110% in 3 years Pt. II (Final)

9 Jan

father and daughter

(note from the author: Please read PT. I first     https://ryanimpink.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/110-in-3-years-pt-i/  )


Rick took on the role as father as if he were a soldier in a war for his legacy. He knew he was a loser. He didn’t need the constant reminders, though he received them. One day during a mild argument about a questionable comment left on a photo posted on the internet, Megan told Rick that he was a piece of shit in all aspects of life except one. She told him he was a great father. Both statements were true. Rick was okay with that.


The months dragged on and Rick was there in Laney’s life. He was devouring parenting books as fast as he could and applying what he learned. He was extra careful to not upset Megan as to not cause fights because he read that could affect the development of his new found love and reason for being. Though they still lived separately, the spent a lot of time together. Rick needed this time to be around Laney but not for his sake but for hers. He knew, from what he read, the importance the role of a father plays in the first years of life.


Holidays passed, birthdays passed and logically the years passed. Laney was an early developer and stared uttering her first words around 14 months. She was speaking sentences by two and a half years. By three years she was able to carry out eerily adult like conversations.


One day when Rick and Laney were at the park, Laney on a swing with Rick pushing she said “Daddy, you aren’t going to be around much longer are you?”


Rick almost choked on his gum. “Why are you asking that?”


Laney paused then responded “You didn’t say no Daddy” another pause “Mommy fights you a lot. I know you don’t like it”


Rick was at a complete loss for words. She was onto to his plan. Three years. It was time to go. He gave more of himself than he thought possible because he read that the personality of a child is practically solidified at around three years old. He thought if he put in his solid three years of stellar fatherhood, he would set Laney up for life. He could not take it anymore. The ridicule that Megan doled out. She would belittle him in front of others. Worse, in front of Laney. But how could Laney have sensed that this was coming?


His eyes started welling up. “Do you trust Daddy?”


“Of course, Daddy”


“Then know that Daddy will always be close”


“Okay Daddy”


Later that night alone in his apartment Rick knew that he had to put Plan B in action. He went to his closet and found the egg shaped ball of aluminum foil and carefully opened it up exposing two gelatin capsules full of white powder. With tears thin his eyes he poured himself a glass of Teacher’s whiskey and quickly washed the capsules down. As warmth turned to coolness turned to numbness turned to darkness he whispered “Trust Daddy Laney”

6 Responses to “110% in 3 years Pt. II (Final)”

  1. Eric Tonningsen January 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Saw it coming. Still sad. Well written, Ryan. Still a Part III?

    • Ryan January 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Oh my god, you’re right. Two main characters dying at their own hand in less than a month. I need to cheer up a little!!!! Thanks for the compliment. This one hits a little close to home so I think I will let it die with Rick. As an exercise I am going to try to write something cheery. 🙂

  2. Bruce Goodman January 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    I didn’t see it coming at all – and was quite taken aback. I thought it was beautifully written. Terrific stuff. You don’t have to write something cheery if you don’t want. It can be quite fun knocking characters out of existence!

    I have only one complaint: I don’t get enough of yours to read!

    • Ryan January 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      Thank you and first you are always way too generous with your compliments!

      I think it would be a nice exercise to try to explore the happy happy joy joy side of my creativity. I know you have read a lot of my stuff and believe it or not I am a pretty positive, happy fellow! But I must admit, artistically I have a dark slant. Thanks again my friend!

  3. J. Jane MacKinna February 6, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Oh, gosh… as a big ole Daddy’s girl this one hit hard. It’s good when it hits the reader in the gut. Keep it up!

    • Ryan February 6, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Thank you so much. I am a daddy of a little girl so this one hit e in the gut while writing it. I am so glad you like it.

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