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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 (3 members)

  • Action Packed 0
  • Addictive/Pacing 1
  • Characters 3
  • Chills 1
  • Cliffhanger 2
  • Compelling 3
  • Feel-Good 2
  • Humor 2
  • Smoldering 3
  • Tearjerker 3
  • Unique 0
  • World Building 1

  • Love 2
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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 1,472 Words
  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 2,974 Words
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 2,595 Words

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Sorry, everyone. Chapter 4, which was submitted on the 25th is being held up because the website arbitrarily added 5 empty lines to the text, so I was forced to edit and resubmit it for Moderator approval, which has been taking 48+ hours to get. Until my reputation reaches 250 points (currently at 139), this is what we'll have to deal with.

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