THE NARRATIVE ARC

I Needed a Mentor. Instead, I Became an Accomplice

It would be nearly a decade before I realized what was happening to me

David Rhoades
The Narrative Arc
Published in
7 min readMar 28, 2024

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A well-worn drum set with a pair of drumsticks resting on it.
Photo by Matthijs Smit on Unsplash || This photo will make sense later.

Looking back, what struck me wasn’t the harshness of the words — my mentor was often verbally abusive — but how they seemed to come out in a single screech.

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David Rhoades
The Narrative Arc

Working class writer, editor, and photographer. Journalist for Socialist Alternative. Writes essays, horror, and science fiction.