Once again, I’m sneaking into the 100 Word Song Prompt, just before the deadline. This week’s inspiration is The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s song, "Breaking the Girl". When I listened to the song I immediately thought of my character Karen and a moment from her childhood. You can read more of Karen’s story here.
Breaking the Girl
“Daddy? Is that you?” Karen whispered, rubbing the sleep from her eyes.
“Shhhh Princess,” he said. “You should be asleep.”
“A loud noise woke me up,” she said. “Daddy, why is your suitcase out? Are you going somewhere?”
“Daddy has to leave town for a few days Princess.”
“Like a business trip?”
“Something like that. You be good for Mum, okay?”
“Okay. I’ll miss you Daddy,” she wrapped her skinny arms around his neck.
Edmond touched his ten-year-old daughter’s wild curls. His throat ached with swallowed tears. This was for the best. They’d all be in danger if he stayed.