Two Brothers (Flash Non-Fiction #2)

They are two brothers. Forty-three years ago, when they were five and six-years-old, their family became refugees after the Vietnam war, floating on a boat in Southeast Asia, not knowing where they would land and where their next meal was. They were lucky to land in the refugee camp in Hong Kong.

Five years later they were relocated to America and Texas became their home. The two brothers loved each other growing up, each looking out for the other and together overcoming difficulties. After their father died, they continued to expand their father’s little restaurant into two restaurants and one grocery store in the next decade. However their relationship started to deteriorate after they each got married. The two wives didn’t like each other; the interests of the two families clash; the allocation of labor and money in dispute. Finally they had to split the business, which they didn’t want to do but have to. The split was acrimonious, each considering the other getting the better hand.

Inevitably one of the brothers ran the business better than the other, which made one brother too proud and the other too jealous. When will they ever forgive each other and reconcile? Sigh.

22 thoughts on “Two Brothers (Flash Non-Fiction #2)

  1. Financial issues are the main reasons for family clashes. It has been and it will be till human being stop being greedy and forgive others leaving their ego behind.

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    1. Yes. I’ve seen many instances of people who grew up struggling and loving each other. When things look up and their little piece of inheritance means something, they start to fight with each other and hate each other.

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      1. It’s a pity. Speaking of the Vietnam conflict (or the Second Indo-China War), I went to Laos three times to change my visa to teach in Thailand. That country has been completely ruined thanks to all those conflicts that has been going on in that region. in fact, Laos has to import all their food because it’s landlocked and the Americans planted too many mines in their farmland.

        I love Laos, I like their people, and I want to visit there again. However, I would rather live in Texas.

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        1. I didn’t know much about this, but I heard large areas are either landmined or being sprayed certain chemical during the Vietnam war. It takes a lot of money to detox and to get rid of the mines. I learned a little about Laos in geography classes, but know nothing about it. It never comes up in the news, unlike Vietnam or Myanmar.

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  2. Well… Greedy is a bad seed look how it destroyed the family business.I hope and believe they solve their issues before they get married and have kids cause it will also affect them and their next generation so on

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    1. That’s very true. If people are considerate and have good intentions and are fair minded, their feud over business should be resolved in a good way. They could enjoy years of happiness for generations to come.

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