November 5th, 2010

The Things We Learn

Title The things we learn

Author Eglantine_br

Rating G

Word Count 1119

Spoilers None

Disclaimer I did not invent them





The Things We Learn





He looked back sometimes. No law against that-- was there? Some officer types might think that an able sea-man didn't have brains enough to remember the past. Well, they were dead wrong there. Shows how much some people know.


There had been much that was good, about being the youngest of 10. Maybe the food had gone scarce. But there was always a sister to lug him around. There was always a brother to laugh with. Parents – well, you get what you get. Matty had had a father at least. More than many boys could say. And beatings, not too much. No, Matty's father had been more given to terrible jokes. All the others had normal names. Bob, Tom, John, so far so good. His father had had the naming of the boys. He had tried to be good, and hold back. But baby Matty was last and least. His father had lost it. Named him Matthew Matthews. He even gave him a middle name. Em. A joke. See?



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