Debra kept the door closed on Zoe's bedroom during the summer because she couldn't bear how empty the house felt with her daughter away. Zoe had been spending summers with her father every year since her parents divorced when she was three, and each time it meant stressful weeks before and after as she tried to cope with these transitions in her life. Zoe had seemed particularly anxious as summer approached this year, and she came home distant and upset, getting into fights with her younger brothers and bursting into tears over the smallest things. Reality came crashing down when a social worker showed up at the door with a report that Zoe had told a teacher her father was molesting her. Debra felt her heart shatter in a million pieces, and she vowed that no matter what it took, he would never see Zoe again.
I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin at Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "empty"