Basic Instincts
Author: T.M. Ritz

Chapter 1
Journal Entry #1

8:25 P.M.

As my son lies screaming in the other room, I sit here typing out my thoughts. My therapist claims that it's good for me to release, and that I shouldn't have “so much pent up anger.” His words, not mine. If you ask me, it's a load of bull.

The rain is really coming down now. Reports have hail just northwest of us right now, and heading our way. Between the rain and the kid, it's a surprise I haven't snapped by now.

The news is reporting another country that's using chemical weapons against its own people, and the president is urging us to strike. To be honest, I'm not even sure what country it is. I'm sure it's probably one of those Middle-Eastern countries ending in -stan, but I couldn't even say for sure if that's what it is.

My wife is in the kitchen cooking salmon. I'm so glad she's around, I wouldn't know the first thing to do with my son if she weren't here. The salmon smells a little...fishy (see what I did there?), but I'm sure it'll taste great. Even if it doesn't, I'm going to be the good husband and tell her that it does.

This is how I know I'm losing it right now. Not only am I typing in my journal – do they even make paper and pens anymore? - but I seem to be enjoying it and talking to it. I suppose it's to be expected, maybe my therapist isn't such a quack after all. And this after I was set to buy him a rubber duck and tell him to take a hike.

I don't think this kid realizes how much he frustrates me. He's so tired, but all he does is scream bloody murder when we lay him down. Sometimes I think that as newlyweds, we'd be better off without him. I suppose it does no one any good to think that way though. For the most part, I'm glad he's around, even if I don't feel like I've been the best dad to him.

I'm going to call it quits for tonight, I know I have better things to do. Maybe I'll do this again tomorrow, maybe not. I'm not sure it's for me.


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