Good Morning!! It’s Monday again and another day closer to Christmas (I really need to get some shopping done!!) Today I’m one of the opening spots on the blog tour for The Fathers, The Sons and the Anxious Ghost by Jamie Adams……
Three guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything. The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos. The third part… well that will have to wait.
I kicked the ball over to him. He had started to loosen up a bit. He gave me a quick cheeky look and then booted the ball past my left shoulder and between the two rolled up jumpers that acted as goal posts. When he was playing footie, he was always much more himself. It allowed him to let off steam, and he really seemed to have a passion for it. I kind of hope this passion came from me. When I was his age, I had joined a team too; and we played every weekend, with my father as the coach. Maybe I could get him to open up a bit while we pounded the ball across the beach.
I tried to start a conversation with him a few times, but it never developed until we had a break and sat down with two large flake ice creams on the nearby park bench. We had both eaten them within seconds and sat side by side, staring at the empty beach.
“You know I didn’t mean to hurt him,” Alfie calmly announced.
“I know you didn’t, mate.”
“I just get so frustrated with him.”
“What do you mean?” I wanted more details but tried not to be interrogating.
“Sometimes he takes soooo long to say what he wants to say. Sometimes he bugs me for ages, and I just don’t know what he is on about,” he went on.
“I see…” I was trying to be passive here.
“He can be friendly and stuff, but he is just so boring. I don’t like how long he takes to do everything. He bores most of us.”
“But you do like him deep down? Maybe he just wants to be your friend?” I tried to counsel him quietly.
“It’s like Mum. She is always so soft and timid and boring. I love her, but she is never much fun to be around.”
“I won’t have you speak about your mum like that!” I snapped as the conversation suddenly hit a raw nerve.
“I just mean he is dull. He collects comics. I mean…who even reads comics these days!?”
“It is good to enjoy something like that.” I took some deep breaths and got back to being reasonable.
“Mum does the same…her stuffed owls are everywhere.” His eyes were down, looking at a small crab which seemed to have crawled from nowhere and was journeying diligently across the sand in front of us.
I tried to be clever and link our chat to this.
“Crabs have a lot to deal with, you know…” I went for it. “They have huge pincers and strong shells. They have to carry these around with them, which makes them quite slow and tempting for animals that want to eat ’em. They just want to get from one place to another and guzzle their food and hang out in rock pools.”
“Dad, you are stupid, you know,” he laughed out loud and with some raucousness.
I had not seen him laugh so freely in a while. It was a welcome release.
“It is just like us. We carry lots of crap on our shoulders, and all we want to do is eat, sleep and chill out.” I started to laugh back at him, as sometimes watching him laugh full pelt made it impossible not to join him.
about the author
Jamie is a teacher who has studied a geography degree back in the nineties because of his love of nature and the outdoors. He found environmental education especially important and soon became a teacher for the primary-age group. Jamie enjoys reading and watching all kinds of theatre productions, from high dramas to lively musicals. His love of writing shines through in everything he does.
After writing a group of short stories linked to romance, which he published as ‘Short Dates’ independently, he decided to write a novella centred around topical issues such as mental health, parenting and relationships.
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Many thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing me with an extract to share with you.
Have a wonderful day all!