All Roads Lead Somewhere 

Chad, Charlie and Caleb Denton, born December 29,1980 to Charles and Diane Denton. The triplets were the talk of this small city just outside of Nashville, Tn. Everyone that saw them always complimented their appearance, their manners as they grew older and their handsome features they inherited from their father,Charles. The Denton Brothers were definitely set up for success and the expectations for them to succeed were set very high.

As they got into high school Caleb was a sports fanatic. He participated and excelled in every sport as well as academics. Charlie’s focus was on culinary arts,  science and math. He could always be found creating something in the kitchen, breaking down an equation or experimenting with almost anything related to one or all of the above. Chad was more laid back. Although he excelled academically, he didn’t show much interest in anything else.

Charles was hard on all the boys ,but especially Chad. He always said Chad reminded him of his brother Frank. Frank was a mathematician who was accepted to Yale. After one semester he started drinking and the alcohol became his entire life. He barely graduated. Frank got a good job working as a financial consultant and things were going very well until his drinking got the best of him. Eventually he was fired, lost his home and family and now he’s living with some woman he met in a trailer park. Charles’s fears were legit,but the pressure he put on his sons was seemingly coming from more than a place of fear.

As the years went by and the boys got older they each had pretty much developed into the type of men they were going to be. Caleb received a full academic and football scholarship USC  moving him quite a ways from his parents and brothers.  Charlie was awarded a scholarship to MIT,but turned it down to attend Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Art in Austin,Texas. His parents weren’t thrilled, but they weren’t going to change his mind. Chad contemplated college and found that he wasn’t really interested in furthering his education. Furious frank told Chad he had to go to work or college or get out. Chad chose the latter packing his belongings and leaving within that same week.

10 years pass

Charlie can be found shouting orders from the kitchen of the diner he works in. He is preparing some of the best cuisine locals and tourists have ever had. In the next building there’s a group of young engineers gathered waiting for Charlie’s shift to end so that he can tutor them which is his second job. Charlie is doing what he loves and doesn’t worry about much because he gets to do what he loves everyday.

Caleb was drafted to the NFL by the New England Ranglers,but was hurt during off season practice which left him unable to continue after 4 seasons with the team. He is still very active as the defensive coach at a University in his home town. Since his decision to coach he has made major improvements in the program making him on of the most sought after defensive coaches in the country.

Nobody has heard from Chad since he left. Every year around the holiday they all would come home to visit with their aging parents. Every year there was a empty chair that Charles couldn’t help but stare at. Everyone knew he blamed himself,but it was never said aloud. This year they decided to take a family trip to see Charlie and allow him to show them what Austin Texas is all about. Upon arrival they were whisked away to one of the most beautiful hotels they had ever seen. The Marx D Hotel. Everything from the ceilings, to the marble floors, even the toilet dispensers were perfect.

As they were being checked in Charles looked at Charlie and asked,”Son, this seems expensive. Who’s paying for this?” Charlie replied,”I just got a letter saying I won a 3 night stay here so I figured I would bring you guys here.” The front desk clerk handed over the keys (which looked to be solid gold) and directed the concierge to escort them to their rooms. On the elevator they noticed the attendant pressed PH and everyone just kind of looked at one another. Caleb,his wife and twin boys (Nathan and Noah) were first off the elevators and as they turned their mouthes dropped. Everyone then rushed off the elevator to see what was going on. There were attendants there with the doors open and the most beautiful view of the city straight ahead.

Everyone stood in amazement of the penthouse and the view, but the children find its just a very large room for play.As the family starts to get settled there is a knock at the door. Standing there with two racks of clothing is the manager from the boutique  downstairs. “Ma’am/ Sir , please select from these racks whatever you desire. It is on the house. Everyone should be ready to  present themselves at 7:00 p.m. sharp as someone will be awaiting to escort you to dinner on the roof.” Sitting on the side of the bed putting on her jewelry Diane has a sudden flash and grabs her chest.

Tears begin to fall down her cheek, concerned Charles runs to her side,” Baby whats wrong? Are you feeling sick?” Slowly looking up and when their eyes met,” Yes Charles, I am feeling sick. I am feeling sick because I miss my son. I miss Chad. He should be here with his family, but you ran him away.” Standing to his feet and grabbing the glass of wine from the table ,” No Diane, I gave him a choice. He made a decision and just as I thought he’s probably somewhere screwing around making absolutely nothing of his life.”

