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Living a Lie - Lori Colbo’s Challenge Fan Fiction

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John's Routine

John was jogging on the beach where the sky was blue, the cool wind was stronger than usual and the waves were rolling in quickly. John was jogging close to the water, so he could feel a light ocean spray on his face as he continued to run his daily five miles.

At seventeen years of age John only had one goal in life and that was to be a U.S. Navy seal. He was in ROTC at school, he made good grades and he was clearly physically fit. His father was a marine who died in Iraq when John was three years old. His father’s picture stayed on a shelf in the living room as his mother had never remarried.

John kept his blonde hair cut short and he had piercing blue eyes. At six feet tall he weighed one hundred and seventy pounds. John jumped in the shower when he got back home as he had school in an hour. His mother, Julie, was working in the kitchen.

“John, I fixed you the protein drink you like, but you are going to be late if you’re not ready for school yet,” said Julie.

John walked into the kitchen, “Thanks, Mom. I’m ready.” He gulped down the protein drink, then took his backpack and headed out the door. John jumped into his recently waxed, red 2014 Honda Civic and headed to school. He put the windows down and turned the music up for his ten minute ride.

He was in his senior year and only attended school for a half a day. Then, in the afternoon he went to work at an auto parts store stocking shelves and waiting on customers as needed.

Navy ROTC New Student Indoctrination

Saturday Night Party

On Saturday night at seven John picked up Lori at her home. She was a beautiful classmate of Johns. Lori had dark hair with green eyes that were a reflection of her Irish ancestry. John and Lori had been dating for a few months.

They were headed to another classmate’s house for a Saturday night party. They had a lighthearted relationship, laughing frequently and getting along very well. John didn’t think longterm about the relationship. He cared about Lori but his goals for his life came first.

Sunday's Shocking News

On Sunday John still woke up early and went for a run. His mother wasn’t up when John left. After the run he found his mother in the kitchen with a cup of coffee. She had made some blueberry muffins so John grabbed one and headed to the shower.

On Sunday afternoon John heard the doorbell, so he answered the door. John saw a cocky looking man standing on the porch. The man was as tall as John with blond hair and the same blue eyes. He didn’t say a word but just looked at John.

John looked at the man who didn’t say a word.

John said, “Can I help you with something?”

“No, I just wanted to see what you looked like.”

John replied, “Really? Why would you want to do that?”

“You are my son and I have never seen you until now.”

“John, who is at the door?” Julie asked.

John looked at the man like he was crazy. “My father died in Iraq. I don’t think this is funny.”

His mother rushed to the door and said, “Let me handle this, John. Would you go into the other room, please?”

“No mother. I want to kick this guy’s ass.”

Julie looked at the man and said, “Listen, Keith. What are you doing here? That was not our deal. Get the hell out of here.”

John exclaimed, “Mom, do you know this man?”

“Please John, just go in the other room and I will explain him to you in a few minutes.”

“Mom, I don’t want to wait. I want to know who this man is and why he is here.”

The man had been standing quietly on the porch with a smirk on his face. He finally said, “Boy, I am telling you the truth. I AM your father.”

“Mom, who is this man?” John almost yelled.

“John, I am sorry that I have not told you the truth over the years. This man is your father. I was ashamed to tell you as this man has been in jail for a long time.”

“How could you not tell me? Who is the man in that picture? If that is not my father then who is he?

”Oh, John. I wanted you to have a father you could be proud of, not a man who broke the law. The man in the picture is my oldest brother.”

“You still haven’t told me who the man is!” John yelled.

“John, listen, please, I never thought Keith would come here. He promised he would never bother us, but here he is. He is no more than a sperm donor and he has never been a father to you. I am sorry I lied. I just wanted you to grow up happy,” Julie pleaded.

John Reacts

“I don’t want to talk to you Mom or Keith. Both of you leave me alone!” John stormed outside, got in his car and left.

“Thanks, Keith,” said Julie. “Now, see what you have done.”

“You are the one that lied, Julie.” said Keith, “not me.”

“Regardless, you promised you would never come here. I have never received a penny of child support, so why do you think you have a right to come here and upset us?”

“I figure I have a right to meet my son. He is almost grown now, so what is the big deal?”

