries only brought out punishments. Still she had hope. Waiting for her beast to save her. But he never came. Thus arose a Broken soul. A sign of cruelty of this world. Engulfed in darkness. The beast felt guilty. He wanted to reprimand his actions. He wanted her forgiveness. He tried to make her happy. Only to realize that she lacked a smile. He tried to be her safe haven. But she feared him the most. He tried to fix her. But she was shattered to her core. She is Pearl. The Vanquished. He is Xvesh. The one won't give up on her.