27 comments

Suspense Drama

DNA

Author's note: This story is based on a song called DNA and itโ€™s by Lia Marie Johnson. It's my favorite song and I think you guys would love it too once you hear it. I am also very aware that this does not go with the prompt, none of them did. I hope you enjoy the story!

I woke up unaware of what time it was. I looked out the window, and it was dark as midnight. Just then, I heard the front door slam. As I raced down the stairs to see who or what it was, I saw a drunk man carrying a six-pack of Coors Light. It took me a second to realize that man was my dad. I didnโ€™t know why I was surprised. He came home drunk a lot in the past year, but each time he looked and acted worse. I glanced over and saw my mom standing there, staring at my dad.ย 

As she looked over at me, tears filling her eyes she said, โ€œHoney, itโ€™s past your bedtime.โ€ย 

I nodded slowly and ran back upstairs to my room. I walked over to a window and saw blue and red lights flashing outside. They're taking him away. I thought.ย 

2 weeks later

My mom and I went down to the prison to go talk to my dad. As we walked inside I looked around at all the exits and all the prison guards wondering if things would get bad and I would have to make a run for it. We sat down at a round table in the left corner of the room. There were multiple tables with different people all in orange jumpsuits talking to other people. I looked over and saw a guard bring my dad into the room. My dad sat down across from me and my mom.ย 

โ€œSo, why are you even here?โ€ My dad asked angrily.ย 

โ€œWe came to see you.โ€ My mom replied trying to keep him calm.

โ€œWhy?!โ€ He yelled. โ€œWho two hate me! Did you come to rub it in that you guys are living an awesome life and Iโ€™m over here stuck in prison!?!?โ€ย 

โ€œNo, honey. Please stay calm. We want to talk to you so youโ€™re not so lonely.โ€ My mom said trying her best to sound calm.

โ€œOh, so you think Iโ€™m lonely!? You think that I canโ€™t handle being away from my family?!โ€ย 

โ€œNo, dad. Of course, we donโ€™t think that.โ€ I said, โ€œCanโ€™t we just talk everything out?โ€ I asked.

โ€œNo! I donโ€™t want to talk things out with people that hate me!!โ€ He was yelling louder and louder each time he opened his mouth. Everyone in the room had their eyes on us.ย 

โ€œI donโ€™t hate you,โ€ I said trying not to show my fear.

โ€œOh really? Then why do you run and hide every single time I come home!?!?โ€ Two prison guards ran over and took his arms. My mom and I got out of there quickly and quietly.ย 

โ€œI hate to see you like a monster, thatโ€™s why I run and hide,โ€ I said, tears filling my eyes. โ€œWhatโ€™s it like to leave me behind?โ€ I asked softly as the tears ran down my cheeks.ย 

The guards pulled my dad out of the room and back into his cell. My mom and I drove home.ย 

โ€œI wonโ€™t ever be like him,โ€ I said on the car ride home to break the silence.ย 

โ€œHoney, I know that you most likely wonโ€™t act like him but if you do fight it back.โ€ย 

โ€œIโ€™ll fight back the truth,โ€ I said quietly as I stared at the floor.ย 

โ€œEyes like his canโ€™t look away.โ€ My mom said as the car pulled into the driveway. I nodded my head.ย 

I ran all the way up to my room once I got inside.ย 

But you canโ€™t stop DNA, a little voice inside my head said. No, you canโ€™t stop DNA. It was like something inside of me was trying to convince me that I was going to be like my dad.ย 

Four years later

Itโ€™s been years now and my dad should come out soon. Iโ€™ve been nervous ever since I found out that he might have to come live with us again.ย 

All of a sudden I heard a loud crashing sound. I raced down the stairs. I saw my dad walk into the house.ย 

โ€œMiss me?โ€ He asked. It was the second time this year he came crashing in.ย 

โ€œNice to see you too,โ€ I said as I walked past him.ย 

That night I had a dream. A good dream. A dream that I wish was my life. I had a happy family. My dad was driving and I was laughing in the backseat while we were all listening to Johnny Cash. Sadly, it ended too soon. It seems like all the good dreams end before you want it to.ย 

Week after week and my dad is still living with me. But heโ€™s taking better care of me because my mom is in the hospital with lung cancer. Today is the day that we are going to visit her for possibly the last timeโ€ฆ

When we got there we talked to the front desk lady and she told us what room my mom is in.ย 

We headed to room 102 and knocked on the door when we got there.

My mom wasnโ€™t doing good at all. She seemed as though she only had seconds to live.ย 

โ€œI hate to say hello cause I know that it means goodbye.โ€ She said right before she left the world. Tears were streaming down my cheeks. I was crying harder than I ever cried before.ย 

I hate to ask but whatโ€™s it like to leave me behind. I said inside my head. It seems as though everyone I love is disappearing.

