Screams from inside forced the woman – visitor, friend – through to the master bedroom. She froze before the scene.
“No-” a child, face of horror, backed away from the bed, “I tried to stop…it wouldn’t- let me…”
On the bed, the child’s mother gasped for breath, “knew…I shouldn’t have-” she clutched her throat, blood spilling out over her silken bed-shirt, “have- kept you.”
“Please-” the child sobbed, tears streaming, “it made me…”
Something snapped inside the onlooker, she ran to embrace the child.
“I’ve got you,” she said, “I’ll never let her hurt you again.”
And the child breathed.
© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner
February 25 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word frozen. It can be descriptive, character focused, action driven. Go out onto the ice and find a frozen story. Go where the prompt leads!