As she looked down at the small charge grasping her hand she knew she had made the right decision. Leaving the UK for a brand new life in Australia was frightening but something she had to do.
Charlotte felt guilty for taking her sister’s and her niece’s passport, but there was no other way. The tiny girl holding her hand had been systematically abused by all adults she had spent any time with. It took weeks of coaxing for Lily to finally speak, then trust Charlotte. As a social worker she came into contact with many abused children but Lily tugged at her heart more than the others.
The sale of her parents’ house had given her the funds she needed to leave the country with Lily. It was going to be difficult, but they had two changes of clothes each and with money in her pocket they would be fine.