Hiking in the woods, the owners of a newly built cabin found a simple headstone bearing the inscription WILLIAM T. JAMES, BORN JULY 26, 1864 - DIED APRIL 19, 1873. Through research at the local Historical Society they learned that eight-year-old William had died while rescuing his mother and siblings from their burning cabin that had stood nearby. He had led them out one by one, but then collapsed, overcome by heat and oxygen deprivation, never to recover. Rumor had it that his father had started the fire in a drunken rage and then stumbled away into the woods and was never seen again. William's mother and sisters had moved away, leaving him behind, abandoned and forgotten until the night that lightning struck the new cabin, and the owners were awakened just in time to escape the flames by the terrifying screams of a small boy accompanied by someone unseen pounding on their windows and door.
I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin for Five Sentence Fiction where the writing prompt this week is "forgotten"