A Continuation of Truth and Consequences
A Stone Man Production
You’ve just about finished prepping Timothy for a “good wearing out” when you hear a knocking at your backdoor. You send Timothy to a corner of the room out of sight of the door and go to answer it. There stands Finnegan, a friend of your son’s, a boy who’s a school grade ahead of your boy, and the boy you’d seen wearing Tim’s missing jersey today.
Several steps behind Finn stands a red headed, red bearded man with his arms folded in front of him and a cross look on his face. Lest ye wonder how the red haired man came by a nearly black haired boy, Finnegan was adopted as a new born and he knows it; and there’s no question in his mind but that his REAL Father is standing there behind him.
It’s obvious to you that Finn has been crying as he begins apologizing to you for the manner in which he’d come by Tim’s prized shirt. He tells you that he really likes Tim and feels terrible about any problems he’s caused him. As he hands the shirt back to you, his Dad comes up behind him and gently puts his hands on his boy’s shoulders giving them a squeeze. Finn’s Dad offers his apologies as well and then begins explaining why he’s so upset with what his boy has done.
It seems that Finn had developed an appetite for betting on his newly developed skills. As soon as his Dad became aware of the wagering he had put a stop to it, or so he thought. When Finn’s Dad saw his boy wearing Tim’s jersey he questioned him on it and didn’t accept any of the answers until he got one that made sense to him and seemed the closest to the truth. Finn’s Dad then proceeded to tell Finn about the near financial ruin that Timothy’s family had gone through, and all because of an uncle’s addition to betting.
Finnegan had felt terrible on hearing that, suspecting what Timothy was going through.
“And what did my boy offer as his part of the bet?” Finn’s Dad asked to no one in particular, but on hearing the noise of someone moving around further into the room.
Tim came into view covering himself as best he could until he spied his discarded briefs and pulled them back on… only temporarily he supposed. He came on over to the door where his Dad was standing.
“It was an old soccer ball, Sir, and it had a date and the name of a college on it,” Tim answered the other Dad’s question. “And it had a bunch of signatures on it too…. Some of ‘em I even recognized ‘cause they were famous professional players, just not anymore.”
Tim’s Dad looked towards Finn who looked down at his cleats while he nodded in agreement to what Tim had said.
Finn’s Dad summarized. “So we have two boys, each who had been told not to be doing any betting but continued to bet anyway; each who had bet things that they had no real right to wager; each who feels very bad about what has transpired today; and… each knowing that they’ve earned a ‘serious wearing out’ !”
Where does it go from here?