Anna Maria knew that her situation was getting worse and that if something or someone did not happen to help her soon, she might not survive. She estimated that she had been locked up in a dark cellar for about a month, where only once a day she reached her captor with a little water and a hard loaf of bread, which barely managed to calm her hunger momentarily, but then made her empty stomach feel worse. She had not seen the sunlight in that time.
She had not bathed, and she longed madly to breathe less stuffy air, but everything now seemed so far away that the memories were already blurred and she raved at times believing that the life she missed was just a dream. She never imagined she could be in a situation like this and did not understand how she had reached this point.
The only thing that kept her sane was to try to remember herself before all that. Anna Maria was a young lawyer with a promising career ahead of her, with important goals and a willpower that had always put her in the first place. In every place she was in, her selfesteem was enviable and she seemed to always have luck on her side, for there was nothing she set out to do that she could not accomplish.