The Experiment Part 7: Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day! How about a nice little story to celebrate?

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The Experiment (Cont)

“Why are you here, Robert?”

I look around the room. Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son hung on the wall across from me. I hate that painting. Like everything in my father’s office, I know it judge’s me. Everything about my father tells me what a disappointment I’ve been.

“I can’t just say hi to my own dad?”

My father sighs. He looks old, really old since the last time I saw him. It’s been years, but I never thought of him as old. I guess trying to save the world wears on you.

“You know I always love to see you. I want to see you. I call almost everyday to know when I can possibly see you. Yet, this is the first time you’ve come to see me in years. So, forgive me, but it makes me think there’s more to it.”

He leans his thick chin on his equally thick hands. I want to scoff at him. Scoff at his well-to-do office with his oak desk and over-the-top decorations. Still, I look in his eyes and I see love. There has always been love there. I guess when mom died I refused to see it. Just like his faith, I didn’t want it.

Mom never believed. Dad’s faith drove her crazy. It became the wedge that drove them away from each other, and drove her into the dark places that never let her go.

“Do you believe in demons, dad?”

Shock. For both of us. I don’t know what made me think of it. I could see on his face that he didn’t know what to say. The dream wasn’t normal. The laughter and voices I heard now weren’t normal. I needed to get a hold on things, on my own mind. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I think my dad maybe the only one I know who can help me find answers.

“Demons?”

Time’s up!

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