Keeping It In The Family

December 27, 2017 at 10:55 am 52 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 27 December 2017

Ted Strutz

Photo Credit: Ted Strutz
 
The familiar wheels dΓ©cor greeted Kevin as he approached the door.

When he was little, his father took him there to live with his family. Being a love child, he wasn’t well received and treated like a servant. When his father died, they kicked him out of the house.

At seventeen, he became homeless collecting recyclables to earn his keep. In spite of what they did to him, however, he was one who wouldn’t hold a grudge. He remained loyal to the only family he’d ever known.

Kevin came to tell them the big news. He just won the lottery.

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  • 1. James  |  December 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I won the lottery and guess what…you’re not getting any. Bye. πŸ˜‰

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      james:

      hey, that would be a suitable ending except that it would exceed the 100-word limit. πŸ™‚

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      • 3. James  |  December 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

        Comments are outside the word limit, so there. πŸ˜‰

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        • 4. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

          james:

          πŸ™‚

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  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  December 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I kinda hope he gives them a little to show he is kinder than they were to him, but also that he keeps most of it for himself!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      iain:

      kinder and better i suppose. πŸ™‚

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  • 7. Christine Goodnough  |  December 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, that will seriously change their attitude to him — at least for awhile.😍 Good story.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      christine:

      it’ll certainly do. but he better watch out. πŸ™‚

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  • 9. Moon  |  December 28, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I know two Kevin’s and they are wonderful human beings. It’s a happy coincidence for me that the Kevin in your story is just as great. We need more people like him .
    Wonderful story, Plaridel.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

      moon:

      actually, it was based on my friend’s true life story with some modifications.

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  • 11. rochellewisoff  |  December 28, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Dear Plaridel

    Kevin gave more loyalty than the family deserved. That says a lot about his character. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

      rochelle:

      he’s truly one of a kind. πŸ™‚

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  • 13. draliman  |  December 28, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Hopefully he tells them, has a laugh and then leaves again πŸ™‚

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

      draliman:

      it would be very tempting for him to do that. he’d get a kick out of it after being kicked out before. πŸ™‚

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  • 15. anuragbakhshi  |  December 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    … and they would not get a penny out of it πŸ™‚

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

      anurag:

      it’s possible. πŸ™‚

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  • 17. granonine  |  December 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I’ll bet they’ll love him like crazy now πŸ™‚

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      inda:

      who knows? it could be the start of a new beginning. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Kelvin M. Knight's blog  |  December 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    A full sweeping story, ending in a full sweep. Thanks, plaridel.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      kelvin:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 21. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Sharing might make them grateful… but I hope he keeps it for himself.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      bjΓΆrn:

      it might be wise to remind him of the saying that if you give someone an inch, he’ll demand a foot later.

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  • 23. Liz Young  |  December 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    They don’t deserve him, but at least by acting first he avoids that inevitable knock on the door.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      liz:

      you’re right on the money (pun intended.) πŸ™‚

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  • 25. Dale  |  December 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I’m hoping he’s not so “loyal” as to share his winnings with this horrid lot…

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    • 26. plaridel  |  December 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      dale:

      he might be having second thoughts. πŸ™‚

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  • 27. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 29, 2017 at 1:54 am

    A shame you ran out of words! I want to know what he did!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  December 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      keith:

      in the spirit of the holidays, it’ll remain a secret. πŸ™‚

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  • 29. michaelwynnauthor  |  December 29, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I hope he’s come to tell them then to walk away. As he bears no grudge he might share which would be against natural justice

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    • 30. plaridel  |  December 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      mick:

      i don’t doubt it… he’d thought about it. at the same time, learning to forgive could be liberating.

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  • 31. yarnspinnerr  |  December 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

    His loyalty is so touching.
    Happy 2018.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  December 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      yarnspinnerr:

      bless his heart, he has learned to move on. happy new year to you and your loved ones. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. Alicia Jamtaas  |  December 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Whoa! He is a faithful kind of guy!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  December 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      alicia:

      he looks like it, doesn’t he? Happy 2018! πŸ™‚

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  • 37. prior..  |  December 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    cool ending – unless the “lottery curse” takes him down a darker path (and studies have shown….) – ha

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    • 38. plaridel  |  December 31, 2017 at 9:35 am

      prior:

      yes, it’s wise that he hires a lawyer and a financial advisor to help take care of the money.

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      • 39. prior..  |  January 2, 2018 at 9:49 pm

        oh good – smart and wise is win win
        (and happy new year)

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        • 40. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 10:20 am

          prior:

          absolutely! πŸ™‚

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  • 41. rgayer55  |  December 30, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Poor Kevin. He’s been treated like the proverbial red-headed stepchild his whole life. Now the wheels of fate have turned in the other direction–sort of a Cinderella story. Perhaps he’ll open a home for children who have been mistreated.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  December 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

      russell:

      i agree. using the money to fund a home for abused children will be better than sharing it with his useless relatives.

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  • 43. Dawn M. Miller  |  December 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    We just love it when the dejected triumph!

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    • 44. plaridel  |  December 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

      dawn:

      it would be nice if it happens more often.

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  • 45. Sandra  |  December 31, 2017 at 5:18 am

    They don’t deserve him. Nicely done.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  December 31, 2017 at 9:33 am

      sandra:

      i don’t think they do. nothing that he does can totally please them. he reminds them of the other woman.

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  • 47. pennygadd51  |  January 2, 2018 at 2:15 am

    I get the impression that Kevin wouldn’t want his win to come between him and the family – so he may be more generous than they deserve.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  January 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

      penny:

      hopefully, he won’t regret it.

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  • 49. patriciaruthsusan  |  January 2, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Kevin is more generous that I might be. They’ll probably treat him well now he has all that money. Good writing, Plaridel. —- Suzanne

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    • 50. plaridel  |  January 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

      suzanne:

      i guess all’s well until the well runs dry. πŸ™‚

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      • 51. patriciaruthsusan  |  January 4, 2018 at 5:27 am

        That’s a great quote. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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        • 52. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

          suzanne:

          thank you. πŸ™‚

          Reply

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