The look in Korey’s eyes was unfamiliar. His eyes were those of a savage and I tried to reason with him, right there on the streets in the wee hours of the morning. Tears filled my eyes and frogs crowded my throat as I tried to explain myself.

Korey smiled, grabbed my chin, squeezed it harder than necessary and said, “We good,” and planted a wet kiss on my lips. He grabbed my wrist tight, almost yanking me four city blocks to the subway station.

On my ride home, my mind reeled. I couldn’t figure out what the heck just happened. Two things are for certain–my boo put his hands on me in a forceful way and I saw a separate part of his personality that scared me. The fact that he’s able to flip from one to the other and they’re so opposite of one another, terrifies me.

We’re only three weeks in, but I know that I truly like Korey. I want to keep him in my life, but I don’t want to end up as a battered woman. This seems like the types of stories they tell and they always end up staying with the aggressor, despite his anger and abuse issues.

I don’t want to assume the worst in Korey, but I also don’t want to give him a free pass to act in an aggressive way to me because I didn’t nip it in the bud.

What do you do with red flags when you first start dating someone? Do you ignore them and stay in the budding relationship or do you get out and dodge a bullet?

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