Great little story. If David Dortort had done some more flashback episodes besides the ones about Ben's wives, I could easily have seen this being one of them. Joe, Adam, and Hoss are all true to character.
It's interesting how I went from feeling righteous anger for Joe to feeling the very same thing for Donnie. Just goes to show that until you have all of the facts, you never truly know what's going on. In several cases of bullying, the bullies themselves have been bullied (too may bullies in one sentence, I know); I guess they pick on someone else in order to help themselves feel better, like they're tough or something. I'm so glad that Joe realized what was going on and reacted in the best way possible.
Oh, and the interaction between Adam and Hoss is just too dang priceless!
Great job, Lisal! I'll defnitely be rereading this one in the future.Author's Response:
Thank you so much for this generous review! A reread is one of the best compliments i could get but im thrilled you thought the boyrs rang true for you. That's #1 in importance for me.
I had the same anger and sorrow while writing Donnie - maybe trying to heal and explain some buried wounds of my own - since we've all been victims of bullying at one point or another. I always tried to remember and also teach my kids that people who are mean or rude are probably in a lot of pain themselves. Knowing that makes it easy to forgive.
And Adam and Hoss... They play off each other so naturally on the show they make it easy to visualize for a story.
Thanks again, Annie !