A/N: The real trouble starts now…No smut this chapter, but some angst. None of the images are mine: thanks to the clever people who made them.
Entire fic still NSFW. This chapter not so much
“Happy families are all alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
How easy is it to shake off a difficult childhood and adolescence? I’m not talking about out and out abuse, just a lack of the right sort of guidance and support we all need in varying degrees. My Mum and Dad seemed to be able to call on it naturally; he was a teacher, she was a nurse, so that helped. But also, they had the right outlook on life, I think. They accepted us as individuals with the right to self-determination, even when we were still quite young. Thanks to that, Corinna and I grew up able to make our own decisions, with the added security of knowing that they would support us whatever happened.
Ed has not benefitted in that way. One thing I had no experience with was tackling deep-seated resentments between parents and adult children. Could he break loose from his upbringing and still keep a relationship with his family? I had no idea, but I knew he had to cast off and make his own way, find the path he wanted to follow. And that I would have to be the one to support him in his decisions, because his parents seemed unable to offer that to him.
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