This post is for both the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy and last week’s Tale Weaver prompt from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. The Tale Weaver prompt is the sending of an SOS. I hope you like it.
Worth the Risk
Casey froze, her heart racing as the opening door shrieked disapproval. She held her breath, clutching the crumpled paper close. Please, please don’t wake up, she silently begged.
When the old man’s snores continued to drone, she relaxed and continued outside.
Responsibility weighed heavily upon her. If he woke up and caught her, everything would be lost. She knew it was a risk – knew the consequences were she caught – but the little ones’ teary eyes and hollow cheeks had become too much to bear.
Tomorrow the truck would be sold to someone in the distant town. As she slipped the note beneath the seat she prayed the new owner would find it. This was their only hope of rescue.
Casey was almost back to the bare room she shared with the other children when she registered the silence. His flabby figure loomed over her.
“Why the hell are you up?” he demanded, heavy hand knocking her to the floor.
When the police knocked on the door two days later, she smiled. Every bruise had been worth it.
Word Count: 175
I’d originally intended to write this from the viewpoint of the character finding Casey’s message in the truck but I just couldn’t get it to work! Even this version of the story has been a nightmare to fit into 175 words. I’m still not entirely happy with it but without having an extra 100 or so words I don’t think I can make it work any better.
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