The Boyhood Home
For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 March 2017
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.