Turning Points (Part 3) A Short Story

I recognized Cheryl from my time at the School of Fine Arts. I was working as a short order cook at ‘Bobo’s Bistro’ at the rear of the Cascade Tavern.

She smiled at me and approached. I am the furthest thing from a lady’s man as there is. I refused to use flattery as a matter of principles. I was stuck at the truth. I got that from my mother. The woman who told me my father was dead; when he was alive and well.

We ended up at her place which was the palatial log home of some absent nameless millionaire.

After a few drinks I found the courage to kiss her. She smiled and led me to a bedroom.

I settled in for a few nights until I blacked out, not remembering how I made it back to the rooming house.

Cheryl showed up at Bobo’s a week later and hissed at me. “You bastard! I was in pain for 3 days. I could hardly walk.”

“I’m so sorry Cheryl, what did I do?”

She dropped her fake rage when she saw my real confusion and hugging my neck, she whispered.

“It’s all good dear… You just gave me the fuck of my life.”

I was still apologizing.

“Stop it! I want you to come over tonight… can you?”

Cheryl had numerous lovers and I was too needy to tolerate that. She also seemed to get off on making her other lovers jealous. I didn’t play this game either.

Cheryl faded to memories… In my weakest moments I wished I had tried harder.

In reality I realized a relationship was not possible. I didn’t know how. I feel to hard. I wanted to much. No one could tolerate that much weight. Solitude wasn’t the answer however it would do until something better came along.

I knew I had to find my father. I knew he was alive. I knew he was in Toronto. I was born in Toronto. It would be like going home; I told myself. I had $500 when I arrived and headed to the nearest Tavern.

Dennis Mantin

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