Finally Free by janetchui
"News arrived that he was dead. Her heart understood, even before her head did, that she was no longer bound to the hateful old man who had stolen her youth and imprisoned her in this house, with its striped wallpaper like the inside of a cage. The door was open. She loosed the gold band from her finger and savored the feel of its weight falling away. She was free."
My entry for the "Finally Free" epilogue forum contest!