Water gives life. It also takes it away.
Write a short piece - fiction or non-fiction - inspired by one or both of these statements.
The boy walked through the double doors. Head down. Behind him came his grandfather.
The old man spoke quietly with the officer behind the counter. After a moment, they were escorted to a small room. A table. Four chairs. Three men. One, authoritative, in blue shirt and black trousers One barely old enough to be called a young man. The third, an old man, becoming older.
After prompting by the officer, the boy began to tell his story. Tears coursing down his soft cheeks, bringing to life the betrayal.
He told of the neighbors. How he took care of their yard work. How they always gave him a soda and snack. Asked him about school. His plans. His life. Paid him when he'd finished. Pat on the back. Until next week.
How he'd jimmied the back door. Just like he'd been shown. Eased into the kitchen. Going through drawers. Looking for cash.
Into dining room. The good silver in the china cabinet. He'd been told it was worth something.
On the table, a gift wrapped package. The tag.
"Happy Birthday Jeff!"
They had bought him a present. For his birthday the next day.
How the lights suddenly came on. The gasp of surprise.
The gasp of pain as he ran by, pushing the old woman down. The sound of something hard hitting something hard.
The gasp of pain when she slapped his face. Called him names. Told him how worthless he was. Coming home empty handed. After all she'd taught him. All she'd done for him. How she'd wasted her life on him. How he'd ruined her birthday plans for him.
The officer asked more questions. Kept his voice in check. Kept his stomach in check.
Then the boy is taken away.
A few questions for the old man.
How he'd walked into the room to see his daughter hit her son.
How he'd heard the things she called the boy.
How she'd forgotten her father had recently moved in with them.
How he hoped his neighbor would be alright.
The officer left the room.
The old man sat still. Tears coursing down his leathered cheeks, for the family he used to have.