Only a word, and yet... it makes me feel tiny. Suddenly it is as if I could merely see the sunlight at mouth of the cave behind the teeth of which I am locked away. My self shrinks. I feel it pull at my outside, making me even smaller, trying to make me disappear. Part of me is hiding in the dark, out in plain sight. And now it dawns on me: I am making myself the victim. Breath by breath, I close the gaps between core and skin. The secret to life: Keep breathing, the pain will go away.