Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:
“Russ, you little attention whore.”Connie, his mother, instantly responded. “Jake, stop that right now. You are not to call your brother a ‘little attention whore’.”
Connie, his mother, instantly responded. “Jake, stop that right now. You are not to call your brother a ‘little attention whore’.”
She looked at Russ and then back at Jake. “Even if he is.” She winked at Jake.
“Ah, mom,” came the voice of Russ as he realized that his mom was taking his brother’s side. “Again?”
The bond between Connie and Jake was more than mother and son, they were like two peas in a pod, sharing the same sense of humor, the same cheerful outlook on life regardless of the circumstances.
It had been just two years ago when Jake’s girlfriend had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of sixteen. He had been devastated but he stood by her all through chemotherapy and even though they were no longer dating they had become best friends. When Connie had been diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago Jake had been her rock. He had been there and supported Ellis and he was going to do the same for her.
The sound of a car horn in the driveway cause Jake to drop his spoon. “Dad’s here,” he said as he leaped from the table to run to the door. Jake had been so busy helping the women in his life that he had foregone a right of passage: learning how to drive. Stephen had come to get him ready. The divorce had been amicable and Stephen and Connie remained friends, just not married, and Stephen had insisted on helping Jake prepare for his driver’s test.
Russ and Connie followed Jake out to the driveway coming to a stop and leaning against the trunk of the family Toyota. Stephen had arrived in his beat up Ford Ranger. Sturdy enough to get him places, but not so pristine that he would worry if Jake hit something with it. “Or multiple things”, she thought as she looked at the numerous dents on the hood. When Jake got behind the steering wheel Stephen came over to her for a moment.
“Don’t worry, I got this. We’ll be gone for about an hour and when we’re done he’ll be all set for the test. He’s already got the basics, he just needs a little more confidence.”
“Thanks for doing this Stephen. I know you normally work Saturdays, but this means a lot to Jake.”
“Don’t worry about it,” he said as he waved off her concern. “He needed some help and I’m glad that I could be there. Now, if you’ll excuse me, but I have a pupil waiting for his instructor.” He gave a small wave to Connie and Russ and walked between them and the truck to get in on the passenger side.
He buckled up and turned to his son. “OK, let’s get this show on the road. Back out of the driveway and head over to the mall. Let’s see how good you are with all those morons on the road.”
Jake put his foot on the brake and tried to move the gearshift, but it wouldn’t move. He tugged at it a few times but it was stuck. He looked to his dad and just shrugged his shoulders.
“Yeah, it happens to me all the time. Life your foot a little bit when you take it out of park, but be careful it may jerk.”
Jake lifted his foot slightly from the brake and tried again. It was still stuck. He lifted his foot again and the gear shift moved. The truck jerked forward as the gear shift got stuck in first gear.
Neither Connie nor Russ made a sound as the truck hit them.
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