Friday, January 17, 2014

Fatherly Duty

Copyright - Erin Leary

He leaned heavily on the fence rail and allowed the fatigue, desperation and fear he’d kept so tightly in check for the last two days to consume him. Staring at the muddy, overflowing banks of the river, he couldn’t help but wonder if its icy waters had consumed his only daughter in just such a paralyzing manner.

She’d been missing…alone and unprotected for far too long for him to harbor any hope of finding her alive and well. But, as a father, he could do no less than everything his mind and body could withstand to bring his baby home.

This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction photo prompt. 


  1. He's going through a bad time. Hope he finds her. Grippingly told.

  2. This story is hitting home today. This autistic kid has been missing for 15 weeks today. We are getting reports that shoes and clothes resembling him has turned up near the East River. They are finding pieces of a body. Your story is eerie realistic,

  3. Oh the desperation for the father acting just as any other father would. He's not going to quit searching for her and you can't blame him. So very sad and very emotional - good job! Nan

  4. Great job, dripping in despair :)

  5. How sad - I hope it doesn't end as badly as he fears.