Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and fifth piece in this series. This week’s is a 495-worder by Jane Risdon. This story will be podcasted in episode 33 (with two other stories and some 6-worders) on Sunday 3rd November.
For the last three years she had lived another life, had buried her real self taking on the mantle of a hardened Madam, a trafficker of girls, the worst kind of criminal and, for the umpteenth time, she had fought nausea as she negotiated with the Eastern European.
Her control back at the command centre had shown concern the last time they’d met. He could see the physical and mental toll this assignment was having on her, but they were committed now; there was no going back. The team had spent too long infiltrating the organisation and she was their only hope. During the time she had been under cover she had alerted them to more shipments of girls than he cared to recall, and the risk had grown with her every betrayal.
She knew it was only a matter of time before they rumbled her and her life wouldn’t be worth a fig if the team were unable to protect her and extradite her at exactly the right moment. The latest shipment had arrived at Heathrow only hours before and were already on their way to a secret location in London where there would be an auction of the girls, some as young as eight, and where the special unit of police would be waiting to raid them. Her message had been received and the team was ready for any trouble which might ensue.
Marko eyed her from the bed as she gathered her clothes and prepared to shower and dress. He didn’t trust her anymore, she seemed nervous and remote these days and his gut didn’t feel right; she didn’t feel right. For a long time he’d had suspicions, she seemed to be softening towards the girls under her control, and he was debating whether to remove her from her role as Madam of the main whorehouse which she’d run so successfully. Too many things had been going wrong lately. Too many shipments had been discovered and although he had managed to remain more or less anonymous and untouchable, he knew his luck would run out unless he acted soon. Was it her? He hoped it wasn’t but he would soon know; the trap was set. If the latest consignment of girls was discovered, and raided, he would know.
She lingered in the bathroom, fully dressed, senses heightened. Marko had been a bit distant and had appeared suspicious of her movements all week. He seemed to make a point of repeating the instructions for the latest intake of girls – where they would be, even giving her more detail than usual about on-line bidders. Something wasn’t right. She needed to contact control. Marko’s kiss goodbye seemed final somehow.
As she pulled the door gently towards her, the phone rang. She hesitated, listening to the conversation, her ear against the door; terror gripped her as she heard his words. As she turned, a strong pair of arms grabbed her and she screamed.
I asked Jane what prompted this piece and she said…
This was written for my writing group monthly competition recently. It is a heavy topic, not pleasant at all, and inspired by the recent events in England concerning the trafficking of young girls into the country from overseas. These girls thought they were coming here for gainful employment, only to find themselves imprisoned and forced into prostitution.
I was also inspired by the recent court case in Oxford, where Asian men had groomed girls, some as young as 11, and used them as prostitutes, selling them to men from all over the country; getting them hooked on alcohol and drugs, alienating them from their families and virtually imprisoning their free will and physical beings.
The story has gained a lot of interest from my readers and I have received many requests to write some more; asking what happened next and what happened to this character or that – so I may well write more – in instalments, when I get time.
It is a difficult topic to write about and not to everyone’s taste I appreciate, but I do hope you enjoy it and give me your feedback. If / when I write some more I will let you know. I need to gird my loins in order to take it further. It won’t be that much fun to write I am sure and will require a lot of research if I am to do it justice.
Thank you, Jane. Research is always vital because someone will be only too glad to correct you, but I’d say researching this would be very interesting, although disturbing.
Jane Risdon began writing seriously three years ago after a life spent in the International Music Industry where she managed recording artists, record producers and songwriters from all over the world.
Putting her own wishes to write on hold throughout her Music career had unseen benefits in that she has garnered a wealth of material for her stories. She now has time to write crime and mysteries and has three novels on the go at the moment. Another is a co-written novel with an award winning author and which she hopes will be published in 2014.
Jane has also had short stories published in various anthologies in aid of charity and has another anthology due out in 2014 involving authors from across the globe. She also writes flash fiction and her short stories and flash fiction stories have been published and pod-cast on the internet frequently. These stories are often, but not always, crime related and she often writes humorous short stories based on her observations of characters she has met or knew in the past – heavily disguised of course.
Married to a musician and being involved in the Music Industry for many years, travelling and living in many countries including SE Asia, China, USA and Europe, Jane draws on all her experiences for her writing.
You can find out more about Jane and her writing from:
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- Author Blog on WordPress: http://janerisdon.wordpress.com
- Various publications and podcasts: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/?s=Jane+Risdon
- I Am Woman Anthology vol 1 available: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Woman-Anthology-Anthologies-ebook/dp/B00817P8DI / http://www.amazon.com/The-Woman-Anthology-Anthologies-ebook/dp/B00817P8DI
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