A flash fiction response to a challenge issued by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.com.
The assignment, “Bullies And The Bullied,” was to write 100 words on the motif of bullying. I wrote a scene from the backstory of one of the main characters in my book, Tenderfoot.
FATHER TO SON
His father found Andrew where he shielded his little sister in the closet. Burly arms pulled him free. Andrew stiffened. He could hear his mother crying downstairs. What now?
His father thrust an old catcher’s mitt into Andrew’s chest. One hand tightly gripped his upper arm.
“C’mon, Son. Let’s go play some ball. You need to play a real sport.” He pushed Andrew toward the door.
The slight fencer stood his ground. “You leave us alone or I’ll tell my teachers.” The backhand sent Andrew to his knees. No more, he vowed. He stood back up.