20090429

Déjà Vu

by Beth Cato

Daniel remembered all too well the painful experiences of high school that drove him to the brink of suicide, but it was a thousand times harder to see his son endure the same thing. True to form, the school had dismissed the reports of bullying, saying boys would be boys and that the main bully – a school board member’s son - denied doing any wrong. Daniel’s fingers trembled as he held the camera steady on the tripod and watched his son pinned and mobbed by other boys waiting for the bus. As much as he ached to run to the rescue, he knew he couldn’t, because he knew that bully would bear twenty different sneering faces, and Daniel wouldn’t be able to stop his fists until each one of those faces was bloody and broken. All he could do was look through the lens, and weep. Justice would come.

6S

Beth Cato is from Hanford, California, but now resides in the wastelands of Arizona with her husband and son. More of her writing can be found here.

10 comments:

Michael Solender said...

very powerful and written with soul

Laurita said...

Heart-rending. I love the final sentence, the strength in it.

Madam Z said...

This vividly written story brings back unpleasant memories of when my own son was the victim of bus stop bullies. As far as I know, justice never came.

Anonymous said...

Jeanette Cheezum

This brought back memories about one of my daughters. Well done.

austere said...

"Justice will come"
What resolve.

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Fantastic! I can speak from experience that school board members' kids are some of the baddest apples in the barrel. This one really speaks to me!

Beth, you and I are in Crossed Genres together this month! I did a double take when I read the byline on this six, "Hey, I know that name!" LoL

Everybody please check out Beth's story "Promise in the Dust" in C.G. #6
http://www.crossedgenres.com

Beth Cato said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. This little story arose from some of my own painful memories, too - and worries for my young son.

Adam, the internet seems like a small world sometimes! I read your story this morning and noted you had published in Six Sentences, and lo and behold I find your comment here later in the day. I loved your story about the Weller. You definitely have a novel-worthy character there.

Mark R. said...

Great six. well written, vivid and great ending.

Gopinath's "Artickles" said...

Beth, I simply loved this story. There have been several recent instances of "ragging" in Indian Colleges and I always knew these cases to be more about bullying. Powerful 6Ser here. Good blog too!

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