Brotherly Love

5 Jun

cain abel 2

Frank and Al were competitive brothers. In fact, they were so competitive with one another that one of them would probably not be here hadn´t it been for the intervention of their dear mother on various occasions. A strange twist to their rivalry was that they could never use the same strategy the other used to succeed. It was an unspoken rule, but followed to the letter.

In high school when Frank started to excel in football, on the offensive side of the ball, Al went on to become the best defensive player. When Al took up and had success in boxing, Frank became all state in wrestling. When Frank excelled in the exact sciences, Al became the best student in the school in the liberal arts.

Their paths converged when they became adults. Both found their way into the toy business and both became the best in the industry. Frank ran the most prestigious toy company making high end luxury toys. Al led a toy company with a name no one would recognize but just about every house in the US had at least three of his products. His toys were cheap and ubiquitous.

Frank looked at Al as a junk peddler who inundated the US market with cheap Chinese trinkets. Al looked at Frank as a fraud who overcharged dopey rich people out of their money for nothing more than mere status symbols worth a fraction of the price charged.

Secretly, both wanted a little of what the other had. Frank wanted to move a little more volume and Al wanted a little more prestige for his company. Neither had the humility to ask the other for advice.

At the same time, almost to the day, both came up with what they thought was a unique, genius idea. They would send corporate spies to the other´s company to pick up a tip or two. Within a few months, both got wind of what the other was doing.

What hurt each one the most was the thought that the other copied their idea. This was a betrayal of the highest level, even though it was not true. They did in fact come up with the idea individually.

Again, both had another strike of coincidental genius at the same exact moment. They were going to have the other killed. Frank wanted Al´s killing to look like a car accident and Al wanted Frank´s killing to look like a botched robbery. Both put their unstoppable plans in motion.

A few weeks later Al´s car was ran off a cliff. The car rolled for almost a quarter mile before stopping, only to go up in flames. Frank was shot in the forehead while he withdrew money from an ATM late in the night. Miraculously, both survived.

Due to a request from their mother, their motionless bodies laid next to one another in the intensive care unit .Although their bodies were without activity, their brains were not. There was only one single thought churning through both heads: “I´m going to recover so much better than that jerk over there”

13 Responses to “Brotherly Love”

  1. Priceless Joy June 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Great story! Stupid brothers! At least they will compete with each other to get well. Maybe there is still hope for the relationship yet.

    • Ryan June 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      Competition can drive positive things even if based on negativity. Look at the space race! Thanks for reading and the kind words!

  2. Bruce Goodman June 5, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    A great parable, with a fantastic ending. I never saw those final thoughts coming! You jerk!

    • Ryan June 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

      Who you callin’ a jerk??? :p Thanks for reading it and the words of encouragement!

  3. redosue June 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    This just begs for a sequel. What happens when they recover?

    • Ryan June 6, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      Hmmm, who´s to say they recover? 🙂 I could just as easy kill them off for good and put them out of their competitive misery! Thanks so much for taking the time to read it and comment.

  4. Khoai Lang June 6, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    Really love this.

    • Ryan June 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for such kind words.

  5. Jasbir Chatterjee June 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    You made me laugh when I reached the end! Great story!

    • Ryan June 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

      Thank you so much! I did not set out for it to be funny at all, yet it did. I too chuckled as the ending came out of me. Thanks for taking the time to read it and thanks for the high praise. Have a GREAT week!

  6. Teri Vaughn Skaug June 20, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I enjoyed the story and felt sorry for the mother. But then wonder if the quality of her parenting was somewhat responsible.

    • Ryan June 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      First, thanks for taking the time to read the story! I have been working in a school and have a daughter of 3 and a half years. With this experience I have come to the conclusion it is almost ALWAYS the parents fault! They reap what they sow. You can still feel sorry for them. In fact, they might have had a tough time themselves as kids. Again thank you very much for the kind words and for taking the time. I really appreciate it.

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