Written by Thomas Hamburger Jnr from Harry McFry Investigates
If anyone ever told Harry McFry he could make choices in life, then he’s forgotten. Sometimes, he feels like he’s just drifting through life. That’s why, at the age of 46, Harry finds himself confronting his former lover in a bar in
But that’s Harry for you. He likes to think he’s ‘sorted’, even though there’s a string of people (mainly women) who would gladly take to the dock to attest differently.
Just now, he’s working on a case that’s looking like the kind of mystery you wouldn’t want the responsibility of solving. It’s family stuff – hidden secrets, jealousies, fears and even a bit of hatred all mashed up together. And it all started with a phone call from young Laurel McFry (no relation) who had ‘lost’ her family. Except it wasn’t quite as simple as that…
Now, he finds himself confronting some uncomfortable things from his own family past. A brother who’s managed (somehow) not to mention to Harry that he’s taken up with his ex-girlfriend’s sister. What kind of brother does a thing like that?
Meanwhile, there’s a 102 year old woman in
Things might have all been very different if, five years ago, he hadn’t walked out on Ana. She’s got her own secrets (of course) and her own reasons for keeping them from Harry. She’d be the first to say that Harry had a choice when he left her, even if, to him, it hadn’t seemed like a choice at all. Any objective reader of Harry’s story would conclude that the path he took was the wrong one. In fact, (if truth be known) he’s beginning to think that, himself. So there’s hope yet, for Harry…
Sometimes it takes the mess of someone else’s family to make you realize these things. That’s family history for you. If you think you can help Harry solve the mystery of the missing family, then you’re welcome to join him. He might just need a push, if he’s to find the right path.
Thomas Hamburger Jnr has been writing Harry McFry Investigates since the end of January 2007. Variously described as ‘derivative drivel’ and ‘inspired’, the story is about to reach what just may be an exciting conclusion. This is Thomas Hamburger Jnr’s first attempt at fiction, and he has chosen to write it via a blog because (as he says) ‘blogs are the enemy of procrastination’.