Having Everything – Alasair’s Photo Fiction

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From his castle, Darrell beckoned to the boy below. “What do you want?” shouted the boy. Darrell signalled him to come up and play with him. The boy stared at him for a second. Then he ran away, scared. Darrell sighed and went inside. Children of his age avoided him. His dad had strictly forbidden him from socializing with kids below his station.

Every night his father came home in a drunken stupor. His mother looked very pale. There was a huge chaos in his home one day. The lawyer was present and his father was screaming at everybody. Darrell could only hear the word, ‘debt’, which was repeated by everybody. The evening, Darrell and his family left the castle. They went to a small house and his father was never the same again.

Darrell was playing by himself when a boy approached him. “Do you still want to play?” asked the boy. Darrell turned to look at his dad. His father smiled weakly and waved Darrell to go and play.

Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction

25 thoughts on “Having Everything – Alasair’s Photo Fiction

  1. You packed quite a bit in this short piece. We are happy with the ending, but are left curious souls wanting to know the whys and wherefores. But sometimes there are no justifications for behaviour that isn’t becoming no matter what ‘station’ in life you may be.

    Thanks for your visit.

    • Hi Jules, You are right, but to explain all that would far exceed the word limit(It already has:)) but some people do still have the ‘higher station’ attitude though. Thank you very much:)

  2. The problem when you think you are above everybody is that when the world crashes, you have a long way to fall. Darrell was lucky inasmuch as he didn’t think he was above anyone so there were hands to catch him as his family fell.

    A fantastic story

  3. Excellent story and creation of perception from the boys pov. There is a lovely poignancy about the change in the father I sense he felt somewhat humbled by his circumstance.

    • Think he got into debt because of his excessive drinking and not attending to his business. since it is supposed to be a short story, didn’t get into details on that:) Thank you for reading, Yoshiko:)

      • Welcome, Padmini, and thank you answering my question. It is also good to have short story so that people will wonder and ask question 🙂

  4. The only time you should look down on a person is when you are helping them get up- Jessie Jackson. Glad Darrel’s Dad got to learn the lesson. Great story!

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