The Boyhood Home

March 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 March 2017

J. Hardy Carroll

Photo Credit: J. Hardy Carroll

It was the house where his father took him when his mother passed away.

Being the child of the other woman, Ben suffered abuse and rejection from his stepmother and half-siblings.

Right after high school graduation, his military father said there was nothing more he could do for him and suggested that he join the Marines. It was a decision that would turn his life around.

“You can have it,” said the stepmother who had moved to another state and remarried after his father died in Vietnam.

“For how much?” Ben asked thinking he’d rebuild if the price was right.

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dale  |  March 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    He should have it for free…

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      dale:

      that would be nice, but i doubt it.

      Reply
  • 3. Sandra  |  March 23, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Sounds like a plan.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      sandra:

      if the stepmother budges, it will be.

      Reply
  • 5. rgayer55  |  March 23, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I doubt the wicked stepmother will give him a discount.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      russell:

      she probably won’t. she reminds him of her departed husband’s indiscretion.

      Reply
  • 7. draliman  |  March 23, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I bet after his experiences in the marines he’ll be more than a match for his stepmother during negotiations!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      draliman:

      it could well be.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  March 23, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I hope he’s able to get the house. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  March 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      rochelle:

      that would be nice, indeed.

      Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  March 23, 2017 at 6:15 am

    The positive side of the military career. Glad he turned his life around, a good positive take.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      iain:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 13. michael1148humphris  |  March 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    That’s a different outcome to what I was expecting.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      michael:

      i didn’t have the heart to make it worse.

      Reply
      • 15. michael1148humphris  |  March 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

        So pleased,

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        • 16. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm

          michael:

          great! 🙂

          Reply
  • 17. Christine Goodnough  |  March 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    A neat little tale. Too many true stories read like this. Reminds me of the life of haiku poet Issa but he had to fight for his father’s property.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      christine:

      actually, it was based on my friend’s situation. i just fictionalized it a little bit.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 24, 2017 at 4:53 am

    He deserves it.

    Click to read my story

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    • 20. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      keith:

      rightly so.

      Reply
  • 21. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  March 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I wasn’t sure what he was rebuilding, I choose to think a new life for himself not just a house.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      life lessons of a dog lover:

      how perceptive of you. that’s what i was trying to convey.

      Reply
  • 23. gahlearner  |  March 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    It should be partly his inheritance, so it would be only fair if he got it at a good price. Sadly not an unheard-of situation, with the first child treated badly.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  March 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      gahlearner:

      that’s very true.

      Reply
  • 25. Sarah Ann  |  March 26, 2017 at 3:38 am

    So much story. Hopefully he’ll have the wherewithal to build away the unhappy memories.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  March 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      sarah ann:

      that’s the idea. to rebuild what was broken.

      Reply
  • 27. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I hope he can have it… a great turnaround. I hope he find the stash of gold his father hid.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  March 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      björn:

      that would be nice. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. yuhublogger  |  March 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

    So, does he get it? I hope he does!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  March 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      yuhu:

      still under negotiation. 🙂

      Reply
      • 31. yuhublogger  |  March 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        Ha Ha! Hope he gets it though!

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        • 32. plaridel  |  March 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

          yuhu:

          hope springs eternal. 🙂

          Reply
  • 33. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  March 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I hope he gets a fair price.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  March 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      dawn:

      that’s what he’s hoping for.

      Reply
  • 35. Michael Wynn  |  March 28, 2017 at 2:51 am

    It should be his by rights but it sounds as if there’s a bit of negotiation to do. Hope he gets it.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  March 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      mick:

      that’s what he hopes, too. 🙂

      Reply

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