|1,886 words/5 pages double spaced
|First person, past tense
|A sixteen-year-old boy whose father is away in a war.
|T.J.'s mother, and three sisters Lillian, Valerie, and Courtney. Absent character: T.J.'s father.
|Indeterminate modern time, modern living quarters, during a war.
|A sixteen-year-old boy whose father has gone off to war makes plans to take care of his family after his father is dead, even though they don't know yet if the father will return. An examination of his thoughts, fears, values, and goals as he insists he will be mature enough to handle his father's death, if it happens.
|Information, inspiration, and other notes
|This one came to me while playing the game Minesweeper, killing time. I was just thinking about a man going out to clear a minefield for the sake of his family, and what would happen to his family if he got blown up.
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