I might have to change that final word count, because I'm at 25% and that was only the first chapter.
Anyway, I'm starting to hit those walls and I need to get some opinions. No, not on the story itself. I'm still flirting with the idea of leaving parts of it when I do these entries. I'm leaning against it, mostly because I'm so thrilled to be writing right now, I really don't want to find out that it's a steaming hunk of crap until I either finish it or give it up. I'd prefer to finish it. Even if it is horrible crap, at least it will prove I can cary through with something.
So, lets talk about
First of all, I will say that I'm asking for this input, only from the POV of writing fiction. Nothing I say here has any reflection on any plans in my life or the life of anyone else I know. This is all speculation about fictional people.
If you look up kidnapping on the internet, you'll find a lot out about it. And, when it comes to kids, most of the kidnapping is done because of the non-custodial spouse deciding they don't like that idea so they take the kid and run off with him/her.
There have been countless studies, etc. done about this, and pretty much everything I found talked about how bad it is. How the person who takes the child has little to no concern for the child, they are merely doing it for control of the other person. Apparently these taken kids often wind up abused by the parent who takes them. Or, at the very least, they end up feeling abandoned. Quite often, the child is told that the custodial parent is dead. Their names are changed, their hair sometimes dyed or appearance altered in some way. To be honest, it seems like in most cases, the kid goes from an okay to good situation, right into something bad. And it takes its toll. I am not condoning kidnapping here, or saying it is right. It's wrong, it's very wrong.
However, what if someone did take their own child because they really did believe it was best for the child, and in most ways it was best for the child?
I'm not going to say the person who did the taking is wonderful for doing it. I'm not saying he/she is doing the right thing, that's not my place. But, what if the parent really did suspect (with good reason) the child was being abused? And, as it turned out all the suspitions were correct. What if the parent took the child with every intention of providing them a better life, a better environment to grow, and actually did that. I'm not talking a life of Disneyland and icecream... but at least a life where the kid was cared for properly, loved, and watched over. A relatively "normal" environment, compared to one of neglect and abuse.
Do you think, in the long run, the child would be better off for having been "taken?" That once the child was safely away from the abusive parent that he/she would beging to respond to this new, improved life? And, when all was said and done, actually be glad it happened?
Or, do you think the child would be messed up beyond hope, just for being ripped out of the environment she/he knew, to go off with someone who is pretty much a stranger? That even though the situation left behind was far worse, that nothing the kidnapper can do will ever get the child over the shock of being taken?
I'm not looking for scientific proof, although if anyone does have any studies, or knows where any studies about situations like this can be found, please let me know, I'd love to research it with some real case studies. But, I'm looking for what people think too. What does your gut say?
Oh yeah, we're not talking about a baby here... we're talking about a child. 7-8 years old.
One last time... I am not talking about a real life situation, at least not one I'm aware of. Nor, am I in any way trying to say I condone kidnapping. I'm asking if people think that while it wasn't the best solution, in the long run, could kidnapping a child be a better alternative then letting them stay in a hostile environment.
So, what does your gut tell you?