Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:
Oswald Thorndike slipped into the house quietly, not wanting to make any sound that would alert his mother to his having come home. She disliked it when he came home from school with his clothes dirty so today, with his shirt shredded beyond repair and his jeans with huge rips in them, was not going to be something that he wanted to see. All he needed to do was get to his room at the end of the hall and ..
“Ozzie, what are you doing?” The voice was quiet, but he knew that his mother was right behind him. And he knew that she could see the state of his clothes. He froze long enough to take a deep breath before he turned around. When he met his mothers eyes instead of seeing the anger that he thought he would see her blue eyes only showed him compassion and pain. She came closer and gently reached out and took hold of his jaw, turning his face from side to side as if trying to find something.
“Ozzie, are you okay?”
“I’m fine Mom, I just … I just …” He never got any further as the tears broke free of the dam that he had put in place and poured out. His mother didn’t say a word, just brought him in closer and hugged him without reservation. Instinctively he hugged her as well and they stayed like that. For how long, neither knew, but it was what both of them needed. When the tears had stopped she reached down and tilted his head up so that she could see his eyes.
“It was the Conklin brothers, wasn’t it?” He nodded.
“It’s because you’re human, isn’t it?” He nodded.
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