The Inheritance

by Elaine Thomas

For Louis the ornate desk carried too much weight, both visually and emotionally. It had belonged to his father, famous in a way, a fame Louis knew he would never attain. The desk represented recognition in the world, a desire to claim and take up space, unlike Louis’ reserved, introspective nature. Yet his love and admiration for his late father ran so deep that Louis could never part with the desk. Just as its presence uncomfortably filled his office, his father’s expectations for Louis in the world lay hidden. Comfortable or not, they were rooted in his soul.


Elaine Thomas lives (and writes) in Wilmington, N.C.