THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 59
…The wave of rage in the McKinney boys subsides, washing back into the Sea of Frustration…
The McKinney siblings are beside themselves when a frenzied Braden King storms into the room. He had hoped to break the bad news in his own way, not by a flat footed surprise from a television station.
15 or 16 year old boys are not famously effusive with their outward expressions, but they both run to their surrogate parent (King). He douses the televiewer, now rampant with Space Colony speculating speculators; the fact that their Mom & Dad out there on Mars, for the love of God.
Gus grabs the controller/headset from Braden and out of sheer frustration fires it toward the video screen. The irregularly shaped wireless object glances off the target, breaking into pieces, coming out on the short end of the impact.
Not satisfied, the younger McKinney makes a run at a vase for another crack at it, but his efforts are thwarted by Deke, who tackles with a good form tackle from around his thighs, “Mom and Dad are not dead Gus, so cool your jets!”
The wave of rage subsides, washing back into the Sea of Frustration. In the calm waters of the moment, each of the three seeks comfort in their own way: If no man is an island, then why is grief so singular a burden.At the sight of emergent strength and character in young Deke, King lets the scene play out.
How proud Sampson would be, to know that his oldest boy is asserting himself with levelheaded self-control. A tear breaks loose from the outside corner of the guardian’s eye, the thought of father & son separated by fate and space.