This 100 word story was inspired by the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt by Madison Woods:
This story is a follow up to Sins of a Father. You should probably read that one first, if you haven’t already. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
When Hope Dies
Beyond the barbed wire fence, he paced countless miles to pass the endless hours of night. When dawn finally glinted on the horizon, he bolted into the tree line.
Not long now.
Sitting amongst the fern, back propped against a fallen oak, he watched the ground with fading hope as sunrise came and went. Tears streamed down his cheeks, carving canyons through the caked on grime.
The unwelcome task of digging the girl back up began five minutes later.
He returned to his truck, daughter cradled in his arms, anger nestled in his heart, vengeance clawing at his fractured mind