Knock Knock, Caleb answers the door. Concierge sir, I am here to escort you and your family to dinner. As everyone is scrambling to finish getting dressed and chase down the twins when they gathered at the door Caleb and Charlie could see that their mother had been crying. Afraid to embarrass their mother they waited until they could get her alone to talk to her. When the elevator stopped the family was taken up a flight of stairs and at the top was the most beautiful layout they had ever seen. Almost too good to be true.

There were even two chair for Nathan and Noah with harness attached to keep them from getting hurt or just running away. As everyone took their seats the concierge stepped forward to announce the arrival of the host for the evening. “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight it is my pleasure to announce your host for the evening Mrs. Leah Danielle.” This tall blonde beautiful woman approached the table greeting everyone with hugs and kisses. Hello Denton family! Its is truly a pleasure to meet you all.

We have the most exquisite goodies for you all tonight including a special gift the owner of our prestigious hotel, The Marx D.  So please eat up as you have a wait staff at your service to handle anything you you may need. Again, Enjoy and I will be back with you shortly.” Caleb, looking up from his plate smiling,” Oh shit! This is really nice Charlie. You hit the jackpot bro!” You’re telling me, says Charles. This is very nice. Nothing like I thought it would be.”

 About an hour and half passed and the family was just now getting to the end of their meal when Leah showed up again. “Hey guys! Everyone enjoying themselves? I hope so! I just came back up one last time to present you ll with a gift from our owner. This man is an incredible entrepreneur. He built this hotel as well as a chain of others across the world including Dubai, Korea, Hawaii and the Bahamas. If everyone could please reach under the table there is a envelope for each of you.” Everyones faces are puzzled as they reach underneath the table as instructed. I’m going to step back inside to retrieve your gift while you each read what’s inside of your envelope.”

Caleb was the first to get his open and it was a card with the picture of an eye on it. Looking confused he rushed his parents and brother to open their cards. Diane had the number 2. Charles has a card with a picture of a arrow and Charlie the letters UR on his card. The family scrambled to understand the message. While they were trying to put the puzzle together for what seemed like 20 minutes they hear from a distance,” The cards say,” Look to you right!” When they looked to the right there was Chad standing there in board shorts, flip flops and a man bun. It says,” Look to your right , guys!” Diane was the first to drop everything and run to her son. Chad, OMG Chad is that you honey?! (Looking him up an down) You haven’t changed a bit!

 Charlie and Caleb embrace their brother, but then punch him fussing about how much he has missed. Guys I didn’t miss that much! I was in attendance at several of your games Charlie. Both NFL and as a coach. Caleb I was there when you graduated from the culinary academy. I have been by your restaurant a few times, but couldn’t come in. I do send my secretary to get my soy latte, vegan cookies and vegan lasagna which I know you don’t have on the menu, but Insist that she ask every visit , but only leaves with pecan chocolate chip cookies and black coffee.” Shacking his head,Thats you?’ God that woman has annoyed me for almost everyday for 6 years. Now as soon as she walks in I shout.”NO!” Lol.

Everyone was seemingly excited , but Charles took his time going to speak to Chad. Slowly walking toward the family Charles stops as Chad has made his way over to him. “Son, Its good to see you. I thought I would never see you again!”” Dad, I didn’t think you’d care if you did or not! Look, Im not here to hold anything against you. You did what you felt you needed to do. Your interest and mine were not the same. Your methods and my methods were not the same, but we all ended up doing everything we said we would do.”  Hugging his son,” I love you son! I don’t care what you are or what you’ve done, Im proud to be your dad!

Now, I want to meet the owner of this establishment to thank him for allowing us to stay in such a beautiful place. Ive never seen anything like it!” Chad smiling,’You really like it dad?” “Oh yea son! This is amazing!” Chad beckons for Leah and puts his arm around her waist. Charlie and everyone else’s mouthes drop. “Mom, Dad, everyone! I want you to meet my wife, Mrs. Leah Danielle Marx-Denton and we are the owners of this hotel. Leah interrupts Chad,” No…HE IS THE OWNER I was telling you about! Chad built this empire before he met me, but I am glad we are building the rest of our lives together.” Wait, What? Chad this is you ,bro? So you mean to tell me I could’ve stayed in a hotel like this anywhere? You’re still an asshole. (Diane looks up to the sky)Lord, Its good to have my family back together. Thank you.

 

 

Published by ZippyWrites

I am a writer by profession. I love the obvious about life and I find that ignoring facts make living so much harder to do. I plan to bring real life to my blog no matter what...it's all actual events pulled from my life or those around me.

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