This idea has been knocking around in my head for a while, but I wasn't able to find the right set of pictures to make it work. And if I'm honest, I was a little intimidated by the amount of work it would take to get it right. But a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give it a shot, and after a lot of trial and error, I had an acceptable set of pictures. Of course, I had to find more as the story took shape, but I had a good foundation.
The story itself is a little different than my normal fare. Fair warning: it doesn't have a particularly happy ending because I don't think it's reasonable to expect someone in the antagonist's situation to come out of it without quite a few problems. Still, the "bad" stuff is confined to the last frame, so if you're averse to that sort of thing, read up until the second-to-last frame, and pretend it ends there.
Anyway, here's the story: