A Policeman’s Lot



Inspector Crow finished his report, stretched and sighed heavily.   Teenager Rachel, a runaway, trying to escape a life of physical abuse, had run recklessly into substance addiction, prostitution and ultimately more physical abuse.

He’d seen it before and wondered, pointlessly, how to prevent another tragedy.  He was tired of mopping up the consequences, weary to the core of troubled lives ending in violent deaths.

The problem, as he saw it, began at home.

If only her mum had been strong enough to intervene.

If only her brother hadn’t abused her.

As he left his desk, his phone rang.

Another case…

Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.



38 thoughts on “A Policeman’s Lot

  1. Rowena says:

    Very well-written, Clare. You told the same old story through the eyes of the same old detective and yet it was fresh and vibrant and I could see him setting up this scene to create some kind of prevention campaign.
    I wonder what stops people from stepping in. Why don’t they speak up? All too often, you only see the consequences.
    xx Rowena

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