This was (and is) always my worst fear with my kids. I never took my eyes off them for a second, to the point that some people said I was smothering them. I didn’t care. My kids are now 23, 17, and 16 and I still don’t let them go anywhere alone. They have to go in pairs. This world is just too insane not to have these types of safety measures in place.
It chills me to my bones to think that this little boy would be my age now. I don’t know what’s worse, his disappearance, or him never being found again. There’s no closure.
Very well written. Looking forward to reading more of your work!