Title: Independence
Prompt: 094. "Independence"
Word Count: 100

"Aw, c'mon, Ma. Lemme go already." The young boy with the thatch of golden hair squirms out of his mother's grasp and makes a grab for his schoolbag.

His mother makes a chiding noise, straightening his collar. "Now you come straight home."

"Yeah, Ma, I will." He shoulders his bag and flashes her that brilliant grin that is so like his father's. Then he turns and bolts out the front door.

Martha Smith unconsciously follows him, peering out from behind the curtains of the front window – and watches as her small son walks to school alone for the first time.

A/N: Greetings and salutations! What you see before you is the ever-growing product of my love for Hannibal, my utter lack of common sense, and my pathological aversion to doing my homework. As a participant in the fanfic100 challenge at LiveJournal dot com, my goal is to write one hundred stories all featuring Hannibal Smith. As an added personal challenge to myself, I'm trying to make each story exactly 100, 200, 300, 400, or 500 words in length. At present I'm about halfway to the goal of 100 stories. Some of them I've posted separately already, ten of them make up the chapters in my fic "Scenes From a Balcony" -- and this is where I'll be putting the rest.