Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, our story being featured is Barren Holiday 1 Lost Soul.
Shuffled from his dad to the mom he’s never known, Cody doesn’t know how to avoid the vicious woman’s rages. Until the day she turns on his stepbrothers and Cody does the unforgivable in order to survive.
The neighborhood knew what Cody Allen Luther endured on a daily basis for five long years. Everyone except Brandy Mason turned their heads. After all, it was a parent’s right to discipline their child. On Christmas Eve, 1969, Cody finally can’t take the brutal abuse any longer, but not for himself—his mother turns her unreasonable anger on his younger stepsiblings and he makes a life changing decision, killing her instead of allowing her to keep hurting his family.
Only one person has ever understood the why Cody reacted as he did that Christmas Eve of 1969. Brandy Mason will do anything to protect Cody, even stand up against classmates willing to petition the governor to have Cody tried as an adult for murder once he is released from juvenile detention.
Ten year old Cody Luther walked alongside his dad. They had a very important job to do today, finding the perfect Christmas tree. Cody didn’t really understand what was going on, just that his daddy had been real sick lately. It had something to do with his service in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
“It’s going to be tough on you, son.” Dad stopped near a Douglas fir and examined the branches. “I know this isn’t what you want, but the courts said you had to do this if I… I…” He wiped away a tear from beneath an eye. “If I’m not alive anymore.”
“You’ll get better, Dad,” Cody said. “I know you will. Those doctors will make you better.”
Dad shook his head and waved at the tree lot’s owner. “We’ll take this one. Where do you want it loaded?”
“Pull up by the entrance,” the man said. “Pay the lady there and I’ll tie the tree down for you.”
Cody was still confused. They never bought their tree until Christmas, but that was fourteen days away. Surely, this tree would not look as pretty when it was time for Santa Claus to visit them.
Several hours later, they dragged the tree into the house. Dad was panting and had to rest a lot. This was part of his medical problem, a part Cody hated but accepted because he had his daddy.
“Will I live with Grandma and Grandpa after you go to the hospital?” Cody asked, hoping for a different answer this time.
“No, Son,” Dad said. “When I divorced your mom, the judge said your grandparents were too old to have custody of you. You have to go to your mom.”
No matter how hard he tried, Cody couldn’t ever meet his mom. She never called and he’d never gotten a letter from her.
“I don’t know her,” he said. “Will she like me?”
“She’s your mom.” Dad wiped sweat from his forehead. “Go let your grandpa know I’ll need his help after all.”
Moving to obey, Cody heard a thump and turned around to see his dad lying on the floor. He ran out of the room, crying.
“Grandpa, Dad fell down again. Help!”
“Hang on, Cody,” Grandpa called. “Grandma and I are on our way.”
It took a long time, but they got Dad off the floor and onto the sofa. Cody couldn’t stop crying. He didn’t want to leave the only family he knew, but his daddy was too sick to do anything anymore.
Please, Lord, help my daddy feel better.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.
A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.
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