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Thicker Than Water

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14-year-old Bryan Padilla is caught between worlds he doesn't feel connected to.  Having been abandoned by their birth parents at a young age, Bryan and his younger brother, Caleb, were adopted by a family friend, Diego Padilla, and raised in a culture not of their own.  Though it is the only life Caleb has ever known, Bryan inwardly struggles with his feelings about life, death, race and sexuality.  Things escalate shortly after the death of his birth mother.  Can Bryan come to terms with his situation as a figure from his past tries to upend his entire life?

This story touches on adult themes, such as race, language, physical violence, drug use and abuse, sexuality, sexual orientation, bigotry, adoption and parental abandonment.  Discretion is advised.
Copyright © 2023 John Henry; All Rights Reserved.

Story Recommendations (15 members)

  • Action Packed 6
  • Addictive/Pacing 8
  • Characters 15
  • Chills 6
  • Cliffhanger 10
  • Compelling 14
  • Feel-Good 7
  • Humor 7
  • Smoldering 5
  • Tearjerker 12
  • Unique 8
  • World Building 5

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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 1,461 Words
    • 2,649 Views
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  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 2,974 Words
    • 2,144 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 2,595 Words
    • 1,932 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 4. Chapter 4
    • 2,174 Words
    • 1,670 Views
    • 17 Comments
  • 5. Chapter 5
    • 1,933 Words
    • 1,675 Views
    • 19 Comments
  • 6. Chapter 6
    • 2,360 Words
    • 1,580 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 7. Chapter 7
    • 1,750 Words
    • 1,515 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 1,772 Words
    • 1,504 Views
    • 13 Comments
  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 1,864 Words
    • 1,296 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 10. Chapter 10
    • 1,607 Words
    • 1,321 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 11. Chapter 11
    • 1,974 Words
    • 1,414 Views
    • 24 Comments
  • 12. Chapter 12
    • 2,984 Words
    • 1,310 Views
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  • 13. Chapter 13
    • 1,986 Words
    • 1,171 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 14. Chapter 14
    • 1,710 Words
    • 1,443 Views
    • 27 Comments
  • 15. Chapter 15
    • 3,131 Words
    • 1,272 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 16. Chapter 16
    • 1,542 Words
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  • 17. Chapter 17
    • 2,096 Words
    • 1,346 Views
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  • 18. Chapter 18
    • 2,347 Words
    • 1,124 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 19. Chapter 19
    • 2,336 Words
    • 1,275 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 20. Chapter 20
    • 1,735 Words
    • 1,267 Views
    • 14 Comments
  • 21. Chapter 21
    • 1,935 Words
    • 1,168 Views
    • 11 Comments
  • 22. Chapter 22
    • 2,732 Words
    • 1,250 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 23. Chapter 23
    • 3,107 Words
    • 1,099 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 24. Chapter 24
    • 1,788 Words
    • 1,477 Views
    • 14 Comments
  • 25. Chapter 25
    • 3,912 Words
    • 1,186 Views
    • 22 Comments
  • 26. Chapter 26
    • 3,270 Words
    • 1,644 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 27. Chapter 27
    • 699 Words
    • 986 Views
    • 10 Comments
  • 28. Chapter 28
    • 3,688 Words
    • 1,014 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 29. Chapter 29
    • 2,649 Words
    • 993 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 30. Chapter 30
    • 1,691 Words
    • 877 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 31. Chapter 31
    • 1,359 Words
    • 1,107 Views
    • 19 Comments
  • 32. Chapter 32
    • 1,868 Words
    • 921 Views
    • 14 Comments
  • 33. Chapter 33
    • 977 Words
    • 809 Views
    • 13 Comments
  • 34. Chapter 34
    • 2,035 Words
    • 783 Views
    • 19 Comments
  • 35. Chapter 35
    • 3,030 Words
    • 724 Views
    • 16 Comments
  • 36. Chapter 36
    • 2,823 Words
    • 686 Views
    • 21 Comments
  • 37. Chapter 37
    • 2,235 Words
    • 662 Views
    • 22 Comments
  • 38. Chapter 38
    • 3,484 Words
    • 861 Views
    • 40 Comments
  • 39. Chapter 39
    • 2,342 Words
    • 630 Views
    • 10 Comments
  • 40. Chapter 40
    • 2,646 Words
    • 646 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 41. Chapter 41
    • 2,651 Words
    • 636 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 42. Chapter 42
    • 2,439 Words
    • 659 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 43. Chapter 43
    • 2,271 Words
    • 593 Views
    • 17 Comments
  • 44. Chapter 44
    • 2,522 Words
    • 716 Views
    • 21 Comments
  • 45. Chapter 45
    • 2,809 Words
    • 750 Views
    • 37 Comments
  • 46. Chapter 46
    • 4,066 Words
    • 763 Views
    • 34 Comments
  • 47. Chapter 47
    • 3,787 Words
    • 608 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 48. Chapter 48
    • 2,894 Words
    • 372 Views
    • 23 Comments

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On 5/27/2023 at 5:11 PM, John Henry said:

 

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An excellent story with lots of binge-reading qualities! 

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5 hours ago, Gary L said:

An excellent story with lots of binge-reading qualities! 

Thank you so much for the first story comment/review.  Not sure why others haven't, but I'm glad you found it worthy enough to leave one.

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