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Daddy Runs Away From Home

Updated on May 6, 2021

Opening Scene

Daddy, Ty Hard, lost his wife and mother of their son, ten years ago.

Although Ty would never let the words form in his mouth, Stanley, their son, grew up to be a horrible person who liked to emotionally abuse people.

Maybe it was his father’s fault Stanley developed his sense of control, but shortly after the funeral of his mother, Stanley set out on a path to make his father miserable.

Why Stanley blamed his father is for the various psycho-therapists he was sent to. However, everyone of them failed.

When Stanley was fifteen, learning his father was homophobic, decided to come out.

Obviously, this upset his father.

Stanley was shipped to military school where he flunked out, then came a circus of schools where Stanley could fail or cause problems.

Mr. Hard tried everything he could think of to get through to Stanley, but failed.

When Stanley was twenty a therapist suggested they go away alone, camping, a cruise, anything far from the environment so that nothing around them would be charged.

The Cruise

Ty Hard booked tickets to a cruise to Hawaii. He and Stanley would fly to California, board the ship and have alone time.

Once on the ship and ship at sea, Stanley decided to go on a walk about to get lost and make his father suffer.

Instead of racing around searching for his son, Ty met a woman. Joyce was taking the cruise with her twenty four year old son.

Joyce’s son, Eric, was Gay.
He was Gay but he wasn’t like Stanley. He was a nice, loving young man, with impeccable manners and charming presentation.

While Stanley wandered around the ship, Ty and Joyce had deep conversations. It was at this time, on another deck, Eric met Stanley and they hit it off as well.

Stanley did not know his father had already met Eric and his mother. When he saw Eric it was a tool to torment his father. He would be all over Eric so that every one would know he was gay.


Joyce had never had problems with Eric’s sexuality, nor had anyone in Los Angeles.

Ty had never met anyone like Joyce and was falling in love with her at light speed. Joyce was feeling the same and Stanley’s antics were unnoticed.

It was not until just before the ship arrived in Hawaii that Stanley met Eric’s mother, who was with his father.

The Proposal

Ty had explained to Joyce the purpose of the trip. Sadly, when they docked, Joyce and Eric went in one direction, Ty and Stanley in another.

After twenty four empty hours, Ty contacted Joyce and they met for dinner, leaving the boys to do what they wanted.

On the Cruise back it seemed that both couples were in love and would keep in contact.

Stanley, however, wasn’t in love with Eric. He was using Eric.

If Eric didn’t live in L.A. and know ‘movie stars’ Stanley would have used him to destroy the relationship between his father and Eric’s mother. But, deciding he would do that another time, went to visit Eric.

He told Ty he was going away for a few days.

Stanley didn’t appreciate the closeness between Eric and Joyce. Joyce, learning as the plane landed that Stanley was in L.A. and Dad home alone, she rang him up, and Ty sent her a ticket.

She flew out and she and Ty moved their relationship to serious and thought about marriage. It was considered a good idea to marry on the same ship that they had met.

Ty didn’t tell Stanley. He knew, subconsciously, that Stanley would make this impossible.


Mr. Ty Hard had, during the weeks spent with Joyce come to a number of realisations.

The first was that being Gay is not why Stanley behaved as he did.

The second was a slow and painful recognition that Stanley had spent the past ten years trying to make his life as miserable as possible.

He didn’t need to review the humiliations and embarrassments, he didn’t need to replay the hurtful language that Stanley used to him. He didn’t need to analyse.

For ten years he had put up with Stanley’s behaviour, trying, always trying, so that his life was an empty shell.

Ty was forty seven years old, not old really, but his life was that of Seventy Seven year old. He had no hobbies or interests or anything but running his business and trying to please Stanley.

Joyce was thirty nine and looked ten years younger. Although she didn’t have a tenth of the money he did, she was happy and had many friends. He had virtually none. The only persons he communicated with regularly were his accountant and his lawyer, and that was mainly business.

He thought about psycho-therapy for himself, and mentioned it one evening to his lawyer, over a couple of drinks.

“Ty, I’ve known you for close to thirty years. So I’m going to blame the liquor. Stanley is a lost cause. You ended your life when Sara died to ‘look after’ Stanley who needs no looking after. "

"He’s destroyed as much as he can of your life, and it’s only my fancy footwork to prevent him destroying the business. You have sacrificed your life for him. Now you have one chance for a life with Joyce. Trust me, he will destroy it. By any means necessary. “

Ty didn’t say anything, but every word about Stanley was true. His life had ended when Sara died, and he had no chance at even a semblance of life with Stanley sabotaging every step he took.

With an Easy Target

Stanley, appreciating Eric was in love with him began to abuse him. Eric had never been treated this way before.

Thinking it would lead to suicide, he broke off with Eric.

Eric, unknown to Stanley, was not the suicidal type, and had so many friends to succor him, so many friends who pointed out Stanley's faults, that in days after Stanley left, Eric was almost his cheerful self.

When he told his mother how Stanley had broken up with him, she was very happy. She told him of her secret plans with Ty.

The hand of fate was evident.


Ty Hard organised his life.

He sold his business for a large sum, bought a small house ten miles away for Stanley. He furnished it with pieces from the main house, and moved all of Stan’s things over there.

Stan was impressed with the gift, and Ty said no more.

Then Ty sold his house, and just before he went to the airport, called Stanley from his lawyer’s office. He told him he had sold the house, the business and deposited a sum in Stan’s bank account. He said he was leaving town.

When Stan began to rage, Ty handed the phone to his lawyer, made his escape.

He was on the ship with Joyce and Eric by evening, and the marriage took place a few days later.

Stan tried to contact his father but the number was no longer in service.

At the age of twenty one, Stanley was on his own as Daddy had run away.


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