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No Time for Dessert

Drew: “You don’t ruin an entire meal over ancient family drama.”

Camille: “You most definitely do, particularly when that drama-as you call it-concerns what your Father may or may not have done in the army.”

Drew: “Right. May or may not have done. We can’t go by Mom’s recollections. Not with her history.”

Camille: “He was the one with a track record of lying when it suited him. That much is fact. He lied to everyone we know, sometimes about stuff we were there for. He was shameless.”

Drew: “It doesn’t mean he was guilty of war crimes.”

Camille: “I never said that. Just that the things he supposedly told Mom would probably have gotten him sent to Leavenworth, or worse.”

Drew: “That is being dramatic. It was a war, which is not something you or I have any experience with.”

Camille: “That makes it all okay, yes? Rape, pillage, murder. Fog of war and all that?”

Drew: “Of course not, but we don’t actually know that his squad did that shit. He’s not here to defend himself. And Mom would still like to shovel dirt on his grave.”

Camille: “Guess it’s clear whose side you are on.”

Drew: “It’s not about sides. It’s about letting shit go. I can’t hold on to all of this anger and negativity. I am done with it.”

Camille: “I can’t just put my feelings in a box and pack them away like that. You can and maybe I need to work on that, but I refuse to admit that it doesn’t matter whether our Dad was a twisted fuck. Frankly, we already knew he was a pretty lousy person. We did grow up in the same house, did we not?”

Drew: “I will admit he wasn’t much of a role model. You got the worst of it because he was such a misogynist.”

Camille: “Thank you for that admission. Probably tough for you to admit.”

Drew: “Stop it. Quit acting as though I am the enemy. I thought he was?”

Camille: “Like you said. It’s ruined now.”

© 2022 Jeff E. Brown. All rights reserved.

By jebrownwriter

Houston, TX-based Writer and Photographer. Proud pet rescuer who spends nearly all his money on them.

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