PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young
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.
Word Count: 100
Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.