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Ten years ago, Dad washed his hands of me because I made a bad choice. I still kept in touch with Mom and my brother, and they begged me to come home because, thanks to cancer, Dad would die soon. Now, here I was, in front of my parents’ house, where I’d found, on the sidewalk, one of the first eight-track cartridges Dad gave me, along with the player, in 1969. It was time.
Thanks to Writing Works Wonders for inspiring the above work of flash fiction with this week’s prompt, to write about finding something on a sidewalk, in 75 words or less.
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Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?