This is the 27th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Saviour’s End: Part One, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 26th December 2012
Word count: 997
Theme: action, kids, protector, deceit, assassins, protection
Jackson wished he could leave him, just leave and never look back, but he couldn’t. He had made a promise, “Look after this man, with your life if you have to,” his father as he lay dying in a pool of his own blood.
Now he was shepherding the guy with no usable skills through London’s seedy underside. They couldn’t go to the authorities, they couldn’t rely on friends, only on each other – which amounted to only on Jackson.
Jackson spent the days searching for food, and drink, trying to survive, while he just sat there too out of it to be useful. Occasionally he would come round enough to cook what Jackson brought home, but it was rare.