โ€œI wonโ€™t ever be like you,โ€ I said to my dad on the car ride home.ย 

โ€œAre you fighting back?โ€ He askedย 

โ€œIโ€™m fighting back the truth!โ€ I said almost too loudly, โ€œEyes like yours canโ€™t look away!โ€ย 

โ€œBut you canโ€™t stop DNA.โ€ He said, trying to stay calm.

No, you canโ€™t stop DNA. A voice inside me said as I walked inside the house.ย 

โ€œAre the pieces of you in the pieces of me?โ€ I asked once we entered the kitchen.

โ€œYou're just scared Iโ€™m who youโ€™ll be.โ€ He said taking the words out of my mouth.

I nodded and said, โ€œWhen I erupt just like you do they look at me like I look at you.โ€ย 

He stared at me for a moment trying to understand. โ€œYou wonโ€™t be like me.โ€

โ€œSo, fight it back?โ€ย 

โ€œFight back the truth. Eyes like mine canโ€™t look away.โ€ย 

โ€œBut you canโ€™t stop DNA,โ€ I said softlyย 

โ€œNo, you canโ€™t stop DNA.โ€ He said even softer

Thank you so much for reading I hope you liked it! If you want to hear the song here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YDV2WmyxyI

January 16, 2021 22:32

You must sign up or log in to submit a comment.

27 comments

OMG Wow. This was so deep. It was... It's hard to explain how I felt about this. Overall, though, it was absolutely beautiful. One of your best works, I must say. -Kiwi Kelsey (Brooke, your friend)

Reply

03:04 Jan 17, 2021

Thank you so much! I also think that this is definitely my best work so far.-CJ

Reply

You're welcome! :D -Kiwi Kelsey (Brooke)

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply

https://skribbl.io/?7G5QxOXNBofH

Reply

Show 0 replies

https://skribbl.io/?hwBGtYgaB9f6

Reply

Show 0 replies

https://skribbl.io/?hwBGtYgaB9f6

Reply

Show 0 replies

https://skribbl.io/?hwBGtYgaB9f6

Reply

Show 0 replies
Mazie Gray
15:59 Jan 21, 2021

Hi, CJ! Just another friendly author dropping by. :) This was a great story and I really enjoyed reading it! Keep writing! :D A fellow Reeder, Apple Abby

Reply

16:02 Jan 21, 2021

Thank You, Abby! CJ/Wolfberry Winter

Reply

Mazie Gray
17:45 Jan 21, 2021

You're welcome! :D

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply

Hey, CJ! So, I'm going to write a story with all of my Reedsy friends as the characters, and I want you in it. If you want to be in it, fill this in: Name: Power: Spirit animal: Eye: Hair: Favorite color: Weakness: Thanks for filling this out if you do! If not, that's okay, too. :D Your friend, Brooke

Reply

00:46 Jan 19, 2021

Name: Winter Power: Super speed Spirit animal: Arctic wolf (White arctic wolf with black markings) Eye: Greyish blue Hair: Dark brown Favorite color: Midnight blue Weakness: Silver โ—‘๏นโ—-CJ

Reply

That all sounds good! But for your weakness, I meant for your answer to be something that makes your character do anything, even if it's really stupid. Sorry 'bout that...

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Ruby Collins
19:57 Feb 12, 2021

This is like the best story i herd you should be an author. :)

Reply

20:16 Feb 12, 2021

Thank you so much, Ruby!

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply

โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

Reply

16:34 Jan 31, 2021

๐Ÿ˜„

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply

This was really amazing!! Very deep and like Kiwi Kelsey said, it's hard to explain how I felt reading this. Beautifully written!! Oh, also! โ„

Reply

15:52 Jan 21, 2021

Thank you so much! Not that you were gonna ask or anything but, wolfberry is a fruit I looked it up-CJ

Reply

I didnt know that until reading your bio! Have you ever tried one?

Reply

16:03 Jan 21, 2021

No. I just searched up fruits so I could hop on the trend and it came up. They look spicy though.

Reply

Huh, cool! By the time I jumped on the trend, there were no more fruits, bcuz I wanted to do blueberry, but there was no blueberry emoji, then I wanted to do apple but I couldn't find a cute appl pfp so I settled on carrots and felt better once I saw someone was a pepperXD

Reply

20:55 Jan 21, 2021

Yea. I wanted to do Coconut Coco but coconut was already taken.

Reply

Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Show 1 reply
Maya
23:21 Jan 27, 2021

I made a meeting place story for our new group! :DDDDD

Reply

13:25 Feb 20, 2021

Ok!

Reply

Show 0 replies
Show 1 reply