Hearts of stone

For Friday Fictioneers

He left home at seventeen, heading nowhere and planning nothing. “King of the Road,” he thought. No more allegiances, no more commitments. “Just myself, nobody else.”

The note he left on the dining room table had read, “I’ve had enough. Don’t bother looking for me.” His mother and father, he knew, wouldn’t bother. They never had cared. Hearts of stone. He just hoped his was flesh and blood. If he stayed, he would never know.

Years later he read that his parents had died drunk in a house fire. He wept copiously.

His heart was just fine.

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26 Responses to Hearts of stone

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    Very touching. It never ceases to surprise the feelings we have for parents who couldn’t give a toss. Just shows the offspring are stronger for surviving the damage.

  2. Sun says:

    love the ideas in your story from the turmoil of your character’s early life to the realization of his true identification.

  3. Oh dear.One feels very sorry for the poor guy, and then glad for him later. I for one am happy that his heart was human at least, despite such a loveless childhood 🙂

  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, Excellent story! Poor young man that had little love as he was growing up. I just can not imagine living with your own children and not caring about them. Great job! Nan 🙂

  5. A well-told tale! I loved the way you ended it — “He wept copiously.
    His heart was just fine.”
    That was succinct and moving.

  6. duskyisbeautiful says:

    Sad but not depressing. Glad for the boy.

  7. elappleby says:

    Nicely done. Sounds like leaving was the best thing he could do.

  8. Dear Patrick,

    Tough environment to grow up in. Glad he escaped with his heart intact. Good story.



  9. Patrick, Good story. It looks like he survived both mentally and physically. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  10. Lucky for him he left when he did and didn’t perish.

  11. His heart was just fine. This says so much – seems he made the right decision.

  12. blawson834 says:

    Excellent story. Sometimes you have to leave the forest to see the trees.

  13. Sandra says:

    Very sad, but oddly optimistic too. Nice contrast there.

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