“You saw how upset he was, so it is a big deal to John,” stammered Julie while crying.

“Okay, okay. I will go away,” said Keith. “That boy does have a right to meet his father.”

While crying Julie slammed the door.


Sitting on the Beach

John drove to the beach, which was a place of peace to him. He sat on a log. He was so angry but realized he was hurt more than angry. He really did understand why his mother didn’t tell him about his real father but pretending the picture was his father hurt the most.

He thought his mother had been a very good mother but this deception really bothered him. He sat by the ocean listening to the waves and it was the middle of the night when he decided to go home. His mother was sitting near the door when he got home.

“Mom, I get why you lied but it is not okay. I don’t want to talk about it right now,” He saw how upset she was and John knew she had been crying but he was still angry.

Bob Seger- Turn the Page

Sorting Things Out

The next morning John sat at the kitchen table with his mother. “John, I know how upset you are. I should have been honest but I didn’t want you growing up knowing your father was in jail. Plus, we only had a few dates and I knew he was not for me.”

John replied, “I understand your motives but you could have just said my father took off. What really bothers me is the picture of your brother that you said was my father. I thought my father was this wonderful, brave man.”

“I know, John. I came across the picture one day when I was cleaning out some drawers, and I thought it would be so nice for you to have a picture. My brother was a very good man and you would have looked up to him. I know that is irrelevant at this point.

John, I can only say how sorry I am and I hope you can forgive me,” Julie pleaded.

“Mom, I love you and I have no interest in spending time with my father. I will forgive you but I am still upset right now. Put the picture away so I can deal with reality.

“Thank you, John. I promise there will be no more lies. You can ask me anything at all.”

“Okay, Mom. Let’s take a day at a time. I don’t like being mad at you. I love you, Mom.”


Julie and John's Relationship

© 2020 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2020:

Hi Rinita,

Mother and son reationships are sometimes difficult. Thanks so much for your comments Rinita.

Rinita Sen on April 12, 2020:

Great write. Loved the relationship between the two. Both were right in their own way. Mothers always try to protect their children in whatever way they can. I hope John still goes ahead with his dreams.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 01, 2020:

Hi Maria, There are two sides for sure. I appreciate your comments. Love and hugs.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 31, 2020:


This story poses quite a dilemma. I can see both sides of the story - am glad the ending suggested unconditional love and eventually being able to move on.

Compelling work - thank you.



Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 20, 2020:

Hi MG Singh,

Thank you so much for your praise of my story. I always appreciate your comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 20, 2020:

Wonderful story and very topical too. I must compliment you on your plot and its depiction. The problem we have now is man-induced and I am sure the man himself will take care of it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

I agree with you. That is exactly what I thought when I wrote the story. I appreciate your comments.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 19, 2020:

A wonderfully told story. Since Julie wanted the best for her son I think her lie should not be held against her since besides this she had been a wonderful mom.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2020:

I don't know about Japan either. The peak for Korea and France is past but not here. I hate to see the number rising here and I am staying at home.

Robert Sacchi on March 18, 2020:

We just passed Korea and France in number of cases, 9,077 as of 2153 03/18/20. What is disturbing is the cases in hot climates, It is odd I haven't heard much about Japan.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2020:

Robert, I think the flu has always gone by summer in the past, so maybe thie won't last too long. I heard the virus can't will go once temperature are regularly above 60 degrees but I don't know if that is true.

I wonder if Japan has handled things in a different way. I hope the virus goes away more quickly than we are being told.

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2020:

The barricade in place seems a last option to slow things down. There is the hope the spring weather will slow things down naturally but this virus might like the warmer weather. Assuming the numbers are accurate Japan seem to be doing a good job of keeping things under control.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

Hi again Robert,

I think that will continue for a while.

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2020:

Yes, the numbers seem to be gong ballistic. We went up some 600 cases in 3 hours. They seem to be reporting more often.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

Hi Robert,

I think the numbers will go up as more people are tested. They increase every time I check them. I will be glad for all our sakes when those numbers start to level off, then drop. Thank you.

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2020:

You're welcome. We have 52 cases in Virginia, 1 death. The U.S. number stands at 5,218 cases, 92 deaths. That's up 600 from this morning. Stay well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your comments. Stay healthy.

