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Forgotten Sons [Second Creative Writing Challenge: Task #2]
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<h2>This is a submission for the Second Creative Writing Challenge: Task #2 sponsored by @steemfluencer, as seen here: https://steemit.com/writing/@steemfluencer/second-creative-writing-challenge-task-2</h2>

<h3>The challenge: use these phrases and story parameters, and the image below to write a story:</h3>
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-Tom is still the smartest accountant in the town<br>
-Joey is his best friend.<br>
-Tom is 94.<br>
-Joey is 95.<br>
-They both live in ...<br>
-This is a story of a friendship, love and drama [feel free to replace these or add more].<br>
-Everything has started [pick a time in the past when].
-[Finish with]: Today Tom & Joey...
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<p>https://steemitimages.com/DQmdZUMH8taHa5io4RQ1JwtRYE2JVnp7cF6F1sNX1dsDsBM/seperator-black.gif</p>

<h2>Forgotten Sons</h2>
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<p>Everything started when their father died. </p>

<p>Tom had been learning the ropes at his father's accounting firm as a man in his late teens, just out of school, and was picking up the skills well. Even as the younger brother to Joey, he was set to inherit the family business.</p>

<p>Joey, for his part, had no interest in accounting and was more interested in fast cars, sports, and the attention of young ladies. Tom still suspected that he was bitter about the amount of time their bookish father spent tutoring his youngest son in finances while ignoring the more manly pursuits of the elder.</p>

<p>When their father died, though, it had blown a hole in their family much larger than the hole in his father's chest. It had been a mob hit, a casual revenge for an accounting error that had cost the boss 'some greenbacks', as the note pinned to the dead man's chest had put it. </p>

<p>Tom had spent months putting his father's business back together, trying to bring back old clients and attract new ones. It was a tough sell, since in those days many would be squeamish or nervous about doing business with an office that not only had made a mistake, but had paid for it violently.</p>

<p>Their mother had taken to drinking around that time, and she had had no interest in leading the family or in filling the massive hole that the loss of her husband had left in her life. She drifted, in more ways than one, and allowed herself to be led astray by many vices. With nobody to call her out or question her decisions, her descent was quick.</p>

<p>Joey had ignored the family's troubles, and he and Tom had fought more than once about it. Joey had no difficulty in separating himself from care or concern about his father, his mother, or his younger brother.</p>

<p>"It's your business, man," Joey had said while packing to move out of their small house, anger in his voice. "All of it. Pops is dead, and mom is doing her own thing, so why shouldn't I? Besides," he said, waving his hand at the dingy bedroom. "This place is depressing, and I should be out on my own anyway. You can have this."</p>

<p>Tom shook his head, laying his hand on Joey's shoulder, tentatively.</p>

<p>"Joey, come on," he said quietly. "I need you. You're my best friend."</p>

<p>"You need nothing from me. You have it all already." He glanced around again with a sneer. "For what it's worth. I hope you choke on it."</p>



<p>That was the last Tom saw of Joey, his older brother stumbling out the front door with a suitcase and a duffel bag, pausing as if unsure what step to take, then stiffening his back and lurching into the evening streetlights.</p>


<p>Some 75 years have passed, in the slow erosion of lifespan that feels like the blink of an eye.</p>

<p>Today, Tom and Joey have yet to cross paths. Though they both lived in the same small town, by some fluke of fate they both lived their own, separate lives.</p>

<p>Tom, old now, hobbling, back bent and eyes tired, found himself walking along a path in a park. He moved carefully along the path, eyes down, not looking up as ducks squawked or joggers passed by, their shoes clopping quietly on the asphalt.</p>

<p>He glanced up under the brim of his hat in hope and anticipation for a park bench, a place to sit and rest. A bench was close, but partially occupied, but Tom was not particular.</p>

<p>Tom stepped up to it slowly, then settled into it gratefully. The man next to him, as old and gray as himself, had a hand to his forehead, and his eyes were closed, and did not react to his new company.</p>

<p>Tom didn't look at him either, but closed his own eyes under his white hat and let the mild afternoon sun warm him.</p>

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Don't leave us hanging! Was that his brother, and if so what happened when they discovered it? This could be a lot of fun to explore the next chapter. :)
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So mysterious what happens to relationships that have been left untended to...
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