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My Son Deserves Better

A less than 300-word Dialogue Flash Fiction:


“I am the best thing that ever happened to you.”

He hurled the words at me and I cringed at the venom that imbued his voice.

“You would be nothing but a thing of shame if I had not picked you up and brought you into my home.”

His blazing eyes scorched me with the heat of their hate.

“I tolerate you when any other man would have thrown you out and married a better wife.” He hissed. A long pealed out sound of disgust. “I don’t know why I married you. I don’t know why I took you in—you and your bastard son!”

I winced then, roused by the arrow to my heart.

“Don’t call my son a bastard.” My voice trembled. But not out of fear.

“And what is he?” He shouted the words. “Who is his father? Do you know his father?”

“I know his father. And he is not you.” My head did not cower in shame. “I know his father but I gave him to you where I should not have. He deserved better.”

“Gave him to me?” His laughter rang with scorn. “You were pregnant and denied by the man who planted his seed in you. I gave you honour when he heaped shame on you. Gave him to me?” He spat on the ground. A non-visible spittle. “I gave him a home and a name when the vagabond who sired him took to his heels.”

“He deserved better.” I repeated that truth. “You gave him a home and a name and you took his humanity and his dignity as recompense for them.” My mouth trembled. In unison with my broken heart. “You took mine.”

“Then go!” He howled. “Take your bastard and go!”

“We will go. My son deserves better.”

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P.S.

I sincerely apologise for being away throughout this week. I have a personal emergency and require the timeout. I do hope to be back by next Monday. Have a great weekend everyone and God bless.

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15 Responses to My Son Deserves Better

  1. Iyke David says:

    I think I deserve better too! Thanks

  2. favour says:

    Hmmm…le struggle of single mothers…

    Next week Monday is a date…take care of you TM

  3. Jeffrey Jamez says:

    Hope you’re okay o TM… I don’t like the sound of “Personal Emergency” and “Time out” in the same sentence…… Please be okay.

  4. Ego says:

    What a touching story. Hope everything is fine with u TM, do take care of yourself.

  5. peculiar says:

    hi wat a 1daful story and thanks for the novel u sent… sk grateful

  6. Patience Bassey says:

    Thanks

  7. jojodia says:

    TM, Kinlo happen? All is well with u and ur household in Jesus name, Amen.

  8. Tee says:

    thanks for this piece, we’ve got to give such screwing people a large eee space

  9. Pacesetter says:

    Take care of u ma’am

  10. mystiq says:

    I deserve better too… Hope all is well maam…u cann take as long as u need, we got u

  11. Mcsteph says:

    Personal emergency?
    Alright ma?
    Humans deserve better

  12. Roselyn says:

    Great one! Thanks TM. Do take care and have a blessed weekend

  13. Toyenlon says:

    It is well with you, happy Sunday.

  14. God will assist you in taking care of the emergency.

    I deserve better too.

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