The Family Business

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

“I really don’t want to have this conversation, Dad,” I said. “I’ve already made up my mind. I want to study at University.”

He looked at me with that mortified expression he wears every time the subject of my preferences comes to topic.

“Son,” He replied in a low voice, almost hushed, “I really hoped you would follow me into the family business. It’s tradition. My father. . . His father and grandfather . . . Generations . . .”

I knew the drill. He was as passionate about his work as I was about Feng Shui and the delecate art of establishing harmony between colors and objects within a room.

“Dad, I know you worked hard to raise us kids and take care of mom.” My eyes begged him to listen. “But I could never be a shooter. The idea of spilling blood just leaves me nauseous.”

Oh yes. He was just crushed by my rejection of all the things he held dear. He was exquisitely good at what he did for a living. I could never measure up to his standard.

After all, who would ever take a gay hit man seriously?

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  1. Avatar Robert Quick

    Excellent entry. Well-written and believable dialogue. I could almost feel the exasperation rolling out of the father. And the ending is nice too although, I can’t tell if that would work to his advantage or not. Minor edit- ‘delecate’ for spelling. And a side thought but I didn’t think about it until now, but in my head hitmen are not soldiers, they’re more like tools; human guns. I guess in my head, soldiers fight and die in combat where as hitmen are assassins, they kill one or two people and disappear. I don’t know if that means anything but it was a thought I had while reading your story, so I thought I’d share it. Good job overall!

  2. Avatar Scrawler's Secret

    the last line leaves me wondering… does the dad know about that particullar preference? hmm.

  3. Avatar Luke Nicolaou

    Haha, what a clincher! Though I do agree with Robert, there is a huge difference between a hitman and a soldier, so you should just clarify which one the dad is.

    Still, I love the imagery in this, and I think your have executed it perfectly :D

  4. Avatar The Full Metal Chicken

    I love a question that makes my brain go …

  5. Avatar Bob Liddil

    I originally employed the word ‘soldier" to stand in for "regular ’made Mafia guy’," but that didn’t hold up as we have seen.

    So I googled “synonym for ’hit man” and the synonym web page returned a dozen or so alternate words, one of which was “shooter.”

    I have made the change from “soldier” to “shooter” and find that y’all are quite correct.

    It feels better.

    Goes to show how valuable this feedback is.


  6. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    wow, that image, does not fit, and the father should let him go to university.. :P nice double twist! i didn’t expect the family business to be hit men, then I didn’t expect the son to be gay.

  7. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    You had my approval once it said something postive about gays. <3

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