Robert Sacchi on March 16, 2020:

The story brings up the age old question, "a pleasant fiction" or "an inconvenient truth"?

The second reference is intuitively obvious. Two points for knowing the first reference.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 16, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I guess the lie was really the main issue of this story. Lies sure can hurt people sometimes and even though Julie loves John she hurt him with the lie.

Thank you for your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 16, 2020:

Sometimes lies helps you get out of situations and on other times lies can ruin everyone you are connected, In this story lies found its way in a different way.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 16, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora,

Yes, she was a good mother despite her lying to him about his father. I wanted them to work things out. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week, Ms Dora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 15, 2020:

I like that the mother-son relationship remains in tact. Despite her lie which she meant for good, she obviously trained her son with a set of positive values.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 14, 2020:

Hi RoadMonkey,

I agree that Julie should have planned to John at some point. These things do have a way of coming out when you are not planning on it.

Thanks so much for your comments.

RoadMonkey on March 14, 2020:

Julie did what she had to at the time. Hopefully, she had planned to tell John the truth some time because like a bad penny, a time waster will always turn up when you want them least.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 14, 2020:

Hi Olusegun,

I appreciate your comments.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on March 14, 2020:

Wow! This a wonderful story, I like every bit of it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 14, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

People do make poor choices sometimes and they have to live with the consequences. Thank you so much for your comments.

manatita44 from london on March 14, 2020:

A very interesting real life kind of story. Perhaps they do exists. It is also unusual to question right or wrong here.

People will continue to make choices and have to live with them. There is always a larger picture.

As a story you have done a good job. Excellent work!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

I agree with you completely. Sometimes people make choices for the wrong reason. I appreciate your comments.

Stay healthy, Ruby.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 13, 2020:

This was a great story! I can understand why Julie lied, although it was wrong. We must walk in other's shoes before making a judgement.

Lorna Lamon on March 13, 2020:

Thank you Pamela and keep safe.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

I hope not too many are living with this type of lie. I don't know of anyone that lies like that but lies are kept secret. I amppreciate not sure how I got this idea when I started writing but I know there are children that do not know there parents. I appreciate your comments.

Stay heathy during the pandemic, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 13, 2020:

That’s really sad but who know how many people are living these types of lies. Great writing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I think you are right. I can only imagine it was shocking. I have never known anyone that happened to; I just made the story up. I appreciate your comments as always.

Stay healthy, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2020:

The truth usually surfaces. I think that Lori tried to protect her son from the truth but probably should have handled it in a different way. It must have been such a shock to John to learn the truth in this abrupt manner.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Shauna,

I followed my instincts I suppose when writing this story. I like happy endings or at least one that is not evil. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Stay healthy, Shauna.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Bushra,

I am glad you enjoyed the stroy and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

Thank you so much for your nice comments. Stay heathy, Lorna.

Lorna Lamon on March 13, 2020:

I enjoyed this fictional story Pamela - did not see that ending. Great imagination and well written.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 13, 2020:

Entertaining read!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 13, 2020:

I got an uneasy feeling when we were told the man in the picture was actually the boy's uncle. I'm glad the story didn't head in that direction!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am delighted that you found the story so good. I appreciate your generous comments.

Be sure to stay healthy while this virus seems to be spreading.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I never thought about the title looking like Lori was a liar. I agree. LOL.

I appreciate your comments, as always my friend. Keep a low profile to stay healthy in Washigton.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Thank you so much for your comments, Liz. Stay healthy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Hi Eric,

I like your last comment. Children sometimes do teach their parent. Thanks so much for reading and for your nice comments. Stay healthy, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 13, 2020:

Well done and good question at the end. I just can't judge it. Reminds me of the song "Teach your Children" which shifts to children teach your parents.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 13, 2020:

You have written this very well. I did not see the surprise coming at all.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 13, 2020:

I quickly glanced at the title and I thought you were calling Lori a liar. LOL Good response to the challenge, one which is probably being played out across this country on a daily basis. Making it seem real added to the dramatic impact of the story.

Rosina S Khan on March 13, 2020:

Great fiction story, Pamela. I loved it. Indeed you have good writing skills that you are not aware of. Thank you for such a wonderful story.

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