TO A BETTER PLACE
“I’ll vouch for her,” he said, striding towards the desk, his eyes firmly fixed on the police officer, “she was with us all night.”
Her eyes opened wide when she turned and saw who it was. The tall thin man, wearing a black pin-striped suit, looked up from the policeman and glared at her from across the room.
“I think you’ll find all is in order with the paperwork, officer.”
“Yes, all looks in order, erm…Dr Schimberg.”
The officer looked over to where she was sitting, “Miss Jane Wild, you’re free to leave now.”
Dr Schimberg held out a hand, “Come now, Jane. Let’s take you home.”
Walking her down the deserted hospital corridor, he said, “The servitude we have bestowed, and you repay us this way. Well, I assure you, this will never happen again.”
He took out a bunch of keys and unlocked the door to her dingy room.
Pushing her into the gloom, he said, “Never again, Jane. I will personally see to it that you never get out of here….ever!”
Jane heard the key turn in the lock, followed by his footsteps echoing on the tiled corridor floor. She slumped down on her metal bed and opened her handbag, lifting out the very thing she had left for.
The lamp that sat on the table in the corner was flickering, as if waiting for the bulb to blow. On the floor, a piece of burnt aluminium foil laid next to the dying body of nineteen year old Jane Wild. There was only so much physical, sexual and psychological abuse a body could take, and her frail body could take no more.
She would soon become just another statistic on the social services computer system. Another victim let down by the failure of the very authority that was supposed to look after her.
The syringe hanging out of the crook of her arm had administered the lethal overdose that it was meant to, and was now taking Jane to a better place. A peaceful place where she would come to no more harm.
Originally inspired by Lily Childs’ Friday Prediction.
This is my first official entry in the Friday Flash club, which was started by J.M. Strother. Check it out at his site Mad Utopia.
You know the drill……….