Alan stood outside Ian’s school. He glanced around to see other parents, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles waiting by the school gate. A swarm of children started exiting the school, some running to their parents and some walking home alone.
Alan told his mother that he wanted to pick up Ian from school today. He had a surprise for him. Ian emerged in the crowd of children, a big smile on his face from ear to ear as he saw his big brother waiting for him by the gate.
“Hey kid,” Alan ruffled Ian’s hair.
“You’ve finally come to pick me up.” Ian looked up at him with excited puppy eyes.
“I’ve got a surprise for you.” Alan grinned and Ian’s smile dropped from his face.
“I love surprises, but your surprises always get us into trouble.”
“Not this time, come on you’ll see.” Alan started walking ahead and Ian fell into step behind him.
“Is this surprise big or small?”
“Can you give me a clue?”
“Nope, just wait and see. I’m not telling you anything.” Alan slowed down his pace as Ian caught up beside him. He ruffled his young brother’s hair as they continued to walk in silence. Ian had a feeling that this could be something to do with dad. Alan and his dad weren’t getting along and he knew Alan was on a mission to destroy him.
Ian stopped outside the building, looking up at it. Alan nodded his head for him to follow.
“Why are we here?”
“You will see,” Alan smirked. He entered the building with Ian behind, they headed up the stairs and went inside the corridor. Ian was walking slowly; he knew this was going to happen. He didn’t want to follow Alan anymore. They stopped outside an office, their father’s office to be exact. Ian went to say something, but Alan put his finger to his lips. Alan put his ear to the door and listened. Ian didn’t need to; he could hear everything loud and clear. A woman moaning and sounds of heavy thumping. Ian looked up at Alan who was grinning, “this is the moment you need to realise our family is over.” Alan whispered.
He pushed the door wide open and they both saw their dad on top of another woman, a woman who wasn’t their mother. The pair both jumped and scrambled for their clothes. Ian had tears in his eyes as reality started to hit him. Alan laughed the whole time, he wouldn’t stop.
“ALAN!” Anthony bellowed. Ian watched the woman gather her clothes and rush out of the office. Anthony quickly put his jeans back on and charged at Alan. “Why is Ian here? Why did you bring him here?” He grabbed Alan by his shirt and pinned him against the wall.
“I wanted him to see what kind of father we have. You made a promise to me. You are a shit father.” Alan shouted. Ian stood staring at them, tears running down his face.
“We just wanted to see you, is that a crime?” Ian said. Alan glanced at him, surprised. He glanced back to his father.
“Yeah, is it a crime?” Alan smirked. Anthony had let go of his son and leant against his desk. He touched his forehead with his fingertips as if a headache was on its way.
“This will break mum’s heart. You’ve broken mum’s heart! Alan was right about you.” Ian ran out of the room. Anthony glared at Alan as he headed out of the door before turning around to say, ’You’re a family wrecker.”.
Alan ran down the corridor, chasing after Ian. He finally caught up with him and Ian stopped and glared at his older brother.
“Why did you bring me here? Was it to hurt me too?” Ian yelled. His face was streaked with dry tears and fresh ones about to drop.
“I wanted you to see what dad has done to our family. He’s ruined mum and us! You needed to see the truth, which was eventually going to come out. It will shatter mum, but she deserves someone so much better than him.” Alan told him.
“I hope she can see that when she does find out, because if she doesn’t…” Ian said. He glanced down the hallway and back at Alan. “I don’t know what she will do to herself.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Because she loves dad so much, she told me it hurts to love him.” Ian said. Alan stood in silence. He didn’t know what else to say to him. “I know you want us to see him for who he is, I know you want to watch him ruin this family bit by bit. But if you really want to ruin him, tell mum. But remember, if you do, you can deal with what happens next.” Ian shrugged his shoulders as he walked on. Alan stood watching his little brother walk away, wondering when he grew older. Alan knew Ian was right, their mother was going to be heart broken and Alan was going to be the one to break it to her.