Caroline was to marry Old Man Jenkins.
Her parents would receive a large sum of money, enough to pay off their years of frivolous debauchery. Her father screamed that she would do her duty, then passed out. It was the least that Caroline could do, her mother slurred, after all they'd done for her. Then gin took her consciousness as well.
Her parents had always treated her like the meal ticket she was, and nothing more. Caroline couldn't think of anything to justify a claim of familial duty. Not even a single hug.
Caroline escaped from it all that night.
Go try the 100 Word Challenge over at Tara's Thin Spiral Notebook. The word this week was 'duty'.