Short Story: Under Three Minutes

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Helen Peters


A little girl is almost abducted in Covent Garden. It all happens so quickly.. in under three minutes.


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My friend and I were in London enjoying the pleasures of Covent Garden. We wandered into the adjoining covered market and decided to split up in order to brows the busy stalls at our own pace.

It was not long after this that I noticed a little girl wandering in the crowd. She was a pretty little thing, about eighteen months to two years old, with a mass of blonde curly hair and a sugar pink hooded coat. I watched and waited a second, expecting her mother to be directly behind, but there was no sign of her. The child, although quite unconcerned and happy, appeared to be completely alone in the throng of people. I am a mother myself, and have an all too painful memory of losing my daughter when she was about the same age in a shop. I can still recall the sense of blind panic and helplessness…

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